Top 6 Free SEO Tools

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Note from MOGmartin:
this is a guest post provided by Matt from Trellian, the company behind addme.com.

Top 6 Free SEO Tools

Search engine optimization involves various processes and tasks. In fact, website optimizers have to juggle links, anchor text, keywords and crawlers all at the same time. While the optimization process can’t be totally automated, there are free SEO tools that can make the work easier.

The number of SEO tools in the World Wide Web is overwhelming, and many of them are offered absolutely free. To make the right choices, here’s a detailed list of the best free SEO tools. These tools vary in the way they are being used.

These free SEO tools are designed for various purposes, but are nonetheless needed in the entire optimization process.

1. AddMe.com (No surprises here)

A search engine submission program, AddMe is one of the many free SEO tools that submit your URL to search engines so that Internet users can find you online.

It’s perfectly fine to be listed by the major search engines only, such as Google, Yahoo and Bing. However, if you want a wider online audience, try this search engine submission tool.

One good thing about AddMe is that it submits websites to 20 different search engines. With such free SEO tools, you don’t have to go to each end every search engine to enhance your online presence.

After the search engine submission tool submits your site’s keywords, description and URL, you will begin to receive website traffic. Just note that it may take time for all search engines to include your site in their listings.

2. Google Analytics/Google Webmaster Console

One of the most popular free SEO tools, Google Analytics provides comprehensive information and detailed reports about your website. Among these reports are your site’s traffic behavior, funnel data and content visitation among others.

Analytics can also be considered another one of those website promotion tools. It lets you see which parts of your website are generating clicks and leads, as well as the parts to work on to improve website promotion. Tools like the Google Webmaster Console also provide similar information, such as crawling speed, crawling rate and how Google “sees” your backlinks among others.

3. Firefox with the Web Developer Extension

Firefox is a very flexible Web browser. It provides a wealth of useful extensions, including free SEO tools. The Web Developer extension lets you easily remove a site’s javascript components and cascading styles. It also allows you to look at a webpage’s external links. Perhaps the best part about the extension is that you can add your own website promotion tools and other SEO applications to the menu.

4. KeywordDiscovery

Another one of the free SEO tools that simplifies keyword research, KeywordDiscovery can generate top 100 keywords that can help improve your site’s rankings. You simply type in a seed keyword on the tool’s search term suggestion tool, and you get comprehensive keyword data gathered from more than 180 search engines.

5. SEO for Firefox

Other free SEO tools out there can’t match the amount of information this Firefox tool provides. This program gathers data on a particular page, along with information regarding a search engine.

Unlike most free SEO tools, SEO for Firefox allows you to directly export information from the SERPs to CSV. Also, the tool gives relevant information, such as page rank, domain age, cache data, backlinks in Yahoo, number of cached pages and number of .edu links among others.

6. Google PageRank Checker

Google’s PageRank Checker is one of the free SEO tools that are useful for just about anyone who has a site. It ranks a website according to how popular Google thinks it is. The highest score is 10 and the lowest is one. Furthermore, the ranking is based on the value of the links that lead to your site. The higher a link’s value, the better your site’s page rank.

A combination of these free SEO and website promotion tools is a great idea, especially if you’re serious about your business and search engine optimization efforts. These tools are totally free, so don’t hesitate to try them all out.

Finally, PubSubHubBub on vBulletin

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Hi Folks,

Today see’s the release of my new vBulletin plugin, the first PubSubHubBub Client for the popular vBulletin forum platform.

You might be wondering what exactly PubSubHubBub (sometimes shortened to just PuSH) is…

Right now its a pretty hot topic in the SEO world, and I am featuring the technology in my upcoming speach at the SEOmoz SEO PRO Seminar in London in a few weeks time.  Rather than go into details here, this video helpfully provided by google will do the talking:

So, now you’ve watched the video, I guess you want to know why its good for you and your site, right?

Well, from a strictly search standpoint one huge win is rapid instant discovery of new content.

At the moment a few different google properties use PubSubHubBub as a discovery source (similar to pinging them when a new sitemap is available for instance), so in theory whenever someone posts a new thread, the search engines are instantly notified of its existance and the content is pushed into the cloud, rather than the search engine arbitrarily spidering your site in the hope for new content.

Q: How does the vBulletin plugin work then in practice?
A: Simple: you just import the xml file, and thats it.  No further customisation is required.  Whenever a new thread is created, the contents, title and URL are PuSH’d into the PubSubHubBub network for automatic indexation by the search engines.

Q: What other benefits does this give me?
A: Once the plugin is installed, your site will also be able to feed realtime live data into people’s inboxes, whether that be your own for moderation purposes, or your users can use it to keep in touch with the latest posts.  Anybody can sign up to your sites realtime feed by using your main site’s URL.

Please Download the Plugin HERE.

It is currently compatible with any vBulletin from 4.0 upwards.
If you are running 3.x please give it a shot and see if it works, I dont have any legacy installations left to test it.

The 5 Best FREE SEO Tools

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Search Engine Optimization is all about getting things “just right” – but establishing what that is, and optimizing your site accordingly is 95% of the battle.

SEO Tools are the single most important weapon in any optimizer’s arsenal, but people just dont know about the right ones.  I have therefore compiled a list of the 10 most important tools, plugins and sites that I use on a day to day basis in my work as a full time SEO.

1) SEOquake for Firefox:
I cant recommend this one enough, it ads a toolbar into firefox which lets you know all of the important KPI’s for the page/site that you are looking at. Mine is setup as per the graphic below and has all of the information that I rely on to make snap decisions about any given webpage.

Its free to install from firefox, get it right now if you dont already have this uberusefull plugin installed!

2) The Web Developers Toolbar

So its not strictly an SEO tool, its general webdev, but as search engine optimization is a technical marketing discipline, unless you know the technical side of things you are only fighting a battle with half the information.  You can use this tool to disable the CSS and JS on a page instantly, and get a psuedo spider feel for a page, or resize your browser window to any resolution to see if links appear below the fold on certain configurations and much more.  Check it out!

3) seoMoz’s “Open Site Explorer”
A great compilation of metrics from seoMoz’s API, that enable you to run quick on the fly comparisons of two webpages, to discover why one may outrank the other.  Ive come to depend more and more on seoMoz tools (thats your master plan, right Rand?) and this is a great one.

You can compare a number of page specific, and domain dependant stats to compare anything you would want to, and crucially you can output the findings to excel to create some really funky graphs that are handy for both visualtization in general, or presenting to boss’es, customers, and general presentations.

Check it out!

4) Majestic SEO’s Link Data:

another fantastic resource of competitive link stats. The index is not updated quite as regularly as I would like, and there is a lot of historic stuff in it that probably shouldnt be in there anymore – but if there is a better way of comparing link acquistions over time then Im not aware of it.

You do have to pay a nominal fee for some data on competitors, but its totally free to use on your own site.  Try it out on your best websites, and then you can work out it its worth paying for the competitive reports.  I myself keep reports on all my main competitors in this site, and use them to find out where they are starting to build links so that I can keep on top of the competition.

5) Our FREE SEO Tools

I guess this list just wouldnt be complete without a bit of self promotion, but the SEO tools that we offer here are not only free, but very useful.  We have over 50 tools that are free for all our forum members to use, and cover practically every aspect of SEO.  If you havent used them yet, hop over and take a look!

Free SEO Tools

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seo toolsIts taken about a month longer than I originally anticipated but our SEO Tools section has finally come out of BETA (in as much that I trust them all now to work perfectly for our users).

You can access them by clicking on the link in the header of this site, and there should be something for everyone in there, some of the more useful tools to everyone include a backlink checker, to analyze the links that you have on your website/webpage, an SEO link search to help you out in your quest to get those elusive SEO links, and some really good on page link analysis and on page keyword density analyzer.

All of the tools should now be working perfectly, please report any faults that you come across in our forums, or by submitting a comment right here on the blog.

As time goes by I will be adding more tools, that harness other people’s API’s and ways of displaying the data that should be helpful to everyone that has to produce SEO reports and so on.

If you have a specific request for a tool please let me know as well, and I will work out if its feasible!