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Score 8.9 out of 100
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Score 8.7 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Google Search Console

Search console must be integrated with every website as it is crucial to get a thorough keyword analysis of webpages. It helps in improving your click-through rate and fasten the process of your post getting crawled. Its Robots.txt settings is a bit complicated, hence avoid it if you are not a technical person
Ruby Goyal | TrustRadius Reviewer

SpyFu

I would say if you are using it for advertising sales its a great tool. If you own your own business and want to see what the competition is doing it is also a great too. If you did not have a great need for assessing marketing/advertising budgets and campaigns then it would probably be less important.
Josh Heintschel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

SEO

Google Search Console
7.4
SpyFu
7.0
Keyword analysis
Google Search Console
7.2
SpyFu
8.9
Backlink management
Google Search Console
6.9
SpyFu
6.3
SERP ranking tracking
Google Search Console
8.0
SpyFu
7.4
Page grader
Google Search Console
7.9
SpyFu
5.6
Competitive analysis
Google Search Console
5.9
SpyFu
9.1
Site audit / diagnostics
Google Search Console
8.8
SpyFu
7.0
Site recommendations
Google Search Console
7.3
SpyFu
7.0
Task management
Google Search Console
7.1
SpyFu
5.0

SEO Channels

Google Search Console
8.1
SpyFu
6.7
Local SEO
Google Search Console
7.9
SpyFu
6.8
Social SEO
Google Search Console
7.1
SpyFu
5.5
Mobile SEO
Google Search Console
8.2
SpyFu
6.5
Global SEO
Google Search Console
9.0
SpyFu
8.0

SEO Platform & Account Management

Google Search Console
8.9
SpyFu
6.5
Multi-domain support
Google Search Console
8.7
SpyFu
7.0
Integration with web analytics tools
Google Search Console
9.0
SpyFu
5.9

Pros

Google Search Console

  • Provides details on what other sites contain backlinks to your site, along with the page they direct to within your site
  • Displays impressions and click throughs for Google search queries
  • Individual page performance by location and device category as it pertains to generating clicks leading to your site
  • Basic indexing and readability issues within your site
  • The new interface that just rolled out is much easier on the eyes
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SpyFu

  • Gets info on competitor's websites. Simply putting in a domain name allows us to see what keywords they rank for organically, how much they spend on PPC and what their ads look like.
  • Finds the best keywords for our clients. By showing what keywords are going to cost, how many searches per month, etc. it allows us to plan budgets more accurately.
George Louvis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Google Search Console

  • 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).
Adam Lumley | TrustRadius Reviewer

SpyFu

  • As with any database, their keyword database has limits, so the data returned is relative to their database, not necessarily the full picture.
  • When SpyFu database or scoring chances, the data provided can spike, thus causing confusion among stakeholders, we're reporting to.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Google Search Console

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SpyFu

SpyFu 10.0
Based on 10 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.
Chris Romero | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Google Search Console

Google Search Console 10.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Stefanie Cash | TrustRadius Reviewer

SpyFu

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Google Search Console

Google Search Console 6.2
Based on 13 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SpyFu

SpyFu 7.9
Based on 26 answers
I personally think that SpyFu has great support. In my time using this product for both myself and for my clients and customers, I have not experienced any problems with SpyFu or their support for their website or their services.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Google Search Console

We use Google Search Console in tandem with other products like Google Analytics - not in place of it. Search Console definitely provides information about organic search keywords that Google Analytics does not provide, so that's been a very helpful addition. We also use Yoast to help with optimization of pages that might be identified by Search Console. In the past, I've used tools like Moz and Screaming Frog do some similar search/ranking analysis; those do have some more unique features that help to guide next steps, but I don't think they're replacements for what Search Console provides, especially given the crawl/sitemap features.
Ben Rubenstein | TrustRadius Reviewer

SpyFu

When it comes to assessing the competition, SpyFu is fantastic. I prefer its competitor analysis features much more than SEMRush or any other platform out there. That is what I use SpyFu for. Regarding reporting and integrations, it doesn't quite seem like it's the best option given the versatility other platforms like RavenTools has to offer. Especially at the price.
Jake Hundley | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Google Search Console

  • I'd say there is no business in the world that had negative ROI from GSC, since it's completely free, super easy to implement and has a great value for people with a brain. All of the companies I worked for in the last 10 years were using it and all of these companies had positive ROI.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SpyFu

  • SpyFu has had a fairly neutral ROI for our business, as it is fairly cost-effective, but doesn't necessarily provide us with significant returns.
  • SpyFu is nice to have, and I recommend using it - even if just the free version; you really can't lose anything.
  • There are other tools out there similar to SpyFu, but if you haven't tried them yet, SpyFu can be a nice, cost-effective place to get started.
Austin Voigt | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Google Search Console

General

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

Google Search Console Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

SpyFu

General

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

SpyFu Editions & Modules

Edition
Basic$391
Professional$791
Team$2991
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Google Search Console
9.2
SpyFu
8.9

Likelihood to Renew

Google Search Console
SpyFu
10.0

Usability

Google Search Console
10.0
SpyFu

Support Rating

Google Search Console
6.2
SpyFu
7.9

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