3 October, 2019 by Freddy Barnes

The Beginner's Guide to SEO Competitor Analysis

Unless you’re lucky enough to operate in a monopoly, competition will be an everyday part of your business. Online is no different. Knowing who you’re fighting for visibility in SERPs is the first step to building a watertight SEO strategy. This post will explore how to find your competitors and...

3 September, 2019 by Patrick Langridge

How to Scrape Google Search Features Using XPath

Google's search engine results pages (SERPs) have changed a great deal over the last 10 years, with more and more data and information being pulled directly into the results pages themselves. Google search features are a regular occurrence on most SERPs nowadays, some of most common features being featured snippets...

15 August, 2019 by Mark Porter

The Do's and Don'ts of Chasing for a Link

It’s happened to all of us. You bag another piece of coverage for your client’s content piece on a top-tier publication, which you’re ecstatic about. However, after a quick scroll through your elation is suddenly offset by a small twang of disappointment. There isn’t a link to your client. Getting...

8 April, 2019 by Richard Lawther

Reviving Retired Search Console Reports

Since I started my journey in the world of SEO, the old Google Search Console (GSC) has been a mainstay of every campaign I’ve worked on. Together, we’ve dealt with some horrific JavaScript issues, tackled woeful hreflang implementation, and watched site performance reach its highest highs and lowest lows. Sadly,...

From crawl completion notifications to automated reporting: this post may not have Billy the Kid or Butch Cassidy, instead, here are a few of my most useful tools to combine with the SEO Spider, (just as exciting). We SEOs are extremely lucky—not just because we’re working in such an engaging...

6 August, 2018 by Richard Lawther

Bulk Testing PageSpeed Insights with the SEO Spider

Update 2: With the release of Spider version 12, you can now connect directly to the PageSpeed Insights API, letting you grab all your PagSpeed data automatically in the Spider — no XPath needed. Take a look here.  Update: This page was updated on 15-11-18 to reflect PSI now being...

A few months ago I posted an article that outlined some of the tools & techniques we use at Screaming Frog for coming up with content ideas. Within that post I touched upon several websites that are worth visiting when you’re in need of inspiration, and I wanted to expand...

13 June, 2018 by screamingfrog

Is Bing Really Rendering & Indexing JavaScript?

Historically all search engines were fairly blind to content created dynamically using JavaScript and would only crawl and index content within the initial HTML response. But times have changed, and Google, in particular, renders web pages like a browser, processing JavaScript and enabling it to crawl and index content and...

4 June, 2018 by Patrick Langridge

10 SISTRIX Features I Love

I have a confession to make - I love SISTRIX. SISTRIX, for the uninitiated, is an SEO tool which (amongst other things) plots website visibility based on ranking data, and gives a ton of useful and actionable insight into website performance. SISTRIX's Visibility Index uses millions of data points to...

The time has finally come. You’ve poured your blood, sweat, and tears into your most recent content piece, and it’s ready to be packaged up and sent to the client to be pushed live. After a few final checks and only a handful of back and forth emails, your shiny...

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