Ahrefs VS Semrush | Best SEO-Keyword Research Tool 2018 Review

To see the similarities between Spyfu vs Ahrefs vs Semrush, you must have had a clear picture of what keyword research means. In the meantime, I have used Ahrefs very intensively and also used Semrush moderately to differentiate which one works best. I can easily tell the stories of how both of them work in comparison with Spyfu.

As an SEO expert who takes keyword research and Link Building very serious, I was going to see the most profitable SEO software to really rely on, now and in the future.

When I started using Semrush, my head was blushing already that I have finally arrived, but hey, I got the taste of Ahrefs, and the results were amazing too. Keyword Research tools are very important to every blogger, internet marketer and or webmaster in the information marketing field.

Google and other Search Engines are flooded every day with virtually quality contents they see profitable to rank higher and better than the others. If you are not following the right direction in your keyword research, link building and keyword tracking, then your effort will be in vain.

The Important of using a Keyword Research Tool (Ahrefs & Semrush)

Many people jump into blogging, especially blogging, marketing, SEO and other profitable niches that requires research without investing in SEO and Keyword Research tools like Semrush, Ahrefs, Moz, Spyfu and others.

SEO tools help to make the work of research easier for you with a simple click. Below you are going to see simple and most compelling benefits why you should invest in Keyword Research tool Like Ahrefs, Semrush or Spyfu. It is important to target profitable keywords which will help to give you a broader knowledge of how to focus and write Long Form Content which Google and other Search Engines enjoys crawling.

  1. Keyword Research
  2. Link Building with Ease
  3. Broken Link Checker
  4. Rank Tracker for important Keywords
  5. Spy your competitor’s Keywords
  6. Find High CPC keywords to increase cost per click on Google Adsense
  7. Fine Low Competitive Keywords to easily rank for on SERPs
  8. See monthly search volume of a keyword
  9. Find Seach trend of any keyword

Comparison Between Ahrefs vs Semrush

Here I am going to give detail meaning, differences and similarities between this two awesome tools. This will help you to understand which one to go for and which one is more profitable in the areas of which I outlined in Important of Keyword Research tool. But First;

What are Ahrefs and Semrush?

Ahrefs is an all in one most profitable SEO tool that crawls and stores web data. They happened to be the fastest bot that crawls almost 8 billion web pages per day and they are also best in link building, keyword research, link tracker and many more others while Semrush is also a powerful SEO tool that works best for keyword research at its peak.

Ahrefs vs Semrush Keyword Research

Both Ahrefs and Semrush works best in Keyword research. But in data analysis and presentation, Ahrefs crawl and store web data faster than Semrush.

I will take an example of a keyword on my blog.

Ahrefs in Keyword Research

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Ahrefs Keyword Data crawl

The above screenshot shows that Ahrefs could crawl and index the keyword long ago. Now let check the same keyword with Semrush.

Semrush in Keyword Research

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Semrush Keyword Data Crawl

The above screenshot shows the data that Semrush has no single information or data regarding the provided keyword. Whereas, the above keyword is a trending keyword and Google has picked it, including Google search related.

Ahrefs and Semrush in Link Building

In this area, both tools work perfectly. But in speed and accuracy, Ahrefs carries the votes. Am saying this in reference to their speed in crawling inbound and external links on a web page. Let us see some picture screenshots below.

The above screenshot as you can see records or crawled whopping 217 Million Backlinks for Huffingtonpost.com and over 795k Referring domains. Referring domains are referred to the number of sites referring to pages on your website.

Now let us also take a look at how many Backlinks and referring domains Semrush has for huffingtonpost.com.

As you can see, Semrush has only been able to crawl and indexed 46.2 million total backlinks and 346k referring domains which are currently pointing to Huffingtonpost.

Broken Link Checker for Semrush vs Ahrefs

Broken links are dangerous for search engines like Google. If you have bad or death backlinks on your site either outbound or inbound, you have to quickly fix it. The bad news is that this can not be done with physical eyes irrespective of your experience in blogging, web design or SEO especially when you have hundreds of pages linking to others and others linking to you. It’s best advised to initiate the use of SEO tool which makes use of a bot to crawl and present the result to you for fixing.

Let’s see how Ahrefs track Broken Links in real time

In the previous screenshots, it was discovered that Semrush has records 6.1 Million lost backlinks while Ahrefs has over 3 Million lost backlinks.

Now with my research and further analytics to find which one is saying the truth on this report, I found out that Ahrefs has lost links on a separate page and broken links on a separate page while Semrush classifies both in one page.

Ahrefs vs Semrush in Rank Tracker

Rank Tracker in SEO tools helps to keep you updated for your tracked keywords which are usually important to you.

This still has to give seniority to Ahrefs because Ahrefs crawl web pages faster and index metrics and can easily track and give an accurate result on your tracked keywords.

Spying your Competitor’s Keywords with Ahrefs and Semrush

The most powerful part of keyword research (Ahrefs and Semrush) is that you have the power, ability and freedom to spy on anyone, competitor or similar web page to see the keywords they actually rank for and see if you can compete with them or not.

Let’s see how both can help you to spy on your competitor

The above screenshot shows Semrush competitors spy in actions. I was able to see keywords from Semrush which Huffingtonpost actually rank for and their search volume and their position.

Let’s take a look at Ahrefs.

The difference should be clear by now to you that Ahrefs record most profitable and actually searched for keywords with their real-time search volume.

In this area, you will also know and Find High CPC keywords to increase the cost per click on Google Adsense if you use Google Adsense. Cost Per clicks in Google Adwords is the number of money advertiser is will and able to pay per a click.

With the above keywords on our previous screenshots, you will find out all the crawled CPC of a given keyword.

Ahrefs vs Semrush in finding Low Competitive Keywords to easily rank for on SERPs

Semrush and Ahrefs Help to easily find low competitive Keyword to target. In a normal sense, you should understand that the higher the value of the keyword difficulty, the more difficult the keywords become to rank for on SERPs.

For example, it is easier to rank for keywords with 0-3 keyword difficulty than ranking for keyword difficulty with 5 and above.

Ahrefs gives accurate Keyword Difficulty and gives a clear estimation of how many backlinks you do need to rank top ten on SERPs.

Let’s take a look at Semrush, how they show keyword difficulty, CPC and search volume.

The above comparisons by now should tell you which SEO tool is worth giving a trial and actually paying for or in Summary, we are going to help in making it simple to understand with an infographic or Table.

In summary, Ahrefs has more advanced and better user interface where you can work smartly and carry out any research project in the area of Keyword Research, Link building, site audit, finding low competition keywords, spying on competitor’s keywords and many other benefits. You can find out intensively about Ahrefs and how to use it in all the areas which they are more better than Semrush. Ahrefs has more points more than Semrush and is actually the best Keyword Research Tool for now with my experience.

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