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Ahrefs

Top Rated
75 Ratings

DeepCrawl

6 Ratings

Ahrefs

Top Rated
75 Ratings
Score 9.1 out of 101

DeepCrawl

6 Ratings
Score 8.4 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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DeepCrawl

If you are an SEO executive, or an SEO consultant, I cannot offer an example where DeepCrawl cannot be used. It is easy to use, the results that DeepCrawl gives you, not only give you insight but can affect the way that your digital projects move forward.
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Feature Rating Comparison

SEO

Ahrefs
8.4
DeepCrawl
6.9
Keyword analysis
Ahrefs
9.4
DeepCrawl
6.0
Backlink management
Ahrefs
9.5
DeepCrawl
5.5
SERP ranking tracking
Ahrefs
9.1
DeepCrawl
6.5
Page grader
Ahrefs
8.0
DeepCrawl
8.0
Competitive analysis
Ahrefs
9.2
DeepCrawl
4.5
Site audit / diagnostics
Ahrefs
8.7
DeepCrawl
9.3
Site recommendations
Ahrefs
7.7
DeepCrawl
8.5
Task management
Ahrefs
5.6
DeepCrawl
6.5

SEO Channels

Ahrefs
8.0
DeepCrawl
6.5
Local SEO
Ahrefs
8.2
DeepCrawl
5.0
Social SEO
Ahrefs
6.5
DeepCrawl
6.0
Mobile SEO
Ahrefs
8.3
DeepCrawl
8.0
Global SEO
Ahrefs
9.2
DeepCrawl
7.0

SEO Platform & Account Management

Ahrefs
8.6
DeepCrawl
9.8
Multi-domain support
Ahrefs
9.1
DeepCrawl
10.0
Integration with web analytics tools
Ahrefs
8.1
DeepCrawl
9.7

Pros

  • I love how Ahrefs Site Explorer includes a list of the broken links to a site, the backlinks pointed to these broken links, and the date these broken links are found. It makes identifying quality 404 error pages so much easier, especially when we have the option to download a file with all this information.
  • I love how we can gauge what the top content and top pages are for any website using Ahrefs Site Explorer. Assessing the top content and pages on a website provides insight into what we can do to amp our content strategy.
  • I also like the anchors cloud function on Ahrefs Site Explorer, because it's a clear overview of what anchor texts are most prominent for a given website, and allows us to make adjustments if there's a lack of anchor text variety.
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  • GUI, when you run a crawl, the response is epic. It isn't just results, the results are very easy to understand.
  • Again, as pertaining to the explanation above. If you use other crawl software, it can be difficult to get insights, whereas DeepCrawl makes it easy. You can get proper insights.
  • It is so easy to put your stamp on things. DeepCrawl gives you an option as a consultant that you might not have had before, it is your backup.
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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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  • Sitemap generating time often takes a few hours depending on how large your site is
  • I would like to have more suggestions to guide optimization efforts
  • Some of the initial setup for crawlers does take time
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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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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

I like these other softwares too. If you work in an agency you will likely have uses for many different platforms. I do like the way that ahrefs indexes and tracks links more than anything else I have used though. I think it is very effective with competitive research as well
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DeepCrawl is a great tool when compared to other similar solutions. What sets it apart from the competition in my experience with it, is the convenience of the cloud. In addition to having a multitude of tools faced by a digital marketer in today's landscape from analysis of site backlinks to competition analysis.
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Return on Investment

  • 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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  • Saves hours within the week on repetitive reporting and analytics
  • Initial time was invested in setting up the account and trackers
  • Suggestions and insights has helped improve digital marketing efforts from seo to sem
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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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DeepCrawl

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