Competitor Research

You can use either Ahrefs or Semrush to undertake competitor analysis in depth and improve your traffic and sales.

Ahrefs

The Site Explorer tool on Ahrefs not only enables you to conduct backlink analysis. It also allows for competitor research. You can use this tool to search for your competitor’s organic search results and paid search results.

Semrush

You can analyze any of your global competitors’ domains using Semrush’s Competitive Research Tool. The information you may get from Competitive Research includes paid search traffic, organic search traffic, display ads, and backlinks. If you need data about any of this information, all you have to do is click on a specific category.

Semrush’s tool also offers you any site’s engagement metrics, including bounce rate, average duration, and average pages per visit- so you can keep track of your competitor’s domain performance.

Pricing

Ahrefs

Ahrefs has the following pricing plans:

• Lite- starts at $99 per month

• Standard- starts at $179 per month

• Advanced- Starts at $399 per month

• Agency- starts at $999 per month

Semrush

Semrush’s plans and pricing are as follows:

• Pro- starts at $199/month

• Guru- starts at $229/month

• Business- starts at $449/month

You can try any plan on Semrush for free before subscribing. Ahrefs, on the other hand, requires you to pay $7 for a 7-day trial.

1. Google Search Console

Google Search Console ranks among the best free SEO tools today. This free tool lets you monitor and troubleshoot the appearance of your site in Google’s search results.

The tools and reports on Search Console assist in: measuring the search traffic and performance of your website, solve issues, and generally make your site do better in Google Search results.

Setting Up

You can use your Google account to sign in to Google Search Console. Once you have signed in, you may get a welcome message with two options. Pick the first option and submit your subdomain or domain. Then, click continue.

Domain Verification in Search Console

Search Console requires you to verify ownership before it avails any data. If you need to verify domain property, select the dropdown that contains instructions to check if any of the providers listed have your domain registered. If it got registered with a listed provider, click the button with “Start Verification”. Then, follow the instruction included.

If you need to verify a URL prefix property, you can choose Google’s default way or any other option that they support.

Sitemap addition to Search Console

Google uses Sitemap to locate your website’s most important and find out how that content can get crawled. To use Search Console for the submission of a sitemap to Google, navigate to the menu and select “Sitemaps”, take XML sitemap’s URL and paste it in the “Enter Sitemap URL” box, then click “Submit”.

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