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In a world where “content is king,” traditional keyword research is not enough, and SEOs are increasingly responsible for developing a solid content strategy. Google’s Hummingbird update in 2013 made this move critical.

Search Metric’s annual 2024 Search Ranking Factors study launched early this month, and it does much to illuminate the importance of semantically related and comprehensive website content. It shows correlations with how readability and length of web pages are critical to the new, holistic way of writing and presenting content.

[pullquote]In Google-speak, we need “good content,” a vague and subjective yardstick. What is “good content”?[/pullquote]

SEO’s and writers need to be in step with what Google’s machine learning deems “good”. There are content metrics Google’s algorithms use that we as content creators should understand. This piece looks at several tools that help do just that.

Tools that score the quality of web page content help both SEOs and content creators discover content that will score high in Google Search (and be engaging for users) beyond their own websites. There are many tools to help evaluate your website, but my mission here is to help you find other high-quality web page content in your niche — as objectively scored by metrics — so you can learn from their success.

Marcus Tober‘s presentation at SEJ Summit Chicago identified two sites that represent the old keyword-research-only method versus the new semantic relevance for content creation. If you know of other websites that contrast old versus new content creation strategy, keywords versus holistic content, they are fantastic for understanding Google’s new ranking, which is no longer based on keywords.

Tober showed how eHow dominated keywords related to “how to boil eggs” before Google introduced the Hummingbird algorithm and how their entire website tanked in Google search results (SERP) in the past two years.

In contrast, chúng tôi was his example of a website meeting the criteria of the new “holistic” approach for content creation, and is killing it in the SERP for terms related to “boiled eggs,” at the same time eHow saw a stunning drop in ranking for the same related topics.

To go along with Tober’s examples, I use pages that rank from these sites for scoring with free tools. I also use a New York Times piece for some tests and a Wikipedia page for the last three. If the automated tools do their job, we should find poor scores for eHow and good scores for all others. Let’s see how the tools do.

Keyword Research Tools Find Related Phrases Ranking From a Webpage

There are three free tools that look at how tens of millions of keywords rank on Google and then find associated metrics for the web pages ranking on the keywords. Using their data, I can determine if Google is willing to rank many phrases or topics from one page. All of the co-ranking phrases for the pages have good search volume when examined with these tools, as it is the “most popular” keyword phrases they track.

Sure, links are super important, but the Search Metrics 2024 Study shows that technical and on page factors are just as important. If all other ranking signals are equal, a page with more comprehensive content should have more phrases ranking. To score competitor’s holistic content based on number of related ranking keyword phrases from a page, you might also find the “link equity” score from Moz or Ahrefs to see the extent to which links are helping multiple words from a page rank.

SerpScape 

This new-ish website says it looks at 40,000,000 SERPs on a rolling basis. That puts them in a class with only two other tools offering a “free” or “freemium” tool, which update 10s of millions of keywords per month. The others are SEMrush (where I previously worked) and SypFu.

The company says they are “Indexing over 4 billion results across 64 million domains” in the US and UK. They do not specify how they define results. Free users can only see the breakdown of related results for the top ten, but they do show the number of related terms they’ve found for the page.

The software company updates 40 million keywords in the US (120 million including other country databases) and also updates on a rolling basis, over the course of the month.

Wow, a lot of variance with these results. Keep in mind, when tools use “popular keywords”, their lists can be quite different from each other. This is the main reason for the variance.

This company offers a free version and upgrades to paid plans (Note: I do consulting for this company). Their developers are experts in the machine learning space and created their own knowledge graph technology to score and locate gaps in topic relatedness for websites and webpages.

Users can simply copy/paste from a page with images and other media to drop into a field for their “blog research” tool. You can also examine scoring for holistic content for all pages under one domain, allowing you to figure out where there are “gaps” in your content.

Here’s a chart of how the pages scored.

Their “focus keyword” is the word or phrase you searched as the main topic for the page. On the Wikipedia page, I searched “Facebook,” so the number would be most useful when compared to a web page on the same topic. Related topics are mentioned at least once. So, one page on The Kitchn has more than both of the eHow pages combined. Content score is the number of topics, but it also counts how often a related topic was mentioned, up to a max of five points per topic.

For the eHow article about microwaving eggs, the most important topical gap found was a lack of related topics to eggs or cooking. There are only two phrases related to these, and microwaves is mentioned four times. Their egg cooking method is an unorthodox use of microwaves, and the first sentence of the article says “boil eggs in the microwave oven at your own risk because there is a chance that the eggs can explode. “

This tool judges readability. Tober points out that more general interest sites should be easier to read than academic or specialized sites, which makes sense. All three of the sites we are looking at in this article are general interest. The tool scores this largely on sentences being too long. This seems a bit subjective for an algorithmic determination given subtleties of what constitutes “general interest” versus reading level of users.

A new page was used here to see how content from another authoritative website know for comprehensive coverage would perform. A very important page one story from the New York Times was used which discussed the completion of the Iran Nuclear Deal the day it was announced.

The Kitchn had similar scores — I expect they would be better. They were about 2% lower on long sentences, but 2% higher on “passive language” and their final readability score was just one point different from eHow at 69.

The Times page has 2050 words. Average sentence length is 16 words, so 37% are scored as long. 13% of the language on the page uses passive language according to the tool. Overall Readability is 49/100 and requires the reader be above a 10th grade reading level. If The Times did poorly on “Readability,” take these results with a grain of salt. The site says: “This means some content is complex and likely inaccessible when skimmed. Aim for 60 or above on the Flesch readability scale. Simplify by using simpler words / phrases and shorter sentences.”

The tool finds the average number of words on a page, a sign of comprehensive coverage mentioned by the Search Metrics Report. They offer a plethora of  metrics, but most measure technical aspects of a webpage. Nibler can’t single out one page’s length, but it’s useful to get metrics for many pages alongside a single page. It crawls a sample of 10 pages linked from the page you provide.

Scoring the Scorers: How Accurate Are The Tools and Techniques?

The purpose of automated grading is usually to get around hands-on reviews of web pages for quick spot checks. I’ll break down results into three key metrics.

Semantically Relevant and Comprehensive Wording

eHow did significantly worse with the keyword research tools for related phrases, as well as for “topic gaps” from MarketMuse. This metric is the most difficult to judge, and perhaps the most important.

Our results are correlational for the keyword tools: Google could be using other ranking signals to put many phrases from the same page high in the SERP. There may well be a feedback loop here: sites with pages that are more comprehensive will tend to get more links because users judge comprehensive as good content. Search Metrics demonstrated that this correlation is strong across hundreds of websites.

MarketMuse is not using correlations. Results are based on their own “knowledge graph” data. Do their machine results match a more complex read of a page by a human to judge success? From the pages I’ve analyzed beyond this article, the answer is yes. Judge for yourself.

Long Form or Higher Word-Count Content

This is a straightforward score and Nibler shows the eHow pages are too short.

Easy to Read Content

This is a bit tough to judge for accuracy. We saw the reverse of what we would expect, with eHow doing best and the New York Times doing poorly! The problem here is context and a website’s goals.

Some websites benefit from being more challenging to read. For example, the complexity draws people to The Times and means time on site is longer—a good ranking signal. The heavy use of “passive language” is not what I’d expect. I’d want to do a manual inspection of the page and see why it does so poorly on this metric. Further, The Kitchn should not have come in below, though close, to eHow.

Final Thoughts

These increasingly crucial content scoring capabilities are behind much of Moz’s upcoming stand-alone software, “Moz Content.” The company plans the launch for December 2024, and it will be one of very few tools in this burgeoning space priced below enterprise level (actual pricing and a possible free version have not been announced yet).

Machines are challenged in their grading process — ultimately some very, very complex artificial intelligence can be employed to evaluate content on a website. But, and it’s a big BUT, these results show how powerful automation can be for relevance and comprehensiveness.

Tober mentioned the eHow pages are written based on keyword placement without enough regard to content usefulness. Reading one of their egg articles, I immediately frowned on the big focus of using a microwave to cook eggs — that might explode. How much thought really went into that piece?

Give computer algorithms a couple of years, and I bet they will be able to spot complex problems with on page logic. Perhaps Google is already able to find topic associations that are plain wrong?

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Web Pages Loading Slowly? 11 Fixes To Try In Windows 10

The only thing worse than no internet is slow internet. Waiting for a web-page to load is not only a waste of your time, it might be completely unnecessary. 

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Define “Loading Slowly”

Does the web-page load completely, but simply takes a long time? Does text load in quickly, but images take a long time? Does the page never load at all? 

Someone might describe all of these situations as a web page loading slowly, but the root cause of each issue can be different. So try to figure out what part of the website loading process seems to be slower than usual. That can help point you in the direction of the correct tip to resolve the issue.

1. Check for Malware, Spyware and Viruses

This step is pretty much a given. If something is loading slowly on a computer, 99% of the time it’s because there is something in the background hogging up all the resources.

You’ll also want to make sure there is no malware running on your router, which is unlikely, but totally possible!

2. Check for Proxy Server

If used correctly, a proxy server can be a really handy way to protect your privacy or to circumvent internet restrictions. However, if incorrectly configured, a proxy server can cause all sorts of problems, one being “apparent” slow web page loading.

You’ll want to check your proxy server settings and make sure all your internet traffic isn’t being router through a hacker living in China. Malware and spyware installed on your computer also tend to enable a proxy server on your computer so that they can capture all of your internet traffic.

3. Run a Speed Test

The first thing you should check is whether your connection as a whole is slow or if it really is only affecting website traffic. The easiest way to do this is by searching for “speed test” in Google and then selecting the Run Speed Test button. This will take a few seconds and then show you how fast your connection is. 

The numbers should more or less add up to the speeds that you’ve been paying for. If the numbers are very low or much lower than normal, that’s a clue that the problem is not with your Windows 10 computer. If at all possible, run the speed test from your mobile phone or a different computer, to eliminate Windows 10 and your PC as the culprit.

This tip is relevant to situations where a specific site or set of sites aren’t working correctly. All you need to do is visit a website like chúng tôi and check if the site is down just for you or for everyone else. This simple check can save you a ton of frustration!

5. Reboot Everything

Before you panic, simply restart every link in the chain. That means restarting your computer, restarting your router and (if applicable) restarting the fiber connection point. 

This is a rather crude way to try and fix the problem, but since so many mysterious issues can be solved with a restart it’s a fairly quick and easy thing to try. If web pages are still loading slowly, then it’s worth putting in the effort to track the issue down, but if it’s rare then don’t worry about it and just perform the reboot ritual when it happens.

6. Check Your System Load

Web pages might not seem like something that takes a lot of system resources, but modern websites can actually put quite a load on your computer. So when a web page is performing badly, you should check how heavy the load is on your system:

Press Ctrl+Alt+Del

Select Task Manager

Select the Performance tab

On the performance tab, see whether your CPU, memory or disk are near 100% usage. If the system is under heavy strain, it could be affecting your website loading performance.

Close web browser tabs you’re done with. Close programs that you don’t need and generally try to lessen the system load to see if it helps.

7. Check Your Network Load

If your internet connection is shared with other people or other devices, the issue may actually be that one of those devices is hogging all the bandwidth! Modern WiFi routers do a pretty good job of making sure everyone gets a fair share of the available speed.

It can still happen however, so to make sure that it’s not a local bandwidth hog, disconnect all your other devices from the router and see if the issue resolves itself. 

8. Check For Cloud Syncing

Do you use DropBox, iCloud, Google One or any of the other popular cloud storage services? You might be seeing slow website speeds because of a large or ongoing file syncing operation. 

While cloud syncing of local files mostly consumes upstream bandwidth, if you or someone who shared folders in your cloud drive with you have moved large files into the cloud drive, it may start downloading to your system, depending on your settings. So disable or pause any ongoing cloud syncs to see if this is why web pages are loading so slowly.

9. Activate Metered Connection

Windows 10 can be really greedy with bandwidth every now and then. Especially if it’s downloading a large update in the background. 

If you suspect that updates are hogging your connection speed, try switching your WiFi or Ethernet connection to a metered connection. This will preserve bandwidth and your total data usage. With the added bonus that only critical updates are done automatically. In some cases, you may even want to stop updates altogether.

10. Flush Your DNS Cache

This tip is relevant mainly to situations where only certain websites seem to load slowly or not at all.

Your computer keeps a list of websites and their IP addresses in a cache to speed up access to frequently visited sites. The problem is that this information can become corrupt or outdated. If the IP address in the cache no longer works, you can try flushing the DNS cache. This will force your computer to get the correct IP address fresh from the server, instead of looking to local records for that information.

It’s also pretty easy to do:

Open CMD via the Start Menu

Type ipconfig /flushdns and press Enter

That’s it. You can head back to the browser and try to open the site again.

11. Try a Different DNS Provider

While we’re on the subject of DNS, you should know that not all DNS providers are made equal. Some are much faster at resolving your computer’s request for the IP address that goes with a particular URL. Most people are using the DNS server of their ISP, but if you shop around there are better choices. 

The easiest to recommend is Google’s DNS servers. Which are both safe and fast. You might also consider using a smart DNS which offers all sorts of neat tricks to supercharge your internet experience. Check our guide on how to change your DNS provider for more information.

Faster! Faster!

Best Free Online Tools To Create Professional Business Cards

If you are going to start an online or offline business, you should create a business card since this is the thing that attracts people towards your business. A business card is essential to have while you are in a conference, or meeting with unknown people. You may get a professional designer for making your personalized business card. However, if you currently do not have much time in hand and you need a business card within a couple of minutes, you can try out these free online tools that let you create professional business cards.

Create Professional Business Cards

Here is a list of some of the best free online Business Card makers that let you create Professional Business Cards. You can create or get business card design templates and free printable business cards in these tools.

Some of the best free online tools to create professional business cards are:

Biz Card Maker

Canva

Shopify

Design Hill

Crello

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1] Biz Card Maker

Biz Card Maker is a simple yet quite useful when you need a free tool to create a top-notch business card with customized graphics. Talking about the background, you can choose your image or select anything from the given list. It comes with some good looking pictures for personalizing the card within moments. You can enter your personal information according to your requirements. The best part of this tool is you can download the created business card as PDF as well as JPEG format. However, the drawback of this tool is you can create only the front side of your business card, and it is not possible to create the backside.

2] Canva

Canva is probably the best business card maker you can find in this list. Canva comes with a lot of templates, customization options, etc. The highlight of this tool is you can create front side as well as the backside of your business card. You can get started with some beautiful templates, enter your brand logo, put your details, use lines/shapes/icons, and so on. You can download the business card in different formats including JPG, PNG, PDF, etc.

3] Shopify

If you need a neat and clean user interface to create a simple demo business card, Shopify is probably the best option for you. Shopify doesn’t provide an option to customize the background, and it puts a simple blank image as the background. You cannot customize the backside of the visiting card. The tool, however, allows you to use your brand logo on the front side of your business card. Talking about personal contact details, you can enter your name, company name, your position, email address, phone number, office address, etc. After entering all the details, you need to hit the Create business card button. Following that, you would receive an email in your inbox containing the download link to your business card.

4] Design Hill

DesignHill is yet another simple business card creator app for those who want to customize everything including the size of the business card. You can change the height and width of your card, set a custom background, use different lines to align and customize, use icons to make it more professional, utilize frames and so on. However, this tool is not as powerful as Canva is. You cannot customize the backside of your business card. Also, it doesn’t allow you to download the card in PDF or any other format except JPG. To download any customized card, you need to enter your name and email address so that they can send you an email containing the download link.

5] Crello

If you do not like Canva’s user interface, but you want to use the same options, you can opt for Crello, which is another free online tool to create a business card within moments. Crello comes with a lot of options to customize the card and make it professional as much as possible. You can customize everything including the background of the card, enter custom text, contact details, use the brand logo and much more. Crello offers some templates so that you can save some time and get a good-looking business card quickly. You can find various options including JPG, PNG, PDF, etc. formats to download the file in. The best thing is you do not have to create an account to use this tool.

Bonus Tip: MakeBadge is another free business card maker you may want to check out.

How can I make a digital business card online for free?

There are multiple online tools available to create digital business cards. Not only digital cards but also you can create and print those cards to distribute them at a conference or meeting. Some of the best and free online tools are mentioned in this article. For example, you can use Canva, Crello, Shopify, Design Hill, etc., to get the job done.

Which software is best for designing business cards?

It depends on how you want to design your card and how much experience you have in designing the card. For example, if you do not have any experience, you can take the help of online tools that provide some templates or design ideas. On the other hand, if you are fine with graphics and vectors, you can opt for Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.

Top 7 Free Tools For Creating Infographics

Infographics are a common way of presenting information graphically, using clear illustrations, diagrams, and charts supplemented by text and visual storytelling elements.

Instead of endless paragraphs of text, infographics are composed of vivid illustrations that reveal the details of even complex and confusing information in a matter of seconds. As a result, journalists, webmasters, copywriters, and other specialists need much less time to find a common language with the audience.

Unfortunately, not everyone has the design chops to create stunning visualizations: even experienced designers will find themselves in creative setbacks.

This is also one of the reasons why tools for this job are so popular. In other words, infographic tools specialize in providing pre-built templates, which you can either use as they are or further customize them to meet your requirements.

Infographics: A brief history lesson.

The idea of visual representation of information (and not necessarily statistical or analytical) has been resorted to since primitive times – knowledge between tribes and secrets between hunters were transmitted utilizing rock art in the Paleolithic era. And over time, the culture of transmitting unknown and excessively intricate data through illustrations has not disappeared but has only grown to an even greater extent.

But are infographics really such an all-powerful tool? Or are multicolored tables and charts with arrows all around just a passing trend? As designers and marketers (and also some psychologists like Steven Pinker) suggest, the popularity of infographics (or, in his case, the representation of information in visual format) has to do with several important social and psychological processes.

First, visual illustrations broadcast several types of information at once, like pre-formatted graphic images and text, which is easier for the brain to digest because the facts are presented clearly. As a result, what is seen is instantly combined with what is read and immediately put off in memory.

Having said that, infographics, in particular, can be extremely time-consuming. In fact, some of the world’s largest publications – The Guardian, The New York Times, etc. – will have separate departments specializing in visual content. But if you’re a blogger or an independent content creator – that might not be an option.

So, with that said, here are some of the best free infographic tools, which include templates, samples, and tips on making the best visual presentations of your content.

Mind the Graph is a graphic editor with design elements and specific tools for developing presentations, visual aids, and posters with diagrams. The site contains templates with illustrations, thematic icon sets, and digitized materials that can be used for visual presentation projects in any category.

Now, one thing to note about Mind the Graph is that they’re heavily focused on the scientific field; particularly, the templates and free assets are focused on things like the human body, science, biology, health, etc.

Who is it for: The gallery of templates and illustrations at Mind the Graph is aimed at those who are connected with science in any way: students, teachers, and even employees of laboratories, phytosanitary services, and research centers.

Pricing: The basic free subscription (Starter) severely restricts creative experimentation: many templates are unavailable, illustrations are blocked, and exporting virtual posters, charts and tables will be difficult. And yet Mind the Graph will definitely come in handy, at least for term papers and presentations at universities, as a platform with unlimited ideas. And for $7 a month, the possibilities will be even greater.

Pros:

A unique collection of illustrations related to chemistry, biology, physics, and biology, and also to scientific research and weird myths.

The Mind the Graph editor available on the site is suitable for presentations, infographics, and even the layout of visual aids.

Starting with a student subscription, the service lets you work collaboratively and combine ideas in real-time.

Cons:

Even a $7/month student subscription does not remove the limit on the number of illustrations available per month (no more than 10).

The free version of Mind The Graph exports files with a watermark and is only in JPG format (unsuitable for presentations).

But what makes Infogram stand out from its competitors is its Maps section, which is designed to make international and local maps. With hundreds of pre-built templates, you can kickstart your next infographic and be done with it in a few hour’s time.

Who is it for: Infogram specializes in visualizing statistics, but the service will suit those who want to create informative historical timelines in a single illustration and statistical data on an adjacent diagram.

Pricing: The free rate on the Infogram site is limited in functionality: for example, you cannot exchange ideas with the team and keep projects of 5 or more pages. The free plan also has some exporting limitations, with HD versions of your infographics limited to Web publishing only through their own platform. Additional features are available with a subscription starting at $19 a month.

Teamwork: Collaboration tools are available with a Business subscription. This includes the ability to collaborate together on any given design in a unified dashboard.

Pros:

New content appears on the site almost every week: works are shared by professional designers and even analysts with experience.

The graphic editor on the Infogram site supports animated icons and illustrations and easily converts presentations into videos.

Cons:

There are occasional difficulties with publishing content through the Publish section – some services are unavailable for unknown reasons;

Importing and exporting materials before purchasing a subscription is possible only in low resolution, not in all formats, and not in all cases.

VistaCreate is a visual graphics web editor with designer elements built specifically for building infographics and visual content for social media sites. No knowledge or specific skills are needed – all you need to do is choose the right template and replace the necessary parts, such as putting in the right brand name or supplementing the statistics.

In recent years social media has evolved to become a business-oriented solution for actual businesses and individuals who do most of their business inside apps like Instagram and Twitter. And with VistaCreate, you can take your social media game to the next level with a platform that specializes in providing visual content templates specifically for social media platforms.

Who is it for: It’s the perfect platform for people who spend a lot of time on social media, either as business owners or as people who are in charge of managing social media marketing on behalf of a brand.

Pricing: The free Starter version includes access to 100,000 templates, millions of photos, videos, and icons, plus branded fonts, music, and even 10 gigabytes of free space in the cloud. Additional privileges come with a subscription – for $10 a month, you’ll have access to a sticker builder, team account, and personal branding.

Pros:

Built-in collection of photos from stock-photo platforms, support for vector graphics, 10 gigabytes of storage space for projects;

100,000 design ideas for any purpose – publications, reports, or even theses and dissertations;

A set of tools for background editing, branding (style, icons, colors), and even developing custom stickers.

Cons:

New content on the site does not appear very often, but even worse is the search – finding patterns (by keywords) is harder than it seems.

Piktochart is a visual editor with an intuitive design, crossed with an “informational content” builder. With the help of special templates, it’s possible to “assemble” brochures and posters, create illustrations for posts on social networks, and at the same time, turn lifeless statistics into fascinating infographics.

Piktochart also provides the means to prepare video presentations: the Video Tools feature includes animated screensavers, titles, and text templates. Turning figures and facts into videos have never been so easy!

Who is it for: Piktochart service is aimed at a diverse audience. Including those who have never built an infographic before (they provide templates and instructional guides), and experienced teams who want to work on infographics together.

Pricing: The basic version of Piktochart is available for free. Of the restrictions – only 100 megabytes of free space in the cloud storage, minimal technical support, and only one workspace. Fonts are limited, too – you can not go beyond the free collection without a subscription. Restrictions are removed for $29 a month.

Pros:

Thousands of templates with icons, graphic elements (from lines to animated buttons), and even web layouts.

Built-in “branding” system that automatically arranges logos and adds a palette with branded colors.

Teamwork mode with chat and instant file sharing, the ability to assign roles and tasks.

Cons:

The free plan limits the quality of importing and exporting graphic materials and does not work with some icon formats.

Venngage is a service for creating visual content: reports, posters, posters, and infographics. You can use ready-made templates or develop your own. The free version has a variety of templates, icons, and fonts, but the premium plan provides more features.

The service is suitable for companies of any orientation. Managers will be able to create visual reports and develop business presentations. SMM managers will have all the tools to make content for social networks. Designers can create posters and flyers and brand a company faster. Pictures for the diary and planner will help ordinary users to design records and visual references.

Who is it for: The templates presented on the Venngage site are suitable for beginners who make presentations and turn statistics into illustrations, as well as for professionals who design posters and develop promotional scenarios.

Pricing: The free version of Venngage is limited: you can’t upload materials in a suitable format, add fonts or access the premium icons, but it’s also impossible to access the collaboration features. That said, the majority of templates are accessible to free users. Additional privileges are unlocked for $16 per month.

Pros:

Sophisticated infographic categorization: the site provides templates for both tables and charts.

Free choice of additional templates to work on business ideas, presentations, charts, and even certificates.

The built-in converter of graphics in PDF, PNG, and even HTML formats to use for email marketing.

Cons:

Exports for free users are watermarked.

Cacoo is a creative platform designed for the collaborative development of diagrams and charts, visualization of statistical information, and even meetings and events with elements of strategic planning. It’s quite similar to what FigJam offers, or Figma in general, but with distinct diagramming features.

Who is it for: Cacoo is suitable for beginners: the platform offers a substantial collection of templates, added tutorial videos, and integrated a system of tips for those who are not yet familiar with data visualization. That said, the product is aimed at teams with distinct experience in creating diagrams and using them as part of a larger project. In other words, it’s also a great fit for experienced users.

Pricing: The free plan limits how much you can do; for example, use only 6 elements inside a template without access to additional style elements. Free users can only export in PNG format. The Pro plan ($6/month) removes restrictions and gives you access to exclusive blank templates and elements.

Teamwork: Even with the free plan, the Cacoo service does not prevent you from interacting with others in real time (up to a team of 6 people).

Pros:

Thousands of templates with charts, tables, diagrams, and tools for visualizing business ideas and promotion strategies.

Built-in multi-user real-time collaboration system: dozens of people can work on a project simultaneously.

Cacoo service supports dozens of workspace organization plugins (Kanban and Scrum boards, task management, version control).

Cons:

Additional tools for teamwork (for example, TypeTalk) are purchased separately from the standard subscription.

Creately is a digital workspace that can visualize information and handle non-standard business tasks, including strategic planning, analysis of statistics, and gathering creative ideas. The platform provides the means to visually build an entire project timeline, including drawing diagrams, placing footnotes, and forming tasks.

In addition to charts, diagrams, and visualization elements, Creately also handles alternative tasks – for example, providing access to a special editor with diagrams, tables, and expressive illustrations, assembled from blocks and statistical information. These can be built from scratch or by using templates, or you can combine multiple templates and take only the parts you need.

Who is it for: The service is not suitable for novice designers and marketers: instead of a traditional graphic editor, the platform focuses on diagrams and technical business-related mindmaps.

Pricing: Creately’s basic version is available in demo mode (no more than 3 jobs with a couple of folders and a limited number of graphics). But even without a subscription, it’s great to work with, and it’s also possible to collaborate with others on the free plan. The premium plans start at $5 a month.

Teamwork: Creately service provides teams and creative groups with tools to work together on projects: the site has a system of access rights, added roles, and credentials. There’s also support for interactive whiteboards (Kanban and Scrum) and collaboration features for interaction with colleagues in real-time.

Pros:

The built-in graphic editor can even cope with non-standard tasks – for example, developing schemes and smart maps.

New content on Creately’s site appears weekly – the platform adds new templates and provides creative new diagrams.

Cons:

An over-detailed interface with an impressive collection of settings, buttons, and drop-down menus is sure to confuse beginners.

Summary

As you can see, creating infographics is not that difficult. Various resources and ready-made templates have already done the hard part on your behalf. All you need now is an idea, and some data, and put it all to work.

Best Free Web Hosting Services In 2023

Best Free Web Hosting Services in 2023

Save money with these free web hosting services

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If you’re looking for the best free web hosting services available right now, you’ve come to the right place!

Whether you’re a developer, a blogger or looking to trial your first website, our experts have brought you the best free web hosting providers you can enjoy.

We have scoured the internet to find safe and reliable services that have superb features that would suit both personal and business needs. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s jump right in.

Products at a Glance

How we picked the best free web hosting services

There are numerous free web hosting services out there, but as you would expect every free plan has its limitations and drawbacks. Our experts have carefully selected top free web hosting services by considering key features. We made sure that each option provided decent customer support, great storage and excellent bandwidth offerings. As well as a few added perks such as a free domain name, email addresses and protection.

So if you are looking to launch your website with a free plan, keep on reading to discover top picks.

Our Recommended

Best Free Web Hosting Services in 2023

1

PROS

150+ Templates

Unlimited storage and bandwidth

Free email address

Ad-free

CONS

Paid custom domain

No email or phone support

x10Hosting offers a number of free web hosting services that would meet the needs of any individual and start-up. This service is perfect for anyone looking to build a free website or online shop thanks to their ready-made templates.

Their free plan offers a user-friendly website builder, over 150 templates and integration with other website platforms such as WordPress and Joomla.

You can use a custom domain with x10Hosting however this does come at a cost. Alternatively, for free you can use one of x10Hosting’s subdomains or connect to one you already own. As a bonus, you’ll also get a free email address.

2

PROS

Built-in protection

Excellent customer support

Free WordPress hosting

Free email address

Ad-free

CONS

Paid domain names

24/7 Support

AwardSpace is the perfect choice for free and cheap WordPress hosting. This web hosting service lets you build add-free websites easily. With their free plan, you’ll receive a free email address and you can connect your own domain name and create up to three subdomains underneath it. Unfortunately, domain names aren’t free with this plan but there are various paid plans which cover free domains forever.

AwardSpace also has a user-friendly website builder, Zacky that is free to use. Alternatively, you can also use the Zacky Installer to load WordPress or Joomla to the platform.

3

PROS

Free developer-level toolkit

Ad-free

Free email address

CONS

Not beginner friendly

No phone or email support

Byethost is another great web hosting service. With their free plan, you’ll be able to build a simple website including a free subdomain name, 1GB storage space, 50GB data allowance, five email addresses and WordPress integration. offers a robust free web hosting service for the tech-oriented user.

If you are a website developer or designer hoping to use free web hosting services, then Byethost is for you.  It supports reseller accounts under the free plan, perfect for those who want to offer client-managed hosting as part of their business.

Byethost is not the most beginner-friendly option on our list. Although, if you are comfortable with FTP interfaces and server-level file management, Byethost could be the one for you.

4

PROS

Great Google Cloud intergration

Custom domain and SSL

Pay-as-you-go products

Free email, SSL and domain

CONS

Confusing pricing structure

Firebase is Google’s dedicated web hosting service. It is a great option for those who are looking to develop apps, games and websites. You can use free web hosting through its Spark plan which includes 10GB of storage and 360MB of bandwidth a day.

As you would expect, Firebase integrates seamlessly with Google Cloud. Although to be able to use this service you will have to upgrade your plan to Blaze. Luckily, the Blaze subscription is free but you will have to pay for any Google Cloud features you decide to use.

Features and Considerations

When looking for a free web hosting service, there are a number of features and considerations you should take into account.

Some of these include bandwidth, storage space, uptime, security, support, and scalability as these will ensure your website runs efficiently but is also safe from malicious attacks.

Moreover, customer support is also an important feature to look for. If you are hoping to build a website for a business, ensuring the platform has a dedicated customer support team is essential. This will help you solve any problems quickly meaning you’re site can remain up and running.

You should also consider paid add-ons. Despite some sites offering free plans, quite often they require you to purchase additional add-ons and upgrades, such as domains, in order to make the site fully usable.

If you’re looking for something different, why not read our other buying guides here?

Best Web Hosting For Small Business in 2023

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Best Cheap Web Hosting Services

What is the most affordable type of web hosting?

The cheapest form of web hosting, is called shared hosting. As the name suggests, websites that have opted for shared hosting will be sharing resources with other websites on a single server.

Our Verdict

Editor’s Choice

x10Hosting

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x10Hosting is an excellent web host provider that comes with a variety of free features. What’s great about this platform, is that you can try their services for free before upgrading to their paid option. With their free plan, you’ll receive unlimited storage and bandwidth, up to three free email accounts, an add-free website and up to three top-level domain accounts.

7 Best (Really Free) Keyword Rank Checker Tools

A rank checker tool is a specialized software or online service used to identify the current ranking positions of keywords on search engine results pages. Keyword rank checker tools use algorithms to determine where specific keywords appear in the ranking. This allows users to obtain real-time and historical ranking data.

While hundreds of free and paid tools are available to help with SEO, not all of them are created equal, and selecting one is certainly difficult. Following is a handpicked list of Top Keyword Rank Checker tools, with their popular features, pros, cons, key specs, and website links.

Best Rank Checker

Name Best for Free Trial Key Features Link

SEO PowerSuite Keyword Research and Rank Tracking Lifetime Basic Free Plan • Local SEO Learn More

Ahrefs Free for Ahrefs Webmaster Tools • Get SEO metrics for pages and all keywords. Learn More

Semrush Best for Technical SEO 7 days • Link Building Learn More

Serpstat Collecting International Data 7 days • Valued Added Tools. Learn More

SE Ranking Small Businesses 14 days • Competitive pricing Learn More

1) SEO PowerSuite – Best For Keyword Research and Rank Tracking

Features:

Rank Tracking: SEO PowerSuite’s Rank Tracker lets you track keywords’ performance across various search engines, including niche-specific ones. You can also monitor SERP changes and discover opportunities for improvement.

Keyword Research: SEO PowerSuite offers you 20+ keyword research methods.

Keyword Grouping: Group your keywords based on semantic relatedness and map them on relevant landing pages to refine your content strategy.

Competitor Research: SEO PowerSuite’s tools allow you to discover your competitors’ keywords, backlinks, and on-page SEO elements.

On-page and technical SEO: WebSite Auditor by SEO PowerSuite lets you optimize your site’s meta elements, linking structure, Core Web Vitals, and optimize your pages’ content based on top SERP performers.

Local SEO: SEO PowerSuite lets you optimize your website for local search (address can be as specific as a street). You can also track local keywords’ performance and find local competitors.

Link Building Options: SEO PowerSuite’s SEO SpyGlass can help you find backlink prospects based on competitive analysis, while Link Assistant can collect link-building opportunities based on the preferences you specify.

👍 Pros 👎 Cons

Covers all aspects of SEO Learning curve may be steep for new users

Provides clear field data

20+ keyword research methods all in one place

Regular updates and new features

Affordable pricing

Best customer support team ever

Key Specs:

Monthly Fee: Pricing starts at $50 (all 4 tools included; charged yearly)

How to Get it Free

You can download SEO PowerSuite free here and use it for as long as you want

Ahrefs is an all-in-one SEO software suite covering keyword research, backlink analysis, competitor research, content creation, rank tracking, and more. With Ahrefs you can improve your website and get more traffic. Freemium version is available.

Features:

Keyword Research: Easily check the keywords that you rank for and how you compare against competitors.

SEO Health: The tool can monitor 100+ SEO health issue. It also gives you detailed steps to fix those issues.

SEO Metrics: Get SEO metrics for pages and all keywords.

Link Building: Check your inbound and outbound link profiles and get actionable insights. It also detects broken links and classifies them as nofollow, UGC, sponsored. Unlike, GSC you will see all your backlinks and not just Top 1000.

👍 Pros 👎 Cons

Most exhaustive backlink data Could be pricey

Comprehensive Site Audit Features

Robust Content Explorer

Key Specs:

Monthly Fee: Ahrefs Webmaster Tools (freemium version)

3) Semrush – Best For Technical SEO

Semrush is a SaaS platform that provides users with online visibility management. It comes with more than 50 solutions, tools, and add-ons covering the entire online visibility management spectrum. These solutions include search, content, market research, social media, and data covering over 140 countries. The tool also comes with seamless integration with Google and task management platforms.

Key Features:

Keyword Research: Semrush provides users with six comprehensive keyword research tools.

On-page SEO: The On-page SEO tools enable you to optimize your website’s title tags, meta descriptions, header tags, and image alt text. These tools are a Site Audit tool, On-Page SEO Checker, and Log File Analyzer.

Local SEO: This feature provides you with insights into optimizing your website for local search. Semrush has four tools for this, 1) Listing Management, 2) Position Tracking, 3) On-Page SEO Checker, and 4) Social Media Toolkit.

Rank Tracking: The Rank Tracking tool enables you to track your website’s progress in the SERPs and discover new opportunities. There are three tools in this feature category: 1) Position Tracking, 2) Sensor, and 3) Ranks tool.

Competitor SEO Analysis: Semrush provides users with five tools for competitor SEO analysis. These include Organic Research, Keyword Gap, Backlink Analytics, Backlink Gap, and My Reports.

Link Building: Semrush has five tools for link building. These are the Backlink Analytics, Backlink Audit Tool, Backlink Gap, Bulk Backlink Analysis, and Link Building Tool.

👍 Pros 👎 Cons

Over 50 online visibility management solutions. The feature set can be overwhelming for new users.

Fair pricing when you consider the wide range of features.

Available in 12 languages.

Upgrades that include Semruch Trends, Agency Growth Kit, and ImpactHero.

Detailed documentation.

Live chat and call support.

Key Specs:

Monthly Fee: Pricing starts at $119 per user per month after the free trial.

How to Get it Free

Start your risk-free 7-day free Semrush trial right here.

You can cancel or upgrade your subscription at any time within 7 days.

4) Serpstat – Best For Collecting International Data

Serpstat is a web-based SEO platform and a free keyword rank checker tool. It offers users the ability to track their website ranking for specific keywords in over 100 countries. Serpstat gathers its data from an extensive base that includes 230 Google bases and 9 Yandex bases. This feature makes it an ideal source for international SEO research. The platform also includes competitor analysis, site audit, and keyword research features.

Key Features:

Domain analysis, Keyword research, URL analysis, and Backlink analysis: Serpstat offers powerful tools for researching and analyzing aspects of a website’s SEO performance, including domain authority and ranking, keyword trends, related keywords, backlinks, and more.

Rank Tracker: Its rank tracking feature allows you to monitor your website or content’s performance in search results pages over time. You can track your site’s rank historically and in real-time, making it easy to check keyword ranking trends.

Batch analysis: Serpstat’s batch analysis feature allows you to check the rankings of thousands of keywords at once. This feature makes it a convenient tool for researching keywords for large-scale keyword projects.

Site audit: The platform’s site audit tool helps users identify and troubleshoot potential SEO issues on a website, such as broken links and missing tags.

Keyword trends, Keyword clustering, and Text analysis: Serpstat offers additional tools to help users gain deeper insights into their website’s performance and target audience. These features include keyword trends, clustering, and text analysis tools that help you better understand your site visitors’ needs and interests.

Custom reports: The tool includes a customizable reporting feature, allowing you to create custom reports in PDF or excel format.

Task lists: Serpstat’s task list feature allows you to organize and track your SEO tasks in one place. This is a helpful tool for keeping track of your progress on various projects.

Serpstat API: The platform provides access to its data via an API, making it easy to integrate Serpstat into third-party applications and systems.

Value-Added Tools: This tool also comes with powerful value-added tools that include Search Engines Storm, Indexing inspection, URL submission, Search engine IP, a Browser extension, Serpstat for Google Sheets, Serpstat for Google Data Studio, and Serpstat for R.

👍 Pros 👎 Cons

Credit system available where you only for actual usage. Stats sometimes lack detail and can be a bit generic.

Robust keyword research and ranking analysis features.

In-depth backlink analysis.

A clean, elegant dashboard.

Excellent customer support team available via phone, email, and live chat.

A comprehensive Help Center with a Knowledgebase and Learning Academy.

Key Specs:

Monthly Fee: Pricing starts at $69 Per Month after the free trial.

How to Get it Free

Sign-up for a 7-day free trial.

You can cancel or upgrade at any time before the expiry of 7 days.

5) SE Ranking – Best For Small Businesses

SE Ranking is a free keyword rank checker that offers a wide range of features for both SEO beginners and experts, making it a good option for small businesses. This program includes a complete suite of tools for keyword discovery and grouping, website assessment, keyword position checker, monitoring, research, backlink tracking, competitor study, automated professional reporting, and much more.

Aside from basic SEO tools, the system also includes several extra features, including White Label, Social Media Management, and a Marketing Module.

Key Features:

Keyword Rank Tracker: The keyword rank tracker lets you track your website’s progress in SERPs for up to 20,000 keywords (depending on your package). You can also set up a rank checker to run automatically on a schedule.

Keyword Research: This keyword research tool helps you find profitable, high-traffic keywords that you can rank for.

Backlink Checker: The backlink checker lets you check where your competitors’ links are coming from and what kind of link authority they have.

Competitive Research: This competitive research tool gives you an overview of your competition, including their backlink profile, Rankings, and more.

Website Audit: SE Ranking’s website audit tool scans your website for technical SEO issues that could keep you from ranking higher in search engine results.

Page Changes Monitor: The page changes monitor keeps track of all the changes made to your website’s pages to see what’s been changed easily and when.

Marketing Plan: The marketing plan tool helps you create a customized marketing plan for your business. Start with a list of things you should do at the outset of the project. For example, registering a domain name and implementing a tracking system.

👍 Pros 👎 Cons

Online pricing calculator to help you buy exactly what you need. The dashboard is a bit cluttered.

One of the few SEO tools with a Marketing Plan.

Free data migration with annual subscriptions.

Competitive pricing.

Key Specs:

Monthly Fee: Pricing starts at $39 per month after the free trial.

How to Get it Free

Begin your free 14-day free trial.

You can also request a live demo at any time before you upgrade.

You can cancel at no cost at any time within 14 days.

6) Moz – Best Overall keyword rank checker

Moz is an SEO platform that offers a complete suite of tools to help businesses with several SEO tasks – everything from keyword research to link building to on-page optimization. This free tool allows you to check the Page Authority (PA), Domain Authority (DA), and Spam Score of any website or webpage. The vendor created PA and DA metrics which quickly became the defacto industry standard to determine a website’s authority in search engine results.

Key Features:

MozBar: The MozBar is a free toolbar. Once you install the browser extension, this bar docks at the top or bottom of your browser, you can then view the PA, DA, and Spam Score of any website or webpage you visit.

Link Explorer: The Link Explorer allows you to explore over 40 trillion links, 718 million root domains, and 7 trillion pages to identify backlinks, Domain Authority, anchor text, spam score, and much more.

Keyword Explorer: With this feature, you can discover keyword opportunities and estimated search volume from Moz’s 500 million keywords index.

Compare Keyword Rankings: You can use the Competitive Research tool to compare the keyword ranking of your website or webpages to your competitors.

Domain Analysis: With Moz, you get a report of the most competitive SEO metrics, such as Domain Authority, top pages, ranking keywords, and more.

👍 Pros 👎 Cons

It helps the user to identify which links may negatively impact their website’s ranking. The monthly price is on the high end, especially for small businesses

The extensive index provides accurate keyword and backlink data. Moz can be overwhelming for beginners with all of the available features and data.

Fast servers that rarely have any lag.

Good support that offers a personalized walkthrough.

A Moz Academy complete with courses and certifications.

Google Analytics integration.

Key Specs:

Monthly Fee: $99 per month after the first month’s free trial.

How to Get it Free

Start your risk-free 30-day Moz free trial.

You can cancel your subscription at any time within 30 days.

You can also upgrade at any time during the free trial at no additional cost.

7) Accuranker – Best For Competitor Analysis

Accuranker is one of the most widely used free keyword rank checker tools. This tool is designed specifically to help enterprise-level businesses analyze their competitors and use this information to optimize their websites.

Its key features include website auditing, tracking keywords, link monitoring, and reporting. In addition, it offers free and paid features, making it a cost-effective choice for businesses of all sizes.

Key Features:

Free ‘Google Grump’ Rating Checker: Accuranker’s free ‘Google Grump’ rating checker allows you to quickly and easily see unrest in Google’s ranking algorithm. The ‘grumpier’ the rating, the greater the ranking fluctuations. It comes with filters to track changes by country or device. In addition, users can sign up for email alerts to get updates on Google’s ‘mood.’

Instant On-Demand Updates: Accuranker’s platform provides instant on-demand updates, so you can always get the most up-to-date data.

SERP History: This feature allows you to track the progress of your website’s rankings over time. You can easily see how your site’s performance has evolved and make changes to respond accordingly.

In-Depth Competitor Analysis and Ranking: Accuranker offers a comprehensive suite of tools to analyze your competitor’s SEO performance in depth.

👍 Pros 👎 Cons

Comprehensive keyword tracking and reporting features. Mobile and desktop keywords separately count towards your keyword limit.

Detailed backlink analysis tools.

Intuitive, simple user interface.

A gentle learning curve for novice SEO users.

Key Specs:

Monthly Fee: Pricing starts at $109 Per Month after the free trial.

How to Get it Free

You can access the 14-day free trial.

You can also cancel at any time within 14-days at no cost.

8) Authority Labs – Best For Local SEO

Authority Labs is a keyword rank checker tool that enables you to track your site’s progress in the SERPs daily. The tool also provides detailed reporting on your competitor’s SEO performance, including their keyword rankings, backlink profile, and more.

Many SEO tools don’t show any ‘Not Provided’ keywords that come in Google Analytics reports. However, sometimes they might be the most important keywords. Authority Labs comes with unique “Now Provided” reports that help customers identify new targeting opportunities.

In addition, the local SEO feature provides you with location-specific rank tracking data. This includes the city and zip code, desktop, mobile, tablet rankings, and GPS location data.

Key Features:

Keyword Tracking: Authority Labs tracks your keywords in the SERPs daily. The tool offers you with detailed reports on your progress in the SERPs.

Mobile Specific: The tool enables you to track your site’s mobile rankings separately from your desktop rankings.

Local SEO: The local SEO feature provides detailed reports of your local rankings in the SERPs.

Competitive Analysis: The competitive analysis feature enables you to track your competitors’ rankings and progress in the SERPs.

👍 Pros 👎 Cons

Robust local SEO feature. Weak project planning/organization features.

Detailed keyword reports.

Mobile-specific rankings.

“Not Provided” Reports.

Competitive analysis.

Key Specs:

Monthly Fee: Pricing starts at $49 per month after the free trial (No credit card needed)

How to Get it Free

Sign up for Authority Labs’ for 14-day free trial.

Upgrade or cancel at any time within 14 days.

9) Advanced Web Ranking – Best For Digital Agencies & In-House SEO

Advanced Web Ranking (AWR) offers a suite of tools to help businesses with keyword research, backlink analysis, rank tracking, and more. The tool is currently used by over 350 digital marketing agencies and has more than 24 000 customers in more than 170 countries.

Key features:

Google SERP Features: The Google SERP Features tool allows you to see the incidence of SERP Features gathered from millions of online queries.

Wattspeed: With the Wattspeed feature, you can track your website’s speed and performance. It also allows you to analyze both real user and synthetic data to help you identify opportunities.

Google Algorithm Changes: The Google Algorithm Changes tool enables you to track when there have been changes to the Google algorithm. This feature can help you understand why your website’s traffic or rankings might have changed

Search Demand Trends: This tool allows you to see how the demand for a particular keyword has changed over time.

👍 Pros 👎 Cons

Wattspeed feature to analyze your site’s performance. It could do with better documentation.

Google Algorithm Changes feature. The interface can be a bit overwhelming for beginners.

See search-demand trends for better targeting.

It is fairly priced for the features it offers.

Key Specs:

Monthly Fee: $49 per month after the free trial.

How to Get it Free

Start your free 30-day trial.

You can cancel the trial at any time at no cost. You can also upgrade to a paid plan.

Frequently Asked Questions ❓ What is a keyword rank checker?

A keyword rank checker, also known as a website rank checker, allows you to track the progress of your website’s ranking for specific keywords over time. It is essentially a Google rank checker and a vital tool for any SEO campaign, as it allows you to monitor your progress and identify any potential issues early on. Rank checkers work by crawling the web and collecting data on where your website appears for each keyword.

This data is then analyzed and presented in an easy-to-understand format, typically as a line graph. While there are many different free SEO tools to check your keyword rank, it is important to find one that offers comprehensive features.

🏅 What are some of the best free rank checking tools?

Website ranking information is helpful for businesses and web admins who are trying to optimize their website or content for higher placement in search engine results. Some of the best free rank checking tools include:

SEO PowerSuite

Ahrefs

Semrush

Serpstat

SE Ranking

Moz

AccuRanker

❗ How to Select an SEO Ranking Checker for my Business?

There are a few things to consider when choosing an SEO ranking checker for your business.

The size of your business: If you have a large website with many pages and keywords, you will need a more comprehensive rank checker tool that can handle this amount of data.

Your budget: There are both free and paid rank checkers available. While the free options may be sufficient for small businesses, larger businesses may need to invest in a paid tool.

Your level of expertise: If you are new to SEO, you may want to choose a rank checker with a user-friendly interface and helpful documentation, such as Moz or SE Ranking.

🌟 How To Use Our Keyword Rank Checker?

To use most of the keyword rank checkers listed above, simply enter your website URL and the keywords you wish to track in the area provided. The tool will then analyze your website’s position in Google search results for each keyword and display the results in an easy-to-understand format. You can use this data to monitor your SEO progress and identify potential issues.

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