BrightEdge vs. Google Search Console

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
BrightEdge
Score 7.1 out of 10
N/A
BrightEdge is an enterprise-level SEO (Search Engine Optimization) platform from the company of the same name in San Mateo, California. It includes customizable dashboards, reporting, forecasting, SEO recommendations, backlink management and competitive analysis. It covers local, global, mobile, social and content centric SEO. Presently BrightEdge's platform supports the marketing efforts of many well-brands, like Nike, Microsoft, and Netflix.
$0
per month
Google Search Console
Score 9.1 out of 10
N/A
Google Search Console is a search engine optimization software solution offered by Google.N/A
Pricing
BrightEdgeGoogle Search Console
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BrightEdgeGoogle Search Console
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
BrightEdgeGoogle Search Console
Considered Both Products
BrightEdge
Chose BrightEdge
I see a lot of similarities with the other two products. Personally, I think a big aspect of using BrightEdge is familiarity with the platform. Just like any of these SEO tools, the value from these comes with how efficient users can be with the interface. BrightEdge has a …
Chose BrightEdge
seoClarity was one platform that we would have transitioned to if they would have been able to provide a solution like BrightEdge Instant. Out of all the platforms we have evaluated, the one thing that keeps us coming back to BrightEdge is the robust amount of relevant keywords …
Chose BrightEdge
While relatively expensive, Brightedge really does offer the best quality product but just as importantly (if not more so) the level of client/agency support. We have biweekly training with the entire team to continually stay up to date on Brightedge's offerings and strategies. …
Chose BrightEdge
I haven't used any other products like BrightEdge, although my colleague has and he seems to think BrightEdge is the number 1 product for all things 'SEO'.
Chose BrightEdge
We initially selected BrightEdge, as we thought that it would be a simple way to optimize our web pages for search. A few months into it, we felt otherwise and within the first year, we decided to not renew our contract when it came up for renewal. Basically, the majority of …
Chose BrightEdge
BrightEdge is able to do more in many ways - it's a more comprehensive tool for SEO keyword research (at least based on my personal experience) and also is able to present dashboards online, which was a major hurdle for us using the locally-installed version of AWR which could …
Chose BrightEdge
Both are good tools. The biggest difference comes in your needs. Like I said earlier, BrightEdge is an enterprise tools and has the features set to support that. Moz is a consumer product and it a great place to start, but the analytics integration, tracking, reporting …
Google Search Console
Chose Google Search Console
To be honest, I have not spent much time in Bing Webmaster Tools as Bing is a much less significant search engine compared to Google. It's something we only really use for major changes to a website, and it is fine for those types of task. Google Search Console is my 'go-to' …
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Features
BrightEdgeGoogle Search Console
SEO
Comparison of SEO features of Product A and Product B
BrightEdge
8.8
46 Ratings
12% above category average
Google Search Console
8.2
49 Ratings
5% above category average
Keyword analysis9.646 Ratings8.542 Ratings
Backlink management7.340 Ratings8.837 Ratings
SERP ranking tracking9.444 Ratings9.439 Ratings
Page grader8.239 Ratings8.429 Ratings
Competitive analysis9.246 Ratings7.616 Ratings
Site audit / diagnostics9.543 Ratings6.341 Ratings
Site recommendations8.146 Ratings7.939 Ratings
Task management8.941 Ratings8.518 Ratings
SEO Channels
Comparison of SEO Channels features of Product A and Product B
BrightEdge
8.2
44 Ratings
7% above category average
Google Search Console
8.1
46 Ratings
6% above category average
Local SEO8.535 Ratings9.234 Ratings
Social SEO8.030 Ratings8.019 Ratings
Mobile SEO7.241 Ratings8.343 Ratings
Global SEO9.034 Ratings7.038 Ratings
SEO Platform & Account Management
Comparison of SEO Platform & Account Management features of Product A and Product B
BrightEdge
8.9
44 Ratings
5% above category average
Google Search Console
8.6
46 Ratings
2% above category average
Multi-domain support9.035 Ratings8.942 Ratings
Integration with web analytics tools8.743 Ratings8.243 Ratings
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Score 8.2 out of 10
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Score 8.2 out of 10
Enterprises
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Score 8.6 out of 10
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User Ratings
BrightEdgeGoogle Search Console
Likelihood to Recommend
8.6
(78 ratings)
9.0
(49 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(35 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(10 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
9.0
(14 ratings)
6.1
(8 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.3
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
BrightEdgeGoogle Search Console
Likelihood to Recommend
BrightEdge
BrightEdge has been a long-standing partner with us. I have had 10 years of experience with using their platform. It is a very large robust platform that allows us to find the information we need and quickly. Unfortunately with the company being so large, they are unable to make quick changes and customers suggested enhancements as quickly as other platforms.
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Google
Google Search Console is helpful to understand what terms customers search for and click onto your website from. However, it's not helpful if you're looking for deep competitive insight on search terms people are using and how that impacts your website.
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Pros
BrightEdge
  • Strong analytics
  • Integrates with other tools
  • Instant provides real time research, ranking and recommendations
  • The Client Success team is truly an extension of my team with experts in the industry to help support our team and growing the organic channel
  • Education and career growth opportunity—constantly providing ways to connect with others in the industry, user groups, events, and conferences
  • Onboard process is very thorough and customized
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Google
  • You can also submit your sitemap directly to Google and get it crawled.
  • You can also index and crawl you updated and new webpages.
  • It also displays errors that are preventing your site pages to get indexed in Google.
  • You get a list of all the keywords for which your site is ranking.
  • You can track its position, CTR and impressions.
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Cons
BrightEdge
  • The storybuilder feature isn't anything outstanding. I feel like I can get the same type of data and format from Google Data Studio.
  • I feel like the Hyperlocal feature is still very junior compared to other features. It provides you good insights, but you have to set all the data fields before you can get a picture as well as it doesn't really give you an idea of how you can improve.
  • The mobile SEO solution is a good concept, but it needs some tweaks to be better, especially when building out a mobile story builder. Some of the data isn't simple to read and the mobile keywords functions don't also account for voice searches.
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Google
  • It can be a little difficult to navigate
  • More training resources would be an asset. A beginner is given the power to completely destroy a sites search results at the push of a button. Likewise it is a powerful tool to enhance search results also.
  • An option to take care of multiple versions of the same site simultaneously would be helpful. An option to use the same validation script across all versions and administer them simultaneously would be a time save (i.e. non-www, www, http://, and https:// versions of the same site).
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Likelihood to Renew
BrightEdge
I would renew, as I don't feel there is a product out there that would have the impact on our SEO efforts as effectively as BrightEdge. It provides the information I need and integrates with other tools like Google Webmaster Tools, to truly have the depth of information that makes their suggestions for SEO changes so valued.
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Google
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Usability
BrightEdge
Easy-to-use and intuitive design make using the BrightEdge platform a joy. Yes, I have familiarity with it and know where to go but there are definitely not a ton of extraneous bells and whistles or unnecessary tools which is part of the brilliance of their UX. Sometimes I get hung up on where keywords and keyword groups are under settings but it is typically because I am moving too quickly, and not because they've moved it.
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Google
Google Search Console is a simple program that allows organizations to get a solid understanding of the way their site functions and how users land on it. It can be used for making critical business decisions regarding marketing budgets and that within itself is why it deserves a 10.
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Support Rating
BrightEdge
This is a area where the BrightEdge team really shines. Their commitment to training and product support is unmatched not only for SEO platforms, but life in general. I often find myself wishing my internet provide and similar would go to BrightEdge for training on support and attitude. I would rank them an 11 if I could.
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Google
As with all Google software, your primary source of help is their forums, their knowledge base articles, or whatever tutorials you can find on the web. Often answers on their forums are not straightforward and may not address the actual issue you're experiencing. The KB articles are typically written like instruction manuals - for better or for worse. Tutorials on the web may vary, but the odds are good someone out there had the same questions as you and was kind enough to document their experience.
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Implementation Rating
BrightEdge
For the most part it was seamless. The load time of clients was a little long, but otherwise was quite easy.
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Google
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Alternatives Considered
BrightEdge
While relatively expensive, Brightedge really does offer the best quality product but just as importantly (if not more so) the level of client/agency support. We have biweekly training with the entire team to continually stay up to date on Brightedge's offerings and strategies. They also offer the ability to do ad hoc reporting using some of their tools that can help us win new business and recommend Brightedge to additional clients, expanding our business as well.
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Google
SEMRush is a supplementary tool we use to provide competitive analysis. While it does, or should, provide the same data that Search Console does, but I only fully trust Search Console when it comes to basic performance in Google for the sites we develop and own. SEMRush, and other products like it, does provide much more in-depth insights that can help drive business decisions, including site performance on other search engines, along putting organic and paid search performance in one spot. However, SEMRush costs money while Search Console is free.
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Return on Investment
BrightEdge
  • We have only started with BE a few months ago and so I don't have any hard numbers from an ROI perspective, but i can say that what we spent on BE is a fraction of what we were spending with agencies and we are actually getting results by doing this ourselves. From that perspective we have seen a cost savings.
  • With focused SEO campaigns and projects we have been able to move the needle on our SEO rankings for specific products and services. This is going to have a great impact for us in 2019 as we have some specific product goals and campaigns for 2019 that we have been working to build up over the last couple months of 2018.
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Google
  • Given that this is a free tool, the return on investment has been particularly high - we've identified and addressed a few site issues that could have meant a reduction in search traffic.
  • Our organic search traffic has been on the rise in part due to the insights gained from the search traffic analytics provided within the console.
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