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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
8.2
The Search Monitor
8.0
Keyword analysis
Ahrefs
9.1
The Search Monitor
8.0
Backlink management
Ahrefs
9.4
The Search Monitor
9.0
SERP ranking tracking
Ahrefs
8.5
The Search Monitor
10.0
Page grader
Ahrefs
8.3
The Search Monitor
10.0
Competitive analysis
Ahrefs
9.2
The Search Monitor
10.0
Site audit / diagnostics
Ahrefs
7.7
The Search Monitor
7.0
Site recommendations
Ahrefs
7.3
The Search Monitor
7.0
Task management
Ahrefs
5.9
The Search Monitor
3.0

SEO Channels

Ahrefs
7.7
The Search Monitor
Local SEO
Ahrefs
8.1
The Search Monitor
Social SEO
Ahrefs
6.4
The Search Monitor
Mobile SEO
Ahrefs
7.5
The Search Monitor
Global SEO
Ahrefs
8.7
The Search Monitor

SEO Platform & Account Management

Ahrefs
8.5
The Search Monitor
Multi-domain support
Ahrefs
9.1
The Search Monitor
Integration with web analytics tools
Ahrefs
7.9
The Search Monitor

Pros

Ahrefs

  • The index of links updates very often
  • The export features allow easy data cross analysis with other data sources
  • The price is well worth the return of service and usefulness
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The Search Monitor

  • Competitors bidding against our keywords
  • Threat analysis
  • Automatially sending alerts if specific metrics change
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Cons

Ahrefs

  • New/Lost link lists are typically inaccurate, making it hard to identify real trends vs. links that have just been discovered by Ahrefs.
  • Window for analysis of New/Lost links is limited, making it hard to discover historical trends within the online interface.
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The Search Monitor

  • The payment plan for a number of keywords is a bit restricting.
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Likelihood to Renew

Ahrefs

Ahrefs 10.0
Based on 5 answers
We love it!
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The Search Monitor

No score
No answers yet
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Usability

Ahrefs

Ahrefs 7.0
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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The Search Monitor

No score
No answers yet
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Alternatives Considered

Ahrefs

It's very clear that Ahrefs has a larger database than their competitors. I never run into issues where this tool isn't able to evaluate keywords - even if they are very long tail niche keywords. The link section of the tool is also very useful. Ahrefs is able to clean up the links to root domains better than competitors, making link tracking much easier than it has been in the past.
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The Search Monitor

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

  • It's not too expensive!
  • It's been useful in helping us improve our performance
  • It's helping us increase our keyword ranking
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The Search Monitor

  • 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?
Additional Pricing Details

The Search Monitor

General

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

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