Search Engine Optimization aka SEO is an important aspect of blogging. You have to find profitable keywords, analyze competition, and build backlinks to come at top positions on search engine result pages.
When it comes to keyword research and competitor analysis, manual ways take hell lots of time. Sometimes, we don’t even pay heed to some minor things like opening incognito tabs etc. So, manual research is a hoax.
Then, what am I proposing? Well, I like doing keyword research with the help of tools. I know human analysis can outperform tools’ results. But the data from tools combined with the manual analysis can do wonders.
Here the question arises! Which is the best keyword research tool? I know a lot of you cast your votes for SEMRush. With due respect, let me say not everyone likes it. For me, I prefer SERPStats.
That’s why I have come up with this post for those who don’t like SEMRush.
Best SEMRush Alternatives
Blogging has become more common than it used to be. For the same reason, many SEO tools came up as well.
In this article, I am presenting ten of the best alternatives to SEMRush that helps you dominate SERPs.
If you ask any professional blogger which backlink checker is their favorite, the reply of many will be Ahrefs. The tool has got a massive database of backlinks, which regularly gets updated.
Not only does Ahrefs help you spy on the backlink profile of your competitors, but it also possesses all the features of SEMRush.
Unlike SEMRush, Ahrefs doesn’t offer a free trial. You have to go for a paid trial or get a paid account. I am not a fan of their keyword difficulty calculator.
Still, the tool’s data on keywords and backlinks are perfect.
2. Majestic SEO
If you have been blogging for at least a year, chances are you heard about this tool at least once. Majestic SEO has its own database and algorithm to check backlinks.
I have recently used Majestic SEO as a test. The disappointing fact is that you can’t track your keywords or find potential opportunities by inserting a competitor domain name.
For the same reason, I don’t wholeheartedly recommend Majestic SEO as the ultimate SEMRush alternative. Still, you can go for it if your need is checking for backlinks only.
Moz offers a set of useful SEO tools. Open Site Explorer, being the prominent one helps us spy on the competitor backlinks. But the database isn’t as strong as that of Ahrefs.
It also has a keyword analyzer, using which you can check the competitiveness, search volume, CPC, and other details. Again, the keyword competition algorithm isn’t perfect given that it completely depends upon domain authority.
You can also analyze the URL of a website to check the flaws in its on-page SEO. All you have to do is opening the tool and giving it a URL.
4. SERPStats (Currently I’m using This tool) [ I can guranteed its 100% Better that SEMrush]
SERPStats is the true SEMRush alternative. It has got pretty much everything the counterpart has.
The best thing about SERPStats is the low pricing. The basic plan starts from $19 per month on the contrary to $99.95 of SEMRush.
Once you get an account, you can enter any keyword to get insights of it. SERPStats will present the search volume, CPC, keyword trend, and competitors within the course of a few seconds.
Moreover, you can plug in a domain to find the ranking keywords. The same feature SEMRush has been boasting about since ages.
Of course, you can spy on the links of your competitor as well. You know links has a significant contribution in bettering your search engine rankings.
5. Keyword Tool
As you know, keyword research is an integral process in blogging. You have to target the right set of keywords to get top positions on Google search results. In that sense, Keyword Tool is a must have tool for every marketer (given that they don’t have any other keyword research tools).
You can go for either the free or paid versions. The free version only shows you some potential related keywords. And, you don’t get any additional details like search volume and CPC.
But the paid version of the tool comes with all the details and a filter that helps you sort the list based on your requirements.
6. Long Tail Pro
If you are not a fan of the web based tool and you are looking for something you can work with on your desktop, Long Tail Pro is what you are looking for.
You can’t do backlink analysis using LTP. Given that it solely depends on Google’s Keyword Planner, I don’t really recommend the tool. You can go for it in keyword research. Still, LTP doesn’t really do anything exhilarated.
So, how can you decide whether it is suitable for you or not? Well, you can take the 7 days trial for that.
KWFinder is relatively new in SEO field. As the name suggest, you can use this tool for keyword research. Sadly, backlink analysis is not available on KWFinder. Still, it does well at what it meant to do.
You can do a limited number of searches per day. In order to make the number sufficient for your needs, you have to get a premium account. On the analysis page, it shows search volume, CPC, social shares, DA, PA, and links. Moreover, the keyword difficulty measure helps you get an idea about the hardness of ranking for that particular KW.
SpyFu is yet another web-based keyword research tool. You can insert a domain to find its potential keywords. And, SpyFu has impressive analytic options to check PPC campaigns as well.
You can add your own keyword to track the position changes for them. Even though it doesn’t offer backlink analysis, SpyFu excels at what it does.
9. Keyword Revealer
Here comes yet another dedicated keyword research tool. I have used this tool in the past and I am quite satisfied with it.
The price isn’t expensive and as a moderate blogger, you don’t burn the daily quota as well. You can export the data to an excel file if you want it for future reference.
10. Google Keyword Planner
The last but not the least is Google’s Keyword Planner. They have stopped displaying the exact search volume months before. Still, it is a handy tool to find potential related keywords.
Of course, sometimes GKP shows irrelevant data. But you can intelligently set the filter to get the appropriate keywords only.
So, which is the best SEMRush alternative?
Truth be told, it depends. If you want all the features of SEMRush, I recommend SERPStats.
In case your preference is backlinks and stealing keywords, you can go for Ahrefs. As I always say, just analyze the features of these tools and compare the same with your requirements. Don’t take the budget into consideration as well.
Then finally, you can stumble upon the best SEMRush alternative for you.