Spyfu: A Comprehensive Guide

But its main purpose is to identify lucrative search terms used by your competitors in both paid and organic search campaigns.

Mobile vs. Desktop share

However, the tool isn’t designed for auditing backlinks.

When you find keywords that look good, you can click ‘Add‘ to add them to your own project.

One of the best things about it is the keyword groups feature.

It’s a VERY versatile tool that has many uses, including:

  • Competitor analysis
  • Keyword research
  • SEO analysis
  • PPC research
  • Finding backlinks
  • Reporting and tracking

To view the full list click on ‘View All‘.

SpyFu is just as useful for PPC research as it is for SEO.

To request a custom list, you can call SpyFu or schedule a call with a member of their team.

Filter Ads for specific keywords

The ‘New Keywords’ are terms your competitors’ have recently started buying. This helps you to keep up with the latest trends within your niche.

This metric shows the number of times a keyword is searched but users don’t click on any of the search results.

SpyFu generates a list of leads that you can export to chase up whenever you’re ready.

At the very top of the page, you can instantly view the total number of organic keywords associated with your site or your competitors.

You’ll still see the full list of your competitors’ PPC keywords.

Potential leads
Add up to 1000 keywords simultaneously

Here, I’ve stuck with the keyword ‘Artificial Intelligence’ and SpyFu gives me a table of results.

SpyFu considers several factors when recommending keywords to you:

  • How many of your competitors are buying them
  • The level of impressions they get from high-volume searches
  • How much they cost per click

To start, you just need to type in a domain at the top of the screen.

Then, enter your domain and display name.

SpyFu then suggests some competitors to you.

Domains added to your outreach campaign

They’re always located at the left of the page and they’re great for customizing your searches.

Ranking History lets you track your and your competitors’ rankings over a specific period of time.

SpyFu then generates a ton of data with metrics like:

  • Estimated monthly PPC clicks
  • Estimated monthly PPC budget
  • Paid keywords
  • Google Ads buy recommendations

Then, you choose the time period you want to view.

Rank (Change) – There are two elements to this metric:

  1. Rank shows you what position your keywords are currently ranking in.
  2. (Change) means how many positions they moved up or dropped down to.

We have the following metrics for each domain that’s bought this keyword:

  • Monthly Ad Budget
  • Total Keywords
  • Average Ad Position
  • Top of Page Percentage
  • Coverage
Domains advertising for target keyword

To get started, you click the slider on the right side of the screen.

If you group them together, you can look at the bigger picture and spot overall trends.

You then add some URLs that you want to link to as part of this project, add some labels, and type in some notes.

It has many different sections including:

  • Top Google Ad Buys Recommendations
  • Most Successful Advertisers and Their Best Ads
  • Organic Ranking History
  • Organic Search Ranking Analysis
  • Current Ads

Well, now let’s say that it also has a high ‘Searches Not Clicked’ count.

If you want to see SpyFu’s suggestions about terms you should consider buying, click on ‘Consider Buying.

That’s why SpyFu has added what it calls ‘real-world signals’ such as ‘Searches Not Clicked’.

This means you can see which keywords your competitors think are important for their PPC campaigns, and helps you determine how competitive certain keywords are likely to be.

Leads, or prospects, are users who might be interested in your products or services.

But, getting leads can be a time-consuming and pretty frustrating experience.

This tool is one of the most helpful features that you get with SpyFu.

Ad metrics

If the SERP is made up of product review pages then you know you’re not going to have any luck trying to rank a service page.

Backlinks Outreach

Keywords with highest cost per click (CPC)

Then, you set a goal. For the goal I chose, you need to enter at least 10 keywords.

You can see how they tweaked them to make them more successful and use this information to tweak your own ads.

Google Ads Advisor

You’ll then be presented with a complete list of your keywords along with five metrics. These include:

  • Volume
  • Rank (Change)
  • SEO Clicks (Change)
  • KD
  • CPC

This can be done easily using SpyFu’s Top Pages feature. The tool allows you to see which pages are pulling in a lot of traffic for both your site and your competitors’ sites.

When you click ‘Import‘ you’ll see a list of the domains.

It showcases your biggest keyword gains over the previous month and your ranking improvements for your most valuable keywords.

If you select ‘Copy Keywords to Clipboard’ then they’ll be added directly to your account.

Depending on your niche, your competitors’ PPC keyword lists may be small or they might be PRETTY extensive.

Below this graph is a table that shows you the keywords where your competitors overlap, and the common keywords that your competing domains are bidding on.

The Backlink Kombat tool helps you get even more specific.

You can assess how competitive the market is and identify potentially lucrative keywords.

PPC Competitors

Stick with provided competitors or add more

To get a deeper analysis, you’ll need to click on the different sections

SEO Overview tab

Pretty neat.

Ranking History

The ‘New pages’ report will show you pages that have just started ranking. This is useful because you can see what topics and type of content is working within your niche RIGHT NOW.

…and a new page will open up providing you with more in-depth data.

Next, you choose your competitors. You can stick with the ones SpyFu suggests or add your own.

You might find that you will need to optimize certain pages with specific keywords or you may need to create new pages for the missing search queries.

SEO Keywords

You’re then presented with a list of keywords along with metrics you can view, such as Search Volume and Ads.

Kombat finds these terms for you so you can make a decision on what to do with them.

Filter to specific keywords of interest

Serpstat is a good tool but it’s not as powerful as Semrush and Ahrefs.

The most basic Ahrefs plan starts at $79 per month.

SpyFu keeps a complete record of each and every ad that a domain has run, and the Ad History tool gives you access to this.

Remove your domain to see those linking to you

I already covered SEO reports earlier so let’s take a look at the PPC reports.

But that’s not all. If you need more data you can use the ‘Columns‘ tab to add or remove metrics.

To use it for competitor analysis, click on the Top Pages tab and type in your competitor’s domain.

If you’re the only one targeting these terms, then you could potentially be wasting your efforts on keywords that don’t attract a large enough audience.

That being said, you won’t need to target every search term on the list. You will come across queries that will be irrelevant to your keyword strategy. So, you’ll need to scroll through the list and choose the ones that are the most relevant by selecting the boxes next to the keywords.

If two or more domains are buying the same keyword then that could be a signal that there’s value in buying that keyword.

PPC Keywords

First, you enter a keyword and choose an industry. You can also add a location filter.

The ‘Ad Copy’ metric will provide you with the domain’s most recent ad for the keyword.

Ranking History

The Keyword Research Ranking History tool lets you track the organic ranking history of your competitors for your chosen keywords.

This shows you your top five competitors ranking for organic keywords.

The search bar is centrally located on the dashboard which makes it quick and easy to get an overview of your domain.

When you enter your keyword into the search bar you see a graph with lines representing your top 10 competitors for that term.

Top Pages tab
Export your data

These are metrics designed to help you find the terms that make the most sense for your site.

So, looking at the ‘content marketing plan’ keyword, I can see that it moved up 87 spots in the past year. It started off ranking in position 93 and ended up in position 6.

List Builder

Domain Top Lists

The lists always include both organic and paid stats.

The Pro version of Semrush also costs $129.95 per month whereas the Professional version of SpyFu is $79 per month.

First, you enter your domain.

Ads tell you how many domains are running ads for the keyword.

Consider buying option gives you relevant suggestions

Although Semrush is a bit pricier than SpyFu it’s my top choice of SEO tools due to its incredible range of features.

The Keyword Top Lists feature shows you numbered lists of keywords for metrics like ‘Keywords with Highest Cost Per Click (CPC).’

In this guide, I’m going to take you through all of SpyFu’s features.

Because at the end of the day, the reason we all do SEO is to rank higher in the SERPs.

I can now investigate what caused this improvement in my rankings. For example, this could be due to building more quality backlinks or making adjustments to the content on the page in the past year.

Instead of having to sift through LOADS of data yourself, SpyFu can do the hard work for you.

This feature helps you keep on top of all the data SpyFu has collected for you about your competitors.

Take note of organic clicks and not clicked sections

You can even exclude homepage keywords and adjust search volume, keyword difficulty, and rank.

SpyFu is just $39 per month.

SpyFu Vs Serpstat

To apply them to your results, click the ‘Columns’ tab and then select the ones you want.

As with Domain Top lists, you view the full lists by clicking on ‘View All.’

Questions‘ are based on search queries from any of the domains.

The first group of metrics tells you how hard it would be to rank for that keyword.

If you see that certain pages on your site are driving a lot of success you should create more content around those topics.

Enter the keyword into the search bar.

Domains linking to your site for specific keyword

As you use the SpyFu features, you can easily add data to your projects so that you can keep track of it.

However, you can see that they switched to V8 at a later date.

You can see where keywords ranked at the start of the time period and where they rank now.

But SpyFu has detailed instructions on how to do this once you’ve downloaded your template.

Keyword Research

Keyword Overview

For example, when I click on ‘Domains with Most Organic (SEO) Traffic’ I can see that wikipedia.org spends nothing on its ad budget which means all of its traffic is organic.

Once you’ve created an account, simply log in and then click on ‘Create a Project’.

This tool means you can take a deep dive into your competitors’ ads to see which ones were successful, and how they’ve changed over time to be more (or less) effective.

Filter your domain to avoid double bidding

It also shows you which of your keywords could be considered ‘Potential Ad Waste’.

That’s where this tool comes in.

These keywords present opportunities that you’ve missed which could be highly relevant to your business and SEO campaign.

The SpyFu Backlinks Outreach tool is designed to make the process more streamlined.

It’s mostly used by digital marketers to improve their online search performance through keyword research and competitive intelligence.

Next to the filter options you have the topics option. By clicking on this, you can see keywords clustered under their parent topic.

Select project for your keywords

To view your projects you click on the slider at the right of the page and you can view all of the keywords you’ve added.

For example, are the pages ranking for your keyword listicles, product review pages, or product category pages?

If you want to use the tool to analyze your competitors’ backlinks, then you just need to type one of their domains into the search bar to see the sites linking to them.

By analyzing the SERP you’ll gain insight into how hard it’ll be to rank for the keyword you’re targeting.

I’ve entered my domain as I want to see how my rankings have fared over time.

Add related keywords

Plus, you can use the filter to view a domain’s ‘Most Successful Keywords’ or ‘New Keywords’.

Lastly, you hit the ‘Apply‘ button and SpyFu gives you your results.

Refine the metrics

To make the most out of this tool you’ll want to use the filter options to compare your keyword rankings against your competitors’ rankings.

The graph allows you to identify patterns in your competitors’ PPC campaigns.

You can also choose to include or exclude keywords and URLs, such as /blog.

First, you need to click ‘Choose A Template‘.

You can stick with the competitors SpyFu suggests or add your own.

That’s why I’m a fan of SpyFu’s Leads feature.

You can then assess which relevant keywords are worth targeting for your business, and which are too expensive.

Custom Lists

If the ‘Domain Diversity‘ score is low then it means one or two domains are dominating the SERPs for this keyword.

As with all the data SpyFu gathers, you also have the option to export your data.

The last two metrics are SUPER informative and I’ll tell you why.

  • Organic Clicks – shows you how many clicks on this keyword’s SERP went to organic results.
  • Not Clicked – tells you how many users leave the SERPs without clicking on an organic result. It could mean that the users are getting their search query answered directly on the SERP. This is valuable information as it can help you avoid targeting the wrong keywords.
Related keyword groups

It allows you to upload up to 1,000 keywords at the same time.

By scrolling down, you can also view a list of the most successful paid keywords with handy metrics like Monthly Cost, Search Volume, and Paid Clicks

View all ranked domains metrics

If you’ve been shopping around for a new tool to help you with your SEO And PPC campaigns then you may have heard of SpyFu already.

You can toggle between viewing their PPC keywords, Paid Clicks, and Ad Budgets.

Yes, the tools that SpyFu can integrate with are:

  • Google Ads
  • Google Analytics
  • Google Search Console
  • Google Business Profile
  • WriterAccess
  • Qubit X

Does SpyFu offer customer support and assistance?

Data for search term entered

I’ll show you how to use them and discuss their benefits for your SEO and PPC efforts.

The SEO Reports feature is great if you want all of your SEO data in one place.

Below this, there’s a full list of competitors with several metrics that SpyFu uses to determine your competitors.

You’ll see the estimated number of clicks you get from all of your organic keywords, and the estimated value of your organic traffic.

Color change indicates alterations on the ad
Simple SpyFu dashboard

This allows you to see which domains are flying up the SERPs and which are on their way down for keywords you want to target.

So, when targeting the term I would prioritize creating content that’s more optimized for desktop users.

Related Keywords

You can then choose a specific keyword to target and narrow down your search to sets of keywords related to different categories or topics.

Once you’ve typed in your keyword, you get a summary of metrics about it.

The Reports section of the tool is where you can get SpyFu to generate your SEO and PPC reports.

The PPC Competitors tool works in a similar way to the SEO Competitors tool.

First, you enter either your domain or a competing domain in the search bar.

See ad copy history versions

You can then import this into your Google account.

The Bulk Upload is a relatively simple feature.

If you want to filter out keyword matches that are sensitive or NSFW then you can apply the ‘Adult Filter.’

SpyFu also gives you a rating for the keyword.

Kombat for PPC

By using the right strategies, you can move leads along the sales funnel and turn their interest into conversions.

It provides you with actionable advice about keywords you should consider investing in as well.

This means you can probably assume that V6 was working better than V7.

The dashboard has eight tabs at the top for easy access to things like keyword research, SEO tools, PPC research, tracking, and reports.

Its individual plan is $50 per month.

SpyFu Pros and Cons


  • Huge selection of tools
  • Very affordable compared to its competitors
  • Helps you analyze your competitors in amazing detail
  • Can be used effectively for both SEO and PPC
  • Levels up your keyword research game


  • No SEO site audit feature
  • The number of features can be overwhelming for SEO beginners. Some of them are also hard to get used to
  • Does not allow you to audit your backlinks


How accurate and reliable is SpyFu’s data?

SpyFu identifies your top-paid competitors and then presents data in a graph.

Or, you can call them at 888-201-0422 (US) and 480-409-0462 (International).

This nifty tool does exactly what you’d expect it to—finds related keywords and gives you important metrics about them such as Search Volume, Keyword Difficulty, and CPC.

These clicks usually lead users to the advertiser’s landing page, increasing their visibility and potential for conversions or sales.

SpyFu then provides you with a list of all the domains linking to your site for that keyword.

Plus, you can export your lists to your own spreadsheets.

Keyword Top Lists

You can also view the domains you’ve added to your outreach projects.

Click and organic traffic estimates

You can also refine the list further by state, industry, and tech.

Input your domain

They’re easy for clients to understand and clearly highlight the progress you’ve been making with their PPC and SEO campaigns.


If only one domain buys a keyword then it could simply be a test.

Next, choose your competitors.

By using this tool, I can pinpoint exactly what tactics have been successful and use them to keep improving my rankings.

Top Pages

The information on this graph allows you to compare the trajectory of your competitors with your own site’s progress.

You can choose to view the pages with the most organic traffic or their newest pages.

To do this, you need to paste your competitor’s domain in the search box and hit ‘Search’.

For example, when you’re using the Related Keywords tool you just click ‘Add.’

SpyFu also provides you with ‘Next Generation Metrics.’


And you can choose how you want the results to be sorted.

And then choose the project you want to add the keyword to.

This process is relatively complicated so I won’t cover it here.

If you hover over one of the categories then the overlapping sections will be highlighted in the diagram.

Then, you’ll have a list of related keyword groups that you can click to view very specific questions.

This shows you the latest ads that appear on the SERP for your keyword.

Still, it’s certainly not the only SEO tool out there that I’d recommend.

Competitor Analysis

Yet, it’s still useful.

These are:

  • Monthly Clicks – this is an estimate of the number of clicks expected for the top-ranking organic result
  • The ‘Domain Diversity’ percentage
  • The ‘Social Domains’

Let’s see how it stands up against three of its best competitors.

SpyFu Vs Semrush

The icons on the left of the screen act as a menu. You can either click on the icon to jump straight to a section or scroll down until you find it.

To start, if you want to see the domains that link to your site, all you need to do is input a keyword into the search bar. In this example, I chose “local SEO”. You can also filter your results by certain categories or page types, such as:

  • Blogs
  • Pages with affiliate links
  • .GOV/.EDU sites
  • Forums
  • News sites
  • Directories

Next, you choose how you want your results to be sorted. I went with ‘Biggest Rank Gains‘.


You can also export the keywords you find to your Google Ads account.

You can click the ‘Trendline‘ box to see a line indicating the overall trend in terms of rankings.

Bulk Upload

Here you’ll also find tabs for:

  • SEO Overview
  • Competitors Analysis
  • Kombat SEO
  • SEO Keywords
  • Ranking History
  • Top Pages
  • Backlinks
  • SEO Reports

For example, in the image above, I can see that there are two topics I don’t have content for; ‘Squarespace SEO’ and ‘SEO analyzer’.

There are four keyword categories:

  • Core Keywords
  • All Keywords
  • Questions
  • Missing Keywords

That’s why this is a really nice feature.



Then, you can refine the search even more by using the filters for:

  • Google Ads Budget
  • SEO Clicks
  • Available Contact Info
  • Technology
Keyword with metrics

All Keywords‘ refers to search terms that any of the domains is targeting.

For example, the rockcontent.com/blog/seo-vs-google-ads/ page is linking to writeraccess.com.

This information will be really useful later on when you start using the Ad History tool (I’ll get into this soon).

Plus, SpyFu even sends you weekly tracking updates about your own domain.

It gives you details including:

  • Ad copy
  • Headline
  • Ad position
  • Display URL

If you hover your cursor over the ‘Outbound Links’ metric you’ll also see the other sites that these domains are linking to.

The ‘Export as CSV’ and ‘Export to Google Sheets’ options allow you to transfer them to a spreadsheet.

Let’s say you’re looking for questions related to the keyword ‘Artificial Intelligence’.

If you understand which keywords they’re bidding on, the associated costs, and the search volume then you can make more informed decisions about your own paid advertising campaigns.

In the ‘Filters’ section paste your domain in the box right under ‘Compare to Your Site’s Ranks

Plus, you can:

  • Ask SpyFu to include or exclude specific terms
  • Set a search volume range
  • Set a keyword difficulty range
  • Set a word count range
SpyFu gives you deeper analytics

This is where SpyFu’s Top Pages feature comes in:

  • It shows your competitors’ most successful pages in terms of organic clicks from the SERPs. You can also see which keywords those pages are ranking for.
  • It breaks down a domain’s keywords and their corresponding click estimates into page-by-page detail.
  • The tool provides keyword metrics like ‘Organic Clicks’ and ‘Not Clicked’. This helps you to make strategic decisions and prioritize keywords.

There are other SEO tools with comparable features, but SpyFu truly stands out when it comes to competitive analysis, or “spying” (hence the name).

SpyFu Setup

So, you can click V8 and take a look at the ad copy to get an idea of what could work for your campaign too.

But how does it work?

PPC Overview on SpyFu

Next, you assign a status to the project and give it a rating based on its importance.

Input your domain
Switch between biggest losers and gainers

As usual, it gives you metrics data so that you can decide which keywords to target.

Picking biggest rank gain for sorting

The PPC Kombat tool gives you great insights into the keywords your competitors are bidding on.

Add URLs relevant to the project

Like Semrush, Ahrefs is also more expensive than SpyFu.

Now, let’s take a close look at the Kombat for SEO tool itself.

There are reports designed for different stages of the sales cycle including:

  • Pre-sales
  • Onboarding
  • Planning
  • Retention
  • Upselling

After you enter your domain into the search bar, you’ll see a list of keywords with the following metrics:

  • Impressions per month
  • Cost per click
  • Cost per month
  • Potential clicks per month

Of course, that’s really useful but this tool does much more than that.

The second group tells you what you could expect to get from ranking for the keyword.

Before I delve into the Kombat tool, I’m going to fill you in on the filters that you can use in any of SpyFu’s keyword research features.

These can provide you with more ideas for creating content around a certain topic.

It puts your domain up against your competitors in the form of a Venn diagram.

If you’re looking for a tool for SEO, paid search ads, and content marketing then Semrush is the one for you.

When you’re trying to build links, outreach can really suck.

Export your data

Google Ads Templates

Ahrefs is an exceptional all-in-one SEO platform.

The URL results below show you the rank, rank change, domain strength (out of 100), and estimated monthly clicks.

Plus, you can include or exclude keywords from your searches which is great for excluding branded terms.

Export your data into a spreadsheet


So, it’s important that you can focus on keywords that relate to the same theme.

The ‘Pages With the Most Organic Traffic’ report will give you insights into which topics are driving the most traffic.

Overall, SpyFu’s Backlink tool is good for finding backlink opportunities quickly and easily.

As with all of SpyFu’s features, this tool also allows you to export your data and analyze it on a spreadsheet.

SpyFu however, is the better option if you want to view your competitor’s paid ads.

These are keywords you’re targeting that none of your competitors are.

The tool also lets you track the different versions of the ad copy that a domain ran for a period of time.
The different versions are numbered so you can tell them apart (V1, V2, V3, etc.)

To analyze your keywords, paste your domain in the search box, set your region, and hit ‘Search’.

Plus, you can apply other filters:

  • ‘Start Rank’
  • ‘End Rank’
  • ‘End Rank Change’
  • ‘SEO Clicks’
  • ‘SEO Click Change’
  • ‘Search Volume’

You can choose to receive this report on a monthly basis.

Advertiser history metrics


…and the tool will give you results based on the filters you’ve set. You’ll get a side-by-side view of the keywords both you and your competitor rank for and the positions in which they rank.

With this tool, you can take a closer look at your competitors’ keyword rankings as well as analyze your own.

The good news is that each plan gives you unlimited access to all of SpyFu’s data.

Search for keywords in specific regions

SEO Research

They work in a very similar way to the SEO reports.

The 2 metrics to pay close attention to here are, Rank (Change) and SEO Clicks (Change).

Setting up a project with SpyFu is incredibly straightforward.

By simply entering your chosen term into the search bar, you’ll be supplied with useful data you can use for your own keyword research.

You’ll get an idea of what type of content you’d need to create and you’ll also be able to work out the users’ search intent

Monthly SEO clicks estimates

You can analyze the ad copy that’s clearly working so that you can better optimize your own ads.

You can also use the keyword filter option to narrow down the results to specific keywords that you’re targeting.

These are:

  • Ranking Difficulty
  • Number of homepages and Gov, Edu domains
  • Number of keywords in title
  • Number of keywords in URL

But, they’ll be organized into clusters of related terms.

You can view all of your SEO and PPC reports whenever you want in the ‘Reports‘ tab.

Paid clicks refer to the traffic generated through online ads where the advertiser pays a fee for each click on their ad.

Choose your competitors

To view these, use the ‘Buy Recommendations’ filter option.

Filter to get best options

Click ‘Finish‘ and let SpyFu do the rest.

When you click on the ‘Competitors‘ tab, you enter a domain in the search bar and SpyFu presents you with a nice graph.

This is really good for tracking competitors’ most successful ad copy for a specific keyword.

If you scroll down to the bottom of the page you’ll see the ‘Current Ads’ section.

If you hover over the ‘Ads’ column then you can see the number of domains that have advertised for the keyword and the actual domains.

See performance of your Ad competitors
Domains running ads for a keyword


PPC Research

PPC Overview

SpyFu is more suitable if you need a solution for keyword research and competitive analysis, without prioritizing backlink analysis.

Google Ads Advisor is where you’ll find the best recommendations about which keywords you should consider buying.

As with the other keyword tools, you can also apply different filters to narrow your search.

With the Basic plan, you can export 250 leads per week.


A great way to do this is to use the ‘Groups’ view on the left side of the page.

Thankfully, SpyFu’s dashboard and UI prioritize simplicity and a clean layout.

Firstly, you type in a competing domain.

Sounds pretty awesome, right?

Advertiser History

Domain Top Lists is pretty simple compared to the other features SpyFu offers.

See ranking from a set time range

SpyFu’s team crafts these templates to help you get your Google Ads going in a matter of minutes.

You can also search for keywords or individual URLs depending on which feature you’re using, and it allows you to change your region to make sure the data is fully relevant to you.

SpyFu’s approach to link building is different from many other SEO tools.

Kombat for SEO

The tool also provides a ‘Negative Match’ option to view keywords that SpyFu thinks you should drop for your campaign.

So, let’s say a keyword has a high search volume. Sounds like it might be worth targeting, right?

When you’ve applied your filters, SpyFu lists the keywords your competitors are paying for that you’re not.

Below that, you’ll find related keywords that your competitors also rank for and keywords that advertisers bid on too.

Keywords metrics

All of the data SpyFu uses for this is taken directly from Google’s SERPs.

Within the Ad History tool, you’ll notice a color coding system used. When you see that an ad has been the same color for a period of time it means that the same ad has been running for that entire period. When there’s a color change, it means the ad has been altered or completely changed.

By doing so, you could save money and reallocate it to more lucrative keywords.

Generally, SpyFu’s customer support team has good reviews on sites like Trustpilot.

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You’ll then see an ordered list of the site’s pages with their estimated monthly SEO clicks.

You can also assess your PPC competitors, but more on that later.

The ‘Missing Keywords’ list is SUPER useful.

When you click on an ad, you’ll see the ad at the right side of the page along with three metrics:

  • % of ads served – this measures the percentage of the domain’s ads that use this specific ad copy
  • % in top of the page – how often this ad was at the top of the SERPs
  • Average position – where the ad placed on average among a certain number of competitors

There’s also the option to see the keywords that each page ranks for along with metrics like:

  • Ranking position
  • Search volume
  • SEO Clicks
  • Keyword Difficulty
  • Organic Clicks
  • Not Clicked

This feature is a fairly new addition to SpyFu and it makes using the whole tool much more user-friendly.

Rank tracking is important for identifying the strengths and weaknesses of a domain.

You can use it to pinpoint the time periods where their metrics increased and when they dipped.

If you want to export your keywords to your Google Ads campaign then you can select the ones you like and click ‘Export Selected‘.

You can also view their monthly clicks and monthly value.

As you can probably tell from reading this guide, I REALLY like SpyFu.

Simply select the ones you want and then choose from one of the export options.

Core Keywords‘ are the search terms that all of the domains rank for.

SEO Keywords tab

It allows you to filter out your domain’s keywords from appearing in your results..

See trends by your competitors

These metrics are:

  • Overlap – this gives you a quick idea of how many organic keywords you share with a competitor
  • Number of Keywords – the total number of organic keywords SpyFu has found for a domain
  • Monthly Clicks – an estimate of how many clicks a domain gets from all of its organic keywords
  • Monthly Value of Clicks – this is a value that SpyFu gives to organic keywords based on the estimated worth of a click generated from these keywords for a domain
  • Common Keywords – is a useful metric to pay attention to as it shows you how many keywords you’re targeting that your competitors are as well

SpyFu has three different pricing plans:

Let’s look at an example. In the image below you can see the ‘YouTube tags’ page moved up 1 spot and is currently ranking in position 2, and according to SpyFu, it now gets 420 more clicks.

When deciding which keywords to target, you need to prioritize the ‘Great Buy’ and ‘Good Buy’ terms.

It’s designed to help you find powerful backlinks that will get you ranking for the keywords you target. You can also see which sites are linking to your domain or your competitors for specific keywords.

You can then export them as a CSV file and import the file to Google Sheets for further analysis.

SpyFu recommends competitors

These reports are great for demonstrating the value of your efforts to your clients.

The Monthly Cost metric shows you the estimated cost the advertiser is paying each month to bid on and advertise for a specific keyword.

Plus, if your main focus is competitive analysis and keyword research (without the need for SEO audits) then SpyFu should suffice.

When analyzing your competitors’ domains you should take note of the pages that are driving traffic to their site. Do you have pages that cover those topics? If not, you should target those topics too.

By incorporating these questions into your content you can make sure that you cover a topic from different angles…

Then, you select your industry and download your template.

Then, you can also type in your own domain at the left of the screen so that you don’t see keywords you’re already bidding on.

Related keywords and questions for search term

Then, choose the type of report you want.

Sometimes, if you just see metrics like Search Volume and CPC it can be hard to tell if you should target this term.

You can also use the filter to group them by ‘Search Volume’ or ‘Keyword Count’.

This is SUPER insightful. Not only will this tool help you to see where you’re falling behind your competitors in terms of keyword rankings, but it also helps you to discover new content ideas.



Still, if you want to run SEO audits on your site, analyze competitors’ comprehensive traffic funnels, and utilize a top-notch keyword rank tracking tool, then Semrush is worth the extra money.

SpyFu Vs Ahrefs

Access features on the columns tab

Ad History

If you click on one of the domains you’ll be taken to a page where you can view the contacts SpyFu has found for you.

The SERP analysis tool helps you to:

  • Identify significant ranking factors associated with your keyword
  • Take note of influential sites that dominate multiple positions in the SERPs
  • Explore specific content that achieves high rankings
  • See all ads displayed on the SERPs

Let’s take a look.

Once you’ve typed a competitor’s domain into the search bar, you then need to apply a filter so that you can focus on ads for a specific keyword.

It’s particularly good for backlink analysis. As mentioned earlier, SpyFu’s backlink tool does not allow you to audit backlink profiles.

Here’s an example of the info that’s included in your SEO report.

Tools like Semrush are much more comprehensive and if I only had the budget for one link building tool, SpyFu wouldn’t be the one I chose.

SEO Reports

This feature lets you request customized lists from SpyFu that are tailored to your specific needs.

The reports break down all of the information you can view when you’re using SpyFu.

You can either export them to your own spreadsheet or add them to SpyFu’s project manager.

SERP Analysis

You can decide if you want to use these competitors for your campaign or not.

Click Finish and let the tool do its magic

SpyFu’s customer support team can be reached via Live Chat from 6 am – 5 pm Monday to Friday.

The ‘Next Generation Metrics’ are:

  • Clicks
  • Paid Clicks (%)
  • Searches Not Clicked (%).

You’ll see Similar keywords and the Search Volumes for them. SpyFu also shows you a list of related questions that you can target with your content.

When related keywords aren’t grouped together, it’s more difficult to analyze them.

The ‘Social Domains’ metric shows you if any of the results are from social media sites or sites like Wikipedia.

If SpyFu doesn’t already have a template for your industry then you can request for them to upload one.

I’ll cover all of these tools below.

SEO Overview

You get taken to the list and you can view some other details like ‘Ad Budget‘, ‘SEO Clicks’, and ‘Contact Types.

Narrow down your search with related keywords
Ranking history over specific time
View your keywords on right side

The tool allows you to export your keywords to a spreadsheet or your Google Ads account too.

For example, if you want to check up on your Inbound links or view your keyword gainers and losers, keywords that have experienced notable improvements or declines in rankings, simply click on the section you want to analyze…

The PPC Overview section gives you a helpful overall view of your PPC campaigns. You can also use it to analyze your competitors’ campaigns.

Current Ads

It’s also perfect for showing clients the progress you’ve made for their sites with your SEO efforts.

Keyword metrics
Enter your domain and display name

The higher the number of competitors, the more competitive the field will be.

The SEO Overview page consists of different sections that allow you to have a quick glance at your data. These sections include:

  • Top Organic Competitors
  • Shared Organic Keywords among all your competitors
  • Performance data for your keywords
  • A quick view of your backlinks and top pages
  • A glance at your keyword ranking history
Enter your search term

SpyFu is a really popular SEO and PPC tool that uses web scraping technology to gather data.

SpyFu has left no stone unturned when it comes to analyzing where your keywords rank and that of your competitors.

I’m a big fan of this SpyFu feature.

Click finish and let SpyFu do its work

SpyFu states that its data is accurate around 90% of the time. Of course, it’s hard to tell how accurate some of its data is. For example, when SpyFu estimates a domain’s ad budget you can’t be sure this is accurate unless you’re in charge of the ad budget yourself!

SpyFu also provides you with templates you can use for your Google Ads campaigns.

Then, SpyFu provides you with data for them, such as:

  • Search Volume
  • KD Score
  • Cost
  • Organic Clicks and Cost per Click.

You can also filter to only view keywords within a certain range. For instance, let’s say you only wanted to see keywords with a search volume above 100 and a keyword difficulty of 20.

Overlapping keywords are highlighted

Having customized lists makes sure that the data you have is relevant to your niche and goals.

Let’s take a look at what you get with each plan.



  • $39 per month if you pay monthly
  • $16 per month if you pay annually

What’s included

  • 10,000 row data exports
  • 10,000 row search results
  • 6 months historical data
  • 100 domain overview PDFs
  • 5,000 weekly tracked keyword rankings
  • 250 sales leads and domain contacts



  • $79 per month when you pay monthly (the first month is $39)
  • $36 per month when you pay annually

What’s included

  • Unlimited domain overview PDFs
  • Unlimited data exports
  • Unlimited search results
  • 500 sales leads and domain contacts
  • 10+ years historical data
  • API access
  • 15,000 weekly tracked keyword rankings
  • Custom branded reporting



  • $299 per month when you pay monthly
  • $149 per month when you pay annually

What’s included

  • Unlimited domain overview PDFs
  • Unlimited data exports
  • Unlimited search results
  • 2,000 sales leads and domain contacts
  • 10+ years historical data
  • API access
  • 40,000 weekly tracked keyword rankings
  • Custom branded reporting
  • 5 user logins

SpyFu Vs Competitors

I went with Biggest Rank Gains.

SpyFu is a really useful tool but always bear in mind that a lot of its data is estimated.

Can SpyFu integrate with other SEO and marketing tools?

You can also exclude your domain so you don’t see your pages that are already getting linked to.

This will help you to decide whether you want to go ahead and target these keywords or not.

By analyzing these metrics, you can gain valuable insights into your competitors’ paid advertising strategies.

Once you’ve done that, your project is all set up and you’re good to go.

SpyFu Features

User Interface and User Experience

It helps you get in contact with webmasters and saves you time by finding email addresses for you.

The PPC Keywords tool lets you research your competitors in even more detail.

Let’s go!

What Is SpyFu?

This means you can find really relevant sites that aren’t already linking to you.

And is it any good?

Finally, ‘Missing Keywords‘ are the keywords your competitors are targeting that you aren’t.

Then, you need to create a new project by typing in your domain and giving the project a name.

It provides you with ranked lists of domains for different metrics such as:

  • Domains with the Most Organic (SEO) traffic
  • Domains that Spend the Most on Google Ads
  • Highest Organic Traffic Companies with Twitter Accounts
  • Companies with Phone Numbers
  • Companies with Email
  • Companies with Social Media
  • Companies
  • Companies without Social Media
  • Companies without a Blog

For example, this ad has an average position of 4 out of 9 which means it placed 4th on average in a field of nine competitors.

Add competitors or use SpyFu suggestions

It’s time-consuming and it often ends in dead ends.

See how SpyFu records changes in clicks

Plus, you can brand the reports with the logos of your clients.

This means that those searches aren’t necessarily going to translate into traffic to your site.

That means studying and analyzing the SERPs is absolutely vital.

Search volume represents the average number of searches per month for each keyword.

Choose a time

At the bottom, you can also switch to graphs for the biggest gains and biggest losses in rankings during a set time period.

You can clearly see that Amazon tried V7 briefly but then decided to switch back to V6.

The Keyword Overview tool gives you LOADS of valuable data on a wide range of keywords.

Add any relevant keywords

On the other hand, if you do want to run SEO audits and utilize a robust backlink analysis tool, then I would choose Serpstat over SpyFu.

When conducting competitor research, it’s important to know which keywords are earning a lot of clicks.

Simply click ‘Apply’ when you’re done…

Turns out that keyword might not be worth targeting after all.

Keywords competing domains bid

One thing I really like is the graph that shows you the share of mobile and desktop searches for your keyword.

Clicking on any of the categories takes you to a list of keywords.

It’s great for keeping everything in one place and eliminates the need for lots of different spreadsheets.

On top of that, the Ad History tool allows you to compare the ad copy from your competitors’ weak and strong ads.

Bulk upload metrics
Customize your template

To be honest, there are a few things I hate more than an overly-complicated UI.

Then, you need to change the search type to ‘Questions‘ and choose whether you want your terms to be grouped by search volume or keyword count.

Here, I can see that the keyword has clearly been searched on desktops more than on mobile devices recently.

You can choose to see pages that link to your competitors but not to you.

Keyword rating
Enter keyword and industry

I really like this as it saves time sifting through keywords and makes sure you avoid duplicates.

You can use it to quickly build up lists of leads without having to spend ages finding them yourself.

Finally, click ‘Finish‘ and SpyFu starts generating your report.

SpyFu allows you to identify your closest organic competitors and analyze their SEO strategies.

That way, you can check your progress month-on-month and keep your clients regularly updated.

It’s also vital to know which pages are receiving more traffic than others.

To create your own report, go to the SEO Reports tab and input a domain.

SEO Clicks (Change) – here’s what these metrics tell you:

  1. SEO Clicks is an estimation of the number of clicks a page should receive a month based on its current ranking position.
  2. (Change) shows you how many more clicks or fewer clicks your page got by comparing its current ranking to its previous ranking.