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103 Ratings
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Ahrefs

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Score 9.1 out of 101
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Score 7.9 out of 101

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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
8.1
CognitiveSEO
7.8
Keyword analysis
Ahrefs
9.3
CognitiveSEO
7.8
Backlink management
Ahrefs
9.3
CognitiveSEO
9.2
SERP ranking tracking
Ahrefs
8.6
CognitiveSEO
6.2
Page grader
Ahrefs
8.1
CognitiveSEO
6.0
Competitive analysis
Ahrefs
9.1
CognitiveSEO
8.6
Site audit / diagnostics
Ahrefs
7.7
CognitiveSEO
9.0
Site recommendations
Ahrefs
7.1
CognitiveSEO
8.0
Task management
Ahrefs
5.5
CognitiveSEO

SEO Channels

Ahrefs
7.8
CognitiveSEO
8.0
Local SEO
Ahrefs
8.3
CognitiveSEO
Social SEO
Ahrefs
6.3
CognitiveSEO
Mobile SEO
Ahrefs
7.6
CognitiveSEO
Global SEO
Ahrefs
9.0
CognitiveSEO
8.0

SEO Platform & Account Management

Ahrefs
8.4
CognitiveSEO
8.6
Multi-domain support
Ahrefs
8.9
CognitiveSEO
9.2
Integration with web analytics tools
Ahrefs
7.8
CognitiveSEO
8.0

Pros

  • Their backlink database is still one of the most up to date we've seen when compared to similar tools.
  • The user interface is very intuitive and easy to learn.
  • They provide you with a lot of great information and the ability to set a date range can really help you narrow things down.
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  • New link alerts
  • Competitive analysis
  • Toxic link reports
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Cons

  • URL rating distribution is a bit confusing and not as useful as Domain rating distribution would be. All sites I've reviewed with this tend to have a very poor distribution here.
  • New and lost referring domains links is a bit confusing as well. I've never seen any tool do this chart in a way that makes sense. Dramatic rises and loses tend to send people down the wrong path of investigation. A weighted version (based on DR) would likely be more useful.
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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
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

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

Actually, I still use SEMRush and BrightLocal. Majestic, though, just didn't compare and certainly didn't have all the features that Ahrefs offers.
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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

  • ROI depends upon how much money you're bringing in. You'll see a positive ROI if you're following the suggestions and implementing the data you receive from Ahrefs for yourself and your clients, and it'll be worth the cost.
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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