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Ahrefs

Top Rated
76 Ratings

Rio SEO

2 Ratings

Ahrefs

Top Rated
76 Ratings
Score 9.1 out of 101

Rio SEO

2 Ratings
Score 7.8 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Ahrefs

Ahrefs gives a good snapshot of inbound links, and has an incredibly large web index. This makes for quick identification of trends, but inaccuracy must always be considered within such a large dataset. When comparing other backlink tools, it's important to look into their process of discovering and indexing links to ensure that you get the most accurate picture for decision-making and strategy. In comparision to most other tools, Ahrefs link counts usually seem drastically inflated.
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Rio SEO

If you have a business with more than 20 locally serving locations you know how important local searches are. RIO SEO will help syndicate your information and their robust toolkit will help those types of businesses be successful online. Their all in one dashboard lets the user control every location without having to log in to multiple dashboards to make a change in Google, then Bing, then Yelp, etc.
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Feature Rating Comparison

SEO

Ahrefs
8.4
Rio SEO
10.0
Keyword analysis
Ahrefs
9.4
Rio SEO
Backlink management
Ahrefs
9.5
Rio SEO
SERP ranking tracking
Ahrefs
9.1
Rio SEO
10.0
Page grader
Ahrefs
8.0
Rio SEO
Competitive analysis
Ahrefs
9.2
Rio SEO
Site audit / diagnostics
Ahrefs
8.7
Rio SEO
Site recommendations
Ahrefs
7.7
Rio SEO
Task management
Ahrefs
5.6
Rio SEO

SEO Channels

Ahrefs
8.0
Rio SEO
10.0
Local SEO
Ahrefs
8.2
Rio SEO
10.0
Social SEO
Ahrefs
6.5
Rio SEO
10.0
Mobile SEO
Ahrefs
8.3
Rio SEO
10.0
Global SEO
Ahrefs
9.2
Rio SEO
10.0

SEO Platform & Account Management

Ahrefs
8.6
Rio SEO
10.0
Multi-domain support
Ahrefs
9.1
Rio SEO
Integration with web analytics tools
Ahrefs
8.1
Rio SEO
10.0

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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  • Their software is really amazing and does the job well and in a routine manner.
  • Their support staff is beyond amazing, hands down the best support I've gotten from any company in any industry.
  • The proactively find issues and bring them to our attention so we can work with our clients on getting results.
  • The renewal process is painless and they help us with reporting to build a case for renewal and retaining the client.
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Cons

  • Ahref's keyword analyzer is not as strong as its competitors. Depending on the plan you have, it may limit to number of queries attributed to the property you're researching.
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  • The dashboard could be a bit more user-friendly. It takes some training to get used to.
  • Keys/legends in the sidebar and in exports to help explain what different sections are for the "laymen" that aren't in this industry 24/7.
  • Having a "suggested changes" like what Moz.com/local has in their backend for photos/additional categories. Something that can help the user be more proactive rather than "here's where you're at" a "here's what you can do to improve" would help.
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Likelihood to Renew

Ahrefs8.0
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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
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

We use a suite of tools on my team, but Ahrefs is my daily tool because it has the richest feature-set and the best link index I've found. The crawler is also faster than other tools I've used.
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RIO SEO is heads, shoulders, the entire body, ahead of Local Market Launch. We used Local Market Launch before RIO and it was one of the worst years of my life. The support was non-existent, their syndication was lackluster and they messed up our contracts enough times to frustrate us and the clients. I cannot express in enough words my disdain for that service and how much of a refreshing change it was to work with a company like RIO that cared as much about our client success as we did.
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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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  • They have helped us retain several big clients over the years which in turn has helped bring in several other clients.
  • Their tools allow us, a small boutique agency, to operate like a big agency.
  • Our local listing clients have been much happier with our switch to RIO which has allowed us to focus on other areas for them instead of just the syndication.
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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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Rio SEO

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