5 Powerful Tools to Spy on Your Competitors Online




  • — May 5, 2017

    The first Chinese iPhone copy has been released on the same day as the original device. How so? Only if you are using advanced spying skills as Chinese factories do. Or by following 5 simple steps outlined in our blog.


    Tool #1: Use URL shortener to discover valuable stats about any site


    How? Via goo.gl.
    Many people use Google’s URL shortener to generate short links for posting in social media. Not many know though you can use this tool to find the statistics on the clicks and understand which posts that competitors are sharing via their social networks are most effective, and what content in their newsletters is yielding the best engagement.


    What to do?
    It’s simple. Put the link ID in the place of the asterisk * here goo.gl/#analytics/goo.gl/*/all_time.
    For example: https://goo.gl/#analytics/goo.gl/Zg5wE/all_time
    As a result, you’ll get the following picture:


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    Tool #2. Monitor changes on the websites


    How? Track changes on the website pages.
    The majority of the websites are never static. To increase the conversion, marketers and project managers constantly change their structure, design, the number of fields in the registration form and CTA on the pricing pages.


    What to do?
    Тools for tracking website page changes are usually used to keep the resource under control. For example, to get alerts about unauthorized changes in the content, to keep the team up to date with these changes or to stay abreast the modifications for the PPC purposes.


    However, you can also monitor the changes that take place on your competitors’ sites.


    Comparing the changes for the different periods of time, you can track whether the hypothesis is proven, whether the competitors left the changes on the page, returned to the original version or are testing something new.


    This tool will help test your hypotheses, develop new ideas and use the methods proven to be workable in your niche.


    Tool #3. Look under the hood


    How? Find out what technologies they use.


    If we can find out what technologies webpages are using that may help us decide what technologies to implement ourselves.


    Check out the BuiltWith service that shows you the infrastructure and technology stack a site uses including the advertising services, analytics and tracking services, JavaScript libraries, content delivery networks, and so on.


    What to do?
    Just go to builtwith.com, and enter the needed URL. In a few seconds you will receive a full list of technologies that your competitor is using to collect leads, get analytics, send mailings, post advertising banners, accept payments, and manage content.


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    Moreover, you will find the data on the security technologies and website performance that will be useful for both SEO specialist and a programmer.


    Tool #4. Find out where and how they advertise


    How? Any business plan, marketing plan or advertising strategy involves a competitor analysis. A lot of marketers monitor different sites themselves as well as subscribe to mailings, get into several remarketing lists and check out the competitors’ advertising. Thanks to the WhatRunWhere it can be much easier (though more expensive) to find out what, where and how the competitor’s brand is advertising.


    What to do?
    Enter your competitor’s domain into the search field, and you will get everything you need.


    builwith


    An advertising geography will show which markets your competitors are actively conquering, and which they’re testing in order to understand its potential. That will definitely help you in drawing up your own PPC strategy.


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    Also you can find all examples of the competitors’ banners for different periods that could be very useful for assessing the effect. Moreover, you can easily see all landings with links and tags.
    Catch up with your rivals, using technologies that make them stronger!


    Tool #5. Explore what products are the most popular


    How? Use Wanelo. It’s a social network that is rapidly gaining popularity among clothing brands and their customers.


    What to do?
    Enter the brand’s name in the search field, then go to their page and click on the Trending tab. You will see the most purchased brand products, their prices as well as user comments.


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    These 5 powerful methods in combination with tools for competitor SEO/PPC research will help you spy on your competitors in the most efficient and complete manner.


    Try SE Ranking’s tool for competitor research and get the things going!


    Original Source: SE Ranking

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    Author: Irina Weber


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