Five Essential Firefox Extensions for SEO

One of the best things about Firefox is its fantastic library of plugins and extensions that extend the functionality of the browser in various ways.  As an SEO, there are a handful of extensions that I could not live without. I want to share with you my five favorite SEO extensions that can be used by people with all levels of SEO experience.

mozBar

Anyone that has spent time doing SEO should know about SEOmoz. They are one of, if not the best, resource for all things SEO. Accordingly, they created a fantastic tool bar that includes Page Authority, Moz Rank, links to the site, and short cuts to many of their invaluable pro membership tools.

Rank Checker

This tool does exactly what it says. You input a list of keywords and a domain, and it will tell you what page, and where your site ranks for those keywords. This tool will save you hours of scouring search results looking for your site. One word of warning though, the ranks are not always 100% accurate. However, most of the time they are very close and serve as a good estimation of where your site ranks.

X-Ray

This tool overlays the HTML tags on the site. This is a great tool for both developers and SEOs alike. If you’ve ever wondered whether the headline of the page is an <h1> or how another developer created an element on the page, this tool will allow you to see without digging through source code.

SEO Quake

This is one of the most popular toolbars for SEOs. Not only is it a toolbar that displays PR, internal links, external links, links to the domain, Alexa Rank, a link to Whois information, Delicious Bookmarks of the page, and the number of pages indexed in Google and Bing, it also adds that information to your Google Search results. This tool is one of the most comprehensive SEO toolbars available. A word of warning though, when you are not using it, it is best to turn it off. Due to the amount of information that the toolbar gathers, sometimes Google will not return search results because you are running too many automated queries.

Firebug

This is more of a developer tool, but it can be very useful for SEO as well. This tool allows you to hover over elements on the page and see the corresponding code that created them in a window at the bottom of the screen. It is useful for seeing whether elements are created using CSS or HTML, or debugging a website that you are developing.

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