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SE Ranking Review

Updated on May 16th, 2022

SE Ranking Review

In this SE Ranking review, we break down all of SE Ranking's key features and plan options to help you determine if SEO software is a good choice for your business.

What is SE Ranking?

SE Ranking is a cloud platform with SEO tools for tracking rankings, finding keywords, researching competitors, monitoring backlinks, and improving your website for search.

The all-in-one SEO software offers essential tools for search engine optimization at an affordable price point compared to other competing platforms on the market.

SE Ranking was founded in 2013 by Valery Kurilov and Dmitri Lipnitsky. Based in Palo Alto, California, the company has around 95 employees and over 600,000 subscribers.

The software is used by many types of people to manage online marketing campaigns, from digital marketers and SEO professionals to SMBs and large enterprise agencies.

The team's mission is to make search engine optimization accessible to everyone, regardless of a user's experience. The team focuses on providing quality support, intuitive tools, and helpful guides for getting the most out of the SEO software.

The SE Ranking SEO Platform
The SE Ranking SEO Platform

Pros & Cons

Based on my experience regularly using SE Ranking for research and optimization, here's what I believe to be the main strengths and weaknesses of the software platform:

Pros

  • A complete platform for essential search engine optimization tasks.
  • Easy to get set up and started for SEO beginners and experts alike.
  • Perfect for affordably managing SEO-related tasks for one or more sites.
  • The user interface provides easy navigation across the different tools.
  • The rank tracker is accurate and includes great organization options.
  • Monitor and compare keyword rankings for more than one domain.
  • Find out how much organic traffic your competitors' pages generate.
  • Super friendly and helpful customer support and knowledge base.

Cons

  • The mid-tier Pro plan is required for historical data and white-label reports.
  • Offers a bit less topical research data than some other tools on the market.
  • It can take some time to learn and understand all of the platform's tools.

SE Ranking Pricing

SE Ranking offers three main plan options or custom plans for larger enterprise needs. Check out the image below for pricing and feature details.

The software provides much more flexible plan options than competing tools. You can choose from one of five subscription periods, including 1, 3, 6, 9 months, and annual.

Choosing a longer period requires larger, but fewer payments at a discounted rate. For example, subscribing to a yearly plan offers a 20% discount and free migration service.

The prices shown below are based on selecting a monthly subscription.

SE Ranking Pricing Options
SE Ranking Pricing

Pricing information for SE Ranking is retrieved from the software provider's publicly accessible pricing materials. Final costs from the seller are subject to change.

Price information was last updated on May 07, 2022.

Note: The limits for some of the features shown above change based on a few of the plan options, such as rank update frequency and the number of keywords to track.

For example, the number of pages you can audit and backlinks you can monitor increase if you choose to track a larger set of keywords and select daily rank updates.

If you prefer to jump in and try the software, sign up for the SE Ranking free trial here. You'll gain access for 14 days and no credit card is required to test it out.

Related: SE Ranking Pricing: Which Plan is Best For You?

Features

Next up in this SE Ranking review, we explore the platform's key features including:

  1. Keyword rank tracker: Check rankings on Google, Yahoo, Bing, and YouTube.
  2. Competitor analysis tool: Analyze your rivals' sites for SEO & PPC insights.
  3. Keyword research tool: Find keywords to target for SEO & PPC campaigns.
  4. Website audit: Scan your site for potential issues and get how-to-fix guides.
  5. On-page SEO checker: Check how optimized a web page is for a specific query.
  6. Backlink analysis tools: Inspect backlink profiles and track links for changes.
  7. Webpage monitor: Get alerted when a web page is modified in any way.
  8. Social media management: Schedule social posts and monitor progress.
  9. SEO reporting tools: Build customizable reports you can automate.
  10. White-label options: Brand the SE Ranking platform and reports.
  11. Lead generator: Embed a free audit widget on your site to attract leads.

First up is one of SE Ranking's most popular tools, the rank tracker.

1. Keyword Rank Tracker

SE Ranking offers one of the best rank tracking tools for monitoring keywords across the major search engines in a way that is flexible, accurate, and organized.

While I focus on Google rankings, you can also monitor keyword positions for Google Maps, Bing, Yahoo, and YouTube for multiple locations and desktop or mobile devices.

Below is an example of how I use the rank tracking software to track relevant keywords in organized folders and compare position history over time:

SE Ranking's Keyword Rank Tracker
SE Ranking's Keyword Rank Tracker

The tracker's user interface is clean and understandable, with a convenient display of important metrics like keyword search volumes, traffic forecasts, and visibility changes.

Columns can be altered to show more than two dates for a detailed comparison as well as metrics like tags, SERP features, competition, and search results for each keyword.

Since I add and update content on this site almost daily, I find the daily ranking updates essential for getting a sense of how Google favors my recent changes.

If you choose a plan with daily rank updates, you can also click on the blue button shown in the image above to manually recheck your rankings once per day.

You can also add up to 5, 10, or 20 competitor sites per project (depending on the plan) to monitor the performance of your rivals for your tracked rankings, as shown here:

Monitoring Competitors in SE Ranking
Monitoring Competitors in SE Ranking

The image above shows how you trend against competitors for your target keywords. Scrolling down the page displays your tracked keywords and rank shifts between rivals.

Comparing Competitor Position Changes in SE Ranking
Comparing Competitor Position Changes in SE Ranking

If you change the view to “Detailed” instead of “Overall” near the top of the interface, you'll get another in-depth view to further analyze your competition:

SE Ranking's Detailed Rival Comparison View
SE Ranking's Detailed Rival Comparison View

Clicking on any of your rivals' metrics such as keywords, backlinks, or referring domains will lead you to SE Ranking's competitor analysis tool for more SEO and PPC insights.

For the price, SE Ranking's competitive research features are impressive for the price.

2. Competitor Analysis Tool

SE Ranking's competitor analysis tool lets you explore your rivals' sites and uncover your competitors' marketing efforts, including both their search engine optimization and pay-per-click advertising strategies.

When you search for a website URL, you gain access to a ton of data about the site:

SE Ranking's Competitor Analysis Tool
Overview of SE Ranking's Competitor Analysis Tool

Right off the bat, you can see how much organic and paid traffic the site generates, including top keyword rankings on Google, their exact positions, backlinks, and more.

This tool is excellent for getting a complete view of a website's performance and uncovering:

  • The organic traffic the site generates from its keyword rankings on Google.
  • Which keyword rankings are driving the most traffic and to which pages.
  • How valuable the traffic is based on keyword bidding costs in Google Ads.
  • Top-performing pages, their traffic levels, and individual keyword positions.
  • Page backlinks and authority metrics like domain and page trust scores.
  • Google Ad competitors and the paid keywords they're targeting.
  • Historical changes in competitor rankings and traffic (Pro plan required).

You can also use this information to check for correlations across sites, such as if more than one site has potentially been impacted by a Google algorithm update.

3. Keyword Research Tool

SE Ranking provides a powerful keyword research tool for finding new keyword ideas, especially low-competition terms.

Here's an example of searching “biscuits” in the keyword suggestions interface and sorting the results from lowest to highest difficulty:

SE Ranking's Keyword Research Tool
SE Ranking's Keyword Research Tool

The tool provides you with all of the metrics common to keyword research tools and convenient filter capabilities for finding similar, related, and low search volume terms.

Notable keyword research insights include:

  • Difficulty score to get an idea of how difficult it would be to rank for a given keyword based on the top 10 ranking sites and their backlink authority.
  • Monthly search volume and Google Ads cost-per-click (CPC) estimates.
  • Organic SERP results and search result history for analyzing ranking shifts.
  • Google Ads history, the estimated number of ad clicks, and any ads being run.

I particularly like the ability to see the Organic SERP results alongside the keywords.

Also, if data doesn't exist for a keyword, you can use the expand database feature to submit the keyword for processing to eventually be added to SE Ranking's database.

Another tool related to keywords in SE Ranking is the keyword grouper.

The tool automatically buckets keywords into groups based on their SERP result similarity on Google for the top 10 results.

Keyword grouper is useful for allocating your keywords wisely across a site's pages to help improve your SEO and contextual advertising performance.

You can also use the tool to help you avoid crafting multiple pages of content that compete against each other for the same terms, known as keyword cannibalization.

4. Website Audit

The next major feature covered in this SE Ranking review is the website audit tool.

This tool lets you run an in-depth site audit that crawls your website pages and gives you a detailed analysis of SEO errors, issues, warnings, and notices, as well as a unique health score based on the audit results.

You can also compare your crawls as you run more audits over time, implement custom settings, generate XML sitemaps, and get full descriptions of how to fix problems.

It only takes a couple of minutes to crawl up to 1,000 pages. Then, you can filter the results by category to quickly understand the results and prioritize what to fix.

Category-wise, you can analyze for issues related to crawling, duplicate content, HTTP status codes, titles, descriptions, usability, textual content, links, images, JavaScript, CSS, mobile optimization, localization, speed, and performance considerations.

Website Audit in SE Ranking
Checking for Issues with SE Ranking's Website Audit Tool

This is an effective site-wide auditing tool for most websites up to millions of pages (depending on the SE Ranking plan).

Here are some of the critical issues you check for:

  • Core web vitals related to user experience
  • Redirect chains, loops, and broken links
  • Internal links, missing anchor text
  • External link findings similar to internal
  • Localization considerations
  • Image size, missing alt text
  • JavaScript compression, caching, file size
  • CSS checks similar to JavaScript
  • Mobile optimization findings
  • Minimum text to HTML ratio
  • Duplicate content and title tags
  • Low word count and missing tags

In addition, you can take your site analysis a step further using the on-page SEO checker, which is the next tool reviewed below.

5. On-Page Checker

SE Ranking's on-page checker tool helps you optimize your site at the page level.

Recently in May 2022, the SE Ranking team released a new version of their on-page SEO checker that I believe is even more helpful to optimize pages for better rankings.

The on-page SEO tool gives you an in-depth analysis of how optimized a page is for a specific search query, including a list of fixes and recommendations.

SE Ranking's On-Page SEO Checker
SE Ranking's On-Page SEO Checker

Use the on-page checker to uncover and improve on the following aspects:

  • Make sure your h1-h6 headers, title tags, and descriptions are optimized.
  • Ensure your page URL is optimized for your target search query.
  • Check content uniqueness, keyword density, readability, and more.
  • Review page experience related to HTML elements, layout stability, and more.
  • Check page speed, server response, and other potential loading issues.
  • Assess media file usage, image alt attributes, and recommended formats.
  • Site-level factors for the page such as loading via HTTPS protocol.
  • Confirm the page is indexable in Google and robots.txt works correctly.
  • View the number of backlinking domains to the pages and competitors.
  • Check domain and page trust scores compared to rivals.
  • Analyze internal, their anchor texts, and external links used on the page.
  • Verify that there is schema.org and open graph markup on the page.

The new on-page checker also includes a powerful competitive comparison feature to examine relevant terms, parameters, and content side-by-side with competing pages.

On-Page Competitive Comparison in SE Ranking
On-Page Competitive Comparison in SE Ranking

This advanced feature enables you to really fine-tune your page content for specific terms based on competing sites, where words are used, their counts, and their density.

It's challenging to display the feature in its entirety in the screenshot above, but you would scroll horizontally to view the other competing pages you have selected.

Also, clicking on “on-page metrics” or “content” in the interface shown above will display additional competitor comparison insights to help you improve your page content.

SE Ranking's backlink checker and tracking tools make it easy to examine the backlink profile of a website, review related off-page SEO metrics, and track links for changes.

SE Ranking's Backlink Checker
SE Ranking's Backlink Checker

With the backlink checker tool, you can analyze nearly any website to uncover:

  • Trust scores are developed by SE Ranking based on the backlink profile.
  • The total number of referring domains pointing to the analyzed domain or URL.
  • The total number of backlinks pointing to the site or specific page URL.
  • Each backlink's anchor text and the word or phrase used in each link.
  • If each backlink is tagged with either “dofollow” or “nofollow” attributes.
  • Charts showing referring domains and backlinks acquired over time.
  • Charts showing new and lost referring links over a period of time.
  • The most occurring anchor texts by referring domain or backlinks.
  • View backlinks by country IP address, geographical location, and subnets.
  • Distribution of referring domains by country code top-level domains (ccTLDs).

Many of these presented metrics on the overview interface in the image shown above are clickable and lead to more detailed reports about the selected metric.

For example, clicking on the total anchor texts metric will direct you to a specific section of the Backlink Checker tool with additional data and options, such as filtering anchor text that contains 1, 2, 3, or 4-word terms, or those with specific words or phrases.

Checking Backlink Anchor Texts in SE Ranking
Checking Backlink Anchor Texts in SE Ranking

All this referring domain and backlink data can be exported to an Excel or CSV file, or added into a custom report using SE Ranking's report builder.

Another related tool is the backlink tracker, found in the SE Ranking project sidebar. This tool periodically monitors the status of your manually added backlinks for changes.

If a change is detected, the link tracker tool will notify you by email.

You can import links into the tracker through SE Ranking's backlink checker, import backlinks manually, or import links identified by Google Search Console.

The backlink monitoring software shows you:

  • If your backlink is still in the same location or no longer found.
  • If your backlink is linking to a page that dropped out of Google's index.
  • When your backlink was first detected and last checked by SE Ranking.
  • Link metrics that are similar to those in the backlink checker tool.

This is a helpful tool for keeping an eye on your most valuable, high-authority backlinks and being able to take quick action if needed when a specific link change is detected.

Overall, SE Ranking's backlink tools pleasantly surprised me.

Compared to leading competitor offerings, the software detected a similar number of backlink sources (and some unique) pointing to my site.

7. Page Changes Monitoring

SE Ranking's page changes monitoring tool alerts you when a web page is changed.

Being able to monitor and get alerts for specific page changes is a unique feature that isn't commonly provided by all-in-one SEO software.

You can monitor page changes not only for your site pages but for competitor pages as well if you add competing sites as separate SE Ranking projects.

Page Changes Monitoring in SE Ranking
Page Changes Monitoring in SE Ranking

The page changes monitoring tool allows you to:

  • Monitor changes in content, meta tags, links, and page index status.
  • View page change history to find correlations to improve SEO strategy.
  • Track competitor page changes over time along with your own.
  • Monitor any page changes made by teammates or clients.
  • Get alerts for important changes on your monitored pages.
  • Create reports based on the site change information.

This is a super valuable tool to use when you're working to optimize a page to improve its ranking for a target keyword and you want to monitor competing pages for changes.

Note: The Pro or Business plan is required for access to page change monitoring.

8. Social Media Management

While primarily an SEO-focused platform, SE Ranking includes social media management software with convenient posting and monitoring features.

Features include the ability to schedule and auto-post to Facebook and Twitter accounts, manage multiple accounts and view detailed metrics for each platform.

SE Ranking's Social Media Management
SE Ranking's Social Media Management

SE Ranking's social media management tools are helpful in finding the best times to engage with your target audience and the best type of content to share.

Here is an example chart showing social shares and metrics for a Twitter account:

Social Media Metrics in SE Ranking
Social Media Metrics in SE Ranking

This is a useful tool for managing multiple social media accounts in one place, especially if you prefer not to have to switch from one social media site to another.

9. SEO Reporting Tool

SE Ranking includes a powerful report builder for creating custom SEO reports.

Finding the Report Builder in SE Ranking
Finding the Report Builder in SE Ranking

Key features of the SEO reporting tools include:

  • Ability to choose a specific ranking period to display in reports.
  • A variety of drag and drop widgets to display in reports.
  • Schedule the sending of automated reports to email addresses.
  • Show a custom logo in the header and footer of white-label reports.
  • Reports can be downloaded as PDF, CSV, XLS, or HTML files.
  • Add notes to any modules in your reports.

Here's the view of the report builder as soon as you select a site to create a report:

SE Ranking's Report Builder
SE Ranking's Report Builder

Note: White-label reporting options are offered in the Pro and Business plans.

You can create a report from scratch or start from one of these templates:

SE Ranking Report Templates
SE Ranking Report Templates

Or, you can create a report from scratch and save it as a custom template.

Here's an example of a couple ranking related widgets added to a report:

Example of a Keyword Ranking Report in SE Ranking
Example of a Keyword Ranking Report in SE Ranking

Each widget has its own settings you can edit within a report.

You can add sections to your reports related to the following topics:

  • Rankings
  • Analytics & Traffic
  • Competitors
  • Social Media
  • Website Audit
  • Marketing Plan
  • Account Report

10. White Label Options

SE Ranking's white label features are perfect for providing branded marketing services.

The Pro and Business plans include the following white-label features:

  • Use your own domain or subdomain for white label SEO without requiring clients to link to an SE Ranking link.
  • Add and manage users with custom access permissions to different tools in SE Ranking.
  • Send out manual or automated reports from your business email and use your own SMTP server if preferred.
  • No hosting is required, as your domain/s just need to be in your domain registrar account.
  • Choose a color scheme for your white label domain/s and upload your logo for reports.

You can also create accounts for your team or clients with custom access to:

  • Analytics and traffic data
  • SE Ranking tools
  • Website Audit
  • Competitors
  • Marketing Plan
  • Backlink Monitoring
  • Performance-Based Invoicing
  • White-Label Reports
  • Backlink Checker

11. Lead Generator

The final feature to share in this SE Ranking review is the lead generator tool. This is a customizable widget that SEO freelancers and agencies can use to generate leads.

When a visitor fills out the widget's form on your site, the prospective customer receives a detailed report on their on-page optimization and you receive their contact details.

You can choose between a button, webform, push notification, or pop-up widget.

SE Ranking's Lead Generator
SE Ranking's Lead Generator

Additional features include the ability to customize each widget with your brand colors and logo, deliver personalized messages, and set email alerts.

You can even block certain domains or email addresses from running the on-page SEO audit, and add Google Analytics tracking code as another way to track incoming leads.

Alternatives to SE Ranking

In terms of all-in-one SEO tools, the main competitors to SE Ranking are Semrush, Ahrefs, Surfer, Serpstat, Moz Pro, Agency Analytics, and SEO PowerSuite.

Here is some additional information on three of the top SE Ranking alternatives:

Semrush

Semrush is a leading all-in-one SEO platform that includes tools for keyword research, competitor analysis, rank tracking, audits, content optimization, reporting, and more.

Semrush is the leader in the SEO tool space in terms of the sheer number of features and functionality. However, you pay a premium for the larger toolset.

If you don't mind paying more, you will find that Semrush offers a bit more Google-based keyword and competitor data compared to SE Ranking. This includes more refined tools and add-ons for social media, content marketing, and local listings.

However, I believe SE Ranking is closing the gap on the quality and amount of research data it provides while offering lower-cost plans to help smaller operations scale.

Ahrefs

Ahrefs is a popular all-in-one SEO toolkit that includes extensive tools for competitive analysis, keyword research, site audits, topic research, and rank tracking.

Many professional SEOs and agencies use Ahrefs for leading organic competitor research focused on Google. Although, the price is a bit higher to get started, and tracking keyword rankings daily requires an additional add-on charge.

Like Semrush, the keyword research tool in Ahrefs is one of the largest in terms of data, but SE Ranking isn't far behind. Personally, having used all of these platforms, I don't feel I require another tool outside of SE Ranking for keyword or backlink research.

Surfer SEO

Surfer is an on-page SEO software with content planning, keyword research, and data-driven content audits.

The on-page SEO tool compares your content against top-ranking competitors on the Google SERPs for 500+ factors and provides suggestions to improve your rankings.

Based on my experience, Surfer currently offers stronger semantic word and phrase recommendations than SE Ranking's on-page SEO checker and audit tools. On the flip side, Surfer lacks rank tracking, in-depth keyword research, and backlink tools.

While I use Surfer for deep on-page optimization, SE Ranking is top-notch for rank tracking, site-wide audits, keyword research, competitor analysis, and creating reports. However, SE Ranking is currently working on some new content optimization tools.

SE Ranking Review Conclusion

To sum up, SE Ranking is an excellent SEO platform with all-in-one features at a low cost, making it a top choice for many growing businesses, freelancers, and agencies.

I recommend SE Ranking for managing multiple SEO campaigns, especially when you're just starting out or have to manage many client sites. This could be for scaling SEO for multiple websites such as niche sites or client sites as an agency.

The Essential plan is a low-cost way to try SE Ranking and is very affordable when you choose to get ranking data updated every 3 days or weekly.

Free Trial of SE Ranking

To test the software out for yourself, sign up for the SE Ranking free trial here.

The free trial includes access to the SE Ranking Essential 250 keywords plan.

My Rating of SE Ranking: 4.8/5

I give SE Ranking 4.8 out of 5 stars. The software offers incredible value for the feature set compared to many other multi-purpose SEO software tools on the market.

I hope this review helped you better understand SE Ranking's features and plans.

If you have any questions about SE Ranking or the information in this review, please feel free to leave a comment or reach out via email at [email protected]

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