Top free and paid SEO tools for natural referencing

[Editor’s note: this article will be regularly updated and completed].

In France alone, more than 80% of traffic comes from Google alone. It is therefore essential to climb to the top of the search results in order to improve the acquisition and conversion rate of your website.

We therefore propose a small review of the best existing SEO tools that will help you in the implementation of an effective SEO strategy.

Audit tools

Positioning follow-up tools

Keyword research and analysis tools

Link building tools

Social network monitoring tools


Free vs. paid SEO tools

Several paid SEO tools are available if you have a limited budget to spend on your natural referencing, or if you want to work on an optimization strategy without using an agency or a third party partner.

There are also several free SEO tools. If they don’t integrate all the features of the paid tools, they can nevertheless point you in the right direction to start your SEO strategy.

Keep in mind that while all of these SEO tools are very useful, they will only provide you with data; it’s how you interpret and analyze that data that will make the difference.

SEO audit tools

Before starting a SEO strategy, it is preferable to first analyze your website in order to identify the necessary corrections and the points to improve in priority.

A good starting point for this is to use an SEO audit tool. Also known as a “crawler”, this type of tool explores the different pages of your website, just like Google’s robots. It then lists the different elements to be optimized to make your pages easier to explore and to be indexed by search engines.

Free – WooRank Plugin

WooRank is a free SEO tool particularly easy to access to get an audit of your site, but also of your competitors. A small drawback: only the home page is initially analyzed. To find out the level of optimization of your other URLs, you will have to resubmit an analysis manually.

For each analysis, WooRank reports problems related to many parameters on the page: metadata, keywords, title usage, etc. In addition, the tool encourages you to make improvements to your content. For example, if WooRank detects that you don’t have a blog or a contact form, it will recommend you to create one. Performance is also checked, such as page size or loading time.

Free SEO tool audit

In summary, WooRank is a good SEO tool, although relatively limited to fully audit a site since it requires spending some time to analyze each page one by one.

Freemium- Screaming Frog

Screaming Frog is an excellent SEO tool to audit your website from a technical point of view and quickly collect the essential information needed for its optimization. It gathers in a filterable spreadsheet, for each page :

  • The links
  • Page titles
  • The metadescription
  • Redirects
  • The 404
  • The alt attributes
  • The number of internal backlinks and external links
  • Metadata, etc.

To get the most out of Screaming Frog, however, you’ll need to have some knowledge of SEO techniques in order to properly exploit the data provided.

Paid – DeepCrawl

Deepcrawl offers a service relatively similar to Screaming Frog, except that it presents data visually, in the form of graphs, and not in a spreadsheet.

SEO audit tool

This tool is also able to identify content, highlighting missing titles, duplicate pages or content length.

SEO positioning tools

If you want to know the ranking of your pages in the SERPs, without having to browse the search results pages for hours, an SEO ranking tool will be very useful.


Free – Google Search Console

How can you write an article about the best SEO tools without talking about Google Search Console? This is one of the most useful Google services for monitoring the performance of your website. Using the “Search Traffic” tab, then “Search Analysis”, Google Search Console will show you a list of keywords you are currently ranking for. By focusing your SEO efforts on optimizing the pages positioned on the second page of search results, you should be able to move up to the first page.

Free SEO positioning tool

The Google Search Console has two weak points: the data reported is 3 days old and is only kept for 90 days before being permanently lost.

Free – SEO Hero Ninja

SEO Hero Ninja is a simple and free website that allows you to see immediately your position for a keyword on several Google datacenters. Specifically, it allows you to obtain your average position and your detailed position by data center. A large gap between datacenters usually shows some future movement on SERPs.

SEO positioning tool

Freemium – SEMRush

SEMrush is a powerful suite of SEO tools with a ton of features. In short, this tool allows you to track any domain or keyword from any geographical location and from different devices.

SEMRush SEO tool

In addition to tracking keyword rankings, SEMRush provides all sorts of analytical reports on search, advertising, backlinks, as well as a keyword analysis tool, social networks and auditing functions.

Chargeable – Authority Labs

Authority Labs is a handy tool, thanks to its ability to track your website’s keywords. You can perform a daily check of your position on keywords you have imported, and then turn the results into a weekly report.

Authority Labs SEO Tool

Paying – SE ranking

If you are looking for a simple and easy to use tool to track your keyword rankings, SEO Ranking will do the trick. The intuitive dashboard shows you at a glance your daily ranking changes, and those of your competitors, in Google, Yahoo! and Bing search results.

SEO ranking tool

The fully automated tracking is updated daily, and you can also update it manually to see your results in real time. Tracking can be done for your domain, your subdomains and each of your web pages.

Paying – Moz

For those who need more than just tracking, Moz has everything you need in terms of SEO tools. It offers a wide range of features, including Moz Analytics, On-Page Grader, Keyword Difficulty and Crawl Test tools. The tool offers the possibility to compare your rankings with your competitors and to filter the data by keywords, search engines, etc. An in-depth competitor analysis allows you to see how domain name authority, link volume, anchor data and title tags affect a page’s ranking.

Moz SEO Tool

Paying – Serpstat

Serpstat is a very functional and efficient marketing kit that allows its customers to have several tools in one. Thanks to this platform, SEO experts can know the positioning of their sites in a detailed way by taking advantage of graphs, follow the positions of competitors, group keywords with tags, use the automatic monitoring of SERPs (every day / every 3 days / every 7 days), identify search volume, etc.

seo tool serpstat

In addition, Serpstat allows you to export data ( CSV Open Office, Libre Office, XLSX Microsoft Excel, XLS Microsoft Excel).

SEO tools for competitor analysis

Using an SEO competitor analysis tool allows you to track your competitors’ rankings, published content and social mentions.

Paid – SimilarWeb

SimilarWeb provides accurate and informative data about the companies competing in your market and their websites, but also about your industry as a whole. This SEO tool collects metrics on traffic, engagement, keywords, etc. to give you a complete picture of how you can gain an edge in your market.

SEO tool competition analysis

Paid – SEOprofiler

Reducing SEOprofiler to a simple competitive analysis tool is reductive. It is indeed a complete suite of SEO tools that includes keyword ranking tracking, but also page audit, competitive intelligence tools and backlink tools. With the ranking tracker, you can enter the keywords you want to track, and you also get keyword suggestions. It has features for prioritizing which keywords to target, including a difficulty analyzer and an optimization tool for Google Ads.

Its competitive analysis tools also track your competitors’ positioning relative to yours, as well as their advertising strategies and backlinks. SEOprofiler also integrates with Google Analytics and social networks, and has many advanced reporting features.

SEO profiler tool

Paying – Serpstat

As mentioned before, Serpstat provides access to different information. In particular, it allows you to analyze the keywords in the URL of competing sites using a “Competitors” tool.

seo competitors tool

This tool offers a list of competitor keywords that the client has not yet used. To facilitate the work, it is possible to sort the sentences by position (or by frequency).

SEO keyword research tool

The optimization of your website for natural referencing is obviously based on the targeting of the right keywords to include in your various contents and metadata.

Various SEO keyword research tools cater to this need, ranging from free ones with basic functionality to sophisticated solutions with high prices.

Free – Google Keyword Planner

Google Keyword Planner is mainly for advertisers who use it to research keywords for their PPC campaigns. However, you can still use it even if you don’t have any active campaigns. All you have to do is create a Google Ads account.

Google Keywords Planner

The tool allows you to generate lists of keywords based on a given keyword (or list of keywords), URL or product category.

Freemium – Wordstream

WordStream provides businesses with keyword suggestions for their PPC and SEO campaigns. This tool returns thousands of accurate data points from a constantly updated database of over 1 trillion search queries from a variety of sources. A feature also allows you to organize and group related keywords in just a few seconds.

Freemium – Term Explorer

Term Explorer is a keyword generator that allows you to expand your keyword lists, collect search volumes and understand your competitive data. To use it, simply enter your keyword in the dedicated tool, then launch the analysis. 30 seconds later, Term Explorer provides you with a list of keywords in batches of 1000, 10,000 or 25,000!

SEO tool keywords

Chargeable – SECockpit

This SEO tool can find keywords for all languages and countries instantly, allowing you to spend less time planning your SEO strategy, and more time executing it.

SECockpit is very useful to help you choose the best keywords: it not only provides suggestions of interesting keywords, but also specifies potentially problematic keywords, the volume of searches per month and much more information.

SEO Cockpit tool

Paid – SEMRush

Already mentioned before, SEMRush is a complete tool with many features, including keyword research. In particular, it allows :

  • View popular keywords in your market / industry.
  • Display data on the organic traffic that the keyword receives.
  • Identify keywords, phrases and related terms to include in your content and link building strategies.
  • Access a list of the best sites competing for these keywords.

You can specify which search engine you want to see results from. Please note that you will also be able to retrieve search data from countries other than the one in which you reside.

Paying – Serpstat

Serpstat’s referencing tools are particularly well adapted. By using the “Keyword Research” tab, you can search for keywords for SEO and PPC campaigns, choose the right LSI keywords and get to know the top pages.

seo tool keyword serpstat

Free – Answerthepublic

The kind of keyword research tool we love at Alioze! Answerthepublic allows you to extract and visualize the Google queries of Internet users around a given keyword. A real mine of information on the real questions, intentions and search formulations of Internet users, which gives hundreds of ideas for content to create.

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Free – LinkMiner Plugin

Link Miner is a quick and easy to use SEO tool. It allows you to crawl the page you are on to see the total number of links, external links and detect broken links. The whole set can then be exported to a CSV file.

Free SEO backlinks tool

Freemium – Majestic

Majestic specializes in backlink analysis. The tool has many reporting, visualization and analysis options to know the number of your backlinks and their qualities. But its strong point is also, and especially, its link building features.

Majestic SEO Tool

Paid – Ahrefs

Generally considered the leading SEO backlink tool, Ahref provides easy access to URL and/or domain information:

  • Total inbound links
  • Unique domains, tweets, likes, shares and G+
  • Link Gain/Loss Graph History
  • Anchor text cloud
  • Attributes dofollow / nofollow / image / text link
  • Internal / external links
SEO backlinks tool

Paying – Ontolo

Ontolo is dedicated to helping you find the most beneficial leads for your SEO, such as quality backlinking opportunities, guest blog posts and other marketable content.

The tool even gives you contact information for each prospect and offers charts and reports to help you easily understand the data provided.

Ontolo backlink tool

SEO tools for social media monitoring

Social networks have become indispensable tools for your marketing. When used properly, they are also very useful for your SEO.

Freemium – Hootsuite

Social media tracking might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of SEO tools. Yet, Hootsuite can boost your SEO by monitoring the various social media mentions and conversations that take place between you and your customers. A very useful feature to identify your most loyal customers, but also the Internet users who talk about you.

Hootsuite SEO Tool

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