Screaming Frog SEO Spider: Mac’s Version of Xenu’s Link Sleuth

Xenu’s Link Sleuth checks Web sites for broken links along with returning some valuable SEO data such as header code, title tag, page size. Xenu checks html links, image links, frames, plug-ins, backgrounds, local image maps, style sheets, scripts and java applets for broken links and returns the above mentioned data for each.

A webmaster can output a report that can be used to fix site issues or export the list of URLs file that can be used to create an xml sitemap file that can be uploaded to Google Webmaster Tools.
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Benefits of Xenu Link Sleuth

  1. It is free
  2. Simple user-interface
  3. Better error reports
  4. “Save” works also while the software is busy
  5. The “broken links view” shows only broken links
  6. It has a “recheck broken links” function that works fine.
  7. The report can be viewed easily, even when you have long URLs.
  8. Loading of saved files much faster
  9. Supports SSL websites
  10. Partial testing of ftp and gopher sites
  11. Special handling of redirected URLs
  12. Site Map creation
  13. Partial randomization of checking order, means less concurrent requests on a single server

The primary issue with Xenu Link Sleuth is that the developers will not create a Mac friendly version and so SEO’s that don’t have a windows based machine can not use Xenu Link Sleuth. This is where Screaming From SEO Spider comes in.

What is Screaming Frog SEO Spider

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As the mac market grows with more SEO’s using Macs to analyze sites and create reports programs that fail to recognize the need for Mac based analytics tools will slowly lose market share. Screaming Frog SEO Spider recognized this and came out with their own version of a Xenu-like SEO spider for the Mac user.

The Screaming Frog SEO Spider is a small desktop program you can install on your PC or Mac which spiders websites’ links, images, CSS, script and apps from an SEO perspective.

Benefits of Screaming Frog SEO Spider

It fetches key onsite page elements for SEO, presents them in tabs by type and allows you to filter for common SEO issues, or slice and dice the data how you see fit by exporting into Excel. It is also available on the PC and Mac so both platforms can utilize this powerful SEO spider it.

What Data Does Screaming Frog SEO Spider Report On

  1. Errors
  2. Redirects
  3. Followed External Links
  4. URI Issues including Non ASCII characters, underscores, uppercase characters, dynamic urls, URLs over 115 characters
  5. Duplicate Pages
  6. Missing Page Title
  7. Duplicate Page Title
  8. Long Page Titles Over 70 Characters
  9. Page Title Same as H1
  10. Multiple Pages Titles
  11. Missing Meta Description
  12. Duplicate Meta Description
  13. Long Meta Descriptions over 156 Characters
  14. Meta Keywords
  15. Missing H1
  16. Duplicate H1 Tags
  17. Long H1 Tags over 70 Characters
  18. Multiple H1 Tags
  19. Missing H2
  20. Duplicate H2 Tags
  21. Long H2 Tags over 70 Characters
  22. Multiple H2 Tags
  23. Meta Robots
  24. Meta Refresh
  25. Canonical link element
  26. File Size
  27. Page depth level
  28. Inlinks
  29. Outlinks
  30. Anchor Text
  31. Follow & Nofollow
  32. Images
  33. Custom Source Code Search which gives you the ability to find anything you want in the source code of a website.

The primary downfall of the program, and the only thing that keeps it from being far superior is the fact that it cost money. Is Screaming Frog SEO Spider worth the money, I think it is, and it’s one of the only SEO spiders for the Mac

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  • Jordan J. Caron

    Hey Bill,

    Thanks for this. I’ve been diving into broken links more and more for me and my clients. I have screaming frog on my mac and love it. It’s great to analyze all your meta tags along with any broken links.

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