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  • Writer's pictureCaitlin Strempel

How to Use SEOQuake - Tutorial | The Best Chrome Plugin for SEO

Updated: Apr 30, 2021


SEO can be really overwhelming, especially if it isn’t in your wheelhouse or you are just getting started – Heck, it can be overwhelming even when you’ve been at it a while!

If you are one of those people who really don’t know where to begin with SEO, start with downloading the SEOQuake plugin! (Good for Chrome and Firefox). I personally think this is the best SEO plugin you can get for Chrome and for your SEO!

This tool created by SEMRush is perfect for keeping track of how your website is doing in terms of SEO evaluation. Beyond monitoring how you're doing, you can also easily fix any SEO problems that come up. You can even check on competitors, and do a lot more.

Just a FEW of these uses include the ability to see:

  1. Where competitors' website visitors are coming from (social vs. SEO vs. paid ads)

  2. If they are running any Google ads, you can see them in this plugin!

  3. The number of backlinks

  4. Website Title Tags, Meta Descriptions and Keywords

This tool is a gold mine! Watch my video below for a walk through and see how I specifically use SEOQuake on the daily!

(**Sidenote and really the only negative review I have about SEOQuake: This plugin DOESN’T pick up on best practices as it relates to keyword usage… check out these blog posts for this information!!)

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1. Before you do anything go download the plugin!

2. You will then need to sign up for a free SEMRush account

3. Go check out what your competitors are doing and what's going on with your own website too!

The main way to figure out how to use SEOQuake is to check out the SEOQuake tutorial. It will help guide you through the use of the plugin. This plugin will help you do SEO audits, take a look at links of all kinds to make sure everything is working, do data exports, analyze URLs and domains, and a lot more.

There really is a lot of stuff in there, so it's worth having a full tutorial to help guide you through it.

This tool has over 3 million downloads so you know that it works. Thousands of people are using it every single day of the week in order to further their business efforts.

The SEOQuake free download lets you take a look at your web page's SEO health in real-time. In other words, you can diagnose potential SEO problems for your page as they are actually happening. The feature also makes it possible to fix optimization issues this way as well.

1. Easily Keep Track of Competitors

You can use the plugin to track how a competitor's website is getting visitors since it can analyze any website. You'll be able to identify whether they are coming from social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and so on, whether they are coming from SEO efforts, or whether they are coming in from paid apps. That way, you can learn from their success and calibrate your efforts to match and overtake them.

2. It's a Lightweight Analysis Tool

All you need to do a full SEO analysis of whichever web page you want is your browser. Just click once and wait for a single second and the whole thing will be done. You don't need to go through a difficult interface every time that takes up a bunch of resources on your computer. Instead, you can customize it to only display the info you need, only at times when you need it.

3. SEO Showdown Feature

SEOQuake makes it so that you can compare different URLs and domains inside different SEO parameters no matter where you are. You can then export what you get into a report that you can adjust as much as you want in a dynamic way.

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4. Google Ad Viewer Ability

If your competitors are running Google ads, this plugin makes it so that you can fully view them whenever you want. This makes it much easier to keep up with the competition during your campaigns.

5. Analyze Links

There's a backlink analyzer you can use with this tool. It also can help you collect information about internal and external links on any webpage of any kind. This includes anchor texts, link types, URLs, and a lot more information.

6. SEObar Option

This tool lets you get an instant summary for any webpage you're browsing through naturally. The interactive SEObar can be turned off when you don't need it, or adjust and customized for whatever functionality you do need from it. This bar makes it easier to get info quickly while you're looking at other stuff on the page so that you can determine what to do next. This only helps to increase your efficiency.

7. Other Tools

There's an SEO dashboard that will work for people who don't want too many bars on their browsers. When you use this, it will open up a dashboard that's small but still has a ton of information about many aspects of a website including their Alexa rank, Bing index, Google index, Google cache date, and much more.

8. SERP Overlay

You can see all about SERPs in an overlay and export it to a CSV file if you so choose. It's an easy button to use on the side of your browser.

Overall, with SEOQuake, It's easy to get information about Yahoo Index, SEMrush data, numbers of Tweets and upvotes, and much more. You also have the option to print out data from the tool whenever you want. So that you have a physical copy you can reference when you are doing other types of SEO, and design work related to your online business.

SEOQuake is SO important for your SEO! It allows you to see what your competitors are doing, what they aren't doing so you can do it better, and how your own website SEO currently is! And the best part is that you don't have to be an SEO specialist at all! All you have to know is how to install what I think is the best Chrome plugin for SEO and know how to use it, which I detail out in the video below.

Enjoy, and please comment with any questions you have in regards to this! I am always updating to answer the questions I receive.

While SEOQuake is an incredible tool for a quick peek into how well a website is optimized for digital marketing and SEO, a professional SEO audit service will be your best option if you are looking for an in-depth look of what you need to do and exactly how to optimize your website to get ranked on Google!


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Here’s the video transcript:

"I am here to show you a walkthrough on SEOQuake. It’s the Chrome plugin, you can also use it for Firefox, that I use on a daily basis for my SEO.

I’m on this website now so I will just use that. Once you have installed the plugin, it will show up on your toolbar up top on the right. At least for Chrome. I’m not sure where it is for Firefox.

So click here (clicks on icon), and then what I look at is… I love looking at backlinks for my own website to see how it changes changes, but also for my competitors’ websites, or my clients’ websites, especially if I’m doing an initial audit this is one really good way. Especially if you’re on the phone with a client and you need to quickly look at something without having to do a full and deep audit.

So you can look at the number of backlinks here, see where traffic is coming from. You can see if your competitors have any display advertisements running, which these people don’t.

Traffic analysis.

This is another good one. So where are they advertising, where are they bringing in traffic from, and what do their analytics look like, which is awesome.

So I also do that, and then I also use page information. So let me just go back really quickly (goes back to analyzed landing page). So you can also get to this page by right clicking and going to SEO quake down here… and then going to “Diagnosis” or “Page Information” or any other location you want.

(on diagnostic page) You have to take this with a grain of salt because you still have to know what you’re doing when you look at this.

From this we can see there’s no canonical set for this page so that might be something they want to look at.

Their title tag is looking good, so you can see right here it gets a little checkmark. But you still need to know what a good title looks like. SEO Quake will tell you it has this many characters therefore it’s great; however, it won’t tell you “hey, you shouldn’t be using that keyword, you should be using another keyword, and the placement of it [the keyword] So this one is good but a lot of title pages, title tags, they will have, if it’s the home page, just “Home” and their Company… and that’s not good enough. And SEO Quake won’t pick up on that. Just a little headsup.

And same with the meta description, it just looks at character count. And also right now for Google, it used to be 300 characters for the description length was optimal, but now they moved it down to 150 so just keep that in mind too.

So there are little quirks with this plugin but it’s such a great tool, especially if you need it on the fly or really quickly need to see what’s going on.

And then here you have your headers. Here it says you’ve implemented it but again it doesn’t tell you if it’s proper or not.

So 100%, 90% [looking at current Heading Tags in SEO Quake] You probably don’t want those as your heading tags, and also you only want one H tag per page. So you know, again, it shows you just the gist of it but nothing too crazy.

It also shows you if any of your images are without alt-text. Again, it doesn’t show you if the alt text is keyword appropriate.

Text vs HTML ration. I honestly don’t really follow this. I don’t think it’s the best tool for this. But it shows you things like if you have schema or structural markups. And then also, the most important part, it shows you if your website is compliant. If it’s built properly, and if you have certain basic SEO tactics in place.

So that was the diagnostics and you can also look at “Page Info” which again it shows you your external links, and then the keywords that Google is picking up for this page. Pretty quick and easy. Honestly if you have not installed this, I highly recommend doing it, just getting in there everyday and looking to see what your competition is doing. And helping out your clients with it, and yourself.

Alright guys have a good day."

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Azad Malik
Azad Malik
08 de mai. de 2023


its really helpful. thank you for sharing



Mamoona Mushtaq
Mamoona Mushtaq
28 de abr. de 2023


thanks for sharing with us. its really amazing and helpful post for SEO Beginners.


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