10 Free SEO Tools That Every Blogger Must Be Using in 2017

Today SEO had reached to such a point where:

ranking high without a good SEO has become a nightmare.

In order to rank high one should make use of best SEO tools available on the internet.

This is where most of the new bloggers go wrong by choosing some random SEO tools which might do no good for them.

So in this article, I will be introducing you to best SEO tools that you can use to create SEO friendly website/blog post.

Let’s directly dive in and explore best SEO tools.

I have basically divided all 10 SEO tools into 3 categories:

You can jump into any section just by clicking on the above links.

10 Free SEO Tools That Every Blogger Must Be Using

Firstly let’s start with the tools related to content research.

1.Choose Blog Topics using Hubspot

Blogging is a continuous process and you need to regularly come up with awesome blog topics and ideas that attract, educate and engage people.

Many a time, you may run out of good topics to write about, or even hit a writer’s block.

hubspot

So, here I introduce you to free SEO tool: Hubspot, which can help you generate new blog topic ideas.

You should input three different nouns then the tool will return back five blog topic ideas that will get those creative juices flowing.

I recommend you to check out this complete guide to generate topic ideas using Hubspot.

2.Choose most popular blog topic using Buzzsumo

Buzzsumo is a powerful online tool that allows any user to find out what content is popular by topic or on any website.

This tool gathers the information on what topics are gaining the attention on social media.

Buzzsumo had analyzed the social share counts of over 100 million articles in the past 8 months. So it’s fair to say that they pretty good idea of what gets shared the most.

Buzzsumo can help you to find out which articles of your competitors are going viral.Then you can plan your marketing strategy on that.

I recommend you to check out this complete guide to make the best use of Buzzsumo.

3.Get the best keyword using SEMrush 

Once you are done choosing the topic for your next post the immediate next action should be to find the best keyword.

Although there are many keyword research SEO tools SEMrush tops the list due to its features.

Using SEMrush you can discover how your competitor is using profitable keyword while developing a blog post.

That’s not all: here are few more features of SEMrush

  • Find low competitive keywords.
  • Keyword difficulty check
  • Competitor’s advertising analysis

I recommend you to check out this complete guide to get the maximum out of SEMrush.

4.Google Trends to keyword analysis

If you are planning your SEO strategy, you should do a keyword research first.

This can be done with the Google AdWords keyword planner, but another great option is Google Trends. Google Trends allows you to learn a lot from your keywords.

You might ask what’s the difference between SEMrush and Google trends since both of them have similar functionality of finding best keyword.

There is:

The best part of google trends is it lets you analyze the popularity growth of two similar keywords as shown below.

google trends

Here I compared the searches between two blogging platforms.It not only gives the total search volume

It not only gives the total search volume between two, but it also gives the region where the particular keyword is more popular.

You can compare the keywords by clicking on explore button found on left notification column.


So, now we are done with content research we will start with Technical SEO.

5.Always have updated Sitemaps

XML sitemaps serve as a way to communicate directly with the search engines, alerting them about new or changed content makes the process of indexing easier.

These sitemaps are very much important for SEO because it makes your post appear on search results very soon after you publish a post.

To get started you should create an XML sitemap for your site.

xml sitemaps

Some (Content management systems)CMS have an integrated capability to auto-generate XML sitemaps.But WordPress can’t generate on its own.

That’s not a problem.

There are plugins like Yoast which is an SEO plugin and can generate XML sitemaps.

The important thing to consider: whenever you update the content on your site then you should update XML sitemaps, this requests the search engines to index and crawl your updated content.

I recommend you to check out this complete guide to generate XML sitemaps using Yoast plugin.

6.Make the best use of Check my links

Including links in a page is a good SEO practice.

But having a webpage with broken links on it will deliver bad user experience for your visitors.

So, it is very much important to check whether all the links on your page are working or not.

we have a tool for doing this job: Check my links.Check my links is a useful extension available for Chrome.

This tool scans all links that crawl through your web page and report you the broken links if found.

You can install this extension from Chrome Webstore.

After installation just click on the extension and then you will see all broken links highlighted in red color if present.Then you can replace them with other links.

7.For complete site audit use Woorank

There are many SEO tools for website auditing but Woorank is the best.Scroll down to know why:

WooRank is a freemium tool that provides an “instant website review.”

Without a premium account, you are only allowed to generate a limited number of free reports, but you are able to view previously generated reports.

This tool evaluates websites based on 50 criteria’s in an automated fashion and provides helpful SEO and other optimization tips.

The best part about using Woorank is you need not search for other tools to look into your site’s overall performance.

Woorank does it single handed and presents the report to you.

I recommend you to check out this complete guide to use Woorank to your advantage.


So, now we are done with technical SEO we will start with Performance Analysis.

8.Use Google Pagespeed Insights regularly

Once you start adding text and media to your website there are chances that your website’s page load speed might decrease, which is not good for SEO.

But you can prevent you this from happening by properly optimizing the data on your site by using Google Pagespeed insights tool.

This tool will rate your site’s page load speed on a scale ranging from 1 to 100, where 1 being bad and 100 being good.

It also provides the list of possible optimizations to your web page as shown below:

search console

If you want to find out reasons why your web page load speed has decreased you can click on  > show how to fix and then you can work on resolving the problems.

9.Google and Bing’s webmaster’s tool

If you have a big website then you can’t go and check each and every page about its performance.

Won’t it be cool if someone looks after all of your site’s pages and report the problems if encountered?

That someone is this webmaster’s tool.

Google and Bing have their own webmasters tools from which you can you can discover the key problems encountered on your website.

Best part: Google webmasters tool let you index your new post and make your article appear in search results within a minute.

I recommend you to check out this complete guide to index your new post within a minute.

10.Understand your visitors with Google Analytics

Google analytics is a free SEO tool that you can use to track information about the people visiting your Website.

Using Google analytics you can answer these questions:

  • How many people visit my website?
  • Where do my visitors reside?
  • Which is the most popular page on my website?

You can use these answers in planning the marketing strategies.

I recommend you to check out this complete guide to setup a Google Analytics account with ease.


Final Words

I have tried listing out all the important SEO tools needed for every blogger.

I hope you like the post.Let me know how much you liked this articles through comments.

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