6 Amazing Tools to Estimate Your SEO Potential

Modern marketing is all about data. Forecasts, ROIs, opportunities and revenues are solely sales metrics. Marketing become data-driven and you need tools to derive and evaluate this data. 

SEO takes pretty good chunk of the marketing budget and have to be accurately estimated. However,  the ROI for SEO is very hard to predict. There are not that many tools out there that can help you with calculating SEO potential but here are some that are very helpful.

#1. SE Ranking

SE Ranking is a modern seo software that comes with many sophisticated features including SEO Potential. The tool would be useful to those that deal with SEO budgets or calculate and predicts outcomes of the marketing campaigns. SEO freelancers and digital agencies will really appreciate this instrument. SEO potential uses a formula that estimates  ROI of your SEO investments. If you are familiar with SE Ranking platform, here is where you can find this tool:

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Using SEO Potential  you can forecast how many clicks you can receive based on your ranking in search results, what traffic volume you can reach and how many leads you can get and how much it will cost. You can export the report and present it to your executive team or the prospective clients.

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#2. Alexa

Alexa is a great tool that helps you compare different website traffic and traffic trends. The tool is interesting to use for comparing large sites within your industry. It is not great to use for small and medium sites.

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Accuracy is a major concern though, as the numbers are not always useful for forecasting traffic on their own. It is not bad at foretelling the trends for a site but the charts are hard to make any real use of. The demographic insights could also be valuable.

#3. Quantcast

Quantcast demonstrated traffic numbers that are easy to use, shows information in a good way and provides some good demographic information. In comparison with other mentioned tools, it is unable to compare sites and lacks data for small trafficked websites. Although the accuracy remains doubtful for the traffic data, the tool seems very interesting and worth further investigation.

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#4. Google Trends

Google Trends is good at getting broad information and comparing different websites. It includes regional information and gives you detailed data without direct access to your competitor’s analytics account.  The tool provides accurate data on traffic from search.

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#5. Compete

Compete has a great option to compare multiple websites and competitors. It has a user-friendly interface, and the provided data is well-presented and easy to understand. The biggest shortcoming is that the data is not accurate at all, but the trends are fool-proof. You can also look at seasonal trends between competitors and get interesting demographic information.

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#6. SimilarWeb

SimilarWeb is one of the most powerful tools that help you analyze your competitors and get a well-detailed site analysis in the following aspects: accuracy of prediction, number of websites covered, amount of additional information, etc.

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Similar to other tools, the accuracy is still far from perfect. Regarding small websites, SimilarWeb provides the less reliable results. It seems that the tool overestimates the size of the smaller websites.

Quick note

  1. If your website is US focused, you can use SE Ranking and Compete  as they provide data for the longer period of time.
  2. If you want to get more data about organic traffic, you can use SE Ranking and analyze your site positions in more details.
  3. Quantcast gives you interesting demographic data.
  4. Search for a brand name in Google Trends can show you the seasonality of the traffic for some period of time.

Bottom Line

All of the tools above are useful and valuable depending on your business needs. Personally, I rely most heavily on SE Ranking that helps me predict traffic and estimate website potential.

Do you know other tools to estimate SEO potential? Share your ideas in the comments below.

10 Best Keyword Research and Suggestion Tools for SEO Specialists

While creating a high-quality content with real people in mind is essential, it will be foolish to ignore keyword research and SEO. Doing keyword research is like a seasoned fish monger casting his net at the right time and at the right place. If you are not using the right keywords: short-tail or long-tail, you can be selling yourself short on your potential success.

The good news is that there are a bunch of useful keyword research tools for handling your daily workflow in content marketing. In this article we will look at my 10 favorite keyword research tools for making the process less time-consuming and more efficient.

#1. SE Ranking Keyword Suggestion Tool

SE Ranking is by far my favorite keywords suggestion tool as it’s not only giving me  the new keyword ideas and variations, but also groups thousands of keywords within minutes to distribute the keywords efficiently throughout the pages.

Also, with SE Ranking you will get a list of short tail and long tail keywords filtered by popularity with a single-click.

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The tool has more than 2 billion unique search queries and an internal database is getting updated on the monthly basis. I also like their user-friendly interface.

Just enter a keyword or a list of keywords (one per line), choose the language, the source and get search results based on the detailed statistics: monthly search volume, KEI, competition, the number of search results, etc. Fast and effective!

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#2. Keyword IO

Keyword IO allows you to get hundreds of keyword suggestions free. Just enter a target search query, choose a specific country for search, click the button “search” and get an overview of possible keyword suggestions, keyword trends and top 10 search results from Google.

What I really like is that keywords are listed clustered in long-tail and alphabetic order. You can easily pick relevant keywords and export the list of keywords, but only after free signup.

A simple and intuitive interface helps you show all relevant URLs for entered keywords and visualize the relevance of terms based on TextRank and TF•IDF.

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#3. Google Trends

Google Trends helps you compare the popularity of keywords, shows which keywords are growing in popularity on the market and find out the top keywords in the niche.

For example, let’s compare two keyword phrases: “sewing machines USA” and “sewing machines”. It turned out that no one searches for the phrase “sewing machines USA”, just because it sounds unnatural.

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Google Trends is a free indispensable tool. But I really like to combine it with Google Keyword Planner what helps me get the most accurate estimate of search volumes.

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#4. Wikipedia

 Wikipedia is an awesome source of getting contextual keywords. Wikipedia is a gold mine of LSI keywords. It is simple to use: just enter a keyword and view the results on the page.

For example, for “keyword research” I discovered a bunch of contextual keywords. Moreover, you will discover a lot of useful information in your niche.

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Wikipedia is also a good way to search for industry terms, jargon and slang in your niche. Just make a good list, save it and use in your content marketing activities.

#5. Soovle

Soovle is a free keyword research tool that provides autocomplete suggestions from different sources: Google, Wikipedia, Yahoo, Amazon, Bing, YouTube, Answers.com. Just enter a keyword and choose your source.

Make sure that Google is the default, you can easily change it by clicking one of the suggested sources.

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Soovle doesn’t offer the most advanced keyword suggestions that can make sense for your blog. If you want to get unique keywords, you need to choose paid keyword suggestion tools like SE Ranking, KWFinder, etc.

#6. KWFinder

KWFinder is an easy-to-use long tail keyword research tool that brings perfect keyword ideas with a great interface. The tool helps you dig into local keyword research, so you can target your keywords by country, state or city.

It shows not only long tail keyword suggestions, but also trends, search volume, CPC and level of difficulty in search results.

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#7. Ubersuggest

Ubersuggest is a free keyword tool that provides you with keywords that are not available from the Google Keyword Tool. It is really simple to use: just enter a keyword, a language, a source and click “Suggest”.

The tool helps you generate a list of keywords that can be a saving grace for the busy SEO specialists.

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The best thing that I like about Ubersuggest is the way that it filters results for letters or numbers. You can also search shopping, YouTube, images and news.

#8. Google Correlate

Google Correlate is a great keyword tool, but often overlooked. Google Correlate doesn’t work well for key phrases, but if you enter a single keyword, you will get pure dynamite LSI keywords.

You just enter a keyword and the tool does all the work for you.

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#9. Keyword Discovery

Keyword Discovery is a free search term suggestion tool that gives a list of general and long-tail keywords for SEP and PPC marketing goals.

The keyword data is gathered from different toolbar browsers and over 200 search engines.

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You won’t detect the same keyword data anywhere else unless someone is using your API. To use the tool, just enter a keyword and click “Search”. The tool generates the top 100 search terms for your core keyword.

#10. Google Keyword Planner

Google Keyword Planner is a primary tool when starting a new website. It is my best friend to grow and produce more and better content.

This is the best place for keyword research that provides a comprehensive and targeted list of keywords. In addition to the keyword list, you will get average monthly searches, competition, suggested bid, etc.

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Just simply enter a keyword or keywords into the search box and you will get everything in a clear and concise manner. Together with search terms, you will get many other ideas. Some of them will work, some won’t. You will never know when you will find a gem.

Have you ever used any of these keyword research and suggestion tools? Which tool has been the most useful in your content strategy? Please leave your comments below.

5 Crucial Elements for Selling Success

Sale promotion is a good way to make customers take a crucial action. If you decide to invest into a sale promotion without completely understanding key elements, you can risk losing a lot of potential clients. Sale promotion helps online businesses to break the ice with the main goal to boost short-term and long-term sales numbers.To tell the truth, it is quite difficult to list all elements that can guarantee a successful sale regardless of the situation. Even if it is a hard task, we still want to try it out and provide 5 crucial elements of selling success.

#1. Personalization

One of the major mistakes that a lot of sales personnel make is to include a detailed history of their brand and an extended list of features that they offer what can spoil the prospect. The ideal presentation should be brief based on the brand’s possibilities and it should be focused on the crucial features of the product.The main goal in sales is to determine how the product can meet the unique needs and resolve their problems. Amerisleep perfectly shows the main character of their product here:Description: seochat.pngThere are additional benchmarks that can be used to make your sales presentation push closer to the prospect:
  1. Case studies. Based on the recent research many salespeople aren’t able to present relevant case studies or examples. Each seller should have a bunch of relevant examples and case studies in his arsenal that can be used for different types of practices and can work well for other people. Personal relevance is must-have for dealing with the prospect and make people use their products.
  2. Sales Tools: Having right sales tools, salespeople can make powerful presentations for each prospect. Good individual presentations can quickly show people their top features and make them take a crucial action.
  3. Unique interests. The research may disclose unique interests of your prospects. In that case, the presentation should emphasize these interests. No matter what the prospect is, the presentation must be personalized and focused on those interests.
Whichever the personalization methods used, the final result should present and shows the prospect that introduces their online business and invests into it that help them succeed.

#2. Effective storytelling

Each salesperson has a lot of stories that are ready to disclose. Interesting and magical stories attract potential customers’ attention and encourage them to take a key decision. As you know great stories sell well.Some stories work successfully, while other stories fail to exert influence. But each story includes additional elements that can make it more persuasive and engaging. Stories should grab customers’ attention. Everyone loves a good story that’s why people love watching shows and movies. They sound compelling and breathtaking.Adding emotional impact can make your story arouse trust and empathy and create a close connection with your target audience. Facts and features can add more relevance to the story. For example, the Over The Top SEO company used figures to attract more customers’ attention and find more potential clients:Description: seochat1.pngMotivation is another driving force to action. People are inclined to make emotional sales and explain their decisions with logic.The following elements can turn a simple story to an effective selling technique:
  1. Structure. As you know that all stories must have a good structure: beginning, middle and end. Without the structure, a story can’t fail to engage.
  2. Objective. Each story should have the objective of the story. Clearly defining the purpose can help people get the main message.
  3. Find a hero. Each salesperson often makes their product a hero in the story. But it isn’t about the product, it is about the prospect.
  4. Conflict. Each successful story should include a full of challenges and needs that each hero meets on a regular basis or in the time of crisis.
  5. Worry. Good stories have an element of worry what make them addictive.  Worry suggest heroes bridge the challenge and find the solution to the problem
  6. Word picture. A great word picture is necessary to engage the audience in the story. Word picture is often associated with senses and feelings that can enhance the impact and make your story more persuasive.

#3. Visual materials

The success of most presentations lies in including some visual materials, for example, product demo or PowerPoint presentation. Visual materials help people retain their wandering eye and trigger buying feelings. Scientifically, this kind of materials can improve the effectiveness of your overall presentation.As you know that 30% of our brain used to process visual information in comparison with only 3% for hearing. As our brain is so dedicated to this sort of information, our visual perception is very essential. That’s why many marketing companies and Seo software use visual materials in order to be a big winner among their competitors. For example, SE Ranking and WorkExaminer fall into this category:Description: seochat2.pngDescription: seochat3.pngWe have a good memorial faculty on images what improve information retention. Due to the use of pictures, people will be more likely to keep in mind your presentation rather than using of words. The survey showed that people can remember 65% of the information if you add more visuals.Visual materials have a great emotional impact on your story, motivate your audience to take an action and make your material more memorable.

#4. Scientific explanations

To make your presentation credible and jaw-dropping, you can add more scientific materials that work well for your products. Using scientific material together with visual ones can simplify the explanation of complex information and improve the understanding of your key points.Make sure that not all scientific materials can be good for your presentation, they must be accurate. Inaccurate information can spoil your reputation, trust and decrease the chances of successful sales. That’s why it is better to hire specialists with a good knowledge and background to create accurate scientific and visual materials.

#5. Time frames

Defining and managing your selling time frame is pretty much important before preparing your online business and start advertising to your potential clients. Try to maximize your time as a seller. Make it clear about your time frames for a specific business sale. You can offer some reasonable prices, attractive business conditions and good discounts that can increase buyers’ interest and speed up the sale process.Description: seochat4.pngIf you want to retain your customers, you should provide the bailout points that can highlight your business qualifications and capabilities. You need to create comfortable conditions for your buyers to make them get a right purchase decision and reach your selling goal.

Bottom Line

A successful sales promotion always requires budgeting and planning. Before investing money, you should get a good feel about your potential customers and know all risks that can prevent your product from losses. Take enough time to do it right. A good selling experience is where everyone benefits either you or your customers. We hope that the following five elements can improve your sales promotion experience.
Irina Weber
Irina Weber is a blogger, guest author and social media expert. She creates and develops new marketing campaigns, writes articles about online marketing, social media, conversion optimization on popular websites and runs his own blog on SE Ranking. If you get any questions, you can reach me on Twitter.