Features in Dragon Metrics are limited in usage to an amount represented by credits. Each Dragon Metrics account comes with a certain number of keyword credits and research credits. based on the account type that was purchased. You can check your account usage in the Account Details page.

Keyword Credits

Keyword Credits determine the number of keywords that can be tracked in an account. They represent the number of search engine results Dragon Metrics must collect. Keyword Credits affect the number of keywords tracked in Site Rankings, Keyword Rankings, Competitor Discovery, Competitor Discovery Trend, Site Ranking Comparison, Keyword Ranking Comparison and Organic Landing Page.

Each keyword and search engine combination in a keyword group costs 1 credit. For example, tracking 10 keywords in google.com, google.co.uk, and baidu.com will cost 30 keyword credits (10 keywords * 3 search engines = 30 keyword credits)

Keyword Credits are only used when a keyword is added to a keyword group of an active campaign. Keywords in the Keyword Management area do not count towards your ranking credits. Paused campaigns do not count towards Keyword Credits.

Related to Keyword Credits are credit limit that can be set up for each campaign.

Competitor Credits

Competitor credits limit the number of unique competitors that can be added to an account. This affects features found in Site Rankings, Keyword Rankings, Site Ranking Comparison, Keyword Ranking Comparison.

Each competitor added to at least one active keyword group uses one competitor credit. The number of keyword groups a competitor is tracking in does not affect competitor credit cost, though competitors that have been added to the Competitor Management page but not assigned to a keyword group will not cost any competitor credits.

For example, if you add competitor A, competitor B, and competitor C to keyword group 1, competitor B and C to keyword group 2, but do not assign competitor D to any keyword groups, the total competitor credit cost will be 3 (one for competitor A + one for competitor B + one for competitor C + zero for competitor D). Even though competitors A and B are added to two keyword groups, they still only cost one credit apiece. Competitor D will not cost anything, since it's not tracking in any active keyword groups.

Each week, the Competitor Discovery and Competitor Discovery Trend feature will automatically discover the top 50 competitors for each keyword group and search engine. These competitors do not affect competitor credits until they are added to a keyword group.

Crawl Credits

Each page Dragon Metrics crawled for your campaign tracking URL will cost 1 Crawl Credits. You can assign a Crawl Limit to each campaign but the total number can't exceed the total number of Crawl Credits available for your account. If no Crawl Limits are set and there're only 10,000 crawl credits available, we will only crawl 10,000 URLs for all your campaigns. URLs blocked by the robots.txt file do not count towards this limit.

Research Credits

Research Credits determine the number of Domain research, keyword research and link research queries that can be run each month. Only Research mode is affected by research credits.

  • Domain Ranking research:  40 credits / query and 1 credit / row
  • Keyword research: 150 credits / query (up to 1,000 results)
  • Link Research: 10 credits / row

Each unique query made in Research mode counts as one credit. Multiple queries on the same domain or keyword will not be cost extra credit. For example, if you run query on keyword 1 or example.com then run another query for keyword 1 or example.com, the total credit cost will only be 1.

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