As internet marketers, we are always looking for that one SEO tool that can make a difference.
That one tool that will set us apart and give us an edge over the competition.
Ahrefs is one of those tools. It’s one of the best (if not the best) SEO tools out there.
While it comes with dozens of features from keyword research, backlink analysis to keyword rank tracking.
Ahrefs is not suitable for bloggers like you and me.
Because its pricing can soon start to cut into our profits.
Unlike a marketing agency or a big company, bloggers like you and I don’t need to use an SEO tool every day.
We instead need to focus on putting out great content and building an audience.
While SEO does play a big role in growing a blog, it’s not, however, something that you as a blogger (or solopreneur) can spend a lot of time on if you are just starting out.
Paying $99 per month for Ahrefs.com is just not worth it.
This is why a few months back I set out to find an alternative to Ahrefs that is as good as (if not better than) Ahrefs.
For me to consider a tool an Ahrefs alternative, it had to be a cheap Ahrefs alternative with as many features as (if not more than) Ahrefs.
In my search, I came across dozens of SEO tools and software. Some were good and others aren’t even worth mentioning.
This was the time when I came across KeySearch
KeySearch is now the SEO tool that I use for all my sites.
Here, I will share with you the good and the bad of KeySearch and how it stacks up against big giants like Ahrefs (but also SEMrush, Majestic and Moz).
What is KeySearch?
Keysearch is an all-in-one SEO tool that comes with keyword, SERP and competitor research and analysis, keyword rank checking, backlink analysis plus loads more.
KeySearch will help you uncover hidden gem keywords that are easy to rank while also giving you all the tools you need to spy on your competitors and track your SEO efforts.
KeySearch offers much cheaper plans than Ahrefs. Their plans start at just $17/month while Ahrefs’ plans start at $99/month.
Right now you can use this KeySearch coupon code and get 20% off your purchase of Keysearch.
KeySearch is a much cheaper alternative to Ahrefs. From just $17 a month, you get 200 daily search and analysis credits.
This tool comes with dozens of features like:
- Keyword Research
- Backlink Analysis
- Keyword & SERP Difficulty Checker
- Keyword Rank Tracking
- YouTube Keyword Research
- Competition Analysis
- Backlink Finder
- Chrome/Firefox Addon
- API Access
- White-Label Reporting
- and much more
We will go over each of these features in the following sections:
KeySearch offers a beginner-friendly interface for Keyword research. It not only allows you to find the best keywords to target (with the Keyword Research Tool).
It also allows you to quickly check the difficulty of any keywords you are looking forward to targeting (with the Quick Difficulty Tool):
Keyword Research Tool
The keyword research tool offered by KeySearch allows you to measure a keyword’s difficulty and see who is ranking on the first page.
This tool allows you to check whether or not you should target a keyword based on its level of difficulty. This can save you a ton of time and money on writing content.
One thing that I really like about this tool is that it displays all important details you need to consider about a keyword before you target it in one simple box:
This tool also offers hundreds of keyword suggestions for you to consider:
These keyword suggestions are displayed with both their volume and difficulty. If you click any of the keywords displayed in the suggestions, you will be able to see a complete analysis of the keyword.
Another thing that I really like and find helpful is this tool’s Search Results table:
The table shows you a matrix of containing all the important SEO metrics you need to consider about the sites ranking on the first page.
This gives you a quick overview of who is ranking for which keyword and at what position.
The one thing that I dislike about this table is that it doesn’t show you the title of the pages ranking for the keyword.
It does, however, tell you if a page contains the keyword in the title but doesn’t tell you what the actual title is.
To check the title of the page, you will have to either search for the keyword on Google or visit the page URL.
This tool also displays the search engine suggestions that are displayed at the end of search result pages:
This helps you identify the keywords people use to search for similar things. Don’t ignore these suggestions. These are the long tail keywords you should include in your content.
This tool also allows you to export a CSV or a PDF file containing the details about the Keyword like its search volume, difficulty and all the sites ranking on the first page.
It allows you to get Keyword data and suggestions from Google Adwords Keyword Planner, YouTube Suggest, Bing Suggest, KeySearch Database and many others:
Quick Difficulty Checker Tool
This tool is a huge time-saver. Instead of checking the keyword difficulty and volume for one keyword at a time, you can use this tool to build-check the difficult of up to 50 keywords at once.
It also allows you to export the keywords along with their search volume and other details to a CSV file.
The backlink checker tool is one of the most important parts of any SEO tool. KeySearch’s backlink analysis tool comes with a lot of great features.
It allows you check the backlinks to the entire domain or just a specific page.
This tool offers a metric called Domain Strength that to help you judge a website’s quality. This is a good metric to check when looking for quality websites to guest post on or get a link from:
It also allows you to see an overview of link building trend for the past 12 months for the domain or page you are checking. This helps identify how difficult it will be to outrank a domain or a page.
You can easily filter backlinks based on multiple metrics such as the number of links, domain strength, link source and type of link (dofollow or nofollow):
This tool allows you to view 50, 100, 250, 1000 or all the backlinks at once. It also allows you to export the backlinks of any given website or page.
One thing that I don’t like about this export functionality is that it will only export all the backlinks if you choose to display all the backlinks in your browser.
This is not only memory intensive but might also cause your browser to stop working.
The backlinks of any given page or website are displayed in a table along with the metrics and details such as Anchor Text, Domain Strength (KeySearch’s custom metric), Number of Incoming Links and whether or not the link is dofollow:
If you are a YouTuber, you will love this tool. It allows you to find the best keywords to target and the amount of competition for any given keyword.
This tool looks just like the Keyword Analysis tool. It comes with a Table just like the one offered by Keyword Analysis Tool.
The table displays URLs of the videos along with important metrics such as Video Age, Views, Likes, Dislikes, Comments and whether or not the keyword is in title and description.
Just like the Keyword Analysis tool, the only thing I don’t like is that the table doesn’t display the title of the page alongside the URL.
You will have to either manually search for the keyword on Google or in this case open each and every video to check their title.
This tool offers a keyword suggestion box similar to that of Keyword Analysis Tool on the right with multiple keywords you might want to consider.
Just like the Keyword Research Tool, there is a quick difficult checker available for YouTube as well. It allows you to check the difficulty and other metrics of up to 50 keywords at once:
Keyword Rank Tracker Tool
Keyword rank tracking is an amazing tool from KeySearch that helps you check whether or not your SEO efforts are working. It allows you to track the position your website is ranking for a keyword.
This is really useful when you try a new link building campaign. With this tool, you can easily identify which SEO tactics work and don’t work for your website and your industry.
You can set up email notifications so that you receive an email from the tool as soon as there is a change in your search engine ranking for a given keyword.
Once you add a keyword to the tool, it generates a graph of all previous ranking positions since the day you added the keyword:
This tool is great if you do client SEO work. You can easily send your clients reports on whether or not your SEO efforts worked.
Unlike other rank tracking tools I have used in the past, this tool’s interface is a little different and a bit complex to understand. Once you understand how it works, you will have no problem using it.
The browser add-on allows you to analyze Keyword Difficulty right from your browser.
Once you install the browser extension, you can see the keyword difficulty and the Search Results Matrix table with all the important metrics about the pages showing up in search results.
This can save you a lot of time. There are times when you stumble upon keywords in your niche through Google.
Instead of logging into your KeySearch account, you can see the Keyword difficulty and important metrics about the search results without leaving the page.
One thing I think would be helpful is if the extension also displayed the search volume for the keyword.
KeySearch is perfect for those like me looking for a cheaper Ahrefs alternative.
It comes with dozens of features. While it may not offer as many features as Ahrefs, it’s not a tool you should be neglecting.
Whether you are just starting out or run a whole marketing agency, this tool will help you achieve great results.
If you are not an agency or a company, tools like Ahrefs don’t fit the bill. If you are just starting out, you will probably never even get the time to try out most of the features offered by Ahrefs.
For the most part, it will just be a waste of money to use an SEO software you don’t even use that often.
KeySearch is not just a cheaper version of Ahrefs, it offers everything you will need in your blogging journey. It will help you analyze competition and find keywords that are easy to rank for.
While I wouldn’t say KeySearch is a better alternative to Ahrefs, it is, however, an alternative that will help you achieve great results with SEO for your business.
Did I miss a feature? Have you had a good (or bad) experience using KeySearch?
If that’s the case, let me know in the comments below.
Updated by Lisa.