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Ahrefs

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95 Ratings

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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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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
8.0
The Search Monitor
8.0
Keyword analysis
Ahrefs
9.2
The Search Monitor
8.0
Backlink management
Ahrefs
9.3
The Search Monitor
9.0
SERP ranking tracking
Ahrefs
8.7
The Search Monitor
10.0
Page grader
Ahrefs
8.0
The Search Monitor
10.0
Competitive analysis
Ahrefs
9.1
The Search Monitor
10.0
Site audit / diagnostics
Ahrefs
7.6
The Search Monitor
7.0
Site recommendations
Ahrefs
6.9
The Search Monitor
7.0
Task management
Ahrefs
5.0
The Search Monitor
3.0

SEO Channels

Ahrefs
7.6
The Search Monitor
Local SEO
Ahrefs
8.0
The Search Monitor
Social SEO
Ahrefs
6.1
The Search Monitor
Mobile SEO
Ahrefs
7.3
The Search Monitor
Global SEO
Ahrefs
8.9
The Search Monitor

SEO Platform & Account Management

Ahrefs
8.1
The Search Monitor
Multi-domain support
Ahrefs
8.8
The Search Monitor
Integration with web analytics tools
Ahrefs
7.4
The Search Monitor

Pros

  • Their backlink database is still one of the most up to date we've seen when compared to similar tools.
  • The user interface is very intuitive and easy to learn.
  • They provide you with a lot of great information and the ability to set a date range can really help you narrow things down.
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  • Competitors bidding against our keywords
  • Threat analysis
  • Automatially sending alerts if specific metrics change
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Cons

  • Ahrefs Site Explorer provides an overview of domain health and the issues that can be fixed, and sometimes the suggested "critical issues" can be an astronomical number and not accurate.
  • For certain features on Ahrefs Site Explorer, there can a more elaborate description/guide on how to utilize the feature.
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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

Ahref has more comprehensive functionality and it offers lots of online resources to train you on how to use their tools which is VERY helpful.
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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

  • ROI depends upon how much money you're bringing in. You'll see a positive ROI if you're following the suggestions and implementing the data you receive from Ahrefs for yourself and your clients, and it'll be worth the cost.
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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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