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What Can I Do With A Free Account From SEMrush?

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What Can I Do With A Free Account From SEMrush?

Many new users to SEMrush ask this question and are not really sure what you can do with the SEMrush software. Obviously, many new users will start out on the free level before deciding to purchase a subscription. 

To start your free level subscription, enter a query in the SEMrush search bar and you will automatically be prompted to register for your free account.

With a free account, you can still use SEMrush, but you will be limited in your ability to pull data and use our tools.

So what can you do with a free account?

Domain and Keyword Analytics

10 Searches Per Day

You can perform 10 searches a day in our Domain Analytics and Keyword Analytics databases. This means you are only able to use the SEMrush search bar to pull a report 10 times before your daily limit is reached.

If you enter a domain into the search bar that would be considered one search. If you then click on any of the links to further reports within the Domain Overview report, this would also count as a search - bringing your total to 2 searches.

If your just testing out the software it may make sense that you only need to perform 10 searches a day. However, it is important to note that the next level paid subscriptions to allow for even more searches. 

  • Pro users have access to 3,000 searches

  • Guru users have access to 5,000 searches

  • Business users have access to 10,000 searches

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10 Results Per Search

Just like your daily search limit, your reports will be limited to only 10 results per search. For example, if you go into the Organic Positions report and query searchengineland.com, you would only be able to examine the first 10 keywords listed in that domain’s Organic Positions Report.

This 10 results per search limit will be the same in all other analytics reports as well. This includes Backlinks reports, Advertising Research reports and Keyword reports. In contrast, the paid subscriptions allow for even more results per search. 

  • Pro offers 10,000 results

  • Guru offers 30,000 results

  • Business offers 50,000 results

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Projects

As a free user, you can create and manage one Project. For those unfamiliar with our Projects section, each Project basically serves as a dashboard that will display a preview of each tools main metrics. Each project includes 12 individual tools.

If you want additional projects our Pro level package includes 5 Projects, with our Guru package including 50 Projects and our Business level package with unlimited projects.

However, if you decide to stay as a free user, even after setting up your project you will be limited in what you can do.

Pages to Crawl

Site Audit will provide you with an overall health score of your website as well as a list of issues found with the given website. As a free user, your Site Audit is limited to only 100 crawled pages. This includes crawls of given a domain, subdomain or subfolder. 

This may suffice for certain websites, however, most websites have over 100 pages so it may be something to consider when thinking about what level account works best for you.

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If you realize the free level account isn’t going to be enough you can look towards our paid accounts.

  • Pro level package allows you to crawl up to 100,000 pages per month

  • Guru allows for 300,000 pages per month

  • Business level package for 1 million pages per month.

Keywords to Track

The 10 keywords that are available for free users to track refers to our Position Tracking tool. This tool allows you to enter a domain, a list of competitors, a list of keywords to track and set a location and device type. Then, we will track the daily rankings of your domain and competitors on the results pages for this target keyword list.

This is a powerful tool that can provide you with localized ranking data on a frequent basis. Depending on your client size and the campaign, 10 keywords may not be enough for you to track.

Upgrading your account will give you the ability to track more keywords.

  • Pro level gives you 500 keywords

  • Guru level gives you 1,500

  • Business level gives you 5,000

 If you ever need more keywords than what your plan provides, you can reach out to your account executive to add additional keywords to your account.

It is important to note that If you have multiple projects set up, these keywords are split amongst them, and not limited to each project.

SEO Ideas units

SEO Idea units are shared between three different tools: SEO Content Template, SEO Writing Assistant and On Page SEO Checker

For On Page SEO Checker, you are given a total of 10 SEO Idea units.

SEO Content Template and SEO Writing Assistant both give free users 1 template to create SEO content.

So if you create an SEO Writing Assistant template, the number of SEO Ideas units you have for your On Page SEO Checker will now be 9.

Keep in mind that these templates are for one keyword and therefore one keyword equals one unit.

To generate more than one template (or generate a template for more than one keyword), you will need to subscribe to a paid account. 

To get more monthly units you will need to upgrade to a paid account.

  • Pro users get 500 SEO idea units

  • Guru users get 800 units

  • Business users get 2,000 units

Keyword Magic Tool Lists

As a free user, you can create 1 list in the Keyword Magic Tool. Lists are how you save your keyword research history in SEMrush. Your queries made in the Keyword Magic Tool are saved in Lists so you can quickly go back and reference them. 

In order to create more than one list, you will need to subscribe to a paid account. Each query in this tool counts towards your daily limit of 10 queries in Domain and Keyword Analytics. All paid accounts are able to create 50 lists.

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Topic Research Queries

Free users are limited to just 2 search queries in Topic Research. Entering a search query will generate you a list of potential subtopics based around your search. This is great for content marketers looking for a headstart in their brainstorming process. 

Upgrading to a paid account will give you unlimited queries.

PDF Reports

My Reports makes it easy to build out PDFs from scratch. This way you’ll be able to clearly communicate the results of a website audit, competitive analysis or show any other progress for a marketing campaign. With a free account, you are able to schedule 1 PDF report within the My Reports section.

  • Pro users have 5 scheduled reports

  • Guru users have 20 scheduled reports

  • Business users have 50 scheduled reports

Now that you understand exactly what goes into your free level account, you may now have a little more insight into exactly what your account can do for you. You may decide that a free level account will work for you, which is more than okay!

However, if you do not think the free level will work and you are interested in other options we offer, you may want to look at our Prices page for more information. 

If you are interested in using SEMrush in the long term or are looking for a custom package, please feel free to contact our sales team so that we can set your account up at a discounted rate along with all of the specifications you need!

Connor Kline
SEMrush

SEMrush employee.

I write on the SEMrush Knowledge Base as well as the Blog in order to help users better understand how SEMrush tools can help them with their digital marketing needs.
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Hello to good semrush team. I live in Iran and unfortunately due to government problems and sanctions we are not able to buy your account. I am a seo expert. I also want to make progress, but what about my sin and the people we are plagued by? Is there a way you can help me? Politicians never sympathize with me and you, we have to think. Needs are not just medicine and food, technology and its use are my right, but what can I not benefit ... I hope one day in a free world we all live with equal rights. Thanks for helping me
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I want to increase my trust score. What should I do?
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It does seem this might not be working ast the moment, I am getting no searches before I'm told my 10 searches are used up. Just as I might be able to persuade manager to payfor a semrush account I now can't demonstrate the usefulness...
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I did ONE search and then got locked out, and started getting the prompt to get the 7 day trial. I was careful not to click on anything once the search results came up so as not to use up my remaining 9 searches. It's really hard to test things out to see if I want to buy if I can't actually use the software :(
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I'm on the same boat.
I tried it again today, added the URL but I still can't understand why on each page, on the searching tools, keeps asking me for a domain. I put my domain, that's the one I was to analyze 🙄
Can you check it out?
Also, are you guys working on a package for startups? I barely make a few times more of the price you ask for a month. I would be happy to pay let's say 15$ a month with limited features.
Hamza Ali
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This is such thoughtful content marketing. I've gained an overview of what I can test and you've managed to, very visually, upselled me all the SEMrush packages.

Nicely done.
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Nice explaination for useless free account. You should write in title "What Can I Do With A Useless Free Account From SEMrush?"
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Does the daily limit reset at the same time each day (eg. midnight)? or does it reset 24 hours after your 10th search?
John Rampton
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I appreciate these articles that help me get the most out of this channel.
Kristen Vaughn
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I was literally just asking this question yesterday! Very helpful post. Thank you for sharing Connor.
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How about the SEO recommendations? I'm trying SEMrush as an add-on on Google Doc to help me with writing. After I tried one article with SEO recommendation, I can't do it with another article. Is the free account limited to ONE SEO RECOMMENDATION only? Thanks!
Connor Kline
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Julia
Yes, that's correct Julia, you are only able to create one content template at the free level for our SEO Writing Assistant. To generate more than one template, or generate a template for more than one keyword, you'll have to subscribe to a paid account.

Hope this helps!
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This is genuinely bullshit, I haven't been able to perform a single search without a popup showing up asking me for payment which means that I cant see any information. 10 free searches? Well, not for me for some reason.
Connor Kline
SEMrush

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Kim Aviv
Hey Kim, I think what you're experiencing is the registration popup. This form does not require any payment. Once filled out you will have access to the SEMrush free account, no payment needed.

Hope this helps!
Pano Kontogiannis
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Semrush is a great tool who gives a lot of information for analysis.
Paul Lovell
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I have been using semrush for a long time and started off with the free version for some time, I feel the pain of the limits but once you start using this set of tools more regularly you can feel the value in the pricing like i did. now it is a tool i use daily for my clients and onboarding new clients and i still have not unleashed the full value of it yet . great tool thanks Semrush team
Muhammad Junaid
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Hey Conor,
I am using SEMRush since last few months for [link removed by moderator] as a free subscription, but here I like to add that as free subscriber SEMRush need to provide more features in details like show back-link report up-to 500 + or more, this will help users to get more confidence on SEMRush and also subscriber will increase.
Moss Clement
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Hi Connor,

That's a great insight to what users will get by using the SEMrush's freemium plan. 10 searches per day is fare enough and I believe with that volume, one can make better decisions to the keywords he wants to use in his content. However, depending on the search terms.
Nevertheless, in the "Domain and keyword Analytics section, sub, 10 searches per day," I believe you meant "Guru users have access to 5,000 searches and NOT 500 searches."
Would you mind correct that?

Thanks for sharing!
Connor Kline
SEMrush

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Moss Clement
Hey Moss, Thank you so much for the feedback. That is correct, Guru users have access to 5,000 searches. I corrected the article accordingly. Thanks again for pointing that out!
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Due to noob in blogosphere and due to lack of money and knowing about this service most of the people uses free version like me.
Nick Samuel
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I have to say I think the free access SEM Rush gives users is a great idea - especially compared to some of the other tools out there (no names) :-P

It's basically a better way of demo'ing the product, and the fact you can get a few titbits of info for free is amazing e.g rank checks or search volumes. I wish other tools would follow suit...
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Can it show all the data about [link removed by moderator] , I mean if any penalty will be on my website can I know about that as well?.
Sree Murthy
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Hope not.
Ashif (Ace) Rashid
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Thank you for this simple but detailed article explaining what's available for free and the various nuances of the tool in the freemium plan. I have been on a Guru plan for a few years now and it is one of the valuable tools we use for position tracking, competitor analysis, ongoing audits and reporting.
Ritesh Sharma
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No doubt, SEMRush is best tool get help in complete website analysis. Currently I am using and really getting much helpful response from tat end like. daily update about my keyword rank status and about competitor too.
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How long one can use SEMrush free account? Is it available for lifetime free?
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No limit on free account.
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The free option does not work anymore for me either. I get the "You've reached your free 10 requests/day limit." after 1 report. Sometimes before I even start.
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Roberto Ruggeri
Greetings, Roberto!
Be kindly advised that there are 10 requests per day available on the free level plan. However, if you have a domain set up on the dashboard, every time you refresh the page will be considered as a new request. Our team has double-checked your account and we would like to confirm that the presence of domain on the dashboard is the reason behind your problem.
Feel free to contact us at mail@semrush.com if any other questions arise. We will be happy to help!
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Customer Success Team
I have to agree with roberto that the limit is reached extremely quickly, making it 20 requests would make the tool much more viable. I understand that it's not your intention to have a big amount of free users, but the tool is barely useable now.
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Not true. I did one search, never refreshed the page and never clicked any links, and I still got locked out after just one search.
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how can i use it?
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Is this free option still available? Where do I sign up? I also agree with the comments below. A limited option at a low price point will be highly valuable to many! Thank you!
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Heather Oynes
Free option no longer seems to work for me.
I get the "You've reached your free 10 requests/day limit." before I even start.
The 2 per day limit for non subscribers doesn't work any more either.
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Hi Mike, I was wondering if SEMRush offers a package similar to the one mentioned by Robin Clark below? I'm currently a student and working on a project for a small startup while I finish my course. The $99 offers a lot more than I need at this time and as mentioned, it's a bit of a stretch for this type of work. Hoping there may be an alternative for students, hobbyists, and startups. :)
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Can it show all the data about [link removed by moderator] , I mean if any penalty will be on my website can I know about that as well?.
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Hi Mike, This has been said before elsewhere but I wish semrush offered a basic package for start up diy Seo or hobbyist. Limits could be still low, e.g. 1 domain, 50 keywords etc. $99 is a a stretch for a start up to pay for pro package functionality that will never be needed. There is a niche in the market for this at around the $25 price point, and remember that start ups can grow and require more expensive packages later. The alternative for us is that we use your free package but with annoying workarounds to get by, but you also get $0 revenue.
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Robin Clark
Hi Robin! Thank you for your feedback! I will be sure to send this information to the team. Thanks again!
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When are limits reset? On the 1st or every 30 days from when they were first used up?
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why i can't setting possision trancking for my web www.intanonline.com, on setting keyword allways error
Mike Isaac
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Akuisme intan
Hey @akuismeintan:disqus, thanks for reaching out! In order to help you further with this issue we will need to get a little bit more information. Could you please send an email to mail@semrush.com with the email address associated with your account? This way we can take a closer look.

Thanks Akuisme!
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Mike Isaac
Kind of weird how only one of the questions above was answered.

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