Deepcrawl – The Crawler of Choice for LARGE Websites

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We were approached by Matt at DeepCrawl.co.uk to review their relatively young, but capable site crawl cloud based platform. When we first received the request, I was a little unsure as to how useful this tool will be when compared to well-known & comprehensive tools like Screaming Frog and IIS SEO Toolkit, both of which I’m a massive fan. To quickly assess what DeepCrawl was up against, I pulled together some high level pros and cons of SF & IIS to set the scene: Screaming Frog Pros: The ‘all in…

Get Your Backlink Growth History in Excel with the Links API Extension For Excel

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Back in late November, we added Majestic SEO to the Links API Extension for Excel. If you’re using the extension in Excel, you can do pretty much everything the Majestic API will let you do (there are 19 API calls, I think) including URL metrics, anchor text and top pages and a lot of other stuff. Anyway, when we launched the tool, I didn’t have a lot of time to document anything but the main API calls. That’s got to change (seriously – 25% of the features of our own Links API…

How To Use Our API to Get Website Contact Details

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For about 4 or 5 months now, we’ve had Link Cleanup and Contact available as a free service to anyone who wants to collect data on sites for outreach or link removal. The tool’s been doing pretty well, processing in the region of 700,000 to 1,000,000 new domains a month (yes, I was pretty surprised about that too!). Anyway, we quietly launched a simple API service (you need to be logged into tools.seogadget.com to get to the API page), which the front end tool is actually based on. It’s been holding up pretty well so we’re…

Cleanup & Contact: Easily Gather Link Data With Our New Tool

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Almost every Penguin post in the SEOsphere advises one common course of action for affected websites: analyse your back links and, remove them. That’s quite a big ask, especially if you’re armed only with Excel and a request to get started on link removal! To that end – we’re announcing (an early version of) this Link Clean-up & Contact tool, built to help SEO’s easily fetch (and store) data on the links to their sites, for free. What’s Link Clean-up & Contact? Our SEO team have taken on a raft of new clients in the last 2…

Using Google Docs To Generate Hot Content Strategies [Tool]

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> Skip the chit chat, give me that tool now! It has been a little while now since my last blog post, but hopefully the wait has been worth it! I’m very excited to be writing this post and to be sharing this tool with you. Research for new content strategies takes time Every day in our industry we face the challenge of developing new strategies for attracting traffic to a website and staying ahead of the competition, whether this is through on or off site engagement. As marketers it’s…

IIS SEO Toolkit Secrets You Might Not Know

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If you haven’t installed IIS toolkit yet, then what are you waiting for? Go! Now! Install IIS toolkit! This is truly a genius tool, and the amount of data that can be extracted is immense. In another blog post, Richard spoke about some cool techniques using IIS toolkit to find orphaned pages when combined with VLOOKUP in Excel, but it can do so much more. There are a few hidden doors to this tool, which provide you with more powerful options to manipulate the site analysis data beyond the standard…

Lessons Learned: Building Simple SEO Tools

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Almost a month ago, we released the anchor text tool, a simple URL by URL anchor text analyser that plugs in to the Anchor Text Linkscape API. If I’m honest, the tool was as much a learning device for future tool development as it was an opportunity to give something back to the community. I definitely think there’s a ton of scope for other SEO folks out there to experiment with building their own SEO tools without any formal development skills, and I think that they should! On that note,…

Analyse Your Anchor Text With The SEOgadget Anchor Text Tool

There hasn’t been as much blogging activity on this site in the past three weeks. For good reason, I’ve been on a (much needed) holiday after a mind blowing first 6 months of the year and, upon my return, I’ve been building a new toy. Image: Jared You can now analyse your anchor text with the SEOgadget anchor text tool. Analyse your top 10 anchor texts and image links to a page, domain or subdomain The public version of the tool is free to use and if you find it…

Http Status Reports With Open Site Explorer, Xenu and VLookup

Open Site Explorer is a really nice tool to enable quick and easy reviews of your best inbound links, most linked to pages and most frequently occurring anchors in text links. One of my favourite tools in OSE has always been the classic “Top Pages” report, allowing for deeper visibility on your most linked to pages. Image credit: Br1dotcom With the top pages report, you may find that lower authority sites with many pages get less crawl bandwidth than sites with higher authority. This can lead to URLs in the…

Google Keyword Tool – Volume Data is Permanent

More exciting news after this week’s observations in the community that Google’s Keyword Toolwas temporarily spitting out real numbers – it’s doing it again! Is this a permanent change now? Let’s hope so! Go see for yourself at: https://adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal **Update: Yes, it looks like it is – Rebecca at SEOmoz included a link to this inside adwords post on this week’s roundup Thursday.