The term website monitoring may seem self-explanatory: it's all about keeping an eye on your own or someone else's website. However, what exactly should you be monitoring? And what's the best approach for doing so?
This article provides an overview of website monitoring, with a specific emphasis on solutions tailored to track content changes.
There are many different techniques that go under the umbrella of website monitoring, and if you've found this page, you're probably already familiar with some of them. Let's quickly overview a few types of website monitoring:
Performance and availability monitoring
Traffic and usage monitoring
Navigating through the plethora of tools available to monitor websites can be overwhelming; that’s why we made this list. We'll specifically focus on content change monitoring. This type of monitoring primarily involves tracking visual, HTML, and availability modifications. It serves a wide range of purposes – from helping individuals with job or real estate searches to more business-oriented purposes like price monitoring, MAP monitoring, competitive intelligence, and SEO monitoring.
Let’s take a look!
Visualping is a suite of tools focused on monitoring website changes and can be considered a more advanced solution. While it shares the common capability of text comparison with many tools on this list, Visualping goes above and beyond by providing visual and code comparisons. What truly sets it apart is its feedback-based machine learning feature, which adapts to your website monitoring needs and makes suggestions accordingly.
Pricing: Starts from $10/mo
Free trial: Freemium subscription with 5 pages per day
Platform: Web widgets, browser extension, and mobile apps (coming soon)
Main features: AI summaries, code and visual monitoring, dynamic pages, API, page health alert, keyword alerts
A user-friendly interface
Multiple users with an organizational sign-on
Great third-party integrations
Support is limited to email unless you upgrade plans
Wachete, another efficient website change monitoring tool, is an excellent choice for individuals and small to medium-sized businesses. With an accessible starting price of $5.40/mo and scaling up to $329/mo for more extensive needs, Wachete offers a wide array of features. From HTML monitoring to useful visualization tools, including color coding and informative graphs, you can kickstart your website monitoring projects with confidence.
Pricing: Starts from $5.40/mo
Free trial: Forever free with 5 pages every 24 hours
Platform: Web extensions, browser, mobile app
Main features: Password-protected page monitoring, RSS feeds, API, availability monitoring, text updates in PDF, MS Word, DOCX, XLSX files or JSON
Can monitor pages that require clicks for value submission
Monitors text in a wide variety of document types
Free version has limited capabilities
A lesser-known tool, PageCrawl provides a variety of useful features. For example, you can set up a page template that allows you to automatically start following new web pages. Conveniently, you can also monitor password-protected pages. Most importantly, their flexible pricing model is designed to accommodate a range of clients.
Pricing: Starts at $8/mo
Free trial: Forever free with 6 pages checked daily
Main features: Page templates, file tracking, password-protected pages, API and webhooks, multiple element tracking
Can discover a new web page as soon as it’s published
Offers their own pool of residential and datacenter proxies
Lots of advanced configuration settings
May charge extra for bypassing reCAPTCHA/hCaptcha
Sken.io presents a solid offering at an incredibly budget-friendly price point. Among its features are adaptive element tracking or removal, a convenient Chrome extension, chart previews, and more. Although it doesn't provide a freemium option, with a starting price of just $3 per month, it’s definitely worth exploring.
Pricing: Starts from $3/mo
Free trial: 14-day free trial with 140 free checks
Platforms: Browser, Chrome extension, mobile app
Main features: Chart visualization for numbers, element selection and removal and fully customizable schedule
Very affordable entry-level pricing
Offers mobile notifications
Not a lot of supporting content, such as blog and video tutorials
ChangeTower has many excellent features that cater to a wide variety of use cases, such as SEO monitoring, brand mentions, news alerts, website archiving, and more. They also have a blog full of industry insights and an easy-to-follow knowledge base. Indeed, you can rest assured that you’ll get the help you need as their client.
Pricing: Starts from $9/mo
Free trial: Forever free with 3 URLs and 6 checks per day
Platforms: Cloud-based, mobile app
Main features: Element selection, cloud-based, sensitivity adjustment, page element availability monitoring, HTML snapshots
Multi-condition monitoring as well as multi-user alerts
Dedicated support with premium plans
Doesn’t charge extra if it’s a dynamic web page
Free plan is has very limited features
Trackly is an efficient website change monitoring software with a sensible value proposition: “We track web pages and tell you when they change.” While their feature arsenal isn't as elaborate as other options on this list, they have good pricing options. So, if you’re looking for a simple tool to track text changes, this might be the option for you.
Pricing: Starts from $9/mo
Free trial: Free version with 3 web pages daily or weekly
Main features: Allows ignoring insignificant changes, importing bulk URLs, tracking entire page or a part of it
Good option for individuals and freelancers
Allows collaboration through read-only link sharing.
Lacks such functionality as image or text deletion tracking
Launched in 2017, Pagescreen specializes not only in website change monitoring but also in web archiving. It’s important to note that they don’t focus on such areas as HTML monitoring or website performance monitoring. However, if your primary focus is on tasks like price tracking or keeping an eye on competitors, Pagescreen could be just the choice for you.
Pricing: Starts from €14.90/mo (approx. $16/mo)
Free trial: 14-day free trial with 5 hourly monitorings
Features: Web archiving, API, webhooks, team collaboration, high-quality screenshots
Easy to set up and use
Collects quality archives that can be downloaded
Doesn't monitor code changes
Sitechecker stands out from its competitors by placing a strong emphasis on monitoring website changes through an SEO lens. Their services include on-site SEO analysis, covering visual changes to text, headings, and keywords, providing invaluable insights for competitor benchmarking. Moreover, Sitechecker delves deep into technical SEO, offering a holistic view of how your website is performing.
Pricing: Starts at $41/mo
Free trial: Available for 2 months when you get an annual subscription
Platforms: Browser, Chrome extension
Main features: Technical SEO, on-site SEO, rank tracker, keyword monitoring, bulk monitoring
Includes many other SEO-related tools
Excellent supporting content on their blog and YouTube
Technical analysis of websites
Steep learning curve for someone with limited SEO knowledge
Versionista is a website monitoring tool belonging to Fox and Geese software company. They leverage AI and machine learning to uncover business insights from websites. It’s an engineer and PhD-led company that strives to deliver accurate, timely, and comprehensive website monitoring.
Pricing: Available on demand
Free trial: Free forever with 465 monthly crawls and 7-day trials for other plans
Automated crawling and monitoring of entire websites
Microservices architecture is loosely coupled for easier integration
Ability to choose country and device type
Interface could be more intuitive
Among the more affordable options in the list, Distill is a good option for individuals or small businesses looking to try out website change monitoring. Distill offers 25 monitors (URLs) with its free plan – an impressive number considering competitor freemium offers. What’s more, you can either choose to run operations on a cloud or local machine, depending on your resources.
Pricing: Starts at $15/mo
Free trial: Free forever with 25 monitors at 6-hour intervals
Platforms: Browser, web extensions, mobile apps
Main features: Visual selection of tracked elements, API access for further customization, version history, change tracking in PDFs and private web pages.
Offers a wide variety of supporting content – from blog to webinars
Free plan offers excellent functionality
Customer support limited to forum and email
What sets Fluxguard apart is that it uses ChatGPT to filter and summarize website changes into clear reports. It’s an engineer-led but enterprise-focused company that provides web change detection tools to alert you of real-time digital content updates. Their intuitive dashboard with in-depth analytics empowers users to keep up with trends and respond proactively.
Pricing: Available on demand
Free trial: Monitor 50 pages for free
Comparisons between HTML code, text, screenshots
Actively updates their features
Interface could be improved
Linko is designed to empower SEO professionals in maintaining website health, with its key feature being monitoring of mixed and unsecure content. This makes it an invaluable asset for SEO auditing tasks. However, if you're looking for a simple content change tracking software, Linko may not be the most suitable choice.
Pricing: Starts from €5/mo
Free trial: 14-day free trial
Features: SSL certificate health check, redirect status, uptime monitoring
Tailored to different CMS platforms
Offers flexible pay-as-you-go options
Not very applicable to use cases beyond SEO monitoring
As their story goes, Content King was born from a team within a digital marketing agency. They needed a solution that would empower them to keep up with any alterations made to their website by developers or clients. Struggling to find one, they created ContentKing, an SEO monitoring and auditing platform. Moreover, apart from monitoring text changes, they offer more specialized features, such as broken link detection, page redirection, SEO auditing, and more.
Pricing: Available on demand
Free trial: Yes
Platforms: Browser, Chrome extension
Main features: Tracking robots.txt, SEO auditing, log file analysis, 24/7 monitoring, API and integrations
Loads of APIs and integrations
Comprehensive customer support, including FAQs, chat, telephone, and email
An excellent choice for SEO-related projects
Not the best option for monitoring competitor sites
|Tool||Pricing||Free trial/Premium||Supported platforms||Speciality|
|Visualping||From $10/mo||Freemium subscription with 5 pages per day||Cloud, web extension||General|
|Wachete||From $5.40/mo||Free forever with 5 pages every 24 hours||Web extensions (Firefox, Edge, Chrome), cloud, app.||General|
|PageCrawl.io||From$ 8/mo||Free forever with 6 pages checked daily||Cloud||General|
|Sken.io||Starts from $3/mo||14-day free trial with 140 free checks||Cloud, Chrome extension, mobile app||General|
|ChangeTower||Starts from $9/mo||Free forever with 3 URLs and 6 checks per day||Cloud-based, mobile app||General|
|Trackly||Starts from $9/mo||Free version with 3 web pages daily or weekly||Cloud||General|
|Pagescreen||Starts from €14.90/mo (approx. $16/mo)||14-day free trial with 5 hourly monitorings||Cloud||Web archiving|
|Sitechecker||Starts at $41/mo||Available for 2 months when you get an annual subscription||Cloud, Chrome extension||SEO|
|Versionista||Available on demand||Free forever with 465 monthly crawls and 7-day trials for other plans||Cloud||General|
|Distill||Starts at $15/mo||Free forever with 25 monitors at 6-hour intervals||Web extension (Chrome, Opera, Edge, Firefox), cloud, app.||General|
|Fluxguard||Available on demand||Monitor 50 pages for free||Cloud||General|
|Linko||Starts from €5/mo||14-day free trial||Cloud||Technical SEO|
|ContentKing||Available on demand||Free trial||Cloud, Chrome extension||SEO|
Whether you’re an individual seeking to monitor web pages for personal reasons or a business looking to audit your website, we hope this article gave you some insights on where to start.
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First of all, you need to decide if you’re going to build your own monitoring system or buy a pre-made solution. Building your own solution will take tremendous amounts of time and expertise. So, if you lack either one of them, choosing an automated tool might be your best bet.
Website change detection is an automated method that finds changes to a website's performance, content, or other elements and sends out a notification according to custom alert criteria.
Website monitoring is usually performed by employing a piece of software that routinely crawls the HTML of a web page and then checks for any changes. If a change is detected, a notification will be sent out to a person who’s monitoring the web page.
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