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Top 10 Content Search Tools That Are Perfect Alternative to BuzzSumo [2020 Update]

If you’re running out ideas about how to brainstorm blog topics, where to find blog content etc. then here are top 10 content search tools alternative to buzzsumo only for you with free access.


It takes courage to create good content. No doubt there is a lot of hard work and research involved too. You need to push hard to search for trendy topics and understand what your target audience wishes to read. Every day thousands of content are published on the internet.

So it is very hard to search for the most influential content or blog manually. In this case, we would need a kind of software or platform that can help you meet your content needs. This is where BuzzSumo can come in handy.

It is an ingenious tool that helps you to discover new content and find trending topics. Another amazing thing about BuzzSumo is the fact that it employs real-world data to get you insights about popular content in any niche.

With the help of BuzzSumo, you can easily search for the right influencers to partner with. On top of this, you also can avail features like content alerts, competitor analysis, advanced filtering and data export.

As we know BuzzSumo is one of a kind but it is not free. You can’t run beyond 15 days without paying. But, do not worry as in the forthcoming sections of this write-up, we have provided a list of content search tools that are a perfect alternative to BuzzSumo. And the added bonus is, these tools are absolutely free.

Without much ado, let’s get started with the BuzzSumo alternative list.

1. ShareIt by SocialPilot

What if we tell you that you can get great content free of cost, would you believe it? Well, here’s a BuzzSumo alternative and influencer discovery tool – ShareIt. 

Irrespective of whether you are a blogger or a part of a digital marketing team, ShareIt will assist you in effortlessly getting curated lists of great content. It’s a worthy alternative to Buzzsumo in the sense that it fulfills your content needs by keeping you updated with fresh content.

The only thing you need to do is type a keyword. ShareIt will then scrutinize a relevant list of keywords, sites and social handles. Select one and get a curated list of content pieces across all formats – blogs, videos, etc.

ShareIt helps you:
Brainstorming: It helps you brainstorm blog ideas and discover trending content to share from your social accounts.
Influencer Discovery: If you want to find relevant influencers and popular sites, just type in a keyword and ShareIt provides you with the all the information you need.

The popularity of content: Find if a piece of content is trending - view a list of influencers who’ve shared that content

2. SocialAnimal

Social Animal is a state-of-the-art content research product. Utilising natural language processing and machine learning techniques, Social Animal peers into what makes good content tick. It doesn't stop there, though. Social Animal's core use cases are:


Content Research - See article keywords, compare top performing articles, analyze article titles, and get article shares across networks

Content Insights - Optimal title length to use, optimal content length, optimal day to publish, and 6-month content performance history

Influencer Research- Find real influencers, twitter users and authors, see articles shared by influencer

Be Inspired (InspireMe)- See secondary keywords used in articles for any given keyword, see real-world topics that connect to any keyword, uncover unforeseen connections/topics, and get almost unlimited ideas for a given keyword

Daily Digest Email for your chosen keywords with - Top trending content, competitor mentions, and potential Influencers

3. Ahrefs Content Explorer

Ahrefs is like a content processing machine on steroids. The number of pages it discovers can reach up to 5 million a day! This is currently the largest content index to rely on. While BuzzSumo limits users to the most shared and linked-to posts only, Ahrefs also reveals the most visited pages. And it also detects much more backlinks with its speedy crawler that can handle 4.1 million pages a minute and dig into JavaScript besides HTML.

Here’s a breakdown of Ahrefs functionality.

Filters and Advanced Searches - Be specific in content research to find your goldmine fast. Filter posts by social shares, traffic, referring domains, timeframe, word count, authors, and many other criteria.

Content Drilldown - When it comes to the analysis of an individual post, Buzzsumo is limited to backlinks and referring domains. Ahrefs also shows organic keywords with all the essential SEO metrics and traffic estimation.

Link Opportunities - Find out which domains never linked to you, but mentioned your business or its key points.

Competitor Research - Sooner or later you’ll get stuck in the “creative” block. And surprisingly it is your competition that will help you out. Ahrefs can unveil what content their audience gets hooked on.
Automatic Alerts - Whenever someone mentions your brand, competitors, or any keyword of your interest, you’ll be the first to know via email alerts.

4. ContentStudio 

ContentStudio is a powerful content discovery, curation, and social media management platform. Each discovered article contains a history of social engagement data to confidently predict virality before it goes viral. You can setup auto-updating custom topics with the keywords and domains of your choice to filter the noise and only see what you want to see.


It has the following modules:

Discovery: Find content through search or topic feeds with powerful filters.

Planner: See your content strategy from a single place using calendar view or list view.

Composer: Compose SEO-optimized blog posts or engaging social media posts with relevant content suggestions.

Scheduler/Publisher: A Powerful way to share your post with hashtag suggestions, post recycling, post previews, and author mentions.

Automation: Automate content posting to your blog or social media channels with your own rules.

Analytics: See detailed stats of any website, social page or your own published posts.

5. Alltop

alltop - an alternative to buzzsumo

Alltop is nothing but it keeps all the top headlines from popular topics around the web. Here your search criteria will be changed because they have already categorised your interest of domain. For e.g. if you want to search topic/blog related to “web design” then you can directly go to and check listed headline.

Alltop is quality sites and they verify each blog before listing so there would be less chance for bad content ideas.  It is again free to use.

twitter - an alternative to buzzsumo

Twitter is one of the best tools available. I personally recommend you to use Twitter to find/brainstorm topic ideas, trending articles etc. Anyone can find popular people, hashtags and photos for any topic you can imagine. Twitter also has advance Search feature that allows us to find the latest news and world events faster.

7. Blekko

“Blekko is a company that provides a web search engine with the stated goal of providing better search results than those offered by Google Search, with results gathered from a set of 3 billion trusted web pages and excluding such sites as content farms”

blekko - an alternative to buzzsumo

Blekko is the awesome platform to search/brainstorm trending article on any domain. E.g. if you want to search trending topic for “web design” then you can just need to fill web design in search and they fetch the best available result. It is again free to use.

8. Pinterest

pinterest - an alternative to buzzsumo

Pinterest is a visual discovery tool that you can use to find ideas for all your projects and interests. It shows images, infographics, typography, storytelling etc. You can search your keen topic in search option and they will show you all best trending blogs/content for you. If you like any o content than we can repin it so it would be saved in your Pinterest board. You can check later on whenever you require.

9. Social Mention

social mention - an alternative to buzzsumo

Social Mention is a social media search engine that not only searches user-generated content blogs,  but also it search comments, bookmarks, events, news, videos, and much more... To search blog content, you need to select blog option and then enter your keyword or search term. They will search best available article, latest article from the internet for you.

If you come across any new, please let me know via comment.

Right Relevance


Right Relevance is one of the best alternatives to BuzzSumo when it comes to searching for relevant content. For example, if you are interested in the latest web design trends. When you search for these keywords “latest web design trends”, you will get a lot of articles on the subject. Here, the default option showcases results by time. However, it is even possible for you to sort them by relevance. 

You can effortlessly filter the results by location, time (today, this week or this month), the topic score, or the kind of content (videos only). In addition to this, you can check out the list of related topics on the right.

Furthermore, it even allows you to search for influencers in your field. Here, you can get information like the articles they’ve shared and their top followers. This tool allows you to save articles to your account or share them directly to Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.

Wrap Up

Marketers need to leverage the benefits of content search tools to optimize their online presence and increase their engagement level

We understand that BuzzSumo is a hot-favorite amongst writers and marketers. But, it is quite costly. And so with the help of these BuzzSumo alternatives mentioned in this write-up, you can create a strong content marketing strategy to get the best results for your business. 

Please comment and let us know if you use any of the content search tools listed here? Also, do not forget to share your valuable inputs about any other free content search tools that come to your mind.



  1. steve rayson

    February 17, 2015at1:53 am

    Hi, nice article. I just wanted to clarify that there is a free version of BuzzSumo which gives you unlimited searches and the top 20 results for the most shared content for topic searches. Exports, alerts, reports etc., are in the Pro plan but you can use BuzzSumo searches as much as you want for free. Also we would love any ideas and feedback on how we can improve. Best. Steve

    • Sawaram Suthar

      February 17, 2015at11:02 am

      Glad to see you Steve! Indeed, Buzzsumo is great tool for content search but we can’t see more than 9 result in free version. Can you provide us link of free version if anything there. If you can do, it would be definitely helpful for us.

      Thank you again for heading up on article.

  2. steve rayson

    February 18, 2015at10:38 pm

    Hi, thanks. Sorry the free version provides the top ten results for topic searches, not 20 but you can do unlimited searches for content and influencers. There is also a 14 day free trial which gives you full access to all results, no credit card required. Thanks again for the post.

    • Sawaram Suthar

      February 19, 2015at12:39 am

      Hi Steve, thank you again for heading up!
      I didn’t see any option regarding unlimited searches for content and influencers. We would be happy if you can tell us how to search unlimited content and influencers without paid.

  3. Ofir

    February 24, 2015at10:42 pm

    Sawaram – thank for the mention!

    The tool is still young but as you mentioned we found that people have some idea of where there communities are and which blogs they want to track.. so adding new speicific site is an option. We starting from social to find an artcile but we start frmo the publisher > article > to find ideas based on the trending topics in each of the sites we track. That helps us and our customers to find great ideas for new articles.

    Basically people who wants ot learn more canb go into this article and see how our ideation works –

    and as you mentioned it is Free and we have no plans to change that 😉

    Another tool I’d recommend is a chrome extenstion that helps people who use google docs for writing their blogs to export them easily to wordpres including all formats and pictures.
    THANKS for the mention!

    • Sawaram Suthar

      February 24, 2015at11:19 pm

      Well said Ofir! Thank you for noticing an article.

  4. Leonel

    February 26, 2015at2:38 pm

    I’m still learning from you, as I’m improving myself. I certainly enjoy reading all that is posted on your site.Keep the tips coming. I liked it!

  5. Gaurav

    June 2, 2015at11:16 pm

    Hey Sawaram,
    All the tools are very useful. You should also check, where we are mining ~200M twitter users & extracting ~3M experts to build an Influencer graph, partitioning it into ~40K deep interest areas & scoring/ranking the experts. Its a useful platform for Information search & discovery. You can discover Influencer, content & conversation in deep interest areas! Feedback Appreciated.

    • Sawaram Suthar

      June 2, 2015at11:32 pm

      Yes Gaurav, I have checked tool, it is quite good and it would b definitely helpful for marketer.

  6. Shikhar

    June 10, 2015at2:30 pm

    Thanks for this article.
    Now I get more different artilces.
    With these sites.

  7. David

    June 19, 2015at10:18 am

    Unfortunately Blekko is gone. It was aquired by IBM in March.

    • Sawaram Suthar

      June 19, 2015at12:07 pm

      Yes David that’s true! But I have posted article in Feb,2015. Blekko joined IBM Watson group.

  8. Blogiv

    July 12, 2015at1:05 am

    I am on demand is really nice.. I love simple UI.

    Nice share sawaram, thank you 🙂

  9. Kshitij

    July 15, 2015at12:15 pm

    Thanks Sawaram. Found an alternative to buzzsumo as free version was giving only limited searches.

    If you could write about link building and tools. It would be nice.

    • Sawaram Suthar

      July 17, 2015at2:19 am

      Yes Kshitij, I am already writing on link building strategies. Keep in touch and do check blog. You can subscribe to know latest news and information. Thank you

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  11. Rob

    August 23, 2015at8:44 pm

    A nice selection tools/services you have listed here.

    Another tool you might find interesting is Womplify which is an automation platform for marketing.

  12. Wojtek

    August 29, 2015at2:06 am

    Hi Sawaram, You have listed some cool tools here. Out of above mentioned I like Topsy. However, my favorite that is an alternative to Buzzsumo recently is Impactana. It’s quite a new tool but still the alpha version provides some impressive features

    • Sawaram Suthar

      August 29, 2015at2:26 am

      Thanks Wojtek for heading up. Yes, Tipsy is also my favorite one. Will have look once it out.

  13. Mike E

    January 18, 2016at3:32 am

    Unfortunately Topsy is long gone to Apple. It’s a shame that it virtually vanished overnight. We found it quite useful.

    • Sawaram Suthar

      January 18, 2016at1:47 pm

      Yes Mike, you’re right! We will replacing it soon.

  14. Efrat

    March 4, 2016at7:10 pm

    Sawaram – nice list.. I am another sad topsy user. Ideation is very useful.. allthough they called – I like their presentation.

  15. Salina

    April 4, 2016at5:17 pm

    How do you access the free version of BuzzSumo? I can see people are saying there is a free version, although it’s restricting, but when I go to BuzzSumo website I can’t actually find any free version, only free trial. I’d love some help. Thank you.

    • Sawaram Suthar

      April 8, 2016at1:28 am

      Hi Salina,

      There is no free access of BuzzSumo that is why I have mentioned their alternatives 🙂

  16. Victor Winners

    May 19, 2016at6:03 pm

    Thanks Sawaram! I found Epicbeat and Social mention really helpful. BuzzSumo’s free version has been really restricted though. By the way made a lot of sense too.
    If these free tools are here, i don’t see why bloggers should worry a whole lot about the restrictions with BuzzSumo.

  17. Victor Winners

    May 19, 2016at6:17 pm

    Thanks Sawaram. I found EpicBeats and social mentions really helpful. makes a lot of sense too. If these free tools are available, then i can assure you bloggers won’t have a lot to worry about BuzzSumo.
    Thanks for sharing this.

    • Sawaram Suthar

      May 30, 2016at12:55 pm

      Hey Vistor, glad to know you it was helpful for you. Yes is also quite good. I am going include that as well in the post.

      Thanks for your suggestion.

  18. Gloria

    June 20, 2016at6:14 pm

    As Topsy no longer exists i would recommend great tool for internet monitoring and analyzes called BRAND24. It works great with every social media channel, also Twitter and basically gives instant access to all mentions from all over the Internet.
    Worth to try 🙂

  19. Chetan

    July 7, 2016at2:21 pm is also stopped. The domain is parked with Namecheap

  20. Camille

    August 12, 2016at8:00 pm

    This is such a great resource that you are providing and sharing for free, but Renoun seems dead… Currently looking at other alternatives.

  21. Zack

    September 14, 2016at10:51 pm

    Thanks for the post, Sawaram. Good info. Buzzsumo is pretty spendy.

    Also just to let you know, website does not exist anymore.

  22. Anderson

    September 20, 2016at2:32 am

    Cool Article

  23. Nathan

    October 7, 2016at8:06 am

    Thanks! I don’t need to use these tools enough to make it worth buying BuzzSumo, but I definitely use them enough that I needed some solid alternatives.

  24. Abinaya

    October 30, 2016at2:55 pm

    Hey, Every one knows that twitter, Pinterest are alternative just use Reddit, delicious. there you can get more for your SEO practice!

  25. Clifford

    October 30, 2016at10:50 pm

    Great alternatives to Buzzsumo! i checkout some of the sites and they don’t exist anymore lol. I think trendingquestions should be on this list as well – it has very similar features to Buzzsumo and it’s FREE!

  26. Naren

    February 4, 2017at3:36 pm

    Hey Sawaram,

    Consider adding Social Animal to the list —

    Social Animal is a state-of-the-art content research product. Utilizing natural language processing and machine learning techniques, Social Animal peers into what makes good content tick. It doesn’t stop there, though. Social Animal’s core use cases are:

    Content Research
    – See article keywords
    – Compare top performing articles
    – Analyze article titles
    – Get article shares across networks

    Content Insights
    – Optimal title length to use
    – Optimal content length
    – Optimal day to publish
    – 6-month content performance history

    Influencer Research
    – Find real influencers
    – Twitter users and authors
    – See articles shared by influencer

    Be Inspired (InspireMe)
    – See secondary keywords used in articles for any given keyword
    – See real-world topics that connect to any keyword
    – Uncover unforeseen connections/topics
    – Get almost unlimited ideas for a given keyword

    Daily Digest Email for your chosen keywords with
    – Top trending content
    – Competitor mentions
    – Potential Influencers

    • Sawaram Suthar

      February 4, 2017at4:07 pm

      Nice tool. Updated

      • Rashi Bhargava

        April 17, 2017at5:42 pm

        great, is there any other similar free tool also

  27. Rashi Bhargava

    April 17, 2017at5:35 pm

    Thank you for Providing the list, but if there is free tool similar to buzzsumo then please also suggest in the comment

  28. Rashi Bhargava

    April 17, 2017at5:38 pm

    Thank you for the list, if there will be any free tool also then also tell me.

    Thank you,

  29. Waqar

    July 26, 2017at5:22 pm

    Hi Swaram,

    Please have a look at

    ContentStudio is an app that makes it super easy to discover new, engaging and trending content in any industry or topic and share it on multiple social media platforms (profiles, pages, and groups).

    Apart from discovery, It has its own powerful scheduler/publisher that has engagement boosting features (hashtag suggestions, post recycling, image enhancement, post previews, auto mentions, repetitive posting etc.) that even mainstream social media scheduling tools are missing.


  30. Vaibhav

    December 7, 2017at5:13 pm

    Hi Swaram,
    Nice list. Consider adding StartupFlux Content Intelligence to the list.
    Content Intelligence is a Buzzsumo alternate that enables you to:
    – Write Better Content
    – Share Better Content
    – Track Industry Trends
    – Monitor & Analyze your Company Blog
    – Track and Analyze your Competitors
    – Track and Analyze your Customers
    – Better understand Authors and Influencers

  31. Micheal

    March 2, 2018at6:45 pm

    Thanks for sharing, This is a great article and keep up the good work. Buzz sumo is a pretty great tool but these alternatives are also good to use. Keep sharing amazing info.

  32. Joe De La Costa

    April 25, 2018at2:12 am

    Thanks for keeping this article updated.

  33. Jitender Sharma

    May 24, 2018at1:17 pm

    Thanks for sharing very informative tools

  34. Monika

    June 3, 2018at7:37 pm

    Nice post, got this article when i search on google. Very informative post. Take a look here nice article:

  35. Monika

    June 11, 2018at4:03 pm

    Buzzsumo tool is informative tools. I am regular user of this tool. I like this post. Thanks for Sharing

  36. Shona

    July 5, 2018at6:19 pm

    If you prefer to be sure it stays nearby, find out what they can provide you with to get going for very minimal funds.
    As you start to see increased earnings volume, then devote a number of the profits in the direction of other SEO efforts. Repeat this process until you have whatever you need and need firmly in place.

  37. Lauren Bell

    December 13, 2018at8:58 pm

    Thanks for this!
    Epicbeat no longer exists FYI

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