In the digital landscape, Ahrefs is a reputed SEO tool offering an array of features.
More than 64% of marketers put their trust in Ahrefs.
However the pressing question still pounders in the mind of marketers as well as businesses: is it the right SEO tool for your needs?
In this comprehensive Ahrefs review, we embark on a journey to uncover the truth.
Throughout this review, we’ll evaluate the most common features of Ahrefs like domain analysis, keyword research, rank tracking to backlink analysis, link building, site auditing, and much more.
Not just that. We will paint the picture of its ease of use, the value it brings to the table for its pricing, and the support it offers to users.
In addition, you will have a comparison of Ahrefs with its alternatives. Of course, we will end it with FAQs.
No casual glance we promise! A deep dive with the brutal truth.
Before we get started it’s important to establish that we are no newcomers to Ahrefs.
We’ve been active users for the past 9 years.
This means over the years, we’ve witnessed Ahrefs’ evolve from a basic link building and keyword research tool to an SEO powerhouse.
Our insights are drawn from years of experience.
So, buckle up, we are about to delve right into this comprehensive review of Ahrefs.
What is Ahrefs?
Name a brand and they have used Ahrefs at least once.
From e-commerce platforms like eBay, and Shopify to SaaS businesses like Adobe and Zoom, Ahrefs is one of the most trusted SEO tools out there.
It is a comprehensive tool designed for digital marketers, SEO specialists, and businesses of all scales.
You will be surprised to know that Ahrefs added approximately 7 billion keyword databases to its existing database in 2022 increasing the total keyword database to 17 billion.
Isn’t that amazing?
In fact, Ahrefs’s crawler processes 8 billion pages every day which is one-third of Googlebot making it the 3rd best crawler in the world.
If this has your attention, wait to see what their features bring to the table.
Let’s get one thing clear.
Each and every SEO tool has their own terminologies.
Diving into these toolkits without understanding the terminologies is like a trip to a foreign without a map.
Can you imagine how difficult it is going to be?
Oh well, use Ahrefs for 15 minutes and these terms and metrics will make you feel dizzy.
For example, what’s Referring Domain, parent topics, etc.
There are two ways to handle this situation.
Go through Ahrefs’s explanation one by one which honestly goes over our head sometimes.
Or the simpler one!
Give this terminology tour a glance anytime you need to understand the Ahrefs language.
Let’s get into it already.
URL Rating (UR): Measure by considering the quantity and quality of backlinks, this metric shows you the strength of a webpage.
Domain Rating (DR): It is the strength of the complete website measured by the quality and quantity of backlinks to the website among other factors.
Keyword Search Volume: This metric presents you with the average number of times people from a country search for a particular keyword in a month.
Return Rate: This metric shows you the number of times the same person searches the keyword within 30 days. It is measured on a scale of 1-5 with a higher value signifying more frequent searches.
Traffic Value: This metric multiplies the CPC of the keyword with the total number of visits per month in all countries. It gives you an estimated value of the keyword through Google AdWords.
Referring Domains: The number of unique websites linking to the site you are analyzing. The higher the number the better the ranking on Google. (Of course other factors are included)
Ahrefs Rank: Gives you the position of a website globally based on their link profile. #1 is for the website with the strongest backlink profile in the entire world.
Any guesses on which website it is?
Ahrefs Features Review
- Ahrefs Site Explorer
It’s a dashboard that shows you a ton of SEO-related info all on one page.
This feature is really two major features (backlinks and organic traffic) combined into one. So let’s break down each of these features separately.
We have taken Shopify to analyze Ahrefs’s keyword explorer.
Hmm, what do we have here?
The first thing you get on the dashboard is the backlink profile of the website.
Ahrefs does make backlink analysis their top priority and rightfully so.
After all, we know how important backlinks are.
The top of the dashboard has the following metrics:
- Reference Domain
- Organic Search
- And Paid Search
Basically, Ahrefs has covered everything you need to know about the website at first glance.
Scrolling down you will find a graphical representation of organic keywords.
Now why is this section particularly important?
We find it simple to analyze and the best way to get an overview of organic keyword positions.
This section shows the number of keywords that are ranked in the top 3 or 4-10 and so on at the particular time.
All those Google icons you see in the picture are for updates or bugs from Google’s end that have affected the website.
For example the Deindexing bug on 5th April 2019 or the recent Keyword Data Update on 11 June 2023.
More details you can click on the organic search button on the left side of your dashboard.
You can find more amazing data that can change your website ranking forever.
The same analysis goes for Paid Search.
Now look at that!
This is what we love about Ahrefs. No complicated metrics. They use simple, easy-to-understand terms.
Moreover, present metrics in an easy-to-understand graph or chart.
The above graph is specifically to track the overall performance of a site.
Ahrefs gives you a list of parameters from which you can choose to analyze performance.
Another thing that we liked is the contrasting coloring of each parameter so that users can distinguish the lines on the graph properly.
It doesn’t end here.
Ahrefs takes it a step further to analyze each URL of the domain and arrange links into two categories:
a. Best by Links
b. Top Content
The best-by-link section ranks the URL with better backlinks from top to bottom.
You can further filter out the URLs best as external backlinks and internal backlinks.
The Top Content Section is more about pages with more social shares and social powers.
If you think that Ahrefs has only these to offer you are mistaken.
Have a look at the complete list of features by Ahrefs on their Site Explorer Toolkit alone.
Now you know why it is one of the best tools in the industry.
Don’t miss out on leveraging this awesome tool for your website. Check out their site Explorer right away!
- Ahrefs Keyword explorer
The first thing you will notice on the keyword explorer dashboard is this interface.
All you need to do is type in the keywords and select the channel and the location.
Once you do, Whola!
Ahrefs dives into its database to bring you every minute detail of the keyword.
The four primary metrics Ahrefs showcases on the top of its results are Keyword difficulty, Volume, Traffic potential, and Global Volume.
Each metric has its own significance. For example, the keyword difficulty gives you an idea of how hard it will be to rank for the specific term.
In this case, since the score is 73, it will be pretty difficult for the website just starting out.
If your journey has just begun, start targeting keywords that have a difficulty of 30-35, not more.
But this parameter itself is not enough, you also need to look into the volume which will give you an estimate of the total number of people searching for that particular term.
And of course, the most important factor, “SEARCHER’S INTENT”
Once you scroll down a bit, you will be hooked on their keyword ideas.
This section gives you just an overview of terms that match your seed keyword, questions containing the seed keywords, and much more.
But as we said, it’s just an overview.
You can have a list of more than 2000 matching keywords just by clicking on the Matching Term on the left of the dashboard ( Screenshot below).
What we love about this section is the vast option for customization.
For example, once you have this list of keywords, you can customize the volume range, Lowest DR, traffic potential, SERP Feature, and so on.
The best part?
You can include terms you would want to see in your keyword phrase or exclude terms that you don’t want at all.
If your seed keyword is an SEO Tool and you are writing an affiliate blog, you would probably want a keyword with the phrase “ best” or “top”.
Ahrefs makes the hunting process a lot easier. All you need to do is type in these terms in the filter option.
In fact, the matching keyword dashboard has been updated so much ever since it was introduced.
Earlier, you would find this grouping of keywords ( screenshot below).
Just head to this section and see how amazing it is!
Similarly, Ahrefs also has two other sections with just a detailed list of keywords on their Related Keywords and Search Suggestion Option.
Let’s head back to the initial Keyword Explorer dashboard now!
Below keyword ideas, you will have a graphical representation of the position history of your seed keyword.
Ahrefs allows users to select the time duration, number of top results you want to compare as well as set a target date.
At the end of the dashboard, you will have a complete SERP overview of the keyword.
This section is awesome to understand the current ranking websites for the keyword and their strengths as well as weaknesses.
But we all know finding keywords is not enough!
Hence, Ahrefs has taken this one step further with their Site Audit tool.
Let’s analyze what this particular tool has to offer.
- Ahrefs Site Audit
How do you know if your site is up to the prescribed standard by Google?
Of course, listing out all the technical and non-technical factors manually and fixing them one by one is a way.
But here’s an alert: It’s going to be a rough couple of weeks.
And let’s not forget, site auditing is not a one-time thing, so you have got to repeat the process now and then.
What’s the best way?
Get a solid website audit tool like Ahrefs that puts in all the effort and brings results to the table in just a few minutes.
If you are wondering why Ahrefs, you know you will be getting enough reasons why in the next couple of minutes.
To audit your site you have to add a long list of details, but it is important if you want accurate results.
First, you will see the add project option.
Once you click on it you have to add the domain, project name, and folder type.
In the next step, you can schedule your site audit, whether you want to run it every week or month.
Further, you can choose the source of your URL.
Next comes the technical part.
A long list of information to fill in.
This section can be a little off-putting for beginners.
However, all sections are not compulsory.
We would recommend you at least fill out the Settings and Limits for your website.
What after all the hard work?
Well, the results are sweet!
The first overview gives a Health Score to the crawled site with a glimpse of URLs with and without error and error distribution.
If you are having a score between 80-90 congratulations!
You have done half of what it takes to rank at the top.
If your score is below 80, there are a few things you need to fix immediately.
But what and how?
That’s exactly why you need to scroll down.
This part attaches a list of all the issues Ahrefs encountered while crawling.
You can click on each issue to analyze it in detail.
To get accurate results you must increase the “Max number of internal pages” in the project settings and start a new crawl.
This will ensure that Ahrefs crawls through all the pages.
- Ahrefs Rank Tracker
Before we go to the depth of Ahrefs’s rank tracker, let’s understand why specifically you need this tool.
This tool is designed to track your keyword ranking on mobile and desktops.
Watch the Video below to set up your rank tracker.
Once you have added the keywords and the tags, Ahrefs raises the curtain to its Overview section.
At the first glance, you will encounter metrics like Share of Voice, Average Position, Traffic, SERP feature, and Positions.
There’s a thing about Ahrefs, when you start using it some metrics can be like uncharted territory while others are ones you know inside and out.
For example, almost everyone at an intermediate level of SEO tools knows what SERP features and Traffic metrics are.
But little do we know about Search of Voice which shows the percentage of all possible organic clicks for the keyword you are tracking.
As you scroll down you will have the SERP overview of the keyword you are tracking.
It shows the top-ranking URLs for your keyword. You can use the metrics to find out the strength and weaknesses of these websites.
We feel it is a die-for and utmost important information which can help fill the gap and outrank your competitors.
Here are a few things we loved about the Rank Tracker:
One of them is the way Ahrefs allows users to add notes to specific data.
These might seem like a small feature with negligible importance, but when you truly get familiar with the tool these small features add up to a great experience.
That’s not it.
You can even set up email alerts to keep you in the loop about your rank tracking.
Fancy that, right?
The cool part? You can tailor these alerts to be dispatched automatically on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, whichever suits your team.
But here’s a twist! Those daily updates-Well, they’re only available in higher plans of Ahrefs.
There’s one more nugget of information you should keep in mind – these features are accessible only when you slot in a domain into one of your Ahrefs ‘projects”.
- Ahrefs Content Explorer
Ahrefs Content Explorer is a valuable tool for content management and your overall SEO game.
It’s designed to help you find the right keywords and content topics that can make a big difference in the success of your website.
One of its unique features is its ability to research your competitors and provide you with fresh content ideas for your blog or guest posts.
Ahrefs makes sure you have access to important metrics about keywords and content popularity.
Using these metrics you can easily understand how often certain keywords are searched, get suggestions for related keywords, and understand which content is the go-getter for you.
You might be wondering is that it?
Well, not at all.
The toolkit doesn’t just stop with keywords. It can also help you find phrases that you can use as anchor text in your content.
This means you have more visibility on Google search over time.
If you’re already using other SEO tools from Ahrefs, you’ll find that Content Explorer fits right in.
It can work alongside tools like site audits and backlink research to help you figure out how many backlinks you’ll need to improve your keyword rankings.
What’s kept us using Ahrefs for years is its filter options. Filters help you narrow down your result.
In specific context to Content Explorer, you can understand when content was published, what language it’s in, how much traffic it’s getting, and much more using these filters.
But what about your website?
If you want to track how well your own content is doing, you can simply enter your website’s URL into Content Explorer.
In a few seconds Ahrefs will present you with a detailed analysis.
There’s more to this toolkit!
You can use Content Explorer to connect with social media influencers. It shows you people sharing specific content on Twitter.
Now that’s an awesome way to build relationships with people who can help promote your content.
Overall, Ahrefs Content Explorer is a tool that can help you create better content by providing insights into keywords, trends, and your competitors.
It’s user-friendly, integrates well with other SEO tools, and offers a wide range of filtering options to help you find the most relevant content.
Whether you’re a blogger, marketer, or business owner, this tool can be a valuable asset in your content strategy.
Ahrefs Interface and ease-of-use
Features aren’t enough to decide if you should use a tool. Because let’s be honest, there are tons of them offering more or less the same.
You have to look into how easily a tool sinks with your business’s workflow.
Not just that. Whether it saves time and loosens your burden or you simply have to work 2X just to understand it.
So what about Ahrefs’s interface?
Hmm… we have to find out!
On the top of the Ahrefs interface, there is a list of toolkits like Site Explorer, Keyword Explorer, etc.
Once you select any of these tools all the features within that tool will be displayed on the left side and the dashboard for each feature on the right side.
The point of using a tool like Ahrefs is that you have a lot of data to guide you in the right direction.
At first, this information might be overwhelming to understand, however with time and a process in place you will get it within 15 days.
After all, Ahrefs has kept its interface as simple as possible and presents information in a digestible form.
Adding to this is the tool’s visual representation. All the graphs, charts, and pictorial presentation of data can come in handy as well as have you a couple of hours.
We are a bit disappointed with the fact that there’s no SEO tool that’s completely mobile responsive.
Ahrefs is no different! It has the standard desktop view where you have to zoom in and out to simply view results which is frustrating.
Although that’s more unlikely that you will do all your SEO tracking through a phone, still having at least a few easily accessible features could have been a breakthrough for Ahrefs itself.
And imagine how awesome it would have been for your team when they don’t have access to a laptop.
While the Ahrefs interface is designed to be user-friendly, there is room for improvement in terms of data retrieval speed. When generating specific types of reports, users might notice a slightly longer waiting time indicated by a spinning wheel.
Long story short, the Ahrefs interface is super easy to navigate, the data is well and presented, easily understandable.
The tool not only matches but also out performs a few of its competitors providing a seamless user experience.
Ahrefs Customer Support
Imagine getting stuck with a toolkit with no one to guide you.
Or worse, you keep asking for help and there’s no timely response for days.
Customer support can make your learning curve quite simple.
With good support, you can make the most of each feature. In fact, we have discovered things we thought didn’t even exist through customer support.
We have been using Ahrefs for 3 years now and have turned to customer support hundreds of times.
The tool has the following contact options:
- Live chat
- Website FAQs
- Social channels
The fastest way to resolve your issue is through live chat.
All you need to do is ask them a question. It will take up to 10 minutes for them to revert.
However, live chat won’t be that helpful to resolve technical issues if you are from a non tech background.
Not to worry, you can always turn to options like email or comment on their social channels.
Overall, they have awesome customer support with doors opened in many ways.
The only thing that bothers us is the 5 days a week support which means if you are stuck on weekends, you won’t hear from them anytime soon.
This plan is designed for small businesses and hobby projects. If you’re just starting out or have a small-scale online presence, the Lite Plan provides essential tools to kickstart your SEO journey.
- SEO Dashboard
- Site Explorer
- Keywords Explorer
- Site Audit
- Rank Tracker
The Standard Plan is a sweet spot for SEO professionals and in-house marketers. This plan is suitable for those seeking a more comprehensive toolbox to manage multiple projects and gain deeper insights into their SEO strategies.
- All in Lite
- 6 months of history
- Position history chart
- SERP updates
- Many more Site Explorer reports
- Content Explorer
- Domain Comparison
- Batch Analysis
- Content Master (soon)
As your business scales, the Advanced Plan steps in with indispensable tools and an increased data allowance.
- All in Standard
- 2 years of history
- Site Structure Report in Site Explorer
- Google Data Studio
- Dashboard folders
The Agency Plan is tailored for big agencies and enterprises with complex needs. This plan suits large-scale operations that require extensive analytics and efficient team coordination.
- All in Advanced
- Unlimited history
- Access management
- Pay by invoice
- Directory listing
- Audit log
Ultimately, the decision on whether Ahrefs’ pricing is worth it depends on your level of expertise, the scale of your online projects, and your budget allocation for SEO tools.
We recommend you to carefully assess your requirements, potential benefits, and available alternatives before making a decision.
What we Liked About Ahrefs
- Detailed keyword insights: Ahrefs provides thorough keyword research data for informed decision-making.
- User-friendly UI/UX: Ahrefs offers an intuitive interface, making feature navigation and results access effortless.
- Exhaustive Site Explorer: Easily analyze competitors in-depth with Ahrefs’ comprehensive Site Explorer tool.
- High-quality data: Ahrefs’ data, whether for backlinks, rankings, or shares, is reliable and accurate.
- Effective site audit: Ahrefs’ site audit feature is robust, matching specialized audit tools in effectiveness.
- Deep keyword analysis: Ahrefs’ Keyword Explorer offers comprehensive insights to make informed keyword choices.
- Useful “Little Features”: Ahrefs’ numerous helpful small features enhance the overall user experience.
- Link Intersect Tool: Identify sites linking to multiple competitors with Ahrefs’ Link Intersect feature.
- Internal link insights: Discover internal links pointing to specific pages using Ahrefs’ internal backlinks feature.
- Content Gap analysis: Uncover keywords your competitors rank for but you don’t with Ahrefs’ feature.
What we Disliked about Ahrefs
- Limited rank tracking: Ahrefs updates rank tracking reports once a week, lacking daily updates.
- Basic PPC features: Ahrefs’ PPC tool set is functional but lacks the depth of SEMrush.
- Irrelevant keyword suggestions: Keyword Explorer sometimes presents nonsensical suggestions, hindering new keyword discovery.
- Limited social media insights: Ahrefs offers minimal social media data compared to dedicated analytics tools.
- Learning curve: Ahrefs requires time to master due to its comprehensive feature set.
- Pricing: Ahrefs’ premium plans can be expensive for individuals and small businesses. The worst part? They don’t have a free trial for plans.
- Lack of phone support: Ahrefs doesn’t offer direct phone support for customer assistance.
- Incomplete API integration: Ahrefs’ API capabilities need improvement for seamless third-party integrations.
Uber Suggest Vs Ahrefs
|Larger companies, in-house marketers
|Entrepreneurs, small agencies, solopreneurs
|AI Rewriter Tool
|Tool Account Yes (Limited features)
|Yes (Free trial)
|Extensive tool range
|Basic tool range
|Search Engine Coverage
|Covers Amazon, YouTube, Bing, Yahoo
|Focuses on Google searches
|Advanced keyword research and analysis
|Keyword ideas, tracking, auditing
|Backlink analysis, content explorer
|Backlink analysis, content explorer
|Lite ($99/mo), Standard ($199/mo), Advanced ($399/mo), Enterprise ($999/mo)
|Individual ($29/mo), Business ($49/mo), Enterprise ($99/mo)
Semrush Vs Ahrefs
|Digital marketing software suite
|Backlink analysis tool
|In-depth keyword data, Google Ads
|Keyword Explorer, Organic Keywords
|Technical SEO Audit
|Detailed site audit, health score
|Site audit, health score, Structure
|Frequent updates, visibility score
|Accurate rank tracker
|Quick live chat support
|Quick live chat support
|PPC software suite, Listings tool
|Content Explorer, Broken Link Finder
|Ranges from $119 to $449/month
|Good for PPC and SEO combo
|Strong focus on backlink analysis
Mangools Vs Ahrefs
|Intuitive and user-friendly interface
|Feature-rich interface, can be overwhelming for beginners
|Keyword difficulty score, relevant suggestions
|Detailed information, extensive keyword database, but may lack new suggestions
|LinkMiner for basic backlink audit
|Backlink Checker with extensive filter options, massive link database
|SERPWatcher with daily updates
|Rank Tracker with variable update frequency (weekly or longer)
|Lacks a built-in site audit feature
|Comprehensive site audit tool with detailed analysis
|Cost-effective plans, starting at $29/month
|Higher pricing, starting at $99/month, but more features
|Responsive support team with live chat
|Responsive support team with live chat
|Ease of Use
|Suitable for beginners and novices
|More complex, requires time to learn all features
|Ideal for beginners and budget-conscious
|Comprehensive, powerful but more suitable for experienced users
SE Ranking Vs Ahrefs
|Offers web-based SEO tools and extensive data
|User-friendly SEO tool with a focus on affordable pricing
|24.7T internal backlinks, 3.3T external backlinks, 22B keywords
|Billions of keywords, trillions of backlinks
|In-depth Site Explorer, keyword research, traffic potential
|User-friendly layout, backlink gap analyzer
|Expensive, no social media auto posting
|Not as extensive keyword database, minimal features in basic plan
|Detailed interface with various tools and metrics
|User-friendly layout, visual presentations
|Extensive platform coverage, competitive analysis
|Low search volume keyword suggestions, local SEO
|Starts at $99/month for basic features
|Starts at $55/month for essential plan
Is Ahrefs Worth It?
There’s no question about the fact that Ahrefs is one of the comprehensive tools presenting tons of features that can take your digital presence to new heights.
From in-depth keyword research to backlink analysis, site audits, rank tracking, and insightful competitive analysis it has your back in all sorts of SEO activity.
But the worth of the tool is not decided on what it provides, but what you get out of it.
Pause and ask yourself, do you need all the features for now?
In which stage of SEO are you?
Will an affordable alternative do the job?
For SEO professionals and agencies, Ahrefs is nothing short of a game-changer.
Content creators and marketers find Ahrefs to be their best SEO guide. Its ability to uncover content ideas and trends in the Content Explorer is impeccable.
Even small business owners and e-commerce stores can benefit from Ahrefs by optimizing their websites, attracting organic traffic, and staying ahead of the competition.
However, not every individual finds Ahrefs to be an immediate fit.
Beginners with limited budgets or those in the early stages of blogging or freelancing may find the investment in Ahrefs to be a stretch, especially if they lack a solid foundation in SEO concepts.
The tool’s advanced capabilities might seem overwhelming without a fundamental understanding of metrics and strategies.
In conclusion, Ahrefs is worth its weight in gold for professionals seeking a comprehensive tool to elevate their SEO game.
However, it may not be the most suitable option for beginners or those with limited budgets, as the learning curve and cost might outweigh the benefits at that stage.
FAQs On Ahrefs
How does Ahrefs work?
Ahrefs operates as a comprehensive SEO toolset designed to help website owners and marketers improve their online visibility and search engine rankings.
It achieves this through a combination of web crawling, data indexing, and advanced analysis.
Ahrefs’ extensive database contains information about billions of web pages, backlinks, and keywords, which it continuously updates through regular crawling of the internet.
When you enter a domain or keyword into Ahrefs’ tools, such as Site Explorer or Keyword Explorer, the platform retrieves and displays relevant data from its vast database.
Site Explorer provides insights into a website’s backlink profile, organic search traffic, referring domains, and more.
Keyword Explorer aids in identifying valuable keywords by providing search volume, keyword difficulty scores, and related keyword suggestions.
Can you use Ahrefs for free?
Ahrefs offers a limited free version, which includes the Ahrefs Webmaster tool, a Free keyword generator tool, Ahrefs’s free SERP checker, and much more.
However, Ahrefs doesn’t offer a free trial for its paid plans which is a big disadvantage for those who are trying out Ahrefs for the first time.
Why do tools like Ahrefs SEMrush and Ubersuggest provide different organic data results?
Ahrefs, SEMrush, and Ubersuggest use their own proprietary algorithms and data sources to gather information about websites, backlinks, and keywords.
These tools crawl the web and collect data from various sources, such as search engines, user behavior, and third-party partnerships.
Differences in the frequency of updates, the size of their databases, and the methodologies used for data processing can all contribute to variations in the organic data results they provide.
How can a PR company best utilize the tools of Ahrefs?
PR companies can maximize Ahrefs by identifying media opportunities, tracking brand mentions, and monitoring competitor backlinks.
By analyzing the backlink profiles of media outlets and influencers, PR professionals can build targeted outreach lists.
Monitoring brand mentions helps track PR campaign success.
The competitive analysis aids in understanding how competitors garner media attention and building strategies based on those insights.
Which is the best alternative free keyword research tool of Ahrefs?
Google Keyword Planner is a prominent alternative for keyword research. It offers search volume data, competition levels, and keyword suggestions based on Google’s vast data.
While not as feature-rich as Ahrefs, it provides essential keyword insights. Ubersuggest’s free version is another option, offering keyword ideas and basic metrics.
Is Ahrefs the best tool for keyword volume trends?
Ahrefs is indeed one of the best tools for tracking keyword volume trends.
Ahrefs offers a robust set of features for keyword research and analysis, including the ability to monitor search volume trends over time.
You can track how the search volume of a particular keyword has changed month by month or even year by year.
This information can be valuable for understanding the popularity of certain keywords and adjusting your content strategy accordingly.
However, other tools like SEMrush and Moz also provide similar features for tracking keyword volume trends.
The choice between these tools depends on factors such as user interface, additional features, pricing, and personal familiarity.
How do tools like Ahrefs and Semrush determine monthly search volumes?
Tools like Ahrefs and Semrush determine monthly search volumes through a process that involves data aggregation, analysis, and estimation. While they don’t have direct access to search engines’ internal data, they use various sources and methodologies to provide approximate search volume figures for keywords.
Here’s how they typically do it:
Both Ahrefs and SEMrush gather data from clickstream sources..
These tools collect a large sample of user search queries and behaviors from their own databases and third-party sources.
Ahrefs and SEMrush analyze historical search trends to understand how a keyword’s popularity has changed over months and years.
Using the collected data, these tools employ sophisticated algorithms to extrapolate and estimate the monthly search volume for specific keywords.
Ahrefs and SEMrush also compare their data with other available sources, such as Google Keyword Planner and other keyword research tools, to validate and refine their estimations.
Which is better for the backlinks checker tool, Ubersuggest or Ahrefs tool?
Ahrefs is generally considered the better choice for a backlinks checker tool due to its extensive database, in-depth analysis capabilities, backlink quality metrics, competitor analysis, and advanced features.
Ubersuggest offers basic insights and simplicity, making it suitable for those who need a quick overview of their backlink profile, but Ahrefs is recommended for serious SEO professionals and businesses needing comprehensive and accurate backlink analysis.
Is it possible to find backlinks country-wise in an Ahrefs tool?
Yes, it is possible to find backlinks country-wise in Ahrefs. Ahrefs provides a feature that allows you to filter and segment backlinks based on the country of the linking domains.
This can be particularly useful for understanding the geographical distribution of your backlinks and tailoring your link-building strategies to target specific regions.
Here’s how you can do it:
- Open Site Explorer in Ahrefs
- Enter Your Domain
- Navigate to the “Referring Domains” Section
- Use the “Target” Filter
- Select the Country Filter
- Apply the Filter
Are Ahrefs tools alone good for keyword research?
While Ahrefs does provide valuable keyword insights, whether it’s sufficient for your keyword research needs depends on the extent of your requirements and preferences.
Ahrefs provides in-depth keyword research with all big and small metrics. It’s perfect for generating keyword ideas, tracking keyword performance, finding keyword gaps, and much more.
However, if you are looking for a cost-effective tool with few features at your disposal you can consider cheaper alternatives for Ahrefs.