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Ahrefs

Top Rated
76 Ratings

Advanced Web Ranking

8 Ratings
Score 6.7 out of 101

Ahrefs

Top Rated
76 Ratings
Score 9.1 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Advanced Web Ranking

My business works with clients from a variety of outlets, with budgets ranging from six figures down to triple digits (not kidding). There's a TON of analytical software out there, so speaking as a guy who has worked with them all (or at least quite a few) if your client is on a budget – particularly a startup – AWR is a great program to use. They've been around for a while, the desktop version is pretty bug-free and updates in real-time, and it's budget conscious.
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Ahrefs

If you want to monitor your backlinks in almost real time, Ahrefs is the tool you need. They update their index faster than any other service I have seen, so if you are actively building link through content marketing other tactics, it will be nice to see what links show up naturally from your efforts. If you are looking for the best solution for cleanse a backlink profile, there are better tools out there specializing in those efforts
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Feature Rating Comparison

SEO

Advanced Web Ranking
6.5
Ahrefs
8.4
Keyword analysis
Advanced Web Ranking
5.0
Ahrefs
9.4
Backlink management
Advanced Web Ranking
7.0
Ahrefs
9.5
SERP ranking tracking
Advanced Web Ranking
7.5
Ahrefs
9.1
Page grader
Advanced Web Ranking
7.0
Ahrefs
8.0
Competitive analysis
Advanced Web Ranking
6.5
Ahrefs
9.2
Site audit / diagnostics
Advanced Web Ranking
7.0
Ahrefs
8.7
Site recommendations
Advanced Web Ranking
6.0
Ahrefs
7.7
Task management
Advanced Web Ranking
6.0
Ahrefs
5.6

SEO Channels

Advanced Web Ranking
7.0
Ahrefs
8.0
Local SEO
Advanced Web Ranking
7.0
Ahrefs
8.2
Social SEO
Advanced Web Ranking
6.5
Ahrefs
6.5
Mobile SEO
Advanced Web Ranking
8.0
Ahrefs
8.3
Global SEO
Advanced Web Ranking
6.5
Ahrefs
9.2

SEO Platform & Account Management

Advanced Web Ranking
7.7
Ahrefs
8.6
Multi-domain support
Advanced Web Ranking
8.0
Ahrefs
9.1
Integration with web analytics tools
Advanced Web Ranking
7.5
Ahrefs
8.1

Pros

  • It only costs $49/month, which is great for clients that are working with limited budgets (they're cost-conscious!)
  • Its ease of use – I've worked with plenty of cloud-based rank tracking programs before, and AWR was by far one of the cleanest and easiest to navigate. I could use it on my iPad and the user-touch interface was pretty seamless.
  • The info is updated in real-time. We were able to show our clients their live data while in meetings. It made us look good, and it made our clients feel better about the service they were paying for.
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  • The index of links updates very often
  • The export features allow easy data cross analysis with other data sources
  • The price is well worth the return of service and usefulness
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Cons

  • The ability of the program to produce dashboards in web page format. While it can do this, it saves them out as HTML files on your hard drive or cloud server, which makes it super hard to share with others.
  • The cloud version is a bit more expensive, which offers the same tools as the desktop, which I found a little troublesome and it didn't make sense to me.
  • Their customer service was a little lacking. I had a couple of general questions and I was on hold for about 15 minutes...which isn't good when you're in the middle of a busy workday.
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  • New/Lost link lists are typically inaccurate, making it hard to identify real trends vs. links that have just been discovered by Ahrefs.
  • Window for analysis of New/Lost links is limited, making it hard to discover historical trends within the online interface.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Ahrefs8.0
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Ahrefs recently became more expensive. While they offer a large web index of backlinks, some of the modules of analysis available in similar tools make them a better value in many respects. Ahrefs continues to update their interface, but the accuracy of link counts and new/lost data modules calls into question the validity of the provided information.
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Usability

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Ahrefs7.0
Based on 1 answer
Ahrefs is very easy to use - you can jump right in and understand most of the assets. Overall, the dashboard snapshots give a very good picture of inbound link activity. For deeper analysis of historical trends, the system can become cumbersome, making it hard to do full work without exporting and reformatting the data.
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Alternatives Considered

There's a ton of competition for AWR but in all honesty, if you're on a budget, I'd advise going with this one. It gets you pretty accurate results, updates their info in real time, and all for about $49/month base price. It's pretty good software for the money that you're paying
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Each of these tools has advantages over the other. Ahrefs link counts are often considerably higher than Moz or Majestic, which could be indicative of a larger web index or inaccuracy in filtering old links. Ultimately, we use all of these tools to be able to take advantage of the different proprietary analysis modules that they each offer.
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Return on Investment

  • It stayed within our client's allotted budget (which drives more business our way down the road!)
  • Updated information in real-time assures our clients that they get the most accurate information possible, as quickly as possible.
  • It's been only slightly detrimental to my workflow (which is one little drawback of the program) sometimes I have to enlist the help of a keyword generator (because i find the one with the program a bit lacking)
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  • Positive: Helped me track total links for clients and show them that we were building more links, which helped them want to renew and gave us more revenue.
  • Positive: Same with keyword rankings. Helped prove agency value.
  • Negative. It was too expensive for the start up I worked for, based on the SEO progress we could make vs the cost of the software
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Advanced Web Ranking

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
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Ahrefs

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
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