Surfer SEO Review 2021: Features, Pricing and Tutorial

Looking for Surfer SEO Review? 

If yes then you are in the right place because in this article I’m going to discuss about the following things:

  • What is Surfer SEO?
  • How to Use Surfer SEO?
  • Surfer SEO Case Study
  • Surfer SEO Features
  • What is Inside the Surfer SEO?
  • Surfer SEO Pricing
  • Surfer SEO Tutorial (Tutorial of all tools)
  • Pros and Cons of Surfer SEO
  • and many more

So, without any further delay. Let’s get started. 


What is Surfer SEO?

surfer seo review and tutorial

Surfer SEO is a cloud-based on-page optimization tool which can help you to rank your article in Google 1st page of Google by comparing your articles with the top-ranking articles for more than 500+ ranking factors.

It automatically compares your article with the top 10 articles for more than 500 ranking factors and gives you practical recommendations which can help you to get Google #1 ranking. 

So, the question is, if we can optimize our article ourself then why should we use Surfer SEO. Right?

Let me show you the difference between the manual process and Surfer SEO

TasksSurfer SEOManual Process
Ranking FactorsAnalyze 500+ ranking factorsAnalyze just a few ranking factors
Data PointsFrom Top 50 Pagesfrom a handful of pages
For Your CopywriterData-driven draftIntuition-based brief
Timea few minutes1+ hour

Not only me but SEO experts like Matthew Woodward, Matt Diggity, Gael from Authority Hackers and many others are using Surfer SEO to write fully SEO optimized articles

Let’s see what they are saying about this tool:

Surfer’s analysis told me to delete 22,000 words of content which was…weird. So I deleted 85% of my content including 901 blog comments. 2 days after doing precisely what Surfer told me to do, I moved straight into the number 1 position.

Matthew Woodward

Director at matthewwoodward.co.uk

gael breton

Surfer is the perfect balance between ease of use and depth of data. They understand SEO and make optimizing for your queries accessible to the masses.

Gaël Breton

Founder of Authority Hacker

matt diggity

Surfer is a quick yet extremely accurate way to get data-driven advice for your site. I’ve seen ranking gains in many different niches by applying its suggestions. Bonus: It takes the data and presents it in such a way that even beginner SEOs would understand so… you can outsource the actions as well.

Matt Diggity

Founder of Diggity Marketing


Pros and Cons of Surfer SEO

Before starting the Surfer SEO review, I want to discuss what are the pros and cons of Surfer SEO tool.

Pros of Surfer SEO

  • It can analyze your article for more than 500 ranking factors
  • Surfer analyze the top SERP result and provides the template for your article so that you can write fully SEO optimized article 
  • It works with Google Docs and WordPress Editor.
  • You can find easy to rank long-tail keywords using this tool
  • Content Planner tool can help you to find tons of blog post ideas related to your core keyword.
  • You’ll get 24×7 live chat support
  • Affordable price.

Cons of Surfer SEO

  • You’ll not get NLP feature in Surfer SEO basic plan.
  • The free plan is not available.

What is inside the Surfer SEO tool?

Surfer SEO provides 4 types of tools:

  • SERP Analyzer
  • Content Editor
  • Keyword Research
  • Content Planner

1

SERP Analyzer

SERP Analyzer will help you to analyze all-important parameter of top-ranking articles like word count, keyword density etc and compares your article with top-ranking articles.

2

Content Editor

Content Editor tool helps you to generate a fully SEO optimized template for your article and give practical recommendations so that you can write a fully SEO optimized article.

3

Keyword Research

Keyword Research tool of Surfer SEO can help you to find easy to rank long-tail keywords and LSI keywords. It also shows the SERP similarity which is a unique feature of its keyword research tool.

4

Content Planner

With the help of this tool, you can generate lots of content ideas related to your target keyword. You can enter your niche or seed keyword in Content Planner and it’ll show you tons of blog posts ideas in less than 5 minutes.

Content Planner tool recently added in Surfer SEO and Also they have launched Content Editor 2.0 which provides more accurate data.

With the help of Content Editor 2.0, you can write SEO optimized article in the fastest way. It works with Google Docs and also available as a WordPress plugin.


Surfer SEO Case Study by Matthew Woodward: How Surfer SEO helped him to rank for very competitive Keyword?

A few months back, Matthew Woodward had written a 26,000+ word article on “SEMrush Review” which was not ranking well on Google.

When he audited his article using Surfer SEO SERP Analyzer tool then he noticed that Surfer SEO suggested him to remove 22,000+ words from his article

So, just for testing purpose,  he decided to follow this advice and he deleted 22,000+ words (approx. 85% of his content). 

After doing these changes, his post moved into #1 position for the keyword “SEMrush Review”

So, if any of your articles is not ranking well on Google then I’ll recommend you to audit your site using Surfer SEO SERP Analyzer tool. It’ll help you to rank your article.


Surfer SEO SERP Analyzer Tool Review

With the help of Surfer SEO SERP Analyzer tool, you can check what’s working for your target keyword and compare your article with top-ranking articles to get some practical recommendations which can help you to improve your article ranking.

How to Optimize Existing Content With Surfer SEO SERP Analyzer Tool?

STEP 1: Open SERP Analyzer tool of Surfer SEO. you’ll see a screen like as shown below. 

surfer-seo-serp-analyzer

You can enter the following thing in SERP Analyzer search bar:

  • Keyword: Enter keyword if you want to analyze the top-ranking pages in SERP and compare your article with other top-ranking pages to get some practical recommendations.
  • Domain or Article URL: If you want to analyze the backlinks and keywords of any particular domain or article.

STEP 2: You want to optimize your existing content to improve ranking. Right? 

So, you need to enter the keyword for which you want to rank your article.

surfer seo serp analyzer enter keyword

Apart from this, there are lots of other options like:

  • Device Type: You can also select the device type like mobile or desktop.
  • Quick/Full Analysis: I’ll recommend you to do a quick analysis i.e. disable screenshot option.
  • Location: You can select the location of your choice.
  • NLP: you can enable it if you want advance analysis.

So, enter your target keyword and click on “create a query” button.

NOTE: In the bottom, you have a history log. From here you can access it as many times as you want. 

STEP 3: When you press enter then you’ll see a graph as shown below which will help you to analyze the average word count of top-ranking articles.

surfer seo serp analyzer word count

Word Count is selected by default but you can check lots of other ranking factors which are showing in the left sidebar as shown below.

surfer seo serp analyzer other ranking factors

The other ranking factors which are showing in the left sidebar are:

  • Word Count
  • Number of Paragraphs
  • Page Loading Time
  • Partial keyword density in the body
  • Number of Referring Domains
  • Exact Keywords in the alt tag description 
  • Number of words in the body
  • Structured data
  • Number of Words in Title
  • and many more

STEP 4: Just below the graph section, you’ll get a list of all the sites which are ranking in SERP. as shown in the image below.

surfer seo serp analyzer top ranking pages in SERP

STEP 5:  In the “compare your website with Competitor” section enter the URL of your article and press enter 

surfer seo serp analyzer compare your article

STEP 6: Now, click on the “Audit” button

surfer seo serp analyzer audit

Now, Surfer SEO will compare your article and tell you why your article is not ranking on Google and other search engines.

surfer seo serp analyzer audit report

Now,  optimize your article as per Surfer SEO recommendations and resubmit your article to Google Search Console. 

This simple hack can help you to improve the ranking of your articles.

I hope that now you understood how to use Surfer SEO SERP Analyzer tool to boost the ranking of your existing content.


Surfer SEO Content Editor 2.0 Tool Review

With the help of Surfer SEO Content Editor 2.0, you can generate a full SEO optimized content template for your upcoming articles by analyzing top-ranking articles in SERP for your target keyword.

This content template consist of the following things:

  • It suggests you the word count of your article (i.e. content length).
  • Frequently used words available in top 10 ranking article. (It also suggests you that how many times you should use these words.
  • Number of Paragraphs 
  • The min number of images in your article.
  • FAQ related to your target keyword
  • Terms to Use
  • Number of paragraphs
  • Topics to cover in the article
  • You can share content editor URL with your content writer with special notes so that you can save hours of your work.

NOTE:  Surfer SEO Content Editor is now also available as Google Docs Add-on and as a WordPress plugin.

And the best thing about Content Editor is that you can share the link of your Content Editor with your content writer without giving him the login details of Surfer SEO Account. It means that he can write directly in the Content Editor. 

So, now let me show you how to use Surfer SEO Content Editor 2.0?

How to use Content Editor Tool to Write Fully SEO Optimized Article?

Follow this simple step by step guide. It’ll help you to understand how to use Surfer SEO Content Editor Tool.

STEP 1: Log in to your Surfer SEO account and then click on the Content Editor menu option as shown in the image below.

surfer seo content editor

STEP 2: Now, you’ll see a screen as shown below. Enter your target keyword here.

surfer seo content editor enter your keyword

NOTE: You can also select the additional option like:

  • Device type
  • Search Location
  • NLP (Natural Language Processing)

After entering your target keyword, click on the “create a query” button.

STEP 2: You’ll see this keyword in your history log section as shown below. Just click on it.

surfer seo content editor history log

STEP 3: It’ll open the content editor window where you can write your article and get all the important recommendations like:

  • Target word count (i.e. content length)
  • Number of Headings
  • Paragraphs
  • Number of images
  • Important terms to use
  • Topics
  • Frequently Asked Questions 
  • And many more
surfer seo content editor interface

You can start writing your content in content editor and it’ll help you to optimize your article for Google and other search engines in the real-time.


How to give Content Editor access to your content writer without sharing login details?

Suppose if you have hired a content writer then you’ll be glad to know that you can share the same content editor window with your content writer. 

He can access this editor without any login details. Sounds interesting. Right?

It’s very easy. Open the content editor window and click on the Share button as shown in the image below.

surfer seo content editor share link

You’ll get a unique link. Just copy it and share it with your content writer or copywriter. He can access the same editor without any login details.

Also, you can customize this data driven draft for your content writer by clicking on setting button which is showing in the top right corner.

It’ll look like this as shown in the below screenshot.

surfer seo content editor data driven draft for content writer

And there is one more good news that you can access Content Editor using Google Docs add-on and as a WordPress plugin.


Surfer SEO Keyword Research Tool Review

Surfer SEO also provides keyword research tools. This tool can help you to find easy to rank long-tail keywords related to your target keywords. 

If you are using surfer SEO then you can find long-tail keywords and LSI keywords in just a few clicks.

So, without any further delay let’s see how to use its keyword Research tool for finding profitable keywords.

How to Find Easy to Rank Long Tail Keywords with Keyword Research tool?

STEP 1: Open Surfer SEO and click on the Keyword Research option as shown in the below screenshot.

surfer seo keyword research tool

STEP 2: Enter your target keyword and select the county. Now, click on the “Analyze” button.

Suppose, I want to find long-tail keywords related to “weight gain”. So, I’ll enter weight gain and I’ll press the “Analyze” button.

surfer seo keyword research enter keyword

STEP 3: As you can see in the below screenshot that it’s not only showing me the long tail keywords but also it’s showing me the SERP Similarity and search volume data. 

surfer seo keyword research tool result

In this way, you can use Surfer SEO to find highly profitable long-tail keywords.


Surfer SEO Content Planner Tool Review

This brand new tool of Surfer SEO can help you in preparing your content strategy by creating topic clusters related to your main keyword.

According to me, the Content Planner tool is best for finding tons of blog post ideas related to your target keyword. But still, there is some room for improvement.

How to use SEO Content Planner Tool of Surfer SEO?

If you want to know how to use Content Planner tool then must follow this simple step by step tutorial.

STEP 1: Open Surfer SEO and click on the Content Planner tool from the menu as shown in the below screenshot.

surfer seo content planner review

STEP 2: Enter your seed keyword. For example; You can enter your niche or category here like health, weight loss, blogging, SEO etc.

After entering a keyword, click on the create a query button 

surfer seo content planner overview

STEP 3: Your keyword will show in the history log as shown below. Click on it.

surfer seo content planner history log

STEP 4: It’ll show you all the keywords related to your seed keyword in cluster form so that you can easily find lots of blog posts ideas for your blog.

surfer seo content planner topic ideas

You can click on any of the keyword clusters to get more details like search volume of each keyword and overall volume. 

surfer seo content planner detailed analysis

They are also going to add Keyword Difficulty metric in this report which will make this tool more awesome.


Surfer Google Docs Add-on: How to Install and Use it?

If you love to write your articles on Google Docs like me then you’ll be glad to know that you can use Content Editor of Surfer SEO in Google Docs. 

It’s very easy to use. Let me show you a step by step process. It’ll help you to install and use Surfer SEO in the Google Docs.

STEP 1: Open Google Chrome Browser and install the surfer SEO Chrome extension. 

Click here to check this Chrome Extension

STEP 2: Now, open your Google Docs and create a new document or open an existing document.

STEP 3: Click on the Surfer Chrome Extension icon as shown below. It’ll show you the option to load surfer on Google Docs.

surfer seo google docs chrome extension

STEP 4: Now, enter your main keyword and click on the create query and it’ll cost you 1 content editor credit (same as Surfer SEO official dashboard).

surfer seo google docs chrome extension enter keyword

STEP 5: It’ll show you the same layout as Surfer SEO Content Editor official website. You’ll get all the important data like word count, important words to use, no. of paragraphs, no. of images as shown in the below screenshot.

surfer seo google docs chrome extension editor

In this way, you can use Surfer SEO on Google Docs.


Surfer SEO with WordPress: How to use Surfer SEO on WordPress?

If you love to write your articles directly in the WordPress Editor then you’ll be glad to know that you can use Surfer SEO even with the WordPress editor.

The procedure is the same as Google Docs.

Let me show you how to use it with WordPress.

STEP 1: Open Google Chrome Browser and install the surfer SEO Chrome extension. (Ignore it if you already installed it)

Click here to check this Chrome Extension 

STEP 2: Now, open your article in WordPress editor.

STEP 3: Now, Click on the Surfer Chrome Extension icon as shown below. It’ll show you the option to load Surfer on WordPress.

STEP 4: Now, enter your main keyword and click on the create query and it’ll cost you 1 content editor credit (same as Surfer SEO official dashboard).

STEP 5: It’ll show you the same layout as Surfer SEO Content Editor official website. You’ll get all the important data like word count, important words to use, no. of paragraphs, no. of images as shown in the below screenshot.

surfer seo works with WordPress editor

In this way, you can use Surfer SEO on WordPress.

If you still have any doubt then let me know via comment below. I’ll reply within a few minutes.


Surfer SEO Pricing 2021: Which Plan is perfect for You?

surfer seo pricing monthly

Surfer SEO comes with 3 different plans, you can select any of these plans as per your requirements.

I’m personally using Surfer SEO Pro plan and it has everything that we need to optimize our content.

Surfer SEO Plans:

  1. Basic Plan ($59 per month)
  2. Pro Plan ($99 per month)
  3. Business Plan ($199 per month)

1. Basic Plan

If you write less than 25 articles per month then the basic plan is best for you because this plan comes with 25 Content Editor Credit. 

Also, this plan is very affordable for everyone. It’ll cost you only $59 per month. But the main drawback of this plan is that you’ll not get NLP analysis feature in this plan.

You’ll get the following things in this plan:

  • SERP Analyzer (15 queries per day)
  • Content Editor (25 queries per day)
  • Backlinks and Visibility (25 queries per day)
  • Keyword Research (Unlimited)
  • NLP Analysis (0 queries per day)

2. Pro Plan

If you write more than 25 and less than 100 articles per month then the Pro plan is perfect for you because this plan comes with 100 Content Editor Credit. 

Also, this plan is very affordable for everyone. It’ll cost you only $99 per month. 

You’ll get the following things in this plan:

  • SERP Analyzer (50 queries per day)
  • Content Editor (100 queries per day)
  • Backlinks and Visibility (100 queries per day)
  • Keyword Research (Unlimited)
  • NLP Analysis (50 queries per day)

3. Business Plan

If you write more than 100 articles per month then the Pro plan is perfect for you because this plan comes with 300 Content Editor Credit. 

Also, this plan is very affordable for everyone. It’ll cost you $199 per month. 

You’ll get the following things in this plan:

  • SERP Analyzer (100 queries per day)
  • Content Editor (300 queries per day)
  • Backlinks and Visibility (300 queries per day)
  • Keyword Research (Unlimited)
  • NLP Analysis (150 queries per day)
  • Report White Labeling

Surfer SEO Discount 2021: How to Get Discount on Surfer SEO?

If you are looking for the Surfer SEO discount then you are wasting your time because they don’t provide any discount.

There is only one way to get a discount on Surfer SEO. If you’ll purchase their yearly plan then you’ll get some discount.

surfer seo discount on yearly plan

Surfer SEO Competitors

Let’s compare surfer SEO with its alternatives.

Surfer SEO vs Frase 

Frase is a new on-page SEO tool which has lots of good features. I’m also using Frase SEO tool because it helps in creating the layout of the article by bringing data from the top 10 SERP results.

FeatureSurfer SEOFrase
NLPYesNo
AI chatbotNoYes
Statistics data NoYes
Content EditorYesYes
Google Docs Add-onYesYes
Works with WordPress EditorYesNo
Show Terms to UseYesYes
Pricingfrom $29 per monthfrom $49 per month

NOTE: Frase is a new tool and they are trying their best to improve this tool as much as possible. But if you’ll aks me choose one then I’ll recommend you to use Surfer SEO because Frase still needs some improvements. 

Surfer SEO vs Page Optimizer Pro

FeatureSurfer SEOPage Optimizer Pro
Date Driven Content OptimizationYesYes
No. of On-page Ranking Factors500+29
Good InterfaceYesNo
Keyword Research ToolYesNo
Active Social CommunityYesYes
User FriendlyYesNo
Show Terms to UseYesYes
Pricingfrom $29 per monthfrom $19 per month

What is Surfer SEO?

Surfer SEO is a cloud-based on-page optimization tool which can help you to rank your article in Google 1st page of Google by comparing your articles with the top-ranking articles for more than 500+ ranking factors.

How much does Surfer SEO Cost?

Surfer SEO plan starts from $29 per month which is affordable for everyone.

Can we try surfer SEO for FREE?

Surfer SEO doesn’t provide a free trial. But still, you can try this tool only at $1.

How to Get Discount on Surfer SEO?

You can get discount on Surfer SEO only with their yearly plan.

What is inside the Surfer SEO?

You’ll get 4 amazing tools in Surfer SEO. SERP Analyzer, Content Editor, Keyword Research and Content Planner.

What are the alternatives of Surfer SEO?

Frase SEO, Cora and Page Optimizer Pro are good alternatives of Surfer SEO.


Surfer SEO Review Conclusion

Surfer SEO is a great tool for bloggers and SEO’s who are looking for the data-driven tool which can help them to write fully SEO optimized articles and gives them the ability to tweak their content by comparing their article with top SERP Results for improving the ranking.

It has a great interface and can analyze your article for more than 500 ranking factors. I’ve been using Surfer SEO from last 3-4 months and very happy with the result.

In this Surfer SEO review, I tried to cover everything like:

  • What is Surfer SEO?
  • How to Use Surfer SEO?
  • Surfer SEO Case Study
  • Surfer SEO Features
  • What is Inside the Surfer SEO?
  • Surfer SEO Pricing
  • Surfer SEO Tutorial (Tutorial of all tools)
  • Pros and Cons of Surfer SEO
  • Surfer SEO Alternatives
  • and many more

If you still have any doubt then please let me know via comment below. I’ll reply asap.

I tried my best to explain each tool in detail.

If you found this article helpful then please let me know via comment below. 

And don’t forget to share this article on Social Media.

Thanks in advance ❤

surfer seo review and tutorial

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24 thoughts on “Surfer SEO Review 2021: Features, Pricing and Tutorial”

  1. Hi Sumit,

    This tool seems very promising in delivering good results. Thank you for introducing us to such a great content optimization tool called Surfer SEO. I am going to give it a try for $1.

    Reply
  2. Hey Sumit

    Thanks for this stunning blog. looking forward to making a great article. till now I didn’t use surfer SEO tools after seen this I would like to work with surfer SEO tools.

    Thanking you
    Mary Claire

    Reply
  3. Hi Sumit,
    On-Page optimization is a crucial part of search engine optimization. Tools like Surfer SEO, Frase, Labrika, etc. support us to write an SEO-optimized post. You covered everything in this detailed review.
    Thanks for sharing the information.
    -Nitin Dabas

    Reply
  4. Hey Sumit,

    I am using to write SEO optimized content. After reading this article, I have taken the decision to give this tool a try. Thanks for sharing this amazing insight about Surfer SEO.

    Regards,
    Sayem Ibn Kashem

    Reply
    • Hi Sayem,

      Glad to know that you found this article helpful. I’ll be glad if you’ll purchase Surfer SEO using my affiliate link.

      If you have any doubt reading this tool then please let me know via comment below.

      Regards,
      Sumit Sao

      Reply
  5. Hi Sumit Bro,

    This is really an awesome review of the Surfer SEO tool. Honestly, I am not using this tool. But After reading this review, I will definitely use this tool. I hope it will give me good & awesome results.

    Thanks for this awesome peace of content on your blog!

    Thanks & Regards,
    Pravakar Singh

    Reply
    • Hi Pravakar,

      Glad to know that you found this Surfer SEO Tutorial and review article helpful.

      If you have any doubt regarding this tool then please let me know via comment below.

      Regards,
      Sumit Sao

      Reply
  6. Hey Sumit Bro,

    I wondered about your article, How detailed information you gave in your articles like this. I can say that if anyone wants to see well SEO optimized article then they should definitely look at your article.

    About FRASE and SURFER, I have not any experience but after your detailed review, I’m thinking to purchase.

    Thank You

    Reply
    • Hi Ajay,

      Glad to know that you found this Surfer SEO tutorial article helpful.

      I always use Frase for preparing my article layout and Surfer SEO for optimizing my articles.

      Thanks for your valuable comment.

      Regards,
      Sumit Sao

      Reply
  7. Hi Sumit Bro!
    This is a very well mannered and very detailed post on “Surfer SEO” which covers all doubts and queries regarding this.
    I’ve some confusion regarding this tool but after reading this 3,500+ detailed post I can, say that I’ve cleared all my doubts.
    Thanks for letting us know about this amazing tool.
    Regards,
    Suryakant

    Reply
    • Hi Suryakant,

      Thanks for your valuable comment. Glad to know that you found this article helpful.

      If you still have any doubt regarding this tool then please let me know via comment below.

      Regards,
      Sumit Sao

      Reply
  8. Hey Sumit,

    Awesome article which is in depth and step by step tutorial. I have used trial and it was amazing. However it price is expensive for beginner.

    However, I am using Frase SEO which is little bit similar and giving great results. I hope Frase will also add some features like google doc add-on as Surfer in future.

    I honestly say that Frase is best tool for beginners to optimise blog post by comparing top ranking article.

    Archana
    Regards

    Reply
    • Hi Archana,

      Frase and Surfer SEO both are a good tool. I use Frase for preparing my article layout and Surfer SEO for Optimizing my article.

      Surfer SEO Starting Price is $29/mo and starting price of Frase is $49/mo

      Surfer SEO is affordable and has more functionalities as compared to Frase.

      I hope that Frase will add more features like Google Docs add-on in future.

      Thanks for Your Valuable feedback.

      Regards,
      Sumit Sao

      Reply

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