Top 10 Free SEO Tools

Top 10 Free SEO Tools that No One Talks About

No doubts paid tools are amazing for the SEO but, are too costly to afford for most of the people.

But, if done right, free SEO tools also work great – just choose the right tools.

There are a lot of free tools for SEO but most of them are junk and do not serve their purpose correctly.

So, here we have come up with the Top 10 Handpicked Free SEO Tools that you will not see many people talking about.

Here we go…

Less Known Top 10 Free SEO Tools

Below goes the complete list.

1. Ahrefs’ Free Backlink Checker

Ahrefs’ Free Backlink Checker tool is an amazing tool to check the top 100 backlinks to any website. By being very limited as compared to the full version, it still provides a lot of value for free.

Ahrefs Free Backlink Checker
Ahrefs Free Backlink Checker

Not only the backlinks, but it also shows the top 100 referring domains. Looking at the metrics like top 5 most linked-to pages and top 5 most common anchor texts along with the Ahrefs’ premium stats like UR, DR, etc. does also help.

Ahrefs’ Free Backlink Checker Official Website

2. SEMrush SEO Writing Assistant

If you are into a lot of content writing, this SEO Writing Assistant by SEMrush might be your dream tool. It comes as a Google Docs AddOn and WordPress Plugin to help you in writing.

SEMrush SEO Writing Assistant
SEMrush SEO Writing Assistant

The tool analyzes the top 10 Google search results related to the topic that you’re writing and provides suggestions like:

  • Number of Words in Your Article
  • Overall Content Score
  • Plagiarism
  • Readability Score

The best feature of this tool is that it suggests the number of words that your article should be to rank on Google by analyzing the top 10 competitor’s results on the topic.

SEMrush SEO Writing Assistant Google Docs AddOn

SEMrush SEO Writing Assistant WordPress Plugin

3. Ubersuggest

Ubersuggest, now owned by Neil Patel, is one of the most underrated SEO tools which is great for doing Keyword Research.

The tool Ubersuggest provides you with the hundreds of Google’s Autocomplete keywords along with the other stats like CPC, Competition, Monthly Search volume, etc. You can also filter negative keywords that you don’t want to see.

Ubersuggest
Ubersuggest

Using Ubersuggest is pretty simple – just enter your keyword in the search box and hit enter, it will start showing you hundreds of results within a few seconds.

Ubersuggest Official Website

4. Google’s Pagespeed Insights

We all know the value of speed in SEO. If your website is not fast enough then you will be losing most of your precious visitors.

Google’s Pagespeed Insights is an awesome tool which lets you test your website’s speed in a very detailed manner. It also provides you with various suggestions to improve the speed of your website.

Google Pagespeed Insights
Google Pagespeed Insights

The tool provides speed test results for Desktop as well as the Mobile devices. You can know which resources are taking too long to load and make changes accordingly.

Google’s Pagespeed Insights Official Website

5. Answer the Public

Unlike most of the keyword research tools, Answer the Public does not fetch the keywords suggestion from the Google Keyword Planner. Instead, it looks for the various questions that people ask on forums, social media, blogs, etc. and turns them into keywords.

Answer the Public
Answer the Public

Answer the Public also provides “vs keywords (e.g. Apple vs Samsung)” which are easier to create contents on and also easier to rank in the Google.

The tool groups all the suggested keywords in a circular style which you can download as an image or a spreadsheet.

Answer the Public Official Website

6. Keywords Everywhere

Keywords Everywhere is a simple Google Chrome extension which provides on-the-go search volume, CPC and competition of the keywords that you search on Google.

The extension also provides Related Keywords and People Also Search For Keywords along with their volume, competition, and CPC in the sidebar of your search results.

Keywords Everywhere
Keywords Everywhere

By the way, the Keywords Everywhere tool does not only supports Google Search but also Google Analytics, Google Trends, Google Search Console, Google Search Widgets, Amazon, eBay, YouTube, Bing, Answer the Public, Moz, etc.

Keywords Everywhere Google Chrome Extension

7. Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test

On most of the blog sites, more than 60-80% of the readers visit using a smartphone. And, if your site is not mobile-friendly then you might lose a considerable amount of visitors.

There comes Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test tool which will tell whether your website is mobile friendly or not. And, if not where can you do changes to make it so.

Google Mobile Friendly Page Test
Google Mobile Friendly Page Test

The tool is pretty simple and straight forward to use – just enter your website’s URL and press enter. It will try to load your website on a mobile device and provide you with the complete analytics and suggestions to make it mobile-friendly.

Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test Official Website

8. VidIQ

If you are into YouTube then this tool is a must-have. VidIQ is a Google Chrome extension which will tell you whether your video title is SEO friendly and if you are using correct tags for the video.

VidIQ Chrome Extension
VidIQ Chrome Extension

The tool VidIQ is great for finding new topics by researching your competitor’s videos. It shows some stats like Twitter and Facebook followers of the channel, tags, controversial keywords, like-dislike ratio, etc. which no other free tools can.

VidIQ Google Chrome Extension

9. What’s My SERP

As the name suggests, What’s My SERP is a completely free tool to keep a record of the main keywords of your website. You will have to enter the Domain name, Region, Platform and Keywords that you wanna keep an eye on.

Whats My SERP
Whats My SERP

And, if you want to know the current position of your keywords, just click refresh and, within seconds, it will show the current position along with the positive or negative changes in the Google rankings.

What’s My SERP Official Website

10. SimilarWeb Chrome Extension

SimilarWeb Chrome Extension is a website analytics tool which provides information like monthly traffic, engagement rate, keyword ranking and traffic source for any website.

SimilarWeb Chrome Extension
SimilarWeb Chrome Extension

You will need to just install the Chrome extension and click on the SimilarWeb icon while visiting any website – it will provide you key metrics for any website for free.

SimilarWeb Google Chrome Extension

Conclusion

Free SEO Tools which are listed here provide you with a lot of value and there are many SEO experts out there who are still using free tools while making tons of $$$.

So, now, it’s your turn…

Which tool from the above list do you use regularly?

Or, have we missed any important tool?

Either way, let’s know by dropping a quick comment right now.

Author Bio

Deepak is the founder of the digiTechnolog and a blogger, digital marketer, and WordPress expert. He loves writing about WordPress optimization and various other internet related topics.

Do like, share, subscribe, and follow ShouTech on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn to see the latest SEO and digital marketing pro tips.

 

Published By: Anish Tiwari is a Digital Marketing Expert and Blogger who loves to write and explore newness relating to IT, Search Engines, Web Development, Gadgets, etc. Follow me on Facebook and Instagram for the glimpses. You can also find me on Twitter and LinkedIn for better communication.

Top 10 SEO Insights by John Mueller from Google

Top 10 Insights on SEO from Google’s John Mueller (Guest Post)

The insights on all things SEO are invaluable, especially when it comes from John Mueller. Recently, the Senior Webmaster Trends Analyst at Google answered some pressing questions on the use of nofollow links, dangers of duplicate content, and more. Most of his answers got featured on Reddit’s “Ask Me Anything” session. Here are 10 things an SEO can learn from his comments, including excerpts of the answers he gave to the users on Reddit.

Insight #1:  On Hiding Design Features on Websites’ Responsive Version

The essence of the question is simply this: would hiding some design features for enhancing user experience (UX) have a negative impact on rankings, now that websites are gravitating towards mobile-first indexing.

From Mueller’s answer, it can be inferred that although some design features have to be compromised on mobile-optimized version of web pages, important UX elements have to be fully loaded on the page just as users open it. He substantiated that Google understands why certain layout features would have to be hidden, but still, it is important to promote user interaction for better conversion rates.

Insight #2:  On Whether Google Plans to Ignore the Nofollow Directive

Nofollow directive is a value added in Meta tags for a webpage’s HTML source code, to suggest Google not to follow external links within the site. This has been used by several websites.

Does Google Ignores Nofollow Links?
Does Google Ignores Nofollow Links?

Mueller said that Google has no plans to ignore nofollow all of a sudden since it does not cause any issues but find it as useful to the search engine. Although, he did point out that there is a tendency for things to evolve in due course. So, one cannot rule out an algorithm update that may invite changes in future.

Insight #3:  Do Websites with Better Organic Click Through Rates Rank Higher?

This refers to the number of clicks, which a site appearing on SERP receives divided by impressions. Those in the SEO profession seems to think that organic CTR contributes to search rankings, but the Google executive says that it perhaps is not as influential as most people feel it is. His answer suggests people do “weird things” after a search, like stepping back, and that indicates that clicks on a ranked site are not an accurate measure of its quality. Besides, there are ways to encourage higher rankings and that is to optimize long-tail keywords, Meta descriptions, etc. Here is the best content marketing strategy of 2018 to follow to promote your website naturally in search engines.

Insight #4:  On Whether Google Algorithms Differ in Countries

A Reddit user doubted if there are inconsistencies for rankings for different zones, as denoted by the country code on Google websites. This raised the question whether the search engine uses different algorithms or ranking factors based on nations. Mueller says Google try not to adopt distinct algorithms per language or nation since it is more scalable to create something that is uniform for the web. He puts the inconsistencies, such as rich snippets launched in select markets, down to local content.

Insight #5:  How do Spammers and Bots Influence Search Trends and Volume?

The essence of the question is whether bots and spammers can be held accountable for non-organic trends, which illicit marketers can take up. In response, Mueller says that Google is doing their best to block and filter those, although captcha pops up to even the most reasonable search queries. There has to be a way to help people get what they want without having to prove they are no robots, and Mueller rightly feels there should be an easier way to block and filter bots and spammers without having to rely too much on captcha.

Insight #6:  Creating Different Pages for Each Question and Answer

A Reddit user asked since his website has articles on a range of topics, whether it would be possible to create articles for each question and answer without violating Google’s duplicate content guidelines. Mueller suggests a different idea: work on quality, not quantity.

Insight #7:  John Mueller’s Definition Of a Wrong SEO Advice

He says a wrong SEO advice is one that has no effect on rankings in the long run, especially. He equates it to advising a business to change invoice printing paper – something that involves time and effort for no real beneficial outcome.

Insight #8:  On the Frequency of Publishing Content and Ranking

It has been a misconception among site owners that publishing content frequently can attain higher search rankings. He says that Google algorithms do not give preferential treatment to websites that publish content regularly than other websites.

Insight #9:  SEO Tip to Avoid Duplicate Content

One method SEOs use to avoid duplicate content, which may impact rankings, is to rewrite the source content with subtle differences. That is by using synonyms and associated words to make the content unique. According to Mueller, this can be counterproductive to a website. It is always best to make content as unique as possible.

Insight #10:  The Mobile-First Index

The mobile version of a site is a priority when it comes to what Google includes in the index, making it the main version over the desktop version. This change is rolling out to only those sites, which the search engine considers ready for the move. This is why Mueller states webmasters not to panic. In other words, until the site is ready to be launched as a mobile-friendly version, he advises sticking to quality content on desktop version to get indexed and then crawled. The logic is to take time to come with the best mobile-friendly site that ranks higher.

Author-Bio:  Jayalekshmi is an SEO Analyst working at MyHobbes.com for last 2 years.  She completed her Bachelor’s Degree from Musaliar College of Engineering and Technology, a diploma course in digital marketing and Oracle Certified Associate. In her free time, she learns classical music and cooking wonderful dishes.

 

Published by: Anish Tiwari, a professional tech blogger and digital marketing expert with 3+ years of experience in SEO, SMO, Blogging, Content Writing, and strategy planning etc. If you want to feature your company, blogs, and articles on a high-quality guest blogging website, then feel free to contact him or either contact ShouTech directly at shout@shoutech.in to get your company featured at ShouTech.