Screaming Frog - Nearly a Prince, it just needs a little kiss
James Egan | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 25, 2018

Screaming Frog - Nearly a Prince, it just needs a little kiss

Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Screaming Frog SEO Spider

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
  • From an ROI point of view, it is without peer. Being able to run a crawl that quickly and have the results exported to a nice and easy Excel sheet is fantastic.
  • An analyst can have a field day, the amount of data that is there for you is amazing. If you have a plan before you run the crawl, you will not be disappointed.
  • As stated before, if you are a novice, the amount of data can be overwhelming.
I use Screaming Frog because it is a very powerful tool that is not prohibitively expensive. Moz is at the same price range but has lost some of its zing because they have upped the price for individual aspects. Buy a license from SF and that is it, done and dusted. I just wish that they had more white papers and instructions, this is where Moz has the upper hand. I love Ahrefs though
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.

Screaming Frog Feature Ratings

Backlink management
6
SERP ranking tracking
9
Page grader
7
Site audit / diagnostics
10
Site recommendations
9
Multi-domain support
9

Using Screaming Frog SEO Spider

It needs a more intuitive GUI. It just seems like it is built for a technical SEO specialist rather than a general user.
ProsCons
Like to use
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Feel confident using
Slow to learn
Lots to learn
  • Basic Crawl
  • Export of reports
  • url return times
  • Regex
  • custom reporting
  • device type reporting