seo tools

Round up of the best free SEO Tools for 2015

Here is my collection of free SEO Tools to use for 2015.

A lot of these tools I use all the time, some more than others.

Keyword Research

SEMrush

semrush.com

http://www.semrush.com/

A limited free version however it can be very useful to find proven keywords from your competitor’s websites.

Ubersuggest

ubersuggest.org

http://ubersuggest.org/

Type in any seed keyword and this tool will use google suggest + other platforms to discover a shit ton of related terms.

Keyword Tool

keyword tool

 

http://keywordtool.io/

After being pointed this one out in the comments  and trying it I love it. Looks better than ubersuggest and has the ability to copy all keywords.

Google Keyword Planner

google.co.uk

http://adwords.google.com/keywordplanner

Free keyword research tool and it’s from Google. The numbers aren’t perfect but it’s still very useful.

Google Trends

google.com

http://www.google.com/trends/

Use keywords to discover how markets are trending or what the most popular searches are and in what countries.

Moz keyword difficulty Tool

moz.com

https://moz.com/researchtools/keyword-difficulty

You will need to sign up for a free trail on moz to gain access.

Long Tail Pro

longtailpro.com

http://www.longtailpro.com/

Made by spencer haws of Nichepursuits.com, the go to tool to find low competition high value long tail keywords.

 

Domain Names

Pun Generator

http://pungenerator.org/

Combine Phrases and words to come up with domain or brand name ideas

Wordoid

wordoid.com

http://wordoid.com/

Search for new domain names, you can also see what TLD is available.

 

Competitor analysis

Netpeak Checker

Netpeak Checker

http://netpeak.co.uk/soft/netpeak-checker/

Bulk check a list of domains or URLs and get stats from all the major competitor analysis tools like, majestic, Moz, Ahrefs and sem rush. This tool is awesome and complete free!

Open site Explorer

moz OSE

https://moz.com/researchtools/ose/

Easily check your competitor’s backlinks. The free version limits the number of results and searches.

Majestic

majestic.com

https://majestic.com/

Similar to OSE Majestic ( formal majestic SEO ) however you will get different results as both use their own bots. In my experience majestic is better at finding spammy links but OSE is easier to navigate.

aHrefs

ahrefs.com

https://ahrefs.com/

The free version is very limited but it is generally considered to find the most links out of all 3.

SEMrush

semrush.com

http://www.semrush.com/

 

Content

Copyscape

copyscape.com

http://www.copyscape.com/

Check your site or any webpage for plagiarism / duplicate content.

Plagium

plagium.com

http://www.plagium.com/

A decent alternative to copyscape with a limited number of searches per day.

Plagiarism Checker

http://smallseotools.com/plagiarism-checker/

An alternative to copyscape

Easel.ly

easel.ly

http://www.easel.ly/

Create and share infographics easily.

Infogram

https://infogr.am/

Another Free infographic creation tool

Mashpedia

mashpedia.com

http://www.mashpedia.com/

Search for videos by topic.

 

On page SEO

Xenu Link Sleuth

http://home.snafu.de/tilman/xenulink.html

Crawls your sites links and checks some basic parameters. I mostly use it to find broken links or even links to expired domains.

Screaming Frog SEO Spider

screamingfrog.co.uk

http://www.screamingfrog.co.uk/seo-spider/

Crawler that checks all onsite seo elements such as URLs, titles and meta descriptions. I use this daily to check a website is technically sound.

SEO Quake

seoquake.com

http://www.seoquake.com/

An old one but still great. A firefox and chrome extension to get real time SEO info about any webpage.

Siteliner

siteliner.com

http://www.siteliner.com/

Check for duplicate content on your site.

Schema Creator

schema-creator.org

http://schema-creator.org/

Add structured data or schema code to your website.

Bing Webmaster Tools

bing.com

http://www.bing.com/toolbox/webmaster

Bing’s version of webmaster tools is pretty decent.

Google Webmaster Tools

http://www.google.com/webmasters/

Discover any html errors, web spam actions and general site errors.

Google Pagespeed insights

https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/

Test the performance of you website and find out what’s slowing everything down.

Pingdom

pingdom.com

http://tools.pingdom.com/fpt/

I prefer pingdom over pagespeed insights for testing speed.

Heatmap

heatmap.me

https://heatmap.me/

another heatmap tool

Google Analytics

http://www.google.co.uk/analytics/

Track visitor stats on your site for free.

Google Analytics Configuration Tool

gaconfig.com

http://gaconfig.com/

Configure google analytics for event tracking and other more advanced settings without expert knowledge.

Inspectlet

inspectlet

 

http://www.inspectlet.com/

Watch what your visitors are doing on your website in real-time. Free for 1 website and 100 recorded sessions.

 

Keyword Rank Tracking

SerpLab

serplab.co.uk

https://www.serplab.co.uk

Track 100s of keywords over multiple domains for free.

Pro Rank Tracker

proranktracker.com

https://proranktracker.com/

Track up to 50 keywords for free

SEObook Rank checker

seobook.com

http://tools.seobook.com/firefox/rank-checker/

A firefox extension to check keyword rankings.

 

WordPress

Next Scripts Auto Poster (SNAP)

next scripts

http://www.nextscripts.com/social-networks-auto-poster-for-wordpress/

SNAP saves you time by auto posting your latest blog posts to the major social networks. It takes a bit of time to setup but there are lots of options to make your posts appear pretty on facebook and twitter ect.

Yoast

yoast.com

http://yoast.com/wordpress/seo/

I use Yoast on all my WordPress sites as it is very flexible and easy to use out of the box.

Social Locker

sociallocker.org

http://sociallocker.org/

Locks specific content within your webpage and makes users pay with a social like, tweet or Google +1 to reveal it.

WP Super Heatmap

https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-super-heatmap/screenshots/

A free wordpress heatmap plugin and my preferred option. It hasn’t been updated in over 2 years but it still works fine.

Lazy Load

https://wordpress.org/plugins/lazy-load/

Improves your page load times by only loading images when they are visible.

Table of Contents Plus

dublue.com

http://dublue.com/plugins/toc/

Auto generates a table of contents very similar to Wikipedia for your websites pages or posts using the headings. This has the added benefit of showing a “Jump to” link within the Google search results when someone uses a related keyword.

W3 Total Cache

w3-edge.com

https://www.w3-edge.com/products/w3-total-cache

Improves the speed and performance of wordpress.

 

 

Social Media

Buzzsumo

buzzsumo.com

http://buzzsumo.com/

Discover the most shared content within a particular topic or domain. Free version now limits your results to the top 10.

Topsy

topsy.com

http://topsy.com/

Similar to buzzsumo, find content that has been shared the most on the web.

Share Tally

sharetally.co

http://sharetally.co/

Paste any url to discover its share stats on all popular social accounts.

Buffer

bufferapp.com

https://bufferapp.com/

An easy way to manage your social media accounts.

Social Mention

socialmention.com

http://www.socialmention.com/

A real-time social media search tool. Find out what people are sharing right now.

 

Hosting

Cloudflare

cloudflare.com

https://www.cloudflare.com/

Signup for a free hosting account. Very user friendly for the lesser tech savvy users.

Uptime robot

uptimerobot.com

https://uptimerobot.com/

Monitor your sites uptime and receive emails of any outages.

 

Email

Mail Tester

mailtester.com

http://mailtester.com/

Handy tool to check if an email address works without spamming.

Rapportive

rapportive.com

http://rapportive.com/

Gives you a bunch of info about a person using just their email address before you send it in Gmail.

Boomerang for Gmail

boomeranggmail.com

http://www.boomeranggmail.com/

Schedule Emails to Send Later, Email Reminders and Email Tracking

Mail chimp

mailchimp.com

http://mailchimp.com/

No credit card needed and free for your first 2000 subscribers.

 

Backlinking

 

Remove’em Anchor Text Over Optimization report

removeem.com

https://www.removeem.com/ratios.php

Buzzstream link building tools

http://tools.buzzstream.com/link-building

A collection of free tools from buzzstream all aimed around link prospecting and outreach.

Fake Name Generator

fakenamegenerator.com

http://www.fakenamegenerator.com/

I have used this in the past when creating PBNs. WARNING after the latest PBN update I do not recommend using their email address. I would use this only for inspiration for fake names, address and phone numbers.

 

Local SEO

Google Map Marker

google.com

http://www.google.com/mapmaker

Contribute and mark areas of interest on google maps that they may use to show everyone.

Geo Sitemap an KML Generator

geositemapgenerator.com

http://www.geositemapgenerator.com/

A free local sitemap generator, make it and upload the url in google webmaster tools.

Whitespark

whitespark.ca

https://www.whitespark.ca/local-citation-finder

A local citation finder with a free trial but appears to mostly be aimed at Americans & Canadians.

 

Multipurpose Tools

Mozcast

mozcast.com

http://mozcast.com/

A general overview of any serp shakeups.

DN Cleaner

dncleaner.com

http://dncleaner.com/

I use this tool all the time, great when you are dealing with a massive number of URLs.

Google Algorithm Change History

moz.com

http://moz.com/google-algorithm-change

Find all the known Google algorithm changes since 2000 – 2014+

Black hat World – Daily Proxies

blackhatworld.com

http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/proxy-lists/453375-daily-proxies-all-proxy-protocols-22.html

List of public proxies updated daily by “Tompots”

IFTTT

ifttt.com

https://ifttt.com/

If This Then That is a very user friendly way to automate a huge amount of daily tasks.

Remove Duplicates

ontolo.com

http://ontolo.com/tools-remove-duplicates

Useful for a ton of things again.

TextCleanr

textcleanr.com

http://www.textcleanr.com/

Text cleaner with some basic options but can save you loads of time formatting.

Wayback Machine

archive.org

http://archive.org/web/web.php

I use this tool all the time, great for checking expired domains, competitors domains or even if you have deleted some old content from your site and need to recover it.

 

That’s about it for now but I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few and I’ll have to update this list multiple times.

What free SEO tools do you use? Let me know in the comments.

 

  • dwiddle

    Should really add Inspectlet.com to the list :)

    • RichBrown360

      Cheers man, ill check it out.

  • Ryan1983

    Nice list man. I actually prefer keywordtool.io to ubersuggest. It’s faster and a cleaner layout. Plus, the “copy all” button is pretty nice.

    • Richbloomingseo

      Another new one for me, your right that does look much cleaner. I’ll add that one to the list.

  • Meta Forensics

    Cheeky self PR post: Have a look at http://metaforensics.io/ – it is similar to Xenu and Screaming Frog, only it runs online and has a range of reports that you might find useful for onsite SEO. Some example reports can be seen here: http://metaforensics.io/dashboard

    • Richbloomingseo

      I’ll check it out, thanks.