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The Top 10 Best SEO Tools of 2016 (My Opinion)

TL;DR: If you just want the list of 10 you can go to the end where I list them and provide links to their sites. The majority of these are free to use and have paid versions with extra features while others are paid versions but offer free trails for you to try them out before making a decision on if you like them enough to pay. So this is from an article I released a couple days ago on my own personal blog for aspiring entrepreneurs The Legit Society so I hope you guys find it helpful here on /marketing. The majority of these tools are free to use and offer extra features for paid versions or limit the stuff you can see on the free versions. I do recommend signing up for free accounts at least since it provides extra perks on most of them. Some are monthly paid while some are 1-time payment for lifetime use (Market Samurai) but even the monthly subscriptions offer trials so try them out and see what works for you. I would highly recommend you check out my site afterwards if you have time but I won't be one of those that only provide 3 words and link you to the site for the rest. This is the ENTIRE article for ya. Everything on my own site is free as well so I hope you guys find it helpful.
I wanted to go and make a list of the top 10 SEO tools that I use over the last year and the ones I will continue to use this year. The following tools have helped my marketing campaigns for the startups I work for, my own companies and consultations I have done for other sites as well. I vouch personally for every single one of the following tools and the only one I will offer through an affiliate offer is the Market Samurai because it is the only one that I have an affiliate program with. The rest are just out of the great power of the tools themselves. If you wish to purchase the paid versions of these tools go ahead but they provide free versions that do just as well for what I use them for. If you decide to use any of these please leave a comment on what you think about it.
This was a hard 10 tools to narrow down because I use a lot more tools for my SEO than just the following 10 but I decided to narrow it down for the BEST of the best only and so I ended with the top 10 tools for SEO for 2016 marketers. I hope it provides you help in your own marketing jobs. If you have anything to say about any of these top 10 choices, for or against any of them please leave a comment as I would love to have a conversation about why the tools are great or not, depending on how others feel about them. To me, though, they are AMAZING!
  1. [AHREFS](htt[://www.ahrefs.com) – The NUMBER 1 tool in my toolbox. This is amazing. I use the standard account but had their freebie account after awhile when I was low on funds and was able to track 1 site on my dashboard. With my standard, I could do up to 5 sites which were enough to manage ALL my current client’s accounts but the limit on a number of keywords I could track hurt me. I wish I could have tracked the amount they allowed PER account you track on the dashboard but it's for all your accounts so you may be limited there. Besides that their Content, Positions, Dashboard and other tabs are beyond amazing for seeing the status of some SEO and online marketing of a site's health for the past year or so. It shows so much information from anchor text to domains linking in (gained and lost) per day/week/month over the entire last year. You can see a number of keywords you rank for overall. The entire site is a blessing. A truly amazing tool.
  2. Majestic – A GREAT tool for checking your backlinks, your trust and content rating and overall tracking domains, links and such for any website. Its shows you what links you gain over time, some during the last few months while some go back up 5 years! Their FRESH ratings are amazing. I created an account and use the free version and it provides enough data though I believe a paid account is required eventually once you start getting serious about your site’s marketing and SEO plan. That or if you do consult in SEO and marketing for other sites then this is definitely a must.
  3. Moz/Open Site Explorer – Best overall SEO tool for your site analysis and keeping track over keywords, content, page strength and overall site health. Their Open Site Explorer is AMAZING at seeing your competition's backlink strategies and seeing your own backlinks. Create an account with Moz and you can export the information in .CSV format, which is a MUST! Do I go as far as saying you NEED an account with Moz? No, if you do not have the money to do so then skip it as you can get by without it for awhile, but eventually you WILL need to get a paid Moz account to take your SEO game to the next level if you take your site seriously.
  4. Market Samurai/Non-Affiliate Link – Best tool for Keyword analysis and building your keyword strategy. The price tag may seem steep $150 for life but use it for the 14-day trial and tell me that you will not miss it after day 15. Trust me if you plan your 14 days of trail use with the correct strategy in mind you will gain SO much from those 14 days ALONE. Imagine being able to do that at ANYTIME and you will pay that $150 in no time. I know I did.
  5. YOAST SEO – The de facto SEO plugin for any Wordpress site. They will help you get your SEO setup on EVERY single page for your site by rating the SEO strength of the pages on a red, orange, yellow or green rating which is great! They also provide you with great advice on how to increase SEO of each page. They also offer other options for SEO, which I would not be able to live without after using them now. They are amazing and at the end of the day they are FREE!!!! Yes, crazy I know. I don’t know how some of these companies make money but they must somehow.
  6. Google’s Keyword Planner Tool – Obviously, the end all, be all tool for checking keywords and planning your keyword strategy but it helps also once you start looking into a paid campaigns and seeing what’s worth it and what is not. I love seeing the trends, the competition, the difficulty of certain words PLUS the search volume of each word per month I believe. You can look at as many keywords as you want for free once you have an AdSense/AdWords account even if you don’t have any paid campaigns.
  7. SumoMe Plugin – I use this plugin on ALL my sites and ALL my client’s accounts if they have Wordpress since it is a free Wordpress plugin that provides some AMAZING tools and capabilities. You can setup popup slide boxes that appear on certain pages to get email subscribers and connect that with your MailChimp or many other email list providers. You can setup Heat Maps for free on EVERY single page on your site. You can setup Content Analysis on ever single page on your site for free which shows you how much percent of that page the average viewer reads which is great for bloggers. They also offer some other tools such as the Welcome Mat, Discovery, and the Share option, which is the best of the three since it allows you to put share buttons on your social profiles on certain pages or articles. They offer SO much for free I don’t know how they make money but they do have Freemium options and offer extra features for paid so I am sure enough of their users pay for the extra options but this plugin is a MUST for any Wordpress site.
  8. SEOQuake Chrome Extension - A great extension to have on your Chrome browser who provides amazing information on any site you use it on. It sometimes does some weird stuff such as striking a line through hyperlinks on certain sites, which I am not sure they are aware of but if you are ok with putting up with that than their extension/plugin is a must. It is great for spying on the competition and seeing what they are doing. Basically, once you turn this on and start going through Google or any other search engine you will have a new row appear under each new site that appears which shows you their Page Rank, # of pages indexed by Google, # of backlinks they have (L = web page, LD = domain) # of web pages indexed by Bing, overall rank and the domain age. All information you would need to easily gauge sites overall strength. Use it while looking at target keywords you have and see the competition and how hard it would be to knock em out. Do it this way or use Market Samurai, which is basically doing the exact same thing for you plus WAY MORE! This is just the free way to do it ;).
  9. HootSuite – Obviously, the best tool for managing your social media accounts. Nothing else to say. Use the free options if you wish to save money or be fancy and get the paid versions to get extra options, which are worth the extra money spent. I use it to manage all social accounts for every single job I have ever been a part of including my personal accounts and sites.
  10. SEMRush – One of the best software competitors out there for keyword research, domain research, competitor research and site audits. What more could you ask for? For keyword research alone you get the monthly search volume, total indexed pages of the top rankers, cost per click for PPC campaigns, the competitiveness of the keyword, phrase matches, and related keywords. That right there should be enough to make any marketing director jump ship from any other software and get on SEMRush’s boat? For domain research, we can see traffic sites get, through organic and paid avenues, Total traffic brought in through backlinks. Graphs showing 1 month, 6 months, 1 year, 2 years and all time organic/paid sources. Top 5 organic keywords bringing in traffic and top keywords helping that site out. On top of that, you get anchor text for most backlinks, referring domains, the competitive position of that sites for ads and PPC campaigns, plus the most popular indexed pages of that site. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, I don’t know what will. Now compare that with your competitor’s site and you get the competition analysis as well as site audit features. This enough makes it one of the top tools for SEO of ALL TIME.
Trust me all of these programs, extensions, plugins, sites, pay for themselves 100x over by the amazing data and help they provide for us marketers and SEO experts/specialists. I would not be able to live without these amazing tools and I recommend you try all of them at least once before deciding to make a choice on them. I am more than sure you will end up stay using them because they are AMAZING tools. They really are. Enough said.
*The link for Market Samurai is an affiliate link and is the only affiliate program that I have with any of the above SEO tools. You can use the non-affiliate link followed right after the affiliate link through any affiliate helps my site continues to operate since I make no money through The Legit $ociety and use it as a hobby project to help aspiring entrepreneurs and not to make money.
TL;DR:
  1. AHREFs
  2. Majestic
  3. Moz and Open Site Explorer
  4. Market Samurai/Non-Affiliate Link
  5. YOAST SEO
  6. Google’s Keyword Planner Tool <-Read the part on this one if you want to learn how to use it for free since it now requires you to have an AdWords account to use. I give you help on how to get by that requirement without actually having to pay so I recommend you at least read that one up there.
  7. SumoMe Plugin
  8. SEOQuake Chrome Extension
  9. HootSuite
  10. SEMRush
Some Bonus mentions: SpyFu, Keyword.io, Google Analytics (of course), Alexa, BuzzSumo, and DeepCrawl.
I hope this post is of some use to you guys/gals.
-Alving J. Garcia Marcano (Blogger @ The Legit Society - http://www.thelegitblog.com)
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The 10 Best SEO Tools of 2016 (post from /marketing)

TL;DR: If you just want the list of 10 you can go to the end where I list them and provide links to their sites. The majority of these are free to use and have paid versions with extra features while others are paid versions but offer free trails for you to try them out before making a decision on if you like them enough to pay. So this is from an article I released a couple days ago on my own personal blog for aspiring entrepreneurs The Legit Society so I hope you guys find it helpful here on /marketing. The majority of these tools are free to use and offer extra features for paid versions or limit the stuff you can see on the free versions. I do recommend signing up for free accounts at least since it provides extra perks on most of them. Some are monthly paid while some are 1-time payment for lifetime use (Market Samurai) but even the monthly subscriptions offer trials so try them out and see what works for you. I would highly recommend you check out my site afterwards if you have time but I won't be one of those that only provide 3 words and link you to the site for the rest. This is the ENTIRE article for ya. Everything on my own site is free as well so I hope you guys find it helpful.
I wanted to go and make a list of the top 10 SEO tools that I use over the last year and the ones I will continue to use this year. The following tools have helped my marketing campaigns for the startups I work for, my own companies and consultations I have done for other sites as well. I vouch personally for every single one of the following tools and the only one I will offer through an affiliate offer is the Market Samurai because it is the only one that I have an affiliate program with. The rest are just out of the great power of the tools themselves. If you wish to purchase the paid versions of these tools go ahead but they provide free versions that do just as well for what I use them for. If you decide to use any of these please leave a comment on what you think about it.
This was a hard 10 tools to narrow down because I use a lot more tools for my SEO than just the following 10 but I decided to narrow it down for the BEST of the best only and so I ended with the top 10 tools for SEO for 2016 marketers. I hope it provides you help in your own marketing jobs. If you have anything to say about any of these top 10 choices, for or against any of them please leave a comment as I would love to have a conversation about why the tools are great or not, depending on how others feel about them. To me, though, they are AMAZING!
  1. [AHREFS](htt[://www.ahrefs.com) – The NUMBER 1 tool in my toolbox. This is amazing. I use the standard account but had their freebie account after awhile when I was low on funds and was able to track 1 site on my dashboard. With my standard, I could do up to 5 sites which were enough to manage ALL my current client’s accounts but the limit on a number of keywords I could track hurt me. I wish I could have tracked the amount they allowed PER account you track on the dashboard but it's for all your accounts so you may be limited there. Besides that their Content, Positions, Dashboard and other tabs are beyond amazing for seeing the status of some SEO and online marketing of a site's health for the past year or so. It shows so much information from anchor text to domains linking in (gained and lost) per day/week/month over the entire last year. You can see a number of keywords you rank for overall. The entire site is a blessing. A truly amazing tool.
  2. Majestic – A GREAT tool for checking your backlinks, your trust and content rating and overall tracking domains, links and such for any website. Its shows you what links you gain over time, some during the last few months while some go back up 5 years! Their FRESH ratings are amazing. I created an account and use the free version and it provides enough data though I believe a paid account is required eventually once you start getting serious about your site’s marketing and SEO plan. That or if you do consult in SEO and marketing for other sites then this is definitely a must.
  3. Moz/Open Site Explorer – Best overall SEO tool for your site analysis and keeping track over keywords, content, page strength and overall site health. Their Open Site Explorer is AMAZING at seeing your competition's backlink strategies and seeing your own backlinks. Create an account with Moz and you can export the information in .CSV format, which is a MUST! Do I go as far as saying you NEED an account with Moz? No, if you do not have the money to do so then skip it as you can get by without it for awhile, but eventually you WILL need to get a paid Moz account to take your SEO game to the next level if you take your site seriously.
  4. Market Samurai/Non-Affiliate Link – Best tool for Keyword analysis and building your keyword strategy. The price tag may seem steep $150 for life but use it for the 14-day trial and tell me that you will not miss it after day 15. Trust me if you plan your 14 days of trail use with the correct strategy in mind you will gain SO much from those 14 days ALONE. Imagine being able to do that at ANYTIME and you will pay that $150 in no time. I know I did.
  5. YOAST SEO – The de facto SEO plugin for any Wordpress site. They will help you get your SEO setup on EVERY single page for your site by rating the SEO strength of the pages on a red, orange, yellow or green rating which is great! They also provide you with great advice on how to increase SEO of each page. They also offer other options for SEO, which I would not be able to live without after using them now. They are amazing and at the end of the day they are FREE!!!! Yes, crazy I know. I don’t know how some of these companies make money but they must somehow.
  6. Google’s Keyword Planner Tool – Obviously, the end all, be all tool for checking keywords and planning your keyword strategy but it helps also once you start looking into a paid campaigns and seeing what’s worth it and what is not. I love seeing the trends, the competition, the difficulty of certain words PLUS the search volume of each word per month I believe. You can look at as many keywords as you want for free once you have an AdSense/AdWords account even if you don’t have any paid campaigns.
  7. SumoMe Plugin – I use this plugin on ALL my sites and ALL my client’s accounts if they have Wordpress since it is a free Wordpress plugin that provides some AMAZING tools and capabilities. You can setup popup slide boxes that appear on certain pages to get email subscribers and connect that with your MailChimp or many other email list providers. You can setup Heat Maps for free on EVERY single page on your site. You can setup Content Analysis on ever single page on your site for free which shows you how much percent of that page the average viewer reads which is great for bloggers. They also offer some other tools such as the Welcome Mat, Discovery, and the Share option, which is the best of the three since it allows you to put share buttons on your social profiles on certain pages or articles. They offer SO much for free I don’t know how they make money but they do have Freemium options and offer extra features for paid so I am sure enough of their users pay for the extra options but this plugin is a MUST for any Wordpress site.
  8. SEOQuake Chrome Extension - A great extension to have on your Chrome browser who provides amazing information on any site you use it on. It sometimes does some weird stuff such as striking a line through hyperlinks on certain sites, which I am not sure they are aware of but if you are ok with putting up with that than their extension/plugin is a must. It is great for spying on the competition and seeing what they are doing. Basically, once you turn this on and start going through Google or any other search engine you will have a new row appear under each new site that appears which shows you their Page Rank, # of pages indexed by Google, # of backlinks they have (L = web page, LD = domain) # of web pages indexed by Bing, overall rank and the domain age. All information you would need to easily gauge sites overall strength. Use it while looking at target keywords you have and see the competition and how hard it would be to knock em out. Do it this way or use Market Samurai, which is basically doing the exact same thing for you plus WAY MORE! This is just the free way to do it ;).
  9. HootSuite – Obviously, the best tool for managing your social media accounts. Nothing else to say. Use the free options if you wish to save money or be fancy and get the paid versions to get extra options, which are worth the extra money spent. I use it to manage all social accounts for every single job I have ever been a part of including my personal accounts and sites.
  10. SEMRush – One of the best software competitors out there for keyword research, domain research, competitor research and site audits. What more could you ask for? For keyword research alone you get the monthly search volume, total indexed pages of the top rankers, cost per click for PPC campaigns, the competitiveness of the keyword, phrase matches, and related keywords. That right there should be enough to make any marketing director jump ship from any other software and get on SEMRush’s boat? For domain research, we can see traffic sites get, through organic and paid avenues, Total traffic brought in through backlinks. Graphs showing 1 month, 6 months, 1 year, 2 years and all time organic/paid sources. Top 5 organic keywords bringing in traffic and top keywords helping that site out. On top of that, you get anchor text for most backlinks, referring domains, the competitive position of that sites for ads and PPC campaigns, plus the most popular indexed pages of that site. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, I don’t know what will. Now compare that with your competitor’s site and you get the competition analysis as well as site audit features. This enough makes it one of the top tools for SEO of ALL TIME.
Trust me all of these programs, extensions, plugins, sites, pay for themselves 100x over by the amazing data and help they provide for us marketers and SEO experts/specialists. I would not be able to live without these amazing tools and I recommend you try all of them at least once before deciding to make a choice on them. I am more than sure you will end up stay using them because they are AMAZING tools. They really are. Enough said.
*The link for Market Samurai is an affiliate link and is the only affiliate program that I have with any of the above SEO tools. You can use the non-affiliate link followed right after the affiliate link through any affiliate helps my site continues to operate since I make no money through The Legit $ociety and use it as a hobby project to help aspiring entrepreneurs and not to make money.
TL;DR:
  1. AHREFs
  2. Majestic
  3. Moz and Open Site Explorer
  4. Market Samurai/Non-Affiliate Link
  5. YOAST SEO
  6. Google’s Keyword Planner Tool <-Read the part on this one if you want to learn how to use it for free since it now requires you to have an AdWords account to use. I give you help on how to get by that requirement without actually having to pay so I recommend you at least read that one up there.
  7. SumoMe Plugin
  8. SEOQuake Chrome Extension
  9. HootSuite
  10. SEMRush
Some Bonus mentions: SpyFu, Keyword.io, Google Analytics (of course), Alexa, BuzzSumo, and DeepCrawl.
I hope this post is of some use to you guys/gals.
-Alving J. Garcia Marcano (Blogger @ The Legit Society - http://www.thelegitblog.com)
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