Best Tool for Competition Analysis?

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Hi Guys,

What is the best tool for top 10 competition analysis tool of a keyword? Traffic Travis used to work great, but recently its competition analysis is messed up. Ideas?
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  • I use Market Samurai. Not sure if it is the best, but it works well for me.

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    • Profile picture of the author kid3378
      Market Samurai! Definitely the best tool when analyzing competitors sites.
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      • Profile picture of the author kenn1thlotts
        There are so many competitor analysis tools available which helps while making an SEO strategy. One of the best tool i feel is SEMrush. It i an advanced SEO tool that can be used to collect large amounts of SERP data from the site you are reviewing. These data can then be used to streamline your marketing strategy.

        Have a look to this article I have recently visited it includes the top competitor analysis tools that are used by most of the SEO experts currently.
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      • Profile picture of the author Enuke
        Open site explorer is good tool for analysis the back link of the competitor
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  • Profile picture of the author arindamroy
    Hello,
    I think, both tools (Market Samurai and Traffic Travis) are good. I used Market Samurai but pro version needed. Is there any free tool for competition analysis?
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  • Profile picture of the author menzana
    How about Majestic SEO? do you had ever tried?
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  • Profile picture of the author Ben Acharyaa
    Market Samurai does not say a word about competition!
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  • Profile picture of the author InitialEffort
    You can use MajesticSEO. Market Samurai is another software that pulls their data from Majestic SEO.
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  • Profile picture of the author reaboss
    i use market samurai ,it works well for me, i check the seo competition to find low competition niches
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    • Profile picture of the author damongreene
      If you are waiting around looking for a tool (which I do recommend using tools) you can go oldschool for now.

      Majestic SEO, open site explorer will give you backlinks and anchor text as well as actual sites your competition is linking to. Then I would us the google operator intitle:"your keyword" to see who has their site optimized for your keyword. That is a good start.
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      • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
        Originally Posted by damongreene View Post

        If you are waiting around looking for a tool (which I do recommend using tools) you can go oldschool for now.

        Majestic SEO, open site explorer will give you backlinks and anchor text as well as actual sites your competition is linking to. Then I would us the google operator intitle:"your keyword" to see who has their site optimized for your keyword. That is a good start.

        Whatever you do in your competition analysis, don't waste your time doing this. The number of websites in the index has nothing to do with the level of competition. Analyze the top 3 websites. Those are your competitors.
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        • Profile picture of the author SeoModena
          This is true. Many people waste so much time for analyse first 10 positions on Google.
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    Long tail pro does the job for me
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  • Profile picture of the author Dentist
    Thanks for the responses, so there is nothing else compared to Traffic Travis... which is broken too...
    Basically what I used to do was analyze the top 10 competition in Traffic Travis, and it had a formula considering the backlinks to the pages, backlinks to the website, average PRs, etc. and used to give you a final response for how difficult the competition for that keyword is, and based on experience I had found that answer quite precise, but it is been a while since that response doesn't work properly. They have changed something and the correct answer is gone.
    The substitute way is analyzing top 10 (or top 3) by myself, but it takes too much time, so I wanted to see if there is any other reliable software for that....
    BTW, majestic SEO is good for checking the websites' backlinks individually one by one, but as far as I know not the best for giving a good final report of competition difficulty.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ben Acharyaa
      Originally Posted by Dentist View Post

      Thanks for the responses, so there is nothing else compared to Traffic Travis... which is broken too...
      Traffic travis is free so yeah nothing compares to that.

      Basically what I used to do was analyze the top 10 competition in Traffic Travis, and it had a formula considering the backlinks to the pages, backlinks to the website, average PRs, etc. and used to give you a final response for how difficult the competition for that keyword is, and based on experience I had found that answer quite precise, but it is been a while since that response doesn't work properly. They have changed something and the correct answer is gone.
      There was never a correct answer with traffic travis. it just used to give out some random numbers based on which its impossible to judge any competition. For example two different keywords when run through traffic travis can give you similar result like all 10 results had PR 3-5, tons of backlinks etc etc but there might be a heaven and earth difference between them in real competition.

      Lets say you ran a keyword through traffic travis or market samurai and it throws you with some numbers. Website in the first position has PR2 while the page at the bottom of first page has PR4 plus it also has less backlinks than the page ranking at number 10. and to add to that its a recently registered domain, so what do you make of that?

      The substitute way is analyzing top 10 (or top 3) by myself, but it takes too much time, so I wanted to see if there is any other reliable software for that....
      There's no such tool i've heard of where you run a keyword and it automatically tells you how tough the keyword is, the strength of backlinks, internal linking etc etc..

      BTW, majestic SEO is good for checking the websites' backlinks individually one by one, but as far as I know not the best for giving a good final report of competition difficulty.
      I use SEO Spyglass to begin with, just to have a look at competitors powerful backlinks. it gives me a good idea of what i'm up against, what kind of links i need to build to beat my competition. i could care less about majestic seo and its citation flow or trust flow. plus it doesnt even load up all backlinks!
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      • Profile picture of the author Dentist
        Originally Posted by Ben Acharyaa View Post

        Traffic travis is free so yeah nothing compares to that.


        There was never a correct answer with traffic travis. it just used to give out some random numbers based on which its impossible to judge any competition. For example two different keywords when run through traffic travis can give you similar result like all 10 results had PR 3-5, tons of backlinks etc etc but there might be a heaven and earth difference between them in real competition.

        Lets say you ran a keyword through traffic travis or market samurai and it throws you with some numbers. Website in the first position has PR2 while the page at the bottom of first page has PR4 plus it also has less backlinks than the page ranking at number 10. and to add to that its a recently registered domain, so what do you make of that?


        There's no such tool i've heard of where you run a keyword and it automatically tells you how tough the keyword is, the strength of backlinks, internal linking etc etc..


        I use SEO Spyglass to begin with, just to have a look at competitors powerful backlinks. it gives me a good idea of what i'm up against, what kind of links i need to build to beat my competition. i could care less about majestic seo and its citation flow or trust flow. plus it doesnt even load up all backlinks!
        Thanks for your input.
        I used to use the paid version. Under the SEO tab, there is a module for competition check which gives you "easy", "relatively easy", "medium difficulty", "difficult" or "extremely difficult" for each keyword checked. Using it with the right VPN, it used to work quite well for me. "Easy" keywords were really easy to rank and so on... It used to be based on median and average PR of top 10 results for that keywords, number of in anchor backlinks, etc., Recently they added a new factor to their formula (whatever it was) and IMO they messed it up. Now, the results are not accurate anymore....
        Spyglass is good, but takes too much time to analyze even one keyword. When working with different clients and many keywords each, none of the other ones was scalable enough for me.
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        • Profile picture of the author Ben Acharyaa
          Originally Posted by Dentist View Post

          Thanks for your input.
          I used to use the paid version. Under the SEO tab, there is a module for competition check which gives you "easy", "relatively easy", "medium difficulty", "difficult" or "extremely difficult" for each keyword checked. Using it with the right VPN, it used to work quite well for me. "Easy" keywords were really easy to rank and so on... It used to be based on median and average PR of top 10 results for that keywords, number of in anchor backlinks, etc., Recently they added a new factor to their formula (whatever it was) and IMO they messed it up. Now, the results are not accurate anymore....
          Spyglass is good, but takes too much time to analyze even one keyword. When working with different clients and many keywords each, none of the other ones was scalable enough for me.
          I used to rely on traffic travis. If it showed "easy" or "relatively easy", i knew that i could rank for this keyword. but once i started to work on a few competitive keywords it was too difficult to judge the competition based on traffic travis. i had to look at the competition manually to see how strong the backlinks are, whether the backlinks are anchor targeted or not, site structure and all. yeah its time consuming but its definitely worth it for me.
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    Long Tail Pro... by far.
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  • Profile picture of the author linkassistant
    Try SEO PowerSuite. We offer competition analysis for various SEO aspects: keyword rankings, backlinks, on page seo and site structure.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Anthony
      Originally Posted by linkassistant View Post

      Try SEO PowerSuite. We offer competition analysis for various SEO aspects: keyword rankings, backlinks, on page seo and site structure.
      Seospyglass is decent and your ranktracker is good but until you integrate your tools I cannot think of a less efficient way of analyzing competition.
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      • Profile picture of the author Mike Anthony
        To this day I cannot find anything more efficient than Firefox for competitive research.

        Install SEO Quake
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        go to first page in Google

        and you get more data than any tool out there plus you see the page titles and snippets to see how the keywords are being targeted or not targeted
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    You've probably skipped a lot of decent keywords relying on Traffic Travis to tell you what the competition was like.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dentist
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      You've probably skipped a lot of decent keywords relying on Traffic Travis to tell you what the competition was like.
      Could be, but when it comes to SEO consulting business for other clients, and ranking only limited useful keywords for them, it is always helpful to have a good estimate about how long it will take for you to rank specific keywords (i.e. how difficult the competition is) . The other ways mentioned are working too, but Traffic Travis used to be much less time-consuming and hence more scalable for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author HorseStall
    Here are a list of tools for keyword analysis - Competitive Analysis Tools

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    Spy on Competitors - Spy on the Competition
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  • Profile picture of the author patco
    Market Samurai works good. Of course Traffic Travis ... and don't forget backlinkwatch for their backlinks!
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    Open Site Explorer!
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    Market samurai is good tools now i am using this tools its very usefull for me
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  • Profile picture of the author ModernDomains
    Ive tried long tail pro and some others which are very hit and miss in their analysis. Ive been looking around lately and there seems to be a lot of good reviews about the competition analysis provided by secockpit although it is expensive.
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  • Profile picture of the author seoace
    If you're talking about competition analysis for keywords then nothing beats Ultimate Niche Finder. Market Samurai doesn't even come close to what this software does.

    By the time MS measures the competitiveness of 10 keywords, UNF would have already measure the competitiveness of 500 keywords.
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    • Profile picture of the author Cason
      Originally Posted by seoace View Post

      If you're talking about competition analysis for keywords then nothing beats Ultimate Niche Finder. Market Samurai doesn't even come close to what this software does.

      By the time MS measures the competitiveness of 10 keywords, UNF would have already measure the competitiveness of 500 keywords.
      UNF is really inaccurate though. even prior to the latest bugs after the Keyword Planner was launched
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  • i prefer Traffic Travis and it work excellent with me
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  • Profile picture of the author HN
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    Just let me know guys what exactly you expect from "the best competition analysis" and I 'll add it to my keyword research tool. If you can think of it I can make it happen.

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    Free - Keyword list
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  • Profile picture of the author Cason
    I'm using Moz. I love their keyword difficulty checker, it's pretty damn accurate & I can check multiple keywords at one go.

    Can traffic travis do that btw? I'm looking to switch to a non monthly payment option
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  • Profile picture of the author morgan456
    I recommend for Raven Tools..It shows accurate results and excellent to me.
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  • Profile picture of the author kindarthur
    According to my view i prefer you to go with WordTracker or WordStream's Keyword tool why? because its easy to handle and its processing time is very less. I hope it will helps you out.
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  • Profile picture of the author susanhall
    I am using traffic travis for keyword competition.
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  • Profile picture of the author Moneymaker2012
    Just Backlinkwatch,
    and you are done!
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  • Profile picture of the author FranksToys
    I use a combination of two things.
    Majestisc SEO and maybe ahrefs + scrapebox.

    I then scrape a lot of data and use the data that majestic and ahrefs uses to find good links and perform analysis. Makes life a lto easier.
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