SEO tools are an essential part of creating a successful SEO strategy, but with so many tools out there and so many new ones being released every day, it can be difficult to know which ones are actually worth using.
That’s where we come in! We’ve curated a list of some of the best New York City-based SEO tools on the market right now; each one has been tried and tested by our team and is ready to help you get your content seen by more people, drive traffic back to your site, and increase your conversion rates.
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Neil Patel Free Seo Tools
Free is awesome. Especially when that “free” whatever is giving you extra traffic, money, rank, reputation, and sales. Thankfully, there are a ton of free SEO tools. The downside is that some of these free tools are junk.
I want to give you a go-to collection of the top free SEO tools. These are intuitive, slick, effective, powerful, and (best of all) they’re absolutely free.
1. Google Analytics
If you’re not yet using Google Analytics, I recommend you start as soon as possible. There is no other data source that provides high-quality and detailed information like Google Analytics. In a Google-dominated era, it’s what we have to work with. Most of the other data tools simply piggyback on Google’s data using the API.
You can’t ignore Google Analytics. Virtually all the actionable and important data about site visitors, traffic, etc., comes from this critical source
2. Google Search Console
If Google Analytics is the air that an online marketer breathes, then Google Search Console (formerly Webmaster Tools) is the food that the online marketer eats.
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The word “webmaster” in the former name is a bit of a misnomer. The tool is for more than webmasters. It’s for SEOs. The very focus of the tool has to do with “search” and “optimization.”
Some of GSC’s best insights come from just glancing at the dashboard. SEOs and marketers need to keep up with the dashboard on a regular basis.
Google Search Console provides some of the same data as Analytics, but in a simpler and more straightforward way. There’s less tweaking you can do with the numbers, but easier access to them.
One of the most important datasets is the link data. (Search Traffic → Links to Your Site → More). Staying up to date with toxic backlinks is one of the most essential steps in off-page SEO.
If you ever have to deal with the dreaded manual penalty, or are routinely disavowing stubborn spam links, you will become very familiar with Google Search Console.
Clearly, Google Search Console is indispensable. You need the data, you need the tools, and you need the power. I wish that more SEOs saw the value of the tool and used it more.
Ubersugest is an all-in-one SEO tool designed to help you win the game of SEO. A big part of SEO success is knowing what you’re doing, what your competitors are doing, and how to adjust your strategy to take advantage of holes in the market.
Getting started with Ubersugest is as simple as typing a domain or keyword into the search bar.
From here, you gain instant access to a report for your chosen domain or keyword.
For the sake of this post, I want to focus on the keyword search capabilities of Ubersuggest. It’s a great alternative to the Google Keyword Planner tool, which has lost some of its luster over the years.
After running a search for your primary keyword, here’s how you can use Ubersuggest to uncover related keywords to include in your content.
Step #1: Click “Keyword Ideas”
Located in the left sidebar, click “Keyword Ideas” to be taken to a comprehensive report.
Step #2: Review the Results
This is where the fun begins. You’re provided a long list of keywords related to your seed keyword.
There are four columns with corresponding data for each keyword:
- Volume: Average number of monthly searches the keyword has on Google.
- CPC: Average cost per click for a Google Ad for the keyword.
- PD: Estimated competition in paid search (the higher the number, the more competitive).
- SD: Estimated competition in organic search (the higher the number, the more competitive).
While this data alone is helpful, I want you to drill down deeper. Let’s keep going.
Step #3: Click on a Keyword
For example, if you want to rank for the keyword phrase “content marketing agency,” click on it to access the following.
Now, there’s no question as to what you need to do to reach the first page of Google. This data allows you to address points such as:
- How much traffic you can reasonably expect to receive for each position on page one
- The number of backlinks for your page one competitors
- The number of social shares for each URL
Use this data to create content that’s 10x better than your competitors.
Step #4: Filter Your Search
After you gain a clear overview of related keywords that align with your company and its goals, turn on the filter feature to narrow your search. Here’s an example.
You can set additional parameters, but this is where I like to start when searching for long-tail keywords.
You want to uncover keywords with enough search volume to move the needle, without focusing on anything that has an extremely high SEO Difficulty score.
Even though it cuts out more than 400 keywords, you’re left with 12 that match your exact criteria. “Content marketing examples” is one of the best keywords on the list, despite an average monthly search volume of only 1,000. It has the ability to drive highly targeted traffic to your website, and with an SD of 17, you have a good chance of ranking.
You can do a lot more than keyword research with Ubersuggest, but it’ll definitely help in this department. With this, you have what you need to select keywords that allow you to create killer content that’s destined to rank.
You can also add the free Chrome extension to use Ubersuggest right from the SERPs.
You can learn more by reading The Guide To Keyword Research.
Knowledge is the name of the game with the MozBar. When you think about it, SEO has a lot to do with knowing the right stuff. The MozBar helps you discover the right stuff at a glance.
The MozBar button sits right up in your browser toolbar — the place where all the action is going on. Click on the MozBar, and you generate an instant report on the website you’re visiting.
You can position the MozBar at the top, side, or bottom of your browsing window at all times.
The toolbar has three main categories of data — Page Elements, Page Attributes, and Link Data.
Page Elements displays the nuts-and-bolts of on-page SEO. There’s a lot of information accessible at a glance. You can see the various tags — title, description, H1s, etc.
Page attributes shows some below-the-surface onsite optimization features, such as robots, rel=”canonical” and load time. Additionally, you can find out on-page link data.
The Link Data tab has ranking factors and more information on a site’s links. Complete information is available only with a paid subscription.
The MozBar’s true power is available to those who subscribe, and it’s a service worth the money. If you’re still in startup-cash-strapped phase, though, the folks at Moz are kind enough to provide this robust version of their tool at no cost.
5. SEOWorkers Analysis Tool
The Analysis Tool allows you to plug in a website URL — any website, even if it’s not yours — and generate a report.
SEOWorkers doesn’t provide anything new, but it does help to save a lot of time in analysis. Also, it provides background information on the data.
The report is quick and detailed.
Some of the data, like the HTTP Headers Check is under-the-hood stuff that you wouldn’t normally think to check for.
Other analyzed features provide helpful icons to show you if you’re doing well, or if you need to pay attention to something:
Here is SEOWorker’s unique feature. They teach you about SEO in addition to showing you the SEO data that matters. Within each analyzed category, the report provides a detailed discussion.
The keyword analysis is comprehensive. It displays head terms (single keywords), and two-, three-, and four word keyphrases (longtail keywords).
SEOWorkers provides a lot of information, and some of it is different from other SEO and reporting tools. However, it can be information overload.
For the experienced SEO, the discussion in each section is superfluous. For new SEOs who are still learning the tricks of the trade, it could be useful.
6. WooRank Website Reviews
At first glance, WooRank’s Website Review appears to be just another freemium website analyzer. Upon closer, inspection, however, it gives handy insights into some not-so-obvious stuff.
You can analyze any website, and generate a report in seconds.
WooRank first displays a “Top priorities section. Unfortunately, here’s one of the downsides of the tool. Somehow, it thinks that I have a 404 error, lack a favicon, and don’t have a robots.txt file. All of these are inaccurate.
For example, when I click on “Blog,” in the SEO report section, I receive this message.
I’m nonplussed, since content marketing is kind of my middle name, and my website definitely has an active blog.
On to more positive things.
The geodata is insightful, although Analytics provides similar information.
Social shareability is another helpful section. Few free analysis tools are able to aggregate this much social network data in a single place.
The most outstanding feature of WooRank that I want to point out is the mobile section. Few free SEO analysis tools provide this level of data and perspective.
That being said, Google does offer a free Mobile-Friendly Test.
For its ease, interface, and amount of data, WooRank gets high marks. Unfortunately, not all the data seems to be accurate.
One of its major tools, the mobile optimization overview, can also be viewed using free tools from Google, so it’s not really revolutionary anymore.
7. Neil Patel SEO Analyzer
We’ve already covered Ubersuggest, but there’s another tool in there that you need to be aware of — our SEO analyzer. (It used to be a separate tool, which is why I gave it its own number.) It really is a valuable tool — and it’s totally free.
Just plug in your URL, and the tool will spend about 10 minutes crawling your site.
The visual layout is clean and intuitive, providing plenty of crucial information including estimated traffic score, SEO score, and backlinks.
It will also tell you if you have any broken or blocked pages.
It will also share in SEO issues, see how your site performs on mobile, and actually give you tips on how to improve your site.
Personal bias aside, I think that my website analyzer provides a very helpful perspective both on your own site, and especially on a side-by-side comparison of your competitors.
When it comes to growing your traffic, most marketers default to creating new content, building new backlinks, and so on.
The ClickFlow Content Decay Tool is different—it shows you old pages on your site that are no longer performing well. These outdated posts are great candidates for a content refresh.
First, you’ll want to connect the Content Decay Tool to your Google Search Console.
Once ClickFlow imports your data, you’ll see a report that shows you the pages on your site that have lost the most search traffic over the past 12 months.
From there, you can update these posts to win back lost traffic. Simply expand upon your content, add examples to make it more thorough, and cut any outdated references.
If you choose to upgrade to a paid ClickFlow account, you can even measure your content refreshes.
ClickFlow will show you the impact that updates have on your traffic and rankings, on a page-by-page basis.
9. Anwer The Public
Answer The Public leverages Google Suggest to find all of the questions people may have related to any industry or keyword.
Just type in a keyword and it will give you a laundry list of questions people are searching for related to that keyword.
Similar to Ubersuggest, it also shows you comparison and preposition-related keywords.
What I like about the tool is it presents the information in an interesting visual format. It’s also ideal for content ideation. Many of the questions can be used for FAQ sections or headers.
SEO doesn’t just exist on Google. You can also rank higher on Amazon, YouTube, Bing, and tons of other sites.
KeywordTool.io uses the same concept as Google Suggest, but for a handful of sites like Amazon, Play Store, and YouTube.
If you are performing SEO on sites other than Google, you should check out KeywordTool.io.
There are tons of free tools for SEO for Google. However, there are other search engines to consider. KeywordTool.io is a fantastic tool for your SEO aresenal.
Imagine being able to reverse engineer your competitors’ SEO, content marketing, and social media marketing strategy.
Ubersuggest allows you to get insight into the strategies that are working for others in your market so you can adopt them, improve them, and gain an edge.
Top SEO Pages
Are you tired of writing content that no one reads or even shares on the social web?
With the top SEO pages report, you can discover which of your competitor’s pages are ranking for popular organic keyword phrases and which ones are loved by sites like Facebook.
You no longer will waste time writing content that people don’t want to read.
Need more keyword ideas? From head terms to long-tail phrases you’ll get hundreds of suggestions from our free keyword tool. You’ll also see volume, the competition, and even seasonal trends for each keyword.
And to make things a bit easier we generate a list of keywords for you based on what is working for your competitors and based on what people are typing into Google.
Do you want to find out the content pieces that are getting the most social shares and backlinks in your niche?
Knowing what to write about can make or break your content strategy. Dive deep into the top-performing content pieces for any given keyword so you can write about topics that people are actually interested in.
Backlinks are one of the most critical parts to Google’s algorithm.
But there is an issue. It’s hard to build them.
Now with Ubersuggest, you can see the exact content in your space that people are linking to. You then approach each of these sites and ask them to link to you.
This is all you need to come up with an action plan for improving your link profile and understand which links will have the most impact on your rankings.
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