Archive for January, 2012

Top 5 Online SERP Checkers

Checking your Search Engine Result Position (SERP) is important as it allows you to track the success of your SEO efforts.

Knowing how your SEO efforts are doing enables you to change certain aspects of your strategy. Tools can help you with this and make it possible for you to check many different keywords on your domain. Below are 5 of the best SERP checkers.

SEO Centro – Free

http://www.seocentro.com/tools/search-engines/keyword-position.html

SEO Centro is a tool that I especially like due to the fact you don’t have to log in, it’s free and you can even compare a keyword to a competitor’s website. SEO Centro is a SERP checker that gives results for Google, Yahoo and Bing as well as the competing pages each search engine has. One of the surprising adds ons of this tool is that it shows related keyword phrases that you can rank for with other pages; this obviously helps when looking to capture extra traffic.

Google Webmaster – Free

http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/

Google Webmaster tools have a tool inside that allows you to see the average position for all of your keyword phrases. Any keyword phrase that is getting impressions but not clicks appears on the table. This gives you the webmaster the opportunity to find keywords which are getting a lot of traffic but you’re not ranking very well for. Used wisely you can use it to track your positions for keywords bringing even the smallest of traffic.

Firefox Rank Checker – Free

http://tools.seobook.com/firefox/seo-for-firefox.html

The Firefox rank checker is freely available to download from SeoBook.com with use from the Mozilla Firefox web browser. The great thing about this tool once downloaded is that it’s
extremely simple to use. You simply input your domain name and then add the keywords that you desire to check. It gives your rank from Google, Yahoo and Bing. One extra feature that’s quite impressive is the ability to save your keyword rankings and check them at a later date. This is useful if you have a lot of keyword groups.

Rank Tracker – Free (Optional Upgrade)

http://www.link-assistant.com/rank-tracker/

Rank tracker is a great SERP checker and one that I use fairly often due to the accuracy and options available. One of the main selling points of this software is the amount of different search engines that are made available for you to check the rankings for. This is obviously important if you have a presence in other countries and need to see how your keywords are doing on different search engines. Once your keywords are put in you’re presented with a large screen and plenty of data for you to analyse.

SEM Rush – Free (Optional Upgrade)

http://www.semrush.com/

SEM Rush is a reporting tool that allows you to see the different reports and rankings for various keywords. It gives you data on the top 5 keywords bringing traffic to your website and what their current rankings are. If you want to see all of the keywords traffic and their ranking you can upgrade for $69.95 per month. The common competitors section also gives you an insight into websites that are competing with you for your current keywords and how you stack up against them.

Above you have 5 of the best SERP checkers out there. There are more tools out there but to offer this amount of value and data for free these tools deserve to be mentioned. You can track how well your keywords are performing and quickly adjust if some aren’t ranking how you want them to.

10 Good Black Hat SEO Tools

You should edge on the side of caution if you are to use black hat SEO tools. Although they can produce some pretty good results, Google doesn’t like what they do as they feel it’s ‘gaming the system’. This can cause your web pages to suffer a rank drop thus causing your traffic to fall. However, if they are used in moderation, some can be pretty useful for your website. Read below to investigate the top 10 black hat SEO tools.

Xrumer

Xrumer is a tool which allows the owner to blast their own website with forum links targeting the selected keywords. This is a way to increase the webmasters search engine rankings as Google sees the new links coming to the website. This is possibly one of the most black hat tools out there.
http://xrumerseo.com/

Scrapebox

Scrapebox is a black hat SEO tool which allows you to ‘scrape’ domains across the web and use it for competitor analysis or link building acquisition. One of the things you can do with this tool is actually post thousands of blog comments on your own blog to make yours look popular or even post it on other websites to get more links.
http://www.scrapebox.com/

Traffic Booster Pro V3

Auto blogging is a black hat area that a few have used successfully while others have failed. The Traffic Booster Pro V3 is a tool which allows you to get content from many different sources (including different languages) and use it as an auto blogger. This means you can generate content quickly and easily.
http://trafficboosterprov3.com/

The Best Spinner

The Best Spinner allows you to spin your content so it won’t be deemed as duplicate and will thus appear in the SERPS. This is useful when you’re submitting to different article directories and are looking for different links back. There is no guarantee how long this tool will be functional due to the fact search engines are placing less and less importance on directories. On the other hand it may still be useful for other blogs that you wish to publish to.
http://thebestspinner.com/

SE Nuke

SE Nuke is a tool that has different black hat aspects inside. The first one includes a built in spinning engine which bypasses Google’s duplicate content filter, the second is one a tool which allows you to submit your video to the top 14 video websites. The third is instant social bookmarking and the final tool is RSS feed submission to the top 16 RSS aggregators.
http://www.senuke.com/

Sick Submitter

Sick Submitter allows webmasters to submit their websites automatically via forums, bookmarks, directories and RSS feeds. Due to this the tool uses many proxies and allows users to actually swap the ones they are using.
http://sickmarketing.com/

Tweet Attacks

Tweet Attacks is a black hat tool that allows users to tweet people who have spoken about your specific product. For example if they mentioned they want the new iPhone you could send a tweet including a link to your sales page. This can be done for thousands of people and you don’t even need followers.
http://tweetattacks.com/

Unique Article Wizard

Unique Article Wizard is a piece of software that is used a lot within the internet marketing community. This is because it submits all of your articles to thousands of directories providing your website with thousands of backlinks. Having this amount of backlinks is good if your website is established, but if it’s new then it’s best to take it slowly and make it submit at a lower rate. This is one of the most successful black hat tools there is.
http://www.uniquearticlewizard.com/

Bookmarking Demon

Bookmarking Demon allows the webmaster to create backlinks by utilizing the power of social bookmarking. Many webmasters have stated it can be pretty effective at gaining a few ranks but isn’t as effective when it comes to the top spots (of course this will depend on the competitiveness of the keyword).
http://bookmarkingdemon.com/

Market Samurai

Market Samurai could be considered black hat due to the fact it allows you to do so much. There aren’t too many shady tricks with this tool but it has excellent keyword research tools and also a fantastic SERP checker that enables you to keep track of your websites on a daily basis.
http://www.marketsamurai.com/