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Ahrefs

Top Rated
75 Ratings

Conductor Searchlight

Top Rated
201 Ratings

Ahrefs

Top Rated
75 Ratings
Score 9.1 out of 101

Conductor Searchlight

Top Rated
201 Ratings
Score 9.1 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

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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Conductor Searchlight

Conductor Searchlight is perfect for organizations that are seeking to improve their visibility and presence within the entire search space, not just organic search, and therefore, smaller businesses or companies with a singular focus on a particular channel may not need the entire suite of features that Searchlight offers. If you are able to dedicate the time to utilizing the tool in full, then Searchlight can be a powerful resource in your optimization efforts, but it can be somewhat overwhelming if you are only using it on an intermittent basis.
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Feature Rating Comparison

SEO

Ahrefs
8.4
Conductor Searchlight
8.4
Keyword analysis
Ahrefs
9.4
Conductor Searchlight
9.8
Backlink management
Ahrefs
9.5
Conductor Searchlight
6.2
SERP ranking tracking
Ahrefs
9.1
Conductor Searchlight
9.6
Page grader
Ahrefs
8.0
Conductor Searchlight
7.9
Competitive analysis
Ahrefs
9.2
Conductor Searchlight
9.7
Site audit / diagnostics
Ahrefs
8.7
Conductor Searchlight
8.2
Site recommendations
Ahrefs
7.7
Conductor Searchlight
8.7
Task management
Ahrefs
5.6
Conductor Searchlight
6.9

SEO Channels

Ahrefs
8.0
Conductor Searchlight
8.5
Local SEO
Ahrefs
8.2
Conductor Searchlight
8.8
Social SEO
Ahrefs
6.5
Conductor Searchlight
6.6
Mobile SEO
Ahrefs
8.3
Conductor Searchlight
9.2
Global SEO
Ahrefs
9.2
Conductor Searchlight
9.4

SEO Platform & Account Management

Ahrefs
8.6
Conductor Searchlight
9.5
Multi-domain support
Ahrefs
9.1
Conductor Searchlight
9.7
Integration with web analytics tools
Ahrefs
8.1
Conductor Searchlight
9.3

Pros

  • Discovering organic keywords to your site
  • Discovering the best pages on your site based on certain metrics
  • Seeing all your backlinks
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  • Measure Visibility
  • Site Audits
  • Competitive Analysis
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Cons

  • It's really costly - this is a con if you're a small agency. Not a feature, but really worth pointing out. Other than that, it's an extremely solid tool that's worth the money. I can't see any other cons.
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  • The interface is a little clunky
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Likelihood to Renew

Ahrefs8.0
Based on 4 answers
We use it daily, no need to change a good thing
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Conductor Searchlight9.4
Based on 6 answers
I can't imagine going back to doing my job without Conductor Searchlight.
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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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Conductor Searchlight9.2
Based on 100 answers
The usability reaches all levels of SEO professionals. The InsightStream and Workspaces help you circumvent a lot of stuff and makes using the tool that much easier. If you had to teach a new person the tool, there wouldn't be a large learning curve because it's just that easy to work with.
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Support

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Conductor Searchlight9.8
Based on 103 answers
Support has been amazing with Conductor. Our onboarding experience was really good - they sent us a package of swag that arrived just before we were scheduled to start our training sessions, which was very exciting. We were able to tailor the subject of our onboarding sessions to the topics and tools we'd want to start using immediately, and the team members who would be using them. And they continue to provide training and onboarding to any new staff we have!Our customer success team has been phenomenal, as well. Not only do they know the product inside and out, but they also know SEO. They'll keep an eye out for opportunities and anomalies (I recently received an email asking if we were doing some A/B testing, because they saw 2 different pages receiving traffic), and help build out reports when we need them. We recently switched from bi-weekly strategic sessions - which was great at helping us get the most out of the product as new users - to their on demand CSM team, which helps us better make use of that strategy time when we need it for specific projects and less when we're on holidays, etc.
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Implementation

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Conductor Searchlight9.2
Based on 4 answers
I definitely recommend their professional services for getting started. It got our account 90% of the way to where we needed to be in order to gain value from it. In fact, I'd suggest that with few exceptions (such as, you have a staff that is already familiar with the platform and doesn't need any help), the quick start services over the first 30-90 days should be a standard part of onboarding with any new client. It definitely got us to the point of gaining ROI from the solution and, in turn, will make it easier to justify renewal and continued investment in it.
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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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Conductor Searchlight had more features and options in one place than other products we looked at. We previously used tools that were all disjointed, but Searchlight brought everything together and added more insight into the overall market, competitors, and recommendations than we ever had.
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Return on Investment

  • We've taken over 75% of our target keyword SERPs since we began using Ahrefs to track our strategy.
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  • It has put actionable intelligence in front of more users, giving them recommendations of how they can improve the SEO of existing content.
  • It has helped make SEO a more approachable subject with tangible measures and results for our staff who are not too involved on the technical side of things. It's one thing to tell someone "this is important" or "this has an impact on search rank", but it's far better to be able to show someone "before" and "after" results on how a piece of content moves around the rankings based on different tactics. They are now more aware of how they can incorporate recommendations into their content creation and speak in the language that customers/users themselves use for their search queries.
  • Our site does not have as much of a direct revenue component as many brand/business sites, so we do not have a great way of measuring ROI for solutions like this.
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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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Conductor Searchlight

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Additional Pricing Details

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