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172 Ratings

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Score 8.8 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Ahrefs ranks higher in 2 feature sets: SEO, SEO Channels
  • Screaming Frog SEO Spider ranks higher in 1 feature set: SEO Platform & Account Management

SEO

8.6

Ahrefs

86%
7.4

Screaming Frog

74%
Ahrefs ranks higher in 6/8 features

Keyword analysis

8.8
88%
60 Ratings
7.1
71%
19 Ratings

Backlink management

9.2
92%
61 Ratings
6.3
63%
22 Ratings

SERP ranking tracking

8.5
85%
59 Ratings
8.0
80%
8 Ratings

Page grader

8.2
82%
55 Ratings
6.9
69%
20 Ratings

Competitive analysis

9.3
93%
61 Ratings
6.1
61%
23 Ratings

Site audit / diagnostics

8.6
86%
56 Ratings
9.6
96%
48 Ratings

Site recommendations

8.6
86%
54 Ratings
7.2
72%
21 Ratings

Task management

7.6
76%
29 Ratings
7.8
78%
8 Ratings

SEO Channels

8.3

Ahrefs

83%
8.0

Screaming Frog

80%
Ahrefs ranks higher in 3/4 features

Local SEO

7.6
76%
45 Ratings
8.0
80%
16 Ratings

Social SEO

7.5
75%
43 Ratings
6.4
64%
10 Ratings

Mobile SEO

8.6
86%
42 Ratings
8.3
83%
19 Ratings

Global SEO

9.5
95%
50 Ratings
9.2
92%
25 Ratings

SEO Platform & Account Management

8.9

Ahrefs

89%
9.1

Screaming Frog

91%
Ahrefs ranks higher in 1/2 features

Multi-domain support

9.5
95%
48 Ratings
9.0
90%
26 Ratings

Integration with web analytics tools

8.4
84%
30 Ratings
9.2
92%
31 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Ahrefs is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating
  • Ahrefs and Screaming Frog SEO Spider are tied in 1 area: Likelihood to Renew

Likelihood to Recommend

9.2

Ahrefs

92%
68 Ratings
8.9

Screaming Frog

89%
51 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

Ahrefs

100%
5 Ratings
10.0

Screaming Frog

100%
3 Ratings

Usability

10.0

Ahrefs

100%
2 Ratings
6.2

Screaming Frog

62%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

8.8

Ahrefs

88%
28 Ratings
7.9

Screaming Frog

79%
35 Ratings

Implementation Rating

Ahrefs

N/A
0 Ratings
7.0

Screaming Frog

70%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Ahrefs

It gives the best report to us which helps us to find the opportunity to build backlinks. Another main feature that makes Ahrefs a safe and sound approach to SEO is that it provides information about duplicate content, URLs, redirects along with other errors that can be dangerous to the website.
Bella Castilla | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screaming Frog

Screaming Frog tracks the crawl level, internal links, outbound links, title tags, and meta descriptions of the pages it crawls. It also adds HTTP status codes, title tag length, meta description length, H1, H2 tags and lengths, and canonical tags. Many of these elements are also broken into their own tabs at the top so that you can easily focus in on problem areas. You can right-click on any URL for many more options. The program is definitely valuable to anyone who is looking to gauge factors regarding SEO. However, if you are not a web designer/admin, you're going to lack an understanding of the information it provides.
Justin Roodman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Ahrefs

  • Backlink data: Ahrefs continues to provide the best backlink data in the industry when compared to other tools. Other players are playing catching up, but as a first mover, Ahrefs is ahead of the game by far.
  • Keyword data: Ahrefs provides extremely valuable keyword data. Though I rank them second in this category, the data that they provide is comparable to the first ranked player.
  • Content Explorer: I don't think other industry tools (SEO specific) has a content explorer as useful as Ahrefs. Their content explorer works great for identifying top content and trends for multiple industries.
  • Rank Tracker: This rank tracker is better than the average tracker and Ahrefs provides a large limit for tracked keywords. Though they have moved away from daily updates, the rank tracker is great for bench marking progress.
Mitch Lee | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screaming Frog

  • Crawling client sites of up to thousands of pages. Gives you almost every tool that you need to do a proper SEO audit.
  • Custom extractions using CSSpath, Xpath, or Regex. I'm not even a techy, but their support section here is a huge help with the provided examples.
  • Customer service and support - Dan is ALWAYS very prompt to respond with helpful answers on Twitter if needed.
Ari Roth | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Ahrefs

  • Anchor text alert notifications for a specific domain would be nice to have.
  • Would also be nice to set a specific client domain and then be able to pick 5 competitor sites to compare it to instead of entering in the client site and then 4 competitors to compare.
  • Adding emails to forward the exports to from running a report would be good too.
Joshua Titsworth | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screaming Frog

  • Exporting one report at time to CSV or XSLX can be cumbersome and time consuming.
  • Custom extraction requires pretty in-depth knowledge of RegEx or XPath.
  • Not a very visual tool.
  • Larges sites can take up a tremendous amount of resources (RAM, space, connection).
Anthony Daronzio | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Ahrefs

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

$99 per month

Ahrefs Editions & Modules

Edition
Lite$99.001
Standard$179.001
Advanced$399.001
Agency$999.001
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details

Screaming Frog

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

$149 per year

Screaming Frog Editions & Modules

Edition
Paid Version$149.001
  1. per year
Additional Pricing Details

Likelihood to Renew

Ahrefs

Ahrefs 10.0
Based on 5 answers
Their index is too vast to ignore when looking at a complete backlink profile. We find links in Ahrefs that do not appear in any other link detection tool. For this reason, it's a must for our agency to use for the foreseeable future. Plus, it's very affordable considering the data you get
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screaming Frog

Screaming Frog 10.0
Based on 3 answers
The tool has become integrated into our teams daily workings and I have yet to find a tool other than scremaing frog to replicate all of our use cases for it. It's a great tool and we're sticking with it
Anthony Daronzio | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Ahrefs

Ahrefs 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Ahrefs is very easy to use - you can jump right in and understand most of the assets. Overall, the dashboard snapshots give a very good picture of inbound link activity. For deeper analysis of historical trends, the system can become cumbersome, making it hard to do full work without exporting and reformatting the data.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screaming Frog

Screaming Frog 6.2
Based on 2 answers
Easy for me to use because I have using the product for a long time and understand the ins and outs of it. If I was a newbie, I would be completely lost. It does take some prior knowledge to operate this software and understanding of what a crawl means
Anthony Daronzio | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Ahrefs

Ahrefs 8.8
Based on 28 answers
Ahrefs has always been responsive when there's been a technical issue with the site. There are usually very little problems, but if there are, they announce it on their social media accounts which keeps its customers informed. Email support is prompt and the customer service people are very helpful, knowledgable and friendly.
Kenny King | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screaming Frog

Screaming Frog 7.9
Based on 35 answers
Screaming Frog is a relatively primitive system, and doesn't need to be supported by devs or other software. Screaming Frog does interface directly with some programs that are most needed (Google Analytics, Search Console, Page Speed Insights), so that's convenient. It isn't widely supported by other programs, but it also doesn't need to be.
Scott Walker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Ahrefs

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Screaming Frog

Screaming Frog 7.0
Based on 2 answers
If the software was a little easier to use for beginners, there really wouldn't be an issue
Anthony Daronzio | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Ahrefs

I think when it comes to keyword tracking, Ahrefs is not as good BrightEdge, but Ahrefs Site Explorer trumps BrightEdge when it comes to anything backlink related. I would use Ahrefs Site Explorer for backlink analysis, identifying 404 error pages, examining anchor texts, and exploring top content. However, I would utilze BrightEdge for keyword and ranking information
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screaming Frog

Screaming Frog SEO Spider is probably the best non-client facing SEO audit tool in terms of technical SEO. There are other tools on the market that do a more complete job of keyword tracking, competitive analysis, and backlink profiles...however, for analyzing the technical SEO health of any website, Screaming Frog is the best
Scott Richardson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Ahrefs

  • When we can create really great content for our site that ranks well and quickly, we can more effectively monetize that content with affiliate links.
  • Boosting our clients' overall rankings also has a positive impact on revenue since the lifetime value for a client with a high performing campaign is better than one that is lackluster
  • We can analyze competitors (of ours and our clients) and hopefully outmaneuver them digitally
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screaming Frog

  • Increased employee efficiency - We spend many less hours tracking down and reporting simple meta tags.
  • Better Client Servicing - We are able to ensure we have a total look at a client's site before we recommend anything.
  • True Pricing Structure - We are able to more accurately predict how much help a client may need based on factors such as size of site, number of redirects, proper use of meta tags, etc.
Brynna Baldauf | TrustRadius Reviewer

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