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SEO Spider – Screaming Frog SEO

Now, when people talk about Screaming Frog SEO Spider, they aren’t talking about the company and their web marketing services.   You’re certainly free to contract them for any and all SEO work you want to be done. A spider is a piece of software that crawls around on a website, harvesting data and presenting it to the owner of the spider. Google has a fleet of these things it uses to index the Internet as completely as possible, for use in the search results.

The Screaming Frog SEO Spider is a small desktop application you can install locally on your PC, Mac or Linux machine. It crawls a websites’ links, images, CSS, etc from an SEO perspective. It basically tells you what a search spider would see when it crawls a website.

This information allows you to quickly analyse, audit and review a site from an onsite SEO perspective. It can save you a ton of work because manually analysing each page of a big website can be very challenging.

Meta descriptions are used in the search engine result pages under the page title. It’s best to keep them under 160 characters. Longer descriptions will be truncated.

Screaming Frog has a handy new feature which allows you to simulate a search snippet and analyse it. Simply click on an URL and select the SERP snippet tab at the bottom of your screen. Change the title and meta description and see how it looks on a desktop, smartphone or tablet.

With the Screaming Frog SEO Spider, you can analyse several on-site elements, such as page titles, meta descriptions, URL structure, response codes, images, etc. It’s a great tool to help you optimise a website and boost its performance in search result pages. Additionally; it’s completely free, so it should be a mandatory tool in every web designer’s toolbox!

Download link:  Screeming Spider (74 downloads)

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