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With the right tool, getting ahead becomes a lot easier in the world of blogging and that goes double when it comes to seo.
I have tried several seo tools in my years of blogging and have taken the time to list the best ones that’ll bring you success.
First on our list is a WordPress plugin. This plugin is a must have for both newbies and advance seo’s.
Yoast comes equipped with multiple features to help you in multiple areas of optimizing your site for seo. Features such as
- webmasters verify
- Focus keywords – to guide you with keyword optimization
- Snippet preview – shows you how your post will look in search
- no indexing certain pages
- and more.
Seoprofiler offers everything you need for SEO. From daily keyword ranking, Competitor spying, Audits, visibility score, backlink monitor/finder and so much more. Trying to explain all that this tool does would be a bit much, it’s best to see it in action. They even tell you what links pointing to your blog that are hurting your ranking.
This tool is a must have. Start a free trail with Seoprofiler
It’s no secret that the way to get search traffic to your site is by targeting long tail keywords. With long tail Pro you can do just that.
This tool helps you find the best long tail keywords to target for your content, determine how difficult it would be to target those keywords and calculate the probability of being able to rank for them.
Trust and authority play a major part in your ranking factor, and figuring out where you stand is easy with Majestic. Using this tool can help you analyze your backlinks to help you determine the quality of a backlink, your competitors and more.
The free version is all you need for this one. A great way to take advantage of this tool is by installing their extension so you could analyze more sites
This tool is an extension and I have really fallen in love with it. By simply installing and activating this tool, whenever you do a search, whether it be on Google, or in Youtube, it will tell you the monthly search traffic for that keyword.
Another great benefit is that Keywords Everywhere works in the google keyword planner, as well as the webmasters audit area.
For this tool, you have to get used to the way it works for you to like it. What I mean is that it does not always work like it should and requires you refreshing the page a few times, but beyond that, this is a great tool to use.
The only thing you need with this tool is Domain authority and Page authority. The toolbar makes it easy to analyze your site as well as your competition. They also have a keyword research tool now to.
For some reason, this tool does not always make seo’s lists. It’s a shame because the Wayback Machine is a great tool to know about.
This tool allows you to go back to the future – well it allows you to see what a site used to look like. This is great if you want to buy a dead domain from someone, see a sites old theme, and investigate changes that have happened to your site.
Google Keyword Planner
What’s a list without google. You’ll notice I did not recommend the Google Keyword Planner first or at the top, that’s due to the update that google has implemented. You can no longer see the amount of traffic a keyword gets, you just get an estimate.
I know that there’s supposed to be a way around this by starting a campaign and shutting it off right after, but that is just stupid. Never the less it’s still a good tool to use in combination with others.
Google Search Console
I want to avoid filling this list with google tools, so this will be the last one I mention. It should be a no brainer that you should be using Google’s analytics.
Verifying your site with google helps move things along. With this tool you can upload your sitemap, check your backlinks, find 404 errors, check for penalties and more. But what I love the most about this tool is there search analytics that let you view where you stand with your keywords.
Pingdom & Gtmetrix
I won’t go into explanations of these. All you need to know is site speed. Both of these tools are great to use to test your site speed and to audit what is causing issues and slowing it down.
They return other metrics as well, but you will have to test your site to see
Some honorable mentions
Broken link extension checker
There are a lot of great tools out there, let me know what some of your favorites are that you think should have made the list.