The 55 Best Free SEO Tools For Every Task

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At Moz, we know the value of premium SEO tools — we’ve
built new tools for 10+ years. Paid tools are hugely valuable in
SEO when you need advanced features, increased limits, stored data,
or online support.

But for 70 percent of other tasks, a free tool often does the
trick.
There are literally hundreds of free SEO tools out there, so we
want to focus on only the best and most
useful to add to your toolbox. Tons of people in the SEO
community helped vet the SEO software in this post (see the note
at the end). To be included, a tool had to meet three requirements.
It must be:

Widely used by the SEO community
Broadly useful with a reputation for delivering above-board
value
Actually, truly free

The tools are categorized by SEO function. Click on a button
below to jump to that specific section.

Categories:

Analytics   Crawling/Indexing   Keyword
Research
   Link
Tools
   Local
SEO
   Mobile
SEO
   Multi-tool   On-page
SEO
   Research   Site
Speed
   WordPress

Analytics

The best tools to analyze search performance, monitor SERPs,
keywords, and competitor analysis:

1. Bing Webmaster Tools

While Google Webmaster Tools gets all the glory, folks forget
that Bing Webmaster offers a full sweet of website and search
analytics. Especially useful are keyword reports, keyword research,
and crawling data.

Get it: Bing
Webmaster
Also useful: Yandex.Webmaster

2. Data Studio

If you need to merge data from different sources (say Search
Console and Google Analytics), visualize, and share it – this is
Google Data Studio’s comfort zone. For an idea of all the SEO tasks
and dashboards that you can build for free, check out these

Google Data Studio Resources
from Lee Hurst.

Get it: Data
Studio

3. Enhanced Google Analytics Annotations

How do you know if your dip in traffic (or rise) is associated
with a Google Algorithm update, or perhaps a major holiday? This is
a highly-recommended Google Chrome plugin that overlays additional
data on top of your analytics, so you can easily send screenshots
to clients showing exactly how outside forces impacted traffic.

Get it: Enhanced
Google Analytics Annotations

Alternatives: Panguin Tool,
Zeo Tools

4. Google Analytics

The big kahuna, and the most widely-used web analytics package
on earth. For being free, Google Analytics is surprisingly robust
and plays well with other Google products, including Optimize,
Search Console, and Data Studio. Some folks have privacy concerns
with GA — though Google swears they don’t use this data for
search rankings.

Get it: Google
Analytics
Alternatives:
Clicky, Open Web Analytics

5. Search Console

Probably the most useful free SEO tool on this entire list, it’s
hard to imagine doing modern SEO without access to the data inside
Google’s Search Console. This is the most reliable location for
information on how Google crawls and ranks your site, and is one of
the only places where you can get reliable keyword data.

Get it: Search
Console

6. Keyword Hero

Did somebody say (not provided)? Keyword Hero works to solve the
problem of missing keyword data with lots of advanced math and
machine learning. It’s not a perfect system, but for those
struggling to match keywords with conversion and other on-site
metrics, the data can be a valuable step in the right direction.
Pricing is free up to 2000 sessions/month.

Get it: Keyword
Hero

7. MozCast

The brainchild of Dr. Pete and the original Google SERP
tracker, MozCast is the go-to algorithm tracker whenever there’s a
big update, or not. Also useful are the SERP tracking features
showing the prominence of such features as ads and knowledge
panels.

Get it: MozCast
Also useful: Algoroo, Rank Risk Index,
Ayima Pulse

Crawling/Indexing

Specific tools to make sure your site is crawlable and
optimized.

8. Beam Us Up

If you need a free, desktop crawler, you can’t do better than
Beam Us Up. While it doesn’t have as many features as Screaming
Frog, it does offer 100 percent free crawling with no limits.
Windows only.

Get it: Beam Us Up

9. Link Redirect Trace

A free Chrome extension, lots of SEOs recommend Link Redirect
Trace as the “all-in-one redirect path analyzer.” The extension
reveals information about HTTP headers, rel-canonicals,
robots.txt, and basic link metrics from LinkResearchTools. The
“Save Screenshot” feature is super useful too.

Get it: Link
Redirect Trace

10. Redirect Path

Similar to Link Redirect Trace, Redirect Path is a nifty tool
from the good folks at Ayima that shows redirect paths and
header information for every URL you visit. Gotta admit, I’ve used
this extension for years and it’s almost “always on” in my
browser.

Get it: Redirect
Path

11. Screaming Frog

Aside from having one of the best Twitter accounts of any SEO
tool maker, Screaming Frog is the most popular desktop-based
crawler available today. Many people don’t realize that there’s a
free version that allows for up to 500 URLs per crawl. While not as
fully functional as the paid version, it’s great for small projects
and smaller site audits.

Get it: Screaming
Frog

12. Screaming Frog Log File Analyzer

Most folks in the SEO space are familiar with Screaming Frog,
but many don’t realize that the Frog also offers a
standalone free/paid Log File Analyzer tool. The free version is
very robust, though limited to 1000 lines.

Get it: Screaming Frog
Log File Analyser

13. SEOlyzer

SEOlyzer is a log analysis tool recommended by Aleyda Solis in
her very excellent SEO podcast
Crawling Mondays
. SEOlyzer is a terrific log analysis tool with
some cool features like real-time analysis and page
categorization.

Get it: SEOlyzer

14. Xenu

Gotta be honest, although Xenu has been on every “free SEO tool”
list since the dawn of, no way did I think it would make this one.
This Windows-based desktop crawler has been virtually unchanged
over the past 10 years. That said, a lot of folks still love and
use it for basic site auditing, looking for broken links, etc.
Heck, I’m leaving here for sentimental reasons. Check it out.

Get it: Xenu

Keyword Research 15. Answer The
Public

It’s hard not to love Answer The Public. The interface has an
almost “Cards Against Humanity” rebel vibe to it. Regardless, if
you want to generate a massive list of questions from any keyword
set, this is your go-to tool.

Get it: Answer The
Public

16. Keyword Explorer

OMG. 500 million keyword suggestions, all the most accurate
volume ranges in the industry. You also get Moz’s famous Keyword
Difficulty Score along with CTR data. Moz’s free community account gives
you access to 10 queries a month, with each query literally giving
you up to 1000 keyword suggestions along with SERP analysis.

Get it: Keyword
Explorer

17. Keyword Planner

Google’s own Keyword Planner was built for folks who buy Google
ads, but it still delivers a ton of information useful for SEO
keyword planning. It uses Google’s own data and has useful
functions like country filtering. Be careful with metrics like
competition (this is meant for paid placements) and volume —
which is known to be confusing.

Get it: Keyword
Planner

18. Keyword Shitter

Yes, it’s called Keyword Shitter. It pains me to write this.
That said, it says what it does and does what it says. Type in a
keyword and it, um, poops out a poop-ton of keywords.

Get it: Keyword
Shitter

19. Keywords Everywhere

An SEO favorite! Install this browser extension for Firefox or
Chrome, and see keyword suggestions with volume as you cruise the
internet. Works in Google Search Console as well. This one is a
must-have for keyword inspiration.

Get it: Keywords
Everywhere

20. Ubersuggest

Sometimes I make fun of Neil Patel because he does SEO in his
pajamas. I’m probably jealous because I don’t even own pajamas.
Regardless, Neil took over Ubersuggest not long ago and gave it a
major overall. If you haven’t tried it in a while, it now goes way
beyond keyword suggestions and offers a lot of extended SEO
capabilities such as basic link metrics and top competitor
pages.

Get it: Ubersuggest

Link Tools

Tools to find, evaluate, and process backlink opportunities.

21. Disavow Tool

Google makes the Disavow Tool hard to find because most site
owners usually don’t need to use it. But when you do, it can be
useful for getting penalties removed and some SEOs swear by it for
fighting off negative SEO. If you choose to use this tool, be
careful and check with this guide on disavowing the
right links
.

Get it: Disavow
Tool

22. Link Explorer

Link Explorer is arguably the biggest, most accurate link index
in the SEO world today, boasting 35 trillion links. The free account access gives you
10 queries and 50 rows of data per query every month, plus adds
basic link metrics to the MozBar as you browse
the web.

Get it: Link
Explorer

23. Link Miner

Link Miner is a free Chrome extension developed by Jon Cooper,
one of the masters of link building. Use it to quickly find broken
links on each page, as well as see basic link metrics as you search
Google. Simple, easy, and useful.

Get it: Link
Miner

Local SEO

Free tools to optimize your on Google Maps and beyond.

24. Google My Business

Basically, this is the #1, must-have tool for Local SEO —
especially if you live in a market served by Google. It allows you
to claim your business, manage listing information, and respond to
reviews — among other things. Claiming your business profile
forms the foundation of most other local SEO activities, so it’s an
essential step.

Get it: Google My
Business

25. Google Review Link Generator

The Google Review Link Generator by Whitespark solves a simple
problem – how do you give your customers a URL to leave a Google
review for your business? Reviews drive rankings, but Google
doesn’t easily provide this. This generator makes it easy.

Get it: Google Review
Link Generator

26. Local Search Results Checker

One of the hardest parts of Local SEO is figuring out rankings
from any location — especially when Google stubbornly wants to
serve results from the location you’re in. BrightLocal solves this
with a quick local ranking tool that can virtually drop you into
any location on earth to check actual local rankings.

Get it: Local
Search Results Checker

27. Moz Local Check Business Listing

How consistent is your business information across the local
search ecosystem? Moz Local lets you quickly check how your
business shows up across the web in the major data aggregators that
Google and others use to rank local search results. Very handy to
understand your strengths and weaknesses. 

Get it: Moz Local Check
Business Listing

Mobile SEO

Tools to optimize your website in Google’s mobile-first
world.

28. Mobile First Index Checker

Mobile versions of websites often differ significantly from
their desktop versions. Because Google has switched to mobile-first
indexing, it’s important that major elements (links, structured
data, etc.) match on both versions. A number of tools will check
this for you, but Zeo’s is probably the most complete.

Get it: Mobile First
Index Checker

29. Mobile SERP Test

It’s amazing how mobile search results can vary by both location
AND device. MobileMoxie’s mobile SERP test lets you compare devices
side-by-side for any location, down to specific addresses.

Get it: Mobile SERP
Test

30. Mobile-Friendly Test

The gold standard for determining if your page meets Google’s
mobile-friendly requirements. If your page passes the test, then
Google counts it as mobile friendly, which is a bonafide (albeit
small) ranking factor. If your page isn’t mobile-friendly, it will
give you specific areas to address.

Get it: Mobile-Friendly
Test

Multi-tool

Free SEO tools that have so many functions, they have their own
special category.

31. Chrome DevTools

The sheer number of SEO tasks you can perform—for free—with
Chrome DevTools is simply staggering. From JavaScript auditing to
speed to On-Page SEO, some
of the best features are hidden away but totally awesome.
Need some specific ways to use it for SEO? Check out these
resources
here
,
here
, and
here
.

Get it: Chrome
DevTools

32. Marketing Miner

Marketing Miner has a low profile in the United States, but it’s
one of the best-kept secrets of Eastern Europe. If you need to pull
a lot of SERP data, rankings, tool reports, or competitive
analysis, Marketing Miner does the heavy lifting for you and loads
it all into convenient reports. Check out this list
of miners
for possible ideas. It’s a paid tool, but the free
version allows to perform a number of tasks.

Get it: Marketing
Miner

33. MozBar

One of the original SEO toolbars, the MozBar has seen
significant upgrades over the years. Log in with a free Moz account and get link
metrics as you browse the web, perform on-page analysis, and SERP
analysis. The free version is super-useful by itself, while Pro
users get additional functionality like advanced keyword
suggestions.

Get it: MozBar

34. SEMrush

Like Moz, SEMrush offers a full suite of all-in-one SEO tools,
and they have a free account option that works well if you only
work with a single website, or only need a quick peek at top level
data. The free account level gives you access to one “project”
which includes basic site auditing, as well as limited keyword and
domain reporting.

Get it: SEMrush

35. SEO Minion

SEO Minion is a very popular Chrome extension that goes beyond
most SEO toolbars. Some of the quick functions it performs
include analyzing on-page SEO, check broken links, Hreflang
checks, a SERP preview tool, and a nifty Google search location
simulator. Definitely worth trying out.

Get it: SEO Minion

36. SEOquake

Out of all the SEO toolbars available on the market, SEOquake is
probably the most powerful, and comes with a plethora
of configuration options — so you can configure it to adjust to
your SEO needs. Aside from offering a boatload of data for every
URL you visit, you can also perform basic on-page audits, compare
domains, and export your data.

Get it: SEOquake

37. Sheets for Marketers

Sheets for Marketers isn’t a tool per se, but a website that
contains over 100+ free templates to perform a huge number of tasks
using Google Sheets. Find powerful free sheets for everything
including competitive analysis, site audits, scraping, keyword
research, and more. This is a website for your bookmarks. 

Get it: Sheets for
Marketers

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