I had heard good things about the tool, so wanted to try it out. I was curious to see if it could help me improve my processes and provide more value to my clients. I initially tried the SEMrush 7-day trial to get a feel for what it could do and what I might use it for.
With the higher level plans you can also get historical data, data on product listing ads, multitargeting for tracking different devices and locations, branded reports, API access and plagiarism checks.
Traffic Analytics can be purchased as an add on to any of the SEMrush plans.
Projects in SEMrush
I set up a few projects and played around with various components. The first of which was the Site Audit Tool.
1. Site Audit Tool
The Site Audit Tool provides information on Errors (high risk issues), Warnings (medium risk issues) and Notices (things you should do) to help you troubleshoot issues with your website.
You can drill down in to most of the issues to find out more information on the problem. For example ‘X number of pages are missing metadata descriptions’, when you click on the issue, you see a list of pages (with handy links) which this applies to.
This report uncovered issues I probably wouldn’t have found unless I went through every page with a fine tooth comb! From speed issues to content issues, this is a great tool.
In addition, there is an export as PDF or CSV feature so if you aren’t technically inclined you can easily send the issues off to your web developer to fix.
2. Position Tracking
Position Tracking allows you to input competitor domains to compare how you are ranking against your competitors.
It also gives you opportunities for getting that coveted place on Featured Snippets in Google, now who doesn’t want that?!
3. Online SEO Page Checker
Online SEO Page Checker gives ideas on how to improve your web pages in order to rank higher.
Ideas are organised by:
Technical SEO Ideas
User Experience Ideas
SERP Feature Ideas
4. Social Media Tracker
Input the URLs for your competitors as well as your website URL so that you can do a comparison on social media activity.
This is great for:
Seeing which of your competitors posts drive the most engagement
Getting ideas for different types of posts
Identifying how often your competitors post – you may want to match or do more than this, afterall social activity is an factor for SEO
Look at your own engagement rates on posts to see which are the most beneficial or most likely to drive engagement with your audience
5. Social Media Poster
Use Social Media Poster to plan and schedule your social media posts for:
It also provides analytics and tracking competitors for some of these channels.
There is a handy email reminder tool for posting Instagram posts (it’s not possible to automatically publish Instagram posts).
6. Brand Mentions
Use this tool to track keywords related to your brand. Mentions could be your company name and any variations that are used and key members of your team.
This is a good way to find out what people on the web are saying about your brand online, from forums to social media posts.
There is a filter to allow you to select mentions by positive or negative intent.
If you find your brand is being mentioned on a particular resource, you can track that resource on the resources tab.
7. Backlink Audit
Use Backlink Audit to find out if there are any spammy sites linking to your site.
Sites with high spam scores are likely to harm your SEO efforts.
You can create lists of sites that you don’t want linking to your site. Next, email the webmasters of those sites asking them to remove those links and or add them to a disavow list to upload to Google Search console.
Likewise if you see sites on this list which are not spammy then you can add these to a whitelist.
8. Link Building
Link Building gives you a list of link building prospects.
You can go through the list to mark off any prospects that you think are unrelated to your industry or are irrelevant.
Then start contacting the remaining to see if you can get links to your site.
Mark each prospect with a different outreach method such as:
Add link to article
Link from mention
Recover Lost Backlinks
Customise your outreach categories as needed and keep track of who you have contacted and how.
Add your own prospects to the ‘In Progress Tab’ by selecting the import button on the right hand side.
Finally, email the prospects within SEMrush or separately via your email tool.
9. PPC Keyword Tool
PPC Keyword Tool will help you manage your Google Ads campaigns.
Keep organised by choosing keywords that are within your budget and aren’t too competitive, yet will get you results.
Use negative keywords to make sure that your ad isn’t found for terms that are not relevant to your product or service.
Create campaigns and ad groups, search for keywords and import keywords.
Once you have your campaigns set up you can then export and upload your list to Google Ads.
CPC Map is useful if your serve a wide audience or have an online store. It allows you to compare the cost of advertising on Google ads based on location. This will help you plan for the costs associated with an ad campaign and optimise your ad spend.
This tool allows you to look at search volume and advertising costs against different industry.
Probably one of the most useful tools in the set. You can create reports based on predefined template or create your own from scratch.
Here I clicked on the blank template:
You have the ability to change the title and subtitle, upload your logo and then drag in the relevant reports from the left hand side.
If you are a business owner this is a great way to combine reports (eg: Audit reports) to send to your developer to fix issues.
Or use it as a checklist if you are able to fix the issues yourself. For SEO’s; it’s a great way to set up automated reporting to send to your clients.
In conclusion, SEMrush is a great all round digital marketing tool that will help you manage your marketing and SEO efforts. This tool would be great for an agency or anyone who manages numerous clients as it can help improve efficiency across reporting, social media posting and more.
Equally those businesses who are looking to improve their own SEO would benefit from using SEMrush as it can provide you with a wide range of insights and functionality. An extra bonus is that new features are added regularly, so it’s an ever evolving and improving tool set.