Screaming Frog

Screaming Frog

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Score 8.8 out of 100
Screaming Frog SEO Spider

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Screaming Frog is fantastic!

10 out of 10
May 06, 2021
We use it to check technical SEO factors of various company websites. It helps us to recognize any issues, errors, or opportunities with …
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Implementing with Screaming Frog

8 out of 10
April 27, 2021
We use Screaming Frog SEO Spider to analyze clients' websites prior to us building them a new site. With Screaming Frog SEO Spider I can …
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Screaming Frog SEO

9 out of 10
April 22, 2020
Screaming Frog is used by SEO Specialists in the whole organization. With Screaming Frog, we get crawling and indexing issues to be solved.
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Awards

TrustRadius Best of Award, Best Of Customer Support 2021
TrustRadius Best of Award, Best Of Feature Set 2021
TrustRadius Award Top Rated 2020
TrustRadius Award Top Rated 2019

Popular Features

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Site audit / diagnostics (48)

9.6
96%

Integration with web analytics tools (31)

9.2
92%

Global SEO (25)

9.2
92%

Multi-domain support (26)

9.0
90%

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Paid Version

$149.00

Cloud
per year

Entry-level set up fee?

  • No setup fee

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  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting / Integration Services

Features Scorecard

SEO

7.4
74%

SEO Channels

8.0
80%

SEO Platform & Account Management

9.1
91%

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Score 8 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.
Score 9 out of 10
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The main use of this software is in tracking down broken links within a given website. Screaming Frog is able to crawl an entire site based on the home page, then look at external links on each page and find out where they are no longer working - returning a specific HTTP head error (such as 404). The crawl results can be saved, so it's easy to return to a previous project. The software also offers a lot of SEO insight including anchor texts, indexability, meta titles, H1 and H2 usage, word count, file size and more.
  • Scans all pages on a website.
  • Quickly extracts valuable insight about each page.
  • Clearly presents actionable SEO data.
  • Interface layout is dense and a little intimidating to a new user.
  • Slight learning curve to make the most of all the features.
If you're an experienced SEO consultant and know what to look for - you'll find a lot of actionable insights in this software. A single site scan can result in days worth of actionable work in improving site structure, content, HTML tags, outbound links and more.

A beginner in the field of SEO may struggle a bit as they don't know the implications of many pieces of data (such as H1 tag use). It is assumed that the user understands these concepts.
Score 9 out of 10
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Screaming Frog is used for our main site and our clients' sites to check for errors, links, SEO elements, scrape information, etc.
Used in the SEO/Marketing department.
  • Scrape.
  • Listing the URLs of a site.
  • Checking the tree structure of a site.
  • Loading time.
  • Check Schema.org.
Following a request to modify the SEO rules (Title, META, Canonicals, Content, links) on the whole website: Checking the implementations on all the pages.
Score 10 out of 10
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I use Screaming Frog to perform site audits on both our own corporate sites and competitor sites. It’s a handy way to surface issues like error pages, redirect chains, and a host of other concerns. It’s also a good way to find a list of all the URLs available on our sites.
  • You can easily scan any site.
  • With the paid version, there is no page limit for scans.
  • It provides a wide variety of information about the URL that you scan.
  • Reduce the amount of system resources each scan requires.
  • Create an easy way to compare multiple URLs to make competitive analysis easier.
  • Improve the backlink capabilities.
It works well for any sized business, thanks to the variety of information that it uncovers for whatever URL you research. I like how it’s industry-agnostic and how it lets you research both your own site(s) as easily as competitor sites. I do wish there was an easy way to research multiple URLs (or at least two) to do some real competitive analysis.
Brynna Baldauf | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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My team and I use Screaming Frog to crawl websites to better understand the site hierarchy, unravel internal linking structures and verify live links across hundreds of domains. We can also easily find and download page titles, descripts and H1 tags in addition to the canonical links a page. What you can do with Screaming Frog is really limited by your imagination and desires. Our entire SEO team uses the product with every client that we touch and as a whole, the company has integrated Screaming Frog into every phase of the sales funnel. Our sales team uses it to estimate how big a site is and how many hours might be needed while our marketing team uses it to find the best placement for creative materials. It helps us to find information on a site without manually sifting through each webpage.
  • Check status codes for a set of URLs - Simply copy and paste the URLs into the open box and within minutes you are able to see the status code, response time and potential redirects for any of the URLs. While there are online versions of this, Screaming Frog has the best copy/paste option and includes any other URL data you might need as well.
  • Crawl URLs for a Custom Text - Without developing your own spider, there is no other way to do this other than visit each URL individually. This has saved us countless hours verifying proper analytics code implementation across an entire website and finding client mentions across hundreds of links.
  • Finding Canonical Links - Every time Screaming Frog crawls a link or site they report back the basic information which happens to include canonical links. Again, without building your own spider or reviewing hundreds of URLs it would be a lengthy task to find all of this information.
  • Customizing the crawler - It takes a little bit of playing around with the settings to understand what each of them controls and what options need to be checked or unchecked to get the right amount of information.
  • Cannot Crawl a large site - Screaming Frog runs out of memory when asked to crawl a large site, even after playing around with memory settings and allocating additional memory.
I would recommend Screaming Frog for anyone looking to crawl a large number of URLs or a small to medium size site. It does not handle large sites as well, as it runs out of memory, even with custom memory allocation. To crawl a large site I would recommend Xenu instead - you get less information but it can verify a larger number of URLs without running out of memory.
Score 10 out of 10
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We use it to check technical SEO factors of various company websites. It helps us to recognize any issues, errors, or opportunities with our sites to be able to better optimize them. Screaming Frog gives us all the technical information we need to be able to make our websites better, basically!
  • Very fast to crawl a site.
  • Tons of features.
  • Not flashy: Everything is data driven which is great.
  • Fast
The screaming frog would be suited to anyone looking to improve the SEO of their website.nI think it is more geared toward the technical side of SEO
Score 8 out of 10
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We use Screaming Frog SEO Spider to analyze clients' websites prior to us building them a new site. With Screaming Frog SEO Spider I can look at the sitemap of a site very easily and discover any hidden pages that may exist on that website. Overall it is a pretty useful tool that our Implementation department utilizes quite frequently.
  • Finding sitemaps
  • Seeing what pages are classified as
  • Easy to use
  • Old look and feel
  • Can be overwhelming amount of information
  • Have a guide or tutorial
Screaming Frog SEO Spider is especially helpful when analyzing the SEO of a particular website. We need to do this because when we are building clients new websites we don't want to miss any pages that could be hidden. Those pages could be important and this helps us streamline the website building process.
Mubin Saiyed | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Screaming Frog SEO Spider is [the] one-stop solution for website audit. It is Quick, reliable, and user-friendly. It provides all the technical and on-page details. Helps in quickly optimizing the website. Shows most of the required data [that] any SEO would need.
  • User Friendly
  • Quick
  • Provides Detailed Data
  • Providing more suggestions [on] how things can be improved
If you a looking for a quick and detailed audit the best tool to use is Screaming Frog SEO Spider!
April 22, 2020

Screaming Frog SEO

Rolly Chin | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Screaming Frog is used by SEO Specialists in the whole organization. With Screaming Frog, we get crawling and indexing issues to be solved.
  • It is easy to use.
  • Can be integrated with Google Lighthouse
  • Can be integrated with Google Search Console
  • We can extract some extra information from our website.
  • It is not a cloud software.
  • For large websites we need to wait a lot.
Screaming Frog SEO is well suited for small and medium websites. But for large websites, it is not.
It's good but I think they can improve it.
Score 10 out of 10
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We used Screaming Frog SEO Spider to audit our content across over a dozen websites under our company. The Digital Marketing team is using it. It’s helping us evaluate our content and organize the details of all of it, so we can make data-driven decisions promptly without having to do a manually report for all of our sites (each with about 200-1,000+ pages)
  • Help pull more historical data (it only pulls “Last Modified”).
  • Have an option to “hide” PDFs from the link score/crawl analysis.
If you’re trying to overhaul your website, redesign it, or improve SEO, and you don’t have the budget to work with an agency, Screaming Frog SEO Spider isn’t a “nice to have” — it’s a requirement. It’s time-saving and lets the users focus on analyzing data instead of spending countless hours pulling data and building audit spreadsheets from scratch.
Response time, but I’ve only reached out to support once.
Score 8 out of 10
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We use Screaming Frog SEO Spider in our marketing team to solve a number of website related problems. We initially started using Screaming Frog SEO Spider to crawl websites we were working on to develop a list of pages, titles, meta data, and more. We use this data as a basis for our website content audits.
  • Website crawling.
  • Meta data extraction.
  • Free version limited.
Screaming Frog SEO Spider is great for web development teams and SEO teams. For web development teams, Screaming Frog SEO Spider provides data that will become the basis of your content audit. For SEO teams, you can use the crawled data to analyze titles, meta descriptions and more in bulk, without visiting from page to page.
I never had to use customer support. The product works well out of the box.
Score 9 out of 10
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We use it for technical SEO audits, checks, and QA. It has helped us scale efforts in those areas.
  • Audit redirects en masse - important bc stuff like that would take forever to do manually.
  • Site launch audits - again, it would take forever to check the technical aspects of a site launch manually.
  • Site speed measurement could be added/approved. Current page speed functionality is helpful at times but could be more robust.
It is well suited for anyone who deals with SEO at an organization. It is also well suited for large websites such as e-commerce sites.
I've never had to reach out to support.
Scott Walker | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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When doing SEO for any of our websites, I like to start by using Screaming Frog to crawl the site. This gives me a starting point to examine meta data, see how discoverable the pages are on the website, and build the sitemap for submission. This is especially useful on web platforms that don't have their own sitemap generator.
  • Sitemap building.
  • Site crawling.
  • The UI is a bi confusing, especially for the uninitiated.
  • Though very customizable, default settings can cause server issues due to high traffic.
Screaming Frog is a go-to tool for SEOs. If you're in charge of your company's SEO strategy and you aren't buying into one of the larger SaaS systems like Moz, then Screaming Frog is almost a necessary tool. Not only does it build your sitemap for you to host on the website and submit to the search engines, but it also allows you to find all the metadata like page titles and descriptions, discover broken links or non-navigable pages, and find all your current redirects.
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.
Score 9 out of 10
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Our digital agency uses Screaming Frog to help with website audits specifically for SEO related information including metadata, URLs, page titles, response codes, etc. We also use the tool for new website launches to crawl the current site and export URLs to aid with the creation of 301 redirects when necessary.
  • Website crawler is solid, making it easy to export into a spreadsheet.
  • Analyzes page titles and meta data of your website to help with SEO.
  • The UI is a little dated but has improved in recent years.
  • Not as intuitive for new users, requires some getting used to and experimenting.
Screaming Frog SEO Spider is perfect for digital agencies and/or digital teams that need to perform technical SEO audits and crawl websites to identify the site URLs, duplicate content, robots directives and other technical information relevant to optimizing a website or launching a new website. If you are looking for a Moz-like SEO tool, this is not for you. This tool is really more of a crawling tool than it is an SEO tool.
We have not really needed a great deal of support and have found their user guide and faqs to be very helpful and sufficient for our needs. The vast majority of issues we have had have been related to knowing how to do something and not technical issues with the software. That is where the online user guide and faqs have been incredibly helpful.
Frank Watson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Having been doing SEO for 20 plus years - Screaming Frog SEO has been a tool that since it first launched that I have used consistently. It crawls a site and gives insights into all areas that technical SEO needs to examine. I highly recommend this tool - use it - learn how to read the numbers and develop responses to the information - whether it is duplicate tags and content, use of H tags, internal and external linking - the tool covers all the areas you need to improve the organic rankings of your site
  • Check title and description lengths
  • See duplicate title and descriptions
  • Could break results out into categories to streamline and quicken the process.
  • The schema information is lacking.
I use Screaming Frog SEO for specific things - tags, content, links - the areas they do not cover there are other tools to use.
The fact I don't need it and only know people from the conference that have given insights speaks tons about the quality of the tool.
Jeff Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Screaming Frog is our go-to audit tool when first looking at a potential new project. Even the free version of Screaming Frog is quite useful. It is used company-wide and it the fastest way we have found to get a good "look" at the on-page health of a site. And with the paid version it allows integration with Google Analytics and Search Console (WMT). With SF and Google Sheets you can build a fairly comprehensive overview of metas, alt tags, image size, titles, H tags, etc. in a very short amount of time.
  • A solid crawler with a lot of options.
  • Allows one to see the core SEO elements of a site very quickly.
  • The paid version is a bit pricey but for what it does it's worth it.
  • The UX can see a bit confusing at first, but once you begin to use it the learning curve is quick.
If you are doing SEO audits, I think Screaming Frog is the best first-line tool for looking at a site. I have not found another tool that is capable of doing what Screaming From can in a very short amount of time. I do not use it for Looking at the technical side of a site, there are better tools for that. But for getting a feel for how well a site has been maintained as far as core on-site factors and being able to pull that data to build spreadsheets, SF is the best I have found.
I left the slider sitting on the 1 only because I have never had to contact support. I just have not run into a situation where I needed to have a question answered. I guess after 4 years of using it, that does say something about the ease of use. Considering the capabilities it really is pretty easy to use.
Score 10 out of 10
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It is used by the SEO department for crawling and website troubleshooting needs. It helps us see all URLs on a site. It helps us notice if there is missing or duplicative metadata. It helps identify 404s or other issues with URLs. It also helps generate an xml sitemap file.
  • Crawling an entire website
  • Gathering all URLs on the site
  • Telling you where a 404ing URL was found on the site
  • It crashes sometimes when you first open it
It is very useful for situations where you want to see all URLs on a site. It's very useful for when you're re-launching a website and need to gather all the URLs on the site. It's useful after launching a site to see if there are any broken 404ing URLs on the site. It's also useful for seeing if you're missing any titles, descriptions, etc. or if any meta data is duplicate. You can also filter results based on specific criteria, such as "show me all urls with titles that say _____". It's not useful for finding exactly where a 404ing URL is linked to on your site (at least, not to my knowledge).
I haven't had to use support much, but they're generally fast with renewal stuff.
Alyssa O'Mara | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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I use Screaming Frog for every one of my clients. It allows me to quickly see if there are any underlying issues with their web pages that can be addressed to help with their rankings or usability. One crawl and I can filter in many ways to view just the data I need.
  • Allows me to see what pages can be indexed by the search engines
  • Shows me quickly if there is any meta information missing
  • If I am working with a larger site it's difficult to get Screaming Frog to scan the whole site. I have to stop the scan and reset some settings to get it to work and even then I have had issues.
Screaming Frog is great when you know what you're looking for. If you don't understand meta information, status codes, reditects, canonicals and other technical aspects of a website, then it's not the tool for you. It won't have a popup that gives you guidance, it just gives you the data, in an organized fashion, so that you can do the research you need to optimize a website. If you are newer to SEO you either need to learn what all of these things are, or use another tool that will put the results into layman's terms.
I haven't needed support very often, but the few times I have sent an email I have gotten a thorough response the next day. They do publish updates quite often, which are free with your yearly subscription.
Dragan Nikolic | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Our organization specializes in marketing and website audits. Screaming Frog is the first thing we fire up when investigating a website, be it our client or the competition. This way we immediately see how a website is perceived in the eyes if Google, what pages are properly indexed or not, title and meta tags and even Google Analytics data.

Screaming Frog is the perfect diagnostics tool for any website auditor and a starting point for any digital marketing campaign.
  • Website crawling - see any website the way search engines see it.
  • Technical SEO - find out which pages have difficulties being indexed and improve alt tags, canonical tags, redirects, Schema.org, sitemaps, etc.
  • Onsite SEO - improve title tags, header tags, description tags, etc.
  • Exporting data - not the best way of naming the files you export, also you cannot export graphs that are generated in the sidebar.
  • Crawling large websites - it takes a lot of memory and takes a lot of time (sometimes days), they could consider creating a SaaS for these cases.
  • Doesn't crawl content so no data regarding duplicate or similar content is generated.
Screaming Frog is a great starting point for any website audit. It gives you almost everything you need to know for improving your onsite SEO. If you have difficulties determining what slows down your progress or you suspect that there are some technical issues with your website, Screaming Frog is the software for you.

If you're suspecting that you've been a victim of a bad linkbuilding practice, then Screaming Frog won't help you, as it has no offsite data.
Screaming Frog sets a standard when it comes to crawling websites and technical SEO. It's what every digital marketing department should fire up upon auditing a website.

It's fast, reliable, comes with a lot of options for crawling and can be adjusted to your specific needs, whatever they may be. It's supported and updated regularly.
Tom Pick | TrustRadius Reviewer
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.
I've really only had to use Screaming Frog support once, and their answer was clear, helpful, and prompt. The tool is simple enough that there isn't a lot of support needed unless it actually malfunctions, which I guess is possible but is not something I have ever encountered. It is frequently updated and seems pretty bulletproof.
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!
I've only called support once, and it was helpful! The FAQs, blog posts, and how-to guides on the website are extremely helpful and detailed. I've frequently spent time reading through these and I've been able to troubleshoot my way through most things from accessing this helpful storehouse of valuable content. If I don't have to pepper your business with calls, then that usually means that your user support efforts on the site are on-point!
November 07, 2019

Screaming Frog Review

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.
I've never had to use the support but the Screaming Frog site has a great contact us form as well as a lot of downloadable resources and a comprehensive frequently asked questions section on their web site which makes searching for information or looking for assistance really easy and a positive overall experience.
Robbin Block | TrustRadius Reviewer
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).
What can I say? Screaming Frog works so well for making websites transparent, clearly identifying where a website can be improved, competitive research, and more, that we haven't ever needed to contact them for support. It does what we need it to do, and we hope it continues that way.

October 25, 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.
I've had very few issues, but the help I received was quick and on point. There's also plenty of well-produced documentation to make onboarding and training new users very fast. Screaming Frog can be a little daunting at first and the support is particularly important for new users.
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.