Keyword Research Tools
Google Ads: Use Google’s paid advertising platform for keyword research.
Google Search Console: The most accurate tool for website owners to identify keywords driving visitors. ★★★★
Find Keywords on Any Page: Use this free keyword tag cloud tool on a page to see the prominent keywords. ★★★★
Advanced Web Ranking – great for tracking keyword rankings for your own site and competitors. ★★★★
Synonym Finder: Find related phrases for keyword research.
Google Trends: Identify related phrases and their search volume.
Merge Words: Great for creating lists of long-tail keywords.
SEMRush: A competitor research tool for keywords and rankings.
aHrefs: In addition to keyword research, they have lots of tools and publish great data.
Wordtracker’s database of 3.5 billion searches per month, is completely independent of Google’s data.
MOZ Keyword Difficulty Tool is part of an excellent Pro tool suite.
Raven Tools: Keyword data plus a full suite of tools.
A/B Testing, User Testing and Conversion Optimization Tools (CRO)
Google Optimize: Optimize is free and integrates with Google Analytics.
Paid Service (many have free trials)
CrazyEgg: great for helping clients visualize user engagement.★★★★
Optimizely: A/B testing and Conversion Rate Optimization
Visual Website Optimizer allows you to run A/B tests with a simple online editor that lets you test content without knowing code.
Lookback – Easy to use user testing platform. (we use it ourselves) ★★★★
Website Management Tools
Robots.txt Checker: This robots.txt checker is a “validator” that analyzes the syntax of a robots.txt file to see if its format is valid as established by Robot Exclusion Standard or if it contains errors.
Wayback Machine: Historical view of web pages. ★★★★
HTML Validation validator.w3.org
Screaming Frog SEO Spider: A tool we use all the time to monitor what search crawlers see on a website. ★★★★
copyscape.com: finds web pages containing your content.
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