xmmm, there are too many software for that…and o lot of misleading reviews for commercial reasons.
They offer trial versions, why don't you try some of them?
In any case, the most important factor to check is, how much the maintenance updates cost per year, because this type of software works with rules updates.
I have been using IBP for a couple of years and love their ranking reports.
When it comes to link building IBP can not be a stand alone solution.
I also have SEO Power Suite – a more powerful solution, but also a quite expensive tool.
My favorite SEO software today is SENuke X – it is expensive, and if you only have 1 site $147 a month is a bit expensive. (you are allowed to install it on 3 computers).
I started to use SE Nuke X on my PC, but a few month ago I decided to go for a VPS so the software could run 24/7.
A cheap SEO software to start with is Sick Submitter – for less than $20 a month you can create a lot of backlinks form forums, article and normal directories and much more.
If you are new to SEO another idea might be to hire a freelancer – you can get a top link builder for 2-3$ an hour.
I have tested and made about 15 SEO Software Reviews from different pieces of software I have been using in my own SEO work.
You are welcome to drop a PM if you have any questions.
Excellent info, thank you Hightower. I wish I would have got this feedback a day earlier.
I did decide to go with SEO Suite 8.0 by Apex Pacific. In fact, with the holiday special pricing…
I ended up purchasing xGEN SEO, which snagged me a free copy of SEO Suite 8.0!
Yes, the was a bit expensive; however it is time to unleash the SEO dogs and move some of my clients website to the top of the Google charts.
I actually talked to the folks at Apex and they took their time and were super friendly. With this purchase I do get priority support and other than a time shift, seemed to be the best way to go.
Many of the other SEO companies I contacted didn't respond and those that did used an email that was polite but basically said I was on my own. While swimming into the waters of SEO, I want a software partner.
I have run the SEO Suite program already on one of my own companies and the information is excellent. I have incorporated the changes and submitted to 146 search engines and many directories. I am very interested to see how this begins to make my wife's company climb in Google ranking.
The xGEN SEO package is a social media marketing tool to help generate quality back links from all the major social media sites using one simple interface. This was particularly interesting to me as social media has dominated. Right now it doesn't support Google+, but I am hoping that will come shortly. In my opinion, G+ will be even more critical for SEO in the future.
Again, thanks for the excellent reply.
You are most welcome :-)
And you are absolutely right – sadly there is a lot of hype and buzz around a lot of SEO software, but when
it comes to support you often realize that some companies are doing extremely bad.
I have also used Apex Pacific (PPC Admax) for a short time for a previous PPC campaign, and their staff is indeed very support minded.
You should not put a lot of effort in submitting to search engines – the big one like Google and Bing would find your sites, if you have some quality links pointing to them.
You are right about Google´s +1 button – there is no doubt that +1´s having an effect on your rankings.
Social exposure would have an impact in site rankings, so links from Facebook, Google +1, Twitter and social bookmarking are great sources to get links from.
Social Adr has recently added support for Google +1, and are also able to build links from other users Twitter accounts.
I started to use it about 3 months back – I started using the free subscription where you have to bookmark other peoples sites, and in return the system/other users bookmark yours.
But after a month I switched to the paid version, and bookmarks are built daily on auto pilot.
If you need a few extra details I have SocialAdr Review
A couple of years ago it was extremely easy to rank a site, just by building a lot of links from directories, but today most of the web directories does not carry much link juice.
In a way it is fair enough, imagine that you submit a link and within a year the site is down or the description is outdated and you forget all about it.
Most of those directories does not offer much value to their users – you should not put a lot of efforts in getting back links from directories with lower PR than 3-4.
Article marketing is still OK if you focus on the best article directories and only submit quality articles.
I use a service that provides quality articles for $3-5 each, and if you spin those articles to 80% uniqueness, and submit them to quality article directories and web 2.0 sites you will get some juicy back links.
One thing that many site owners (including myself until about 7 months ago) forget to think about, is the fact that links who is not indexed by Google does not carry any link juice to your site.
Example – you submit a quality spun article to 100 article directories, 80 of those directories approve you article and then you are happy for those back links.
But when you starts to dig a bit deeper, you might realize that maybe only 20 of those links are indexed by Google – and the rest is not carrying any link juice at all.
So it is also about indexing you back links – I will make a review later of some of those services you can use for that, but just send me a PM if you need more info.
Also be careful not to "fall in love" with SEO software. I did that mistake 2-3 years ago – bought a lot of fancy crap, hardly not used any time on each tool before I moved on to the next piece of fancy software.
One of the most important thing when it comes to SEO is reverse engineering – what are your competitors doing, and why is their site ranking for a particular keyword.
So it is about digging into the top 10 sites and have a look at their content, how they have built their site and also extremely important: which sites are linking to them and what anchor text are they using for their back links.
Before you could use the Yahoo site explorer to spy on a competitors back links, but sadly thy shot down that service.
One of my favorite tools for keyword research is Market Samurai, and just before Christmas they announced that they now support back link analyses of you competitors sites (they are using Majestic SEO´s service for that).
So that means that you are able to get a picture of which sites who are linking to your competitors, what is the sites PR, and what anchor text are they linking with.
Here is a short Market Samurai Review
I really love this feature, because it gives a good indicator about how many links you need, and the PR and anchor text you competitors are using.
If you have any questions you are welcome to drop me a not :-)
Happy SEO New year!
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