I first met Dom Hodgson at The Tech Off (The love-child of TED talks and WWE) during Sept 2017’s brightonSEO pre-party…
Half an hour before he was expected on stage to battle it out with his rival speakers, Dom seemed calm, but explained that he ‘hadn’t really practised’ and ‘wasn’t really sure how it would go…’
What a lie that turned out to be!
Dom literally took the Concorde 2 by storm with his original track ‘Add To Cart!’ and consequently won the Tech Off Belt to standing ovations and calls for an encore!
Relive that legendary moment in the video below…
Without further ado, here is Dom Hodgson’s addition of ‘10 Digital Tools … Couldn’t Live Without’
So, it’s my turn, I’ve been invited to share my Top 10 SEO tools by the wonderful people at clockworkTalent and on the eve of BrightonSEO I’m obviously after any free publi…. I mean I’d LOVE to help out the team with whatever I can write…
The issue with writing a Top 10 SEO tools list when you;
- Build SEO tools for a living
- Have been in the industry for more than a few years
- Most of your friends build tools (and you can’t mention one without mentioning the other)
- You spend your day building and designing tools rather than actually using them
- You have to find a subtle way of promoting your tools in the article without it being a blatant advertisement
Kerboo is an award-winning backlink analysis tool that has scored over 10 billion links since its creation (and I hear they’ve got some brilliant updates in the pipeline!)
Little Warden is the sidekick to any client work you are doing, always watching and giving you a heads up if it spots any problems with redirects, domain / SSL expirations, robots.txt changes and many other things.
Yoast SEO is a plugin that everyone should have when using WordPress, frankly, I’m surprised to see that WordPress hasn’t integrated the functionality into core yet.
SiteBulb is the new kid on the block when it comes to site auditing and crawling, everyone loves the pretty site crawling graphs they create, and Patrick said he would buy me a beer at BrightonSEO if I mentioned him.
Screaming Frog has to have a mention for crawling, there have been many nights at my computer where I’ve just had a glass of whiskey and SF for company. Plus, they sent me some stickers a while back, so I owe them.
Majestic.com I can feel Dixon Jones reading this article getting antsy at the fact that Majestic hasn’t been mentioned already but I can honestly say that I believe Majestic changed the game when it comes to SEO, I’ve been a massive supporter of them since the days before subscriptions (when you could download the Wikipedia backlinks for $115) #memories
Sublime Text Editor has been my editor of choice for the last 7 years, I’ve been playing with Atom and Code, but I love the massive amount of extensions and integrations I have at the moment.
XTabulator Don’t be put off by the name, I know this sounds like a superhero I created in my bedroom when I was 12 but when you are dealing with large CSV files (several gigabytes) there is no better-installed software program to use
Is that 10 yet? 8? I’ve only done 8? Bloody hell.
Monosnap – I use this tool every day for small annotated screenshots to send to clients who don’t know which button to press with a delightful yet sarcastic message
Recordit.co – See above but for small videos (and with gif exporting!)
I’d love to talk about all the other SEO Software on the market but to be honest I’ve either not used it or I consider them competitors AND WHY WOULD I MENTION MY COMPETITORS? If you’d like me to use your software please get in touch or if you’ve enjoyed this blatant attempt to get a free link with my brand name in, I’ve just finished a series on the Little Warden blog about spending my entire marketing budget with people on Fiverr.
Thank you to the clockworkTalent team for the space on their blog and I’ll see you all at BrightonSEO, I’ll probably be wearing a stupid Disney Shirt and I’ll be the one that looks like my avatar.
Toodles and have a magical day
If it wasn’t immediately obvious, the first two are my tools. #thatsthejoke
Huge thanks to Dom for sharing a great list of tools and for also including some lesser known tools!
If you’re at brightonSEO on Friday be sure to look out for Dom, and the clockworkTalent team will also be there so feel free to stop us for a chat about your favourite digital tools or anything you might need to know about finding a new digital job! You can keep up with our brightonSEO adventures and our latest digital marketing jobs on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube & Instagram!