Did you know Ahrefs has free SEO tools?
Well, in this tutorial I'm going to show you
five of our best free SEO tools and how you
can use them together to actually
improve SEO for your site.
So over the past year we've released around
14 free SEO tools, most of which can be found
in the footer of our website.
Now, because I know you love workflows and
processes, this tutorial is going to show you
how to use them together and hopefully
gain some traction from organic search.
So let's kick this off with our first free
SEO tool that'll help you keep your site
in good health.
And that's Ahrefs' Webmaster Tools or AWT.
AWT includes two of our core tools and
will work for any websites you own.
The first tool is Site audit, which will scan your
website for over 100 technical and on-page SEO
issues and organize them into digestible reports.
Now, I've already verified our site and
ran an audit for ahrefs.com.
So let's head over to the Overview report.
Here you can see things like your website's
health score, which represents the percentage
of URLs that don't have errors, and you'll also
see a list of the top issues right below that.
Now, if you're unsure of what to do with these issues,
we also provide details on what the issues are
and how to fix them.
So let's say you wanted to fix pages
that link out to broken pages.
To see the URLs, just click the number, and
you'll be taken to Page Explorer, which shows
the affected URLs and the broken pages
they link out to.
Just export the results and now it's just a matter
of removing or replacing those broken links.
Now, a great feature in Site Audit is that you can
set up scheduled audits on a weekly basis.
And this allows you to monitor changes that
are happening on your site starting from your
So looking at the second audit for ahrefs.com,
you'll see the change in the number of URLs
for each issue, the number of new cases, as
well as the number of URLs that no longer
have the issue.
Stay on top of your weekly audits and
you'll be on your way to a healthier site.
The second tool in AWT is Site Explorer, which
gives you backlink and search traffic data.
So let's go to the dashboard and I'll click
on our verified project which will bring us
to the Overview Page.
On this page, you can see top-level metrics for
your website like Domain Rating, total backlinks,
total referring domains, which are just unique
websites that link to you, the number of keywords
your site ranks for, and the estimated
search traffic to your website.
And right below that is an interactive graph
that shows how fast you're acquiring backlinks
from unique websites, which is a good indicator
of your website's popularity on the web.
Let's head over to the backlinks report.
Here you can see all of the pages
that link to your website.
And we also provide helpful metrics on the
linking pages and domains like website and
page authority values, the number of referring
domains it has, estimated search traffic to that
page, and the context of the link,
which is super convenient.
You can also use these filters to drill down
on specific data sets or export up to 1,000
backlinks if you prefer to work in
Google Sheets or Excel.
Site Explorer also allows you to see the keywords
your website ranks for.
Just go to the Organic Keywords report and
you'll see the keywords you're ranking for,
their search volumes, keyword difficulty scores,
and the positions we saw these pages ranking
in on these dates.
And again, we have some awesome filters you can
use to find ways to improve your site's visibility.
For example, let's say you wanted to find
opportunities to rank for featured snippets.
To do that, just set the Positions filter
with a minimum ranking position of two
and a maximum of seven.
Then click the SERP features filter, and select
Featured snippet, which will narrow down
the results to keywords where a featured
snippet was on the search engine results page.
And as you can see, we have quite a few keywords
where we could go after featured snippets
for more search traffic.
Now, if you want to see who you're competing
against for these keywords, just click the SERP
button to see the top 10 ranking pages along
with their SEO metrics, which is very helpful
to understand ranking difficulty.
Now, there are tons of use cases I could go
through, but we still have four other tools
to get to.
We've also created a video on AWT that goes
into more detail, so I'll leave a link to that
in the description.
Now, AWT only lets you see data on your own
site which is critical in making optimizations
for your site.
But it won't necessarily help with link building.
And that leads us nicely into our next free
SEO tool, which is Ahrefs Backlink Checker.
See competitors links with Ahrefs Backlink Checker.
With our free Backlink Checker tool, you can
see the top 100 backlinks pointing at a URL
So let's say you found this page on coffee
statistics, and discovered that the data was
Now, to see if there's an opportunity to be
had, the first thing you'd want to do is check
and see if the page actually has
backlinks pointing at it.
To do that, you can paste that coffee stats
URL into the free Backlink Checker tool.
And as you can see, there are around 660
unique websites that are linking to that page!
And seeing as the backlinks look decent,
you can create your own page on the topic
and reach out to relevant websites
and ask them to link to you instead.
Alright, the next tool is Ahrefs' Keyword Generator.
Find keywords with Ahrefs Keywords Generator.
This tool lets you find keyword ideas for search
engines like Google, Bing, YouTube, and Amazon.
Just select your search engine and enter
a broad keyword related to your niche.
Let's go with "routers" and search through US data.
We'll then show you the top 100 keywords that
include your phrase along with search volumes
and keyword difficulty scores for the top 10 keywords.
Now, if you're looking for just keywords for
blog posts, then click the Questions tab,
which will show keywords that contain your
target keyword phrased as a question.
This query, "how long do routers last," looks
promising with a low KD and high search volume.
But what do we do with this now?
Review Google’s top pages with Ahrefs SERP Checker.
That's where the next free SEO tool comes into play.
And that's SERP Checker.
SERP Checker shows you the top 10 rankings
plus the SEO metrics for the top 3 pages.
And beyond metrics, you can see non-personalized
search results from 171 countries.
So let's search for "how long do routers last"
with the US set as our country again.
From here you can use the DR, UR and Referring
Domains metrics to assess ranking difficulty
and look at the estimated traffic to these
pages to gauge traffic potential.
I talk quite a bit about keyword analysis
in our keyword research tutorials, so I'll
link those up in the description.
So now that we've covered SEO tools for technical
SEO, link building, and keyword research,
the last one is useful for a bunch of
different SEO tasks.
And that tool is Ahrefs' SEO Toolbar.
If you're familiar with this tool, then you
know that people with a premium plan can
see cool things like keyword metrics and
SEO metrics right within Google Search.
Plus, you can see both page- and domain-level
SEO metrics while you browse any page.
But what you may not know is that we have
quite a few free features in here where no
account is required.
After you've installed the toolbar, visit
any page and you can see redirect paths
and HTTP headers for the page.
You can click this link icon, which will then scan
the page you're on for broken outgoing links.
Click this icon for a full on-page SEO report.
And then this second link icon will show you
a breakdown of the types of outgoing links.
Now, these are just five of the free SEO tools
we have at Ahrefs, and they're great when you're
just starting out.
And I've left links in the description to
all of the tools that I've mentioned so try
them out, pair them together and get your
pages ranking higher in search.
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