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Top 5 Free SEO Tools

Mark Thompson June 2, 2008

There are hundreds of free Search Engine Optimization tools out there. I have selected 5 of what I think are the must robust and useful SEO tools on the web.

SEO Book’s: SEO for Firefox

Aaron Wall’s SEO for Firefox, is a Firefox extension that you can download and use on your Firefox browser. It was designed to append more data to Google and Yahoo’s search results for a quick and easy way to analyze your competitors. The great thing about this tool is it extremely customizable. You can tell the tool which data you want it to pull and which data you want to hide.

Here is the data that it can pull:

  • PR: (Google PageRank) an estimated measure of global link authority
  • Age:age pulled from Archive.org, shows the first time a page was indexed by Archive.org’s spider. The theory is that if Archive.org found a page so did many of the major search engines.
  • Links:(Yahoo! linkdomain) shows a rough estimate of the total number of links pointing at a domain
  • .edu Link:(Yahoo! .edu linkdomain ) shows a rough estimate of the total number of .edu links pointing at a domain
  • .edu Page Link:(Yahoo! .edu link ) shows a rough estimate of the total number of .edu links pointing at a specific page
  • .gov Link:(Yahoo! .gov linkdomain ) shows a rough estimate of the total number of .gov links pointing at a domain
  • Page Links: (Yahoo! link) shows a rough estimate of the total number of links pointing at a page
  • del.icio.us:number of times a URL has been bookmarked on Del.icio.us. Heavily skewed toward techy / Web 2.0 stuff.
  • Technorati: an estimate of the total number of links to a site from blogs
  • Alexa: rank based on website traffic . Heavily skewed toward internet marketing and webmaster related resources.
  • Cached: (Google site:) shows how many pages from a site are indexed in Google
  • dmoz: searches the Google Directory to count the total number of pages from a site that are listed in DMOZ, and the total number of pages listed in DMOZ that reference that URL.
  • Bloglines:shows you how many people are subscribed to a particular blog via Bloglines.
  • dir.yahoo.com: is a site listed in the Yahoo! Directory or not.
  • WhoIs:makes it easy to look up the whois data for any site.
  • Check out Aaron Walls YouTube video hereexplaining how to use SEO for Firefox.

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    This extension can be used in Internet Explorer or Firefox. Similar to YouTube video here, it appends data to each search result in the SERP’s. One of the benefits to this tool is you can save the data to a csv file.

    Data it provides:

    • PageRank
    • Indexed Pages for Google, Yahoo, MSN
    • # of Links for Google, Yahoo, MSN
    • Alexa Rank
    • Domain Age
    • DMOZ Listing
    • IP Address
    • Sitemap

    YouTube video here

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    YouTube video here allows you to see where a given URL ranks in the search results for keywords and phrases that you choose. It pulls your ranking from Google, Yahoo and MSN.

    One of the great things about this tool is it allows you to run scheduled tasks. So you can set the tools to run every day, week or month. This is great for tracking the progress of your Search Engine Optimization efforts, to see if you have increased in search rankings.

    You can also save projects or “presets” so that you may run them whenever you would like.

    The “Export to CSV” feature is great when presenting to clients. It shows your rankings in a nice, clean format that is very easy to read and understand.

    If you would like to see a video from Aaron Wall explaining how to use the YouTube video here, see his YouTube video here.

    See it in action

    Hubspots Website Grader

    Hubspot’s: Website Grader

    Website Grader is a SEO tool that measures the marketing effectiveness of a website. It provides a score that incorporates things like website traffic, SEO, social popularity and other technical factors. It also provides some basic advice on how the website can be improved from a marketing perspective.

    All you have to do is put the website you want to analyze, keywords/phrases that you are trying to rank for (optional), and other competitor url’s (oiptional).

    See an example of what it returns

    Search Engine Spider Simulator

    WebConfs: Search Engine Spider Simulator Tool

    There are many “Spider Simulators” out there, however I feel this displays the information the cleanest. This tool will act as a search engine spider and crawl your website to show you what a search robot would see. This is a quick way to see if all of your pages are indexable or not by the search engines. This tool will also show you the content the spiders can see, as well as the meta data that is provided.

    If you run this tool and you do not see all of your pages listed, you could have a navigational problem that should be fixed ASAP.

    Also check out 9 Social Media Monitoring Tools

    10 comments
    Louis Vuitton
    Louis Vuitton

    The next time I read a blog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as much as this 1. I mean, I know it was my choice to read, but I really thought youd have something fascinating to say. All I hear is often a bunch of whining about some thing that you simply could fix should you werent too busy looking for attention.

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    buy to let

    Hi Mark, Is there any tool where I put the URL of any websites and that returns the phrases or keywords for which that website ranks in Google or other search engines? My recent post Should you furnish a buy to let?

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    I have not checked in here for some time because I thought it was getting boring, but the last handful of posts are really good quality so I guess I’ll add you back to my everyday bloglist. You deserve it my friend. :)

    Andrew
    Andrew

    Can people guest blog on this site? My recent post Google is always changing and evolving, are you?

    shameek
    shameek

    very nice list ive only heard of one of these thanks for the tools list My recent post 3 website link building tips to build more links

    CoolStuff
    CoolStuff

    That is very interesting ;) I like to read more info and learn something new every day... My recent post Wingsuit Basejumping - The Need 4 Speed- The Art of Flight

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    Clinton apartments

    SEO quake tool is very helpful and very reliable add-on and have lots of benefits..

    MentorLog
    MentorLog

    SEO Quake works really good with Mozilla Firefox. Disable it when it's not required or else your browser becomes heavy.

    Mark Thompson
    Mark Thompson

    Yes, if you click the link at the top (in the header) that says write for us, it will give you directions on submitting a guest post. Thanks!

    alex
    alex

    It's true, SEO quake has some great features. It is a bit heavy on the detail for me though. I think there is such a thing as too much info.

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