2 Free Tools for Your Budget SEO Suite

There are lots of great SEO tools for enterprises and agencies – if you’ve got the money to pay for them. The reality is, most companies have a software budget they have to stay within, and we don’t get all the fun tools we wish we could. I’m in this position now with my current employer.

With Google Analytics, Webmaster Tools, and the slew of free tools they offer that can be leveraged for keyword research, you’re off to a good start. Add these other free tools to help round out your suite:

Xenu’s Link Sleuth

While Screaming Frog has been getting a lot of well-deserved reviews lately, you can’t rule out Xenu, especially when you’re on a budget. The free version of Screaming Frog lets you run up to 500 URLs, but you’d be surprised how quickly you can hit that number if you’re including all file types.
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Backlink Data & What You Need to Know

We’ve finally got backlink data live.  Here’s what you need to know.

Resolving Domains & URLs

The first thing to notice is this icon Link to Resolved URL which you’ll find to the left of your domain or URL. Before we actually pull link data we resolve the URL you’ve entered into your account. Hover your mouse of that, or click it and you’ll be taken to the page which we get redirected to if your domain / URL is entered into a browser as is.  We do this because we get different link figures depending on how a domain or URL is entered. So, if your redirects are setup correctly, and have been for a while, your backlink figures should be correct.

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Backlink Data is Almost Here!

We’re excited to announce a pretty big new feature which will be live next week. We’ve been working with a few different API’s to bring in backlink data about any website. There aren’t that many sources for this information, and numbers from these sources can vary widely, which is why we decided to give you all of them, and let you choose which metric to look at. We’ve successfully incorporated data from Yahoo!, SEOmoz and MajesticSEO. We’re also pulling, in real-time, the latest blogs linking to any site. Here’s a preview of what you’ll see very soon.

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