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Ahrefs

Top Rated
76 Ratings

SpyFu

55 Ratings

Ahrefs

Top Rated
76 Ratings
Score 9.1 out of 101

SpyFu

55 Ratings
Score 8.2 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Ahrefs

This is a very comprehensive tool in terms of ability and information it provides. While it won't give you every link a site has, it will give you most of them and will provide you with the most up to date link information for any site compared to all of the other link crawl providers.
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SpyFu

SpyFu is a full featured tool for reviewing all of our digital marketing needs, such as SEO, SEM, ppc and competitive analysis of websites.
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Feature Rating Comparison

SEO

Ahrefs
8.4
SpyFu
6.4
Keyword analysis
Ahrefs
9.4
SpyFu
8.5
Backlink management
Ahrefs
9.5
SpyFu
6.1
SERP ranking tracking
Ahrefs
9.1
SpyFu
7.4
Page grader
Ahrefs
8.0
SpyFu
5.9
Competitive analysis
Ahrefs
9.2
SpyFu
9.6
Site audit / diagnostics
Ahrefs
8.7
SpyFu
5.2
Site recommendations
Ahrefs
7.7
SpyFu
4.5
Task management
Ahrefs
5.6
SpyFu
4.1

SEO Channels

Ahrefs
8.0
SpyFu
6.7
Local SEO
Ahrefs
8.2
SpyFu
6.6
Social SEO
Ahrefs
6.5
SpyFu
6.1
Mobile SEO
Ahrefs
8.3
SpyFu
5.9
Global SEO
Ahrefs
9.2
SpyFu
8.3

SEO Platform & Account Management

Ahrefs
8.6
SpyFu
7.1
Multi-domain support
Ahrefs
9.1
SpyFu
7.7
Integration with web analytics tools
Ahrefs
8.1
SpyFu
6.5

Pros

  • Large data set of inbound links across a seemingly infinite set of websites and pages.
  • Intuitive interface and dashboard data that can be exported to a spreadsheet.
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  • SpyFu's competitor analysis tool is unparalleled. A detailed, strategic breakdown of how competitors do or don't spend their advertising budgets, and how organic SEO plays into their overall traffic.
  • Researching new keywords has always been an important step when improving our organic SEO rank and SpyFu allows us to research keywords directly from the console.
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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 backlink tool provides some pretty off topic links.
  • The database doesn't seem to be as effective as others.
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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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SpyFu7.9
Based on 9 answers
Love this tool but would like insights from all 3 major search engines not just Google. I would also like deeper understanding of the placement for local businesses on Google Places/Maps.Insight into mobile search rankings and best landing pages per industry would also help :) Overall, SpyFu is a necessity for serious search marketers.
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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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Support

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SpyFu8.0
Based on 1 answer
The support team at SpyFu works hard and stands by their product. They answer relatively quickly and have always been more than willing to help out when an issue has appeared. With this said, I have only used their customer/product support fleetingly because the platform performs what I need it to do. A lot of the questions that I have had are in help/support pages on the site.
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Alternatives Considered

There are some similarities, but ultimately, they're different tools. I really like both, but I prefer Ahrefs. Its layout and organization of data works for my workflow the best
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It's a key element to my Digital Marketing surveying efforts. Often it proves to have been more accurate, once I have access to Analytics tools such GA or SiteCatalyst, in comparison to its own competitor-set.
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Return on Investment

  • Ahrefs allowed us to build smarter SEM strategies and estimate how we ranked against competitors for web traffic
  • Ahrefs' impact on revenue is difficult to measure because it is one tool in a larger suite. Alone, it does not drive leads but supports the efforts of a team to grow traffic.
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  • Quality Leads
  • Faster Lead Conversion
  • Increased efficiency through quality and easily accessible information
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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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SpyFu

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