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Ahrefs

Top Rated
76 Ratings

Ahrefs

Top Rated
76 Ratings
Score 9.1 out of 101

The Search Monitor

1 Ratings
Score 6 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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The Search Monitor

It's well suited when it comes to analysis of competition, as well as ad copy improvement. It's good with page recommendations, keywords analytics and backlinking management. It might be not the best tool for keeping data all in one place and task management.
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Feature Rating Comparison

SEO

Ahrefs
8.4
The Search Monitor
8.0
Keyword analysis
Ahrefs
9.4
The Search Monitor
8.0
Backlink management
Ahrefs
9.5
The Search Monitor
9.0
SERP ranking tracking
Ahrefs
9.1
The Search Monitor
10.0
Page grader
Ahrefs
8.0
The Search Monitor
10.0
Competitive analysis
Ahrefs
9.2
The Search Monitor
10.0
Site audit / diagnostics
Ahrefs
8.7
The Search Monitor
7.0
Site recommendations
Ahrefs
7.7
The Search Monitor
7.0
Task management
Ahrefs
5.6
The Search Monitor
3.0

SEO Channels

Ahrefs
8.0
The Search Monitor
Local SEO
Ahrefs
8.2
The Search Monitor
Social SEO
Ahrefs
6.5
The Search Monitor
Mobile SEO
Ahrefs
8.3
The Search Monitor
Global SEO
Ahrefs
9.2
The Search Monitor

SEO Platform & Account Management

Ahrefs
8.6
The Search Monitor
Multi-domain support
Ahrefs
9.1
The Search Monitor
Integration with web analytics tools
Ahrefs
8.1
The Search Monitor

Pros

  • Backlink data: Ahrefs continues to provide the best backlink data in the industry when compared to other tools. Other players are playing catching up, but as a first mover, Ahrefs is ahead of the game by far.
  • Keyword data: Ahrefs provides extremely valuable keyword data. Though I rank them second in this category, the data that they provide is comparable to the first ranked player.
  • Content Explorer: I don't think other industry tools (SEO specific) has a content explorer as useful as Ahrefs. Their content explorer works great for identifying top content and trends for multiple industries.
  • Rank Tracker: This rank tracker is better than the average tracker and Ahrefs provides a large limit for tracked keywords. Though they have moved away from daily updates, the rank tracker is great for bench marking progress.
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  • Competitors bidding against our keywords
  • Threat analysis
  • Automatially sending alerts if specific metrics change
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Cons

  • Anchor text alert notifications for a specific domain would be nice to have.
  • Would also be nice to set a specific client domain and then be able to pick 5 competitor sites to compare it to instead of entering in the client site and then 4 competitors to compare.
  • Adding emails to forward the exports to from running a report would be good too.
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  • The payment plan for a number of keywords is a bit restricting.
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Likelihood to Renew

Ahrefs8.0
Based on 4 answers
Their index is too vast to ignore when looking at a complete backlink profile. We find links in Ahrefs that do not appear in any other link detection tool. For this reason, it's a must for our agency to use for the foreseeable future. Plus, it's very affordable considering the data you get
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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

Majestic and Ahrefs are really close in terms of tool. Ahrefs does offer competitive comparison and they do have a more up to date data base. Majestic however has a more comprehensive historical view of sites which is also extremely valuable. Majestic also offers a link velocity chart that is missing on Ahrefs. Ahrefs makes up for this with their links gained/lost calendar which Majestic is missing.
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Search monitor gives better visibility on what competitors are doing for a bulk of keywords, while SEMRush lets you just see how strong the competition is for a specific domain/keyword.
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Return on Investment

  • Ahrefs makes it easy to identify gaps for new-business pitches
  • Ahrefs has increased efficiency with competitor analysis.
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  • Positive on the side of getting information for our clients
  • Restricted by the number of keywords. We ran out of the allowed volumes and couldn't use it for all clients we had.
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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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The Search Monitor

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