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(Entry was posted by Paulo Cesar on this post in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Thursday, February 21, 2019).

People says: "SEM Rush for keywords, Ahrefs for backlinks"

People says: "SEM Rush for keywords, Ahrefs for backlinks". As of 2019, is it really the truth? 🤔
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  • Travis Bailey: That`s usually true. When it comes to keyword tracking, SEMrush doesn`t track a lot of lower volume keywords. Like say, for instance `plumber *someSmalltown*`. They`ll track it, once you`re paying to track the keyword though.

    I like aHrefs a lot. But honestly, you want as much link data as you can possibly get. So if you`ve a client that requires a large link analysis, you definitely want more than one source. Best to sort it all out in spreadsheets after multiple exports, then. But all around, aHrefs is very good.

    I definitely prefer both of those tools for initial glimpses into the murkier portions of projects.
  • Michael Martinez: If you`re going to use tools for research, then the more tools you use the better because no tool is perfect. It`s more difficult to get diversity from the keyword research tools, and they are using paid search keywords, which is a very biased data set. If you`re interested in developing content for the long tail of search you`ll have to dig really deep. The backlink tools all come up short so if you`re really studying backlinks you must use Bing and Google`s backlink reports at the very least, but the more 3rd-party tools you use the greater the "outside coverage" you`ll get.
  • Benj Arriola: Off-topic, just messing around.

    People says: SEMRush, did they say S. E. M. Rush or Sem Rush?
  • Selena Vidya: I say S-E-M Rush, but know lots who say SEM rush.
  • Loren Baker: It’s officially S.E.M. Rush.
  • Loren Baker: Just like the correct pronunciation of Moz is “Mows” because it used Mozilla and DMoz for its inspiration, which is short for Mosaic.
  • Łukasz Rogala: Ahrefs shows a lot.
  • Selena Vidya: I`ve preferred SEMrush for keyword research, especially with how they`re slowly improving their Keyword Magic discovery tool, although Ahrefs has become a pretty big competitor with their "clicks" estimation and traffic potential data. I *am* looking forward to seeing SEMrush introduce keyword research around YouTube, as I previously used Keyword Keg for that but no longer subscribe to it.
  • Si Quan Ong: We just released keyword data for YouTube, Amazon, Bing, Yandex, Baidu, Naver, etc. for Ahrefs Keywords Explorer

    Do check it out if you haven`t!
  • Selena Vidya: Awesome. I will!
  • Loren Baker: Still use Majestic for core backlink data but really enjoying AHREFS in terms of its actionable use of data.
  • Troy Redington: ahrefs is the only thing i pay for right now
  • Dave Elliott: Tend to use majestic for back link stuff. Semrush for competitor research and then a combination of awr(one offs) and seomonitor(campaigns) for rankings.

View original question in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Thursday, February 21, 2019).

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