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March 30, 2015

Oh, the Challenges SEO Tools Can Solve – Announcing SEOToolSet 6

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The SEOToolSet® is a suite of organic optimization tools built by SEOs, for SEOs. We created these SEO tools to help us do our jobs better and we hope, in turn, they can help you do your job better, too.

Today we’re launching SEOToolSet 6, the sixth generation of our tools. From the first-ever web page analysis program that Bruce Clay himself wrote in 1997 until now, our SEO software has always had a singular goal: Give SEOs the tools they need to increase a website’s visibility in search.

The SEOToolSet is unique because it focuses entirely on search engine optimization. These tools are for advanced SEOs and marketers who want exportable, in-depth data and presentation-quality reports regarding on-page and off-page optimization. We say the SEOToolSet is “the deepest dive into SEO data available on the market.” These tools help solve the challenges SEOs face every day.

I sat down with our SEO analysts to find out what I should say here to get you as excited about the usefulness of these tools as we are. To get you acquainted with how we’re using the SEOToolSet every day to serve our clients, we came up with three challenges to spotlight. There are so many more power tools in SEOToolSet 6, consider this merely a taste of what’s offered for the advanced SEO.

  • Challenge 1: Prove SEO progress with reports that monitor objective rankings.
  • Challenge 2: Figure out what’s “natural” among top-ranked competitors.
  • Challenge 3: Efficiently find missing meta tags, duplicate titles, and problems with canonical elements.

Challenge 1: Prove SEO progress with reports that monitor objective rankings

SEO is a long-range proposition. It can take a long time to see results, and clients or bosses (depending on who writes your paycheck) can grow impatient waiting for results. While webmaster tools and analytics can show you traffic increases and revenue growth, it’s helpful to have a way to monitor your site’s rise to prominence in the search engine results pages (SERPs) in an objective way.

Solution: The Ranking Monitor

The Ranking Monitor is one of the SEOToolSet’s most powerful tools. Using authorized APIs, the monitor grabs unbiased, non-personalized rankings for lists of keywords — across Google, Yahoo and Bing and for dozens of markets around the world. Because we want to see for ourselves whether pages are moving up or down the SERPs, we built the monitor to run on a schedule, store historical ranking data to watch progress over time, and also keep track of competitor rankings to use for research or comparison.

The data can be exported as CSV (to work in Excel). We also output print-quality Domain Ranking reports to send regularly to our SEO services clients, showing ranking changes either by market, page, keyword or competitor.

View unbiased rankings by market, page or keyword in the SEOToolSet Domain Ranking Report

What’s new and cool about Ranking Monitor reports: Whenever some hotshot new competitor comes onto your radar, the Ranking Monitor in Version 6 lets you add the new competitor along with its past rankings for your keywords retroactively. So even though you just realized they’re a threat, you can include their history in your stored competitor data as if you’ve been watching them all along.

Track competitors retroactively with the SEOToolSet Competitor Ranking Report

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Challenge 2: Figure out what’s “natural” among top-ranked competitors

On-page optimization requires understanding what the search engines find most relevant. It would be easy if there were hard and fast rules to follow, but every keyword query waves the starting flag for a SERP contest that’s unique unto itself. To know how to best optimize a web page, SEOs have to look at the sites that are ranking to see what Google is currently rewarding.

This is not so easy, either. No one can stare at a web page and mathematically figure out its word count, frequently used words, keyword placement, content reading level and so on. Moreover, to find what’s natural among all the top-ranked sites, you’d have to do this analysis across many pages. We need SEO tools for this kind of thing from beginning to end.

Solution: The Multi Page Analyzer

SEOToolSet 6 lets you discover what’s natural for a keyword in three quick steps:

  1. Pull up the unbiased top-ranking web pages for any keyword or phrase using the Research Summary tool.
  2. Choose the pages you want to analyze (the top five are checked by default, but you can select any you want).
  3. Run the Multi Page Analyzer tool to see data about each of the top-ranked sites as well as combined statistics.

The statistical recommendations reveal where the sweet spot is for all kinds of on-page attributes, including the average length and keyword usage in the title, meta tags, heading, alt attributes and overall body section, as well as the average content reading level, among the top-ranked sites.

See recommended lengths for on-page elements and keyword usage in the SEOToolSet Multi Page Analyzer

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What’s cool and new in the MPA: This SEO report was improved in Version 6 to handle more URLs — not just 5, but 10, 15 or as many as you want! The ability to analyze many competing pages at once can make the resulting information extra accurate.

Challenge 3: Efficiently find missing meta tags, duplicate titles, and canonical elements

Our SEO analysts wanted a way to quickly look throughout a website to find missing or incorrect elements — pages with no title, meta description, or Heading 1, for example. The SEOs also asked for a way to search for any snippet of text to find where it appears in meta information sitewide, to avoid duplication. And for ecommerce sites and others, they needed a way to review canonical link elements and locate inconsistencies.

Solution: SEOToolSet 6’s proprietary site spider

The site spider crawls a website automatically, just as the search engines do. For SEOToolSet Pro subscribers, that gives you almost complete crawl data for your site — down to five clicks deep. The various reports produced by the site spider are custom-designed to give SEOs their dream data.

One of those dream reports, called the Meta Details tool, lets you:

  • Sort by any column so you can easily identify missing or duplicated titles, meta descriptions, meta keywords, Heading 1 tags, URLs or canonical elements.
  • Search for text in any of these important page elements sitewide.
  • Export the data as CSV.
Sort pages found in a site crawl by any attribute using the SEOToolSet Meta Details Tool

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What’s exciting and new: The rich data that the site spider collects fuels some other power tools, as well. One is the new Link Graph, which has all of our analysts buzzing. This tool lets you see the site’s linking strategy as an interactive, visual link map. Use this to confirm your site’s link architecture and siloing strategy at a glance.

SEOToolSet Link Graph

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Ready to try some new SEO tools?

I hope you’ve seen enough to know that these tools are created by SEOs, so they might work to solve some of your challenges, too. There are many more tools than the few I’ve sampled in this article. An SEOToolSet Pro subscription also includes tools and reports for link analysis, keyword research, competitor research and technical site errors, to name a few.

It’s easy and risk-free to sign up for SEOToolSet Pro. I encourage you to try these power tools out on your own site. If you decide you don’t need this much data, cancel within 30 days and we’ll refund your subscription fee entirely. After that, you pay as you go. For $89/month you can run two website projects with an unlimited number of users. If you need to optimize more sites, additional projects cost just $30/month per website. And you can cancel your subscription to our SEO power tools anytime.

Want more details? See our SEOToolSet Features page. Then try it out and let me know what you think.

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12 responses to “Oh, the Challenges SEO Tools Can Solve – Announcing SEOToolSet 6”

  1. Ryan Best writes:

    Awesome I am so excited to get involved with seo toolset 6! I don’t even know where to start you have me so amped! Thanks Bruce Clay and team for creating a powerful and affordable tool that allows us to do good work and bring SEO back!

  2. Andy Kuiper writes:

    looks AWESOME! – I’ll be upgrading – thanks Paula :-)

  3. Virginia Nussey writes:

    Wonderful, Andy. I hope you let us know what you think when you’ve gotten a few miles on the new tools. Our support team is ready to help in any way.

  4. RJ writes:

    Don’t programs that automatically check rankings violate Google’s terms of service? It seems that has been the case since 2006 as published by Google.

  5. Pravin pnr writes:

    Yes for bulk work and for clients site this is a must tool. Though I like the most of toolset 6 is “Ranking Monitor reports”.

  6. Paula Allen writes:

    Pravin: Agreed. :) The Ranking Monitor can be scheduled (set it and forget it), and you can choose from dozens of different search engine markets internationally. Thanks for telling us!

  7. Paula Allen writes:

    Hey RJ, sorry for the delayed reply; I was spending a few of my kids’ spring break days with them.

    Google doesn’t approve scraping of search results. A lot of SEO tools out there do this, and you’re right, it violates search engine guidelines. However, Google and the other engines provide APIs that customers can pay for that are authorized to gather rankings. Our Ranking Monitor is built on these authorized APIs.

  8. Lisa writes:

    interesting tips for modern seo , the best part of this article I read is checking or analysing 2 different websites and finding common things among them .

  9. RJ writes:

    Good information Paula. Thanks for the reply. I’m a big fan of your organization. Great relevant and timely info.

  10. Emma Clemantine writes:

    Hey Paula thank you so much for sharing this useful information with us. I would like to know more about that whether there is an lifetime plan for above tools and if yes what are the charges ???

  11. HeyDay writes:

    Fantastic program. I must buy it:)

  12. Paula Allen writes:

    Emma: If you want a long-term, reduced price plan, the best way would be to attend our SEOToolSet Training course. Attendees get a free subscription for a year on up to 3 website projects for attending Standard Training, 5 projects for attending our Advanced class, and 9 projects if they also pass the free certification exam at the end of Advanced. Many people take the training annually to maintain their free subscription. (The material is constantly updated, so it’s never a repeat and keeps your SEO knowledge up to date, as well.) In addition to receiving top-notch SEO education and training on how to use the SEOToolSet software, training attendees get the best deal for the tools, without question.

    We offer training courses many times a year in Southern California, as well as at search industry conferences in the U.S. (you might like the New York class in Sept.). I see you’re located in Dubai, and there are one or two training courses a year internationally (such as Italy and India). Here’s the page with more information about upcoming training times and locations:

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