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SEMrush review: the best SEO-tool

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SEMrush has been one of the most popular SEO tools for years, and we are fans of it too.

The very extensive SEO tool can be accessed online via Semrush.com and contains tools with which you can optimize your complete SEO strategy in detail.

From keyword research to backlinks, technical SEO, competition studies, positioning matrixes, social media trackers, and content analysis, you can’t imagine it’s in SEMrush.

We provide an in-depth SEMrush review in this informational piece to help you choose an SEO tool.

What is SEMrush?

The name says it all, provided you know what SEM means; Search Engine Marketing, or search engine marketing.

SEMrush consists of a combination of handy tools with which you can map out and implement your search engine marketing strategies in detail. SEMrush consists of the following parts;

  • SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
  • Local SEO (Local SEO)
  • Advertising (SEA, or Search Engine Advertising)
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Content Marketing
  • Competitive Research

Within each of these parts are categories, which are in turn broken down into the final tools.

In this extensive SEMrush review, we explain the categories and tools of the SEO and local SEO components.

Would you rather discover SEMrush by walking through the program yourself?


1. SEO-tools review

SEMrush’s SEO tool consists of four categories; competitive research, keyword research, link building (backlinks), rank tracking (position tracking), and On-Page & Tech SEO (technical SEO). Each category consists of a number of tools that we will all explain.

Competitive research

Competitive research is about competition research and the tools that fall within this are therefore to compare the SEO of your website with that of competitors.

This ranges from keywords to backlinks and the number of visitors. Within the SEO segment, the following tools are classified as competitive research tools.

Domain overview

In the SEMrush domain overview, you will find an overview of the SEO performance of a website as a kind of dashboard.

This is a summary of all the SEO tools that we are going to cover and is therefore ideal for quickly gaining insight into the SEO performance of a website.

You can effectively analyze any website, including your competitors’. You only have to enter a URL after which the data is retrieved from the SEMrush database.

Semrush Domain Overview
From SEMrush Dashboard

Traffic analytics

You might compare your website’s traffic to that of competitors using the SEMrush traffic analytics (traffic analysis) tool.

In addition to the number of visitors and relevant KPIs (critical performance indicators), such as the number of unique visitors and the bounce rate, you will also find the sources of traffic, the best-performing pages, the geographical distribution (where do visitors come from), the performance of subdomains in the field of SEO, and there is a bulk analysis tool that allows you to analyze and compare up to 200 domains at once.

If you want to analyze competitors on such a large scale, you need to purchase a larger package from SEMrush.

SEMrush Traffic Analytics

Organic research

Organic research stands for organic research. By organic, we mean unpaid traffic in online marketing.

Traffic from Google that did not come to the site through the ads is called “organic traffic.”

In this extensive overview of  SEMrush organic research, you will find all statistics about your organic positions on Google. Here you will find the following insights;

  • The number of keywords your site is found on.
  • Which keywords are these?
  • The position of each keyword.
  • Changes in positions per keyword (trends).
  • It trends based on positions in the search engines, such as the number of top 3 keywords, the number of top 10 keywords, etc.
  • Search traffic by brand name (branded and non-branded).
Semrush Organic Research

The trend in the number of keywords per position range.

In addition to the keyword statistics, you will also find the positioning matrix, in which your website is compared to competitors based on the number of keywords and the number of visitors.

Semrush Position Matrix

The positioning matrix in which your position against competitors is displayed.

You will also find extensive statistics about your competitors’ keywords and the best-performing own pages.

Finally, here you will find the statistics of your special search results (SERP features).

These are twenty different regular search engine positions such as direct answers (instant answers) shopping ads, photos, FAQs (frequently asked questions), reviews, videos, and carousels.

Semrush Serp Features

The SERP features statistics for an entered domain name.

In short, everything related to your organic presence in search engines can be found here.

Keyword gap

You may use the SEMrush keyword gap (keyword difference tool) to analyze your website and competitors’ websites to determine how many keywords overlap.

This overview is also called the keyword overlap, and it gives a good picture of where you stand with your website. See below for an example in which we compare Zalando, Wehkamp, ​​de Bijenkorf, and Clothing.nl.

Semrush Keyword Overlap
The SEMrush keyword overlap overview.

And more importantly, you can also see how many and which keywords do not overlap with your competitors.

Then you may look for fresh prospects by seeing which relevant keywords your rivals are using that you aren’t yet ranking for and where your opportunities are.

You can export the list of keywords that you are missing on your site and then get started with it.

Backlink gap

Semrush Backlink Analytics

With the SEMrush backlink gap (backlink difference) tool, you do the same as with the aforementioned keyword gap tool.

In this scenario, evaluate and compare backlinks to your website from your immediate competitors.

You can see which backlinks you are missing, the number of backlinks, and the quality of the backlinks.

You can then draw new prospects from this for your link-building strategy.

Keyword research

After the online competitive research tools, we arrive at perhaps the most important and most popular SEO tool in our SEMrush review. The keyword research. This category consists of four keyword tools.

Keyword overview

With the keyword overview of SEMrush, you can do an extensive analysis per keyword.

You will see all the statistics and data for the keyword you entered with regard to the Google search engine. Volumes, competitiveness, number of results per nation, search trends, keyword variants, inquiries, similar keywords, and actual search results are all shown.

With this overview, you can do an extensive analysis at the keyword level.

Semrush-Keyword-Overview

You can also enter up to a hundred keywords at a time in the SEMrush keyword overview and then do a bulk analysis.

Your keyword list shows the most important data, such as the search volume, the trend, the keyword difficulty percentage, the cost per click (CPC), the competition on the keyword, the SERP features, and the total number of search results.

This tool makes it possible to quickly analyze your keyword lists.

Keyword magic tool

With the SEMrush keyword magic tool, you can enter a word after which SEMrush shows all keywords with the word you entered.

The data that is displayed is the same as with the keyword overview tool mentioned above.

There is a small, but also a big difference between these tools.

Wherewith the keyword overview tool you get statistics of the keywords or keyword list you entered, with the keyword magic tool you get new suggestions based on the word you typed.

The keyword The magic tool is therefore ideal for finding new keywords and the keyword overview tool for statistics of existing keywords.

Semrush Keyword Magic Tool

Keyword manager

With the SEMrush keyword manager, you can create lists in which you can add up to a thousand keywords per list.

Then, when using the other tools within SEMrush, you can add the keywords that come up in them, for example in a competition analysis or the keyword magic tool, to one of your keyword lists.

This way you can keep your keywords organized. In our case, we have keyword lists per customer, but you could also distinguish your keywords. based on languages, services, business units, locations, product categories, or even products.

Organic traffic insights

With the SEMrush organic traffic insights tool, you can analyze all projects that you have set up in SEMrush, i.e. websites, in terms of organic traffic in one overview.

You will see a list of websites followed by the number of sessions from the search engines and a percentage indicating the growth or decline.

It is a short and concise overview intended for quick insight. When you click on a website, you get an extensive report with a list of all the pages.

You can then see for all pages on which keywords the page ranks, the traffic, the quality of the traffic, and whether objectives are being achieved.

The report provides an overall insight into the SEO performance of your pages.

SEMrush Traffic Analytics

Link building

In addition to keywords, backlinks are an important factor for SEO. The more sites with a high Authority Score link to your website, the more important Google will find your site. Below we discuss the backlink tools of SEMrush.

Backlink analytics

The SEMrush backlink analytics tool, like the keyword overview and domain overview, allows you to examine your website’s backlink performance at a glance.

You will find the number of backlinks, the number of referring domains, and the authority score, among other things.

Semrush Backlink Analytics

You can also analyze the quality of your backlinks, where exactly they come from, and what the composition of your backlinks looks like.

Backlink audit

In the SEMrush backlink audit tool, you can analyze the status of the current backlinks.

You can see the quality, or the toxicity score so that you gain insight into backlinks that have a negative influence on your site.

Semrush Backlink Audit

Furthermore, you can view per backlink what type of backlink it is, the value it adds to your site, which backlinks are new or have disappeared, which pages are linked to, and a list of backlinks that you should review on the advice of SEMrush.

Finally, here you can monitor and manage the removal of bad backlinks.

Link building tool

Prospects should be approached via the SEMrush link building tool, after which you can quickly approach them using SEMrush’s built-in services.

You can then also manage and monitor the process so that you can see which of your prospects opened the request, who accepted the request, and whether there were any auto-replies.

Furthermore, with the link-building tool, you can also indicate per prospect which strategy you want to apply.

For example, are you going to write a guest blog, review a product as we do for SEMrush, or just exchange a link? In total, there are seven strategies that you can choose from.

SEMrush Link Building Tool

Bulk analysis

The name of the SEMrush bulk analysis tool says it all. With this tool, you can analyze 200 websites in one go in terms of backlinks.

You can see the authority The backlink score is determined by the number of backlinks, the number of referring domains, the monthly number of visitors, and the type of backlinks, including follow or no-follow for all links.

You may instantly compare your website to all of your competitors or industry experts to see where you stand.

Traffic Analytics bulk analysis

Rank tracking

The rank tracking category includes rank tracking tools or tools with which you can monitor your positions in Google. Within SEMrush, there are three tools that make this possible.

Position tracking

With the SEMrush position tracking tool, you can see at a glance how your keyword positions are progressing in the specified period.

You can see whether your visibility is growing or falling, as well as traffic and your average position.

You can also see per position range how many keywords you have within that range, how many are new, and how many have disappeared.

The SEMrush position tracking tool uses the following keyword positions; the top 3 keywords (1-3), the top 10 keywords (4-10), the top 20 keywords (11-20), and the Top 100 keywords (21-100).

Semrush Position Tracking

Furthermore, the position tracking tool is divided into all kinds of smaller analysis tools.

For example, there is an overview of the rankings distribution of you and your competitors, the ranking per page, cannibalization within your own site, competition discovery, devices and locations, and finally, featured snippets.

All these tools ultimately aim to get higher positions in Google.

SEMrush sensor

With the SEMrush sensor, the vitality of the day, in the form of position changes, is displayed as well as the history (30 days) per industry and featured snippets.

Google updates have a major influence on this.

Furthermore, overviews can be opened containing your own sites, winners & losers (winners & losers) and you can filter by the device (desktop & mobile). Because the tool does not yet contain a Dutch database, it is currently less interesting if you have a Dutch site.

SEMrush rank

The SEMrush rank is the ranking of all sites included in SEMrush in order of traffic from Google to the website via the top 100 keywords. A distinction is made per country by selecting a database. The Dutch top five websites are as follows;

  • Wikipedia
  • YouTube
  • Bol.com
  • Google
  • Facebook

In addition to the number of visitors from Google, you also see the number of keywords, the paid keywords, the paid traffic, and the costs that are paid for the paid traffic.

On-page & tech SEO

Last but not least, we come to technical SEO. Of course, your site has to perform well in order to get to the top. SEMrush helps you with the health of your site.

Site audit

First up is the SEMrush site audit tool. This has an overall site health score based on points for improvement for your website.

These points for improvement are classified on the basis of priorities called “errors,” “warnings,” and “notices.”

Also, see the number of pages crawled and issues that have emerged that need to be fixed.

Semrush Site Audit

SEO content template

In the SEMrush SEO content template, you will see relevant keywords, backlink advice, the average readability of competitors, and the average text length based on your entered keywords.

You may also examine how your competition is utilizing your keywords. With all this data at your fingertips, you can then create your own content and ensure that it becomes even better than your competitors.

In the tool, it is possible to filter down to the location where your company is located.

Semrush Content Template

On-page SEO checker

With the SEMrush on-page SEO checker, you get ideas for optimizations to your existing pages. The ideas are divided into the following categories;

  • Strategy ideas
  • Backlinks ideas
  • “Technical SEO ideas
  • User experience ideas
  • SERP features ideas
  • Semantic ideas
  • Content ideas

You can see per page which ideas SEMrush recommend being implemented.

Furthermore, there is also a benchmarking section, and you can see how much SEO traffic you can get by implementing all the SEO ideas from SEMrush.

Semrush On Page SEO Checker

Log File Analyzer

With the SEMrush log file analyzer, you can analyze the log files to see exactly what happened when your website was crawled by the bot.

This data is 100% accurate and gives an even better insight into how your website is being crawled.

You can then use this data to optimize crawling for the Googlebot.

Listing management

With SEMrush listing management, you can make your business even more visible and attract new customers.

Because this tool is not yet available for the Dutch market, we will leave it as it is.


2. Local SEO

The SEMrush local SEO component is made up of four tools, which we have already discussed. These are four SEO tools that SEMrush has brought together for ease of use. The local SEO part consists of the following SEO tools;

  • Listing management 
  • Position tracking 
  • Site audit 
  • On-page SEO checker 

By going to the paragraphs, you can get to know these four tools better.


That was our SEMrush review.

You now have an insight into the SEO tools thanks to our extensive SEMrush review. Would you like to know more or discover SEMrush yourself? Try the free trial now.

Do you have questions, or need help or advice? Or do you want us to take care of the SEO of your website? Our approach is so successful that we give a guarantee of results.

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