There are many great SEO tools out there that can help you get the very best organic search results for your website. I’ve compiled this list of 10 of my favorite, “go-to” options when it comes to SEO and building out my websites:
1. getlisted.org. Local search results are important to you business, and getlisted is a great tool that help you determine whether your business is listed on local directories or not. Simply type in your business name and ZIP code, and you will see a listing score for your company. As part of the results page, getlisted will give you links where you can claim you business and add it to each local directory resource.
2. 5minutesite.com. This site contains a resource that generates local keywords—a valuable tool for businesses that want to advertise in a specific geo-location. Here, youtype in a zip code and desired radius to target along with a list of keywords that are most applicable to your business. The keyword generator tool will then create a new list of keywords using the zip codes and cities that are within the search area. These new keywords can then be applied to your website to help you target that specific area.
3. Google Adwords. The Google Adwords Keyword Tool is a very popular way to find keywords for your site. It shows local and global statistics along with how much competition each keyword or phrase when it comes to search.
4. Alexa.com. A good resource for keyword research, Alexa.com You can spy on your competition to see which keywords are most frequently used to access their—or any—website out there. This can be useful when assessing which keywords you’d like to include on your website to obtain better organic search results. The top queries for search traffic, trends, and those all-important search terms and phrases are displayed and can be used to help you with keyword selection for your website.
5. Google Trends. This tool is useful for creating new content for your website. Google Trends shows how often a search term or word is used. Topics that are current and trending can be used to help you write content to drive traffic to your site.
6. backlinkwatch.com. Other sites that link to yours is an important ingredient in successful SEO. Using this research tool, you can see who is linking to your site so you can link back to them and build better link-sharing relationships. The other benefit of this tool is it help you assess which content you’re posting is most popular.
7. Google Page Speed. Site speed is key when it comes to your visitors and a slow-loading website is the best way to get people to leave! Google Page Speed analyzes a website then creates a list of suggestions to help you site load and run faster.
8. WordPress SEO by Yoast. If you’re running a WordPress site, WordPress by Yoast is one of the easiest, most user-friendly SEO tools out there. This tool allows you to optimize you posts, pages, etc. easily as you build out and add content to your site.
9. Bing Webmaster Tools. Bing does not have the search volume (at least, right now!) that Google has, but Bing Webmaster Tools can be used to interrogate your website and obtain better search results on Bing.
10. Google Analytics. Google Webmaster Tools provides you with detailed reports and information about your pages’ visibility and performance on Google.