Review: 4 Unknown Online SEO Tools You Need to Know

Wow. I started practicing search engine optimization consciously more than a decade years ago. Oh boy! It was pretty hard in the early days. We did not have many tools yet.

Despite all the nonsense we have been hearing from publicity hungry mainstream media search engine optimization is growing.

Therefore a plethora of in many cases virtually unknown web based tools appear on the market. You need to know about them though!

These modern tools are both easy to use and visually appealing while still very helpful to implement actual website improvements.

I have been approached by numerous tool vendors so that I decided to review a few promising online tools at once. I chose four of them:

  1. WebMeUp
  2. Monitor Backlinks
  4. SiteCondor

Full disclosure: take note that I got paid by WebMeUp to write this post and the other tools vendors have offered me extended free trial periods for testing.

Thus I’m completely biased towards these tools. On the other hand I wouldn’t have written about them and accepted the money and freebies in case I didn’t like them or care at all.

People in the SEO industry know by now that I’m on the look out for progressive tools.

That’s why they approach me in the first place. I have also worked for other SEO tools vendors like Ahrefs, Positionly, Raven in the past. There is barely an SEO software I’m not affiliated with.




What is it?

WebMeUp boasts to be “World’s biggest index of external backlinks”. It’s an old school browser based backlink checker tool.

It shows you the sites that have linked to you. It also visualizes teh way they link to you, for example showing anchor text.


What features offers it?

WebMeUp lets you check backlinks, allows you to anchor texts, IPs, nofollow status of the links. It also does analyze the sites that link to you. You can study your competition too of course.

For whom is it?

This backlink checker tool is intermediate webmasters in my opinion. In case you are aware what you want to know and what all the data means you get served.

You won’t need many other tools for finding your incoming links or checking out where your competition gets theirs.

Even die hard SEO professionals who already use Moz, Majestic, or SEMrush will find some links their favorite software doesn’t show yet. Thus

you can use it additionally to your favorite existing tool.

In case you are building links for your won projects you might consider WebMeUp along the industry standards tools. At least WebMeUp aims to reach the same people it seems.

Best use cases

The best use case is of course finding out who links to you but also the neat visualization of anchor texts.

They will allow you to quickly see whether there are potential issues with the backlink profile that may lead to a penalty from Google.

Pricing and quality

There are actually three different plans to choose from. The first one is free but very limited and you have to sign up. The other tow paid ones should be enough for intermediate and advanced users alike.

The “Standard” plan may not yet be attractive enough to convert existing users of other more popular SEO tools yet.

The other – more advanced – packages look promising for all those not yet investing in web based SEO tools.


Monitor Backlinks


What is it?

As the name suggests this tool allows you stay tuned to your incoming links. It doesn’t simply check backlinks.

There is a free backlink checker on the site too but it actually “monitors” them. this way you can see when new links arrive.

Some of the new links are just freshly discovered old links but it also accurately finds truly new links.

Later the tool has added some non-link related features so that it’s almost a full fledged SEO software now.

What features offers it?


It offers a plethora of features but it seems the most important aspect of Monitor Backlinks is the automation.

It checks our inbound links in the background so when you log in you just watch the developments like in Google Analytics.

You can also connect the latter so you end up with a SEO dashboard offering you an overview of your “progress”.

You can also monitor competing sites and their backlinks. It even checks your rankings on Google while at it.

For whom is it?

I think the best audience for this tool is the intermediate one. In case you know what SEO is and how it works without spending all day or week on dealing with it then this webware is for you.

All bloggers, webmasters, web designers and developers, publishers who want to get automated reports on their whereabouts in the Google landscape.

Best use cases


Finding out who linked to you recently, what links are worthless for SEO (nofollow, 302 redirects etc.) and overview of ongoing changes.

The longer you use Monitor Backlinks the better it gets at noticing new links it seems to me. They index some of them after a while.


Price and quality

This is a premium tool built on top of data from Ahrefs. Ahrefs is pretty complex by now an doesn’t offer that level of automation so it’s not the same offering as Ahrefs.

It has to pay for its large data set obviously so that it’s no free either. Advanced reports allow you dig deeper into your backlink profile too.

The standard offer starts at 19$ but it’s limited to 2 sites and 500 links.

The cheapest offer may suffice for small businesses and new sites. The recommended version costs 50$ per month for up to five sites and 5000 links.

This limited plan should already be enough for most people who do not represent agencies or larger companies.

What is it?

The name gives it already away, it’s an SEO crawler. What does it mean? It crawls your entire site like a search engine bot would.

It also checks your links as well potential onsite issues. So it’s an onsite SEO tool but there are use cases for link building too.

What features offers it?

You can check internal and extra links. Search for particular errors, for example a 404 page not found error, even for outgoing links.

It finds redirects too. It’s not yet ready for prime time in its self proclaimed “beta” status so I expect more features to come up.

For whom is it?

The pricing page says for “SEO professionals” and “SEO agencies” but I’d argue that anybody who knows what a 404 is and wants to do outreach can use it.

You don’t need to be an SEO pro. Any intermediate webmaster who is able to look below the hood of their site will find useful to some extent.

Best use cases

Searching for onsite errors like broken links, duplicates and other common issues is the best use case for SEOCrawler.

You can check your site, spy on your competition or simply check your favorite blog for broken and redirected links to suggest your won resources instead.

Pricing and quality

You can check a few smaller sites for free. You have to pay for extra “credits” by clicking the “Buy more URLs” for additional pages.

As you might have noticed in the screen shot above I have already almost used up my free contingent so that I will check only “1” page, the homepage.

For 9$ paid via PayPal you get 15.000 URLs. That’s already pretty much considering the fact that a blog like mine that exists for several years doesn’t have many more than 1000 URLs.

The even larger plan will suffice for teams, companies or individuals who’ll use it extensively. These users get also priority support.




What is it?

SiteCondor is also web based SEO crawler. It’s a site visualization tool as well. It’s onsite t0ool that will check and follow your internal and outgoing links to find and point out potential issues.

What features offers it?

Right now SiteCondor offers two ways to visualize your site structure, the site map view and the site structure diagram.

The latter one is more visually appealing while the first one allows you to take a quick look at your site architecture.


For whom is it?

SiteCondor is the perfect tool for the average webmaster who owns a small website or two and knows what HTML is.

It’s for those who can assess the meaning and importance common site elements like headings, titles or meta descriptions and fix them according to SEO best practices.

Professionals will probably use it for a quick check. SiteCondor doesn’t offer much advice for beginners.

In case you don’t know what the results of the crawl mean it might not be useful for you without some research online.


Best use cases

A quick overview of site elements to assess potential issues like underscores in URLs or site-wide links for example.

It’s also helpful for the visualization of menu and site structures. Really large sites don’t display well though. Search Engine People already barely fits the format.

Pricing and quality

The pricing seems to be geared towards businesses that need to crawl certain sites on a regular basis. It’s not dirt cheap but it’s still affordable.

The free plan is also generous enough for some serious testing of your website’s health. The tool is not a game changer but a rock solid and easy to use one to help you quickly and efficiently.

Last updated: May 15th, 2018.

Updated: May 12th, 2016. I rewrote the whole Webmeup review as it is only a backlink checker now, not a whole SEO software anymore.