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Score 10 out of 10
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I use as part of my audit process with every new client as well as clients looking to develop new websites. It is ideal for capturing all of the pages on the site along with meta information, different page types, finding 301 redirect issues, word counts, meta tag character counts, and much more.
  • Fast crawling even on large websites.
  • Comprehensive listing of pages of all types, not just HTML.
  • All meta tag information including character counts.
  • Page word counts in order to identify thin-content pages.
  • Would be great to have backlink information.
  • Would be great to get more guidance on what words or phrases a page should be optimized for.
  • Would be great to identify pages with duplicate or extremely similar content.
I use this as part of every website audit process. It's ideal for functions like finding missing meta description tags,duplicate title tags, and other simple issues. It's also helpful that the tool shows word count for every page on the site to find pages with thin content that are bad from an SEO standpoint.
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Score 10 out of 10
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Screaming Frog is essential to providing SEO services to all my clients. We also use it for gaining insights about our own website. It's great for winning potential clients because it very quickly and easily reveals issues with their websites. And finally, it's just good for making the back-end of any website transparent, which is helpful for other aspects of marketing, i.e., exploring the competition.
  • It has a reliable user interface that makes it easy and fast to scan a website.
  • Reveals issues and opportunities for website optimization.
  • It allows you to filter results, so you can drill down to where the problems are.
  • You can export lists, so clients can either fix issues themselves or it's "proof" of what you're working on for them.
  • There's a bit of jargon in terms of labeling, and with so much data available, it would be nice to have "inline" explanations of what we're looking at.
  • Perhaps better graphical representations of the data, which would be helpful when explaining it to clients.
  • Maybe offer recommendations for fixing issues that are found with a website?
Screaming Frog is the perfect tool for getting into the backend of a website. It's easy to use, at the right price point (the free version is robust), and it's always being updated, so you can rely on it to be current. It's suitable for anyone needing to optimize a website, doing competitive research, and exploring opportunities to help clients (and sell services to new ones).
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Score 7 out of 10
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We are a small company that focuses on digital marketing and SEO service for our clients. Screaming Frog SEO Spider is a great tool to check out what internal structure a client website has. It works like Google robot and scans a website for links and makes list of website pages. After a full scan, you get a report about the basic info of these pages (meta tags, different kinds of errors) and you can create a sitemap with pages and images.
  • You receive a report with internal structure of the website (Pages with status codes, depth structure)
  • List of the pages with incorrect meta tags: meta titles & descriptions, also H1 tags
  • List of the pages with insecure content and links to this content
  • List with 404 errors and response codes
  • List with pages where there is Google Analytics ID mismatch
  • Can create sitemap with pages and images
  • You can't pay per projects, only a subscription is available
  • You need a lot of RAM for big websites (more then 10 millions pages)
  • No cloud version
It's a good tool to check out the internal structure of client's website, create a tree with pages. You can check out a website like Google robot and understand which pages can be visited and what content can be submitted to Google. Also, this utility will create reports with different errors, like 404 pages, incorrect meta tags like long meta titles and descriptions, and missing H1 tags. And you can create sitemaps with pages and images if you need.
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Score 10 out of 10
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It's used in the search and analytics department. I use it for crafting pitches - getting insights on possible site issues on a client site - troubleshooting any site issues for active clients, and completing audits, particularly tracking internal linking webs, scraping metadata, and assessing status code issues - both within the web app and in Excel spreadsheets.
  • I love the ability to scrape all internal links on the site - even with anchor text! Great for troubleshooting site circulation.
  • The Building Tree view is useful for quick visualization of the site structure.
  • I just love being able to scrape all the metadata - makes the setup for optimization super easy.
  • The Crawl Tree Graph always seems like it would be great, but the output is extremely unwieldy
  • Sometimes the status codes come out wrong - I always feel the need to double-check a few, when I end up with a list of 404s—and often I need to run them again in list mode to get the proper code. Not sure why!
  • I wish you could save a crawl within the platform - say I crawl a site, then crawl a different one, and want to poke around within the platform at that first site again. It seems I just have to perform the crawl again, rather than being able to load up an old crawl.
Screaming Frog is fantastic for digging in for an SEO audit. It's the first thing I do when I start looking at a site—throw the domain in the Screaming Frog. Then I can export a few views and start sorting by status code, empty or duplicate metadata, canonicals, etc. Filtering the URLs allows me to get a good handle on the URL hierarchies. I can knock out a big chunk of the technical audit in a few steps with Screaming Frog!
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November 07, 2019

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Score 10 out of 10
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We use Screaming Frog to give a high-level overview and almost a self-audit style report on our site health. Screaming Frog's crawling capabilities make pulling reports quick and convenient. The content of the reports gives us a total aerial snapshot of site pages and allows for quick changes to be made.
  • Quick crawls.
  • The free version is pretty comprehensive.
  • Reports able to pull in CSV format.
  • Premium version could be cheaper.
  • Integration with other analytics tools - Currently just GA.
  • A scheduling option for the free version would be great.
Screaming Frog is a great lightweight tool for pulling quick reports and giving a great snapshot of how your site is performing from a health perspective. Lots of great features and does pretty much everything one would want from an SEO tool. The free version is really comprehensive and this tool should be in the roster of every SEO team.
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October 24, 2019

Site audits start here

Score 9 out of 10
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Screaming Frog is where every site audit begins. More and more, Google cares about the integrity of a site's links, tags and page structure. Given the importance of search to our business, losing rank because of broken links and missing tags is an unacceptable loss. SF helps us make sure we're producing top-quality pages and maximizing our search potential.
  • Validates tags.
  • It helps with canonicalization.
  • Corrects problems with no index.
  • Checks internal and external links.
  • Screaming Frog runs locally. It would be nice to see a pure cloud-based version.
  • It's a very complete piece of software which means it can take a while to learn.
Most organizations have lots of older web content. These pages may not be up to modern standards. SF helps to quickly analyze thousands of pages for errors and bring older pages up to web standards.
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Score 5 out of 10
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My company builds websites for clients, and something we focus on is SEO. That being said, it's important to the health of every website to ensure proper 301 redirects are in place before launching a brand new version of the website. If URLs change but old ones are still being crawled by search engines, this is a huge detriment to the visibility of the website.

As a champion for our clients, it's necessary to anticipate these changes before it becomes too late. Screaming Frog SEO Spider has made it extremely easy for us to pinpoint which URLs will need to be redirected. It completely takes the guesswork out of ensuring accuracy.
  • It's simple to use. Just add in the URL you need to crawl and within minutes, it's ready to go.
  • It breaks down URLs and site components by HTML, Images, etc. so you know what to look for.
  • It's easily exportable so you can download the spreadsheet and get to work.
  • Because there's so much information given, it's difficult for a novice user to instantly understand where to look.
  • The overall UX could use some updating. Next steps aren't always super clear.
If you're in the business of building websites, this tool will save you tons of time when it comes to implementing those redirects before launch. It's also helpful if you're involved in search engine optimization or search engine marketing. You can quickly run a report on the website and have a good launch pad so you know where to get to work.
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Score 7 out of 10
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We use Screaming Frog across our organization to address potential SEO issues on client websites, as well as to crawl sites for particular types of files (ex. images). It helps us perform day-to-day SEO tasks for our clients' websites.
  • Lots of customization options on crawls
  • Great at extracting in-depth, niche details about pages and websites
  • Reliable--few to no glitches
  • Can be intimidating for beginners due to dizzying array of options
  • Customer service can be slow to respond
Great for crawling websites to identify SEO issues, great for PC users. A little confusing to use on Macs. Not the best for beginners since to my knowledge there aren't tutorials within the program.
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Score 8 out of 10
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I currently use Screaming Frog as one of the tools for managing and maintaining our company websites. I primarily use the program for doing SEO audits. I use it to verify links and find broken ones, identify content types and scripts, find duplicate content, and create XML sitemaps. Analyzing our sites allows us to detect potential SEO issues proactively and make educated decisions about site content.
  • Finds broken links (404 pages). Broken links hurt user experience.
  • Identifies pages that include meta directives like nofollow/noindex/canonical etc. Helps understand what your pages tell crawlers to do.
  • Get information about all of the internal and external links on my site (anchor text, links per page, etc). Helps in identifying key word choices and page weight.
  • Requires Java. This isn't a huge deal as many computers already have it installed, but it's yet another 3rd party component.
  • The free version has a crawl limit of 500 pages per site. This is fine for smaller sites, but if you're running a big e-commerce site then you'll need to pay for Pro version.
  • The user interface isn't very pretty. This is an analytics tool so it doesn't really have to be, but it might be helpful for improving the overall user experience.
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.
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Score 9 out of 10
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We use Screaming Frog SEO Spider to perform SEO audits for current and prospective clients. It allows us to get an all-encompassing view of the technical SEO elements of a website. I currently use only use the free version, as I find the cost prohibitive for what I use it for.
  • Analyzes all metadata
  • Character counts of all metadata
  • identifies missing alt text on all images
  • identifies all H1 and H2 headlines
  • identifies broken links and loops
  • The GUI is a little old school
  • No cloud version is available...desktop version only (Chromebooks are SOL)
  • Pricing isn't terrible...but there is no monthly option. £149.00 or roughly $190USD/yr.
Screaming Frog SEO Spider is perfect for quick SEO audits to show prospective clients where their websites are falling short. It covers all the details you'd want an SEO audit tool to cover. It is probably a little confusing at first to beginner SEO's as it is fairly technical and as stated before, the GUI is not all that user friendly.
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Score 10 out of 10
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Screaming Frog is a standard tool of operation since I introduced it a couple years ago. We use it to perform crawls of sites that we are auditing for SEO, crawls of sites we have built to check for errors, both in staging and development. The project management team now uses it to QA certain implementations of tags, or other aspects on the site.
  • Best tool to crawl a site, hands down.
  • Configurable for custom data extractions.
  • In-depth exports for reporting.
  • Configurable connections to Analytics and Search Console.
  • Wealth of online documentation.
  • 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).
Screaming Frog is the best tool to crawl any site, anywhere, hands down. We use it for all of our SEO auditing purposes. We also use it to quality check new builds in both staging and live environments, some behind password restrictions and other various logins. Even our project management team has found use with it to quickly check changes across multiple pages instead of going to each page one by one. This tool is not the tool for you if you are looking for something to generate auditing reports. This will not will not make a pretty PDF of it's findings for you to show management or send to a client. It gives your raw data which you can export into a CSV or Excel, but will not help in the reporting process if you are looking for something to auto generate a report or insights.
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Score 10 out of 10
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Screaming Frog helps us identify pages with 404s, broken links, and canonical issues. We've used it for years to identify issues that would take significantly longer to identify without the app.
  • It identifies broken links to a website and helps with link reclamation.
  • It scans all pages on a site and provides status codes, helping identify areas that need fixing.
  • It helps us easily download Titles and Descriptions for an entire website. This is particularly useful for SEO.
  • It's a very pared down app and requires a decent amount of technical SEO expertise to fully comprehend. I don't necessarily think that's a bad thing, but it makes it difficult to understand for some first-time users.
Screaming Frog as an invaluable tool for SEO. It's great for conducting site audits and identifying site issues.
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November 30, 2018

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Score 10 out of 10
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Screaming Frog is great for cataloging your pages and making sure that the basic SEO elements are on all pages. When you work for a large website, it's sometimes difficult to track ALL pages and sections. It's also used when we want to crawl our clients' websites to diagnose problems that can be easily addressed and fixed.
  • Many data points
  • Accurate info
  • Ability to crawl pages on any website
  • The tool (understandably) times out after crawling too many pages.
  • Link metrics could be more detailed.
- Helping diagnose simple SEO problems on your site or sections of your site
- Organizing your meta data, canonicals, etc. for each page
- Finding out detailed information on competitor's websites (such as how many content pieces they have)
- The perfect way to start a full site audit.
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Score 10 out of 10
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We use Screaming Frog to crawl our website for Technical SEO errors. It allows us to check our site's health on a large scale. Instead of having to check each page manually, we're able to do it all at once. Only our SEO team uses it currently, but we are often exporting the results of the crawl and sharing it with our Dev team for fixes that need to be made.
  • Find Broken Links.
  • Crawl Site and Analyze Meta Data.
  • Finding redirect chains and diagnosing technical errors.
  • Sitemap cleanup/generation.
  • UX/UI Improvements -- It's pretty ugly.
  • Crawl Map -- It's a new feature and is improving, but it's still not amazing.
Screaming Frog is an industry standard for dedicated site crawlers. All other crawlers are going to be compared to Screaming Frog, and for good reason. Screaming Frog is great for doing a quick crawl of a small site, or if you only need to look at a section of a site.
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Score 10 out of 10
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Screaming Frog is used primarily by the account management department, however it is also used occasionally by members of the business development and/or research teams. All who use it do so as part of technical SEO audits for clients. It can specifically help us identify crawling issues, indexation issues, necessary meta data changes, etc.
  • 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.
  • I sometimes feel that it takes a lot of CPU power to do more basic audits. I've heard that others use tools like DeepCrawl for very large sites for this reason.
  • Lately, I've been having some small issues with the search function, though in the past this has worked great so it could just be a bug. Dan and the team seem to be great at addressing these quickly!
  • I'd like the ability to identify URLs which exist in an XML sitemap but are not linked to within a site's taxonomy. Currently the comparison between these two lists has to be done manually, as far as I know.
It does almost everything I need it to do. But I've heard and can imagine a scenario where a more enterprise-level crawler is necessary for pages with hundred of thousands or even millions of pages. This goes back to my previous comment about it seeming to take a lot of CPU power.
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Score 10 out of 10
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Screaming Frog SEO Spider is used by the digital marketing team within the larger marketing department. It helps identify load speed, on-page SEO elements including title tags and meta descriptions, and assess technical health of website.
  • Measure and report on load time and response codes of pages.
  • Custom search can identify pages missing analytics tagging.
  • Export on-page SEO elements to update title tags, meta descriptions, and alt tags.
  • The ability to not only crawl pages for current elements but to push updates to them would be most helpful.
Screaming Frog is a great tool for any team maintaining a website or launching new sites. If you have even more than 1 website, this tool is well worth the investment to assess and manage websites based on SEO-best practices. It's the foundation of any good web-presence strategy to identify load times, on-page SEO elements, and response codes for improved user experience.
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Score 10 out of 10
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We use Screaming Frog as a fundamental piece of our SEO strategy. The tool empowers us to dive deeper into information we find in Google Analytics and Search Console. We use it to crawl our external sites, discover 301 redirect chains, check on SERPs, and run basic visualization reports. It is essential to our technical SEO tactics.
  • Quickly crawling sites with thousands of pages.
  • Fantastic customer support and support portal.
  • Great UI, very intuitive and not flashy.
  • Great visualizations.
  • Great export option which can be helpful when sending to those without access to the tool.
  • Updates too frequently and is sometimes unclear on what the update is for. Since I use this on my work desktop primarily, I have to go through our help desk to update. Which turns a quick process into a much more involved, time consuming endeavor.
  • An integration with a CMS (Drupal or WordPress in particular) seems like a great next step.
  • Entry level technical SEO is easy to do. More advanced tools and reports can be difficult to find.
As mentioned in a previous review, Google Search Console is necessary to work with Google. Screaming Frog is necessary to get the most out of Google Search Console. Search Console notoriously has issues with accurate data. I've never felt that Screaming Frog is giving me incorrect information.The tool may be unnecessary for an entry level dev or technical marketer, but it is needed with any site over 100 pages. Approaching thousands of pages, I don't know how we'd get on without it.
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Score 8 out of 10
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I've been using Screaming Frog SEO Spider for about a year now.

The tool is great for running a speedy SEO audit of an entire domain.

We got value out of the paid subscription after migrating a site over to a new URL format. It was useful for pinpointing all broken links which needed redirection.

I'd recommend the tool for anyone looking to get a bird's-eye view of there site's technical SEO health. I'd say it's good to have a basic understanding of technical SEO when using the tool. If you don't, I'm sure there are blog posts and downloaded content provided by Screaming Frog to guide your efforts.
  • Site wide Technical SEO analysis
  • Pinpointing broken links
  • Providing text based on page SEO details
  • Fast run time
  • Exporting features. There are good exporting features available, but when trying to export detailed information, it's hard to retrieve.
Well suited for: Site wide analysis technical SEO

Not well suited for: Someone looking for simple SEO recommendations.
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Score 9 out of 10
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We use Screaming Frog to scan all URLs of a website. Then we parse the information off into sections: error codes, titles, meta descriptions, H1s and word count. It is then exported into Excel where we can analyze the current health of the site. This information provides us with great detail and a nice format where we can provide recommendations.
  • Scans pages that we may not know exist.
  • Provides a great export of information that can be manipulated into a useful document.
  • Provides summaries of each area for a quick look at what elements need attention first.
  • Sometimes a website is large enough that you can run out of memory. There is a way to fix that in the Screaming Frog platform, however I feel like it takes a programmer to figure out and configure the crawl. I wish there was an easy button!
Most important scenario is to get a comprehensive list of all URLs within the website including SEO elements. You do need the paid version though if the site is over 500 pages. There are other tools better suited for a technical audit.
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Score 10 out of 10
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I currently use Screaming Frog to analyze technical SEO aspects of the business. The software is primarily used to ensure that the code (HTML, JS) is up to scratch and that page load times are not negatively influenced by poor coding.
  • A Fantastically quick crawl across all pages of the site
  • Very easy exports for interpretation of data, sometimes very large data sets
  • Very intuitive and easy to use
  • Ability to deep dive using Regex
  • While it is intuitive it could have a better GUI
  • The functionality is there, but having a WIZYWIG would be good for entry level users
  • The support level is somewhat lacking
If you are working as a consultant, then Screaming Frog is the perfect tool to get a project started. It will enable you to have a firm understanding of your clients' website from a technical point of view.
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Score 10 out of 10
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Screaming Frog has generally been utilized only by myself in all SEO roles that I've had in the past, as well as now. I absolutely love Screaming Frog. It makes website audits so simple, but it's an incredibly powerful tool. It solves the problem of knowing what's going on in your site, and what you can solve to have better on-page SEO.
  • Finding broken links on your site - I’ve yet to use a tool that lists broken links as simply as Screaming Frog SEO Spider.
  • Finding redirect loops - These are rare, but when they happen, they’re annoying and can negatively affect your SEO. Luckily, Screaming Frog points these out very simply.
  • Page analysis - Some other tools are more “plain speak” than Screaming Frog SEO Spider, and some may view this as a con. I see the technical side of this tool as an extreme benefit. In my world you can have easy or you can have powerful, but it’s extremely different to have both. As it relates to page analysis, it gives you simple, technical, actionable data to make your recommended changes.
  • I have 0 complaints about Screaming Frog SEO Spider. What it claims to do, it does well. It’s the industry standard for sure. I don’t say this being biased - I’ve just tried many tools to do the things that this tool does, and Screaming Frog SEO Spider is my favorite.
If you have a site that you care about or are doing client work for SEO, you can't afford not to have Screaming Frog SEO Spider. There are other tools out there that do similar things, but so far, I haven't found any that do it as solidly as this app. My recommendation - they have a free version. Try it out first, test it out. Spend some time with it. I used the free version for the first while, as I wanted to become acquainted with it. To unlock its full potential, you need to get the paid plan. But the free version is enough for you to realize how powerful this tool is.
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Score 10 out of 10
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I bought Screaming Frog to help review current and potential client onboarded websites. It helps me realize where bloat is, if there are any redirection errors, and generally be able to see the architecture and cross-linking of a site quickly. My primary use is to scan pages if I'm doing a rebuild and be able to accurately "see" any page that may not immediately be visible from front-end navigation.

  • The ability to pare down any item on a site by "type"- HTML, image, scripts, etc
  • A quick SEO response shows you pages with titles, without, with and without meta data so instead of combing through a site page-by-page (which is ridiculously time intensive) you can make an immediate actionable list
  • It's fast. Even with ridiculously bloated sites it spiders rapidly and gives me a visual almost instantly. The various methods of reporting and exporting data are also useful. I use them all, but when reporting back to clients it can be helpful to have the charts and graphs vs just an export of cell data
  • No real learning curve, all you have to do is input the URL you're looking for then the clearly labeled buttons and tabs help you start sorting what you're looking at
  • I feel the top tabbing could be handled a little differently, though I'm not immediately sure how. Maybe two rows of tabs? There's so many that even on my 27" monitor it cuts off and the arrow down is almost lost beside the search arrow. I sometimes forget the other items off-screen exist
  • Consider flattening the colors. While on the whole the muted color palette is fantastic and lets the data show, I feel the soft grey gradients behind bold text could honestly just become flat even color. That would allow things like buttons to pop more, with simple strokes and maybe a light color difference indicating buttons
  • Make the bottom horizontal scroll bar on the main window more obvious. Almost always data is going to stretch further to the left and the bar blends in pretty closely with the stretching window beneath, and the arrows are too faint a grey. This sometimes obscures the fact there's deeper data to be seen if cut off at just the perfect point.
If you need a quick glance at the structure, load times of a site and its architecture, this is perfect. If you need to see pages that do and don't have meta data (especially on a massive site where combing through each page from inside the CMS itself would be too time-consuming) this is for you.

If you need data speaking to whether H tags are being used correctly, and samples of how the web "sees" them this can be grabbed instantly, which is particularly useful when some designers don't really differentiate styles so without a code inspector you can't immediately get this from the front end of the site.

I'm not sure when it wouldn't be used- it's definitely a 'deep' tool with a lot of potential but if you're only looking for one simple thing, while there may be a learning curve on how to access it, this tool still delivers.
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Score 10 out of 10
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We utilized Screaming Frog SEO Spider on 2 fronts. The first was during the content audit process. This allowed us to gain visibility within our strategy department to the content that was available and begin analyzing those pages in depth during the audit process (especially when connected with Google Analytics natively in Screaming Frog). The second use was to analyze the client site from an SEO viewpoint. The ability to slice and dice the data was invaluable.
  • Deep crawling to uncover site content
  • Google Analytics connection to retrieve use data for pages crawled.
  • Google Console connection to allow for deeper SEO understanding
  • User interface takes some time to get used to. Not easy to just hop on and get started.
  • When pulling Google Analytics data in to the system it defaults to a certain range would rather have this be a prompt to select.
  • I would like to be able to have a mode for a quick crawl with possibly less data or be able to have it run outside of my computer system. There were instances where my computer(laptop) could not handle the load needed to crawl adequately.
This is well suited for taking a deep dive into a site and looking into the data.
This is not well suited for quick/instantaneous analysis.
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Score 9 out of 10
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Our entire organic search department utilizes Screaming Frog on all our technical website audits. The audit is quite lengthy, but the majority of the data can be pulled directly from Screaming Frog which makes our lives much easier.
  • Finding website errors. Screaming Frog makes the process easy. You can find errors on an entire website all at once.
  • Easily analyze Page Titles & Meta Data. In one view you can see an overview of the entire site including data such as title length, duplicate titles, and missing meta tags.
  • Being able to generate XML sitemaps and customize is great.
  • The speed of crawls can be an issue if you have a large website.
  • The amount of memory used if you have a large website can be an issue.
  • Maybe if there was more training videos/guides. I spend a lot of my time trying to figure out the perfect options for the site crawl I am looking for.
Screaming Frog is extremely useful whether you are a large agency or just a freelancer. The capabilities seem endless and the price point is unbeatable. If you need to quickly perform a technical site audit, Screaming Frog will be able to do most, if not all, tasks you need to complete.
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Score 8 out of 10
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We used Screaming frog to scrape faulty pages of our massive website after a switch of the operating system. We also used it to collect meta-data stats to make sure our goals were met. All pages should have an H1, H2, and appropriate title. I was in charge to make sure these conditions were met. If your company doesn't accommodate to these variables there is a chance that your website will get less traffic. Search Engines use these conditions to index your website. You have to make sure when your result turns up in a search that the potential client will be triggered to click. This way Screaming Frog can be used as a complementary tool for Google Analytics to make sure your visitors will get the best user experience possible.
  • Detailed scraping of metadata from every single page of a website
  • Excellent export options to convert acquired data to excel
  • Integration with Search Console for detailed analysis of pages
  • Allows for individual page optimisation due to extensive reports
  • It has quite the learning curve. In order to use all available assets you must be experienced with Google Analytics, data export and able to analyze this data as well
  • Sometimes the integration of Search Console is not exactly flawless. It's hard to find the cause of this problem and it should be easier to fix this.
If you have a company or are responsible for the online part of a company with a large company website this tool is a must-have. Small businesses can also profit from this tool in order to improve brand image and searchability, but it's easier to find a flaw in a small website. This tool is excellent to index hundreds of pages and see exactly what is missing.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Keyword analysis (11)
6.0
Backlink management (14)
7.4
SERP ranking tracking (5)
6.7
Page grader (13)
6.8
Competitive analysis (16)
7.6
Site audit / diagnostics (31)
9.6
Site recommendations (12)
7.3
Task management (1)
5
Local SEO (11)
7.4
Social SEO (6)
6.6
Mobile SEO (12)
9.0
Global SEO (14)
9.2
Multi-domain support (16)
8.6
Integration with web analytics tools (19)
7.8

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