What SEO Tools Do You Use? #FridayFinds

by Sherryl Perry on December 5, 2014

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SEO is one of my favorite topics to cover here in my #FridayFinds series. In the past, I’ve talked about how the Google Panda 4.1 update rewards quality content, how to optimize your sites for SEO, the differences between manual web spam actions and algorithm changes and the importance of Google semantic search to website owners. (Thanks to Jeannette Paladino for authoring that article..)

This week, let’s take a closer look at the SEO PowerSuite tools by Link-Assistant. Also, for those of you who have ever noticed a drop in your organic search traffic, I found a fun infographic that’s actually a flow chart that could help you figure out if you’ve fallen victim to a Panda or Penguin update (or possibly something else like a dreaded manual webspam action).

Free SEO Tools That You Can Use

Are you familiar with Kristi Hines (@Kikolani)? Kristi is a freelance writer and blogger and you can often find her articles on sites including KISSmetrics, SearchEngineJournal and SocialMediaExaminer (as well as numerous others).  If you’re not already connected with her, you may want to. In addition to being a reliable source of information, Kristi is friendly, approachable and has a way of explaining techie “stuff” in a way that most people can understand.

When I came upon Kristi’s article SEO PowerSuite – Everything You Need for Your Website’s SEO on her blog kikolani.com, I knew that it was something that I had to check out.  Kristi did not disappoint me. In fact the first thing I did (even before finishing reading her review) was to  download the free Windows version of SEO PowerSuite from Link-Assistant.com and install it myself. (It’s also available for Mac OS X and Linux.)

To be perfectly honest with you, I’m still taking this for a test ride but I plan to really check it out over the weekend. The installation was simple and when it’s complete, you’ll find the following four tools on your computer:

SEO PowerSuite from Link Assistant

  • Rank Tracker (for keyword research and checking ranking in search engines)
  • WebSite Auditor (deals with website structure and content optimization)
  • SEO SpyGlass (to find and analyze backlinks)
  • LinkAssistant (for building and managing links)

To get a better idea of what programs are included in the SEO PowerSuite , you can watch this quick introduction to their video courses.

Of course, there are restrictions to the free version (for example, you can’t print the reports or export the data) but you’ll definitely gain some valuable insight. For more information, read Kristi’s review (where she shares screenshots of her results with us.) You can download the SEO PowerSuite from Link-Assistant.com and give it a try for yourself.

A Closer Look at the 4 Tools in the SEO PowerSuite

One of my favorite resources for weekly roundups is Francisco Perez (@DiTesco). Francisco calls his series “Speedlink” and he publishes them on the weekend. In addition to featuring articles on topics such as SEO, content marketing, social media and small business, he also shares links to other blogs posts that he’s found valuable throughout the week. (Often, Francisco includes links to my site too. Thanks Ditesco!)

Much to my surprise, Ditesco published SEO PowerSuite: What Changed and Why Is It One Of My Favorite SEO Tools this morning. Now, Francisco has been using this set of SEO tools for a while and he blogged about them back in December of 2012.  In his newest post, not only does Francisco share his insight (and screenshots), he also is running a giveaway! You won’t want to miss this one. iBlogZone readers have a chance of winning one of two SEO PowerSuite PRO accounts. So, be sure to check out Francisco’s post and enter to win.

Stop wasting time

The Differences Between Panda and Penguin:

Have you ever noticed a significant drop in your organic search traffic? Many of us have. The impact can range from being completely de-indexed by Google (as the result of a manual web spam action) to watching your traffic drop significantly (due to an algorithm update).

Regardless of how it happens, you’ll want to take action. After all, while most bloggers agree that there are better ways of growing your website traffic (such as building a community) most of us can’t resist free organic search traffic. After all, if people can’t find your site in the search engines, they may never see your site.

Well, this week, I came across Was Your Site Hit By Google’s Panda Or Penguin? This Flowchart May Help You Find Out by Janet Driscoll Miller on SearchEngineLand.com. While I’m less familiar with Janet than I am Kristi and Francisco, she’s the President and CEO of Marketing Mojo and I’m going to make it a point to keep a better eye out for what she has to say.

If you like flow charts and/or want to learn more about Panda and Penguin, you may enjoy this one:

Infographic

Over To You:

Have you ever tried the SEO PowerSuite (or any of the individual tools)? What are your thoughts? Do you recommend using it? If so, which  of the four tools is your favorite? Did you enjoy the infographic?

You can connect with this week’s featured bloggers here:  Kristi Hines, Francisco Perez and Janet Driscoll Miller. Don’t forget to connect with me too.

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Dita Irvine March 2, 2015 at 9:59 pm

Hi Sherryl,

I have not heard of this suite of tools before. Thanks for sharing. I did check them out though but I would have to buy the Enterprise level if I wanted to see the results I want to see. That right now is not an option for me.

But on the other hand, free is free and even if not optimal it still offers a lot of options.

I really like SEO and I am a firm believer in it so anything “SEO” interests me. I am going to check out the reviews by Kristi and Adam. Thank again.
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Sherryl Perry
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March 3, 2015 at 9:03 pm

Hi Dita,

It’s always nice meeting someone else who likes SEO. I find it fascinating. It does not have to be overwhelming. There are some simple things that we all can do to both stay out of trouble with Google while driving (free) organic search traffic to our sites.

I can’t afford to invest in the Enterprise version either. Still, there’s a lot of info available with the free version. The biggest drawback (to me) is to not being able to download the data. That translates to investing more time (which also is valuable) into our analysis. It’s a catch-22 isn’t it?

Thanks so much for dropping by and joining the conversation.
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Donna Merrill
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February 17, 2015 at 11:08 am

Hi Sherryl,

Thank you so much for this fantastic review on PowerSuite. Looks to me like a program that will pump up SEO in a great way. I don’t do much SEO…never have. But this is a good reminder for me that I do need to pay attention to it more.

Thanks so much,

-Donna
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Sherryl Perry
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February 18, 2015 at 4:40 pm

Hi Donna,

I’m glad you found my post interesting. SEO is my favorite topic to blog about. There are so many opportunities to make simple tweaks to our posts that will help generate organic search traffic.

More importantly, there’s a real risk of being penalized by Google when they change their algorithms. Not knowing how an algorithm change could affect ys could really hurt us.

Nearly two years ago, I experienced a significant lost in search traffic. I had not been paying as close attention as I should have to all the do-follow CommentLuv links that had been left on my blog.

A lot of those comments had originally pointed to legitimate blogs. Over the years, many of those comments had become riddled with 404 errors. Even worse, some blogs had changed hands and those links pointed to spammy sites or parked domains that displayed AdSense ads.

That’s when I started researching SEO and paying more attention to things like unnatural links. Of the four tools here, SEO SpyGlass is my favorite.

Thanks so much for joining the conversation here. I loved your “customer engagement” post.
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Nanda Rahmanius
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February 17, 2015 at 5:01 am

Hi Sherryl,

This is my first time here. I found your blog from your comments on Donna’s blog. Nice to meet you. 🙂

Well, It’s also my first time to heard about SEO PowerSuite. So, I’ve never tried it. Honestly, I do not know too much about SEO tools and this article can become a reference for me. Thanks for that!

I like the infographic. It is rather unique and funny. However, it could explain everything very well.

Thanks for sharing this, Sherryl.
Nice share, indeed!

Regards,
Nanda
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Sherryl Perry
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February 18, 2015 at 4:26 pm

Ni Nanda,

It’s nice to meet you too. Thanks for letting me know that you found me on Donna’s blog. I appreciate knowing that.

I’m glad that you found my post informative. I have not spent as much time as I had hoped to using the SEO PowerSuite. It is highly recommended. From the time that I did spend on it, I was impressed by the insight that it provided.

That infographic impressed me too. It was really well done. I have to admit that I ran all the scenarios just to see if they worked. 🙂

Thanks for dropping by and joining the conversation. I just followed the link to your post about WordPress mobile plugins and picked up an idea for an alternative to the plugin that I’m using.
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Shahbaz Ali Sayyed
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February 12, 2015 at 1:37 pm

Hello Sherryl! First of all thank you for introducing me to SEO Powersuite it is really a powerfull tool for SEO and all at one place. Will try the free version for now.

And ya well i have noticed sudden drop in my organic traffic and also de indexing of posts from Google. I’m afraid if my site is hit by Panda or something. Will have to go through your Infographic.

BTW this is my first time on your blog and i’m pretty much impressed. 🙂
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Sherryl Perry
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February 12, 2015 at 4:32 pm

Hi Shahbaz,

Welcome to my blog and thank you for the kind words. SEO is a favorite topic of mine. As important as it is to optimize your site for free organic search traffic, it’s even more important to pay attention to what Google finds “spammy”.

I have seen so many well-intentioned bloggers penalized for what they didn’t know about Google’s algorithms, that it makes me want to boil things down to something that’s digestible.

I’ve linked to one of my SEO posts about Google penalties and webspam actions that you may find helpful. You may also want to sign up for a free account on Fruition.net. Fruition will provide you with some insight as to whether or not you’ve been affected by Google’s algorithm changes. (I really don’t promote that site as much as I once did because they now block out the last 3-months of data but new users should find it helpful).

Another caution I have is to watch the backlinks you have to and from your site.

Good luck!

~Sherryl
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Shahbaz Ali Sayyed
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February 13, 2015 at 12:04 pm

Oh actually i missed out the post you’ve mention about Google penalties and webspam actions. Will surely read that one out and will also sign up for Fruition.

I appreciate your kind help and will get back to you once i get things sorted out.

Kudos to you!
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Sherryl Perry
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February 16, 2015 at 9:22 pm

Thanks Shahbaz. I’m glad you’re finding my posts helpful. I’ll be blogging more about SEO soon
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Scoot kincher
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February 4, 2015 at 10:12 am

The biggest tool which i personally recommend to increase the ranking of search engine is All in one seo, but to save blog from panda and penguine update i especially avoid spamming and focus on the orginal content.

Sherryl Perry
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February 4, 2015 at 12:44 pm

Thanks for letting us know that you use the All In One SEO plugin. I’ve used it before myself. I usually recommend Yoast’s SEO plugin but All-in-One is a good alternative.

Paying attention to your content is important. Watching the comments that are left for us is vital now too. Google is starting to pay attention to URLs from sites that are spammy or “unnatural” even if they’re just left with the comment and not necessarily a direct link. I deleted a URL today that was link to wrestling software. That is totally unrelated to what I blog about. Enough of those could get me in trouble with Google.

Thanks for adding your insight to the conversation.
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Munna
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January 29, 2015 at 8:24 am

Hi Sherryl Perry ,
Great Post!

I really would like to check this out. I think SEO powersuite tool is all in one tool to help us making our site super search engine optimized. I am going to use it’s free edition
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Sherryl Perry
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January 29, 2015 at 11:40 am

Hi Munna,

I’m glad you liked my post and good luck with the free version of the SEO Powersuite. I really wish I could find more time to play with it. I know it provides a lot of useful insight.

I just followed you on Twitter to get to know you a little better. I saw that you also left a comment on Jeannette Paladino’s guest post about semantics. SEO is one of my favorite topics to research and blog about. So, I appreciate hearing from readers when they find my blog helpful.

I hope you have a wonderful week. Thanks for taking the time to join the conversation.
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Arnel
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January 14, 2015 at 4:11 am

I’ve been using Moz Site Explorer, MajesticSEO and other separate SEO tools and sometimes those things annoy me specially when you are limited to only a few views or checks.

I’ve just checked SEO Powersuite a while ago and I have to say, these are pretty impressive. All of the SEO tools in one and a big plus is that I can use it in Linux!

Maybe in a few weeks, I’ll buy this software but for now I’m satisfied with this free version.

Sherryl Perry
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January 15, 2015 at 12:01 pm

Hi Arnel,

That’s good that you’re already familiar with other SEO tools. I’ve tried Moz tools before but I have not checked out Majestic SEO.

The SEO PowerSuite was recently improved. After reading so many great reviews from bloggers who I respect, I decided to try it myself. So far, I’m happy with what I see. (I’m still using the free version as well.)

Thanks for adding your insight.
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Adrienne
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December 19, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Hey Sherryl,

I am SO sorry I’m so late getting by here. Just been a heck of a busy time for me not just online but offline too as you very well know! 😉

Anyway, I’ve heard about the SEO Powersuites but have never used them either. I have used the Rank Tracker and Link Assist in the past but I think it’s back when I really didn’t understand it as much. You know, a little over my head! I might have to give them a test drive though since I plan on taking some time off for the holidays to give myself more time to do some research and change some things as well.

I appreciate you informing us of this Sherryl, thanks again and I haven’t been hit but Google yet although the slowing down on traffic is totally my doing! Yep, once the new year kicks in I hope to bring things back up to speed.

Have a great weekend.

~Adrienne
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Sherryl Perry
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December 19, 2014 at 11:08 pm

Hi Adrienne,
I more than understand. You never need to apologize for being “late”. You’re here and it is so nice to see you my friend.

I really haven’t had a chance to test the power suite myself. I’ve been want to give it a try but I managed to get sick this week. (It’s like my body is telling me to take another break. It’s just been one thing after another.)

Sometime in 2015, I’ll set up time to give the free version of the SEO Power Suite a spin. A few readers have already asked me to do a follow-up post on this. You know how I enjoy all things SEO (crazy as that sounds). So, I’ll see what parts of it click with me. Actually, if anyone (including you) has anything to share about the tools, I could include it! Good . . . bad . . . indifferent . . . it’s all good.

I hope all is well with you. I know you took a day to travel after your friend’s passing and you got the ceiling of your closet painted (as well as repaired). That’s good. I hope the New Year kicks in for all of us (and that I get back up to speed too. One thing that’s going to be interesting for me is that my husband is taking early retirement at the end of this year. I’m thrilled for him but I have no idea what that is going to do to my productivity. 🙂

Susan Cooper
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December 9, 2014 at 7:51 pm

Like many, I was unaware of all these tools. I’ve forwarded this post on to my web-guy to see if we might want to test them out these on my new design we’re planning to launching in 2015. Right now I use Yoast, going a bit deeper then most, and it has helped a great deal. However, it never hurts to take a look at others as well. 🙂
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Sherryl Perry
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December 16, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Susan,

I’ve heard of them before but (honestly) I never gave them a try. From what I’m hearing, they’ve always been good but they’re significantly better now.

Yoast’s plugin is just about a “must-have” for anyone who isn’t using a WordPress theme that has SEO built in. I’m sure that every time you write a new post, you use it.

The SEO PowerSuite would be something that you (or your “web-guy”) would use to analyze your site to get insight into what’s working and what’s not.

BTW – I could have sworn that I replied to you days ago but today I noticed that I hadn’t. In a way, that could be a good thing. Link-Assistant launched a 3-day sale. The discount is 70% today, 65% tomorrow or 60% on December 18th. After that, the price goes back up. (I have an affiliate link in my sidebar if anyone reading this is interested in buying a license. 🙂 )
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Mi Muba
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December 9, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Hi Sherryl

Very useful post with lot of insight into it.

Trends can change but technique can never change. Yes it can be improved or made more professional like we observe how things are quite change in all types of SEO techniques.

So the best way is to find solutions of any blogging problem with a complete package where one can get the best ways to move ahead without any concern. For this purpose powersuite is an excellent tool to get big change at one’s blog in terms of SEO.

I loved the infographics in your post that well described the gist of the post with more important and relevant details to make one understand the topic very well.

Thanks a lot for sharing this post of great value.
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Sherryl Perry
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December 10, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Hi Mi,

“Trends can change but technique can never change.” – I agree with that. Some of the simplest SEO techniques that I learned years ago are still effective today.

For example, the use of heading tags. Not only do they help with SEO, they also help to focus our readers’ attention. Plus, they help visually by breaking up our text and adding a little white space.

One of the things that I like about the PowerSuite is that it’s stand-alone and (while it is accessing and analyzing your site), it’s running client-side (off our computers) as opposed to running server-side (on our website hosting server). That helps to make it a popular SEO tool because none of us want to add more load that could potentially have a negative impact on performance.

As always, thanks so much for adding your valuable insight. I’m glad that you found my post valuable and that you liked the infographic too. (I’ll be by your blog soon – probably over the “weekend”.)
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Aleh Barysevich
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December 9, 2014 at 6:14 am

Hi Sherryl,
Thank you so much for mentioning SEO PowerSuite. I hope you enjoy using it. Please, feel free to ask me questions if you get any.
Aleh,
COOO at Link-Assistant.Com

Sherryl Perry
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December 9, 2014 at 10:13 pm

Hi Aleh,

I honestly haven’t had a chance to really “kick the wheels” yet but readers are already asking me for a follow-up post. So, I will. If I have any questions I’ll be sure to contact you. Thanks for introducing yourself and taking the time to comment.
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Kulwant
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December 8, 2014 at 11:50 pm

Hi Sherryl,

I stumbled across this article via scrolling Triberr and it suddenly captured my attention.

The tools you mentioned in the article are such a powerful tools that they have changed the way of my automation completely. I started using them 4-5 months back and they replaced all my other tools in just few days.

Now I am using these tools primarily for building my business.

You would be surprise to hear that I have only 4 icons on my Mac’s desktop right now, all 4 tools of SEOPowersuite. 🙂

You did complete justice by explaining the feature of the tools.

I have written a long review article on my blog, hope you would love to go through it once.

bloggingcage.com/seo-powersuite-review/

Have a great day.
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Sherryl Perry
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December 9, 2014 at 10:10 pm

Hi Kulwant,

Thanks so much for letting us know how valuable the SEO PowerSuite is to you. It’s good to hear from other bloggers who are willing to share their experiences with us.

I tweeted your post for you. (We’re already following each other on Twitter.) Tuesdays and Wednesdays are actually our “weekend” (weird I know). I’ll be by your blog soon.

BTW – Thanks for letting me know that you saw this on Triberr.
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Jackson Nwachukwu
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December 8, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Hey Sherryl,

That was a great round up. When it comes to SEO, I can say little about it. However, I always like to pay attention when I see helpful articles like yours pointing me to the right direction.

I will further look into this tool, and will be sure to give it a voice should I get things right.

The infographic is wonderful and a clear sign of how SEO works!

Thank you so much for sharing Sherryl 🙂

~Jackson
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Sherryl Perry
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December 8, 2014 at 10:21 pm

Hi Jackson,

I’m glad you liked my article. I believe that all bloggers can incorporate some SEO into their blog posts. It doesn’t need to be complicated. Staying out of trouble with Google certainly should be a priority.

I intend to take a closer look at these tools too. When I do, I’ll do some sort of a follow-up post – probably geared to keeping it simple. Simple is good. 🙂

I’m glad you enjoyed the infographic. I like a good flow chart but that may be my inner geek showing.

As always, thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts with us.
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Reginald Chan
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December 8, 2014 at 6:59 am

Hi Sherryl,

Thanks for sharing this. SEO Powersuite used to be my go-to tools but soon, I went over to SEMrush instead. It really depends on what you need and there are many pros and cons.

My advise is to choose the tool that fits your need and not what others find it useful.

Good review and keep it up!

Sherryl Perry
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December 8, 2014 at 11:36 am

Hi Reginald,

Thanks for letting us know that you switched to SEMrush. Do they have a free version also? Could you tell us why you prefer it? What was your number one reason for switching?

As always, it’s great to see you here. It’s always good to be aware of other options. So, I appreciate your telling us what you’re using.
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Leora
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December 7, 2014 at 7:58 pm

Sherryl, I have on my list to do some intensive SEO training when I finish my current back project. Will have to explore all the current tools, because it’s been too long since I’ve paid careful attention to those details (beyond checking Google Analytics or Google Webmaster – I go there often for certain clients).
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Sherryl Perry
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December 7, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Hi Leora,

Apparently, Link-Assistant recently made some significant changes to their SEO PowerSuite. Shortly after I published this, I came across a third article that gave a positive review. (That one was by Adam Connell on BloggingWizard.com.) I would have included his article too if I had only read it in time.

I know that not being able to print the reports or export the data is a drawback to the free version but still – it’s free! I think both of us could work with it.

Thanks for dropping by. Facebook seems to be a “hot” topic this week. I’ll have to check out your article!
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Ryan Biddulph
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December 7, 2014 at 3:33 pm

I am new to this tool Sherryl but I can see the power in it.

Any tool that you’re willing to take for a spin, for more than a few days, can offer you serious benefits.

I’ll happily retweet this.

Have a fun weekend!

Ryan
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Sherryl Perry
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December 7, 2014 at 10:56 pm

Thanks Ryan. I’m going to take the PowerSuite “for a spin” when I have some time to give it the attention it deserves. You never know when a new tool is going to work out.

For example, I blogged a while back about the Advanced Marketing Institute “Emotional Marketing Value Headline Analyzer” and I’ve been using it ever since. I had never really been completely happy with my headlines before but I’ve been getting good feedback since I started using that simple (free) tool. Whatever works for us right?

As always, thanks for dropping by, commenting and sharing.
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Ray December 7, 2014 at 1:03 am

I have tried a few seo tools over the years. Both downloadable software and online. I never had very good luck with any of the ones I have tried in the past. Either they are extremely time-consuming to get set up and configured, or they don’t work that well, and some are extremely limited in terms of what you can do unless you want to pay a very hefty premium price.

I have had my eye on seo powersuite for a while, but haven’t got around to testing it out yet. Hopefully, I can find some free time to do so soon.

I did find an online tool recently that has been helpful at least in my opinion for determining if you were hit by panda, penguin, etc. It’s called The Panguin Tool by Barracuda Digital. If interested you can find more info about in in my comluv link below.
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Sherryl Perry
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December 7, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Hi Ray,

The biggest drawback that I see to the free version of the SEO PowerSuite is not being able to print the reports or export the data. Still, I’m not in the market to invest in a premium version right now. So, I’m going to give it a shot and see how difficult it is to work around those limitations.

It seems this past week, there’s been quite the buzz over these tools. Shortly after reading Kirsti and Francisco’s posts, I read another one by Adam Connell. (If I had read his prior to publishing this, I would have definitely included it.)

Thanks for the tip about the Barracuda Digital tool. I’ll check it out! (It’s always nice to see you here!)
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Jeannette Paladino
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December 7, 2014 at 12:09 am

Sherryl — thanks for explaining SEO Power Suite. I wasn’t aware of of these tools. I’m tempted to try them, but I’m a little concerned with installing yet another plugin that on the surface seems to be complex — not so much in learning how to use it but the plugin getting into hassles with other plugins. I hope you’ll write another post after you’ve tested this suite to let your readers know how you liked it and if you thought it slowed down your site or had issues with your other plugins.
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Sherryl Perry
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December 7, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Hi Jeannette,

These aren’t plugins. They’re software programs that you download and run off your PC.

Thanks for the suggestion about writing a follow-up post! I did a quick run to see what sort of results these tools produced but since I’m using the free version, I would have had to act right then and I didn’t have the time. So, I just closed it.

I’ll make sure to take some screenshots of my own when I have time to explore this more. Maybe I could write something about what info I found valuable or what insight I gleaned from it. Who knows what I’ll write? LOL – Lately, I’ve just been sitting down and letting my posts write themselves. 🙂

Thanks so much for weighing in on this. I appreciate your letting me know that you encountered an issue commenting and that you persevered and tried again! I appreciate that.
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Jeannette Paladino
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December 7, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Sherryl — thanks for the clarification. That it is a software program slipped by me. I’ll give the free version a test first and we can compare notes.
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Sherryl Perry
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December 7, 2014 at 10:32 pm

Sounds good! BTW – I read your post and enjoyed it. I hope some other readers drop by your blog and weigh in on it.

Harleena Singh
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December 6, 2014 at 2:31 pm

Hi Sherryl,

Lovely roundup indeed 🙂

Yes, I’ve read most of the posts you mentioned, though due to lack of time – just couldn’t make it to comment on those, thanks to the ABC, that keeps me SO busy. Glad I could find a little time away during the weekend to be on your wonderful post.

I saw that infographic as Ana too had shared it, and there was another wonderful video/post about Panda Do’s and Don’t’s at Moz by Josh that I’d just read a few hours back, so that explained a lot, especially for those who saw a dip in their traffic.

Honestly speaking, I use NO tools – nothing at all, except Google Adwords, the very basic. I guess I’ve never used anything and it’s somehow been working just fine, though I’ve read about so many tools you can use, it’s often SO confusing as to what really works and what doesn’t. I prefer keeping it all natural and if your content is helpful, it’s bound to be shared, liked, and commented upon, whether you use SEO or not. But yes, we do need it for the search engine ranking, isn’t it?

Thanks for sharing this with us. Happy weekend as well 🙂
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December 7, 2014 at 1:04 pm

Hi Harleena,

I’m so glad that you made the time to drop by and thanks for the heads-up on Josh’s “WhiteBoard Friday”. I missed that one. ABC must be keeping you busy. I try to get over there when I can but I am woefully behind on everything lately. This is such a busy time of the year!

I use very few tools myself – other than Google Analytics and the EMV headline analyzer too. I’m a big advocate for Google AdWords but I’m not running any campaigns at this time.

I’m planning on spending some time using the free version of the SEO PowerSuite. I was intrigued by the screenshots that Kristi and Francisco included. Then, (hours after I published this), I came across another review – this time by Adam Connell on BloggingWizard. I know that the information the tools provide will be helpful to me. The big drawback is that you can’t print or export the data with the free version. So, I’ll need to either take action immediately or use screenshot.

I appreciate your visit! Happy weekend to you too!

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December 6, 2014 at 4:15 am

Just awesome as always Sherryl! And the infographic just made me crazy! Well, there are so many SEO tools to use online but not all of them are realible. Thanks for mentioning some of the best because it really helps.

Thanks and keep writing 🙂
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December 6, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Hi Ammar,

It’s always nice to see you here. Some people like infographics and others don’t. Personally, I enjoy them and I feel compelled to try every scenario to see what the other choices led to. 🙂

Vinoli December 6, 2014 at 2:27 am

Hai Sherryl, SEO plays important part on internet space, thanks for informing the SEO tools, especially the free one. Love to download the free edition.

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December 6, 2014 at 4:05 pm

Hi Vinoli,

The internet “space”. 🙂 I like that! I tend to look for free services and products when I can too.

Thanks for starting off the conversation.
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