One of the Best Free SEO Tools – Screaming Frog SEO Spider

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No, Screaming Frog is not a dish. Screaming Frog SEO spider (Frog) is a website crawler tool, like the one Google uses to crawl all the pages on your website. Screaming Frog SEO spider was developed by Screaming Frog, an UK base search marketing agency.

Their website describes Frog as “The SEO Spider is a desktop website crawler and auditor for PC, Mac or Linux which spiders’ websites’ links, images, CSS, script and apps like a search engine to evaluate onsite SEO.”

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Screaming Frog SEO spider has several features. A few are mentioned below –

  • Finds Broken Links, Errors & Redirects
  • It crawls the website instantly and finds broken links (404s) and sever errors. These reports can be exported and sent to the developer to fix.

  • Analyzes Page Titles & Meta Data
  • It generates all the page titles and meta data from the website. It analyzes those and identifies those that are too long, short, duplicate or missing.
    table with page title, title length, title pixel width

  • Reviews Meta Robots & Directives
  • Views URLs blocked by robots.txt, meta robots, or X-Robots-Tag directives, such as, ‘noindex’ or ‘nofollow’, as well as canonicals and rel=“next” and rel=“prev”.

  • Discovers Duplicate Pages
  • Duplicate pages and duplicate meta descriptions and tags have negative impacts on Google ranking. SEO Spider detects these duplicate pages and shows a chart like the one below.

  • Generates XML Sitemaps
  • SEO Spider generates XML and Image XML sitemaps, with advance configuration over URLs to include: last modified, priority and change frequency.

  • Finds missing h1, h2 for pages and alt text for images
  • H1 tag and Image alt text are important in SEO; SEO spider suggests those pages that are missing such tags.

There are several big brands, such as, Apple, Disney, and Amazon that use Screaming Frog. Overall, Screaming Frog SEO spider is a very handy and easy to use tool for SEO. The tool comes with a free and a paid version. The Free version is limited to 500 URLs. We at Websults, specialize in SEO and other aspects of web development and can help you to solve all of your website’s SEO issues. If you are new to SEO, we recommend checking out our blog and video on SEO. You can also use our free SEO Report Card.

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