How to Get to the Top of Google with a Free Spy Tool, 9 Ways

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How to use a free spy tool to get to the top of Google, 9 tools

Are you aware you need a spy tool?

You do so you can pay attention to your competitors’ keywords.

You do so you can rank on Page 1 of Google.

You do so you can boost your search engine traffic.

Have you ever completed a SWOT analysis?

Have you ever heard of a SWOT analysis?

You should analyze your website’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. The threats are your online competitors.

Someone recently observed that we are all trying to get the same piece of the pie. The pie, of course, is Google.

We all want Google traffic. We’ve constructed content around certain keywords. Now we want search engine users to see our posts.

Is that so much to ask? Not anymore.

This tutorial will tell you how to discover competitor keywords so you can try to rank higher on Google than your competitors.

This post covers

SEMRush

Moz

Ubersuggest

Alexa

Spyfu

Hubshout

SEOQuake

Keywords Everywhere

SERPChecker

Are you ready to boost your Google traffic by going after competitor keywords?

Let’s get started.

SEMRush

What is SEMRush?

SEMRush is a free SEO tool with a variety of features.

For example, you can use SEMRush for domain analysis, as a keyword tool, and for competitor research.

There are several ways to use the SEMRush spy tool to analyze your competitors’ keywords.

How to Use the SEMRush SEO Content Template for Competitive Analysis

Look:

To use Semrush’s free SEO Content Template, log in or make a free account.

Enter your keyword where asked.

Make sure your country is selected. Click “Create SEO Template.”

Since I was doing research for this post, I entered my original keyword for this post “SEMRush alternatives.”

SEMRush analyzed my top 10 competitors for the keyword.

When SEMRush asked me if I already had content, I clicked “no.”

Notice SEMRush became an SEO copywriting tool and recommended content for me that would help me beat my online competitors.

After using the SEMRush SEO Content Template, I revamped my content.

If your post is ranking below where you want in Google’s Search Engine Results Pages, update your content with these words, LSI keywords, synonyms for your focus keyword.

Did you notice SEMRush showed me my top online competitors? I can check their articles for word length and number of tips.

Other Ways to Use SEMRush as a Spy Tool

Go to Domain Analytics/Keyword Gap.

Type in your domain and the domains of your competitors to see which keywords you overlap for.

When I did, I found my competitors and I are all trying to compete for the same keyword “how to do blog commenting for traffic.”

Note: The free plan only allows you to generate one report a day.

The keyword we overlap for comes in as a live link. When I click it, I get valuable metrics that enable me to research the keyword.

Look:

I can even scroll down to see my competitors’ articles that rank for that keyword:

When I click on the article in Position 1, look what I see:

KeywordPos.Diff.VolumeTraffic %
how to do blog commenting for traffic110900.30
how to build a high traffic blog7474070< 0.01
comment love blogs2424020< 0.01
comments on blogs examples7272020< 0.01
ashtapad overseas5959030< 0.01
best comments for blogger6767020< 0.01
comments on blog posts

I now have more keyword possibilities I could possibly rank for.

SEMRush Pricing

Unless you pay for a premium account ($99.00 a month), you only get to use the SEO content template once a month for free.

The free plan allows you 10 free keyword search queries a month.

Moz

Moz and SEMRush have similar features as far as search engine optimization tools go.

When you download the free MozBar, your queries are unlimited.

You get the same perks as SEMRush but without the cost or the limitations on search numbers.

How to Use Moz Spy Tool to Spy on Your Competitors

I went to Google and typed in my new keyword for this post “competitor keywords.”

Google showed me WordStream was in the Position 1 spot.

Using the MozBar, and clicking the page and magnifying glass icon, I am able to see the on-page elements of the article.

How does this help you? First, you should improve on the meta description for the post.

How? Words like “free” and “get” get people’s attention. In contrast to WordStream’s tools, the tools in this post are free. I’ll be sure to put “free” in the headline and meta description.

See this article about how to get people to click your links.

Next, you see the “meta keywords” used in the post.

For more information about how to use Moz for competitive analysis, see this comprehensive tutorial about how to use the MozBar.

Ubersuggest

Ubersuggest is blogging guru Neil Patel’s tool.

How to Use Ubersuggest to Discover Competitor Keywords

Go to https://neilpatel.com/ubersuggest/ and enter the domain of your competitor.

Ubersuggest io Traffic Analyzer

Click Keywords to see the keywords driving traffic to your competitor’s site.

Competitor Keywords: A tutorial

This is an analysis of the Top 4 keywords currently driving traffic to my site.

Once you see your competitor’s analysis, you need to decide if you want to compete for the keyword.

Look to the right.

Can you see my blog ranks at Position 3 in the SERPs (Search Engine Results Pages) for the keyword “MeWe review?” Look in the DS Column.

My blog has a DS (Domain Score) of 58. If your Domain Score is higher than that of the people competing to rank for the keyword on Page 1 of the SERPs, try to rank for the term.

Try to compete for the keyword by crafting your content around that keyword and optimizing your post for the keyword.

Note: There are 10 spots on Page 1. You don’t have to beat all of them to still rank on Page 1.

For more information about Ubersuggest and its potential for competitor analysis, see this comprehensive Ubersuggest tutorial.

Alexa

Although Alexa is more commonly known for its Alexa score that tells you how you rank globally and in the country where your main demographic comes from, this post is about other uses for Alexa.com.

This post will tell you how to discover and compete for your competitor keywords; however, it won’t tell you how to discover your competitors.

I use Alexa.com, a free tool to discover my competitors. (For instructions read my Alexa tutorial.)

How to Use Alexa.com to Discover Competitor Keywords

Go to https://www.alexa.com. Scroll down to Top Sites. Put in your URL. Click Find.

At the top of the screen, you see your competitors, people in your niche writing about similar content.

Look: Alexa recommends keywords that you can easily rank for!

Then, Alexa tells you your “keyword gaps.” Click it and you’ll see keywords your competitors are writing about but you’re not.

Spyfu

Spyfu is a popular keyword tool. 94 million domains use Spyfu. Spyfu’s data updates once a month.

Although there are many ways to use Spyfu for competitor research, this is how I conduct competitor research using Spyfu.

How to Use Spyfu to Research Your Competitor Keywords

Go to https://www.spyfu.com/hq?b=15a / Where it says Enter a Competitor, enter the URL of your online competition.

I entered the URL of BloggingTips.com.

Look:

The blogger has two words that just ranked on Page 1 of Google’s SERPs. If you click the number, you can see the keywords. Follow the steps in this post to conduct a competitive analysis to see if you should create content and try to rank for them.

Hubshout

Like Spyfu, Hubshout’s metrics do not update in real-time.

How to Use HubShout to Research Your Competitors

Go to http://report.hubshout.com/?p=Research# and enter your URL and the URLs of 3 of your online competitors.

How to do competitor keyword research

Instead of putting in my competitor’s URL in the Competitor area, I put my competitor’s URL in the Your URL area.

Since Alexa.com told me that one of my competitors is the Donna Merrill Tribe blog, I put in Donna Merrill’s URL in the Your URL area.

Looking at these metrics, I can draw conclusions.

First, Donna ranks for keywords about Pinterest. Notice she is in Position 6 for both terms, closer to the bottom of Google’s Page 1.

I’m knowledgeable about Pinterest. If I crafted my content about Pinterest pins, I could potentially outrank Donna.

Note: There are other considerations I’d want to check like the number of tips and word length, both of which impress Google. I would also want to compare our Domain Ratings.

For more comprehensive information about how to use HubShout for SEO research, see this Hubshout tutorial.

SEOQuake

SEOQuake is a free Google Chrome extension.

How to Use SEOQuake to Research Competitors

After downloading SEOQuake, put the keyword you’re considering using in the Google search bar at the top of the screen.

Again I see the WordStream article in Position 1 on the first page of Google’s SERPs.

Wouldn’t it be nice if this post held that spot?

Looking at the metrics under the post that SEOQuake provides, I can see beating WordStream for the Number 1 position will be difficult.

WordStream’s metrics beat all of mine. However, I do have one shot at getting to Page 1 and even stealing WordStream’s traffic:

WordStream’s post offers 8 tools. This post offers 9 tools.

If this post can make it anywhere on Page 1, even if the WordStream post is higher than mine, people looking for a spy tool might click on my link instead of the post only offering 8 tools.

Keywords Everywhere

Keywords Everywhere is a free Chrome browser extension.

How to Use Keywords Everywhere to Check on Your Rivals’ Keywords

I typed “competitor keywords” into the Google Chrome search bar.

Look at the keyword data Keywords Everywhere presented me.

The keywords are live links. When I click them, Keywords Everywhere takes me to the article where I can use SEOQuake to check the metrics of the blog and compare them against my own.

Read more detailed information about how to use SEOQuake and Keywords Everywhere.

SERP Checker

Mangools has many free SEO tools to help you with your SEO.

How to Use SERP Checker to Check on Your Competitors’ Keywords

Go to https://serpchecker.com/. Enter your keyword where asked.

How to use a free powerful spy tool

Before finishing this post, I changed the focus keyword to “spy tool.”

Do you see the competitive matrix SERP Checker gives you?

The SERP Checker says the keyword “spy tool” has an easy difficulty level and my metrics beat some of the articles on Google’s Page 1.

My main competition on Page 1 for the term “spy tool” is Neil Patel’s article. He has 17 tools and this post only has 9.

I will be sure to put “free” in the headline and my meta description so people looking for a free spy tool click my link and not his. His tools aren’t free.

Wrapping Up: How to Rank for Competitor Keywords Using a Spy Tool

In closing, this tutorial taught you how to discover your competitor keywords and how to compete for them using an SEO spy tool.

Important note about these SEO strategies: Often, ranking on Page 1 of Google takes time. If your post appears anywhere in the SERPs, in time, you may find your article appearing on Page 1. Moving up can take weeks, months, or even years. You can take certain actions to speed the process like linking back to the post from sites with a high Domain Authority Ranking.

Takeaways

This post taught you how to use a spy tool to outrank your competitors for free.

Step 1: Discover your competitors using tools like Alexa.com

Step 2: Discover your competitor keywords using the tools explained here.

Step 3: If you can beat your competitors’ Domain Scores, try to rank on Page 1 of Google’s SERPs for the term. You do this by crafting your content around the keyword and optimizing your post with the keyword.

Readers, please share so website creators who need a spy tool in order to rank higher on Google discover these free tools.

I look forward to your views in the comments section. Is there a spy tool you can recommend? Are you currently using a spy tool now? Which one?

  1. Bella X | at 3:30 am

    I am similar with SEMRUSH and Neil Patel’s Ubersuggest. For SEMRUSH they use to send me audit report addressing all amendments I have to fix like meta title too short or meta description too long, my blog needs to include meta and description etc. So I used their guide to make changes but now they only want to provide 7 day trial and want me to subscribe. For Neil Patel Uber Suggest is free and now he has a new version ubersuggest 6 which is great it also shows me all that errors I have to fix. For keywords I can even export it to sheet and review later. So I will stick with Neil Patel as it is for FREE.

    • Janice Wald | at 1:13 pm

      Hi Bella,
      I am also a fan of Ubersuggest and have blogged about its value several times. I am having trouble using the Ubersuggest 6 dashboard. I am waiting to hear back from the contact I sent a message too.
      Regarding your experiences with your site audit recommendations. I am a big fan of SiteChecker Pro, a free site audit tool. I reviewed it favorably:
      https://www.mostlyblogging.com/review-sitechecker-pro/
      I realize you’re happy with Ubersuggest, but it’s an option for you.
      Thanks for commenting on my post.
      Janice

    • Janice Wald | at 2:12 pm

      Hi Emily,
      Thanks for writing to me to tell me about your experiences. I use SpyFu all the time– almost daily!
      I have another post coming out in a few weeks about SemRush. Stay tuned!
      I’m happy I could expose you to new tools.
      Janice

  2. Derrick Washington | at 4:25 pm

    Thanks for the blog, Janice. The information you share is invaluable. SEO can be a bit confusing at first and strenuous. The knowledge you share on the topic can definitely make someone else’s life easier if they take notes and utilize what the read here.

  3. Ray | at 1:21 am

    Hi Janice,
    Wow! This is a well researched post! My best bet amongst these tools is SEMRUsh. I fell in love with SEMrush when I found out it’s capabilities.

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