5 Best SEO Tools That Will Skyrocket Your Rankings

5 Best SEO Tools That Will Skyrocket Your Rankings

How do you determine the value of a good SEO tool? With so many SEO tools around and new ones being introduced by SEO veterans each year, how does one decide — what are the best SEO tools?

In my opinion, the most powerful and efficient SEO tools save time, energy, money, and exponentially increase the traffic of your website.

In this article, you’ll discover the 5 best SEO tools that can do all these and more.

Top 5 SEO Tools

1. Semrush


Semrush is the most popular SEO tool for keyword research and competitive analysis.

Hands-down the best competitive intelligence tool on the market, Semrush allows you to spy on your competition’s keywords and create outstanding content that ranks well in search engines.

It’s also useful for performing site audits, backlink analysis, and keyword position tracking. If you don’t have a subscription of Semrush, you really are missing out on some great opportunities to create content that outranks your competitors’.

Try Semrush Pro for free for 14 days

Learn more: Semrush Review: The SEO Tool Trusted by Experts

2. Ahrefs

Ahrefs - Home Page

When it comes to backlink research and audit, there is no better tool than Ahrefs. I’ve tried different tools to research on backlinks, but Ahrefs by far provides the most accurate and comprehensive information on backlinks on the market.

Ahrefs contains a wealth of link data — the number of backlinks a site has, the number of referring domains for a site, the link authority of a site, and a site’s backlink growth over time.

It’s also ideal for performing a backlink audit of your site because it also shows you the site’s broken links, anchor text density, lost links, and much more.

Sign up for a 7-day trial of Ahrefs for $7

Learn more: Ahrefs Review: More Than Just an SEO Backlink Analysis Tool

3. YoastSEO

Yoast SEO

With over 25% of websites across the world running on WordPress, you don’t have to second guess whether or not this is the right CMS for you.

WordPress has a plethora of SEO plugins, but YoastSEO is one of the most popular and favorite among the users. This is because it’s super easy to use, highly effective, and most of its essential features are totally free.

YoastSEO is an all-in-one SEO tool for WordPress which makes handling of all the basic aspects of on-page SEO look simple. You can easily set the meta tags for your pages, check keyword density and flesch readability score of your content, optimize your images, and much more.

In addition to managing the on-page SEO elements of your website’s content, YoastSEO can also help you create a sitemap and submit it to Google Webmasters.

Download YoastSEO for WordPress

4. Long Tail Pro

Long Tail Pro

Long Tail Pro is a powerful research and blogging tool that is very popular among internet marketers and bloggers alike.

Launched in 2011, Long Tail Pro quickly became a popular tool among marketers and is now used by more than 70,000 marketers worldwide. It’s a highly-recommended tool by seasoned bloggers such as Pat Flynn and Matthew Woodward.

Long Tail Pro allows you to find high-traffic keywords with low competition. Using this tool, you can find profitable keywords in competitive niches, do keyword research, and analyze the top ten results for any keyword in your niche.

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5. GTMetrix

Best SEO Tools 2016

Looking for an SEO tool that can gauge your site’s speed and provide useful tips to speed up your website? Then GTMetrix is the tool you should try. The GTMetrix report gives you a complete picture on how your site loads and helps you detect where the bottlenecks are.

It’s an excellent tool to test the performance of your website and all the essential features of GTMetrix are completely free.

Try GTMetrix for free

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So these are the 5 best SEO tools that we recommend to skyrocket your website’s rankings. What SEO tools do you prefer? Let us know in the comments section.

5 Best SEO Tools That Will Skyrocket Your Rankings

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Sandeep Mallya
Sandeep Mallyahttps://www.startupcafedigital.com
Sandeep Mallya is the Founder & CEO of Startup Cafe Digital, an award-winning digital marketing agency in Bangalore, India. He is an active member of the startup community, having worked with several early-stage startups and accelerators. 99signals is Sandeep's online marketing blog. The blog currently features 200+ in-depth articles, how-to guides, and hacks on a wide range of online marketing topics such as SEO, social media marketing, content marketing, blogging, and more.


  1. Great post!
    Undisputed leading tools. I’m using then + SERPStat for URL analysis + AnswerThePublic in eadiation stage for my next piece of content.

  2. […] The best SEO tools save time, energy, money, and exponentially increase the traffic of your website. Here are the 5 best SEO tools which we recommend.  […]

  3. Mostly, we are working with the SemRush, SimilarWeb, and Domain Authority Checker. SemRush is the best traffic from all the SEO tools. It provides the best details regarding the traffic in the single website, keyword details etc. But in this article, we heard about the #3 point ie. YoastSEO which is the best WordPress plugin.

  4. Google webmaster and Google analytics is enough and also best for me. I dont think any tool can be helpful equal to Google analytic tool. Well I will also use the tools you mentioned above. Thanks for this post..

  5. Hey Malcom – Thanks for sharing your thoughts. While I agree with you on Google Analytics and Webmasters being top notch marketing tools, I’d still encourage you to at least give the tools mentioned in this article a try. There are certain things that these tools can do that Google tools cannot. For instance, Ahrefs provides you with your site’s as well as your competition site’s link profile. This can really help you build backlinks and track them on a consistent basis. SEMrush, on the other hand, is so good that I’ve now stopped using AdWords Keyword Planner which was my go-to tool for keyword analysis. You can find more articles on SEMrush here. Hopefully, you’ll find them really useful.

  6. […] How do you determine the value of a good SEO tool? With so many SEO tools around and new ones being introduced by SEO veterans each year, how does one decide – what are the best SEO tools? In my opinion, the most powerful and efficient SEO tools save time, energy, money, and exponentially increase the traffic …  […]

  7. Great article Sandeep! AhRefs is really amazing, does wonders for me! Do you have any preference when it comes to these 5 tools?

  8. HI Sandeep Mallya did a very good job and you just eased the word for any new SEO student who want to learn it for professional purpose and please carry on your work. Thanks

  9. Great Article Sandeep. Tools you have mentioned are highly recommended for every internet marketer and bloggers who are trying to rank on SERPs.

  10. Magnificent site. Lots of helpful information here. I am sending it to some friends ans additionally sharing in delicious. And obviously, thank you for your sweat!

  11. excellent list of tools and recommended for everyone. Personally, i am using most of them and overall SEMRush is the king.

  12. Most useful post!

    Excellent list of tools, I’ve used SemRush, Ahref, and Yoast Tools. But Yoast SEO is one of the best for SEO on page plugin. It’s an Amazing tool for WordPress blogger who wants SEO for their blog. Even beginners can easily use it also.

  13. I am new to SEO and learning step by step, your site is very helpful I am using SEO Yoast though do you think premium plugin or tools are helpful than the free ones, should we buy them?

  14. Hi sandeep great effort to create such post of best seo tools, it will really help to seo learner, i use yoast seo wordpress plugin to add meta deta to page of the site. thank to sharing great content.


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