Link Building Tools for the Modern Day Marketer
It’s kind of unfortunate but automated backlink building is a thing of the past at this point. Those who’ve been on the scene for a while will remember when there were some pretty powerful tools around that could be used to rank even freshly purchased domains.
There are always exceptions to every situation but I can remember when I could put up a site quickly and rank it for virtually no expense at all. These days it takes quite a bit more effort and money. Not to mention you’ll end up having to subscribe to a handful of services requiring monthly payments.
What I’ll be going over in this post are the tools I’m using to create, monitor, track and boost up my backlinks in 2016.
I should note up top here that I’ll be covering all kinds of backlink building tools. These will include white hat, gray hat and yes even some black hat tools and methods.
Having been a SERPBook user for almost 5 years I can tell you it’s had a fair share of ups and downs. The one thing it has been consistently good about though is it always churns out reliable ranking results. They’ve also added a couple of tools recently that make them even better. Depending on what you do in SEO you should check out what they call viewkeys. They make it simple for you to allow your customers to preview their rank tracker. They have a white label version as well.
Pro Rank Tracker
Pro Rank Tracker is a formidable SERPBook competitor. They recently completed an update of their interface that I’m not crazy about, but functionally these guys rank right up there with the best. They may even be the best.
I don’t use either of the most well-known keyword tools for finding keywords simply because I just don’t believe the search results they provide is very accurate. That said there are a few keyword tools I do use because they do some other things well.
SEMRush holds the distinction of being the original keyword spy tool, having been around longer than any of its competitors. One of the things I really like about this service is the simplicity of the research dashboard, showcasing both organic and paid ads. This makes it a fantastic tool for PPC Marketers as well as SEOs who need information on the keywords being used by their competitors.
Ahrefs Organic Explorer
Ahrefs is a tool that has come a long way since it was originally introduced. When these guys came along they kind of took the market and SEMRush by storm, in many cases offering more keyword data than any other service, including SEMRush. Ahrefs looks positioned to dominate this sector of the SEO market for years to come.
Since Moz seems to have taken a few steps back as of late, with their backlink data not being very good there really are only 2 service providers of note still around.
With the way Ahrefs has been raising their prices I’ve basically moved on from their tool suite. I’m able to get the same tools by using some other services. With that already having been said, make no mistake about it these guys present the best and without question the biggest backlink index on Earth. Other than Majestic nobody even comes close.
Another thing they’re doing quite well is introducing more and more of the tools SEOs need. They’re really close to becoming a very solid suite of SEO tools.
When it comes to talking about link checkers Majestic has to be in the conversation. With their reasonable pricing and newly updated interface they’re definitely among the top players in the SEO data game. The one area I’d like to see them be better in is number of different tools they offer. I would say this is where their opportunity is to grow. My suggestion is if you have the ability to have both, then that is exactly what I suggest you do. Using both Ahrefs and Majestic in tandem will provide you full coverage of every SEO tool needed.
Finding potential linking opportunities is often difficult, especially if you’re looking for partners in a niche that’s small. Fortunately there are some very good tools available that will do this task so you don’t have to.
ScrapeBox is widely considered to be the Swiss Army Knife of SEO. It’s a desktop application that comes loaded with an absolutely full slate of helpful tools. Depending on your needs the only expenses you’ll have, beyond the onetime fee for the application, are a few good quality proxies. They do offer a nice variety of premium add-ons as well but like I said whether you’ll need those or not will just depend on the things you need to do with it. You’ll need to have a good working knowledge of how to use Google footprints too, but other than that it’s a very simple set of tools. Everyone doing SEO should probably have ScrapeBox in their tool kit.
Link Prospector by Citation Labs
If you’re the type that prefers online applications to a desktop application like ScrapeBox then I recommend you look into Link Prosper. It has just about all the tools you’ll find in SB and you won’t have to deal with the learning curve involved with ScrapeBox either. The only drawback to this service to me is the monthly fee, which is necessary from their perspective. I just prefer fewer monthly fees as opposed to more.
While there is a saturation of outreach services available on the market the only two that are worth considering are those I’ve listed below.
I was introduced to PitchBox by a friend some time ago and once I tried it I quickly got to a point where I’m not sure how I got along without it. I think it’s awesome! I like everything about it from its configuration, to the dashboard, and right to how easy it is to use. What makes it perfect is that you can literally find your prospects, do your outreach and do your link building all from within one tool. Be warned though it’s not cheap, but the time you’ll save could be well worth it to you.
You should look at BuzzStream as a cheap alternative to the service above because that’s exactly what it is. For me it just lacks a certain quality but the reality is functionally it’s a pretty nice offering. And the pricing at only about $24 each month is super easy to digest.
Automated Link Building
This is where I contradict myself a little bit. You’ll recall that at the beginning of this writing I said automated backlinking was dead, and I still say that for the most part it is. But tools I’m listing here now can still be used to create some pretty awesome links in an almost automated fashion. These aren’t tools like SENuke or Magic Submitter though as those tools just aren’t helpful to your long term SEO efforts these days. In fact unless you know your way around SEO using either of those tools will probably be more harmful than they will be helpful.
GSA Search Engine Ranker
GSA can still be useful for some specific things. Those specific things are building parasites. However if you’re not already building parasites then I would say don’t buy GSA now to start doing them. You should simply use one of the outstanding online services instead.
Because of its sheer size SAPE is an extremely powerful backlinking network. There are almost a million websites you can get links from, and there are thousands more added and taken away on a daily basis. This coupled with the dirt cheap prices makes SAPE a really good link building opportunity.
The service is accessed through an easy browser application where you’ll do the link filtering once you’re setup. After you’re all set up you’ll discover it’s a great way to give your websites a quick boost.
If you have ScrapeBox and your cash is tight you can get away with using the built in proxy scraper that comes standard. They won’t be the highest quality proxies but like I said you can make them work until you can opt for some higher quality proxies.
With Storm Proxies rather than getting specific private proxies that are set for the term of the subscription period you’ll be granted access to their huge pool of proxies. They advertise that their proxy pool size is more than 15,000 so that should certainly cover your needs. Their pricing is also very reasonable, along with an ability to integrate with many of the most popular link building applications and software.
At just $2.50 per month for 5 dedicated proxies Blazing SEO is a great deal. With features like multiple locations and the ability to get new ones everyday these guys are worth considering if when you’re in need of proxies.
Captcha is simple, so I’ll keep it simple. Here are the two that I’ve used for years.
GSA Captcha Breaker
Of all of the captcha solving tools I’ve used GSA Captcha Breaker has provided the highest success rate. It is much higher than Captcha Sniper which I used before GSA Captcha Breaker was released. Since it’s a one-time payment desk-top application I like it even more. For most of the tools I use that need to solve captcha I use this as my primary solving option and use an online solution as my backup.
Death by Captcha
Death by Captcha has been around seemingly since the beginning of SEO time. They’ve done a great job of adapting quickly over the years to any new captcha systems. You’ll want to be careful here though because the costs can skyrocket quickly if you don’t monitor it.
I’m sure you’ve heard it a thousand times just like I have. Content is king. Well even if you don’t believe content is king you have to understand it is certainly one of your most important pieces of the SEO puzzle. This is doubly true if you’re doing black hat SEO. Here are the tools and services I use to acquire great content.
I have to admit a bias about WordAi because I know these guys personally, but that established I still truly believe it is the absolute greatest automated spinners you’re ever going to find. If you need to create readable content on a large scale WordAi is for you.
With iWriter a little up front work is required to find the most appropriate writer for your particular job, but when you get past this point it’s a great option for acquiring good quality content. They make their offer even more attractive by giving you the ability to decline an article before the writer is paid.
To get the most out of iWriter you’ll need to be patient as you may encounter writers that try to get away with passing off duplicate or just plain bad articles. Just reject those and have your work done by other writers. The ability to do this is what makes this service great.
The Best Spinner
At this point I don’t use The Best Spinner very much but when I do I only use it to do manual spinning. One of the drawbacks with TBS is it can be really time consuming to do manual spinning. It can take hours to produce one high quality rewritten article. The good news though is the spun article can be used and reused 10 or 15 times across your private network without a problem.
If you’re just registering domains I recommend NameCheap, but if you’re looking for high quality expired domains here are some good options.
For finding expired domains to power my PBNs I’ve been using Lazarus Crawler for more than two years. I like it because it’s dead simple to learn and use and is really, really fast. The only other application that even comes close to this one is Expired Domain Hunter but its way to slow and a bit of a resource hog.
The Domain Name
TDN is a really nice tool from my friend Jason Duke and it comes with the largest domain database available anywhere. The recently released pre-reveal update they just rolled out really put this tool on a whole other level.
Here’s a list of hosting providers that can help you with your hosting needs no matter if you’re looking for a VPS or PBN, and all their prices are reasonable.
Easy Blog Networks
With Easy Blog Networks setting up a WordPress install is as easy as simply setting up the configuration of your Nameservers. As part of their service offering they have TF and DA monitoring systems built right in. Oh, and indexation and domain health as well. On top of all that they have a system that does an index check in such a wat that stops Google from removing your website from their index because of EM domain lookups.
If you’ve reach a point where you need more computing resources then perhaps you should consider acquiring a VPS. Here are some outstanding providers you should consider. If you’re based in Europe you should look into Mega RDP. I’ve had a VPS with them for a few years now. To be honest I don’t think much of the package specifications but it sure is fast, really fast.
If you’re based in North America then have a look at ZeroPid. What makes these guys so great? Well the upside to using them is twofold. The first is their great prices, and the second is their servers are based in Canada. Having servers based in Canada means you’ll never get DMCA notices for certain backlink building issues.
If you’re based in Asia I suggest Soft Sys. I used them when I operated out of Asia for a short while and thought they were really quite good.
And that ladies and gentlemen takes care of this look at link building tools.
I surely hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post and have found it useful.
Thanks for reading.