21 Amazingly Free SEO Tools

Free SEO Tools

Are you looking for free SEO tools that will help you with the organic search engine optimization of your website?

While there are a number of free and paid SEO to help you reach your SEO objectives, here are 21 that will help get you started and to help you reach your Internet marketing goals. They will also help if you have been in the SEO trenches for some time.

With Google no longer providing the free external Keyword Tool, one of the most common questions we hear is what keyword search tool can be used as an alternative. The first five tools are keyword related.

21 Free SEO Tools

  1. UberSuggest

    Purpose: To identify keywords and keyword phrases.

    Requirements: None – Free

    Übersuggest is a free keyword suggestion tool that uses the power of Google Suggest and other suggest services to provide a list of possible keywords and keyword phrases.

  2. Keyword Tool

    Purpose: To help you discover the keywords and keyword phrases related to a topic.

    Requirements: None – Free

    Keyword Tool uses “auto suggestions” that are generated base on Google’s auto suggest technology.

  3. SEMRush

    Purpose: To help you determine top keywords and phrases.

  4. Requirements: Free trial with limited number of free searches. Upgraded plans are available.

    SEMRush’s keyword tool provides:

    • Organic search results by volume and the number of results based on Google’s database.
    • Cost Per Click (CPC) paid search results for a specific keyword phrase by cost and competition.
    • Alternative phrase match keywords.
    • Google’s live organic search results to analyze the completion.
  5. KW Finder

    Purpose: To find long tail keywords with love SEO competition.

    Requirements: Registration to use free plan that includes 5 searches within 24 hours and 50 keywords per search. Paid plans are available.

    KW Finder provides:

    • Keyword relevancy by monthly search volume for exact match keywords.
    • Average Cost Per Click (CPC) for paid Adwords.
    • Paid Per Click (PPC) competition
    • SEO competition scores
    • Google’s SERP (Search Engine Results Page) – Shows the top results for a selected keyword or keyword phrase in Google’s search results.
  6. SEO Chat Suggestion Keyword Finder

    Purpose: To identify related keywords.

    Requirements: None – Free

  7. Broken Link Checker

    Purpose: To identify broken links in a website

    Requirements: None – Free

    Google Webmaster Tools’ Webmaster Guidelines specifically states under Design and Quality Guidelines to “Check for broken links and correct HTML.”

    Broken links on a website may definitely have an effect on your SEO efforts. Broken links are a sign that the website is not being well maintained and that is not offering the best possible experience for the user.

  8. Siteliner

    Purpose: To identify duplicate content issues and broken links on your website as well as identify internal page ranking.

    Requirements: None – Free

  9. Google PageSpeed Insights

    Purpose: To identify areas of a website that needs attention to improve page load speed.

    Requirements: None – Free.

  10. SEO Site Checkup

    Purpose: To quickly audit your website from title tags and meta descriptions to the robots.txt test, sitemap test, and more to check if there are any areas of concern.

    Requirements: None – Free.

  11. Robots.txt Test by SEO SiteCheckup

    Purpose: To validate your website’s Robots.txt file to be sure that it is formatted correctly according to the Robot Exclusion Standard. Incorrect directives on a robot.txt can actually keep search engine spiders from indexing your website.

    Requirements: None – Free

  12. SEOBook Server Header Checker

    Purpose: To check HTTP headers to make sure that 301s are redirecting properly.

    Requirements: None – Free

  13. XML-Sitemaps.com

    Purpose: To build a XML, ROR, Text or HTML sitemap. XML sitemaps are used to be submitted to Google, Bing, Yahoo and other search engines so that they may crawl and index your website more efficiently.

    Requirements: None – Free

  14. Feed the Bot’s Google Webmaster Guideline Tool Checker

    Purpose: To check your website to see if it follows Google Webmaster Guidelines.

    Requirements: None – Free

    This online tool evaluates your site for specific Google guidelines including:

    • robots.txt
    • Page speed
    • XML Sitemap for search engines guideline
    • HTML site map – navigation page for visitors
    • Amount of links on a page guideline
    • Text and image links guidelines including Alt attributes for images
  15. Headline Analyzer by CoSchedule

    Purpose: To test and analyze headlines / titles to help drive more traffic to your website.

    Requirements: None – Free

    This headline analyzer will help you craft titles that will capture and drive more traffic to your site. Google states that titles are critical as they give users a quick overview of what your content. The title is often the “primary piece of information used to decide which result to click on, so it’s important to use high-quality titles on your web pages.”

  16. Emotional Marketing Value Headline Analyzer

    Purpose: To analyze your headline to determine the Emotional Marketing Value (EMV).

    Requirements: None – Free

    According to Eric Enge, CEO at Stone Temple Consulting, “The title tag is the single most important “on page” element in telling a search engine what your page is all about.” The EMV Headline Analyzer is free online tools to help you fine tune your titles for maximum on page SEO.

  17. Website Analyzer by Quick Sprout, LLC

    Purpose: To identify areas of your website that can be improved for to increase traffic.

    Requirements: None – Free

    Features include:

    • SEO Analysis – identifies errors and provides a SEO score.
    • Speed Analysis – tests how long it takes for your website to download.
    • Social Media Impact – analyzes the social media metrics from Facebook shares, likes and comments to Twitter tweets, Google+, LinkedIn and Pinterest shares.
    • Back Links Counter – shows how many other websites are linking back to your website.
    • Provides number of indexed web pages.
  18. Website Speed Analyzer by GTmetrix

    Purpose: To identify areas of your website for download speed improvement.

    Requirements: None – Free

    Did you know that the download speed of you web pages is one of Google’s 200 ranking factors? GTmetrix’s free online tool provides a Page Speed Grade and YSlow Grade summary of your page’s load time. It also gives a breakdown of individual recommendations of areas that need improvement to help increase your website’s download speed.

  19. WebPageTest

    Purpose: To check website speed and identify areas that can be improved.

    Requirements: None – Free

    WebPageTest is another free online tool to test the speed of your website from multiple locations from around the globe. It provides speed optimization checks and offers improvement suggestions.

  20. Pingdom Website Speed Test

    Purpose: To test your web page’s download speed.

    Requirements: None – Free

    Pingdom’s free website speed test tool will analyze your pages to help identify areas where you can improve speed. It provides performance grades, page analysis, speed history, and more.

  21. Ahrefs’ Site Explorer and Backlink Checker

    Purpose: To analyze your website and links

    Requirements: Registration for a free version that provides a sampling of helpful information from paid plans.

  22. Screaming Frog SEO Spider Tool

    Purpose: To analyze your website for elements that may be harming your organic SEO efforts.

    Requirements: None – Free. Paid version is available.

    Screaming Frog SEO Spider is a desktop program that you will need to download to your PC, Mac or Linux machine. The program spiders your website and reports on a large number of elements including:

    • Broken links and server errors
    • Duplicate pages
    • Page titles – missing, duplicate, character length, same as h1 and more.
    • Response time
    • Link anchor text and so much more.

Summary

These tools will not only help you get started with your organic SEO strategy, but they may help the seasoned veteran as well. You may also like to review the article, 7 Fabulously Free SEO Tools, that highlighted free SEO tools from the search engine giant, Google.

Your Turn

Do you have any favorite SEO tools that you would add to the list? Or, is there one on the list that you might try? I would love to hear what you think. Please let me know in the comments below.

21 Amazingly Free SEO Tools was last modified: April 2nd, 2016 by Robin Strohmaier

Fascinated with the growing potential and power of the Internet, Robin founded R & R Web Design LLC in the Chicago area in 2000. As creative director, she is passionate about helping others reach their Internet objectives through a strategic online presence with results driven custom web design, ethical SEO, and social media marketing.

This article was published on: June 8, 2015 and was last modified April 2, 2016
Posted in SEO
27 comments on “21 Amazingly Free SEO Tools
  1. Hi Robin,

    Wow..what a great list you have given us. I have used a few of them here especially the broken link checker. OMG…I spent an entire weekend on that one once. I couldn’t believe it. So now I use it frequently to keep things updated.

    I have also used the web page test. I have two sites and need to make sure they are up to par. Yippie..they are!

    I will be checking out some of the others. Thanks so much for putting this together.

    -Donna

    • Hi Donna,

      I’m so glad to hear that you like this list of free SEO tools. I use the broken link checker on a number of sites as well. It is amazing at how many links actually become broken over time, isn’t it?

      The web page test is also a great choice at pointing out areas that we need to work on. I’m happy to hear that you are using it on your two sites.

      Thank you for stopping by and for your comment. I would love to hear what you think of the other tools when you have the chance to test drive them.

      ~ Robin

  2. Shobha Ponnappa says:

    Hey Robin,

    thank you for this excellent tools roundup,

    Good to see Uber Suggest mentioned here – been using it for ages now. I have got plenty of niche blogging ideas from this tool alone. It is a bit under-mentioned and a hidden gem.

    CoSchedule is another of those great tools which helps so much. Also, Semrush, ahrefs, quicksprout etc. – all are great tools.

    • Hi Shobha,

      I’m glad to hear that you like the tool roundup. You are so welcome!

      Yes, UberSuggest is a great tool. I have been using it for ages, too. It is a hidden gem. I love CoSchedule as well as SEMRush, Ahrefs’ Site Explorer and Backlink Checker, and QuickSprout, too.

      I appreciate you stopping by and commenting. Have a wonderful weekend ahead.

      ~ Robin

  3. Hey Robin,

    This is a nice list of tools you have here and most of them I never heard of. Ive used mainly SEMRUSH and broken link checker and they have been a tremendous help to me.

    I’m definitely bookmarking thus site and will come back to use this as a reference. I’ve been looking for it other keyword tools and it looks like I have a good start now after reading this post.

    Thanks for the share! Have a good one!

    • Hi Sherman,

      It is great to hear that you like this list of SEO tools. I have found that they are invaluable for organic SEO efforts.

      Thank you for bookmarking this page. I appreciate you using this as reference. I would love to hear what you think of the other keyword tools and any others that you might try.

      Have a good one, too, and thank you for stopping by!

  4. Carol Amato says:

    ✿ Hi, Robin,

    Wow, what a cool post about free SEO tools, love it! I’ve used some of the tools you mentioned, but had never heard of Remove’em. What a great service! However, I didn’t see the free plan just three paid options. Could you point me in the right direction please?

    Thanks so much for sharing, will definitely be spreading the word.

    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Carol Amato

    • Hi, Carol,

      Thank you for stopping by, for taking the time to read this, and for your comment. I’m happy to hear that you like this list of free SEO tools!

      I agree. Remove’em is a great tool. There is a free option that will give you a sampling of the anchor text break down of a domain name. The tool helps to identify anchor text diversity and will highlight those areas where you might be at risk for anchor text over optimization. The report shows values for root domains (unique linking domain), total links (unique links), and mozRank (authority measurement) for each anchor text used in links to your site.

      I revisited the site and do see what you mean. To obtain the free sampling report, enter your domain name in the box on the home page and click the “Predict” button. Then on the pop up, select the “Click here” link for a sample report showing your anchor text breakdown.

      Thank you again for stopping by. Have a wonderful week, too!
      ~ Robin

  5. Gisele Grenier says:

    WOW, that’s a great list. There are a few on there that I’ve tried and some I’ll have to check out.. One of my favourite SEO tools is Yoast SEO and the Broken Link Checker.

  6. Great list of tools Robin! Some I have used, others I have not heard about. I like the sound of Uber Suggest and think this will be my “go to” keyword tool in the future. Thanks for sharing. Cheers, Ian

  7. I love this list, Robin, and I love the fact that I am using the majority of these tools to check for off page and on page optimization. There is one that I did not know of and which is precious – Remove ’em. I’m going to check it this week.

    Thanks for the comprehensive list.

    • Hi Vatsala,

      It is great to hear that you found this list helpful and that you are already using the majority of the tools. Remove’em does have a paid option, but they will give you a free sampling. Please let me know what you think if you do decide to give it a try.

      ~ Robin

  8. Great list of tools, especially the keyword search ones. Will check those out. I do use headliner. Not big on technical stuff but I know they are important.

  9. Joe Butka says:

    Gisele and I work closely together and SEO is her cup of tea. Many tasks we share and many we have equal input and there are some whereby we rely on the other to be more versed.

    • Hi Joe,
      It is so nice to meet you! You are very fortunate to have Gisele to help with SEO. Having a team that compliments each other’s strengths is golden.

      I appreciate you stopping by and your comment.

      ~ Robin

  10. Another great post, Robin with a wonderful list of tools to use to optimize our websites. I do use Yoast SEO and do use a headline checker as well. Some of the functions I realize are built into things like MailChimp (for my newsletter headlines) and of course I use other tools as needed. It seems there are more tools and tricks to keep on top of daily, and as someone who doesn’t want to be so heavily involved in the technical aspects of the online world, it helps to have posts like this to refer back to! Many thanks!

    • Hi Beverley,
      It is great to hear that you are using both Yoast SEO and a headline checker. Both are excellent tools. MailChimp’s headline analyzer is another great tool! There does seem to be a great deal to keep on top of on a daily basis. I’m happy to hear you like this post.
      ~ Robin

  11. Deb Nelson says:

    Great list of tools Robin – I’ll have to give some of them a try. I’ve been lax on my SEO work…

  12. I understand the importance of SEO and with over 667 million website out there, ‘getting it right’ is a worthwhile investment to make sure your website gets found by the search engines! Not only are these SEO tools invaluable Robin, I’ve also picked up other great tips from reading your blog. In particular, the title tags being the single most important “on page” element in telling a search engine what your page is all about.” Definitely a worthwhile read with great tools as a bonus!

  13. Hi Robin,
    This is an excellent list of FREE SEO tools that you have shared! Thanks so much 🙂 I actually use a few of these 🙂 Will definately be checking out the others!!

  14. Kaz says:

    Thanks for sharing the great tools Robin! To find a right tool even takes me long time to find. You save my time. Thanks!

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