SEO Tools: The Complete List (2016 Update)

If you want to see the best SEO tools in one place, then you’ll LOVE this guide.

I personally tested and reviewed over 184 free and paid tools.

And you can filter through the list to find the best SEO software for you.

Check it out:

I want SEO tools that help with:


  1. Link Building
  2. Technical SEO
  3. Keyword Research
  4. Rank Tracking
  5. Content Optimization
  6. Backlink analysis

I want tools that are:


  1. Free
  2. Paid
  3. Freemium

Show only Brian's favorite tools:


  1. Yes
  2. No

AuthoritySpy

Link BuildingPaidNo

AuthoritySpy is designed to help you find the top influencers in your space. It discovers these movers and shakers by searching in places like AllTop, Twitter and Followerwonk.

authority spy screenshot 2

official website:
http://authorityspy.com/

Buzzstream

Link BuildingPaidYes

If you do outreach at scale or with a team, you NEED a tool like Buzzstream. Why? Buzzstream makes the messy job of email outreach and link building streamlined and organized. Make sure to check out their new prospecting and email-finding features.

buzzstream screenshot

official website:
http://buzzstream.com

Check My Links

Link BuildingFreeNo

If you do Broken Link Building (or The Moving Man Method), then you’ll love Check My Links. With a click of a button, this Chrome extension quickly checks any webpage for broken links.

check my links chrome extension

official website:
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/check-my-links/ojkcdipcgfaekbeaelaapakgnjflfglf?hl=en-GB

Citation Labs' Broken Link Finder

Link BuildingPaidNo

Instead of hunting for broken links page-by-page, The Broken Link Finder proactively searches the web for them. Just search for a keyword and the tool will scour the internet for broken links…and hand them to you on a silver platter. Then you can hit up the Wayback Machine to see what the content was (and create something similar/better).

Cool feature: You can sort your results by how many people link to the broken link.

citation labs broken link finder

official website:
http://www.brokenlinkbuilding.com/

Citation Labs' Link Prospector

Link BuildingPaidNo

A industrial-level link opportunity finder. Link Prospector scans the web for link building opportunities like resource pages, guest posts, blogs, news sites and more.

link prospector tool

official website:
http://linkprospector.citationlabs.com/

Content Marketer

Link BuildingPaidYes

An excellent tool that finds contact information (ie. emails) and helps you reach out to those people. I’ve found that the contact info it spits out is pretty darn accurate.

Cool Feature: Content Marketer provides email templates you can use for outreach. They have templates for guest post requests, LinkedIn outreach and more.
content marketer screenshot


official website:
https://contentmarketer.io/

DIBZ

Link BuildingPaidNo

DIBZ is a cool link prospecting tool. Just enter the type of links you want to build (for example, resource page backlinks) and it’ll get to work finding link opportunities.

dibz link building tool

official website:
https://dibz.me/

Disavow.it

Link BuildingFreeNo

Disavow.it turns your list of spammy URLs into a Google-ready disavow file. Good stuff.

disavow file tool

official website:
http://disavow.it/

Domain Hunter Plus

Link BuildingFreeNo

Domain Hunter Plus is similar to Check My Links. But this tool also checks to see if the broken link’s domain is available for registration. Cool feature in theory…but I rarely find any free domain names with this tool. That’s because authoritative domains tend to get scooped up pretty quickly. Still a helpful tool for broken link building or The Moving Man Method though.

domain hunter plus

official website:
http://netvantagemarketing.com/about/domain-hunter-plus

Free Broken Link Checker

Link BuildingFreemiumNo

This tool checks a website for broken links. Helpful for broken link building.
Free Broken Link Checker


official website:
http://www.brokenlinkcheck.com/

GroupHigh

Link BuildingPaidNo

GroupHigh is advanced blogger outreach software.

Despite the laundry list of features, it’s pretty darn easy to use. Just enter a few keywords to find blogs in your industry. Then filter by Domain Authority and last post date to whittle down the list to bloggers that are worth reaching out to. You can also reach out to them (and track your results) within the platform.

grouphigh screenshot

official website:
http://www.grouphigh.com/

GuestPost Tracker

Link BuildingPaidNo

GuestPost Tracker is a giant database of 1000+ websites that accept guest posts. The tool also allows you to track sites that you’ve submitted to. Their sales copy emphasizes that the sites on their list are not part of a PBN. I took a look at a few of the sites in their database and they looked legit.

guest post tracker

official website:
https://www.guestposttracker.com/

HARO (Help a Reporter Out)

Link BuildingFreemiumYes

Want to get backlinks from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal? You can hire a pricey PR firm…or you can use HARO. HARO is a “dating service” that connects journalists with sources. If you hook a journalist up with a nice quote or stat, they’ll reward you up with a mention or link. Takes a bit of grinding to get a single mention, but the links you get can be solid gold.
HARO


official website:
http://www.helpareporter.com/

Inky Bee

Link BuildingPaidNo

A decent blogger outreach tool. Just enter a keyword and Inky Bee shows you bloggers in that industry. Inky Bee allows you to sort by Domain Authority/Page Authority. That way you focus on the big shots in your industry.
inkybee screenshot


official website:
http://www.inkybee.com/

Linkbird

Link Building, Backlink analysisPaidNo

LinkBird is a keyword research/rank tracking/backlink analysis/link building hybrid tool. Fires off email alerts when it finds a new backlink pointing to your site.

linkbird

official website:
https://www.linkbird.com/en/

LinkMiner

Link BuildingFreeYes

Check My Links on steroids. Like many tools, LinkMiner check for broken links on a page. But this free Chrome extension also shows you how many links the broken link has pointing to it. Uber helpful for broken link building.

Cool Feature: LinkMiner shows you how many outbound links a page has…on a Google SERP. That way you can zero-in on pages with lots of outbound links (and therefore, broken link building opportunities).

linkminer serp feature

official website:
http://pointblankseo.com/linkminer

Linkody

Link Building, Backlink analysisPaidNo

Linkody lets you know you when you get (or lose) a backlink. It also provides info on your new backlinks (like Mozrank and anchor text). Cool Feature: Linkody emails you when a competitor gets a new backlink. That way you can swoop in and try to get the same one for yourself.

linkody screenshot 2

official website:
https://www.linkody.com/

Linkstant

Link BuildingPaidNo

Linkstant you an email alert every time you get a new link. Why is this helpful?

Well you can turn that one link into multiple links (and a relationship) with a quick “hey, thanks for linking to me” email. It also helps you identify reputation management issues quickly so you can nip them in the bud before they blow up.

linkstant alert

official website:
http://www.linkstant.com/

Marie Haynes' Disavow Blacklist

Link BuildingFreeNo

Wondering if a link is helping or hurting your SEO efforts? Then upload the URL of the page to Marie Haynes’ blacklist tool. It will let you know if the domain is on Marie’s comprehensive list of spammy websites. If it is, you may want to add it to a disavow file. Helpful.

disavow tool

official website:
https://www.mariehaynes.com/blacklist/

Muck Rack

Link BuildingPaidYes

If you want to get mentions (and backlinks) from sites like The New York Times and Forbes, you need to start rubbing elbows with journalists. And Muck Rack is an impressive PR tool that helps you quickly find journalists that cover your site’s industry.

Cool Feature: The “Journalist Directory” is a hand-curated list of journalists at over 500 media outlets. Includes their latest tweets, columns and up-to-date contact information.

muckrack screenshot 2

official website:
http://muckrack.com/

Ninja Outreach

Link BuildingPaidNo

Ninja Outreach is an impressive new blogger outreach tool. Search for influential peeps and reach out to them…all from within the tool. Includes outreach templates.

ninja outreach screenshot 2

official website:
http://ninjaoutreach.com/

Ontolo

Link BuildingFreemiumNo

If you eat, sleep and breathe link building, then Ontolo is a tool I recommend checking out. It’s designed to do one thing: show you lots of link opportunities. Just enter a few keywords, tell Ontolo what types of links you want to get (for example:”links from guest posts”), and Ontolo will hand you a list of opportunities.

new ontolo

official website:
http://ontolo.com/

Outreachr

Link BuildingPaidNo

A pretty nifty content promotion tool. Enter a few keywords and Outreachr will scour the web for websites that cover those topics. Comes packed with tons of sorting features (like Domain Authority and Citation Flow) so that you can focus on reaching out to ballers.

outreachr screenshot

official website:
http://www.outreachr.com

Pitchbox

Link BuildingPaidYes

PitchBox is an all-in-one link prospecting and outreach tool.

Unlike many outreach platforms that are clunky and confusing, PitchBox is a breeze to use. Just enter a few keywords and the tool scans the web for people to promote to (and automatically grabs their contact info). Then reach out to them and track your results.

pitchbox screenshot 2

official website:
http://pitchbox.com/

Quick URL Opener

Link BuildingFreeNo

If you do a lot of link building you’ll NEED to use a tool that opens a big ol’ list of URLs at once. And the Quick URL Opener is one of the best (if not THE best) free SEO tools out there.

quickurl opener

official website:
http://quickurlopener.com/

Remove'em

Link BuildingPaidNo

Remove’em is a pro-level link removal tool. This comes in hand if you got hit by Google Penguin or a Manual “Unnatural Links” penalty.

Cool Feature: “R-Score” evaluates all of your backlinks to let you know which ones are harmful. This makes sorting through thousands of links 10x easier.

removem screenshot

official website:
http://www.removeem.com/

Rmoov

Link BuildingFreemiumYes

Rmoov is one of the best link removal tools on the market. It comes packed with helpful features (like finding a site owner’s contact info and auto-generated link removal templates).
rmoov tool


official website:
https://www.rmoov.com/index.php

ScrapeBox

Link Building, Keyword Research, Backlink analysisPaidNo

ScrapeBox is the self-proclaimed “Swiss army knife of SEO”. Even though this tool was built for black hat SEO, you can use ScrapeBox for white hat link building tasks (like link prospecting, finding contact information and even keyword research).

scrapebox screenshot

official website:
http://www.scrapebox.com/

Siege Media Embed Code Generator

Link BuildingFreeYes

My favorite infographic embed code generator. I really like how you can specify the dimensions of the embed code box.

siege media embed code generator

official website:
http://www.siegemedia.com/embed-code-generator

Similar Content Prospecting Tool (SkyRocket)

Link BuildingFreeNo

This useful tool gives you a list of 120 pages that have already linked out to content on your topic (which makes them excellent link prospects).

link prospecting tool

official website:
https://skyrocket.digital/similar-content-prospecting-tool/

YourOutreach

Link BuildingFreemiumNo

This is a brand new outreach software program that comes bundled with pre-built campaigns. Promising.

youroutreach

official website:
http://youroutreach.com/

Technical SEO tools

All in One SEO Pack

Technical SEOFreemiumNo

An alternative to the Yoast SEO plugin.

The All In One SEO Pack has a few unique features that make it different than yoast, like auto-generated description tags, canonical tag support and a “bad bot” blocker.

all in one seo pack

official website:
https://wordpress.org/plugins/all-in-one-seo-pack/

Bing Webmaster Tools

Technical SEO, Keyword ResearchFreeNo

As you might expect from Bing, Bing Webmaster Tools is good…but not nearly as good as Google Search Console.

But if Bing is important to you, this tool tells you everything you need to know about your site’s visibility in Bing. Cool Feature: Bing has a surprisingly good keyword research tool (see image below). And it can hand you keywords that the GKP will NEVER reveal.

bing webmaster tools screenshot

official website:
http://www.bing.com/toolbox/webmaster

Botify

Technical SEOPaidNo

A clean and straightforward site auditing tool. Provides info on site loading speed, HTML errors, and click depth.

botify

official website:
https://www.botify.com/

Bright Local

Technical SEO, Rank Tracking, Backlink analysisPaidNo

Bright Local is an excellent tool that does insanely comprehensive local SEO site audits.

Cool Feature: Find duplicate or incorrect citations that are floating around online. Helpful if you recently changed address or just want to make sure your NAP citations are consistent around the web.

bright local screenshot 1

official website:
https://www.brightlocal.com/

Browseo

Technical SEOFreeNo

A nifty tool that reveals how a search engines spider sees your site. If you check out the screenshot below you’ll notice that search engine spiders get a very different view of our websites than us humans do.

browseo screenshot

official website:
http://www.browseo.net/

Clusteric

Technical SEOPaidNo

A bit clunky to use, but Clusteric provides a ton of features like site audits, competitor analysis, search visiblity and more.

clusteric

official website:
http://clusteric.com/

DareBoost

Technical SEOFreemiumNo

Dareboost is a robust website performance testing tool. Not only does the tool size up your site’s loading speed, but it tells you EXACTLY how you can fix issues that are slowing things down.

dareboost site performance tool

official website:
https://www.dareboost.com/en/home

DeepCrawl

Technical SEOPaidNo

Deep Crawl lives up to its name. It scans every page on your site and gives you a comprehensive report that lists out you how many H1 tags you have on each page, noindexed pages, broken internal links, broken external links etc. Heck, it even tells you if your Twitter Card descriptions are too long. deep crawl seo tool report


official website:
https://www.deepcrawl.com/

EasyRedir

Technical SEOPaidNo

EasyRidir makes redirecting traffic between different domains super easy. Just enter the URLs you want to send people from (and to), and the tool gives you DNS info that you can use to manage 100% of the redirects.

easy redirect

official website:
https://www.easyredir.com/

Forecheck

Technical SEOPaidNo

Forecheck crawls your site to uncover issues that may be holding you back from Google’s first page. It also color codes its reports so you know which issues to tackle first.

forecheck

official website:
http://www.forecheck.com/

Google Analytics

Technical SEOFreeYes

If you’re serious about SEO, you need to use Google Analytics. Enough said.

Cool Feature: Go to “Acquisition” –>”Search Console”–> Landing Pages. This will bring up the pages on your site that get the most impressions and clicks from Google. Look at the CTR field to see your pages that get the best click-through-rate. Finally, apply elements from those title and description tags to pages that get a bad CTR. And watch your organic traffic move on up πŸ™‚

google analytics search engine optimization

official website:
http://www.google.com/analytics/

Google Analytics Referrer Spam Killer

Technical SEOFreeNo

When you link your Google Analytics to this free spam killer tool, it will add filters to your account that remove over 100 know spammy referrer websites from your list of referring domains. That way your GA data will be squeaky clean.

google analytics referrer spam killer

official website:
https://www.adwordsrobot.com/en/tools/ga-referrer-spam-killer

Google Mobile-Friendly Test

Technical SEOFreeNo

Google recently started to downrank sites that aren’t mobile friendly.

But how do you know if a page on your site is up to snuff? Just enter the URL into the Google Mobile-Friendly Test Tool…and you’ll get a simple “yes/no” answer from Big G.

google mobile friendly tool 2

official website:
https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/

Google PageSpeed Insights

Technical SEOFreeNo

You know Google uses your site’s loading speed as a ranking factor.

Well Google PageSpeed insights tells you whether or not Google sees your site as lightning-fast or snail-slow. It also hands you actionable suggestions that you (or your web developer) can use to speed things up.

google pagespeed insights 2

 


official website:
https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/

Google Search Console

Technical SEO, Rank TrackingFreeYes

Google Search Console is a suite of helpful tools straight from Google. You can see if you have duplicate meta data, how many pages you have indexed, security issues and more.

Cool feature: Go to “Search Traffic”—>”Search Analytics” to get a list of keywords that you currently rank for. Sort by “Position” so that your #1 rankings are at the top. Then scroll down until you find where you rank #10-#25 in Google’s search results. These are pages that you can sometimes push to page 1 with some extra SEO love (for example, pointing a few internal links to that page).

google search console

official website:
https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/home?hl=en

Google XML Sitemaps

Technical SEOFreemiumNo

A WordPress plugin that creates an SEO-friendly sitemap of your site automatically. However, if you already use the Yoast SEO Plugin, you don’t need this as Yoast does the same exact thing.
google xml sitemaps plugin


official website:
https://wordpress.org/plugins/google-sitemap-generator/

GTmetrix

Technical SEOFreeNo

Google Page Speed Insights checks your site’s code. GTmetrix actually loads your site.

When I want to judge my site’s real loading speed, I always defer to GTmetrix. It also gives you recommendations for getting your site up to speed (literally).

gtmetrix screenshot

official website:
https://gtmetrix.com/

HeadMasterSEO

Technical SEOFreemiumNo

Want to know if your 301 redirects are set up correctly? Or how about canonical URLs? Or maybe you’re not sure if your robots.txt files are blocking Google from indexing your pages. HeadMasterSEO lets you check these potential issues on huge lists of URLs with ease.

headmaster seo

official website:
https://headmasterseo.com/

Hreflang Tags Generator Tool

Technical SEO, Content OptimizationFreeYes

Want to create Hreflang tags with ease? Aleyda’s excellent tool does the job right.

hreflang tool

official website:
http://www.aleydasolis.com/en/international-seo-tools/hreflang-tags-generator/

LinkPatrol

Technical SEOPaidNo

LinkPatrol is an interesting WordPress plugin that shows you all of your site’s external links.

Cool Feature: If you need to remove or nofollow a bunch of links on your site, LinkPatrol makes it easy. Just choose a domain you want to remove or nofollow, and LinkPatrol will take care of them.

linkpatrol screenshot

official website:
https://linkpatrolwp.com/

Lipperhey

Technical SEO, Content OptimizationFreemiumNo

Lipperhey analyzes your site for technical SEO issues and provides a basic SEO content analysis.

lipperhey technical seo tool screenshot

official website:
https://www.lipperhey.com/en/

Map Broker XML Sitemap Validator

Technical SEOFreeNo

A helpful (free) tool that makes sure you have a valid sitemap. The XML Sitemap Validator also double checks that the links in your sitemap work.

xml sitemap validator

 


official website:
http://ipullrank.com/tools/map-broker/

Microdata Generator

Technical SEOFreeNo

The Microdata Generator makes creating local SEO schema markup a breeze. This is perfect if you’re a local business (or have local SEO clients).

Just enter your basic biz info (like address, phone number, opening hours etc.) and you’re set.
microdata generator


official website:
http://microdatagenerator.org/

OnCrawl

Technical SEOPaidNo

OnCrawl is a solid site auditing tool. Like most others, this software gives you info on HTML issues…but also duplicate content, page depth and site performance.

oncrawl

official website:
http://www.oncrawl.com/

Open SEO Stats

Technical SEO, Content OptimizationFreeNo

A nifty Chrome extension that gives you fistfuls of helpful info with the push of a button. You can see a site’s Alexa ranking, indexed pages, page speed, whois, on page SEO…the list goes on and on. open seo stats


official website:
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/open-seo-statsformerly-pa/hbdkkfheckcdppiaiabobmennhijkknn

Panguin Tool

Technical SEOFreeYes

Wondering if your site got dinged by Panda, Penguin or another Google penalty? The outstanding Panguin Tool will help you get to the bottom of it. Just link up Panguin with your Google Analytics and the tool will show if your organic traffic dip happened at the same time as a major Google update.

panguin tool

official website:
http://www.barracuda-digital.co.uk/panguin-tool/

Plugin SEO

Technical SEO, Content OptimizationFreeNo

A fast and free on-page SEO analysis tool. Provides recommendations to patch up any issues your page has.

plugin seo

official website:
https://www.pluginseo.com/

Raven Tools

Technical SEO, Content OptimizationPaidNo

A pro-level tools suite designed for digital marketing agencies. Raven Tools probably has the best site auditor tool I’ve ever used. And unlike most site audit tools, Raven shows you EXACTLY what you need to do to fix any SEO issues that your site has.

Cool Feature: “Thin content” reveals content that might put you at risk for a Google Panda penalty.

raven tools software

official website:
http://raventools.com/

Referral Ghost Spam Removal Tool

Technical SEOFreeNo

Is referral “ghost spam” messing up your Google Analytics data? Well this free tool quickly filters out spam bots by creating a segment in GA that ignores traffic from spammy websites.

loganix ghost spam filter

official website:
https://loganix.net/rst-lander/

Rel Nofollow Checkbox

Technical SEOFreeNo

This WordPress plugin lets you easily set links on your site as “nofollow”.

rel nofollow checkbox

official website:
https://wordpress.org/plugins/rel-nofollow-checkbox/

Screaming Frog SEO Log File Analyser

Technical SEOFreemiumNo

Most technical SEO tools scan a list of URLs and tell you about errors and opportunities that it found. What makes the new Screaming Frog SEO Log File Analyser different is that it analyzes your log files. That way you can see how search engine bots from Google and Bing interact with your site (and how often). Helpful if you run a huge site with tens of thousands (or millions) of pages.

logfile analyzer

official website:
https://www.screamingfrog.co.uk/log-file-analyser/

Screaming Frog SEO Spider

Technical SEOFreemiumNo

Screaming Frog is the first technical SEO tool that I ever used. And it still holds up today. Great for quickly identifying technical issues that’s holding your site back from the first page. Free version works well. But to get really down-and-dirty, you definitely want to splurge for the full paid version.

screaming frog screenshot

official website:
http://www.screamingfrog.co.uk/seo-spider/

SEO & Website Analysis (WooRank)

Technical SEO, Content OptimizationFreeYes

This free Chrome extension gives you important SEO info from within your browser.

Just click a button and the SEO & Website Analysis by WooRank analyzes your page’s basic SEO metrics (like title tags that are too long). But the tool also hooks you up with other helpful info (like whether your site is mobile optimized and how fast it loads).

Yes, you can use this extension for your own site. But in experience this tool is even better for competitor analysis because it shows you the site’s Facebook and Twitter pages, what technology they’re using on their site, and traffic estimates…all from within your browser.

woorank SEO & Website Analysis

official website:
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/seo-website-analysis/hlngmmdolgbdnnimbmblfhhndibdipaf?hl=en

SEO Friendly Images

Technical SEOFreemiumNo

Have a bunch of images on your site that are missing alt text and titles? Well you COULD add that info one-by-one…or you could use this helpful plugin. SEO Friendly Images WordPress grabs the file name of your image and turns it into the image’s alt text and title.

For example, let’s say you have an image called “redsox.jpeg”. SEO Friendly Images will automatically turn that file name into “red sox” for image’s alt text and title.

SEO friendly images

official website:
http://www.prelovac.com/vladimir/wordpress-plugins/seo-friendly-images/

SEO Monitor

Technical SEO, Rank TrackingPaidYes

SEO Monitor is a one-stop dashboard for your SEO performance.

Cool Feature: SEO Monitor takes Google Analytic’s data, mashes it together with your rankings, and helps solve the “(not provided)” issue. This is SUPER helpful for discovering keywords that convert well for you. That way you can put more SEO muscle behind those keywords.

seomonitor screenshot

official website:
http://seomonitor.com/

SEO Site Checkup

Technical SEO, Content OptimizationPaidNo

A very easy-to-use SEO audit tool. Also includes backlink analysis data, uptime reports and site speed recommendations. The white label reports for digital marketing agencies look really sharp.

seo site checkup 2

official website:
http://seositecheckup.com/

SEO-Browser

Technical SEOFreemiumNo

Simple tool for seeing your site from the eyes of a search engine spider.

seo browser screenshot

official website:
http://seo-browser.com/

Seobility

Technical SEO, Content OptimizationFreemiumYes

SEObility is a robust (yet user-friendly) site auditor.

Cool Feature: “Page Levels” reveals pages that are deep down in your site’s architecture (jn other words, several clicks away from your homepage). Pages that are lots of clicks from your homepage are sometimes hard to get indexed. So this helpful feature can help you find these pages…and bring these pages closer to your homepage.

seobility

official website:
https://www.seobility.net/en/

SERPmetrics

Technical SEOPaidNo

SERPmetrics answers the question: “Has everybody’s rankings changed…or is it just me?”. Just head over to this tool to see how volatile Google has been over the last 30 days.

serpmetrics flux screenshot

official website:
http://serpmetrics.com/flux/

Site Analyzer

Technical SEO, Content OptimizationPaidNo

Site Analyzer a high-quality site audit tool. Yes, $10 for a 100 page scan is a little steep. But the tool hooks you up with a lot of helpful information, especially when it comes to page optimization.

site analyzer screenshot

official website:
https://www.site-analyzer.com/

Site Condor

Technical SEOPaidNo

A VERY in-depth site audit tool. If there’s a potential SEO issue with your site (like a broken link or a title tag that’s too long), Site Condor will identify it. Even I was a bit overwhelmed with the issues it found at first. Fortunately, the tool comes packed with a “View Recommendations” button that tells you how to fix any problems that it finds.

Cool Feature: “Site Graph” visualizes your site’s link structure. This is perfect for seeing howΒ  authority (aka PageRank) flows through your site.

site condor site graph

official website:
https://www.sitecondor.com/

Siteliner

Technical SEOFreemiumNo

Siteliner is a lightning-fast technical SEO scanner. It’s especially helpful for identifying duplicate content issues on your site.

siteliner

official website:
http://www.siteliner.com/

Topvisor

Technical SEOFreemiumNo

Topvisor can be helpful if you’re in charge of technical SEO for several different websites. With a few clicks you can identify issues and opportunites across 10+ different domains. The major downside is that it has a very steep learning curve due to the confusing UI.

topvisor

official website:
https://topvisor.com/

Varvy SEO Tool

Technical SEOFreeNo

A clean and easy-to-use site audit tool. You just need to a URL and Varvy spits out a bunch of helpful info in seconds. Specifically, you’ll see your site’s technical SEO issues, social shares, recent Twitter and Facebook mentions, external links and more.

varvy seo tool

official website:
https://varvy.com/tools/

Webbee SEO Spider Tool

Technical SEOFreeNo

This free piece of SEO software gives you a lot of in-depth info into your site’s technical SEO health. Similar to Screaming Frog but with a few extra features (like graphs and the ability to filter results).

webbee site crawler

official website:
https://www.eebew.com/spider/

Website Penalty Indicator

Technical SEOFreeYes

Wondering whether or not you got slapped by a Google Penalty? Well Website Penalty Indicator can give you some much-needed insight. The tool lines up your organic traffic with dates of Google penalties…like “Mobilegeddon” and the Phantom update.

website penalty indicator

official website:
http://feinternational.com/website-penalty-indicator/

Whitespark

Link Building, Technical SEO, Content OptimizationPaidYes

If you do local SEO for clients, you need to have Whitespark in your arsenal. You can easily find hundreds of NAP citations with a few clicks…and reverse engineer your competitor’s citations with ease.

Cool Feature: Offline Tracking turns “how did you hear about us?” into online data you can use to double down on what works. Integrates with Google Analytics.

whitespark screenshot 3

official website:
http://www.whitespark.ca/

Woorank

Technical SEO, Content OptimizationPaidNo

Top-notch website analysis tool that tells you everything you need to know about your website’s SEO health.

woorank screenshot

official website:
https://www.woorank.com/

Yoast SEO Plugin

Technical SEO, Content OptimizationFreemiumYes

Yoast is the #1 SEO WordPress plugin for one simple reason: it works. It’s also the SEO plugin that we use here at Backlinko.

Cool Feature: “Bulk Editor” lets you edit dozens of pages with a click. Uber helpful if you ever have duplicate content issues on your site.

yoast seo plugin

official website:
https://yoast.com/wordpress/plugins/seo/

Zadroweb SEO Auditor

Technical SEO, Content OptimizationFreeNo

A free SEO auditor that provides a high-level SEO overview of your site.

zandro auditor

official website:
https://zadroweb.com/seo-auditor/

Keyword Research tools

AdWord & SEO Keyword Permutation Generator

Keyword ResearchFreeNo

If you’re looking for a way to discover new keywords, try mashing a bunch of words together and see what happens.

(I’m not kidding)

Creating keyword permutations is a classic Adwords tactic that few people in SEO use. And the Dan Zambonini permutation tool is one of the best keyword combo tools that I’ve tried.

keyword permutation tool

official website:
http://seo.danzambonini.com/#

Answer The Public

Keyword ResearchFreeNo

Answer The Public combines Google Autosuggest scraping with a question scraper.

So if you want to know what questions your target audience types into Google, just pop the keyword into Answer The Public and you’ll get a hefty list.

answer the public 2

 


official website:
http://answerthepublic.com/

FAQfox

Keyword ResearchFreeNo

FAQfox is a question scraper tool. I like how you can choose the websites that FAQfox scrapes. So if there’s a particular site that your target audience hands out on (for example, Reddit) you can ask the tool to only search that site.

faqfox

official website:
http://faqfox.com/

FreshKey

Keyword ResearchPaidNo

FreshKey is one of the better keyword research tools I tried for this list (and I tried a TON of them). The tool generates sackfuls of keyword ideas by scraping Amazon, Bing, Ebay, Google Market and more. While most tools require a monthly subscription, FreshKey is a very reasonable one-time fee of 49 bucks.

freshkey screenshot 2

official website:
http://freshkey.com/

Google Correlate

Keyword ResearchFreeNo

An underrated keyword research tool that comes straight from Google.

Google Correlate is really simple:

It shows you keywords that tend to get searched for together. For example, let’s say you pop “gluten free” into the tool. Google Correlate tells you that people searching for “gluten free” also search for “cheese gluten free” and “flour gluten free”. Very cool.google correlate


official website:
http://www.google.com/trends/correlate

Google Keyword Planner

Keyword ResearchFreeYes

The Google Keyword Planner is the only keyword tool that gives you data straight from the horse’s mouth.

Cool feature: The GKP tells you how likely someone searching for that keyword will buy something from you. How? Look at the “competition” and “estimated bid” columns. If the “competition” and “estimated bid” are high, you probably have a keyword that converts well. I put more weight on this than straight-up search volume. After all, who wants a bunch of tire kickers coming to their site?

google keyword planner screenshot

official website:
https://adwords.google.com/KeywordPlanner

Google Location Changer (SERPs)

Keyword ResearchFreeNo

This handy little tool shows you the SERPs for a specific local area (like Boston)…even if you don’t happen to live there. Helpful for sizing up the first page for local SEO campaigns.

google location changer tool

official website:
https://serps.com/tools/google-search-location/

Google Trends

Keyword ResearchFreeNo

I ALWAYS check Google Trends before pulling the trigger on a keyword. Why?

Because I want to know whether or not my keyword is getting more (or less) popular. If you skip this step you risk optimizing your page around a dying keyword.

Cool Feature: Scroll down to the bottom of the page and check out “Queries”. These are related keywords that you can pop into the GKP to see if they’re a good fit.

google trends

official website:
https://www.google.com/trends/

GrepWords

Keyword ResearchPaidNo

A solid, reasonably priced keyword research tool with an excellent question scraper.

Cool Feature: “Divergent” shows you what time of the year certain keywords tend to spike. For example, if you want to see which gift card keywords tend to perk up around Christmas, GrepWords will show it to you. Ditto with Halloween and keywords related to “costumes”.

grepwords keyword research tool 3

official website:
http://grepwords.com/

HitTail

Keyword ResearchPaidNo

HitTail does two things very well:

1. It shows you which keywords tend to bring in the most traffic for you (this helps get around the “not provided” problem.

2. Shows you keyword suggestions. I was impressed by their keyword suggestions because they showed me keywords that I didn’t see other tools.

hittail screenshot 2

official website:
https://www.hittail.com/

Imforsmb.com's Bulk Keyword Generator

Keyword ResearchFreeNo

If you do SEO work for local clients (like plumbers and electricians), this tool can help you find local keywords that potential customers search for. For example, if you tell the tool that your client is a plumber in Boston, it will hand you 40-ish keywords that customers might use in Google.

local seo bulk keyword tool

official website:
http://www.imforsmb.com/tools/bulk-keyword-generator/

iSpionage

Keyword ResearchFreemiumNo

ISpionage is a keyword research tool that’s similar to SEMRush. Yes it has some SEO-focused features. But it’s definitely geared towards PPC peeps.

Cool Feature: “Share of Voice” tells you the potential organic traffic a page gets across Google, Yahoo and Bing.

ispionage

official website:
https://www.ispionage.com

Jaaxy

Keyword ResearchFreemiumNo

Jaaxy is an easy-to-use keyword research tool that specializes in spitting out lots of closely-related keywords. Nice tool.

jaaxy keyword research tool

official website:
http://www.jaaxy.com/

Keyword Combiner

Keyword ResearchFreeNo

Yes, Keyword Combiner is designed for Adwords. But it’s a great tool to find keywords that you can use for SEO as well. Just pop in a bunch of different keywords and the tool will mash them all together. Then upload them to the GKP to check their search volume. Helpful.

keyword combiner

official website:
http://web.forret.com/tools/adwords.asp

Keyword Eye

Keyword ResearchFreemiumNo

A unique keyword research tool that shows you keyword suggestions as a word cloud. Bigger keywords=more search volume. It also color codes keywords based on Adwords competition (which is a good sign of a keyword’s profitability).
keyword eye 2


official website:
http://www.keywordeye.com/

Keyword Revealer

Keyword ResearchFreemiumNo

Keyword Revealer is a standard keyword research tool with aΒ  a cool “Keyword Tree” feature. The keyword treee shows you keyword ideas as a tree. And when you click on a “branch” in the tree, a new set of branches appears. Helpful.keyword revealer tool


official website:
http://www.keywordrevealer.com/

Keyword Snatcher

Keyword ResearchPaidNo

This tool probably gives you more keyword ideas than any other tool on the market. Why? Because it finds keywords from a bunch of different places, like Ebay, Amazon and even Yahoo. In fact, the last seed keyword I put into it (“paleo diet”) generated 15,000 keywords!

The one downside to this tool is that it doesn’t show you how many people search for the keywords that it spits out. So you need to manually upload the keyword list into the GKP to get search volume info.

keyword snatcher list

official website:
http://keywordsnatcher.com/

Keyword Tool Dominator

Keyword ResearchPaidNo

A keyword tool that scrapes autocomplete suggestions from sites like Google, YouTube, Amazon, Bing and Etsy.

keyword tool dominator

official website:
http://www.keywordtooldominator.com

KeywordIn

Keyword ResearchFreeNo

KeywordIn mashes up seed keywords to create hundreds of new keywords. You can pop these terms into the Google Keyword Planner to see if people actually search for them.

keyword in

official website:
http://keywordin.com/keyword-generator.php

Keywords Everywhere

Keyword ResearchFreeNo

A Chrome extension (also available for Firefox) that dynamically inserts keyword research info into the sites you visit most. For example, Keywords Everywhere will insert monthly search volume CPC info into your Google Search Console reports.

keywords everywhere

official website:
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/keywords-everywhere-keywo/hbapdpeemoojbophdfndmlgdhppljgmp

KeywordSpy

Keyword ResearchFreemiumNo

A decent keyword research tool. While Keyword Spy is a bit dated (the copy still says “track your rankings in MSN”), it still works OK. The tool works just like SEMRush: enter a domain name into the tool and it will show you a list of keywords that the site ranks for. However, SEMRush is far and away the superior tool.

keyword spy screenshot

official website:
http://www.keywordspy.com/

KeywordTool.io

Keyword ResearchFreemiumNo

An excellent keyword research tool that scrapes Google Autocomplete results.

Although Google said they would be “restricting” access to Autocomplete, KeywordTool.io seems to have found a way around it. I just tested the tool and it brought back a bunch of excellent keyword suggestions just like it always does.

keywordtool.io

official website:
http://keywordtool.io/

kwfinder.com

Keyword ResearchFreemiumNo

An insanely easy to use alternative to the Google Keyword Planner. Just pop a keyword into it and you get search volume, estimated bid and first page competition data within seconds.

kwfinder screenshot 2

official website:
https://kwfinder.com/

Long Tail Pro

Keyword ResearchPaidNo

A very easy-to-use keyword research tool. Enter a keyword and get suggestions. Simple and effective.

Cool feature: Only want to see keywords that have a search volume between 1500-2100? How about keywords with an estimated bid of at least $2.50? Long Tail Pro’s filtering feature makes it easy to see ONLY keywords that you actually want.

long tail pro screenshot

official website:
http://www.longtailpro.com/

Power Suggest Pro

Keyword ResearchPaidNo

Power Suggest Pro is a desktop-based keyword research tool. Enter a keyword and it spits out ideas from a number of different search engines (like Google and Wikipedia). Cool Feature: “Ideas!” give you a list of common terms people use in search engines (like “best X” and “how to fix Y”). Helpful for coming up with new keyword ideas.

power suggest pro screenshot

official website:
http://www.powersuggestpro.com/

SECockpit

Keyword ResearchPaidYes

SECockpit is probably most advanced keyword research tool on the market. Yes, you enter a seed keyword and get suggestions like any other tool. But SECockpit can do so much more than list out a list of related keywords.

It can spit out low competition keywords. It can show you keywords that get a minimum CPC in Adwords. It can even show you keywords that have YouTube, Ebay or Amazon results on the first page.

Cool Feature: SECockpit scrapes the “Searches similar to…” from the bottom of Google’s search results. This can often unearth keywords that you’d otherwise miss.

secockpit screenshot 2

official website:
http://secockpit.com/

Seed Keywords

Keyword ResearchFreeYes

Let’s face it:

Most people enter seed keywords into the Google Keyword Planner that they pluck out of thin air. But with this free SEO tool you can find out what people actually type into search boxes.

How? Just create a scenario and ask people what they would search for in that situation.

For example, I created a scenario “How would you search for a hotel in Paris?”. You can see the results in the screenshot below. You can even export the list as a CSV file.

seed keywords tool 2

official website:
http://www.seedkeywords.com

SEMrush

Technical SEO, Keyword ResearchFreemiumYes

SEMRush is one of the few SEO tools that I couldn’t live without. Unlike most keyword research tools, SEMRush works by showingΒ  you your competitor’s top keywords. So rather than grinding away in the Google Keyword Planner, just pop a competitor URL into SEMRush and you’ll see every single keyword that they rank for. #solidgold

Cool Feature: “Pages” reveal the pages on your competitor’s site that generate the most organic search engine traffic. This feature is insanely helpful for executing step #1 of The Skyscraper Technique.

semrush screenshot

official website:
http://www.semrush.com/

SEO Book's Free SEO Tools

Technical SEO, Keyword Research, Content OptimizationFreeNo

SEO Book has a set of helpful SEO software tools that focus on technical SEO and keyword research.

I especially like their “Keyword Suggestion” gadget. Super easy to use and gives you all the info you need quickly (like monthly search volume, suggested bid etc.).

seobook keyword tool

official website:
http://tools.seobook.com/

serpIQ

Keyword ResearchPaidNo

A decent keyword research tool. Also, I noticed that the keywords serpIQ spit out weren’t the same old keywords that I saw in most other keyword research tools.

Cool Feature: “Competition Analyzer” measures how competitive a keyword will be to rank for (scored between 1-100).

serpiq screenshot 2

official website:
https://serpiq.com/

SERPStat

Keyword ResearchFreemiumNo

SerpStat is an excellent keyword brainstorming tool. Although it doesn’t give you search volume for keywords, it does hand you a huge list of unique keywords that you can upload into the Google Keyword Planner.

Cool Feature: “Questions” gives you questions that people tend to ask around your topic. Very cool.

serpstat screenshot

official website:
http://serpstat.com/

SimilarWeb

Keyword ResearchFreemiumNo

SimilarWeb gives you a bird’s eye view of your competitor’s traffic figures, organic keywords, engagement metrics and more.

Cool Feature: “Similar Sites” show you websites that are closely-related to you or a competitor. Helpful for finding new outreach opportunities.

similarweb screenshot

official website:
http://www.similarweb.com/

Soovle

Keyword ResearchFreeNo

Soolve is a free tool that pulls autocomplete suggestions from a handful of different sources like Google, YouTube, Amazon, and Wikipedia.

soolve screenshot

official website:
http://www.soovle.com/

SpyFu

Keyword ResearchFreemiumYes

I hadn’t used SpyFu in over 3 years. And I was pleasantly surprised to find that the classic PPC tool has been upgraded with a ton of new SEO-focused features. In fact they’re keyword competition feature was one of the best that I came across.

Cool Feature: “Keyword Kombat” uncover keywords that a few of your competitor’s rank for. If those sites have similar authority to you, then it stands to reason that you can leapfrog all of them with some amazing content and link building.

And yes, that name reminds me of Mortal Kombat too πŸ™‚

spyfu screenshot 2

official website:
http://www.spyfu.com/

Suggestion Keyword Finder

Keyword ResearchFreeNo

A suprisingly helpful free keyword brainstorming tool. I’m not 100% sure how it works, but it spit out quite a few unique keywords when I tested it.

Make sure to check “Level 3” so that you get access to the largest list of keywords.

suggestion keyword finder

official website:
http://tools.seochat.com/tools/related-keywords-tool/

TermExplorer

Keyword ResearchPaidNo

TermExplorer provides you with thousands of keyword ideas and thorough organic competition info. Solid tool.

term explorer screenshot

official website:
http://termexplorer.com/Public/

UberSuggest

Keyword ResearchFreeNo

This was the first tool that scraped Google Autocomplete data. And it still gets the job done.

ubersuggest

official website:
http://ubersuggest.org/

Webtexttool

Keyword Research, Content OptimizationFreemiumNo

Webtexttool is a hybrid keyword research and content optimization tool. Cool Feature: “Overall” lets you know which keywords have the best ratio of search volume and competition.

webtexttool

official website:
http://www.webtexttool.com/

Wordstream's Free Keyword Tools

Keyword ResearchFreeYes

Even though Wordstream’s free keyword tools are made for Adwords, their set of free tools are helpful for uncovering keywords for your SEO campaigns.

Cool Feature: “Keyword Niche Finder” mashes a bunch of keywords together. When I tested this feature I noticed a handful of keywords that weren’t in any of the other keyword research tools I tried.

wordstream keyword research tools

official website:
http://www.wordstream.com/free-keyword-tools

WordTracker

Keyword ResearchPaidNo

WordTracker has its own internal index of keywords. Why is this important? Well it means you can come across long tail keywords that the GKP simply won’t show you. WordTracker also provides organic first page competition data.

Cool Feature: “Search for this Keyword” uncovers long tail variations of a given keyword. Repeat until you’ve found the long tail keyword you want.

wordtracker

official website:
http://www.wordtracker.com/

Wordtracker Scout

Keyword ResearchFreeNo

Wordtracker scout is a very cool (free) Chrome extension that finds keywords within a piece of content.You simply need to head over to an article, click the “W” button and the tool will scan the page for keyword ideas.

wordtracker scout

official website:
http://www.wordtracker.com/scout

YTCockpit

Keyword Research, Content OptimizationPaidYes

YTCockpit is the most advanced YouTube keyword research tool on the market (by a mile). This software shows you the average video length, views, likes, comments, and subscribers of the videos that rank on YouTube’s first page.

YT Cockpit

official website:
http://ytcockpit.com/

Rank Tracking tools

Advanced Web Ranking

Rank TrackingPaidNo

A rank tracking and keyword research tool hybrid. AWR takes some of the features of tools like SEMRush and Authority Labs and puts them under one roof. It also rocks a a solid site audit tool.

advanced web ranking report

official website:
http://www.advancedwebranking.com/

Agency Analytics

Technical SEO, Content OptimizationPaidYes

A kick-butt reporting tool designed for digital marketing agencies. Helps your clients quickly understand what’s going on with SEO and social media. Integrates with Google Analytics, YouTube, Twitter and more.

agency analytics

official website:
https://agencyanalytics.com/

AMZ Tracker

Rank Tracking, Content OptimizationPaidYes

If you sell products on Amazon, AMZ Tracker is a must-have tool. Tracks your rankings on Amazon.com AND international Amazon websites (like Amazon.de).

Cool Feature: “On Page Analyzer” evaluates your Amazon product page for important Amazon SEO metrics like positive reviews and high-res images.

amztracker screenshot

official website:
https://www.amztracker.com/

Authority Labs

Rank TrackingPaidYes

A reliable and easy-to-use rank tracking tool. The cheapest plan tracks 250 keywords, which is more than enough for most businesses. And for those of you that do Local SEO, Authority Labs tracks Google+ Local results too.

authority labs screenshot

official website:
http://authoritylabs.com/

GeoRanker

Rank TrackingFreemiumNo

GeoRanker is an advanced local SEO (Google Maps) rank tracking tool. As you know, if you track local keywords (like “Boston tacos”), you can’t use most rank tracking tools. You need to see what people in Boston see. Well GeoRanker does exactly that. Choose your keywords and locations and get a report back that shows you your Google organic and Google local results.

georanker report screenshot

official website:
https://www.georanker.com/

Microsite Masters

Rank TrackingFreemiumNo

Microsite Masters is a very solid rank tracking tool.

Cool Feature: “Scoreboard” shows you the keywords that had the most movement (positive and negative). Great for zeroing in on pages that might need attention.

micrositemasters screenshot

official website:
http://www.micrositemasters.com/

Pro Rank Tracker

Rank TrackingFreemiumNo

Pro Rank Tracker is a quality rank tracking tool with a great user interface. If you’re tracking hundreds (or thousands) of keywords, you can group keywords into categories to keep things organized.
pro rank tracker


official website:
http://proranktracker.com/

Rank Ranger

Rank TrackingPaidNo

Rank Ranger is a reliable rank tracker that comes bundles with a handful of extra features like on-page audits, keyword research, and competitor analysis. Nice tool.

rank ranger screenshot

official website:
https://www.rankranger.com/

Rival IQ

Rank Tracking, Content OptimizationPaidNo

Rival IQ pits your social media and SEO presence against your competitors. It your chief competitor getting more Twitter mentions than you? Are they ranking for a new keyword? This excellent tool will let you know. Had a lot of fun playing around with this one.

rivaliq dashboard

official website:
https://www.rivaliq.com/

Search Latte

Technical SEO, Rank TrackingFreeNo

Want to see the search results for Google.co.uk, Google.de or any of the other 150+ international Googles? Look no further than Search Latte. Just enter your keyword, pick an international version of Google, and you’ll see that country’s search results. No proxies or VPNs needed. search latte


official website:
http://searchlatte.com/

SEO Rank Monitor

Rank TrackingPaidNo

SEO Rank Monitor tracks your keywords against your competitors. Also does YouTube Rank checking.

seo rank monitor

official website:
http://www.seorankmonitor.com/

SERanking

Rank TrackingPaidNo

SERanking is a quality rank tracking tool that comes bundled with some bonus features like keyword suggestions and site auditing.

seranking screenshot

official website:
http://seranking.com/

Serpfox

Rank TrackingFreemiumNo

SERPFox is a no-fuss rank tracking tool that just works. A great value.

serpfox screenshot

official website:
http://serpfox.com/

SERPs.com

Keyword Research, Rank TrackingPaidNo

SERPS.com is an enterprise-level rank tracking product with a built-in keyword research tool.

Cool Feature: “Tests” let you test how on page-SEO changes affect your rankings. For example, you can change your title tag, wait a week, and SERPs.com will tell you if that change had an impact.
serps.com screenshot


official website:
https://serps.com/tools/keywords

SERPWoo

Rank TrackingFreemiumNo

A very in-depth rank tracking tool. Show you not only where a page ranks, but how rankings have changed over time. Cool Feature: “Volatility” tells you if a given SERP is stable…or tends to shuffle around.

serpwoo

official website:
https://www.serpwoo.com/

Sistrix

Keyword Research, Rank Tracking, Backlink analysisPaidNo

Sistrix is an enterprise-level SEO platform that shows you your site’s rankings, social signals, backlinks, anchor text distribution and more. Unlike many SEO tools with a million features, Sistrix is so easy my mom could use it.

Cool Feature: “Keyword Opportunities” show you a list of keywords that your competitors rank for…but you don’t.

sistrix seo platform screenshot 2

official website:
http://www.sistrix.com/

WebCEO

Technical SEO, Keyword Research, Rank TrackingPaidYes

WebCEO is a world-class SEO platform that gives you access to a bunch of quality tools to boost your SEO, from keyword research to technical SEO to rank tracking and even mobile optimization.

Cool Feature: “DIY SEO Guide” gives SEO beginners explicit steps to improve their site’s SEO.

webCEO

 


official website:
http://www.webceo.com/

Wincher

Rank TrackingFreemiumNo

If you’re on a tight budget, Wincher is the one rank tracking tool that you should add to your arsenal. The free version is pretty nice with weekly updates and 7 tracked keywords. But when you upgrade to the $8/month paid plan you get many of the same features as the big boys (like email alerts) for pennies on the dollar.

wincher rank tracking tool 2

official website:
https://www.wincher.com/

WordTail

Rank TrackingPaidNo

Wordtail is a nice rank tracking tool that has the features you’d expect from dedicated rank tracking software (like grouping keywords, in-depth reports and competitor tracking).

wordtail screenshot

official website:
http://wordtail.com/

Content Optimization tools

BuzzSumo

Keyword Research, Content OptimizationFreemiumYes

BuzzSumo went from “new kid on the block” to “must-have tool” in the blink of an eye.

And it’s no wonder. BuzzSumo makes finding winning content (for example, if you want to execute The Skyscraper Technique) a walk in the park.

Cool Feature: “View Sharers” shows you who shared a piece of content on Twitter, which is outreach solid gold bullion. “BuzzSumo Alerts” tells you whenever a keyword or phrase (like a competitor’s brand name) gets mentioned around the web.

buzzsumo content tool screenshot

official website:
http://buzzsumo.com/

Can I Rank

Keyword Research, Content OptimizationFreemiumNo

This tool answers the question we’ve all had when evaluating a keyword: “Can I rank?”. CanIRank.com provides a nice breakdown of how your page compares to the first page competition (inducing domain authority, page authority and on-page SEO metrics).

canirank screenshot

official website:
https://www.canirank.com/

EpicBeat

Link BuildingPaidNo

EpicBeat analyzes successful content in your industry and tells you what tends to work well. For example, the software told me that popular content around the topic of “link building” tended to be video or infographic based. And list posts also tended to do well. Pretty cool.

epic beats

official website:
https://epicenter.epictions.com/epicbeat/explore/

Gogretel

Content OptimizationFreeNo

A simple (and somewhat helpful) on-page SEO analysis tool.

gogret

official website:
http://gogretel.com/seo-tool/

Impactana

Link Building, Keyword ResearchPaidNo

Impactana is like using a souped up version of BuzzSumo. It’s still in beta so there are a few bugs here and there. But this is shaping up to be a winner. Cool Feature: “Buzz vs. Impact”: Buzz shows you content that’s hot in the short-term (based on likes, shares etc.). Impact tells you if a piece of content has performed over the long-term (based on backlinks, comments etc.).

impactana

official website:
http://www.impactana.com/

Keys4Up

Content OptimizationFreeYes

As you know, adding LSI keywords to your content can boost your rankings. The question is: how do you know which LSI keywords to add? Well this free tool does the job for you. And unlike most “keyword suggestion” tools that give you variations of the keyword you put into it, Keys4Up actually understands that meaning behind the word. For example, look at the screenshot to see the related words the tool found around the keyword “paleo diet”.

keys4up lsi keyword tool

official website:
http://www.keys4up.com/

LSIGraph

Content OptimizationFreeNo

LSI Graph is a handy LSI (Latent Semantic Indexing) keyword generator. Enter a keyword and get a list of terms that you can sprinkle into your content.

lsi graph tool

official website:
http://lsigraph.com/

MarketMuse

Content OptimizationPaidNo

MarketMuse is advanced content analysis tool (similar to Scribe by Copyblogger). Market Muse scans your content and compares it to similar content on the web. If it finds that other people mention a keyword that you don’t, it tells you about this “content gap”.

For example, let’s you have a piece of content about low carb dessert recipes. If MarketMuse finds that your competitors use terms like “Stevia” and “Agave Nector” — but you don’t — it will suggest that you include these terms in your content. In my experience including LSI keywords like these can make a significant difference in your rankings.

marketmuse tool screenshot 2

official website:
https://www.marketmuse.com/products

nTopic

Content OptimizationFreemiumNo

nTopic is a “content relevancy” tool. In other words, it scans your content and gives you suggestions to make your post more SEO-friendly. Comes with a WordPress plugin that’s helpful for quickly analyzing and updating your content to boost its on-page SEO.

ntopic wordpress plugin screenshot 2

official website:
http://www.ntopic.org/

onpage.org

Technical SEO, Content OptimizationFreemiumNo

A top-notch technical and on-page SEO tool built with German engineering.

Cool feature: My favorite feature of onpage.org is their TD*IDF analysis. TD*IDF identifies keywords that pages ranking for your target keyword tend to use. These terms are excellent LSI keywords that you can sprinkle into your content to bump up your on-page SEO.

onpage org tfidf analysis

official website:
https://en.onpage.org/

Positionly

Technical SEO, Rank Tracking, Content OptimizationPaidNo

A rank tracking tool that also does page-by-page SEO analysis.

positionly

official website:
https://positionly.com/

QuickSprout Website Analyzer

Technical SEO, Content OptimizationFreeYes

The QuickSprout tool is an extremely helpful website analysis tool.

Just connect your Google Analytics with the tool and it’ll analyze your site’s SEO visibility, social shares, web page loading speed, and more. Also provides actionable recommendations and downloadable reports.

quicksprout seo tool 2

official website:
https://www.quicksprout.com/

Scribe by Copyblogger

Keyword Research, Content OptimizationPaidNo

Scribe bridges the gap between old school on-page SEO and new school content marketing. The tool scores your content based on how friendly it is for people AND Google. I also dig the fact that you can do keyword research from within the WordPress editor.

scribe content marketing plugin

official website:
http://scribecontent.com/

SEO Mofo

Content OptimizationFreeNo

This free tools gives you a sneak preview of what your page will look like in Google’s search results.

snippet optimizer

official website:
http://www.seomofo.com/snippet-optimizer.html

SEO Plugin By Squirrly

Keyword Research, Content OptimizationFreemiumNo

Ever write a post and wonder: “Is this post SEO friendly enough?”. Then you should give Squirrly a shot. It’s a WordPress plugin that automatically analyzes your content for SEO and human readability.

Cool Feature: Squirrly comes packed with a nice keyword research tool that works within the WordPress editor. In addition to the usual metrics (like search volume), it also shows you if that keyword is a hot topic of conversion online. The tool also shows you the stability of that keyword’s search volume over time.

squirrly seo plugin

official website:
http://howto.squirrly.co/wordpress-seo-plugin-by-squirrly/

SEOptimer

Technical SEO, Content OptimizationFreeNo

If you want a quick-and-dirty look at your content’s on-page SEO, give SEOptimer a try.

This free tool quickly analyzes your page and lets you know if there are any issues (like missing image alt text and broken links) that might be holding you back from page 1.

seoptimer

official website:
http://www.seoptimer.com/

Slerpee

Content OptimizationFreeYes

Slerpee gives you a preview of how your site will appear in Google’s search results. That way you can see how your title and description tags will look to Google searchers (this is helpful for boosting your CTR).

slerpee

official website:
https://slerpee.com/

Solo SEO

Technical SEO, Keyword Research, Content OptimizationPaidNo

A worthwhile site audit tool that also does keyword research and on page SEO/content analysis.

solo seo screenshot

official website:
https://www.soloseo.com/

Structured Data Markup Helper

Technical SEO, Content OptimizationFreeYes

Let’s face it: implementing structured data markup correctly ain’t easy. So why not let Google’s tool lend a hand? Google’s free tool helps you build proper schema markup quickly and without any fuss.

structured data helper

official website:
https://www.google.com/webmasters/markup-helper/u/0/

Text Tools

Content OptimizationPaidNo

Text Tools is an advanced LSI keyword tool. It scans the top 10 results for a given keyword and shows you which terms they tend to use. If you sprinkle these same terms into your content, it can boost your content’s relevancy in the eyes of Google. You can also compare your content to the top 10 to uncover LSI keywords that your content might be missing.

text tools screenshot

 


official website:
http://www.text-tools.net/

TrendSpottr

Keyword Research, Content OptimizationPaidNo

TrendSpottr shows you content that’s trending on Twitter. So if you want to do some newsjacking or get your hands a hot topic, this tool can help you do it.

trendspottr2

official website:
https://trendspottr.com/welcome

Upcity

Technical SEO, Keyword Research, Content Optimization, Backlink analysisPaidYes

Upcity is one part SEO tool and one part online marketing course.

This means that instead of getting a list of fancy charts and error messages, the tool tells you how to get on the right track. This is perfect for small business owners that do DIY SEO.

Cool Feature: “Curriculum” walks you through the basic steps you need to have an SEO-friendly website in 2015. Tailored to local businesses and people new to digital marketing. You get checklists and video game-style points for completing the important tasks (like creating a Facebook page or setting up an editorial calendar).

upcity screenshot 2

official website:
http://upcity.com/

YoRocket

Content OptimizationPaidYes

YoRocket optimizes your title and description tags to boost your organic CTR. I originally developed YoRocket for internal use at Backlinko. And it worked so well that I decided to release it to the public.

Cool Feature: “Title Tag Testing” allows you to test two titles against one another…and use the one that brings you the most traffic.

yorocket testing

official website:
https://yorocket.com/

Ahrefs

Link Building, Keyword Research, Backlink analysisPaidYes

The best link analysis tool on the market…by a mile.

Ahrefs has a massive index (over a trillion links) that’s updated at least once a day. It’s also super duper simply to use. Because of its excellent user interface and index, Ahrefs is one of the few SEO tools that I use every day.

ahrefs screeenshot

official website:
https://ahrefs.com/

cognitiveSEO

Rank Tracking, Backlink analysisPaidNo

An SEO tools suite that focuses on link analysis. Also has a helpful “Unnatural Link Detection” feature that identifies risky backlinks that might have caused a penalty (or can cause a penalty down the road). Solid tool.cognitive SEO screenshot


official website:
http://cognitiveseo.com/

Kerboo

Rank Tracking, Content Optimization, Backlink analysisPaidNo

Kerboo is an SEO tools suite for search engine marketing pros. Includes backlink analysis, link prospecting, on-site SEO audits and rank tracking. Cool Feature: “LinkRisk” analyzes your link profile and identifies spammy/dangerous backlinks.

kerboo screenshot

official website:
https://kerboo.com/apps/

Link Research Tools

Link Building, Backlink analysisPaidNo

A solid link analysis tool with some link building features built into it (like link prospecting and outreach).

But LRT’s cool feature is its “Link Detox” tool. This tool automatically scans your backlinks and shows you which links put you at risk of a Google penalty (or links that already caused a penalty). In other words, it makes identifying spammy links super easy. When I ran a test of Link Detox it was almost 100% accurate at differentiating between good and bad links.

link research tools link detox

official website:
http://www.linkresearchtools.com/

Majestic SEO

Backlink analysisFreemiumNo

With a huge, updated index Majestic is one of the top link analysis tools on the market. The tool also has a few helpful propriety metrics like “TrustFlow” and “CitationFLow” that tell you whether or not that site you want to get a link from is authoritative or spammy.

Cool Feature: “Clique Hunter” shows you sites that tend to link to your competitors (but not you). Just pop in a few sites and Majestic shows you the various “cliques” that they belong to. This is a great way to new discover link building opportunities.

majestic clique hunter

official website:
https://majestic.com/

Monitor Backlinks

Link Building, Rank Tracking, Backlink analysisPaidNo

A comprehensive SEO platform that gives you info on newly acquired backlinks, keyword rankings and site speed. It even sends you alerts whenever one of your competitors gets a new link. I especially love the dashboard because its clean and gives you ONLY the essential info you need.
monitor backlinks dashboard


official website:
https://monitorbacklinks.com/

MozBar

Backlink analysisFreemiumNo

Nifty toolbar for Chrome and Firefox that shows you the Page Authority and Domain Authority of the page you’re on.

But the toolbar also shows you the DA/PA of Google search results (this feature only works for Moz Pro subscribers). This is an awesome way to size up the first page competition.

Mozbar SERPs

official website:
https://moz.com/tools/seo-toolbar

Open Link Profiler

Backlink analysisFreemiumNo

A solid link analysis and reverse engineering tool.

Yes, Open Link Profiler’s index isn’t as massive as the big tools (like Ahrefs and Majestic). But its paid version has some cool features (like on-page analysis and site audits) that can make the monthly payment worthwhile. Also, the free version is the best free backlink analysis tool I’ve ever used. So if you’re balling on a budget and want to see your competitor’s backlinks for free, give OpenLinkProfiler a shot.

Cool Feature: “Hub Finder” is very similar to Majestic’s “Clique Hunter”. Enter a few competitors into the tool and see who links to them (but not you).

open link profiler hub finder results

official website:
http://openlinkprofiler.org/

Open Site Explorer

Backlink analysisFreemiumNo

Open Site Explorer is a top 3 link analysis tool that comes bundled with Moz Pro. The metrics that OSE provides — like Domain Authority and Page Authority — are what SEO pros use every day.
open site explorer


official website:
https://moz.com/researchtools/ose/

SEO PowerSuite

Technical SEO, Keyword Research, Rank Tracking, Backlink analysisFreemiumNo

A suite of quality desktop-based SEO tools that include a rank checker, backlink analysis tool, site auditor, and keyword research tool.

seo powersuite

official website:
http://www.seopowersuite.com/

SEO Tools for Excel

Technical SEO, Backlink analysisFreemiumYes

The best “SEO tool for excel” that I’ve used so far. Easily check a site’s backlinks (via ahrefs or Majestic API), social shares, HTTP status, word count, external links and more. All from within Excel.

SEO Tools for Excel

official website:
http://seotoolsforexcel.com/

SEO Weather's Bulk Metrics Checker

Technical SEO, Backlink analysisFreeNo

How’d you like to see the PA and DA for a big ol’ list of URLs? Pop the list into the Bulk Metrics Checker, hit “go fetch” and you’ll get a handy list.

bulk metrics checker

official website:
http://www.seoweather.com/free-seo-tools/

SEOGadget for Excel

Backlink analysisFreeNo

If you want to pull data from Moz and Majestic into an Excel spreadsheet, the SEOGadget for Excel tool makes it easy.

seo gadget for excel screenshot

official website:
https://builtvisible.com/seogadget-for-excel/

SEOquake

Backlink analysisFreeNo

A nice little toolbar for Firefox and Chrome that shows you important SEO metrics (like domain age, number of backlinks, and traffic estimates) all from within your Chrome or Firefox browser.

SEOquake can display the same data on Google search results. This can help you determine whether or not a keyword is insanely competitive…or ripe for you to grab a spot on the first page.

seo quake toolbar for chrome

official website:
http://www.seoquake.com/

ShareMetric

Keyword Research, Backlink analysisPaidNo

ShareMetric gives you a lightning-fast screenshot of an page’s social shares, links and Google keyword rankings. Especially helpful if you want to see what keyword a page ranks for in seconds. You’ll need an SEMRush or Moz API to get backlink and keyword info. Nice tool.

ShareMetric chrome extension

official website:
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/sharemetric/lhnijlahkclijpefbcimahdcgcjbmnnp?hl=en

URL Profiler

Technical SEO, Backlink analysisPaidNo

If you want to check info on a huge list of URLs (like Domain Authority, number of backlinks, whois information, social shares and readability), URL Profiler is the best tool on the market to get the job done.

urlprofiler in action

official website:
http://urlprofiler.com/

WebMeUp Backlink Tool

Backlink analysisFreemiumNo

WebMeUp is a quality link analysis tool with a HUGE index of “897,704,758,673” backlinks. I’d love to see the tool use some sort of authority metric (like Ahref’s Domain Rank). Otherwise it’s hard to separate the wheat from the chaff in your link profile.

webmeup screenshot 2

official website:
http://webmeup.com/

Did I Miss Anything?

I hope you enjoyed my updated SEO tools guide.

And now it’s time to hear from you.

What do you think of the guide?

Or maybe there was a cool piece of SEO software that I missed.

Either way, let me know by leaving a quick comment below right now.

    1. Thanks Darren. There’s always room for a different take on things.

      For example, you could go into super in-depth into the top 20 link building tools, do video tutorials, case studies of each in action etc.

        1. Right behind you guys. I just recently signed up for Ninja outreach and it really is a useful tool. Kind of like outreach on steroids. Majestic and ahrefs are a part of my daily life these days. There’s also a subscription service, serped.net which combines a whole bunch of useful tools together eg ahrefs, majestic, and Moz to name a few and the price point is phenomenal

    2. I have seen so many of these SEO lists (most pretty bad), but have been waiting for Brian to do his analysis – his take on the tools is most valuable.

      Thanks for sharing your opinion Brian (and leg work)!

  1. Wow! This is an awesome list – so many great tools mentioned. I have used many of these…some of my current favorites are NinjaOutreach and AHREFS…

    I know this one is archaic, but I still use it and did not see a mention for XENU Linke Sleuth? Have you used it before?

    1. Thanks Chris.

      Yup, I’m a fan of those tools as well. I tried to keep the list focused on pure SEO tools. Xenu Link Sleuth helps with SEO, but it’s not designed for SEO. Plus, as you alluded to, there are better tools out there that do the same thing.

      1. True. I guess it’s just one of those tools I have used for years and haven’t been too compelled to try out something else – however, I might just need to after reading this list πŸ™‚

        Also, I am a huge fan of Neils Bosma’s SEO Tools for Excel. it comes in quite handy for many things!

    1. Hey John,

      Just to add for a motivating factor πŸ™‚

      Like you said “This list is so exhaustive it’s almost overwhelming”

      Break it down with doing a few the first day. You don’t have to be a pro day 1.

      Personally I’m excited to try out Siege Media Embed Code Generator and SEO & Website Analysis (WooRank).

      Happy trying out,

      Christopher Pontine

  2. Thanks Brian! I’m starting out marketing/seo on my own in 2016. This list should help a lot. I appreciate the effort you put into these awesome posts. You’re making my job A LOT easier!

  3. Hey Brian,

    That is one very comprehensive list of tools, you can be forgiven for missing some out but I wanted to add (our own) WordTail as an additional tool for rank tracking – new kid on the block, only just launched etc etc.

    Would you be interested in having a look?

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