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Ahrefs

Top Rated
76 Ratings

CognitiveSEO

4 Ratings

Ahrefs

Top Rated
76 Ratings
Score 9.1 out of 101

CognitiveSEO

4 Ratings
Score 8 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Ahrefs

Ahrefs Site Explorer is extremely suitable for any kind of backlink or content analysis in which one wants to get a comprehensive overview of what a website's backlink profile looks like or what a website's top content is. I wouldn't necessarily recommend Ahrefs Site Explorer for keyword tracking because I think there are more efficient tools for that
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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
8.4
CognitiveSEO
7.8
Keyword analysis
Ahrefs
9.4
CognitiveSEO
8.0
Backlink management
Ahrefs
9.5
CognitiveSEO
9.0
SERP ranking tracking
Ahrefs
9.1
CognitiveSEO
6.0
Page grader
Ahrefs
8.0
CognitiveSEO
6.0
Competitive analysis
Ahrefs
9.2
CognitiveSEO
8.5
Site audit / diagnostics
Ahrefs
8.7
CognitiveSEO
9.0
Site recommendations
Ahrefs
7.7
CognitiveSEO
8.0
Task management
Ahrefs
5.6
CognitiveSEO

SEO Channels

Ahrefs
8.0
CognitiveSEO
8.0
Local SEO
Ahrefs
8.2
CognitiveSEO
Social SEO
Ahrefs
6.5
CognitiveSEO
Mobile SEO
Ahrefs
8.3
CognitiveSEO
Global SEO
Ahrefs
9.2
CognitiveSEO
8.0

SEO Platform & Account Management

Ahrefs
8.6
CognitiveSEO
8.5
Multi-domain support
Ahrefs
9.1
CognitiveSEO
9.0
Integration with web analytics tools
Ahrefs
8.1
CognitiveSEO
8.0

Pros

  • Link data. How many links you have and where they point to
  • Overall their data seems the most complete on keywords and rankings compared to other tools
  • Broken link identifier is valuable for broken link building
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  • New link alerts
  • Competitive analysis
  • Toxic link reports
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Cons

  • Price. A little too pricey for small start ups.
  • Download row keyword limits with different plans. Other services I have used allow unlimited keyword downloads.
  • Felt like there were so many features and tools, that I never took advantage of the whole platform. More training may help.
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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
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

Ahrefs and SpyFu compliment each other. Ahrefs is better for backlinks and overall performance tracking. SpyFu is the leader for keyword analysis, especially with their combat tool. Conductor strives to replace or supplement Webmaster Tools and Google Analytics and build custom reporting, particularly for agencies. Ahrefs is a strong tool to support any marketing team that is building an organic presence.
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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

  • My traffic has skyrocketed since I started using Ahrefs, my ROI is extremely high. It's hard to put a value to it because without this tool obtaining backlinks would be really hard.
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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
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