Choosing the Best Firefox Add-ons for SEO
As a search engine optimizer, you’re probably getting used to the idea of viewing the Internet like you’re someone staring at the cold green digits of The Matrix. You don’t see page titles anymore; you only see key phrases. Admittedly, it’s not the best way to have fun on the Internet.
But if you want to have a little fun with your unique worldview, then you might try customizing your browser experience (in this case, our personal favorite browser – Firefox) into something a little more user-friendly. This means you can stop trying to see everything in Matrix mode and let your browser do that work for you. How can you accomplish this? By downloading some easy and convenient add-ons, of course! And once you see what these Add-ons can accomplish, we promised you’ll be glad you kept reading this article after two paragraphs.
First, let’s consider a few very popular Add-ons:
Considering this Add-on displays “Google PageRank, Alexa rank, Compete ranking and SEOmoz Linkscape mozRank anywhere in your browser, along with fast keyword density analyser, keyword/nofollow highlighting, backward/related links, canonical links, WHOIS, robots and more,” as is advertised, it’s not too surprising if you’ll stop reading right here and simply go download this comprehensive Add-on. Of course, customizing your own Firefox experience is all about tinkering and finding a formula that works best for you. But you’d do well to start with SearchStatus and use that as a baseline for all of your other SEO Add-on efforts.
Niche Watch Tool
Of course, SearchStatus is all about that –search status. Some of us SEO’s aren’t exactly so status-focused. We want to know what’s going on in the world of niches, and we want to know which niches are going to be the hottest in the next season. That’s the reason you might want to consider an Add-on like Niche Watch Tool. This tool does a great job of bringing all of the key statistics you’d usually look up yourself – relevant keyword searches, backlinks, etc. – and bringing them into one tool that allows you to cut down on your manual labor. Sure, finding a niche is never easy, even with a tool like this. But there’s no reason it has to be hard, either.
If you want to keep up on all the latest rankings – and this is especially applicable if you’re a Google Algorithm update hound – then you’ll want to use SEOBook’s Rank Checker. It will keep you up to date on the SEO performance of your own site and – well, do you really need more than that? As an SEO tool, this one does a particularly great job of keeping you in the algorithmic loop. It does such a good job, in fact, that repeated use of this Add-on will mean you’re likely among the first to know when a relevant search engine update has taken place. There’s something to be said about being first, especially when all it takes is a one-time installation of an Add-on.