Free Local SEO Tools That Belong in Your Kit

Posted by MiriamEllis

What a lot can change in just a few years! When I wrote the original version of this post in January 2014, the local SEO industry didn’t have quite the wealth of paid tools that now exists, and many of the freebies on my previous list have been sunsetted. Definitely time for a complete refresh of the most useful free tools, widgets, and resources I know of to make marketing local businesses easier and better.

While all of the tools below are free, note that some will require you to sign up for access. Others are limited, no-cost, or trial versions that let you get a good sense of what they provide, enabling you to consider whether it might be worth it to buy into paid access. One thing you may notice: my new list of local SEO tools offers increased support for organic SEO tasks, reflective of our industry’s growing understanding of how closely linked organic and local SEO have become.

Now, let’s open this toolkit and get 2018 off to a great start!


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US Census Bureau Tool Set

Looking to better understand a target community for marketing purposes? You’ll find 20+ useful … Read the rest

January 18, 2018  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments

Listen to MozPod, the Free SEO Podcast from Moz

Posted by BrianChilds

We’re marketers. We know from firsthand experience that there aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything that needs to get done. And that’s even more true once you commit to leveling up and learning new skills.

The learning curve for developing digital marketing skills can be steep, and staying informed as things evolve and change (thanks, Google) can feel like a full-time job. Our Moz Training has classes to help accelerate the learning process, but as startup folks ourselves, we understand the importance of multitasking.

Learn SEO on the go

We’re thrilled to introduce MozPod, an SEO podcast focused on sharing lessons from digital marketing experts. Episodes are led by instructors from Moz Academy and we discuss a wide variety of digital marketing concepts, from common terminology to recent changes and best practices.

Check it out on iTunes

Where can I listen in?


Upcoming episodes

Our first series covers conversion rate optimization, PageRank, and link building:

Ep. 1: The Science of Crawling and Indexing

Guest: Neil Martinsen-Burrell of Moz

Dr. Neil Martinsen-Burrell shares his perspective as a statistician on the development of Page Authority and Domain Authority. Great data and … Read the rest

October 12, 2017  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments

Win a Free Trip to MozCon 2016!

Posted by CharleneKate

Ever dreamed of going to MozCon and imagined yourself watching Dr. Pete’s talk, taking photos with Roger, and giving Rand a fist bump? Or maybe you’ve always gone to MozCon and just can’t budget it this year? Well, we have the opportunity of a lifetime for you!

This year, we’re thrilled to try something new and give our community members a chance to win an exclusive VIP MozCon experience! A free ticket to MozCon 2016 including optional VIP front row seating, accommodations (with suite upgrade) for the entire conference, airfare/transportation to Seattle, and shuttle service from Sea-Tac Airport to Olive 8 Hyatt. The whole shebang!

Postcards sitting on a table from a MozCon in the past; they say "MozCon" and "Wish You Were Here"

We’re asking you to put together a piece of content to tell us why we should send you to MozCon. We want your content to be original and creative!

First step: Create some awesome, compelling content.

Here’s a few content types that you can use:

A video (must be 1 minute or less): Get in front of the camera.

A blog post: Make the case using your brilliant writing skills.

A song: Are you musically gifted? Write and sing a song.

A photo album: Are you a visual … Read the rest

May 12, 2016  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments

Moz Local Now Syncs with Google My Business (Plus, a Sweet Free Tool!)

Posted by dudleycarr

[Estimated read time: 4 minutes]

Until now, I was confident that developing a software service had never been compared to assembling furniture from Ikea (no Google searches were done to prove this assertion).

Believe it or not, we unlocked this achievement while working on the Google My Business API. The piece of “furniture” we constructed? We built the recliner that allows you to sit back and have your locations automatically imported from Google My Business to Moz Local. And like most things built with tools meant for hands far smaller than the average human hand, we’re proud of the end result and excited to announce this amazing (and comfortable) feature today in Moz Local!

Taking a step back, we looked at our fine construction and realized that there were a number of spare parts laying on the floor. We took those Google My Business API spare parts and built Moz Local’s new My Business Console. In furniture-speak, it’s like a nifty baby gate that actually allows adults to operate it without reading the instruction manual. In seriously-tell-me-what-this-thing-is terms, My Business Console gives you fine-grained bulk permission management for Google My Business.

Sync locations … Read the rest

March 10, 2016  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments

How to Build Your Own Free Amazon Organic Search Rank Tracker

Posted by n8ngrimm

Do you want a free tool that tracks your organic search rankings in Amazon? Yes? You’re in luck.

I am going to show you how to build your own organic search rank tracking tool using Kimono Labs and Excel.

This is a follow-up to 
my last post about how to rank well in Amazon, which covered the basic inputs to Amazon’s ranking algorithm. It received a lot of comments about my rank-tracking prototype in Google Docs; the Moz community is overflowing with smart people who immediately saw the need for a tool to track their progress. As luck would have it, something in Google Sheets broke the day after I published, so I had to replicate the rank tracking tool in Excel using the SEOTools for Excel plugin. The Excel tool is a low-setup way to record your progress, but if you want to track more than a few terms, it is very laborious. I’ve since built a more (but not completely) automated, scalable way to track rankings using Kimono Labs to scrape the data and Excel to run the reports.

(Shout out to Benjamin Spiegel for turning me on to Kimono Labs through an excellent Moz postRead the rest

August 19, 2014  Tags: , , , , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments



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