Knowing the Creative Commons License

The copyright law was discussed previously, and I reiterated the implications when you infringe someone else’s work of art. Luckily, the Creative Commons License is here to save the day. Thanks to the people behind the Creative Commons team; we are able to use and share other people’s work without having to pay fees.

What is a Creative Commons license?

Creative Commons licenses are present to ensure that web content such as pictures, videos, songs, and other creative works, are free to use, easy to search, and easy to discover.

What makes CC different?

  • The CC team has many affiliates all over the globe, and they ensure that all the CC licenses work internationally. Through the Creative Common’s legal tools, it can provide flexibility to the users. he author has the liberty to grant the public rights to download, edit, and modify his /her work. Moreover, he or she can choose a CC license that best applies to his/her current situation.
  • For example, the author can grant personal use of his work. However, commercial use is prohibited. This strengthen the CC’s vision to help people see the kind and giving side of the internet.

The Licenses

As I stated earlier, the Creative Commons are flexible. All six copyright licenses could fit your original piece. These are the 6 types CC licenses:

  • The Attribution (CC BY)
    • This is the most easygoing and permissive of all 6 six licenses. The public can pretty much do anything lets others. People can download, share, edit, and modify works of art both for commercial and non-commercial use. Just don’t forget to give a shout-out to the owner!
  • Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA)
    • Ever wonder what license Wikipedia uses? This is it, folks! So, if you would incorporate various materials, you may use this license. The CC BY-SA allows users to tweak, edit, and modify creative works for both personal and commercial use. The owner must be credited and all new creations will be under the identical terms.
  • Attribution-NoDerivs (CC BY-ND)
    • The CC BY-ND allows commercial use, but the people cannot share their own interpretation. Thus, no tweaks or modification is allowed. Of course, you should be credited as the owner.
  • Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC)
    • The CC BY-NC can let other people edit or modify artworks, but it has to be for personal use ONLY. The modified works should also be for non-commercial purposes, but they don’t have to register their work under similar terms.
  • Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA)
    • The CC BY-NC-SA allows people to edit or modify your work to their own accord just as long as the piece is going to be for personal use ONLY. The newer edits share the same terms so they will only be available only for personal, too! Furthermore, people need to mention you as the original owner.
  • Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND)

    • Out of all the 6 licenses, this has to be the severely limiting option. The CC BY-NC-ND only allows people to download and share just as long as you are cited as the owner. No one is allowed to make changes or modify the works. Commercial use is also prohibited.

What Could Cause the Decrease in Web Traffic?

Your website is one of the first to appear on the search results. How come now it’s not? Why did the website traffic dropped too? The changes in web traffic are not surprising. It’s also not complicated to know why web traffic fluctuates from time to time.

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Here’s a list of factors to observe:

  1. Google made changes to its algorithm.

  • Google is constantly updating their products and services. Ranking factors could vary from time to time. This is not new because SEO is always evolving. That’s why SEO professionals always look for new updates.
  • Each day, Google is trying its best to detect spam and learn more about its users’ real intent upon search. So, make sure your web pages abide with the latest Google regulations and it matches with the users’ search query.
  • If your website is not getting much attention, try to research on the changes. Compare your website with the top websites on the SERP. There might be alterations on the traffic patterns. You are most likely to find the answers why traffic went down.

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  1. The web browsers are discouraging its users.

  • Speaking of changes, Chrome, Google’s web browser, could made changes too. The newer and more advanced web browsers could have the features that combat spammy and suspicious sites.
  • Today, web browsers, not just Google Chrome, can already warn the users before entering a potentially harmful site. It could be that your web visitors are being warned by their browsers not to proceed.

Related: 9 Bad Links Habits That Can Get You in Trouble

  1. Hacking could also be one of the causes.

  • When a website is compromised, it could have unauthorized pages and links, which have a negative impact on your site’s current ranking. Using an FTP client software could offer a quick fix. I will discuss the different free and open source FTP programs on another blog post.
  • Basically, you use this FTP program to thoroughly review your website files. Check every web page and file folder for anything suspicious. You could notice some files are not made or modified by your team. Be on the lookout for files that’s been recently been changed.
  • You could also go to the Google Search Console and check if there are indexed pages that seem foreign.
  1. There’s a shift to mobile devices.

  • The rise of mobile devices are definitely changing playing field. Changes on how people search for products and services could disrupt the current flow of web traffic.
  • There are obvious changes on the shift from desktop to mobile. People now prefer to search using their mobile devices. It could also alter the preferred time and date for people to search. Another factor could be the keywords people are using.
  • So, you need to understand these factors brought about by the millions of mobile users. There are changes in the search patterns, and grasping this could help you bring back the misplaced web traffic.

Related: Mobile Design Elements to Ditch this 2019

How to Choose Catchy Images for Your Blog (Part 2)

Adding images greatly enhances your content. It plays an important role in convincing people to read what you offer. Previously, I discussed that stock photos could have some disadvantages. So, I thought of formulating more useful tips for you in acquiring the best photo for your blog post. Below are the second batch of tips and tricks:

  1. Use GIFs!
  • To start off, a GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format. It has gained popularity because it supports animations. Yes, the pictures move. Thus, it can provide humor and entertainment to bored readers.
  • However, you have to remember that GIFs are suitable for all content types. For the serious types, of course, you need helpful guides to aid your readers. For lighter topics, this is where you will find GIFs applicable.
  • When you have a funny and comical articles, GIFs can be a great addition. Your readers would appreciate the laugh. It would be a break from the usual blog posts they read all over the internet.
  • So, where can you get amusing GIFs for your commentary? There are 5 famous GIF websites namely: Gfycat, AwesomeGIFs, Tenor, ReactionGIFS, and GIPHY. All these sites can give you the fun and humor when you need it the most.

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  1. Make Custom Images.
  • When you are still struggling to find the right photo, you can always make your own. Luckily, today, there are a lot of tools available online. You don’t need to master Photoshop because ready-made templates are there to help you.
  • Online websites, like Design Bold and Canva, provide you with luxury of creating something you actually like, and convenience to be able design with just a few clicks.
  • Personally, I use Canva. Though both websites provide free accounts, I still prefer Canva because of the wide variety of available templates that are useful in my line of work.
  • If you wish to have a program that you can install in your computer, well, there’s GIMP and GetPaint. Both of them are available for Windows while GIMP has additional support for OS X and Linux users.
  • They are free to use; just click on the links I provided to redirect to their respective download pages. With GIMP and GetPaint, you won’t worry about not being able to edit when there’s no stable internet connection. Online or offline, these programs will surely help you create the custom-made images for your blog post.

Making your own photos help in boosting your website credibility. It also proves that you are able to transform complex data into simple and understandable graphs. More people would appreciate how you made their lives easier with your stunning visuals.

This would guarantee reliable backlinks for website because people love it when you help them digest a lengthy article. They go to the internet and search for a simpler explanation on things. It would be also easy to market your original pieces because cite your website.

Wrapping Up

Blog posts with just words are not exactly bad. However, people would not enjoy reading it. Thus, they would click away. That would mean no views and no social share for your written articles. So, spice things up by applying the tips in part 1 and part 2.

How to Choose Catchy Images for Your Blog (Part 1)

Adding images greatly enhances your content. Finding catchy images for your blog aids in enticing people to click and read your posts. However, you should remember that adding more pictures do not equate to having a more clickable blog post.

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For one, these images serve as a divider in segregating lengthy articles. Thus, readers will have a better understanding of what you wrote. So, how to choose the right one?

The magic number.

Before we go the tips, let’s discuss first the number of images you should add. There is NO definite number of images that can guarantee page views and successful customer conversions. Adding 20 images will not make a huge difference. To be honest, adding too much can be distracting. So, you really need to find the right balance and gauge each post carefully.

The number of images is dependent on:

  • Your blog readers.
  • Your chosen topic.
  • The type of content you are writing.

The number 1 factor is your readers because you are writing to cater to their needs. If they need help in how things work, you need to be able to explain in detail how to use a specific app or program.  Screenshots will be the best accompanying image for this type of post.

Same is true with beginners; they need a step-by-step tutorial to help them grasp the essence of what they are reading. You need to be there to provide clarity, and you can only achieve this by adding visual guides and screenshots.

Now, that’s done. It’s time to move forward, and discuss the tips in choosing the correct image.

  1. Lessen the number of stock photos.

  • Stock photos can get too dull and repetitive if used constantly. Customized images work better because ready-made stock photos won’t be able to explain what you are trying to point out.
  • When you are looking for the best featured images, then, go for stock photos, but they are worthless when casually added to your blog post.
  • Moreover, there is no proof that it adds value. There are even studies that indicate that it could generate unfavorable effects to your web page. So, stay away from stock photos whenever possible.

Related: Where to Find FREE Stock Photos?

  1. Add more screenshots instead.

  • If I previously mentioned to skip the stock photos, what I’m trying to promote are screenshot photos. When you are more screenshots and tutorials, there’s more motivation to stay and read on the article.
  • Besides that, some articles are better explained if you show your readers. NOT TELL THEM. It’s more captivating for them to interact and follow your instructions if screenshots and guide are added.
  • You can avoid the frustration and confusion if you guide the readers what to look for and where to look. Screenshots are the perfect visual guide to save both your time and the reader’s time.
  • If you use helpful apps like, Skitch by Evernote, you can easily make visual cues and add the necessary annotations. There are free alternatives available online such Greenshot, PicPick, LightShot, and many others.

How to Measure Link Quality

It is important for you to know what makes a link pertinent and useful when it comes to web rankings. I will present notes on determining the link quality.

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HOW MANY CONVERSIONS WILL YOUR SITE HAVE?

There is one way to know if a link campaign recommended by a friend is good. Just ask yourself, will the visitors from other websites where they get links from will actually convert? This is not about having the right numbers. It’s about roughly estimating if something can be useful or not.

QUALITY SHOULD ALWAYS BE CHECKED.

You need to check from time to time. You should know the types of links other sites have. It is good if there is a good number of inbound links. But if a lot of their links comes from conspicuous link building strategy, you have to move away. If the outbound links are too doubtful or impertinent sites, then, be safe and back away.

WOULD YOU ADVERTISE ON A CERTAIN SITE?

This does not mean that you should pay for a link. This is just to make you think if you would care to put money to advertise on a certain site.  If you think you would want to, then, have a figure in your mind and ask yourself the reason for paying that amount. On the other hand, if your answer is because of a third party metric, then, don’t!

THE FINAL METRIC IS NOT THE TRAFFIC.

Not all sites have traffic. Not all of the excellent web pages receive a high PageRank as few of the pages have little outward metrics when it comes to quality.

KNOWING VISITOR INTENT RELEVANCE.

What is the probability that a site visitor looking for Japanese recipe will convert and book a flight to Japan? What is the probability that a site visitor for vintage car site will actually buy a vintage car? This shows the pertinence of visitor intent.

KNOWING TRAFFIC INTENT.

While it is true that a link that has traffic means it is a great link. But, traffic is not always good. It could also be worthless. And this is because of the visitor’s intent. So why do they hang around the site? Read on to know the reason.

THE FAILED FRANTICALLY VICTORIOUS VIRAL LINK CAMPAIGN.

There was this campaign that got such an overwhelming result. The web page became viral. All those social media post cause a heavy traffic! The problem was, although the site had so much links and traffics, the sales remained the same. This only meant the brand awareness was poor.

How can this terrible thing happen? Well, the people had the wrong reasons. This tells us that the true measure of success is not just having a great traffic quality, but most of all, it is the sales that matters the most. Besides, we do all those tedious work just for it, right?

THERE ARE THREE WAYS TO EXAMINE THE QUALITY OF THE LINK.

The first way, ask yourself, will that link able to successfully convert visitors to customers?

Second way, analyze both the inbound and outbound links.

The third way is to know whether the link is useful or not. Thoroughly discuss the connection of links, and if such actually relevancy exists.

Why Building a Loyalty Program Boost Your SEO Strategy

There is an innate connection in brand loyalty and search that contribute to your business. It is an awesome marketing duo. The thing is, creating a loyalty program helps in mapping out and basically grasping the perfect customer experience.

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One happy customer.

Brand Loyalty & SEO Joint Fortification for Life

  • Yes, you have gained customers through your schemes, and the sale you got from it is not the end of the job. It is actually a good start for a shopping pattern and possibly a beginning of a relationship between your brand and the customer that could last a lifetime.
  • Linking brand loyalty & SEO will allow the marketers and their team undoubtedly draw the line among detection and customer recall which will achieve bigger lifetime worth.
  • Spending a lot of money monthly on SEO services is futile. Everything will just go to waste because the important thing is for people to visit your website on a regular basis.

Related: The Importance of Product Advocates

Gathering Latest Calculations

  • Take a look at Amazon to clearly see the connection among SEO and loyalty. They can always entice and keep their customers. When people look for something they like, Amazon is able to serve them with the many choices they offer.

Related: 3 Amazon Strategies You Can Apply on Your Website

  • Amazon does not stop from there. After the sale and the delivery are completed, they ask their customers about their journey with Amazon using a product review. They also make endorsement telling the customer what the other people bought the same item are currently purchasing.
  • Knowing the customer is the beginning of building loyalty, and that is something that other companies should do as well.

Related: Psychological Tricks You Can Add to Your Website

Study: From Intention to Motivation

  • At the center of it all, loyalty marketing is actually encouraging customers’ actions that initiate engagement that can affect the business. The sale is not the end of it.
  • What will make a business feel good is when a faithful customer shares a picture on social media and makes the effort of tagging a distinct brand, promotion or service. They should be inspired to make a nice review by you giving them various motivations. Reviews are a great content scheme and this supports SEO.

Related: Passive and Active Product Reviews

Detection will never happen in being alone.

  • Without a doubt, objectives and KPE (key performance indicator) connected with SEO effort and loyalty marketing program are different. But guaranteeing the ROI of the two types of programs converge with each other is simple and easy.
  • When the brands and companies do their marketing plans projection, you should think of the method of how realization and customer relationships progress. There is a good 70% chance that customers will say that it takes three purchases to consider themselves loyal to the brand.
  • This is achieved when you inspire and lead your customers to go back again and again. This will form a good attitude to facilitate loyalty to develop.
  • Finally, brands and companies can make it simpler for customers to find what they need again, and this is by looking for it in a place where query and brand loyalty overlaps.

How to Achieve Success in Guest Blogging? (Part 2)

Did you ever try guest blogging for other website? What if someone asked you to do a blog post on their website? Do you know what to do? How should you prepare for it?

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I already talked about a few tips on this post. Here’s another batch of useful tips in attaining guest blogging perfection:

  • Aim for the best pitch.
  • Your idea must be different from the usual blog post. An outstanding pitch is imperative. Without an exceptional concept, your guest blog post will be meaningless.
  • With this being said, try not to make these mistakes:

    • You did NOT acknowledge the host. It’s common courtesy to acknowledge and thank the host when you get invited into their home. However, for some blog posts, the host was not even mentioned. Many people fail to provide relevant information about the host. What worse than that? Out of all the things you can misspell, please don’t misspell the name of your host. It’s embarrassing that the website team welcomed you with open arms and yet you butchered their names.
    • You did NOT add links to your online portfolio. Within your guest blog post, include links of your blog posts. It’s a way to promote your other works and enhance brand awareness. Not adding links to your website portfolio and blog just invalidates the goal of guest blogging. So, don’t forget to insert at least 3 links so the host site can verify and evaluate if your content fits their terms and conditions.
    • You are insisting an unrelated topic. Know the host website and propose a topic related to their field. Please do not talk about pop music when you are about to blog for makeup brand. Perhaps, makeup products and fashion trends will be a better pair than insisting your favorite song.
    • You did NOT abide with the rules. If a website permits guest bloggers in their site, they probably have a set of rules and regulations before you start writing. It’s not always handed to you so be responsible enough to search for these guidelines. It could be on their sidebar or footer. Look for phrases like “blogger guidelines,” “blog for us,” or “contribute.”
  • Add your own personal touch.
    • Your readers will appreciate it if you write about a particular topic that interests them. Know what they want and listen to their suggestions. Find out what they want to know from you.
    • To do this, as a writer, you need remember the following:

    • Use a keyword tool. By using a keyword tool, you will know what’s trending and what’s popular among users worldwide. There are lots of tools you can use; there’s a list of free keyword tools here.
    • Fill the gaps. Another way to read the previous blogs and see if readers have other questions. If they do, simply fulfill a request posted by reader. That should give you an idea on what to write for your guest post.
    • Add links. You can also do a follow-up post on an existing post, and link them together to enhance link building efforts. The web admins would be happy to know that you have interconnected 2 related topics together. This helps in boosting popular post; it amplifies and increases its reach.

How SEO Tools Can Assist You in Running Your Own Copy

Humans are humans, and we all make mistakes. We like to do things by ourselves, but by doing it yourself, you will just tire yourself to death. All your efforts will not be enough, and your business won’t grow because you have no time to make crucial decisions.

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If you hate what is happening to you and your business, then, ask the help of SEO tools. You might ask, how can they help? Well, they can do what a whole team of marketing can do, that is from analysis to recording.

  • Tools can help you increase what you offer.
  • Give you more time for other things.
  • Discover more chances and approaches.
  • Hence, more money.

Related: 5 Helpful SEO Plugins & Extensions

  1. EXPAND, INCREASE CURRENT OFFERINGS, DO UPSELL, AND FINALLY DO MORE! If you own the business or in-charge of a small firm, you can only work on a few clients. Your time is constrained. But, with the correct tools you can make your life simple and mechanize your SEO procedure. Then, you are able to categorize the gigantic tasks to tiny ones which is now easy to work on. You can hire a strategist to do the 1st and 2nd task but the last one, hire a copywriter. This strategy will give you more time to take in more clients and to do upselling services to the clients you already have. You could also create new exciting offers to put in your portfolio. Indeed utilizing SEO tools will give you everything you need and no need for manual labor.
  2. TOOLS RESCUES YOU FROM THE DAY TO DAY TEDIOUS PHYSICAL WORK. There are many physical work in SEO like inspecting SERPS. It could be too boring. So, stop! A single site audit can give you an on-point data like broken links.
  3. GIVE MORE TIME TO ANALYZE AND PROCESS OPTIMIZATION. For sure, your day will be filled up on mundane tasks of the business and you would not have the time for optimization. Furthermore, various tools can show you how productive you are. A site audit tool can tell you how you fixed mistakes on your site. Likewise, tools on tracking will show you how quickly you rose to fame.
  4. AFFORDS YOU TO LOOK FOR LATEST APPROACH AND UNEXPLOITED OPPORTUNITIES. When you are doing your business for a long period of time, it is hard to have a new perspective. Competitor research will help you to come up with a more current schemes for your business. There are various competitor analysis tools that will allow you to see your competitors’ details.
  5. GIVE YOUR CLIENTS A GREAT LOOKING REPORTS. Part of our service to our clients is doing the report. This will show them how hard you are working for them. And this report is very tedious that it could take a lot of your time. You can use tools even in reporting for you. There are many out there like Google Data Studio, SEMrush etc. They can also email your report.

Realted: SEO Keyword Tools That Are Free to Use

5 Things You Should Know Before Hiring An SEO Expert

There are many awful SEO companies who gives false promises, use badly made procedures that can cause your brand or service a lot of damages. Do not believe in false promises that are unjustifiable as Google changed its procedure.

A good SEO can spell the difference in terms of returns. Indeed, it is feasible to do good SEO and have awesome search engine results, more traffic, no deception or tricks and making your site so human not some robot who created its content.

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It is always good practice to offer your brand or service by creating trust with your clients and would be clients. Here are five things that could help you before you seek an SEO expert:

  • SEO ASSURANCE IS UNWORKABLE.

    • Some SEO company may tell you that you can be in Google’s top ten search results, don’t believe it. SEO takes time to reach the top. Word of advice, don’t hire that firm!

Related: 7 Unnecessary Spending of Money on SEO

  • SEO TAKES TIME!

    • True, because it is a continuing undertaking. It is always tweaking your site, adopting your SEO approach, and finding-out Google’s notion in your results. You have to keep up because Google algorithm is regularly attaining and adjusting and you must be on your feet in keeping up.

Related: Tips in Introducing SEO to New Customers

  • YOU SHOULD NOT BE ANXIOUS ABOUT KEYWORD DENSITY.

    • Google is incline to award websites that are excellent. Putting stuff in your website that uses a lot of business jargons is not going to make Google send you customers. Focus on creating content that is of high caliber.
    • Bring in keywords and zero in the keywords that are vital to your firm and do not think of the keyword densities. Users are human, so write for humans and not robots.
  • IT’S NOT THE QUANTITY, BUT THE QUALITY LINKS.

    • A long time ago, it is all about how many links are back to your site. Some even had to pay some questionable link farms or some other bad options just to have as much link possible.
    • The reality is that inferior quality links will lead you out of the SEO game. Those days are gone now. It isn’t about the quantity of links you have, it is good content where people could read, learn, and share with others.
    • A smart approach is to work and get links from acclaimed sites just like Search Engine Journal. Being with the right company and not the inferior quality sites linking to your site. Surely, your Google results will go downward and you wouldn’t want that, right?

Related: Obsolete SEO Strategies that You Should NOT Do

  • MAKE USE OF GOOGLE ADS FOR IMMEDIATE RESULTS.

    • If you want instant results, purchase Google Ads for your vital search terms. This will surely bring you to the top of the listings.
    • Find out and use the tool Google Ads Keyword Planner to help you begin your quest. And keep on going, doing new things, learning and see what results you get. You might surprise yourself.
    • Here you learned that SEO is a never-ending process. Give it time and do it daily and check.  Do the following:
      • Producing fresh content.
      • Improving your site.
      • Post links to your site and use social media.
      • There could be more that you can do.

5 Helpful SEO Plugins & Extensions

A lot of people utilize browsers to enter the websites, but most practicing SEO professionals do more the usual browsing. Let’s discuss the different SEO plugins, and find out how use to your advantage. Don’t think of how much it will cost you, it is free!

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  • Ghost Browser

    • It  a plugin for Google Chrome, and it has “sessions” within every window or tab. Each tab is assigned a distinct color to avoid confusion. Every color stands for a unique session.You can use numerous tabs every session. Also, you can use each session to log-in to your various social accounts.
    • The free versions of Ghost Browser allows you 3 sessions at a time. A pro version on the other hand, can be worth the money. Whatever you choose, will still benefit you.
  • Chrome Developer Tools

    • There is almost no way to discuss the features, functions, and uses of this tool given the space here.
    • This tool is included into Google Chrome’s functionality, and you can access through the Chrome Menu> More tools> Developer tools. The simplest function of this tool is to look for code, to detect the size of elements, and to rectify them. You can read more about on the Chrome DevTools page.
  • SEO Quake

    • This is considered a classic when it comes to plugins and extension. This is because it does give an immediate entry to a collection of data that you want. And in just a single click, SEO Quake can get the metrics, list in cache dates, indexing information, backlinks data and a lot more.
    • Now, with a few extra clicks, you could easily access the keyword density details, backlinks stats, and humongous information regarding heading tags, metas, and others.
    • This tool is not a substitute for site audit tools. It just does a great job in immediate snapshot of a page’s data. It is compatible with SEMrush so you can integrate this free extension to your existing paid apps.
  • User-Agent Switcher

    • It is the best thing that ever happened to those who are just started to create new sites particularly when it is built utilizing anticipated technologies. Its name is true to itself, a simple to set up plugin that moves the user agent info that permits you to see a site as a distinctive browser or bot.
    • User-Agent Switcher can be valuable in terms of knowing how a site will load with dissimilar browsers or operating systems.
  • Ghost Proxy Control

    • It is an extension which has been pre-loaded with Ghost Browser. One of the perks of the duo is the fact that you can definitely load dissimilar proxies in the different session using a tab for every location. This is great for monitoring the SERP results from different areas and viewing them all at the same time, plus it is shown side by side. This is a great extension for local SEO.
    • The Ghost Proxy Protocol extension is free, but proxies as a general rule are paid. Well, you can use the free proxies, but if you want to spend a bit, then, 10 dedicated proxies may cost you $20 monthly.

In conclusion, there are many browser extensions and plugins that were not included here like Show Title Tag and Tag Assistant. So far, these 5 plugins will give you a head start! If you need help with keyword tools, I have a list here.