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We (Ahrefs) are putting together a list of the best free SEO tools; please tell us your favorites!

I'm putting together a list of the best free SEO tools that will be published on the Ahrefs blog. I have a few favorites of my own, but I also wanted to curate some tool ideas from BigSEO community.

This probably ain't going to be another "875468405 free SEO tools" post; we just want to list tools that are actually useful rather than every obscure tool in existence.

Bonus points if you can tell us how you use them in your day to day work.

PS. We'll be listing a few freemium tools, too, so feel free to mention those kinds of tools if you know of anything particularly useful.

Bigseo | 👁 1394 | Posted 2018-03-28 | Share on Facebook | Twitter | Google+

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systemerrorone 2 years ago

I personally use these free Chrome plugins and surprisingly they help a lot. Open SEO Stats Similar Web SEO Quake keywordseverywhere (My Favorite) MozBar Pagezii (on-page SEO) Wappalyzer (Not SEO tool but helps with web dev) Feel free to suggest some, I'll upload them here. http://addictedtochrome.com/extension-category/developer-tools/seo/

HaTaIIIa 2 years ago

Check out the Reportz.io SEO reporting tool

micronozhka 2 years ago

I like an Ultimate Keyword Hunter - it's free LSI research tool. You need to download and install it on your computer. Keyword Hunter analyzes keywords based on Google's top sites content and identifies themed keywords and phrases to be used in your article.

paulshapiro 2 years ago

My title / meta description pixel width checking tool, in my very biased opinion, is best of that category of tools: https://searchwilderness.com/tools/pixel-length/

thekerbey 2 years ago

For people looking to start a brand: Free legal conflict checks https://www.namingmatters.com/

bannercoin 2 years ago

Take a look at https://www.bannerview.com/seo-recommendations/ Many of our customers use it to highly optimize their pages for specific, targeted keywords. It doesn't suggest keywords, it helps you optimize for the keywords already selected.

angelab1 2 years ago

Hi ya Josh - we just launched our New Free Local SEO Rank Tracker https://www.accuranker.com/rank-tracker/ 5 Free location specific searches per day Switch between AccuRanker Results and original Google HTML results. Organic / Local / Ad results Input a domain to see where you rank for any given keyword. Ping me if you want anymore info ... its well worth a look

jeremycabral 2 years ago

My fav is the free authority labs rank checking google sheet. Check up to 1000 keywords super quickly, for free.

lordjoshington 2 years ago

hey I know you! plz share ALL OF THEM with me :)

BryrDe 2 years ago

i love this tool too!

BryrDe 2 years ago

I also love this link search tool at SoloSEO https://www.soloseo.com/tools/linkSearch.html

BryrDe 2 years ago

keywordtool.io is my favorite!

JasjaTerHorst 2 years ago

SEO Review Tools Backlink checker = http://www.seoreviewtools.com/valuable-backlinks-checker/ SEOquake browser extension = https://www.seoquake.com/index.html

uday11 2 years ago

I'd suggest to check mondovo.com - Pay as you go model.,

Joneseh 2 years ago

https://varvy.com https://www.jamesdflynn.com/json-ld-schema-generator/ http://ami.responsivedesign.is/ https://www.webpagefx.com/tools/read-able/ https://trends.google.com.au/ https://www.google.com/alerts https://gtmetrix.com/ http://smo.knowem.com/ http://lsigraph.com/ http://keywordshitter.com/ How do you like them apples

shaun-m 2 years ago

Wordpress Keyword Shitter Grammarly SERPLab

throwawaymofo101 2 years ago

SEOquake chrome plugin. Allows you to do a few things but I like how it let's you export all the rankings to a csv up to 100 to give you a list of linking prospecs

harrisroberts 2 years ago

Can you elaborate on the Pinterest and Etsy comment? I don't understand.

trangurnicus 2 years ago

HEADMasterSEO - freemium tool to inspect response headers (status codes, http header fields); run automated pass/fail tests on url redirects; test https setup & HSTS headers. CSV export everything including http headers.

footinmymouth 2 years ago

Beamusup.com free basic site crawler. Makes an Excel, CSV or Google sheet output of basic technical SEO issues. Since it's a downloadable, it can crawl very large sites....if you can handle the very large file that would make. Totally free

gutterandstars 2 years ago

Screaming frog, any day

PPCInformer 2 years ago

You can find a few of them here https://saijogeorge.com/best-marketing-tools/ For local SEO - helps you generate a direct link to your Google review widget : https://supple.com.au/tools/google-review-link-generator/ For getting content ideas : http://buzzsumo.com/ Find mentions : https://mention.com/ Helps to check if your server supports persistent connection: https://supple.com.au/tools/check-persistent-connection/ Ahrefs, SEMRush, SEO Tools for Excel, screaming frog, Google sheets, chrome, yada, yada

anilix 2 years ago

This. 3 (kwfinder, serpchecker and serpwatcher) amazing, easy to use tools for less then 15 Eur per month? Great deal even for a smaller companies / websites.

_Toomuchawesome 2 years ago

something pretty simple and small, but i like to use seomofo.com/snippet-optimizer.html for quick google rendering previews of title tags and meta descriptions in the SERPs.

AdamFout 2 years ago

The free version of kwfinder is pretty good if you're only doing a bit of research here and there.

specialsnowflake50 2 years ago

Big +1 for Hemingwayapp improved my blog writing loads

smiley44 2 years ago

publicwww.com Looks like you have to pay to see results.

gabsemme 2 years ago

The reality is for /BigSEO most of solution are build in house. Those can provide the scale necessary to track million of keywords and the relative categorisations must have APIs handling the scale. GetStat.com is by far one of those tools allowing /BigSEO to handle large scale tracking and building intelligence on top of data (share of real estate of the page, position, multiple categorization for agile testing, category movements, Google Products etc.). Master of all of the storage of HTML of the SERP, which allows data science and tracking overtime. Other tools like Searchmetrics, SEMrush, Ahref are good for simple snapshots rather than deep dive grasping the complexity /BigSEO handle. Screaming frog as few limitation as well, we tend to use internally for training purposes before moving to Splunk, far more comprehensive grated you can RegEX fluently. Again at the risk of being repetitive but /BigSEO are likely to have 90% of tools built in house. A few look at Pinterest Blogs and Etsy blog shed some lights to where and why most of solutions are built internally.

hel1xx 2 years ago

FatRank Chrome Extension...easy way to quickly check the rank of any site for any keyword. Saves tons of time!

amoexuba 2 years ago

Dragon Metrics - for Chinese SEO's (keywords research, rank tracker, on-page audit and so on). I like this tool and using on a daily basis. Minimal design and maximum (a lot for sure) Chinese data. http://www.dragonmetrics.com/

sibly 2 years ago

There's already a lot of KW tools mentioned here so I'm going to mention some things that will help you write and optimize your content. Textoptimizer - scans and scores your page for LSI keywords (market muse is better but too expensive) Hemingwayapp - improve your grammar Coshedule headline analyzer - write better titles for higher click through Small SEO tools plagiarism checker (copyscape alternative) Siteliner and screaming frog have free audit tools for finding technical issues.

platonik 2 years ago

Preview & enhance title and descriptions - https://totheweb.com/learning_center/tool-test-google-title-meta-description-lengths/ Word count of top 10 results - http://www.seoreviewtools.com/bulk-web-page-word-count-checker/ Improve LSI and page relevancy - free for first 10 pages - https://textoptimizer.com Skip to 7 minutes I demonstrate how I use above 2 tools http://www.platonik.co.uk/improve-page Topics and LSI - http://www.seo-hero.tech/ Drop my link - http://dropmylink.com Reddit keyword research - http://www.keyworddit.com/

javahava 2 years ago

Seositecheckup.com is a great initial audit tool.

victorpan 2 years ago

Chrome Developer Tools... Troubleshoot pagespeed critical path, take a full page screenshot, change your geolocation to check local results... uses are kind of endless. Fan of Kraken.io for image optimizations for the time being. Webpagetest.org is also great because there's this tool to tell folks to stop designing the web for 1st world countries - https://whatdoesmysitecost.com/

lordjoshington 2 years ago

Good call - I love keywords everywhere! Completely forgot I had it installed tbh, just so used to seeing search volume everywhere now

dflovett 2 years ago

Keywords Everywhere is not only amazing, but it improves the quality of some other tools on this list (such as answer the public.)

Transpher_online 2 years ago

KWFinder SERPChecker I love the design and user-friendliness of the tools. Both allow free plan with all the features. The only restriction is a number of requests.

lordjoshington 2 years ago

yep, i'm a fan of that one too. nice design

stevenvanvessum 2 years ago

How about answerthepublic.com?

kppeterc15 2 years ago

https://keywordtool.io/ is great for finding long-tail keywords and content topics. They have a paid/premium version, but the free one works fine for me.

lordjoshington 2 years ago

nice suggestions - thanks! IMHO, PR Hunters is the best thing since HARO!

lordjoshington 2 years ago

note to self: lull "Russ Jones from Moz" into a false sense of security by publishing a low-quality "decoy" version of our post on the Ahrefs blog one day before he publishes his list on the Moz blog, then subsequently update our post with the better version :)

DjahillBZ 2 years ago

Hey Hey - Handmade Gsheet Tools included ? I got some gems in my drive ;)

karmaceutical 2 years ago

So here are some contributions... prhunters.com --- basically like HARO but uses twitter to find requests. It is an easy set-it-and-forget-it tool for PR opportunities keywordmixer.com --- take your various keywords and join them together in a number of different ways to try and find better alternatives publicwww.com --- find source-code based footprints


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