SEO Tools I Used to Grow to 20k Global Traffic in 6 Months

Marcus Neo // July 9 // 4 Comments

This is my SEO tools stack that took a complete SEO beginner like me from 1k traffic to 20k global traffic in 6-8 months.

These days, when I tell people that I design websites or provide an SEO service, people still look at me wide eyed and ask me: so, you must know how to code right?

That’s not true. I don’t know how to code. I know basic HTML some Java, and that’s it. You don’t need to know how to code to do good SEO (yes it’ll be helpful) but what you’ll need is a great SEO tools stack.

The SEO Tool Must Have Swiss Knife: Ahrefs

There are complex softwares out in the SEO market to calculate keyword density, latent semantic indexing keywords and SEO can come off as a complicated process that involves complex scary looking third party tools such as Screaming Frog, Ahrefs, BuzzStream, Majestic SEO and etc.

Screaming Frog
Isn’t this giving you a headache already?

For the starting web designer, blogger, content writer, business owner, marketer, it can be quite intimidating.

In my experience, I think most complicated SEO tools are unnecessary for majority of people looking to grow their sites, at least from a 0 – 50k traffic level. Complicated software and SEO tools only account for 5% of SEO success.

I personally don’t enjoy complicated processes. I like keeping SEO simple by keeping my SEO tools stack I use lean and simple.

Keep your SEO tools light, keep your stack lean and focus on outreach and link acquisition: the ultimate needle mover for traffic.

Backlinks Prospecting and Research

  • Ahrefs

If there is one SEO tool that is essential to SEO success, that is Ahrefs. It’s almost impossible to do good SEO without this tool. It’s commonly called the Swiss knife of SEO tools for a reason. Ahrefs can do everything from keyword research, backlinks research, keyword tracking and pull out a technical SEO site audit. Not to mention, their data is pretty accurate.

I use Ahrefs for backlinks research and prospecting. I highly commend the team at Ahrefs for building out this beast of a software.

Ahrefs Office in Singapore
Ahrefs has an office in Singapore, which is the country I am from. Tim Soulo, if you’re reading this, you owe me an invite.
  • Hunter.IO

I use Hunter.IO to get email addresses for white hat outreach. Hunter.IO is simple to use. Simply plug a website and get the contact information almost immediately. You can also bulk find