Everybody who has a website or a blog wants one thing – loads of visitors. Getting lots of visitors is pretty easy – all you need is to get your website to the top 5 results on Google. Those of you who have a website got my little joke. We all know how hard it is to make a new website work, how ranking well on Google seems next to impossible and how much time and money needs to be spent on SEO, PPC campaigns and so on.
Traffic Travis is an SEO and PPC research program that can help you a great deal when it comes to your SEO efforts. The program is very comprehensive, very easy to use, provides tons of useful information. And the best thing is that there is a free version.
EASE OF USE: 5/5
PRICE: FREE or $97 for the Pro version
Traffic Travis is a program that allows you to do comprehensive SEO research without the need to download dozens of various tools and browser add-ons. Traffic Travis keeps is all in one place and allows you to check all you need. The program is developed by Affilorama, a well-known company that provides affiliate marketing software, training and support. If you have a website, then I’m sure you’ve used their Firefox add-on or watched their affiliate marketing videos. Basically, these guys know what they are doing when it comes to optimizing websites and outranking competition. That’s why Traffic Travis is so good.
Traffic Travis has all the features you may need to do your SEO, PPC, or affiliate marketing research. It will help you find out exactly why your competitors rank better than you do, what sort of SEO mistakes you have on your website, and even teach you how to fix all issues. It will also help you build backlinks, which will help you rank better on Google.
Traffic Travis will:
- Provide a comprehensive report for your website on Google, Bing and Yahoo
- Display your Google rank based on your preferred keywords
- Check the number of backlinks to your website
- check your pages for SEO warnings and tell you how to fix them
- help you see how your competitors achieve their ranking
- Help you outrank your competitors
- and more…
The tools provided by Traffic Travis are simple, but the information they provide is invaluable. You can spy on your competitors and check what keywords they are using for their PPC campaigns, you can research your niche and find the keywords that are easy to rank for. Another handy feature is that you get a report on your website that includes SEO page warnings. These warnings are bit of technical information about your website that can affect its performance and ranking. For example, you get a warning if your meta description is too short or too long, if there is an H1 or H2 tag missing, if your site title is too long, and so on. Most of the time these are minor issues, but they can affect your website’s ranking.
Using Traffic Travis
Using Traffic Travis is very easy. All you need to do is download the program, install it and then register it using the free registration code that is sent to you by email when you download it. When you are done installing Traffic Travis, you will be invited to watch a serious of tutorial videos or start your first project straight away.
Once you enter your URL, specify the keywords (up to 5 in the free version), and choose your search engines, Traffic Travis will check the website on Google and present you with a report. Data collection takes a while, but that’s expected. I’ve done it for their own website for demo purposes:
As you can see, they are doing pretty well. Traffic Travis website has Google PR6, a good Alexa rank and is #1 on Google USA for the phrase “SEO software”.
Getting more information is as easy as navigating to different tabs and checking out things like keyword research and PPC potential.
Unfortunately, Traffic Travis is not ideal. But I guess no SEO software, especially free software, can be. For a start, Traffic Travis can be unstable, especially on older XP systems. This is not too much of an issue, but if you use XP, then prepare to get warnings and little glitches from Traffic Travis. None of them affect its accuracy, though.
Another thing to watch out for is using the program too often. Google can easily ban Traffic Travis, so limit yourself to checking your websites once every 10 days. There is an option to check them every day, but it’s not recommended.
If you are having problems getting the free version, go to traffictravis.com and download it. A lot of people on CNet complain that you have to pay first but that’s not true. The free version is easy to get from the official website and I don’t know what they are talking about. I didn’t pay a cent.
The free version is somewhat limited. You can track a limited amount of websites and for only 5 keywords. The Pro version (costs $97 USD) doesn’t have any of these limitations. There is a money-back guarantee for three months.