These 5 SEO tools will help you get #1 rankings in Google
This is the most helpful and condense list of SEO tools that eCommerce businesses will need.
The best part?
I’m going to show you what SEO tools we use at Phanum right now (in 2022) to get the highest possible rankings in Google for our eCommerce clients.
In short: if you want to find out what tools to use and for what purposes, you will love this list of tools.
Let’s get started.
Table of contents
Why should eCommerce businesses care about SEO tools? Benefits of SEO tools for webshops For what purposes do eCommerce stores need an SEO tool? The 5 best tools for eCommerce SEO #1 Google Search Console #2 SERanking #3 AnswerThePublic #4 ScreamingFrog #5 Jasper Final thoughts
Why should eCommerce businesses care about SEO tools?
eCommerce sites should want to drive as much traffic to their online store as possible. The larger your audience is, the more sales you should expect to make. Some eCommerce stores can solely rely on direct site searches or social media. But for most eCommerce stores this is not the case. Actually, most webshops heavily rely on organic search to be found by potential customers and to get people to visit their webshop.
This means that eCommerce businesses want their pages (whether it be a category or product page) to rank as high as possible for search terms that are relevant to their product catalogus. However, to rank highly in the search rankings, you need to have some understanding of SEO and all the SEO tools that are out there.
While these SEO tools do provide a tremendous amount of value, they only work if you know how to use them properly and for what purposes. These tools can make your SEO process a lot easier and therefore we do recommend using relevant tools. For example, most of the tools I mention in this article can be used when you perform an eCommerce site audit.
Benefits of SEO tools for webshops
The main benefits of using these tools are that you will be able to analyze important statistics much better and spot opportunities to grow your eCommerce business. Without these tools, you wouldn’t be able to tell what to improve exactly and only base your improvements on guesswork.
Benefits of SEO tools
1. Analyse important metrics
2. Make decisions based on data instead of gut-feeling
3. Increase the effectiveness of the time spent on SEO
For what purposes do eCommerce stores need an SEO tool?
In order to improve your rankings organically in search engines, you need tools that will help you understand all the data. And with relevant data, you should be able to make decisions based on facts instead of guesswork. Tools can help you do this and there are a few purposes for which you should use an SEO tool:
To test your eCommerce site’s speed
Search engines prioritize pages in the rankings that load fast, if your pages are not optimized and have slow loading times, they will be severely penalized by the search engines. Testing your site’s speed and making sure the loading times are short is key!
To do keyword research and prioritization
To increase the amount of traffic to your website, you will need to use the right keywords for products and have as many relevant keywords as possible on your site. To discover all the right keywords, you should definitely use a keyword research tool to understand which ones to use – and which ones to drop.
To analyze your competitors
In order to rank higher than your competitors, you need to know how well your competitors are optimized for search engines. It is much better to outperform all your competitors’ pages slightly than to have only a few pages that are much better than your competitors. To understand your competitors, you, therefore, need to have a competitor analysis tool.
To generate more relevant content
Ultimately, you need to improve and generate new content so that your pages become more relevant to users and search engines. However, this often takes a lot of time, effort, and energy. To speed up your processes you need to make use of the latest content generations tools to optimize your content generation process.
The 5 best tools for eCommerce SEO
Use Google Search Console to monitor your webshop’s visibility
The best free tool to improve your organic search rankings is the Google Search Console. You can use this tool for various specific needs such as analyzing the health of your URLs and seeing if every relevant page is indexed.
Next to this, the Google Search Console will give you insights into what queries and keywords your pages rank for and how often they are seen by users. This gives you a huge amount of insights and information, on which you can build your SEO strategy. We recommend using this tool because it is free and there is extensive documentation and free courses on how to use it.
Use SERanking to do keyword research and analyze your competitors
SERanking is a powerful all-in-one SEO tool that we use for multiple purposes because it:
- Tracks the performance of pages in search engines so that you know what pages to improve
- Analyses your competitors so that you can find content gaps
- Allows you to do keyword research so that you know what keywords you should try to rank for
While SERanking is a paid tool, it is definitely worth it in my opinion, as it gives you a lot of quantitative insights which you wouldn’t be able to get otherwise.
Alternatives for SERanking are Ahrefs or Moz, but they are priced at a higher price point. SERanking gives eCommerce stores almost everything they need from an all-in-one tool, and there are only a few upsides to paying more for a similar tool with more features. Therefore, we do recommend using SERanking.
Use AnswerThePublic to discover the most relevant topics to write about
In order to discover the most relevant content to write for a certain keyword, you should use AnswerThePublic. AnswerThePublic collects all the short- and long-tail queries that users type into Google and displays them in such a way that you quickly understand what people want to know about a certain topic.
For example, you can use this tool to discover how and in what context users type in a keyword. Do they want to buy a product? Do they want to find information about it? Or do they want to compare it to another product? This tool will give you very good insights into users’ search behavior and the search intent for each keyword.
AnswerThePublic will give you insights and information about new content ideas so that you can write useful information which people will be searching for.
Ultimately search engines will find this information valuable to their users, and display your pages higher in the search results. Because Google’s main priority is to display to users the information they want to find.
Alsoasked is a good alternative, however, it is less user-friendly and we prefer AnswerThePublic as it displays the right information in a much more efficient manner.
Use ScreamingFrog to find technical issues
In order to test your URLs and see what to improve on your pages in terms of technical issues, you can best use ScreamingFrog. This tool will crawl your entire webshop in a short amount of time, and highlight specific errors for URLs.
By fixing these errors you will improve the “health” of your URLs and this ultimately improves your site’s performance and speed. This is very valuable to Google and will you will get lower rankings if there are (too many) technical issues on a page.
Use Jasper to never experience a writer’s block again
eCommerce websites can have a huge number of pages with a lot of written content. To speed up the content generation process, you should use an AI content writer, such as Jasper. Nowadays AI-powered tools can write content on their own, in different languages about many different topics. So I am almost certain that Jasper can also write about your products and product categories.
Jasper works by typing in a certain keyword or sentence, after which Jasper will write content about the keyword automatically. While this may sound like the ultimate hack to have unique content on each page, you should be careful using it.
Sometimes the content that Jasper produces can include spelling mistakes. Or the keyword that you gave as input doesn’t result in a text which makes sense. This tool should therefore be seen as an assistant during the content writing process when you don’t have any inspiration, rather than a substitute for a human content writer.
AI writing tools will speed up the writing process because they will prevent you from having a “writer’s block”. Ultimately this tool will help you to generate content and keywords faster for your eCommerce blogs, product, and category pages.
These 5 SEO tools give eCommerce stores the power to analyze data, to spot opportunities for growth in a structured manner. Instead of relying on gut feeling and possibly spending time working on the wrong parts of your eCommerce store.
I hope that you now know a little more about which SEO tools may be helpful for increasing the rankings of your eCommerce site. I and many others at Phanum have used these 5 SEO tools extensively to realize organic growth for our clients, and we hope these tools will do the same for you.
If you found this interesting you may find our article on how to perform an eCommerce SEO audit to boost your organic growth in 14 practical steps.
Or maybe you will find our guide on how to improve eCommerce product page SEO an interesting read.
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