Screaming Frog is The Tool Every Web Dev Needs
November 18, 2018

Screaming Frog is The Tool Every Web Dev Needs

Sean Pomory | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Screaming Frog SEO Spider

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.
  • Screaming Frog is cheap, especially when considered at the enterprise level.
  • Speeds up the process of analyzing websites
  • Provides more actionable data than alternatives (even the free version)
Google Search Console is web-based and free. It is slow and has inaccurate data. Screaming Frog provides deeper technical data, which as a technical marketer, is necessary. Although, to be clear, users should use Google Search Console and Screaming Frog in conjunction with one another. They support each other in unique ways.
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.

Screaming Frog Feature Ratings

Keyword analysis
Backlink management
SERP ranking tracking
Page grader
Competitive analysis
Site audit / diagnostics
Site recommendations
Local SEO
Not Rated
Social SEO
Not Rated
Mobile SEO
Global SEO
Not Rated
Multi-domain support
Integration with web analytics tools