From time to time, I let you know about some of the more useful (out of the abundant crop available on the Internet!) online tools for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) that I have come across. So here’s the latest batch of valuable, and free, widgets that I’ve found:
The first is a site that checks on all of your back links, with a twist: it actually details not only the back link itself, but the anchor text associated with the link. For those of you sophisticated about SEO for your website, you’ll know that this is very important information. There are a couple of reasons why this is important. First of all, the search engines use anchor text to associate your site with keywords that might be searched on in that engine, and uses this information in it’s search rankings. So it’s very important to have your most important keywords show up as anchor text on as many back links as you can manage. Secondly, if the search engines find that the anchor text on your back links is too repetitive, the engines will penalize you from a ranking perspective. The reason is that if the anchor text on all of your back links reads the same, Google and the other engines assume that the links are “manufactured” by the owner of the site–rather than generated naturally as a result of your site being interesting to others. So I highly recommend that you check out and use this tool:
Backlink Anchor Text Checker
A similar tool is the “C Class Back Link Analyzer”. Once again, this is a tool for those sophisticated about SEO. The “C” Class Back Link Analyzer investigates the links pointing to a website, and then groups them according to the IP addresses they result from. If one back link comes from 126.96.36.199 and another comes from 188.8.131.52, the tool would group together. Links which come from the same C-Class IP are likely to be hosted by the same company, often lowering the site’s search engine ranking.
One last esoteric tool for the true SEO fanatics out there. It’s called Deep Link Ratio Calculator. This tool measure the number of links to pages on your site other than the Index/Home Page, divided by the total number linked to your site. This is important because the Search Engines consider these “Deep Links” to be more “natural”, more likely the result of someone creating a link to some great content in your site (as opposed to you listing your own site in a directory, for example). So this neat tool can give you another view of how “natural” the Search Engines are viewing the links to your site.
Finally, I present “yet another” Keyword Suggestion tool. I know, there are lots of them out there, but I find that when you’re looking to generate keywords for SEO on a site, or when starting a PPC campaign, there are never enough good tools. This Suggestion tool claims to accumulate and report Keyword variations from the six most major search engines. Give it a shot and report back how it goes.
I hope that you find these online SEO tools useful–post a comment and let me know!