Post by Brankica Underwood
No matter how good you write, how helpful you are and how good you promote your site, you will always need at least some search engine optimization. Some sites will need it more than others, but no one can do without.
That is why you see me often write about it and especially review tools that may help you with your optimization.
Today, I have another one to show you, still in beta but looking promising – webmeup.
Now, if you don’t want to read the review, but would rather see for yourself, webmeup actually has a 15 days trial period. You do NOT need to purchase anything nor do you have to leave your credit card number.
Just go register for an account and start using it. Once your trial is up, you will be offered to buy subscription. You can do that with points even.
WebPoints are a very interesting approach I haven’t seen with a SEO company before. You get them for registering account, being active in the forums, filling up the info in your profile and so on.
The best part of course is that you can purchase your subscription with these points.
Another great thing with that is that you can end up on top 50 list of people with points which will give your site a link from the rating page. Not too bad for not buying anything, don’t you think!?
So now that you know you can use the software for free for some time, time to try it out. You don’t have to download anything, you don’t have to install software, nor deal with AdobeAir installer that slow down your computer and what not – the software is web based.
Once you are registered and logged in, just start using the software.
Dashboard and options in webmeup
The main screen is going to display your project, for example your site. You can create new projects or edit existing ones in this screen.
You still can’t see the reports, as the software is in Beta.
The main screen “Projects” has 3 tabs – Summary, Social Media and Details.
Summary tab will show you Google PR, Alexa rank, how many pages are indexed in Google, how many links you have and so on.
The Social Media tab displays the ranking factors related to social sites, like Facebook, Delicious or one of the other 10 listed.
You don’t have to stop with those 3 tabs, though, you can add more of them, to access the information you need easier.
Now, after we saw what the “overview” starting screen will show us, let’s see the project details.
Click on the link of your added project and you will get a whole new screen with much more details.
The left hand side will have a list of options:
- Project dashboard
- Ranking factors
- Keywords and Rankings
- Pages (site structure and landing pages)
- Backlinks (profile and management)
There is a really easy overview in the Project Dashboard – you can see how many of your pages are ranked in Google, how many are indexed in the three largest search engines and what are your top backlinking anchors.
From each of the smaller info blocks, you can click to go to a more detailed information about your site.
I will not go into every single detail of the dashboard layout, because you can see it for yourself for free, but want to tell you about the stuff I really liked in it.
So besides the things I already mentioned, webmeup has, as majority of the SEO ranking tools, an option for you to chose which search engine you want to check the rankings for and then see how your rankings are going (up or down trend).
The last thing I will mention here, that I really like, are some parameters you can manually enter and follow the results you really need:
- Landing pages – you can mark the pages that are landing pages so you can track the more important parts of your site.
- Competitors – enter your competitors info and see what they are doing and how is their SEO bringing results.
- Backlinks management – enter specific backlinks you want to track (great to track guest posting results).
The “bad side” of the tool is that it is still a work in progress, so you will run into an item or two that are still in the works. But I am pretty sure that once they are out of Beta you can expect not only full functionality but options added over time.
And before I finish I will say that there is one thing that I personally didn’t like, that may not matter to those with more needs for good search engine optimization tool, and that is the price.
There will be 3 levels of subscription and if you have more than 1 site, you will need the “medium level subscription” which will cost you $99 a month.
Let me repeat it again – you can use the tool for free for 15 days so don’t hesitate to give it a go! That is the best thing you can do, to check how much will you like it.
I liked the tool and it covers all the major things you will need for your SEO. Considering it is in Beta you can expect more features added over time.
Note: this is a paid review but the opinion is mine.