Screaming Frog v19 – What’s New in the SEO Teams’ Favorite Crawler?

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20 July 2023
Version 19.0 of the popular Screaming Frog crawler features a number of new features. Is it worth updating your tool to the latest version? What surprised us most in the 'Peel' update?

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Since even Screaming Frog has gone with the times and (spoiler alert!) changed its design, there’s no doubt that the 19.0 update is quite an event. So, let us show you what caught our attention.

Screaming Frog 19 – New Features

New Design

We all loved Screaming Frog’s retro design, but we have to admit that the new version looks neat and interesting. In addition, the crawl scope functions (such as crawl a subdomain, subfolder, all subdomains) have been moved to the main navigation bar, right next to the place to enter the page URL. Convenient and practical!

Screaming Frog SEO Spider 19.0 update - the new design

Source: https://www.screamingfrog.co.uk/seo-spider-19/

Crawl Segmentation

One of the most interesting new features is the ability to segment the crawl. You can sort the data, for example, by URL, but also by any data collected during the crawl – including external API data. Thanks to this feature, you can sort data, for instance, by traffic from GSC. This gives you the opportunity to conduct a more complete analysis and to draw logical conclusions about dependencies. So, you can check that indeed, a hundred pages on a given site do not have a meta description, and determine that they all are pages from a single segment (e.g. tags).

Screaming Frog SEO Spider 19.0 update - crawl segmentation

Source: https://www.screamingfrog.co.uk/seo-spider-19/

A new “Segments” tab is available, which allows you to quickly see which segments are experiencing problems.

Screaming Frog SEO Spider 19.0 update - crawl segmentation charts

Source: https://www.screamingfrog.co.uk/seo-spider-19/

Visual Custom Extraction

Another new feature is Visual Custom Extraction. How can it enhance your work? With Screaming Frog, you can now gather information, for example, about what category a product is assigned to (for example, to create the segments described above). Previously, you had to think about the XPath or REGEX path. And, now all you have to do is highlight with the cursor, which will be a big help for those who want to save time and are not necessarily comfortable with advanced technical tasks.

Screaming Frog SEO Spider 19.0 update - Visual Custom Extraction

Source: https://www.screamingfrog.co.uk/seo-spider-19/

Screaming Frog SEO Spider 19.0 update - Visual Custom Extraction

Source: https://www.screamingfrog.co.uk/seo-spider-19/

Is Upgrading Screaming Frog to Version 19.0 Worth It?

It is. The three functions mentioned above are just a few examples of the new features in one of the best web crawling tools. 3D visualization, new filters (which, for instance, tell you when the header structure is inappropriate, or which pages have JavaScript problems, or when the meta description is outside the <head> section) are definitely worth checking out.

Thus, our answer is yes — download the update and make use of the new possibilities. After all, in SEO you always need to be on your toes!

 

Author
Wojciech Urban SEO R&D Specialist
Author
Wojciech Urban

SEO R&D Specialist

R&D specialist in SEO and web analytics. He feels most comfortable in the area of technical SEO, and his main task is to ensure that websites are optimized for search engines and achieve high rankings in search results.

Author
Wojciech Urban SEO R&D Specialist
Author
Wojciech Urban

SEO R&D Specialist

R&D specialist in SEO and web analytics. He feels most comfortable in the area of technical SEO, and his main task is to ensure that websites are optimized for search engines and achieve high rankings in search results.

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