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If you’re just getting started with SEO, I’m pretty confident you’re looking to get everything for free. While that’s not always possible, the truth is that there are a lot of great free SEO Tools out there.

 

To be honest, there are free tools that even the pros use every single day. And that’s happening for a good reason: some free SEO tools are great.

 

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  1. Google Tools Suite
    1. Google Tag Manager
    2. Google Analytics
    3. Google Search Console
    4. PageSpeed Insights
    5. Mobile Friendly Tool
    6. Google Alerts
    7. Google Trends
    8. Autosuggest
    9. Google Keyword Planner
    10. Google Correlate
  2. CloudFlare Free SSL
  3. Chrome Extensions
    1. WooRank SEO Analysis
    2. Keywords Everywhere
    3. SEO Minion
  4. SEOmofo Snippet Optimizer
  5. GT Metrix
  6. Yandex Metrica
  7. Redirect Checker
  8. TextMechanic.co Text Manipulation Tool
  9. JOSN-LD Schema Generator Tool
  10. Hreflang Tool by Aleyda Solis
  11. Answer the Public
  12. Xenu Link Sleuth Crawler
  13. Ubbersuggest Keyword Research Tool
  14. WordPress Plugins
    1. Yoast SEO Plugin
    2. W3 Total Cache
    3. Smush Image Optimization Tool

 

This list isn’t the most comprehensive one and it doesn’t list every free tools out there, but it captures a little bit of everything that is necessary in daily SEO tasks.

 

P.S. It’s impossible for me to get them all, so if you know any Free SEO Tools that deserve to make it in this list, please share them in the comments section at the end.

 

1. Google Tools Suite

 

No list of SEO Tools should miss Google Analytics. Sure, it’s probably not the most accurate but the truth is that no tool is 100% accurate. In fact, Google has an entire suite of tools you can use for free.

 

1.1 Google Tag Manager

 

Let’s start with Google Tag Manager:

 

Are you bored of tracking codes? Using multiple tools is always a hassle when you implement them. If you want to remove one, you have to go through plugins or templates. Maybe you forgot which plugin you’ve used to add the tracking code or which template contains the scripts.

 

Well, with GTM you won’t have this issue anymore. You can have them all in one place to enable and disable them at your will. It does exactly what it says: it manages HTML tags which contain tracking codes or scripts.

 

google tag manager

 

You can add your Analytics code there. It supports a variety of Google Tools as well as custom scripts to add external tracking codes, such as Facebook Pixel.

 

I’m not going to tell you how to install it, but there are hundreds of tutorials out there so go watch one. Here’s a good one:

 

 

1.2 Google Analytics

 

No website should miss out on Google Analytics. While not the most accurate tool, it’s definitely a ‘good value’ for the huge amount of information it offers and the filtering that it’s capable of doing.

 

Google Analytics Free SEO Tool

 

If you don’t use it yet, you should. You can see a lot of things, such as how long your users stay on your pages, if they bounce back to the search results looking for something else or where your traffic is coming from.

 

You can add it via the Google Tag Manager.

 

1.3 Google Search Console

 

The Search Console is something that every SEO should use. Why? Because it tells you whether a page is indexed or not, which is indispensable for every website.

 

 

search-console

 

Previously known as Google Webmaster Tools, this free resource also helps you with:

 

  • Different technical issues
  • Sitemaps
  • Backlinks
  • Keyword & Rank Tracking

 

If you don’t have the Google Search Console connected to your website yet, then do this as soon as possible. It’s pretty easy to add:

 

 

1.4 PageSpeed Insights

 

PageSpeed Insights is a great tool which will help you quickly identify the most vital issues your site is facing regarding speed.

 

However, don’t take the score there for granted. A website might have a low score but still load very fast, which is what actually matters.

 

In fact, the PageSpeed Insights tool even lowers the score for using external scripts such as Tag Manager, Analytics or Google Fonts. To avoid that, you would have to host them locally, which is both unpractical and risky and Google doesn’t recommend it.

 

Page Speed Insights

 

That score isn’t in any way related to your SEO performance and getting it to 100/100 won’t guarantee you higher rankings. However, it will help you identify some issues that might be lurking in your website.

 

This is just a 1 page check so make sure you don’t check just the Homepage. Now you can’t stay and check every page out there, but you can at least check one category page, one product and one blog post, just to test each important page template.

 

If you want to check the pages in bulk, you can use the CognitiveSEO Site Audit Tool. It will check every page, but be prepared, it’s going to take a while!

 

Page Speed Insights CognitiveSEO

 

1.5 Mobile Friendly Tool

 

The Google Mobile-Friendly tool is really useful because it helps you confirm if Google itself sees your website as mobile friendly. Why is it so important that your website is mobile friendly?

 

Well, for once because Google has run a mobile first index since 2018. However, what’s more important is that more than 50% of users now search the web using their mobile phones. That number is going to rise.

 

Mobile Friendly Tool

 

So, make sure your site is mobile friendly, otherwise you’ll be losing a lot of visitors and definitely some rankings.

 

1.6 Google Alerts

Getting backlinks is hard. But you know what’s harder? It’s getting backlinks from relevant websites.

 

Now Google Alerts can’t do the outreach for you, but it can alert you when something new about a topic gets published on the web. So, if I write this article about free SEO tools and you use ‘free seo tools’ as a keyword in Google Alerts, you’ll get notified when my article gets indexed by Google.

 

Google Alerts

 

 

You receive the notifications via e-mail. You can create multiple alerts. Make sure to create a filter, so that they don’t flood your inbox.

 

Google Alerts

 

You can also use this to monitor your brand. This is very useful for building relationships and even links. If someone mentions you without giving a link, you can reach out and ask them for one.

 

However, we’ve found that Alerts doesn’t always get everything. So we’ve built our own tool: BrandMentions. You should check it out!

 

Social Listening Tool

 

1.7 Google Trends

 

Google Trends is a great tool that will show you whether the interest in a particular topic is growing or falling.

 

This might be helpful when working on a new niche site. Maybe you think your idea is really cool, but if the interest suddenly declined, maybe you should do some more research to see if it’s worth it on the long run.

 

Google Trends

 

You can also use it to see if interest in your brand is growing or not. Google wants to reward Branded sites, because they are more trustworthy. You can also compare your brand with other brands to see the difference.

 

1.8 Autosuggest

 

Google autosuggest isn’t actually a tool, but a feature which everyone uses every day when searching on Google, including yourself.

 

However, if you want to look for some new keyword ideas for which you can write awesome content, then it’s a good start. Just type a seed keyword there and Google will suggest you what other people generally search. Keep in mind that searches might be personalized, so it’s a good idea to do this in Icognito.

 

Auto Suggest

 

Keyword Shitter: If you want something that will quickly generate all those ideas you can try Keyword Shitter. Yeah, I know. It’s really called that.

 

Another cool thing you can do is scroll to the bottom of a search result to see some related keywords. You can use those keywords in your article to make it more relevant to the main keyword you searched for.

 

Keyword Suggestions

 

However, if you want a list of the most important keywords that you should include in your article to make it more relevant and help it rank better, you can try the CognitiveSEO Keyword Tool.

 

1.9 Google Keyword Planner

 

I was actually going to skip the Google Keyword Planner but decided to add it in the end. The reason why I don’t really feel like adding the Keyword Planner is because it’s an AdWords centered tool. It also doesn’t give as much data as it used to give… except if you pay for Ads. Then it will give you more data.

 

The truth is I have a better keyword tool for you, but it’s lower in the article, so keep reading.

 

1.10 Google Correlate

 

Google Correlate extracts keywords with similar time-based or regional search patterns to the query you provided. It is the brother of Google Trends, basically, it works in reverse because it uses the patterns point to keywords. You get a list of keywords that have a correlation with the search you’ve made. 

 

Google Correlate

 

Google Correlate uses Pearson correlation to compare data, that’s why for each result you get the Pearson correlation in front of the keyword. The keywords are in descending order, featuring in the first 10 positions the ones that have a higher correlation. 1.0 representing a perfect correlation. But you won’t see any result below 0.6. Google Correlate is used mostly to study and predict human behavior and to see the user intent. It can be used very well in keyword research to spot the contextuality and create contextual content.

 

2. CloudFlare Free SSL

 

In a world where security is becoming more and more important, having an SSL Certificate is indispensable. Your website should be secured, no matter what you’re doing with it.

 

Back in the day, SSL Certificates weren’t all that easy to get. Today however, with tools like CloudFlare, you can secure your website easily.

 

CloudFlare Free SSL

Image source: cloudflare.com

 

All you have to do is set up an account and have access to your domain registrar. You’ll have to add your host nameservers to CloudFlare, then point your Domain Registrar to CloudFlare’s nameservers. They will act as an intermediary, protecting your website from attacks and also adding SSL.

 

If you’re going to make the switch, make sure you check out our http to https migration guide. You don’t want to end up messing up all your rankings!

 

3. Chrome Extensions

 

If you use Chrome as your default browser, you can use these extensions to aid you in your SEO journey.

 

3.1 WooRank SEO Analysis

 

WooRank will analyze your website from a technical point of view, highlighting the most important issues that you should fix.

 

WooRank SEO

 

It works both as a Chrome Extension and on their website.

 

3.2 Keywords Everywhere

 

Keywords Everywhere is an extension that you must have! This tool might be a little invasive since it literally shows everywhere, but you can easily turn it off from the extension’s shortcut (top right in Chrome).

 

 

3.3 SEO Minion

 

I’m not sure how this happened, but in the screenshot above you can see an ad saying “This chrome ext is better than Keywords Everywhere”.

 

Well, I’m not sure if it’s better or more useful, because it does different things, but this SEO Minion extension is actually useful, so I’m going to feature it here as well.

 

4. SEOmofo Snippet Optimizer

 

SEOmofo Snippet Optimizer will help you creating titles and meta descriptions. You can either create new ones directly there or check old ones to see if they’re ok.

 

SEO Mofo Snippet Optimizer

 

There are a lot of alternatives here… but this is the one I use. It’s the first I found years ago and I still use it.

 

However, it appears that the tool works counting characters, but from what we know, Google uses pixels instead. You can use Serpsim instead as a pixel based alternative.

 

5. GT Metrix

 

GT Metrix is an alternative to PageSpeed Insights. It does pretty much the same thing, telling you which images aren’t optimized, if you have caching problems, if you minify your CSS, etc. I often have the impression that GT Metrix does a better job.

 

Focus on the following: Fully loaded time, Total Page Size and No. of Requests. Keep them all low. Another tip is that if you register, you’ll wait less for a page to be analyzed.

 

GT Metrix

 

Again, it only acts on one page at a time, so make sure you check multiple page templates to see issues on different sections of your website.

 

6. Yandex Metrica

 

If you don’t fear Russians & Putin will steal your data and use it to rule the world, then I can’t stress enough how awesome Yandex Metrica is.

 

Although it’s dedicated to the Russian search giant Yandex, the cool feature in Yandex metrica is its heatmaps and user session recording. It’s basically a free Hotjar.

 

Yandex Metrica free heatmap tool

 

Just make sure you are GDPR compliant when doing these. The users must click accept for you to record their session.

 

7. Redirect Checker

 

A redirect checker is always in use. You have to make sure that all versions of the site ( http/https & www/non-www) are pointing to a single version via 301 redirect.

 

It’s also useful to detect redirects in general, whether you want to see if it’s a 301 or a 302, or need to figure out through which other pages a URL redirects.

 

I usually just search for this on Google and end up choosing whichever app ranks first, but a popular redirect checker seems to be https://httpstatus.io/.

 

8. TextMechanic.co Text Manipulation Tool

 

I’ve been using TextMechanic.co for a very long time (not .com, but the .co version). It has saved me a lot of time, because it’s very easy to manipulate text with it.

 

Text Mechanic

 

Here’s a list of some things that you can do with this tool:

 

  • Remove duplicates
  • Mix and match keywords
  • Remove certain keywords from a list
  • Clear empty lines
  • Merge excel columns into rows
  • Many others, you just have to be creative with how you mix the tools
 

9. JOSN-LD Schema Generator Tool

 

If you’re not working with WordPress or a very popular CMS, it might be difficult to get all the Structured Data & Schema Markup right on your website.

 

Well, that’s why James Flynn created this Schema Markup Generator.

 

It’s a pretty simple process. You select what type of page you have, then input your data there and the tool will generate the markup for you. If you’re a programmer, you can use that to dynamically add things like titles and prices into your templates.

 

10. Hreflang Tool by Aleyda Solis

 

If you have a multilingual website, then you must definitely set up your hreflang tags correctly. If you don’t do this, your site will be an international mess!

 

Luckily, we have Aleyda Solis which is a renowned International SEO. She created a Hreflang Tags Generator Tool which you can use to generate these tags in order to set them up correctly.

 

Hreflang SEO Tool

 

You might also be interested in reading our article about common hreflang mistakes.

 

11. Answer the Public

 

Answer The Public is a great keyword tool which will give you ideas and sort them both alphabetically and topically. It’s a great tool if you’re looking for a broader view on the keywords.

 

Keyword Tool Answer The Public

 

The best part about it is probably the visualization chart which gathers the keyword phrases around prepositions and connecting words.

 

12. Xenu Link Sleuth Crawler

 

Xenu is a website crawler. It will crawl your site and list all your URLs and resources. Its main purpose is to identify 404 pages. You can also use it to find which pages are pointing to those 404 pages, by right clicking a result and hitting URL Properties.

 

Xenu Free Site Crawler

 

In a previous version of Screaming Frog you could upload a list of the URLs crawled by Xenu and you could analyze your entire site for free this way. Unfortunately, the most recent builds of Screaming Frog limit you to 500 URLs even if you upload your own list.

 

A good alternative is Site Audit by CognitiveSEO. It will tell you exactly which links are OK, which links are 404s, which ones 301 and you have a lot of filters at your disposal, as well as reports.

 

Boost Search Rankings by Fixing Your Website Errors Quickly

 

13. Ubbersuggest Keyword Research Tool

 

Ubbersuggest is my Google Keyword Planner alternative. It’s free and pretty generous for a free tool. We can all thank Neil Patel for that.

 

Ubersuggest Keyword Tool

 

It even shows you the top 10 results ranking for that keyword, so that you may take a look at them to see what you’re competing against. Use it wisely to discover new keyword opportunities!

 

14. WordPress Plugins

 

Since WordPress is the most popular CMS platform out there, I couldn’t have finished this list without listing 3 of the most important plugins you should have on your site.

 

14.1 Yoast SEO Plugin

 

The Yoast SEO plugin is a must have on any WordPress site. It does a basic thing, which is allowing you to add a Title and Meta description to your pages.

 

This is important, because you don’t always want your H1 and Blog Title to be the same as the <title> tag. Using Yoast SEO Plugin, you can actually target more keywords. You can also set a different title for Facebook / Twitter, where keywords aren’t that important, but the catchiness is.

 

Yoast SEO Plugin

 

If you haven’t noticed, this also have a snippet preview, so you won’t have to be checking it with other tools every time.

 

The plugin comes with a bunch of recommendations and best practices, but you don’t really need to follow them by heart. Sometimes, a good title can get a red light.

 

14.2 W3 Total Cache

 

There are a lot of caching plugins out there. Unfortunately, W3 isn’t the easiest to use, but from my perspective, it seems to be the most powerful. It can handle Caching very well and it can also minify your static resources.

 

W3 Total Cache

 

You can set it up using this guide. It will take some time but it’s worth it. It also has support for CDN and you can even implement it with CloudFlare.

 

14.3 Smush Image Optimization Tool

 

Smush is a great tool for compressing images, one of the leading causes (if not the one) of slow websites. The only disadvantage of the free version is that you can only optimize 50 images at a time. Well… it might be a little inconvenient, but we could say that “One click per day keeps the SEO away”.

 

Smush Image Compression

 

There are a lot of Free SEO Tools out there, way too many to list them all here. Many of them are probably really good, probably better than what I’ve listed before.

 

Which tools do you use? If you know any of these tools, please share them below in the comments section.

 

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