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Likelihood to Recommend

Ahrefs

Ahrefs has great prices for the data they provide. As a freelancer, I know there are cheaper options, but they do not provide the backlink data that Ahrefs provides. As an in-house SEO, I believe that Ahrefs is a must for research. If I had one SEO tool, it would be Ahrefs because it has most SEO tools all in its suite.
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CognitiveSEO

When we have clients that are in a competitive landscape we need to monitor their links (live and lost) more aggressively than others. CognitiveSEO allows us to get daily alerts on new links that come in so we can review these quickly and make decisions to disavow them before these links become a problem.
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Feature Rating Comparison

SEO

Ahrefs
8.0
CognitiveSEO
7.8
Keyword analysis
Ahrefs
9.2
CognitiveSEO
7.9
Backlink management
Ahrefs
9.3
CognitiveSEO
9.1
SERP ranking tracking
Ahrefs
8.7
CognitiveSEO
6.1
Page grader
Ahrefs
8.0
CognitiveSEO
6.0
Competitive analysis
Ahrefs
9.1
CognitiveSEO
8.5
Site audit / diagnostics
Ahrefs
7.6
CognitiveSEO
9.0
Site recommendations
Ahrefs
6.9
CognitiveSEO
8.0
Task management
Ahrefs
5.0
CognitiveSEO

SEO Channels

Ahrefs
7.6
CognitiveSEO
8.0
Local SEO
Ahrefs
8.0
CognitiveSEO
Social SEO
Ahrefs
6.1
CognitiveSEO
Mobile SEO
Ahrefs
7.3
CognitiveSEO
Global SEO
Ahrefs
8.9
CognitiveSEO
8.0

SEO Platform & Account Management

Ahrefs
8.1
CognitiveSEO
8.5
Multi-domain support
Ahrefs
8.8
CognitiveSEO
9.1
Integration with web analytics tools
Ahrefs
7.4
CognitiveSEO
8.0

Pros

  • Backlink data: Ahrefs continues to provide the best backlink data in the industry when compared to other tools. Other players are playing catching up, but as a first mover, Ahrefs is ahead of the game by far.
  • Keyword data: Ahrefs provides extremely valuable keyword data. Though I rank them second in this category, the data that they provide is comparable to the first ranked player.
  • Content Explorer: I don't think other industry tools (SEO specific) has a content explorer as useful as Ahrefs. Their content explorer works great for identifying top content and trends for multiple industries.
  • Rank Tracker: This rank tracker is better than the average tracker and Ahrefs provides a large limit for tracked keywords. Though they have moved away from daily updates, the rank tracker is great for bench marking progress.
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  • New link alerts
  • Competitive analysis
  • Toxic link reports
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Cons

  • Anchor text alert notifications for a specific domain would be nice to have.
  • Would also be nice to set a specific client domain and then be able to pick 5 competitor sites to compare it to instead of entering in the client site and then 4 competitors to compare.
  • Adding emails to forward the exports to from running a report would be good too.
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  • Exporting data is doable but a little confusing
  • The anchor text tagging is a bit cumbersome
  • Toxic link warnings can seem a little "the sky is falling"
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Likelihood to Renew

Ahrefs8.0
Based on 4 answers
Their index is too vast to ignore when looking at a complete backlink profile. We find links in Ahrefs that do not appear in any other link detection tool. For this reason, it's a must for our agency to use for the foreseeable future. Plus, it's very affordable considering the data you get
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Usability

Ahrefs7.0
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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

Majestic and Ahrefs are really close in terms of tool. Ahrefs does offer competitive comparison and they do have a more up to date data base. Majestic however has a more comprehensive historical view of sites which is also extremely valuable. Majestic also offers a link velocity chart that is missing on Ahrefs. Ahrefs makes up for this with their links gained/lost calendar which Majestic is missing.
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Majestic and Ahrefs are great tools and we use them with CognitiveSEO but for different reasons. Majestic and Ahrefs have more comprehensive link databases while cognitive gives us more updated link information and more detailed link anchor text information. Cognitive also allows us to tag anchor text as different categories such as, "branded" "commercial" and "misc.".
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Return on Investment

  • Ahrefs makes it easy to identify gaps for new-business pitches
  • Ahrefs has increased efficiency with competitor analysis.
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  • We've cleaned up link profiles which clients have appreciated
  • With the on-going link monitoring we've spent less time re-auditing link profiles
  • Anchor text monitoring also sped up our toxic review
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Pricing Details

Ahrefs

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

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details