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by DiTesco on February 21, 2012

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SEO, you either love it, hate it or somewhere in between. If you do decide to implement search engine optimization as part of your inbound marketing campaign, you should know that some of the factors required, among other things, are keyword research, site usability and structure, and the one that is often overlooked at, monitoring your progress. There is no point of implementing the best SEO practices, making use of SEO plugins, writing awesome content that provides value to your visitors, and not see how your efforts are doing.

Something to think about: SEO is a competition. You have to be more popular and more relevant than your competitors to succeed (exclude friends, family members and your community). Keep it clean, and remember to take action. Taking action in itself is already a competitive advantage, over those who don’t.

Anyway, if you are providing SEO services, thinking of, or simply a DIY SEO practitioner, then this is where all the things may start to get a bit tedious. Conducting proper keyword research, analyzing competition, track backlinks, checking for broken links, checking your ranks progress and more, are simply not an easy task to do without the help of some tools, whose purpose is just that, to save you time and make your tasks a bit easier.

With that said, the SEO tools I mention here are by all means not the only ones that are available. There are literally tons of them and some work well, while others don’t. Difficult to keep track on all of them so, I am limiting this list to those that I have used and believe that are sufficient to get you started. Post is rather long..

Best Free SEO Tools

Keyword Research, Webmaster Tools And Linkbuilding

Google SEO Tools: You may not be aware of it, but Google has probably the widest array of tools under your disposal. Take the AdWords Keyword Tool for example. What is there to say about this tool? This is probably one of the most “talked about” keyword tool on the internet. There are tons of tutorials and tips out there on how to use it properly. Google’s keyword tool is great, but one drawback is that you can not use it to analyze competition. There is probably some misconception about the “competition” column that you see in their results, which you should know, is about the “advertisers” competition for that particular keyword, rather than competing websites. This data is good to pinpoint saturated niches for example.

So aside from Google’s keyword tool, you also have YouTube keyword tool, Google Insights (great for product search), Google Webmaster Tools (Quick Start Center), Google Analytics, Google Page Speed Online, and perhaps one that you are not aware of, Google’s Real Time Insights Finder – Marketing Tool (take it for a test drive).

Google Insights Marketing Tool

Here are some guides for you (in case you are interested)

Tynt SEO: Found out about this tool from Ana’s post on MySEOCommunity.com. The post essentially teaches you how to take advantage and defend yourself from “people who copy” your content. There is really not much of a problem when someone copies an excerpt of your content and attributes a link to the original source. The problem is when they don’t give you the proper attribution.

Tynt SEO essentially inserts a piece of code on every single page (not just content) of your site, and every time your text or images gets copied, Tynt adds automatically an attribution link, back to where your content was copied from. It is really an awesome tool and after using it only for 7 days, I can see already that it appears to paying off. Remember that not all links carry the same weight, but it this case, whether or not the link is of authority, it still links back to you, something that Matt Cutts says, it is better than “nothing”.

What I like best about Tynt? Not only it does what it says it does, you also get some real cool SEO reports (e.g., how many copied your content and linked back to you – forced via Tynt), and best of all, It is free :).

Want to see how it works? Try copying any text (like a paragraph) from here and paste it on Word.

Tynt SEO Tools

SEMRush: From the developers of the popular SEO Quake, SEMRush is an advance keywords/competition research software that essentially let’s you see how your site (or any other), is doing in Google search engine rankings (or Bing), in addition to many other related advanced search engine marketing techniques. With its huge database of keywords, you will find some of the most popular (including hidden keywords), most searched for terms, and also highly competitive and expensive keywords. The free version is fully workable and is only limited to 10 queries/day and 10 results per query. Give it a try as you may not need anything else than what is provided on the free version. BTW, free is free and not a trial.

SEMRush SEM Tools

Page Speed/Website Audit

Microsoft SEO ToolKit: This probably one of the most powerful and advanced tools I have in my arsenal, and it is 100% free (no paid version). With this SEO Toolkit, you review your website, see the results and make the necessary changes the tool recommends. The SEO Toolkit with its detailed analysis and search engine friendly suggestions helps improve the relevance of your website in search results right away. It checks for broken links, missing tags, missing alt tags, larger scripts, and other SEO violations. I won’t be going into more details here, as I prefer to direct you to a post I’ve written way back, about this free and awesome SEO tool from Microsoft. So awesome, they even publicize it like this (note Google):

Microsoft SEO Toolkit

GTMetrics: Quickly becoming one of my favorite tools to analyze and test page speed online. With GTMetrix, you can check Google Page Speed and Yahoo YSlow score of any web site. This information is very useful, especially since page loading time is one of many factors used by Google to determine rankings. When checking your site or any other site on GTMetrics, you are given a grade (ideal would be A). If your website page loading time is more than four seconds, or have a low Page Speed/YSlow grade (C or lower), it may mean that your site requires some tweaking. GTmetrix will provide detailed explanations of what is wrong with your site and what you can do to improve it. This information is very helpful to correct all the flaws in your current WordPress theme.

Here’s how my site is performing yesterday (4,92s – but needs some more work; I guess).

GTMetrix SEO Tools

Other cool page speed checkers, include – PingDom and WebPageTest.

SEO Doctor: A FireFox Addon, it is a great “flyby” and simple tool, made with both beginners and experienced SEOs in mind. It’s scoring system and recommendations are based on official SEO documents, namely Google Webmaster guidelines, Google Image guidelines and Google SEO starter guide as well as Vladimir Prelovac’s (developer) own experience.

Main features of SEO Doctor are:

  • Points out to potential problems and assigns a score for your pages based on currently accepted SEO methodology
  • Shows link structure and helps track page rank flow for your pages
  • Detects and warns you about pages not indexable by search engines using most comprehensive methods available in any tool
  • One-click access to most popular SEO tools allows you to additionally inspect a site

Look at that! My site score a perfect 100%, woot. Run it and see what score you got.

SEO Doctor

SEO Rank Checker

CuteRank: Remember, SEO requires a lot of work and one of them is to monitor your progress. This free keyword rank checker (software) is a desktop app, designed to automatically check your keyword positions and track their performance (keeps history) on multiple search engines. Instead of trying to figure out what position your are in, just insert multiple keywords you are checking for, or let CuteRank automatically detect keywords for you, and let it do its magic. One thing I really like about this app is that it returns results in near “real time”. This really is a time saver and the free version has absolutely no catch. It is free for life and safe to use. The only limitations of the free version is that you can only check your rankings for one domain at a time, and you can not create reports with your own brand (not good if you are tracking for clients). Such limitations are easily lifted with the premium version (if you are interested). Totally recommended and for now, the only one I really use. It is quite accurate :).

CuteRank SEO Rank Checker

Other SEO Tools (Premium)

As I mentioned earlier, Google AdWords Keyword tool, is a great resource for “finding keywords”. Once you find those keywords, the next thing would be to analyze competing websites that are also targeting for those same keywords. While there are many ways you can achieve this, I will provide you with two options for now. First is to use Prelovac’s clever way of doing keyword research (really good). The other option is to use LongTailPro.

LongTailPro is a paid software that does all the hard work for you. It helps you find keywords and available domains (good for creating niche sites), analyze competition and also includes a rank checker to monitor your progress. I have been using LongTailPro (as an alternative to MS) to create niche websites, and I am pretty satisfied with the results. For now, I just wanted you to know about this tool and stay tuned for an in-depth review soon. In case you can’t wait, head over there to find out more (watch the demo video).

That’s it! I know that there a lot more and probably I will have to write a “part 2” on a later stage. In addition to some other SEO Tools that I have recommended on 2011 (still good), I am convinced that for now, these will suffice. Obviously, if you really have a very cool and top notch SEO tool you can recommend, please do let me know about it. I may update this post or put it in the next one (and with an attribute to you, lol).

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1 Ana Hoffman February 21, 2012 at 5:13 pm

A lot of meaty stuff here, Francisco.

I happen to LOVE SEMRush – it’s one of those tools that I can’t write a post without.

And thanks for the shout!

2 Enstine Muki February 22, 2012 at 1:15 pm

SEMRush is quite an interesting tool Ana.

I think I should checkout CuteRank, Francisco. I didn’t know about it. Thanks for sharing

3 DiTesco February 25, 2012 at 2:40 pm

That’s great Enstine. How do like CuteRank so far? Like seeing your results :)

4 DiTesco February 25, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Hi Ana. Sorry for the late response. I just started to “play” around with SEMRush and I do like the tool. As for the rest, they are all great, and I am really happy about the tool you mentioned in your post at SEOCommunity, Tynt. It rocks :)

5 jack February 21, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Thanks for pointing out the free tools to help with SEO. I’m always interested in checking out the freebies before spending any money. Cute rank looks really nice, I’ve been looking for a good way to check rankings – looks like this might do the trick.

6 DiTesco February 25, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Hi Jack. I luv CuteRank and it has been the only tool I use to Check Keyword rankings. The free version is a full working version and if you don’t mind having to “create” new domains each time, it is more than enough. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

7 Bluehost February 21, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Agree Ann, SEMRush is absolutely essential. I always use it on my posts and it is really a life saver.

8 Dan Keller February 22, 2012 at 2:43 am

Awesome list of resources. I have been using SEO Quake as an add on to Chrome but there area couple you mentioned that I will be checking out. I really like the Tnyt tool you mentioned and I have a had a problem with scrapers on one of my blogs and this tool will come in handy.

9 DiTesco February 25, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Hi Dan. Sorry for the late response. Tynt is just an incredible service and I have installed it on all my sites since I gave it a test drive here on iBlogZone. I wonder if it will be ever free (I hope).. BTW, just in case, you can use the same account for multiple domains :)

10 Blake L February 22, 2012 at 3:58 am

Well, you do need SEO since all your competitors are using it! About the Tynt SEO tool preventing copying of your articles, you can do a lot yourself by limiting the article length in the RSS Feed. Most “copy” sites will actually copy articles from your RSS Feed on the site, or Feedburner.

11 DiTesco February 25, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Hi Blake. That’s true, most scrapers copy content from a sites feed. However, excerpt alone won’t cut it.. Perhaps it will better if you use RSS Footer (free plugin on WP.org).. That is an awesome addition to a feed. You can create links with anchor text of your choosing. Now, all that plus Tynt and it increases the chances that you get proper attribution :)

12 Promotional Gifts February 22, 2012 at 4:26 am

I use SEMRush as an seo tool on a daily basis. I can easily analyze my websites and other websites I visit. It lets you know how you rank on numerous keywords and the monthly searches for those keywords.

13 DiTesco February 25, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Good to know that you are fond of SEMRush. Do you use it for anything else besides keyword research?

14 Derek Morton February 22, 2012 at 6:15 am

Thanks for all the resources. I hadn’t been using anything other than Google Keywords. So I’m going to have to check out these freebies and see what they can do.

15 DiTesco February 25, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Hi Derek. Google’s KWT is very helpful and it really is enough, if you are just “looking” for keyword ideas. However, if you do want to dig a bit deeper, then the “other” tools will definitely get you started. All the best and let me know how it goes. Tks for stopping by

16 Simon Oliver February 22, 2012 at 3:32 pm

As usual Google have a whole range of neat tools .. for free. No, I wasn’t aware of their insights finder tool which just shows you how fast they move. Difficult to react to a post like this without spending a couple of hours trying out the links and products .. but from the two I’ve already checked out, it as, as Ana says, a meaty article. Thanks

17 DiTesco February 25, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Thanks Simon. i do hope that you find some of these of help to your SEO efforts. The insights finder tools is one of my favorites to “hunt” for trending products :)

18 amr nabil February 22, 2012 at 5:17 pm

woooooow awesome resources I can easily analyze my websites and other websites I visit. It lets you know how you rank on numerous keywords and the monthly searches for those keywords.
thanx for your help

19 Steve@Affiliate Marketing Tips February 22, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Some really solid tools here. I would personally add SEO quake amd serpattacks pro

But these tools are important it shows how knowing what is really going on means so much. the difference between trying to SEO with or without knowledge is the difference between trying to drive to San Francisco with or without a blindfold on.

20 DiTesco February 25, 2012 at 3:03 pm

LOL, I like the analogy.. Steve. Anyway, SEO Quake is also a great addon tool and I have to admit that SERPAttacks PRO is new to me. Is it free, :)

21 Amit February 22, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Cuterank is really cool .I use and it gives great reports..Thanks for the nice post

22 Troy Jaggard February 23, 2012 at 4:19 am

Is it worth upgrading to a paid version of SEMRush? It looks like an amazing tool.

23 DiTesco February 25, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Hi Troy. Upgrading to PRO is really dependent on “what you need”. If you are providing SEO services and require “more information” that the free version is giving you, then I would say that it is probably worthwhile upgrading and see how it goes for 30 days or so. After that you can decide whether you want to continue with the PRO service or not.

24 Mark February 23, 2012 at 5:28 pm

These are good tools, I also use SEOSpyGlass and Alexa for checking backlinks and getting ideas where to build backlinks. I guess the best “SEO tools” on 2012 are great responsive content and social proof from Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter, then comes link building. Google´s new rules have changed SEO a bit.

25 DiTesco February 25, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Hi Mark. SEOSpyGlass is an awesome tool and with the recent redesign made by LinkAssistant, I think it is much more user friendly. Actually I like the whole set of SEOPowersuite and it only did not make the list here because most of the work can not be saved. I guess that the way they “force” you to get the PRO version.

26 Clara February 24, 2012 at 1:25 am

Thanks for pointing out Google Real Time Insights. No matter how many Google tools I use, I never feel like I’m fully taking advantage of everything they offer.

27 DiTesco February 25, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Hi Clara. Yeah, I hear you. Google has so many tools that it is very easy to loose track of them. Trust me, you are not alone :)

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Rohit

February 24, 2012 at 4:23 am

These free tools looks very interesting! I hope that it will help me a lot in my SEO efforts.

29 DiTesco February 25, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Ohh! I am sure they will, but you do have to use them, LOL. All the best

30 Obaidul Haque February 24, 2012 at 2:02 pm

If SEO is not dying, it’s only emerging stronger. I think the SEO game will still continue for a long time to come. Whether or not you are successful with your SEO campaign will actually depend on the kind of tools that you have in your toolbox.

The article shares some of the best tools that one can use to improve their SEO and survive in the race of raking at the top in search engines. SEM Rush is undoubtedly a powerful SEO tool.

Thanks for the share, Francisco.

31 DiTesco February 25, 2012 at 3:13 pm

You are welcome Obaidul. I agree with you, I think that SEO is long from dying and for as long as there are search engines and people are using them, SEO will continue. At a certain point, we all might even “rename” it, but in the end, it will just be optimizing for search engines :)

32 Prithvi February 24, 2012 at 3:06 pm

In today’s time, one might not have time to sit and spend hours on SEO thing.. It was great you came up with something really nice. Thanks for sharing.. :)

33 DiTesco February 28, 2012 at 3:03 pm

You are welcome. I hope you find these tools helpful to you.

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Jane @ Timthumb vulnerability

February 25, 2012 at 1:02 pm

I use Market Samurai’s Rank tracker module and CuteRank (got the pro version as one of the prizes to winning the Traffic Generation contest ;)) a lot.

I also use SemRush quite frequently. Gotta check out the others. Thanks for making this useful list!

35 DiTesco February 28, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Hi Jane. Looks like you already have a great amount of “awesome” weapons on your SEO arsenal. Try Tynt, I think you’ll like it :)

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Jane @ Blogging success

February 28, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Oh yes forgot to mention that I’m using it too! Tynt is awesome so far ;)

37 Edd @ Domed Labels February 27, 2012 at 8:03 pm

This is indeed a great resource, I think longtrailpro would be a handy software as it expands options for keywords to implement in SEO strategy. Another good tool I would like to share with everyone is Rank Tracker, I have recently started using it, they have a free edition and is still a pretty powerful and accurate tool.

38 DiTesco February 28, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Thanks for recommending RankTracker. Will check it out and see if could make this list :) Thanks for stopping by

39 Rick Castro @ House for sale February 29, 2012 at 2:54 am

Wow! That’s a lot of free tool! I really did not think that we have a lot of free SEO tools! I downloaded cute rank and will try the software! :D Thanks for sharing the list!

40 Nora @ LogoDesign March 1, 2012 at 6:02 am

Google SEO tools are most useful stuff for the Search Engine Optimizers. They mostly actually target the Google Market n ranking so these Google tools are more reliable in this way, btw all other are also Good n very useful. thanks for all these useful resource :)

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Angelia Creque

March 1, 2012 at 6:04 am

Ha! I didn’t know there was a YouTube keyword tool. I’ve been in my cave for too long. Just installed SEO Doctor and it seems to be like WordPress SEO except it’s an addon for FireFox. Great post by the way.

42 Daniel March 2, 2012 at 4:52 am

Thanks for the “heads up” with those free tools, Francisco.

I had never heard of cute rank before, and will go and give the free version a go.

I have been using other ranking tools(Free and paid) and the results have been all over the place, showing some huge variations in results for the same terms.

Just one question: You say that cute rank is quite accurate, so how do you think it stacks up against some of the big name seo keyword tools(Market Samurai, Seo power suite’s rank tracker, Semrush,
as far as their rank tracking capabilities are concerned?

I have noticed with the above tools, and others, many of the keywords being checked are way off.

So just curious as to your experiences with Cute rank in this regard(Accuracy of returned keyword ranking results).

Thanks again,

Daniel.

43 DiTesco March 2, 2012 at 11:58 am

Hi Daniel, CuteRank does nothing else but “check rankings” on various search engines. When I mean accurate, I am saying that if you run a “check” for the keywords you are looking for and verify the same positions on Google for example, what it says is what it is. You do have to verify ight after you run the check. Obviously I don’t do this all the time as I learned to rely on the results CR gives me. It also tracks history, create reports and other interesting stuff. Try the free version, nothing to loose :)

44 Daniel March 5, 2012 at 4:39 am

Hi there again, Francisco.

Well, it looks like Cute rank ” Blew a gasket”! It was going really nicely for around a day or so, then it just could not function at all.

I am only entering a small number of keywords, across five countries and two search engines. So this should not be an issue.

The program literally freezes up(yes, my cpu included), then I get Cute rank has encountered a problem and needs to shut down messages.

I suspect there are some major issues within the program, that need to be ironed out. I contacted the staff, and basically said that they are squandering a nice piece of software that has some potential for pulling in more paid(for upgrade) users, if they are willing to do some house work(Maintenance).

I do not think it is a proxy issue as the program was running just fine in the beginning. Also, I went through their list of repairs and nothing has made any difference.

Well it’s back to my other tools. Currently I am using from three to five different tools, covering a bunch of tasks(for cross referencing).

Oh, and a heads up! It looks like Market Samurai has succeeded in getting their program to run faster for certain modules, and their Rank tracker(checker) does seem to have become a little more accurate(was way out with some results before) though is still slow..
The only thing I am bugged about, is that Backlinks and PR are missing from the Content and Promotion modules.
I do not use these modules often but I do remember seeing that data previously.

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Sandra E. Nolte

March 2, 2012 at 10:40 am

Wow these are great list of tools! Another treasure chest!

46 Daniel March 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Many thanks for your response, Francisco.

I downloaded the trial from your link, and I have been putting Cute rank through a few tests. You are spot with your above observations regarding this tool. It provides quite accurate results, and has some interesting features. Yeah, I went off and did the search engine rank verifying(for an hour or two) just to feel more confident with the results.
Apart from a few cases where some parts of the search data was not returned (did not update for all keyword terms selected) it is a handy , easy to use tool.

47 DiTesco March 2, 2012 at 6:53 pm

That’s great. Indeed in some cases, results may not show and this could be easily rectified by running another check or if I am not mistake, you can check just for the “keywords” that did not return results. Anyway, hope you find it helpful and useful :)

48 Rohan Advani March 3, 2012 at 4:02 pm

cute rank seems to be a pretty nice tool, i really don’t know whether its better than google adwords or not but i will surely give it a shot. great compilation of tools you got there.

49 DiTesco March 3, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Hi Rohan. Actually CuteRank and Google Adword tools are totally different as one does “rank checking” and the other to research for keywords :)

50 Miranda Platt March 5, 2012 at 6:35 am

I have tried TYNT for a couple of weeks and all I can say about it is that it really works well , since the moment I used it, I am noticing that there are a couple of people duplicating my contents

51 DiTesco March 5, 2012 at 11:50 am

Duplicating your content is not really great, but since you are using TYNT, might as well take advantage of those scrappers and get attribution from your copied content :)

52 Miranda Platt March 6, 2012 at 4:03 am

I agree Sir, I hate seeing those clumsy people popping up on my mail notifying me that they are copying my content :(

53 Ricardus @WordPress Hosting March 5, 2012 at 8:13 am

yoast is a great plugin for WordPress users who wants free SEO plugins.

54 DiTesco March 5, 2012 at 11:54 am

Agreed Ricardus, and I am still boggled by the fact that it is free. So many features, that IMO, it is more than enough to take care of on-page SEO. It even gives you a “quick” run through to optimize content.. can’t beat that.

55 Michael March 5, 2012 at 2:32 pm

I love SEMRush :-)

BTW, DiTesco have you discovered the exact algorithm how Google AdSense pays publishers. You mentioned in a earlier article, but do not know if you’ve discovered the exactly way?

Regards,
M.

56 DiTesco March 7, 2012 at 11:42 am

Hi Michal. No I have not and I don’t think anyone will, aside from Google that is. The article you mention is based on their official announcement, so I could not go further than that. Have to admit though, that it is the first time they ever make such an announcement.

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Steven Smith

March 8, 2012 at 1:54 am

Hi Francisco,

You’ve got some great tips regarding SEO. I noticed however that you are using the CommentLuv Plugin. Have you seen a boost in traffic since you started using it? Does it affect your page rank in Google? I’m just trying to get some feed back before I decide to get it. Thanks:-)

By the way…Your site is awesome! Hope I can get to your level someday.

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steve

March 8, 2012 at 9:13 am

In my experience shopping around a bit (I am particular with my SEO tools), Cute Rank and Market Samurai have not provided the results I need , they are either glitchy, or inaccurate, or both. I recently started working with rank ranger, and I am happy to report that my experience so far has been glitch free and the ranks have been spot on! check it out for yourselves if you want > rankranger.com

59 Rizwan Sultan March 10, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Great tool I am searching tools for position checking and got your post I hope CuteRank listed in your post fulfill my requirements.

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andra

March 12, 2012 at 1:57 am

hey ditesco, can i use it? i have new site and 2 week old…
thanks… very informatif, regard…

61 DiTesco March 12, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Hi Andra. Use what? The tools here are free so I guess there is no reason why you can’t use them. Perhaps the data that you will get will not provide that much information about your sites, considering that they are very recent.

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andra

March 13, 2012 at 6:09 pm

yup thanks ditesco… yesterday i installing new plugin seo from wordpress… but, now error in my page… are u can help me? what wrong? thanks….

63 DiTesco March 13, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Hi Andra. What error are you getting and which plugin did you install?

64 Nichole March 13, 2012 at 1:52 am

Honestly, I’m not familiar with these all. How easy it can be learned? I’m looking for tools to increase more traffic leading to more sales. My site is 1-2 years old.

65 DiTesco March 13, 2012 at 10:54 am

Hi Nichole. Nothing is easy unfortunately, but it ain’t complicated too. I was going to look at your site but it appears to be having some problems loading. Are you on top of it?

66 Nichole March 19, 2012 at 2:10 am

That’s pretty weird. It’s not working on Firefox, but it’s working on Chrome and Opera. What browser are you using to view my site?

67 DiTesco March 19, 2012 at 10:40 am

FireFox. The link you had in your comment was not working (fixed it). I can now see your site and blog.

As for traffic, you do know that you are in a very high competitive market and the idea is to know what your objectives are for your site and definitely work on your SEO, if one of your goals is to generate leads from your site. A quick analysis of your site indicates very little search traffic and that is something that could only be attained with a bit of work. You do have some good “stuff” in there, but sadly you rank for some keywords that have very little to no volume in user search. I also noticed that you have some videos and some training programs, so you should leverage on those, among other things. Shoot me an email so we can discuss :)

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Ahura

March 13, 2012 at 12:53 pm

I think that the most useful SEO tool for 2012 is Colibri (colibritool.com)
Anyone has been using this tool? It can track your website position on Google and find your competition-really quick and fine!

69 DiTesco March 13, 2012 at 8:04 pm

I actually never heard of Colibri before and it is now on my list of sites to check. Let’s see what they’ve got :)

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ListRepo (@ListRepo)

March 23, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Best #SEO Tools for 2012 http://t.co/HgtQ80Nt – via @ditesco

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Jer Marie

April 1, 2012 at 6:53 am

For the beginner like me, SEO is very complex and difficult to use, it requires time to learn and understand its fundamentals. But a challenging task to do it and I know in the near time I will fully understand what is SEO is.

72 Shubham@Download CSGO April 2, 2012 at 3:40 pm

SEMrush is the best seo tool. They are also giving free trials to users to try there software.

73 Pete Goumas April 5, 2012 at 7:43 pm

I heard alot good things about SEMRush but I have not tried it yet.CuteRank is really good, I use it in almost all my postings.Thankyou soo much for sharing best SEO tools for 2012.

74 Deny Saputra April 9, 2012 at 6:27 pm

:D

1. Impressed with CuteRank (the screenshot) I am also used these checker tool, I use professional edition v3.5.1
But I shame if i had to take screnshot as shown above lol :D

2. I am not forget to say thanks ;-)
It’s pleasure to get new information. Unfortunately, all of tools above I’ve used now :D

3. Just looking for your opinion guys. What the best tool to check the exact number of OBL (outbound link) of a website?
I am interested to use OBL checker tool provided by “searchenginegenie”
Anyone has the other source that more accurate?
If it’s quite important tool, why not to update the post, and include these type of tools? :D (It’s just my opinion)

Wait for your thought guys!

75 Hello SEO Copywriting May 25, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Thanks for the great post: SEM Rush is my new best friend. Do you still use Tynt SEO? I ask because I’m going to try it, but I can copy text from your website without an attribution link…? Lastly, are there any SEO tools you’ve looked for, but can’t find on the market yet? Cheers =D

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Sonali Pradhan

May 30, 2012 at 3:21 pm

with the new penguin release , is the Tynt tool ideal for one’s site ? since the Tynt tool automatically generates a number of backlinks , won’t google consider it a spam ?

77 DiTesco May 30, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Good question. I think that it does not really hurt, because if your site gets scrapped often, it basically is the same, as most bots are RSS software that pulls it from your feed. Most of the time, the links remain intact. At least Mr G, knows that it is a link from Tynt and may only devalue it rather than penalizing a site. Also, it could also be removed in case it is a manual spammer.

78 Sonali Pradhan June 3, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Thanks a ton :-)by devaluing do you mean fall in PR ???so what do you suggest…should I keep it or remove it ???

79 Neo June 13, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Hi
Thanks for the useful article
My site has currently zero pageRank.
But i will definitely use you tips

80 Amrik @ Monetize Blogging June 14, 2012 at 7:19 pm

A lot of meaty stuff here, Francisco.

I happen to LOVE SEMRush – it’s one of those tools that I can’t write a post without.

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July 27, 2012 at 1:22 am

I was exploring your blog Awesome sources i can must say that it is full SEO toolkit i am loving this i am downloading cuterank let me use this tool looks promising. Thanks for the post.

82 Rohit Kumar August 16, 2012 at 7:56 pm

OMG This Post is totally awesome
Most of thse tools were hidden from my eyes
Thank you so much .

83 Pressa September 11, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Nice post, of the list I prefer the SemRush and GTMetrics! GTMetrics espc, good if you comine with cloudfare.

84 Naziman Blogger Malaysia September 15, 2012 at 5:06 pm

From all six free tool you give, only two i always and using now. SEO doctor and GT metrix. Besides, i will try it but after i install window because right now i running ubuntu.

85 Alexa October 5, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Hi Ditesco,
Just wanted to say your list is worth Gold! Thanks very much for making this, I’ve been looking for something like cuterank for a very long time.
Regards
Alexa VK aka SmokingHot ecigarette vaper ;)

86 Brenda October 23, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Ditesco, I would like to thank you for posting noteworthy SEO resources. I’ve found all information to be valuable for my business research. At the moment, I have started an internet retail business and I am researching Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategies. Many Thanks! :)

87 Karri Avinash November 10, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Hi Detesco,
I am using Tynt for a month. But I didn’t get any SEO backlinks though it says my content is copied over 400+times. The problem is not only using the SEO tools, but how to use the tool for better ranking with good content..

Hope to see from you more articles about backlinking using SEMRush. I just bought it today.

88 Muhammad Tayyab Rana November 14, 2012 at 6:08 am

Thanks for the quite brief and updated information about SEO Tools

Everyone who’s starting to promote their site, first have to try Google Tools, that can be enough if you don’t have much time

But I found SEO PowerSuite as a great tool for doing about anything related SEO.

89 Kolkata November 23, 2012 at 10:37 am

cuterank.net is the most useful for me. Others are also effective. Actually I have to pay a handsome time for rank checking. Just checked my ranking for my site and it gave me result exactly matching with manual searched i made today.

90 Danijel Ruzevic January 17, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Great post/article. And i´ll add 3 my favorite SEO tools :
– Open Site Explorer
– Majestic SEO Site Explorer
– Ahrefs

91 youssef February 4, 2013 at 4:27 pm

great list of freebies you got here! Some of these are new to me and I will definitely check them out… I use a free FF plugin called SEO Doctor for a lot of my site checking which I really like… some of your readers may find that useful too…

Thanx for the great info…

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