The Best SEO Tools For 2019 – Top 13 You Should Use

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Search engine optimization should be an ongoing effort to improve your website’s organic search ranking and find new avenues to create content to expand your reach in meaningful ways. Free traffic? Who doesn’t want that?

Many people talk about SEO as if it is its own thing, siloed from their digital marketing strategy. Often we hear from new clients looking to improve their SEO when migrating websites or starting a new site altogether. The problem is, if you are just now starting to talk about SEO at these points, you have waited too long. If you are not continually monitoring your website, you are bound to make mistakes or let opportunities fall through the cracks.

So that is why we have complied a list of free black hat seo tools and organized them into the different use cases for each of them. Despite new tools, paid and free, that come out every year, we take our time to get to a know a tool and resist the urge to promote the *newest* and *shiniest* if we haven’t been convinced of its value.

This post isn’t just for SEO professionals. We did a survey last year about what roles the readers of this post played in their organizations. Over half of our respondents indicated they’re responsible for more than just SEO for their companies, with many splitting their time between Search Engine Optimization, Paid Search, and Analytics. Does that sound like you? Knowing what to tools to use and when can keep your schedule manageable so you can tackle that list of tasks that all fall to you.

Here is a quick table of contents so you can easily hop to the different types of SEO tools:

Ongoing Monitoring

On-page Optimization

Technical Auditing

Authority and Link Building

Ongoing Monitoring

Even if you do not have a dedicated team for SEO, it is important to stay on top of things. By doing a checkup every now and then, you can see how your most important pages are ranking, if there are any increases to website errors, and how well your organic search traffic volume is trending.

Google Analytics

Chances are if you are reading this blog, you have used or at least looked at Google Analytics before, and if you haven’t, then you should get on it ASAP. This tool is a must for every website.

The most valuable SEO data is that which helps you better understand your visitors and how they interact with your site. No free tool quite delivers that data like Google Analytics and does a better job providing data that helps you understand the number that matters most – the bottom line.

Google Analytics is the best tool to understand your organic traffic with free seo tools well applied. You can use it to monitor your organic traffic performance and allows you to compare to past performance. Once you notice any major differences to your traffic, you will most likely want to move on to another tool to find out what is causing the changes.

“Just like the dashboard on your car, Google Analytics is a must-have, comprehensive analytical tool that helps you drive your website in the right direction and gauge its speed, condition and more. Replace guesswork with real data—it’s useful, easy to use, informative and free.”

-Susan Allehoff, Bounteous

Let’s talk pros and cons. Google Analytics gives you aggregated, historical, collected data about your website, how people got there, and what people did on your site. Most other tools are going to rely on samples and estimates, and won’t give you the last part, which is ‘how did your organic traffic perform on your site?’ As far as a cons, Google Analytics used to be able to give us granular keyword data about your visitors and how they got there. But that type of detail, keywords attached to sessions, is not provided anymore inside of Google Analytics.

Here are some resources to get you started in becoming a Google Analytics master:

First and foremost, Google’s official Analytics help section

Google’s Analytics Academy is a great place to start if you’re new to all of this

LunaMetrics: The Google Analytics Syllabus: How to Learn for Free

 

Google Search Console is a tool that helps you visualize how your site may appear in search and teaches you how to influence different appearance elements. This tool allows you to pull data on your top search queries, pages, countries, devices, and more over the last 90 days. It also can inform you of different errors that occur from website crawls and suggests different html improvements.

The best part is that this is just scratching the surface of all the great things that Search Console can do, and here is an official help guide to get you started.

Google Search Console data is also available inside of the Google Analytics interface, but don’t expect this to magically fix the problem of connecting keywords to users. We can get general information, but we’re still not able to see which keywords led to the conversions.

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