10 Vital SEO Tools You Need to Be Using
The SEO Quake chrome & firefox plugin allows you to view all of a website’s important metrics in just a few clicks.
SEOquake is a free plugin for browsers that provides you with key SEO metrics for a specific page, along with other useful tools such as SEO Audit and many others.
SEOquake allows you to:
- Review major metrics in a heartbeat
- Get a thorough analysis of SERPs and export the results in CSV format
- Estimate keyword difficulty instantly – this is BIG !
- Set parameters for a search query
- Run a complete SEO audit of a webpage, including a check for mobile compatibility
- Use a wide range of default parameters or create a custom set
- Get a full report for internal/external links
- Determine a keyword’s density and configure a stop-word list
- Compare URLs/domains
- Check your social statistics for Facebook and Google+
Also, you can get detailed reports for a specific page you are analyzing.
SEOquake has other useful tools, including, the SEO Audit tool, the Keyword Density report, Internal/External Link analysis and even social metrics.
Why two browser based plugins you say ?
This is why: MozBar has farbetter link analysis than SEO Quake on the free version. The two tools can work in unison, so there’s no harm in having both.
Ahrefs is the ultimate backlink checker and beats out other tools in the same category.
This is a fantastic tool to find competitors best backlinks so that I can easily steal them for myself!
LongTailPro is a desktop based keyword research tool that helps you find all of the high traffic low competition keywords in your niche with the click of a button.
Not only that, but it will also calculate keyword difficulty so you can see just how easy it is to rank for a keyword-
3.0 YoastSEO – a game changer for any SEO or marketer working with WordPress.
Even if you only found out what SEO was yesterday, the tool makes it so easy to access even your 75 year old, computer illiterate Granddad could do it.
Wikipedia Link Building is an wonderful tactic. And, WikiGrabber just made it a whole lot easier.
This browser-based tool lets you search specific terms and find dead links and missing citations that can help you: build authority, backlinks and traffic.
Type in your subject – either for your niche, your client or even a piece of content you have – and search. It’ll bring up all the places that have dead links and need citations.
Then you find a page that fits your content, hone in on the ones that say [dead link]:
that should take you right to the dead link and now you can see if you have a content match:
If you do, you can either:
- Create content that fits that page
- Submit content that you already have that fits
But another goal here is to find the other sites that link to this broken link – like industry sites and blogs – and tell them you have content to save the day.
#5 – Seed Keywords
Seed Keywords is a superb free tool for Keyword research. And, it comes with a difference.
Where other tools suggest what people would search based on search data; Seed Keywords lets you ask people directly. Here’s how this works…
In Seed Keywords you create a scenario that someone would be searching for your product. Like, when they have a broken computer:
You can then send this page to colleagues, people you know, or relevant forums and they can answer with what they’d search:
After awhile, this will give you a results page based on what people are actually searching for, without the guesswork:
This insight is invaluable and should help you optimize accordingly.
#6 – Google Analytics
Google Analytics is a must have tool.
The data here is so comprehensive, and once you’re past the vanity metrics, there’s a tonne of actionable data for you to work with.
Google Analytics is where you can monitor – and prove – the results of your SEO efforts.
Every campaign, every link building effort and every tiny change you make to a site is reflected in Google Analytics.
Tracking the results and paths couldn’t be more elementary.
Bonus: Bing Webmaster Tools- for the other part of the market share out there. Yes, it’s still pretty substantial even if there is zero name recognition involved.
#7 – Google Search Console
No one knows more about your site from an SEO perspective than Google themselves, so why not take advantage of their free Google Search Console SEO tool?
It gives you a complete overview of your site from an SEO perspective and will notify you of any errors-
Buried inside you can find a host of useful data including backlinks to your site, analytics of your performance, if you have any manual penalties & a bunch more things.
Make sure you connect it with Google Analytics for even more juicy free SEO data.
#8 – SEO Auto Linker
SEO Auto Linker is a tool I really have come to like, and one of the best WordPress SEO tools. It will help take care of a lot of your internal linking.
Just add a URL along with the desired keywords you want it to automatically insert links for and you are ready to go-
Although it hasn’t been updated for a while, it still does the trick nicely and gives you a great level of control over exactly where the links are inserted on your blog.
You don’t have to use it for SEO & internal linking, you could also use it to automatically insert affiliate links as well.
Oh and did I mention that it is free? Not bad right ?
My guess is you’ve seen one or two of these tools , heck maybe even you’re familiar with them- but not all. This is the power of using several key tools in conjunction, and hopefully these will bring similar results to your ventures as they hacve to mine in the past.
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