When we set out to create Keysearch our initial vision was to give everyday bloggers and small businesses a cheaper more affordable alternative to ahrefs.
As many of you know ahrefs is considered the gold standard of SEO tools. Their backlink database is second to none and it has driven their entire toolset to become the SEO software industry leader.
Here at Keysearch our goal wasn’t to compete with ahrefs but to offer an ahrefs alternative. Giving users a great set of SEO tools that meet the needs for 99% of customers looking to improve their search engine optimization at a fraction of the cost. Let’s take a look at how we stack up:
Keyword Research Tool
The heart and soul of Keysearch is our keyword research tool. To be honest this is an area where we feel we beat ahrefs hands down. Unlike ahrefs we pull our keyword data in real-time allowing us to not be confined by a database. This gives you more keywords and very little chance of your keyword not returning keyword ideas or data (which can happen often with ahrefs).
Our keyword difficulty algorithm and analysis tool is also much more precise than ahrefs which only factors in 1 metric when it comes to keyword difficulty (linking domains). We have over a dozen different data points we factor into our difficulty algorithm. This includes backlinks, on-page factors, google results count and much more. We also keep our algorithm up to date with Google’s latest changes.
You can choose to get search suggestions from Google Keyword Planner, our own database of over 1 billion keywords or other suggestion options such as Google Suggest, Amazon Suggest, YouTube Suggest etc.. This gives you much more suggestion options than ahrefs, allowing you to find even more keywords with included search volume and CPC data.
Our bulk keyword difficulty checker is also something that no other tool can match. Real-time keyword difficulty checks in bulk rather than relying on cached data for bulk difficulty metrics.
Our Explorer tool allows you to dive into backlink data, organic search and traffic data for any website or webpage. We also incorporate this data into our keyword research section. So, similar to ahrefs, you can see traffic estimates and ranking keyword counts right from our keyword research and keyword difficulty tools.
Now we don’t boast to have a backlink database nearly as big or as fresh as ahrefs (who does?). But our database does contain over 100 billion backlinks and crawls the web non-stop, 24/7. This gives you the ability to view your backlinks and also find great link building opportunities by researching competitors websites.
Our Google organic search database currently has google search data on over 80 million keywords and growing, with stats updated every 30 days for most keywords.
We show you things like your top ranking keywords, competitors, top referring domains, anchor text, and ranking distribution. In addition, we let you know what difficulty score we feel your site should be targeting when looking for keywords.
Our organic search features allow you to see which keywords you are ranking for as well as what keywords your competitors are ranking for. This way you can easily steal their keywords right from under them!
Competitor Gap Tool
You can also use our Competitor Gap feature which is similar to ahrefs Content Gap tool. This is where you can type in one, or multiple competitors websites and see which keywords they are ranking for and you are not. Allowing you to find great keyword ideas you wouldn’t have thought of otherwise.
Our rank tracker is not nearly as complicated or as sophisticated as ahrefs. Once again we set out to create a toolset that caters to what most everyday bloggers and small businesses need. A simple tool that tracks your rankings and does it well.
We update your keywords rankings daily (ahrefs top-tier plan is only every 3 days) and track your progress in a simple to use interface that doesn’t take weeks to learn. After adding a domain to track we also show you keywords we’ve found that you are already ranking for, letting you decide whether you’d like to add those to the daily rank tracker as well.
Keysearch The Affordable Ahrefs Alternative
We won’t claim to be better than ahrefs. Personally, we are big fans of their tools. Their big data capabilities are unmatched. For large SEO agencies, there really is nothing that compares to the data they can provide and SEO audit functions.
With that said though, that is not our goal. We want to provide useful tools for everyone. This is why unlike ahrefs we also have an entire section dedicated to Youtube Research and Youtube SEO. Helping you get your videos ranked on Youtube by offering the same type of keyword difficulty scores we offer in our regular keyword research but for Youtube! How cools is that.
Also, our Content Assistant tool (click the link to read more about it) will be an incredible addition to your SEO toolbox. Here we analyze the first page Google results and show you exactly what you need to compete with the top 10 pages (topic ideas, keywords to include, word count etc..). This tool can help bring rankings back to life for new or old pieces of content on your site.
Try Us For Free
If you’d like to see if Keysearch is for you, then take us for a spin completely free. Just signup for our free trial here. You can also use our 20% off discount code KSDISC which makes our Starter plan only $13.60 per month compared to ahrefs $99 per month. You can’t really beat that!
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