As mentioned, there are 3 different editions with SEO PowerSuite Link Assistant, the FREE, Professional and Enterprise Edition where the FREE can be downloaded instantly and for the others you only need to purchase a subscription.
All these editions have their benefits where obviously, the FREE edition is indeed completely FREE but has its drawbacks where the Enterprise version might have features that you do not need.
The FREE Edition will show a maximum of 1100 sites after a single query where the Professional and Enterprise Edition do not have a maximum number of sites however the query stops after 5000 sites. When you add keywords in another query, sites will be added with again a maximum of 5000 sites per query, this can continue "forever", only your hardware is the limitation.
The FREE Edition does not allow to save any projects but the Professional and Enterprise Edition gives you the option save unlimited projects to your own storage or Dropbox. In case you want to use SEO PowerCloud than there are limitations.
The FREE Edition does not have access to the SEO PowerSuite Cloud, incase you want access you need the Professional Edition to store a maximum of 5 projects or the Enterprise Edition to store 10 projects in the SEO PowerSuite Cloud.
Only the Enterprise Edition allows you to create HTML reports.
Only the Enterprise Edition allows you to publish reports to the web.
Only the Enterprise Edition allows you to email reports to clients or colleagues.
The Enterprise Edition allows you to save reports, it will be saved in an organised folder structure that includes the name of the customer, website and the date the report was created.
Only the Enterprise Edition allows you to create a publishing profile that automatically starts a number of actions once a report is created.
Only the Enterprise Edition allows you to export backlink data to different formats like HTML, XML, TXT or SQL.
It is only with the Enterprise Edition where you can use templates to export data gives the option to export in different formats.
The FREE Edition does not allow you to print however the Professional Edition allows you to print with a SEO PowerSuite watermark and the Enterprise Edition is white-lable where you can print without a watermark and also you can include your own logo and branding.
FREE: No automation of task possible.
Professional/Enterprise: A task scheduler is built in and therefore you can run certain task at the time that you want.
Only the Professional and Enterprise Edition allow you to copy/paste link building data to the clipboard and make that data available to other tools for further analysis.
It is possible to create customised reports per project or per customer.
The software already has 2 templates available for use, that are the Link Building Report showing your link building efforts and the Link Partner Management Report that summarises the data of the link partner.
As of May 2019, there are 597 search engines supported both international as regional, for you to choose.
There are 6 different mechanisms available to search for relevant high-quality sites.
For both your domain as your webpage you can easily check the Google PageRank or find out how popular your website is counting the number of incoming and outgoing links in Alexa next to the domain rank in Alexa, check listing in DMOZ or Yahoo.
The FREE Edition estimates a maximum number of 1000 of prospects on Alex Rank, Age, IP and Country, Link Popularity and much more.
The Professional and Enterprise Edition estimate the quality of an unlimited number of prospects on a wide variety of factors which are Alexa rank, age, IP and country, link popularity and much more.
You can manage simple and complex link partnerships like 2-way, 3- and 4-way links and other schemes that you can think of.
You can promote multiple pages that belong to a single project giving the advantage that a campaign containing multiple pages is more search engine friendly.
It is possible to have multiple anchor text and descriptions of your backlinks making your campaign to build link much more efficient.
An email client is built in and can be easily used to send receive and manage emails to and from prospects.
There are several email templates available that you can update next to that it is possible to create your own personalised email templates.
Filling link exchange forms with LinkAssistant is very straightforward after previewing these forms in the built-in browser and the auto-complete functionality, it simply can save you tons of work.
You can build a link directory and upload it directly to your website fitting in with the design of your website.
You can build a link exchange directory with a plain list or tree-like shape that contains categories and subcategories.
You can customise your link directory to fit in with your website design including the number of links per page, PageRank, category and subcategory.
Once a link has been added it is easy to verify and re-verify that link and check if it exists, if the link is a so-called “nofollow” link, or that the link is placed inside a frame. It is good to run a monthly verification check through the scheduler.
The searches are 100% safe and search-engine friendly, that includes the usage and support of search engine API keys.
The searches make use of an advanced Human Emulation technique that tells Google a human is searching.
The workspaces are fully customisable in such that you can enable or disable columns to show or hide data elements to your own interest.
No matter how many records you have gathered a quick search functionality is available to filter through the results in an efficient and fast manner.
It is certainly possible to make use of a proxy when you are behind a firewall, as a matter of fact proxy rotation is fully supported making it able to send thousands of search queries to the search engines.
There is no limitation to the number of keywords that you want to search for.
There is no limitation to the number of keywords that you want to search for.
The FREE Edition has a limit of 50 links were the Professional and Enterprise version have an unlimited number of links that can be managed per project.
Only the Professional and Enterprise Edition allows you to keep the history of the backlinks.
The Professional and Enterprise Edition allow you to save the history of the project locally, Dropbox or the SEO PowerSuite Cloud.
FREE Edition: 1 competitor can be tracked
Professional Edition: 5 competitors can be tracked
Enterprise Edition: 10 competitors can be tracked
Only the Enterprise Edition allows you to create white label report having your own branding.
You need the Enterprise Edition for automatic report delivery using the scheduling feature.
The FREE Edition allows you to compare 2 backlink profiles where the Professional and Enterprise Edition allow you to comapre 5 backlink profiles.
SEO PowerSuite support team is available 24/7 via live chat or email answering your questions pretty quickly.
Today, June 2019, the following languages are available for the interface and the reports; English, German, Spanish, Russian, French, Dutch, Polish and Slovak.
Overtime the User Interface has changed and more and more search engines and functionality have been added. No doubt, that in a few years or probably even months features have been added which is a natural for software.
The development never stops but after seeing the current features as of June 2019 it would be a good thing to go in some more detail with some screenshots.
Finding prospects is really the important step, obviously, you can try to search them manually but a link builder tool is not only faster, it gives really so many prospects which you have to filter.
As you can see the Search Method that you chose focuses already on certain prospects like sites that are open for Guest Posting or Directories.
This also means that you can run search queries for local backlinks by selecting local search engines. The majority will be search engines from Google however there are plenty of other search engines that you will find in the list.
Sending emails is very easy when you make use of the inbuild client. You will need to configure it with the IMAP/POP3 and SMTP service although you might only be interested in the SMTP service and use an external email client to deal with all the emails.
Sending emails through 3rd party providers is possible however you must be aware that when you use these 3rd party providers and start importing emails, they will ask if the email addresses have been verified and unfortunately that is not the case.
As you can see the email client has an inbox and you also can make use of the created templates although I would recommend to clone a template and update the new template to your satisfaction.
You will see that there will be many records without an email address or an email address like email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org next to many other variation where “abuse” is used. It is clear that emails send to these email addresses do go nowhere.
A browser has been built in which sometimes you might choose over the external browser and this all depends on what you are building.
As you can see it is straightforward to open a website, not only by typing the URL but you also can use additional mouse functions like “right-mouse-click” and then open in external or inbuild browser.
You can quickly see how “powerful” your domain is and the option to add some information like PA/DA metrics from Moz, you will need to request a FREE API.
Searching for prospects gives you the opportunity to update the MOZ DA/PA stat that so many people in the SEO world use. Moz does have the option for a FREE API but FREE is really limited and for me doing SEO for clients it is important however when you do SEO for your own site and not for clients then drop DA/PA and use the ranking method that SEO PowerSuite holds, that is really good enough to find good powerful sites that helps you ranking in the search engines.
The reporting part might be less interesting for you if you just want to do your own website or for a few clients and then just use Snippet or Snip & Sketch to copy the detail into your own branded report that you can send to your client.
In the end all the information is there and you can add information or create your own templates that you then can save as a PDF and send to clients.
I am convinced that you would like Link Assistant just as I do and enjoy the backlink process part of search engine optimisation.
It does not matter of you use the software for clients, the main thing is that it works, it is affordable and does not need too much explanation although there are always more complex scenarios to think off and for that it would be good to talk to a freelancer SEO expert having the skills to get backlinks.