Free Online SEO Software
SEO is an acronym for search engine optimization. It is the process of improving the visibility of your website in search engines, like Google and Bing. This is done by optimizing both on-site elements such as content, meta tags and keywords as well as off-site elements such as links and social media shares.
The aim of this article is to give you a list of the best free online SEO software that can help you improve your site’s ranking on major search engines. We will look at tools that are easy to use and understand even if you are not an expert in SEO.
Free Online Seo Software
Here at Moz, we understand the value of top-end SEO tools — we’ve designed and built best-in-class search tools for close to 15 years. Premium tools are hugely valuable in SEO when you need higher limits, advanced functionality, stored data, or on-call support.
But for 75 percent of other tasks, a free tool often does the trick.
There are literally hundreds of free SEO tools out there, so we want to focus on only the best and most useful to add to your toolbox. Tons of people in the SEO community helped vet the SEO software in this post (see the note at the end). To be included, a tool had to meet three requirements. It must be:
Widely used and recommended by the SEO community
Offers above-board value + actionable data
Actually, truly free
The tools are categorized by SEO function. Click on a button below to jump to that specific section.
Analytics Crawling/Indexing Keyword Research Link Tools Local SEO Mobile SEO Multi-tool On-page SEO Research Site Speed WordPress
The Best Free SEO Tools
The best tools to analyze search performance, monitor SERPs, keywords, and competitor analysis:
- Bing Webmaster Tools
While Google Webmaster Tools gets all the glory, folks forget that Bing Webmaster offers a full suite of website and search analytics. Especially useful are keyword reports, keyword research, and crawling data.
Get it: Bing Webmaster
Also useful: Yandex.Webmaster
- Data Studio
If you need to merge data from different sources (say Search Console and Google Analytics), visualize, and share it – this is Google Data Studio’s comfort zone. For an idea of all the SEO tasks and dashboards that you can build for free, check out these Google Data Studio Resources from Lee Hurst.
Get it: Data Studio
- Enhanced Google Analytics Annotations
How do you know if your dip in traffic (or rise) is associated with a Google Algorithm update, or perhaps a major holiday? This is a highly-recommended Google Chrome plugin that overlays additional data on top of your analytics, so you can easily send screenshots to clients showing exactly how outside forces impacted traffic.
Get it: Enhanced Google Analytics Annotations
Alternatives: Panguin Tool, Zeo Tools
- Google Analytics
The big kahuna, and the most widely-used web analytics package on earth. For being free, Google Analytics is surprisingly robust and plays well with other Google products, including Optimize, Search Console, and Data Studio. Some folks have privacy concerns with GA — though Google swears they don’t use this data for search rankings.
Get it: Google Analytics
Alternatives: Clicky, Open Web Analytics
- Search Console
Probably the most useful free SEO tool on this entire list, it’s hard to imagine doing modern SEO without access to the data inside Google’s Search Console. This is the most reliable location for information on how Google crawls and ranks your site, and is one of the only places where you can get reliable keyword data. Search Console limits downloads to 1000 rows, so also bookmark the free Search Console Data Exporter to download up to 25,000 rows at a time.
Get it: Search Console
Helpful Add-on: Search Analytics for Sheets
- Keyword Hero
Did somebody say (not provided)? Keyword Hero works to solve the problem of missing keyword data with lots of advanced math and machine learning. It’s not a perfect system, but for those struggling to match keywords with conversion and other on-site metrics, the data can be a valuable step in the right direction. Pricing is free up to 2000 sessions/month.
Get it: Keyword Hero
The brainchild of Dr. Pete and the original Google SERP tracker, MozCast is the go-to algorithm tracker whenever there’s a big update, or not. Also useful are the SERP tracking features showing the prominence of such features as ads and knowledge panels.
Get it: MozCast
Also useful: Algoroo, Rank Risk Index, Ayima Pulse
Specific tools to make sure your site is crawlable and optimized.
- Beam Us Up
If you need a free, desktop crawler, you can’t do better than Beam Us Up. While it doesn’t have as many features as Screaming Frog, it does offer 100 percent free crawling with no limits. Windows only.
Get it: Beam Us Up
- Link Redirect Trace
A free Chrome extension, lots of SEOs recommend Link Redirect Trace as the “all-in-one redirect path analyzer.” The extension reveals information about HTTP headers, rel-canonicals, robots.txt, and basic link metrics from LinkResearchTools. The “Save Screenshot” feature is super useful too.
Get it: Link Redirect Trace
- Redirect Path
Similar to Link Redirect Trace, Redirect Path is a nifty tool from the good folks at Ayima that shows redirect paths and header information for every URL you visit. Gotta admit, I’ve used this extension for years and it’s almost “always on” in my browser.
Get it: Redirect Path
- Screaming Frog
Aside from having one of the best Twitter accounts of any SEO tool maker, Screaming Frog is the most popular desktop-based crawler available today. Many people don’t realize that there’s a free version that allows for up to 500 URLs per crawl. While not as fully functional as the paid version, it’s great for small projects and smaller site audits.
Get it: Screaming Frog
- Screaming Frog Log File Analyzer
Most folks in the SEO space are familiar with Screaming Frog, but many don’t realize that the Frog also offers a standalone free/paid Log File Analyzer tool. The free version is very robust, though limited to 1000 lines.
Get it: Screaming Frog Log File Analyser
SEOlyzer is a log analysis tool recommended by Aleyda Solis in her very excellent SEO podcast Crawling Mondays. SEOlyzer is a terrific log analysis tool with some cool features like real-time analysis and page categorization.
Get it: SEOlyzer
Gotta be honest, although Xenu has been on every “free SEO tool” list since the dawn of, no way did I think it would make this one. This Windows-based desktop crawler has been virtually unchanged over the past 10 years. That said, a lot of folks still love and use it for basic site auditing, looking for broken links, etc. Heck, I’m leaving here for sentimental reasons. Check it out.
Get it: Xenu
Tools to discover what people are searching for, along with volume and competition.
- Answer The Public
It’s hard not to love Answer The Public. The interface has an almost “Cards Against Humanity” rebel vibe to it. Regardless, if you want to generate a massive list of questions from any keyword set, this is your go-to tool.
Get it: Answer The Public
- Keyword Explorer
If you’re not familiar with Moz’s amazing keyword research tool, you should give it a try. 500 million keyword suggestions, all the most accurate volume ranges in the industry. You also get Moz’s famous Keyword Difficulty Score along with CTR data. Moz’s free community account gives you access to 10 queries a month, with each query literally giving you up to 1000 keyword suggestions along with SERP analysis.
Get it: Keyword Explorer
- Keyword Planner
Google’s own Keyword Planner was built for folks who buy Google ads, but it still delivers a ton of information useful for SEO keyword planning. It uses Google’s own data and has useful functions like country filtering. Be careful with metrics like competition (this is meant for paid placements) and volume — which is known to be confusing.
Get it: Keyword Planner
- Keyword Sh****r
Yes, it’s called Keyword Sh****r. It pains me to write this. That said, it says what it does and does what it says. Type in a keyword and it, um, poops out a poop-ton of keywords.
Get it: Keyword Sh****r
- Keyword Surfer
We used to recommend Keywords Everywhere (still a great tool) but they no longer offer a free version. As an alternative, the most popular community-based recommendation—that’s still free—is Keyword Surfer. This Chrome extension gives you keyword search volume in Google search results. We’re also a fan of WMS Everywhere, a Chrome extension that gives you search volume, cost-per-click, and keyword suggestions.
Get it: Keyword Surfer
Also Try: WMS Everywhere
Sometimes I make fun of Neil Patel because he does SEO in his pajamas. I’m probably jealous because I don’t even own pajamas. Regardless, Neil took over Ubersuggest not long ago and gave it a major overall. If you haven’t tried it in a while, it now goes way beyond keyword suggestions and offers a lot of extended SEO capabilities such as basic link metrics and top competitor pages.
Get it: Ubersuggest
Tools to find, evaluate, and process backlink opportunities.
- Disavow Tool
Google makes the Disavow Tool hard to find because most site owners usually don’t need to use it. But when you do, it can be useful for getting penalties removed and some SEOs swear by it for fighting off negative SEO. If you choose to use this tool, be careful and check with this guide on disavowing the right links.
Get it: Disavow Tool
- Link Explorer
Link Explorer is arguably the largest, highest-accuracy link index and the most accurate DA and backlink checker in the SEO world today, boasting 35 trillion links. The free account access gives you 10 queries and 50 rows of data per query every month, plus adds basic link metrics to the MozBar as you browse the web.
Get it: Link Explorer
- Link Miner
Link Miner is a free Chrome extension developed by Jon Cooper, one of the masters of link building. Use it to quickly find broken links on each page, as well as see basic link metrics as you search Google. Simple, easy, and useful.
Get it: Link Miner
Detailed is a unique type of free link research engine, developed by the marketing genius Glen Allsopp (you can find him in the comments below). Detailed focuses on what’s driving links to some of the most popular niches on the web, without the extra fluff that can make reverse engineering success a sometimes time-consuming process. Oh, he’s got a killer newsletter too.
Get it: Detailed
- Backlink Checker
Many people don’t realize that Ahrefs offers a free backlink checker, but they do, and it’s pretty good. It does have a number limitations compared to their full-fledged paid tool. For example, you’re limited to 100 links, and you can’t search by prefix or folder, but it’s handy for those quick link checks, or if you’re doing SEO on a tight budget.
Get it: Backlink Checker
Free tools to optimize your on Google Maps and beyond.
- Google My Business
Basically, this is the #1, must-have tool for Local SEO — especially if you live in a market served by Google. It allows you to claim your business, manage listing information, and respond to reviews — among other things. Claiming your business profile forms the foundation of most other local SEO activities, so it’s an essential step.
Get it: Google My Business
- Google Review Link Generator
The Google Review Link Generator by Whitespark solves a simple problem – how do you give your customers a URL to leave a Google review for your business? Reviews drive rankings, but Google doesn’t easily provide this. This generator makes it easy.
Get it: Google Review Link Generator
- Local Search Results Checker
One of the hardest parts of Local SEO is figuring out rankings from any location — especially when Google stubbornly wants to serve results from the location you’re in. BrightLocal solves this with a quick local ranking tool that can virtually drop you into any location on earth to check actual local rankings.
Get it: Local Search Results Checker
- Moz Local Online Presence Tool
How consistent is your business information and local citations across the internet? Moz Local lets you quickly check how your business shows up across the web in the major data aggregators that Google and others use to rank local search results. Very handy to understand your strengths and weaknesses.
Get it: Moz Local Online Presence Tool
Tools to optimize your website in Google’s mobile-first world.
- Mobile First Index Checker
Mobile versions of websites often differ significantly from their desktop versions. Because Google has switched to mobile-first indexing, it’s important that major elements (links, structured data, etc.) match on both versions. A number of tools will check this for you, but Zeo’s is probably the most complete.
Get it: Mobile First Index Checker
- Mobile SERP Test
It’s amazing how mobile search results can vary by both location AND device. MobileMoxie’s mobile SERP test lets you compare devices side-by-side for any location, down to specific addresses.
Get it: Mobile SERP Test
- Mobile-Friendly Test
The gold standard for determining if your page meets Google’s mobile-friendly requirements. If your page passes the test, then Google counts it as mobile-friendly, which is a bonafide (albeit small) ranking factor. If your page isn’t mobile-friendly, it will give you specific areas to address.
Get it: Mobile-Friendly Test
Free SEO tools that have so many functions, they have their own special category.
- Chrome DevTools
Get it: Chrome DevTools
- Marketing Miner
Marketing Miner has a low profile in the United States, but it’s one of the best-kept secrets of Eastern Europe. If you need to pull a lot of SERP data, rankings, tool reports, or competitive analysis, Marketing Miner does the heavy lifting for you and loads it all into convenient reports. Check out this list of miners for possible ideas. It’s a paid tool, but the free version allows to perform a number of tasks.
Get it: Marketing Miner
One of the original SEO toolbars, the MozBar has seen significant upgrades over the years. Log in with a free Moz account and get link metrics as you browse the web, perform on-page analysis, and SERP analysis. The free version is super-useful by itself, while Pro users get additional functionality like advanced keyword suggestions.
Get it: MozBar
Like Moz, SEMrush offers a full suite of all-in-one SEO tools, and they have a free account option that works well if you only work with a single website, or only need a quick peek at top-level data. The free account level gives you access to one “project” which includes basic site auditing, as well as limited keyword and domain reporting.
Get it: SEMrush
- SEO Minion
SEO Minion is a very popular Chrome extension that goes beyond most SEO toolbars. Some of the quick functions it performs include analyzing on-page SEO, check broken links, Hreflang checks, a SERP preview tool, and a nifty Google search location simulator. Definitely worth trying out.
Get it: SEO Minion
Out of all the SEO toolbars available on the market, SEOquake is probably the most powerful, and comes with a plethora of configuration options — so you can configure it to adjust to your SEO needs. Aside from offering a boatload of data for every URL you visit, you can also perform basic on-page audits, compare domains, and export your data.
Get it: SEOquake
- Sheets for Marketers
Sheets for Marketers isn’t a tool per se, but a website that contains over 100+ free templates to perform a huge number of tasks using Google Sheets. Find powerful free sheets for everything including competitive analysis, site audits, scraping, keyword research, and more. This is a website for your bookmarks.
Get it: Sheets for Marketers
- Small SEO Tools
Small SEO Tools is a favorite among old-time SEO. It comprises a collection of over 100 original SEO tools. Each tool performs a very specific task, hence the name “small”. What’s great about this collection is that in addition to more traditional toolsets like backlink and keyword research, you’ll find an abundance of hard-to-find and very specific tools such as proxy tools, pdf tools, and even JSON tools.
Get it: Small SEO Tools
Varvy offers a suite of free website audit tools from the folks at Internet Marketing Ninjas. Most of the checks are of the on-page type concerning crawling and best practices. Varvy also offers separate stand-alone tools for page speed and mobile SEO. Overall, this is a good quick tool to start an SEO audit and to perform basic checklist tasks in a hurry.
Get it: Varvy
Alternatives: SEO PowerSuite, CanIRank
Tools to help you maximize your content potential at the page level.
- Natural Language API Demo
While there is some debate over how actionable Google’s Natural Language API is for SEO, there is no denying it’s a cool tool with lots of advanced analysis. The free demo allows you to analyze the text of a single page at a time and lets you see how a search engine would view entities, sentiment analysis, syntax, and categorization.
Get it: Natural Language API
See also: Advanced SEO Strategies using Natural Language Processing
- Rich Results Test
Did you implement review rating stars in your JSON-LD, and want to see if your markup is valid for Google’s Rich Results? Getting a passing grade doesn’t mean your page will automatically display rich results in the SERPs, but think of it as the cost of admission (the cost being free, of course.)
Get it: Rich Results Test
- Structured Data Testing Tool
Bookmark, bookmark, bookmark this page. Google’s Structured Data Testing tool is essential for not only troubleshooting your own structured data but performing competitive analysis on your competitor’s structured data as well. Pro Tip: You can edit the code within the tool to troubleshoot and arrive at valid code.
Get it: Structured Data Testing Tool
- Tag Manager
On the surface, Google Tag Manager serves a simple purpose of allowing you to inject “tags” (such as Google Analytics) into your HTML. Beyond that, advanced users can leverage Tag Manager for a host of SEO functions. While Google recommends against using Tag Manager to insert important elements like structured data, it remains useful for a ton of SEO-related activities.
Get it: Tag Manager
- View Rendered Source
Get it: View Rendered Source
Cools free tools for competitive, historical, and technological analysis.
As an SEO research tool, BuzzSumo is awesome. Its Chrome extension is one of the few tools available that deliver reliable social share count estimates for any piece of content. You don’t get as much data with a free account, but you still get access to top content and trending data. One of our favorite tools.
Get it: BuzzSumo
Hunter is a popular email search tool, and definitely the most popular free email finder. Use it to find the email address associated with any company or individual, and verify any email address you already have. 50 free queries/month before paid plans kick in.
Get it: Hunter
Also popular: Viola Nobert
SimilarWeb is like competitor analysis on steroids. You can research your competitor’s traffic, top pages, engagement, marketing channels, and more. The free offering is limited to five results per metric, but it’s often enough to grab a quick data point.
Get it: SimilarWeb
There are lots of tools that help you analyze what technology stacks a website runs on, but Wappalyzer is an SEO favorite. It’s 100 percent free (unless you want advanced reporting) and will instantly tell you what technology a site is using. For example, are they using Yoast or All In One SEO Pack?
Get it: Wappalyzer
- Wayback Machine
Gotta be honest, I personally use the Wayback Machine 2–3 times a week. It’s perfect for uncovering historical data. You can even find a trove of historical robots.txt files archived. There are a ton of other SEO uses for Wayback Machine you may find useful. 100 percent free.
Get it: Wayback Machine
- Name.com bulk domain search
Screenshot of Name.com bulk domain search
Simply input the domain names you want to check — all at the same time, and it will quickly tell you if they are available. Beats the heck out of typing them in one at a time using Godaddy.
Use it: Name.com
Tools to speed up your site in order to improve engagement, increase conversions, and rank higher.
There are so many good things to say about Cloudflare, it’s difficult to know what to include here. Aside from a free CDN to speed up your site, it also allows for easy DNS management, and 100 percent free DDoS protection. You can run on a paid plan forever, but if you’re ready to upgrade, the pro features are super cool and amazingly affordable.
Get it: Cloudflare
GTmetrix is one of many webpage speed performance tests that SEOs love to use. It provides familiar reports such as PageSpeed, YSlow, and Waterfalls, as well as automatically visualizing historic data for each page it analyses.
Get it: GTmetrix
Lighthouse is Google’s open-source speed performance tool. It’s also the most up-to-date, especially in terms of analyzing the performance of mobile pages and PWAs. Google not only recommends using Lighthouse to evaluate your page performance, but there is also speculation they use very similar evaluations in their ranking algorithms.
Get it: Lighthouse
- Page Speed Insights
Page Speed Insights is another Google tool built on top of Lighthouse, with one key added metric: Field Data. Field Data uses metrics collected by the Chrome User Experience Report so you can see how your page performs with real users across the globe. Not every page has data, but it’s super useful when it does.
Get it: Page Speed Insights
If manually logging into a speed tool to check your performance each day isn’t your thing, consider SpeedMonitor.io. It uses Lighthouse data to gauge performance, then tracks it over time and stores the results — all for free. You can even add competitor tracking and on-demand audits.
Get it: SpeedMonitor.io
Webpage test is another performance tool similar to GTMetrix. It breaks down performance into easy-to-understand grades, along with some of the most detailed performance reports found anywhere.
Get it: WebpageTest
To be honest, there are literally hundreds of WordPress plugins that can be helpful for SEO. You almost always want a “general” SEO plugin, and we’ve listed two below. For others, you have a lot of options, but this list from Kinsta is a good place to start.
- Rank Math
The “new” kid on the WordPress SEO plugin block, RankMath is quickly earning a cult following among certain SEO pros. It’s fully functional and comes with some cool features like built-in redirection, which means needing to install fewer plugins or pay for upgrades. Worth checking out.
Get it: Rank Math
- Yoast SEO
Yoast is the “name” in WordPress SEO. The most trusted name, the most installed (30 million sites) and often, the most innovative. With the help of our friend Jono Alderson, they’ve created some amazing advances in the delivery of structured data. I personally use Yoast on most of my WordPress sites, and they are obviously highly recommended.
Get it: Yoast SEO
Alternatives: All in One SEO Pack, SEOPress
best free seo tools for youtube
Boosting your YouTube reach and video rankings is about more than just pumping out video after video. You’ll get better results when you focus on quality over quantity. That’s how you can rank higher and nab that top spot, skyrocketing your video views and subscribers – or at least stop putting out mediocre videos because you’re trying to meet some arbitrary quota. But as anyone who’s ever tried to boost their reach and increase video views on YouTube can tell you, it isn’t easy. Fortunately, we’ve found 26 awesome YouTube SEO tools that can streamline your path to a growing and engaged YouTube following.
26 Top YouTube SEO Tools to Boost Your Reach and Rankings:
1 . TubeBuddy
- YouTube Analytics
- YouTube Autosuggest
- Google Keyword Planner
- Keyword Tool (Keywordtool.io)
- Rank Tracker
- Ahrefs Keywords Explorer
Why YouTube Optimization Matters
YouTube is a powerful search engine. In fact, it’s the second most popular search engine in the world behind Google. And, Google loves YouTube content. When you do a Google search, video content stands out from the rest of the search results:
When you focus on creating the right YouTube content using the right keywords and tags, you put yourself in an excellent position to rank higher on Google and YouTube’s internal search. That’s why we’ve put together this list of 26 YouTube optimization tools you can use to get more YouTube followers and improve your ranking without spending countless hours creating videos just for the sake of creating videos.
26 Best YouTube SEO Tools
When you consider that video is the top-performing content across all social media platforms it just makes sense to focus on creating the best, most optimized YouTube videos possible. You can then share them across your social networks, growing your followers, and increasing your reach. But with more than 2 billion users on the platform, getting your videos found can be a bit difficult.
That’s where these YouTube optimization tools come in.
Here you’ll find all the tools you need to create great videos, find the right keywords and tags, find out what your competitors are up to, and track the performance of your YouTube channel.
Manage Your YouTube Channel
A successful YouTube channel requires a bit more than just posting videos. You also need to track the performance of your videos to make sure that you’re not wasting time and money on content that’s missing the mark. In this section, you’ll find YouTube optimization tools that will help you understand how your channel is performing so you can take steps to correct its course or share the content that’s performing well to your other social networks.
1 . TubeBuddy
youtube seo tool tubebuddy
TubeBuddy is a browser extension that offers tons of different ways to effectively manage your YouTube channel. It includes productivity, video SEO, data and research, promotion, and bulk processing tools. Using TubeBuddy, you can create and schedule your YouTube videos, use saved responses for easy content moderation, and build end-screen templates, among other cool things.
- YouTube Analytics
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YouTube’s own analytics tool is one of the best tools you can use to find out where your channel is succeeding and where it isn’t. You can use it to learn more about your audience and the content that grabs them, improving your YouTube video views, and keeps them engaged. You’ll also be able to check out the watch time on your videos (a signal in YouTube’s search algorithm) and how your following is growing.
VidIQ is a browser extension that shows you the stats you need to track your YouTube performance. You can also add competitor channels to see how they compare to your own as well as set up email alerts to find trending topics. There’s even a Facebook Syndication feature that lets you share your video instantly across social media platforms.
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Identify Your Best Keywords
Descriptions and titles are important information for YouTube users. When you include the right keywords in your YouTube video descriptions and titles, users are better equipped to decide if your video is right for them. In this section, you’ll find YouTube optimization tools that can help you find the keywords that will get your videos ranked and viewed.
- YouTube Autosuggest
If you’ve ever searched for a video on YouTube, you know that the moment you start typing, YouTube starts offering suggestions for keywords and phrases to help you along:
This is a great tool for users but it’s also an extremely useful tool for creators. Similar to Google Trends, you can enter your keyword or topic into the search field on YouTube and use the autosuggest results to find keywords that you should include in your video description, tags, and title.
- Google Keyword Planner
Google offers tons of free tools that creators can use to find just the right keywords to include in their content. Google Keyword Planner is a great tool. You can access Google Keyword Planner from your Google Ads dashboard (you don’t have to run ads to use it). It will help you find the keywords that are worth the most for Google searches so you can plug those keywords into your YouTube descriptions and titles.
- Keyword Tool (Keywordtool.io)
Keyword Tool is a freemium tool you can use to find topics that your viewers might be interested in based on what they’re likely to search for. Just enter a high-level keyword or topic and Keyword Tool will give you suggestions in the form of questions, prepositions, and even hashtags. The paid version starts at $69/month and gives you access to search volumes, cost-per-click, competition data, and trends.
- Rank Tracker
Rank Tracker is another freemium keyword research tool. You can use it to pull keywords from YouTube’s suggestions and view search volume, competition, expected visits, and more. Rank Tracker is great for finding keywords that will put your videos in the running for that coveted featured snippet position that puts you at the top of the search results. The paid version starts at $72/year.
- Ahrefs Keywords Explorer
Ahrefs Keywords Explorer has one of the largest databases of YouTube keywords. You can search for your keyword and find local and global search volume, clicks, click percentage, and clickstream data so you can find out how many people search a certain term on YouTube each month. There are also keyword ideas reports that can give you some great keyword or topic ideas.
Kparser is another easy-to-use paid keyword research tool that focuses on long-tail keywords. You can add keywords before and after your target keyword (similar to Keyword.io) but Kparser lets you choose the parsing depth.
YTRank is a super simple free tool you can use to track YouTube rankings for a target keyword. Just choose the location you want, add your YouTube video URL, and add your keywords.
Research Profitable Tags
YouTube tags are words and phrases that let YouTube know what your video is about. Like keywords, tags are an important ranking factor in YouTube’s search algorithm. Here you’ll find YouTube optimization tools that will help you find the most profitable tags for your YouTube videos.
RapidTags is a free tool that quickly generates tags you can use for Youtube. You can apply a language filter for different locations. Just enter your target keyword into the search box and you’ll get a list of tags you can use on your YouTube videos.
Similar to RapidTags, TagsYouTube lets you enter your target keyword to get a list of related tags you can add to your YouTube content. This tool also includes features like a thumbnail generator, advanced title, and description.
Find Out What Your Competitors Are Doing
Researching your competitors on YouTube is a great way to come up with better video marketing strategies of your own as well as get inspiration for new content. In this section, you’ll find YouTube optimization tools that will help you get a leg up on your competition.
- Rival IQ
Rival IQ offers YouTube analytics information that will help you understand your competitors so you can make better decisions about your own channel and get better results. Rival IQ will show you how often your competitors post content, the engagement their content gets, likes, dislikes, subscribers, views, comments, and more.
- SE Ranking
SE Ranking is a keyword tracking tool that lets users run daily checks on YouTube rankings for any location and device. You can even set a target URL for each search and all of the non-target URLs will show up in red. You can track rankings on five search engines and up to five competitors.
SerpStat is a keyword research tool that gives you insight into what your competitors are doing. You provide one target keyword and SerpStat will provide suggestions that you can rank for as well as finding search terms that potential leads are looking for.
The free TagsForYouTube Chrome extension lets you see the video tags for any video by clicking show more under the video description. This is a great way to find out what tags your competitors are using in their videos so you can use them, too.
Keep Your Comments Clean
Moderating your YouTube comments is important. Not only do comments play into YouTube’s algorithm, but keeping your comments clean helps to keep the information your audience receives accurate and improves your brand’s reputation and credibility. Here you’ll find YouTube optimization tools that will help keep your comment sections safe.
- YouTube’s Comment Moderation
YouTube’s built-in comment moderation tool lets you customize settings to automatically filter out comments that are inappropriate. You can add specific users to approve their comments automatically, enter a list of words you want to block, and block messages that include hashtags and URLs.
- Smart Moderation
Smart moderation is a paid tool that provides comment moderation for social media platforms. It connects to your social profiles and deletes unwanted comments as they’re posted. It’s AI-based so can moderate comments nearly as well as a human can. And, thanks to the AI, the tool learns the longer you use it. Pricing starts at $79/month.
Create Great Videos
Creating great YouTube videos starts with a great topic but you’ll also need to create eye-catching YouTube thumbnails and edit your video to ensure that it flows well—and to add titles and visual effects. Here you’ll find YouTube optimization tools that will help you create YouTube videos people want to watch.
- Google Trends
Google Trends is an easy-to-use option for finding excellent video topics. Simply type in your general topic or keyword and specify YouTube Search. From there, you can choose a location, category, and time period to get the most relevant results.
Camtasia is a brilliant YouTube opti
mization tool for those of us who do webinars, tutorials, and presentations because it gives you a way to record your screen, including the movement of your mouse and keystrokes. You can then edit your videos to add effects, animations, annotations, quizzes, notes, and more as well as including music or narration.
Canva is one of the best tools around for creating YouTube video thumbnails that really pop. You can start your design from scratch or find a beautiful template from the thousands Canva has to offer. Canva has a drag-and-drop interface that makes it delightfully easy to create eye-catching visuals that will get your YouTube videos noticed.
FotoJet is a Canva alternative that includes an advanced YouTube thumbnail creator. It lets you edit and optimize your thumbnail to your heart’s content by adding filters, cropping and resizing, rotating images, and a whole lot more. Like Canva, FotoJet has a drag-and-drop interface that makes it easy to use.
Snappa is an all-in-one graphic design software that has tons of great templates that make it easy to create stunning YouTube thumbnails. Snappa also walks you through the design process step by step, which is great for those with limited design skills.
If you use an Apple product to create your YouTube videos, chances are you’re more than a little familiar with this video editing tool. iMovie has an intuitive interface, letting users easily crop, trim, and rearrange videos however they want. You can also add visual effects and titles, as well as easily publish to YouTube.
Blender is a free video editing tool that offers some advanced features. You can use Blender for VFX, animation, modeling, rendering, 3D, and even to create video games. In addition to those fun tools, Blender lets you trim videos, and add filters and transitions to make your YouTube videos unique and fun to watch.
- Corel VideoStudio
Corel VideoStudio is a paid Windows-only video editing tool that has the standard tools you’d expect (crop, resize, trim, rearrange, etc.) as well as a split-screen interface stop motion animation, and more. You can even upload your videos to YouTube directly from the software.
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