Category Archives: Tips

Awesome Free Keyword Tools

I found two awesome keyword tools last week:

KW Finder (

Enter keyword and receive detailed SEO analysis with a few clicks. This kind of tool would usually be sold for A LOT but the author (for some strange reason) offers it for free.


Keyword Tool (

This tool will go and scrape Google suggest, giving you lots of keywords ideas. There is a similar service, though not as well designed, called UberSuggest.


Advanced Competition Research – source code search

If you’re not completely new to the Internet, I’m sure you’ve browsed websites’ source codes many times. You can usually find out which CMS they’re using (WordPress is always obvious), find URLs of images the owners don’t want you to see and other fun stuff.

But source code also shows a bunch of other stuff – if you have Google Analytics installed, you can search for unique code UA-XXXXXX and learn which websites belong to one owner. You can do the same with AdSense code, default Piwik code and anything else that leaves a footprint.

NerdyDataI haven’t known of an easy tool that searches through source code throughout the internet but yesterday my coworker showed me one – NerdyData.

It’s a paid tool but they have a free option which should easily cover a few projects.

Beside searching for Google Analytics, Optimizely, Google AdSense, Visual Website Optimizer, you can also search for meta keywords, meta description and whatever else you find interesting.

The one issue I found was that the data is not refreshed regularly so you might find broken links and non-existing websites.

All in all a great tool, so go and check what your competitor also owns. 😉

How to easily get highly relevant backlinks

While this method is far from new, it can still get you some nice high PR backlinks.

What you’ll be doing is using Google’s advanced search queries to find blogs and forums where you can post your link.

Blog Comments

Let’s say you’re looking for blog posts about bass fishing in Texas.

If you look at any WordPress blog, you know that the default call to action for comments is “Leave a comment”. And we know that if the blog requires you to login (and we don’t want that), it says “you must be logged in”. These are all called “footprints” and it’s how we search for posts open for comments.

Having all that in mind we can go to Google and enter:


It’s searching for websites with exact phrase “leave a comment”, without (minus) phrase “you must be logged in” and of course about bass fishing texas. I’ve found quite a few sites where I can leave a very relevant link.

You can of course limit the search to the last year, month or week. Use SEO Quake to check site PR.

Forum Posts

Another option is to find forums which discuss the same topic. The most popular forum is phpBB so we’ll use the footprint “powered by phpbb”.


Now here’s the caveat for forums: you DON’T want to leave a link in your post (unless very relevant) but in your signature. So go to the forum, add a few generic posts (introduce yourself etc.), and only then go and add a signature and post in the topic.

A sneaky trick: add a generic non-linked signature and post comments. Then, after a few days when the posts are not in the limelight anymore, go and change your signature to your website’s link. All your signatures become links and you have a bunch of relevant content links.

More footprints and automation

You can get more footprints in this Black Hat World topic. And of course there are tools available that automate this whole process. I’ll show you one in the next few days. But until then, find a few posts and forums and post your links to them!