SEO Tools of the Trade

James Mahony

In today's world, it seems that almost any topic is open for debate. While I was gathering facts for this article, I was quite surprised to find some of the issues I thought were settled are actually still being openly discussed.
Before you start optimizing your site for search engines, there are some tools that you should arm yourself with. These tools can become your best friends when it comes to SEO, especially when you're just starting out. The first and most important step in any search engine position campaign is recognizing which keywords you should optimize your site for, and there are several pieces of software that are useful for this, including Wordtracker, Optilink, Zeus, and Agent Web Ranking.
WordTracker's keyword research service is the only one on the Internet that provides a comprehensive database of the most popular keywords in a particular industry. It can help you recognize associated keywords that you may have never thought of. One of the differences between WordTracker and other tools is that it can spot subtle differences, for example singular and plural keywords, or often-misspelled ones, and tell you which versions are more popular.
Optilink has become very popular in a short period of time because of the power it gives you over search engines. Every site that links to you boosts your ranking, especially if its content is relevant to yours. Optilink helps you to come up with strategies to improve your link structure and get a better ranking. Here are some of the things it does:
1. Analyzes the link structures of your top-ranking competitors.
2. Tells you why your competitors rank well, so you can try to copy what they're doing.
Now that we've covered those aspects of SEO, let's turn to some of the other factors that need to be considered.
3. Tells you what kind of rankings you can expect if you adopt similar linking strategies.
4. Helps to monitor sites you've exchanged links with, to ensure that they're still linking to you.
Zeus has an excellent way of increasing the link popularity of your site -- by exchanging with other sites that are related to yours, giving you a head start on your SEO. Zeus does the work for you, identifying sites that it thinks you should try to exchange links with. If you look for the sites yourself you'll often find it's not worth the time, but an SEO tool like Zeus lets you do it instantly. Once you've got links, you can manage and maintain them automatically.
Agent Web Ranking helps you to check your sites rankings - this is good to see how your SEO efforts are working. Many people just optimize and submit, thinking the work is done, but they're wrong. You need to continuously check your site's rankings, and Agent Web Ranking is a reliable and quick tool for doing this.
The only real problem you might have with any of this software is that search engines can change the way they display their results, breaking the tools until their authors update them. This means that most position reporting software gets outdated very quickly. It's not that much of an issue, though, as most software is provided on a subscription basis with updates included, rather than bought only once.
If you really want to stay ahead in the SEO industry, you should try as many different tools as you can. By paying attention to what tools others are using and learning how they work, you will have the edge in the SEO market. So get out there, and download these SEO tools of the trade!
There's a lot to understand about SEO. We were able to provide you with some of the facts above, but there is still plenty more to write about in subsequent articles.
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