Ahrefs.com is a well-known SEO tool provider boasting the world's largest index of live backlinks that is updated with fresh data every 15-30 minutes. Our software includes 6 primary SEO tools and several subsets. They include: • Site Explorer • Content Explorer • Keywords Explorer • Rank Tracker • Site Audit • Alerts » Site Explorer « Site Explorer is best known as our backlink checker. You can run a complete competitor analysis and see the websites that are linking to your competitors. Site explorer also shows you the organic keywords that a website ranks for in the Organic Keywords report. More details can be found here: » Content Explorer « Content Explorer is a mini search engine that was made for marketers. You can discover the most popular content by searching through nearly a billion pages of content and use filters such as keyword difficulty, organic search traffic volumes, and more. More details here: » Keywords Explorer « Keywords Explorer helps you take your keyword research ahead of your competition. You can discover thousands of great keywords to rank for, analyze their ranking difficulty, and calculate their traffic potential, all in one easy to use tool. This tool also shows the top 10 SERPs in Google for any search query and will uncover single pages that rank for thousands of keywords as well as low-hanging keyword opportunities you can take advantage of. More details here: » Rank Tracker « Rank Tracker tool lets you track both your desktop and mobile keyword rankings from virtually any location in the world (including ZIP/postal codes). This tool includes interactive graphs that track your pages in the SERPs. Rank Tracker can quickly show you whether your SEO and content marketing efforts are working, or if they’re not. More details here: » Site Audit « Ahrefs’ Site Audit tool allows you to analyze your website for technical SEO issues and monitor its health over time. For each crawl, we search for over 100 common technical SEO issues and provide you with actionable tips so that your organic search rankings are not hindered by on-page mistakes. More details here: » Alerts « Ahrefs’ Alerts sends you daily, weekly, monthly, or real-time notifications on new/lost backlinks, web mentions, and keyword rankings. More details here: You can head on over to ahrefs.com to see the full toolset that we offer. STAY TUNED: Ahrefs ► Facebook ► Twitter ► Google+ ► YouTube channel ►

New to SEO? This tutorial shows you how to optimize your website for search and rank high in Google. Watch how “Sam PhOHtography” optimizes his site against his competitors. ► Subscribe What is SEO? SEO stands for search engine optimization. By definition, it is the process of optimizing your website and webpages to get “free”, “organic” traffic from search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing. As a business owner, blogger, or website owner, your job is two-fold: First, you need to make it easy for search engines to understand what your page is about and create content that matches what we call, the “searcher’s intent.” Second, you need to show Google and other search engines that your pages are ‘worthy’ of ranking. In this video, Sam Oh gives clear examples and simple SEO tips to optimize a brand new website to rank 1 on Google (step-by-step). The SEO techniques that are taught in this training video include: 1. Keyword research By doing keyword research, you can see the average number of times someone searches for a specific keyword phrase in Google each month. Often times, the query that you think will be the most popular is often far from the truth. Using tools like Ahrefs Keywords Explorer (), you’ll learn how to use the “parent topic” of a term to determine the best keywords to target for your pages. You’ll also learn what not to do (ie. keyword stuffing). Keyword research gives you clues on the language you should use to let both Google and potential customers know what our page is about. There are a few vivid examples in here to illustrate the best practices on how to do keyword research. If you want to sharpen your keyword research skills, I highly recommend watching this series on doing keyword research in 2018 and beyond. 2. On-page SEO On-page SEO is the process of optimizing web pages with the intention to rank high in Google. If you want to rank 1 on Google, then your on-page SEO will need to be bang on. In this tutorial, you’ll learn 4 simple, yet highly effective tips to ensure you are following Google SEO best practices. Having optimized web pages will set the foundation for your success in search engine optimization. It will help Google understand what your content is about and help your customers find you. A few of the basic tips include: - Title tags - Meta descriptions - Heading tags (or H1 tags) - keyword usage - content creation - competitor analysis 3. Off-page SEO Off-page SEO is often referred to as link building. Link building is the process of getting other websites to link to your web pages. Basically, links act as “votes” or other people vouching for your website. Backlinks work in a similar way that you would refer your friend to buy a product from your favorite store because you’ve tried it, used it, and loved it. In general, the more quality backlinks you can get from relevant pages, the higher you’ll rank in Google. Sam will show you how to find backlink opportunities and the key technique that SEOs use to build links, which is through email outreach. I highly recommend watching our video series on competitor backlink analysis and link building here: There’s a lot to learn with SEO marketing. Be sure to subscribe for more actionable tutorials and grow your SEO and marketing knowledge. STAY TUNED: Ahrefs ► YouTube ► Facebook ► Twitter ►

In this SEO tutorial, you’ll learn creative guest blogging hacks and a keyword research tip to find high traffic topics with low competition using Content Explorer. If you're new to Ahrefs, Content Explorer is one of our SEO tools that's basically a mini search engine made for marketers. Sam Oh shows a couple of creative ways on how to find guest blogging sites to pitch and a really cool keyword research tip that you probably haven’t heard about. More specifically, you’ll learn: ➜ How to find TONS of highly relevant guest posting opportunities. ➜ which sites you should avoid guest blogging for SEO (and why). ➜ a cool hack to find websites that accept guest posts, but do not have a ‘write for us’ page. ➜ a keyword research tip that reveals low competition keywords with high traffic potential. ➜ a bonus tip on influencer marketing. The bonus tip on influencer marketing is related to finding influencers who may be interested in the content you create for your blog. When you use Content Explorer in creative ways, you can create your own SEO tactics and techniques to boost your efficiency through the roof. Be sure to subscribe to Ahrefs’ YouTube channel for more actionable SEO tutorials like this one: STAY TUNED: Ahrefs ► YouTube ► Facebook ► Twitter ► Google+ ►

We studied 2 million random keyword searches and share the top on-page SEO strategies to boost your organic Google rankings (backed by data). ►Subscribe Have you ever wondered if the on page SEO techniques experts recommend work? Sam Oh breaks down key points from our research study and provides actionable takeaways so you can learn how to optimize your website for search. You’ll also learn about some highly praised on page Google ranking factors that showed negative correlation in our study (and what you should do instead). Here are 10 of the on page ranking factors we covered: 10. use short URLs for your pages. 9. Use your primary keyword in your URL 8. Use your keyword in the headline (H1 tag) 7. Add external links to authoritative websites 6. Add internal links to pages that you want to rank. 5. Re-optimize titles on underperforming page 1 rankings 4. Create in-depth articles 3. Use modifiers in your titles 2. Don’t have slow loading pages 1. Improve UX by enhancing UI. You can see our full research study here: Be sure to subscribe for more actionable marketing and SEO tutorials. STAY TUNED: Ahrefs ► YouTube ► Facebook ► Twitter ►

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to use Google Keyword Planner for effective keyword research. These 6 hacks are powerful and unknown by even some of the savviest SEOs. Subscribe ► Since Google stopped showing exact keyword search volumes in 2016, many SEOs abandoned Google Keyword Tool and went to other premium keyword tools. Afterall, Google Keyword Planner tool was originally intended for Adwords customers for PPC campaigns, rather than SEO. Even though you may only be able to see search volume ranges, there are hacks to get around that (and more). The 6 hacks you’ll learn in this video work in 2018 and beyond. 1. Unlock EXACT keyword planner volumes (without spending a dime) 2. Steal keyword ideas from your competitors. 3. Find lucrative keywords by looking at suggested bids. 4. Get targeted locational data (many use cases). 5. Find countries, cities, and regions that need your products and services. 6. Data-driven device optimization based on keyword data. Be sure to subscribe for more actionable marketing and SEO tutorials. STAY TUNED: Ahrefs ► YouTube ► Facebook ► Twitter ►

So you had some success and were able to rank high in Google. That's great, but don't forget that dozens of competitors don't just stand still. And here's how you make sure you don't lose your ranking to them! Learn to retain your position in Google by keeping up with your competition! Even if you’ve managed to build a lot of links and get to the top of Google SERP, that does not mean you’re going to stay there for ever. The odds are you’re not the only person who wants to rank high for that keyword. Other people are probably building links too, hoping to outrank you someday. This is a linkbuilding race that never ends. And one of the best strategies to keeping all your rivals far behind is to keep an eye on the new links they get with Ahrefs Site Explorer tool () and replicate as many of them as you can. You should always be one step ahead of your competition if you want to outrank them. STAY TUNED: Ahrefs ► Facebook ► Twitter ► Google+ ► YouTube channel ►

This keyword research tutorial goes beyond search volumes and shows you how to find low competition keywords using Ahrefs’ Keywords Explorer tool. As shown in the video, not all keyword phrases should be chosen based on the volume. You should also focus on the number of clicks that it attracts. Doing this can help you find some easy keywords that you can potentially rank for within a month or two. Here’s how it’s done: Step 1: Find tons of great keyword ideas with the help of Ahrefs’ powerful Keywords Explorer tool. Enter one or two top-level terms related to your website and click the search button. Next, scroll down to see a section of keyword ideas - “having same terms.” You can click to view the full report and you’ll see the list ordered by search volume. Step 2: Find the best keyword opportunities for you. Want to know what metrics can help you find the best keyword opportunities? Well, search volume is one. But the second is for sure Keyword Difficulty score. Keywords Explorer tool has a keyword difficulty checker which shows you a score that can easily be refreshed by clicking on the “Get metrics”. Under each term, you can also see a few icons that show you what people see in Google’s SERPs. Step 3: Researching the number of backlinks from referring domains you need. Based on the KD reported for a keyword, you can identify how many backlinks you need to rank in the top 10 for this keyword. Scroll down to the SERPs overview where you see all the top ranking pages with the number of referring domains reported for each of the page. Step 4: Reviewing clicks and clicks per search. Traditionally we use search volume to determine how much traffic a keyword could send to your page if you rank well for this keyword. But just because people search for a term does not mean they click on the results. That is why we've developed a Clicks metric: you can use to confirm that a keyword doesn't just have a high search volume, but can actually send traffic to your page. Instead of finding keywords with high search Volume and assuming they'll send you a lot of traffic, you can verify that the term actually gets clicked in the SERPs. So you know for sure how much traffic you can get from it. Now you know how important it is to add Clicks to the search metrics you review when picking your best keyword opportunities and how to create a list of the easy keywords that you can possibly rank for in just a few months! Give it a shot and be sure to subscribe to Ahrefs’ YouTube channel for more actionable SEO tutorials. STAY TUNED: Ahrefs ► YouTube ► Facebook ► Twitter ► Google+ ►

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to find and choose long tail keywords with high traffic potential and/or low competition (even if they have low individual search volume). Subscribe ► A common misconception is that long tail keywords must be a certain length (word count) in order to be classified as “long tail.” Our research on 1.4 billion keywords proves that this is a myth. So, what are long tail keywords? Long tail keywords are search queries with low individual search volume, but can have an enormous total search demand as a group. But these keywords generally fall into two “buckets.” Both are powerful but fit into different scenarios and should be treated differently. Bucket 1 is called “The Long Tail of Broad Topics.” These long tail keyword phrases generally fall into a broader topic (ie. “weight loss”). Some of these topics will have tens of thousands of long tail variations and ranking for the head term can result in potentially hundreds of thousands of search visitors each month to a single page. Bucket 2 is called “Topical Long Tail Keywords.” The long tail keywords in this group are generally based on more focused topics (ie. “squeeze pages”). They have fewer long tail variations, and may not produce as much search traffic as the first group. However, they are generally lower-competition keywords that will likely be easier to rank for. This video breaks down each bucket so you can enhance your keyword research to create content that can send you a torrent of free organic search traffic. Be sure to subscribe for more actionable marketing and SEO tutorials. STAY TUNED: Ahrefs ► YouTube ► Facebook ► Twitter ►

We have just released another great feature within our Site Explorer tool () that you are sure to like! There are three new reports in Site Explorer tool under Organic search section: 1) Competing Domains report basically gives you a list of websites that share some organic search traffic with a site you analyse. You can easily see how many common keywords you have with your competitors and how many keywords they rank for and you don't. You can click on any of these numbers and see what these keywords actually are. 2) Competing Pages report shows you the list of competing pages that share organic search traffic with a page of your site you analyse. You can easily see a list of keywords that your competitors are ranking for, but you do not. 3) Content Gap report shows the keywords that your competitors are ranking for and you don't. You most probably did this before in Excel spreadsheets, but we've now automated it for you. Isn't it cool? Let us know what you think! STAY TUNED: Ahrefs ► Facebook ► Twitter ► Google+ ► YouTube channel ►

This video shows you an A-Z keyword research tutorial using Ahrefs’ SUPER powerful Keywords Explorer tool. Tim Soulo will teach you: 1.) How to generate thousands of keyword ideas. 2. ) How to do an in-depth analysis of a specific keyword phrase (and determine if your website can rank in Google). 3.) Extract important metrics for your own custom keywords list (up to 1,000 seed keywords). You can use Ahrefs’ Keyword Explorer here: Since Google Keyword Planner restricted their search volume metrics (they now show ranges), you can gain valuable and accurate insights with Keywords Explorer. A few features include: ‣ Realistic search volume metrics. ‣ Click through rates ‣ Keyword difficulty rankings ‣ The top 10 Google search results ‣ SERP features ‣ CPC values for paid search ‣ And so much more. If you would like to learn more about keyword research, here are a few additional resources to up your keyword research game. New Video Series on How to Do Keyword Research: How To Do Keyword Research for SEO (Tutorial): How To Gauge Keyword Difficulty And Find The Easiest Keywords To Rank For: If you want to learn SEO and get more search traffic, make sure to subscribe to Ahrefs’ YouTube channel for more actionable videos. STAY TUNED: Ahrefs ► YouTube ► Facebook ► Twitter ► Google+ ►

By doing a content gap analysis, you can find keywords that your competitors rank for in Google where your site isn’t ranking at all. The tool used in this video is Ahrefs’ Content Gap tool. In this video, you’ll learn four hyper-effective techniques to use a content gap analysis which will help you create a solid blogging strategy without a traditional keyword research tool. Here are the techniques that are covered: 1. Find keywords that all of your competitors rank for, but your website isn’t ranking in the top 100 Google search results for that keyword. 2. How to use a content gap analysis for a “content refresh” (updating old or outdated content). 3. How to use Ahrefs’ Content Gap tool to create a data-driven blog post. 4. How to use content gap to consolidate similar content. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced SEO, the tips in this video, along with this lightweight tool will help you make smart data-driven decisions for your content marketing strategy. Be sure to subscribe for more actionable marketing and SEO tutorials. STAY TUNED: Ahrefs ► YouTube ► Facebook ► Twitter ►

Tired of hearing the same SEO tips over and over? This tutorial shows 13 evergreen techniques that will help you rank on Google in 2018 and beyond. ►Subscribe Google SEO is continuously evolving. With numerous algorithmic updates, things might seem confusing. But the one thing that hasn’t changed is that Google tries to serve the best search results to their users for any given query. This video covers various on page techniques, keyword research tips, and off page tactics (link building) that you can use to grow your organic traffic via. search engine optimization. Here is a summary of the SEO tips and tricks covered in this video: 1. Get more traffic from your existing pages by covering subtopics that Google wants to see. With algorithm updates like Hummingbird and RankBrain, Google is smarter than ever. People used to create new pages for every single keyword they wanted to rank for. They would go as far as paying thousands of dollars for exact match domains in an attempt to rank faster in Google. Now, a single page can rank for thousands of keywords. This tip will show you a twist to doing a content gap analysis to find sub topics that Google wants to see. 2. Reverse engineer Quora and other forums to find low competition keywords (plus a bonus traffic hack) Since Quora and other forums are powered by user generated content, it’s unlikely that people are intentionally building links to these pages. You’ll learn a powerful way to find low competition topics by analyzing forums. Also, you’ll learn the ridiculously simple traffic hack that Sam used to generate over 48,000 visitors and 15,000 leads. 3. Convert images into links back to your page. Using this tip, you’ll learn how to turn your images into high quality editorial backlinks. 4. Why you shouldn’t ignore broken link building (and how to do it fast). Broken link building is a strategy for SEOs at all levels. You’ll learn a simple way to find tons of new broken pages that you can recreate from your own unique angle and get some easy backlinks. Plus, you’ll learn some pro tips on making your campaigns more successful. 5. Strategically use case studies and stats in your articles Using data in your articles is a great way to gain more backlinks. You’ll see hard proof of this and learn some ways to ‘hack’ data (when you don’t have access to it). 6. Avoid “Keyword Unicorns” and consider search intent first. Using this simple keyword research tip, you’ll learn how to identify keywords you should avoid targeting and what to look for instead. 7. Add modifier keywords to your titles Modifier keywords are add-on words to a base keyword. You’ll learn an easy way to use these for your eCommerce product pages and rank for some long tail keyword phrases. 8. Monitor your competitors’ links (then steal them) Timing is critical when it comes to link building. You’ll learn how you can use real-time notifications to automate finding link prospects. 9. Find low competition keywords that NO keyword research tool can find You’ll learn a very simple trick to find low competition keywords with high traffic. 10. Claim unlinked mentions You’ll learn a very simple way to find websites that mention your company or brand, but don’t link to you. In fact, this technique will allow you to find these sites without ever having to visit the page to check. 11. Repurpose your Best Content If you have a blog post that has done particularly well by gaining social shares, links, or comments, then it’s worth repurposing so you can reach larger audiences on different networks. 12. Grab links from Wikipedia and make sure they stick Wikipedia is one of the world’s most visited websites. You’ll learn how you can strategically get traffic from Wikipedia and make sure that your links stick. 13. Optimize for featured snippets Featured snippets have been appearing more often in many Google search results. You’ll learn a few optimization tips you can use to make your website appear in the featured boxes more often. Here are some additional resources that you'll find helpful: ► 75 Actionable SEO Tips (That Work Like A Charm in 2018) ► How to Do Effective Keyword Research for SEO ► SEO For Beginners: Climb the Google Rankings ► How to Find and Steal Google Featured Snippets Be sure to subscribe for more actionable marketing and SEO tutorials. STAY TUNED: Ahrefs ► YouTube ► Facebook ► Twitter ►

In this SEO tutorial, you’ll learn a 10-step process to rank your pages higher in Google by using a blog to fuel your rankings and revenue. Subscribe ► Reading about new tactics and strategies can be confusing and frustrating. One blog post will tell you to do something, and the next will insist you to do something completely different. In this video, Sam Oh walks you through an example of ranking a fictitious pet food and accessories eCommerce store by using a blog. More importantly, he shows you how to do it. Here is a quick summary of the 10-step SEO checklist (actionable tips are provided for each step in the video). 1. Topic research and a quick competitor analysis. 2. Keyword research 3. How to create content that’s better than your competition 4. On-Page optimization tips on newly created content 5. Title optimization for improved CTR and publishing 6. Page speed optimization 7. Promote the heck out of your content via. link building and email outreach. 8. Optimization via. Google Analytics 9. Optimization via. Google Search Console 10. Relaunch and repromote your content If you’re new to SEO, it’s tough to learn everything you need to know in 23 minutes. Here are some additional video tutorials that will help you rank in Google or improve your current Google rankings. Full Keyword Research Series: Backlink Analysis and Link Building Series Top 10 On-Page SEO Techniques (Backed by Data) 13 SEO Tips that ACTUALLY Work Be sure to subscribe for more actionable marketing and SEO tutorials. STAY TUNED: Ahrefs ► YouTube ► Facebook ► Twitter ►

This tutorial will teach you 7 creative SEO hacks to find more link prospects using Ahrefs’ new traffic filter. Subscribe ► The traffic filter can be found in multiple reports within Site Explorer tool. At first glance, it may seem like “just another filter,” but you can extract valuable insights for your link building, keyword research, and other search engine optimization tasks. In this video, you’ll learn these 7 hacks that can all be performed in under 30 seconds: 1. Find the “best” link prospects. 2. Find the best “lost” backlinks to pursue. 3. Reclaim lost referral traffic from broken backlinks. 4. Find topic ideas with high search traffic potential. 5. Find low competition keywords by analyzing a competitor’s backlink profile. 6. Arbitrate global SEO 7. Ecommerce hack for stores that sell a product. These are extremely low hanging SEO techniques that can help you get more backlinks, find ‘hidden’ keyword ideas, and ultimately increase your website traffic. Be sure to subscribe for more actionable marketing and SEO tutorials. STAY TUNED: Ahrefs ► YouTube ► Facebook ► Twitter ►

Learn a data-driven keyword research process to measure keyword difficulty. These tips will help you choose keywords that you can ACTUALLY rank for on Google. The tool used in this video is Ahrefs’ Keywords Explorer () This is the third and final video in Ahrefs’ keyword research tutorial series. You can view the entire playlist here: In this video, you’ll learn 3 different ways to gauge keyword difficulty as well as an advanced keyword research tactic that most people aren’t doing. More specifically, here’s what you’ll learn: - How to analyze the top 10 ranking results and why it's more accurate than Keyword Difficulty scores. - What the most important metrics are when determining keyword difficulty. - How to include a 1 minute backlink analysis into your process. - The power of matching the searcher’s intent. - Bonus: How to analyze SERP volatility. By using this proven analysis, you’ll be able to choose the right keywords to target instead of wasting your time chasing after arbitrary search volume numbers. We highly recommend watching the entire series so that you can take your keyword research skills and efficiency to the next level. Be sure to subscribe for more actionable marketing and SEO tutorials. STAY TUNED: Ahrefs ► YouTube ► Facebook ► Twitter ►

If you want more traffic to your website, the quickest way to get it is to look for a low-hanging fruit. Discover a quick and easy solution that can give you a nice traffic boost without a ton of work! Step 1: Find the keywords where your website ranks 3-10. When a page ranks 3-10, it's already achieved page 1 ranking, so you only need to improve your rank by a few positions to see an immediate traffic boost. We've recently studied how many clicks the top 10 search results get in Google. We found that on page 1 about 50% of traffic goes to positions 1-3, while the pages that rank 5-10 get only 45% of the traffic. So simply moving a page from rank 7 to rank 3 can have a huge impact on your traffic. Here's how Ahrefs can help you find the pages that are in this sweet spot ready for an optimization boost. First, type your website into Site Explorer () and open the Organic keywords report. This gives you a list of all the keywords you currently rank for. Use the Positions filter and set the range from 3 to 10 to see the keywords you rank for in this range and the actual pages that rank for them. Next, find the highest volume pages in this range, because they are the ones that are most likely to benefit your optimization efforts. To do this, order the Volume from highest to lowest. Now, for even more opportunities, you might want to run the report again setting the Positions filter for 11 to 50. Step 2: Create a list of keywords and pages you want to push higher in search. Review your reports and cherry-pick a few web pages that are your lowest-hanging fruit: the pages that rank 5 or 6, or are at the top of page 2, for example. Your goal is to push these pages higher in organic search results. And we have 3 suggestions for doing that: 1 Update the page: Look at your competition first and ask yourself: why would Google put this page ahead of yours? Why is it a better experience for the user to land on this page versus yours? Then add fresh relevant content to your page and signal to search engines that your page has been refreshed and is worth ranking higher. 2 Create internal links to this page: Pages with higher URL Rating are seen by search engines as the most valuable pages on your site. So a link from one of these pages pointing back to your newly-refreshed page can give a small authority boost right away. As a result, it could move up in the search results. First, find those high-value pages on your website. In Site Explorer open the Best by links report, look at the UR that tells you how powerful a page is, based on the number of backlinks from other websites. You want to find pages with a high UR that are related in some way to your newly-updated page, so a backlink from them would make sense. Just go into one or two of your high-UR pages and add a backlink to your updated page - it should help you rank a little higher. 3 Build new backlinks to the page: Unlike internal links that carry just a little bit of weight, links from other websites are one of Google's major ranking factors, so you should try to build them. How? We'll show you in our next video! As you see, getting more traffic doesn't have to be a hard task! You can boost your ranking for your target keywords with a few easy tweaks: just by updating the existing content and adding some internal links. And with Ahrefs you can easily find the pages that are most likely to give you good results. So go and run your Organic keywords report and let us know how it works for you! STAY TUNED: Ahrefs ► YouTube ► Facebook ► Twitter ► Google+ ►

In this video, you’ll learn how to use Ahrefs’ SEO toolbar for effective keyword research, link prospecting, content research, and more. Subscribe ► In December 2017, Google Chrome launched an update that broke Ahrefs’ SEO toolbar. As a result, users had to manually install the extension from the downloadable file, which was far from “convenient.” Today, we’re excited to announce that Ahrefs’ SEO toolbar has been updated and is faster, stronger, and better than ever. You can download it as a Google Chrome and Firefox extension/add-on from their respective webstores (links below). This SEO tool goes far beyond ‘vanity metrics.’ In fact, it integrates with some of Ahrefs’ tools such as Site Explorer and Keywords Explorer. In this tutorial, you’ll learn: ► The two main places you can use Ahrefs’ toolbar. ► The functions of the SEO toolbar. ► Examples of where the toolbar is effective for keyword research, guest post prospecting, and competitor analysis. ► How to effectively use the SEO toolbar on websites that are NOT Google or Bing. Links and Resources: Chrome extension ► Firefox add-on ► SEO Toolbar ► Toolbar Blog Post ► Be sure to subscribe for more actionable marketing and SEO tutorials. STAY TUNED: Ahrefs ► YouTube ► Facebook ► Twitter ►

What better way is there to get organic traffic than to see what’s working for your competitors? This video shows a competitor analysis on a website’s most visited pages from organic search. Subscribe ► The SEO tool that’s used in the video is Ahrefs’ Site Explorer (). This tool gives you valuable data on any website’s backlink profile, organic keyword rankings, top pages, and much more. Sam Oh will walk you through an actionable competitor analysis you can use to find the pages that send your competitors the most organic search traffic. With this data, you can find new content opportunities that your competitors are ranking for in Google and replicate the pages that send them a lot of organic traffic. If you’re a blogger, you’ll also learn a smart way to create data-driven outlines for your blog posts. The method is based on reverse engineering your competitor’s organic keyword rankings and identifying keyword phrases that fit together to create one cohesive blog post. Sam also mentions a case study that was done on the Ahrefs blog on 3 million random search queries. You can read that original Ahrefs study here, which proves that keyword research isn’t about targeting a single or just a few keywords. Be sure to subscribe for more actionable SEO tutorials with Ahrefs. STAY TUNED: Ahrefs ► YouTube ► Facebook ► Twitter ► Google+ ►

Keyword research is critical for successful SEO. If you’re not targeting keyword phrases that will drive traffic to your website, then you’re wasting your time, effort, and money. Subscribe ► This tutorial is the first of three videos in Ahrefs’ series on how to do keyword research. The keyword research tool used in this video is Keywords Explorer tool. In part 1/3, you’ll learn both basic and advanced keyword research fundamentals that many people don’t know, think of, or fully understand. You’ll learn that keyword research goes far beyond “search volume” numbers and see why this metric is not the most reliable one during your keyword selection process. This video also does a deep dive on searcher’s intent which will reveal that not all searches result in clicks to your website, regardless of the search volumes. You’ll also learn a low-hanging keyword research tip that will help you identify the best keyword to target based off of any random search query you can think of. Best of all, you’ll learn that the best way to do keyword research, which is to target topics based on traffic potential. Throughout the rest of this keyword research tutorial series, we will cover important tactics and strategies that will help you: - generate thousands of keyword ideas - measure keyword difficulty to determine whether you can actually rank on Google for your selected terms. Be sure to subscribe for more actionable marketing and SEO tutorials. Additional Resources: ► Keyword Search Volume: Things you didn’t know you don’t know () ► Here’s why you can’t blindly trust keyword search volume for traffic estimations () STAY TUNED: Ahrefs ► YouTube ► Facebook ► Twitter ►

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to use 6 powerful free keyword research tools individually and together in your keyword research process. Plus Ahrefs' first YouTube contest. Subscribe ► A keyword research tool on its own is very limited. You might find that one tool offers search volumes, while the next SEO tool offers something completely different. But when you combine them together in a systematic process, you can perform effective SEO without spending a penny. The 6 tools that are covered in this video are: 1. Google Correlate 2. Keyword Sh*tter 3. Keywords Everywhere 4. Search engine auto suggest (not just Google) 5. Google Trends 6. Answer the Public You’ll learn the pros and cons of each tool, how to use them, and we’ll finish off this section with a step-by-step tutorial on how to use them together. You’ll then see how these tools and processes compare against Ahrefs’ Keywords Explorer. Here's a link to our full series on how to do keyword research with Ahrefs' Keywords Explorer: Be sure to subscribe for more actionable marketing and SEO tutorials. STAY TUNED: Ahrefs ► YouTube ► Facebook ► Twitter ►

This tutorial goes through a full SEO audit using Ahrefs’ Site Audit tool. The example website is a VERY popular website where we find and analyze thousands of technical SEO issues. More specifically, you’ll learn: » how to conduct a website audit for over 100 SEO errors, warnings, and notices » how to analyze your website’s SEO health » how to read through Ahrefs’ SEO audit reports. » a simple workflow to correct your website’s issues. » how to automate your audits and monitor it over time. Technical SEO is one of the rare things in search engine optimization that you have full control over. And it’s something that you shouldn’t ignore as it could prevent your website from reaching its full ranking potential in organic search. Be sure to subscribe for more actionable tutorials on the Ahrefs channel. STAY TUNED: Ahrefs ► YouTube ► Facebook ► Twitter ► Google+ ►

This ecommerce SEO tutorial walks you through the 5 core steps to rank your online shop in Google and get free traffic to your product and category pages. Subscribe ► Rather than providing a list of random ecommerce tips, Sam Oh teaches a step-by-step process that will help you get more organic traffic to your online shop with search engine optimization. Here are the key topics covered in this tutorial: ► The two absolute must-dos for all online shops. ► How to do keyword research for product and category pages (it’s different). ► On page SEO and optimization of product and category pages. ► All-things technical SEO (including faceted navigation). ► Link building strategies specifically to product and category pages. ► Content marketing for ecommerce SEO (and why you should do it). Whether you’re looking to gain traction for your Shopify, Magento, Woocommerce, or OpenCart store, these tips will help you rank your money pages in Google search for passive and consistent traffic. As mentioned in the video, if you want to hit the ground running with your content marketing efforts, then watch this SEO tutorial, which is very helpful for blogging. Be sure to subscribe for more actionable marketing and SEO tutorials. STAY TUNED: Ahrefs ► YouTube ► Facebook ► Twitter ►

This video will show you how to do local SEO to get free traffic from organic search and Google Maps listings using Google My Business and search engine optimization. Subscribe ► Optimizing your website for Google local search is different than for a global company. While there is some overlap between traditional SEO techniques like on page optimization and keyword research, there are additional tactics that apply specifically to local business marketing. This video is a complete A-Z tutorial. Even if you’re a complete beginner, by the end of this video, you’ll know how to rank your website higher and get more visitors from local searches on Google. Here’s a breakdown of the step-by-step process to do SEO for your local business. Step 1. The one thing all local businesses should do for their website. Step 2. How to setup and optimize your Google My Business (GMB) listing. Step 3. Local keyword research techniques. Step 4. On-Page SEO (slightly different for local websites) Step 5. Building local citations (both structured and unstructured) Step 6. Link building specifically for local SEO Step 7. Ongoing activities you can’t ignore Additional Resources: ► SEO Tutorial for blogs: ► On-Page SEO Techniques: ► Local SEO Blog Post: ► Whitespark List of Citations: Be sure to subscribe for more actionable marketing and SEO tutorials. STAY TUNED: Ahrefs ► YouTube ► Facebook ► Twitter ►

The easiest way to get more organic traffic is to see what your competitors are doing, and do it 10x better. In this video, you’ll learn an SEO strategy to rank high on Google by spying on your competitors’ top pages and potentially ‘steal’ traffic from competing sites. Here’s a summary of the basic steps. Step 1: Make a list of competitors First, put your website into Site Explorer (). Then open the Competing Domains report. This report helps you find your top competitors and lists the sites that rank for the same keywords as your target website. Common shows you how many unique keywords the two sites have, Unique shows you the number of keywords unique to that website - whether yours or your competitor's. So you get a side-by-side comparison of your site and each competitor. From this list choose your competitors’ websites you want to research for content and traffic wins. Step 2 Find pages worth replicating Analyze each of the competitors on your list to find the pages that get a lot of organic traffic that you could replicate on your site. Go to the Overview page to see each competitor. You might be tempted to go to the Organic keywords report which lists all of the keyword phrases that a site ranks for. But since you are looking for pages to replicate, using the Top pages report will provide better results. This report gives you the same information as the Organic keywords report, but is organized by the pages rather than the keywords. Results here are sorted by the monthly search traffic and you can easily see how many keywords each page ranks for. Next, select a page that is worth replicating. Step 3 Analyze the page's referring domains and website traffic You can easily get the monthly traffic, the number of referring domains, and the top keywords for each page from the Top pages report. Why do we need this information? Because without backlinks your page won't rank and you won't be able to get as much traffic, as your competitors get. This step is critical for link building and getting backlinks from websites that your competitors have previously earned them from. Step 4 Prioritize your workflow Begin with the articles that have a lot of traffic, but a low number of referring domains. Then you can progress to the articles that have more referring domains, which will need more time and effort for link building. Always remember: replicating a page is just half of this SEO strategy. The other half is building backlinks. So you can not only steal traffic from your competitors, but possibly outrank them, too. STAY TUNED: Ahrefs ► YouTube ► Facebook ► Twitter ► Google+ ►

Learn how to generate a list of thousands of SOLID keyword ideas for SEO using Ahrefs’ Keywords Explorer tool. You’ll see how to extract solid keyword phrases from Ahrefs’ monstrous database of nearly 6 BILLION keywords. () This is the second video in our keyword research tutorial series. Throughout this video, Sam Oh covers 6 unique reports within Keywords Explorer tool. You’ll learn how to use a seed keyword to generate hundreds of thousands of keywords and narrow down your keyword list using smart filter combinations. The reports covered in this video are: - Phrase match - Having same terms - Also rank for - Search suggestions - Newly discovered - Questions The first filter shows you how to find low competition keywords with high search volumes. By setting a maximum keyword difficulty score and a minimum search volume, you can find keywords that have little competition, making them potentially great targets that will likely be easier to rank for on Google. The second filter shows you how to find keywords that have SERP features. Some SERP features include ads, questions, knowledge boxes, featured snippets, and videos. For example, you can use this filter to find and optimize your content for “featured snippets.” Owning featured snippets can increase your organic traffic by 8.6% even if you don’t rank on the first page of Google. If you would like to learn more about featured snippets, you can read these two articles that go into great detail on this topic: The third filter shows you how to find highly commercial keywords with low competition. You can achieve this by setting a maximum keyword difficulty score and a minimum Adwords CPC value. This filter is great for Adsense members, who can potentially collect a hefty commission after ranking for these easier keyword targets. Also, if you’re in a niche that typically has heavy competition in Adwords, you can use this filter to gain a lot of free traffic that has high business value. The last filter shows you how to find bottom of the funnel keywords. This will help you find content ideas that have a higher probability of converting new visitors into customers. You can use these filters in any of the reports shown in the video. There are a ton of examples demonstrated to help illustrate each point and more importantly, help you put these into action. Be sure to subscribe for more actionable marketing and SEO tutorials. STAY TUNED: Ahrefs ► YouTube ► Facebook ► Twitter ►

Want to rank higher than your competitors? Then steal their SEO traffic using Site Explorer. Follow this step-by-step tutorial and learn a bulletproof SEO competitor analysis to find hundreds of keyword ideas you can rank for in Google. Subscribe: The process is simple: - Reverse engineer your competitors’ top content - create something better - replicate their backlinks - increase your chances to outrank them. And the way you do that is to piggyback off of your competitors’ content marketing efforts so that you can find the best content ideas you should focus your efforts on. The SEO tools used in this video are: Ahrefs Site Explorer - Ahrefs Batch Analysis - First, you'll need to build the list of up to 50 competitors. How do you find them? 0:42 Add your site to Dashboard () at Ahrefs. 0:50 Move to Ahrefs’ Site Explorer () and check your Top 10 Competitors report within the SE - Overview tab. You may easily check each of them in SE, as well. Another way to find competitors is to search them in Google. Your next step is to find out how strong their domains are compared to you. 3:35 Submit your competitors' sites for analysis into Ahrefs Batch Analysis tool () and check their Domain Rating. Pick up sites with Domain Rating within 5 of yours. For example, if your DR is 50, look for websites with a DR within 45-55. 5:30 Submit any of them for analysis to Ahrefs’ Organic Keywords Report (formerly ‘Positions Explorer’) - . This will find all of the keywords this website ranks for. 5:58 Check the Top Pages report in SE to see the pages on that domain that receive the most traffic and the number of keywords each of them ranks for. Brainstorm keyword ideas and consider if it would be interesting to create content around these topics. Perform this process for all of your competitors and the result will be a massive list of content ideas that your competitors are ranking for, that have the same level of domain authority as you. From here, pick a topic you can blog about and you have pretty good chance of ranking high in Google. As long as you also do the effort of building the same kind of links to your content, the chances of increasing organic traffic will increase with it. To build links, you can go back to Site Explorer, put your competitor’s page URL, look at the links they have and try to replicate those links. You can also try to create backlinks using the broken link building technique covered in this video: Be sure to subscribe for more actionable SEO tutorials: STAY TUNED: Ahrefs ► Facebook ► Twitter ► Google+ ► YouTube channel ►

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to set up Google alerts to automate 8 SEO and marketing tasks. Subscribe ► Google Alerts is a free tool that allows you to monitor the web for mentions of keywords and phrases. But there’s so much more to Alerts than basic keywords. By combining Google advanced search operators with common footprints, you can narrow in on specific search queries for various marketing tasks that will save you hours of time in link prospecting, finding collaboration opportunities, and more. To create a simple Google alert, just type in a search query, and Google will send you new email notifications based on your search parameters. This tutorial will go beyond the basics, and dig deeper into solid examples of good alerts you can set up without getting irrelevant results in your inbox. Here’s a quick breakdown of the alerts: 1. Find unlimited guest posting opportunities without lifting a finger. 2. Monitor your brand for unlinked mentions. 3. Monitor questions in your niche. 4. Find opportunities for free press (and links) from journalists. 5. Monitor your competitors (two easy hacks). 6. Find NAP citation opportunities for local SEO. 7. Monitor for theft of your digital products. 8. Find hyper-targeted interview opportunities. Take advantage of Google’s free tools and save yourself some time. Additional resources: Google Advanced Search Operators Tutorial ► How to use Ahrefs’ Alerts ► Local SEO and NAP citations ► Full blog post on Unlinked Mentions ► Be sure to subscribe for more actionable marketing and SEO tutorials. STAY TUNED: Ahrefs ► YouTube ► Facebook ► Twitter ►

Great news: we've recently released a few cool improvements to our keyword ranking data. Check out what's new and why it is cool! 1) SERP features support: The days of 10 blue links are long gone - almost any keyword you put into Google will have a bunch of SERP features: news, questions, tweets, knowledge cards, etc. Now you can see all of them in Ahrefs! Check Organic keywords report in Site Explorer tool () and on the left we will show you all the SERP features that can be seen for a given keyword, while on the right we will show if your target website is featured in one of them. 2) SERP Overview report: Just click on the SERP button to the right and we will show you how the search results for any keyword in the report look like, along with some important SEO metrics for each ranking page: Domain Rating, URL Rating, number of backlinks and referring domains, estimated search traffic, how many keywords they rank for. This is pretty cool for a quick check of who ranks at the top for this keyword and how strong these pages are! 3) Better data: Ahrefs now has one additional data source - clickstream. Here's what we are able to do thanks to it: - we've vastly improved keyword database and now support over 100 countries (the size of our keyword database for US alone is approaching to 130 million kleywords!), and will now update our database with fresh keywords every single month, so it will get even bigger; - better search volume estimates: the search volume data that we have collected from clickstream was paired with our existing volume data (from Google Keyword Planner) and after a few iterations we created a model that would give a very accurate search volume for almost any keyword there is; - better traffic estimations: now we know much better which pages in search results get clicks and which don't, so we can estimate search traffic better than before. Two important things to note, though: 1) we are still working on improving our organic search traffic estimates, so the numbers you see today are still not final; 2) there are billions of long-tail keywords that send traffic and we are not tracking them because there are just too many, but we already have a few ideas of how to tackle this issue and improve our traffic estimations even further! That's it! These are our 3 most recent improvements and the new ones are already on their way, so stay tuned! STAY TUNED: Ahrefs ► YouTube ► Facebook ► Twitter ► Google+ ►

Tim Soulo shows a cool keyword research tip using Ahrefs’ Keywords Explorer tool to find topics that can rank a single page for hundreds of keywords. This is a great SEO tip that proves search volumes for a single keyword is not a good indication of choosing topics to blog about. You can find the details about Ahrefs’ Keyword Explorer tool here: For a more in-depth video, you can watch Tim’s “Complete Keyword Research Tutorial using Ahrefs’ Keywords Explorer Tool” here: Make sure to subscribe for more Ahrefs tutorials and learn SEO from a data-driven point of view. VIDEO NOTES: Make sure you are not overlooking this quick keyword research hack in Ahrefs' Keywords Explorer () ! First off, instead of looking for the keywords a website is ranking for, you might want to focus on the Top Pages report of Site Explorer (). Why? Because a single page of a website can rank for many different keywords, which aggregate its traffic. The total aggregated traffic is not to be seen when you look at separate keywords, but you can see the total traffic potential of a page that is dedicated to specific topic by checking the Top Pages report. The same tip can be applied to Keywords Explorer. It is always worth opening the SERPs for the keywords you analyse and checking all the metrics of the top ranking pages, including traffic. So instead of just looking at the analysed keyword and its search volume, you should examine the pages that rank in the top 10 search results for that keyword and see how much traffic they get in total. It's a pretty powerful tip and it should be the last step of your keyword research. If you have a short list of keywords that seem interesting to you and relevant to what you are doing, and you want to target them, the last step in identifying which you should target first is checking the SERPs and examining the total traffic potential of topic based on the pages that rank there. So instead of just trying to tailor your page to this specific keyword, you might want to research the page that ranks for it and tailor your page for a slightly different topic. Don't just look at the search volume of a keyword: check you ranks there, what kind of traffic they get and how many keywords they rank for. Focus on the pages over keywords and replicate the pages that bring in a lot of traffic! STAY TUNED: Ahrefs ► YouTube ► Facebook ► Twitter ► Google+ ►

We've just added an absolutely awesome feature to the Content Explorer tool () and we cannot wait to show it to you! You are for sure already familiar with the Content Explorer: you put any keyword into the tool and it will find for you hundreds of thousands of articles on that topic sorted by popularity. Well, here's that new thing that we've just added: it's called Highlight unlinked domains. If you click it and put your website there, Content Explorer will start highlighting all the search results where domains don't have at least a single backlink pointing to your website. Basically, it allows you to quickly find popular sites that write about the topic of your interest, but have never linked to your site. That's a great outreach opportunity! Here's another cool use-case: you can search for your own name in Content Explorer and then again use this new feature to highlight websites that mentioned you, but didn't link to your website. It shouldn't be a problem for you to secure links from them now, right? Quite soon we'll also let you export all these domains that mention a certain keyword, but don't link to your website. That would be huge, right? Let us know what tou think! STAY TUNED: Ahrefs ► Facebook ► Twitter ► Google+ ► YouTube channel ►

NEW: 2018 tutorial to submit your website to search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing. A search engine submission tells search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo that your website exists. If you're a new website owner and you want to be added to search engines (and rank high in Google), then I highly recommend reading our SUPER detailed guide: This video will show you step-by-step, how to submit your website to Google and Bing. Note: Yahoo is powered by Bing’s index, so there’s no need to submit your website(s) to Yahoo; Bing submission/indexation will take care of this. It's absolutely free and there is no harm in doing this. If you want to check if your website shows up in Google search, then you can enter in this search query. site:yourwebsitename.com If Google or Bing doesn't return results, chances are, your website/web page probably hasn’t been indexed for a particular reason. If you see your website in the search results, then your seach engine submission was successful. Congratulations, and welcome to the wonderful world of SEO. But this is just the beginning. From here, you'll need to learn SEO so you can start getting organic search traffic to your website. Be sure to subscribe to our channel for more actionable SEO tips and guides. Subscribe ► RESOURCES MENTIONED: Complete Guide - Google's Submission URL - Bing's Submission URL - STAY TUNED: Ahrefs ► YouTube ► Facebook ► Twitter ► Google+ ►

Guess, what: we've just released another cool feature that will let you dig deeper into the keyword rankings of your competition and actually your own website, too. You must have noticed the little 'chart' button added next to the position of each keyword present in the Organic keywords report of Site Explorer (). Click on this 'chart' button, and you will see the history of you site's ranking for each keyword in the report. We will show you the pages of your site ranking for this keyword in different points in time and you will see which of them has eventually settled at the top. But here's something even better: if you add any domain to this chart, the system will pull all the URLs from this website that were seen in top 100 search results and add them to the chart right next to yours. How cool is that? And it's not yet all the good news for today! You can now explore keyword rankings in 8 more countries: Italy, Austria, Russia, Czech Republic, Singapore, Vietnam, Israel, and Thailand! If your country is not yet in the list, don't worry: we'll soon add more! STAY TUNED: Ahrefs ► Facebook ► Twitter ► Google+ ► YouTube channel ►

Why would you want to find the best content of your competitors? To create something better and outperform them! How can you find it? With the help of Ahrefs tools, for sure! There are three kinds of the best content you might be looking for: 1) the content that generated tons of traction on social media; 2) the content that attracted tons of backlinks; 3) the content that gets tons of SEO traffic to your competition. Let's see how to find all these types of content that helps your competitors. The first two types of content can be easily identified with the help of Ahrefs Content Explorer (). Using this handy tool you may find the most shared articles on any of the social networks, as well as those with the largest number of referring domains. What about the content that brings your competitors tons of traffic from Google? As usual, at Ahrefs we've got a tool for that, too! It's called Ahrefs Positions Explorer () and allows you to get the list of a site's Top Pages with content that brings most of traffic from Google to your competition. This information will surely give you lots of ideas on how to structure your content marketing. Good luck! STAY TUNED: Ahrefs ► Facebook ► Twitter ► Google+ ► YouTube channel ►

Want to know how your competitors get organic traffic from Google? Easy. Research what your competitors are doing and cherry pick proven content opportunities you can add to your blog. Using Ahrefs 'Top Pages' feature in Site Explorer (), you can do a quick competitor analysis and find which pages rank high in Google and use this data to increase your website's organic traffic. In this short video, you'll learn how to analyze any website's top performing pages and find topics worth fighting for in the SERPs. If you're not an Ahrefs user, you can sign up for a 7-day trial at and follow along with this video to see EXACTLY what your competitors are doing. STAY TUNED: Ahrefs ► YouTube ► Facebook ► Twitter ► Google+ ►

The number one question that new SEOs have is: How do I rank on Google? Tim shows you how to rank 1 on Google for any keyword. Subscribe: In this video, you'll see a comparison of 3 competing websites that are ranking for Brian Dean’s SEO tactic, the “Skyscraper Technique.” The short solution to rank 1 on Google follows a simple three step process: 1. Check who’s ranking 1 2. Replicate all of their backlinks 3. Get more links with some good quality link building. The comparison shows how Backlinko’s page has significantly more backlinks and linking domains than the other competing websites. A simple rule of thumb: The more quality backlinks and referring domains you have, the higher you rank in Google. The amount of links and the amount of referring domains is still a very powerful ranking factor! So what can you do to outrank your competitors? 1. Use Ahrefs Site Explorer () to analyze the backlinks profiles of those who rank 1 in Google. 2. Try to get a link from every single domain they've earned links from. 3. Go a step further and find a dozen or two more domains to get links from, so that eventually the number of links and referring domains on your site would be a lot bigger than your competitors have. Execute this tip and see if you’re able to rank high in Google. STAY TUNED: Ahrefs ► Facebook ► Twitter ► Google+ ► YouTube channel ►

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