List of Great Firefox Plugins for SEO

FirefoxI’m a fan of Firefox mainly for the additional functionality you get from using plugins. In fact, it’s always frustrating when I am on someone else’s computer, and I don’t have access to my own set of “tools” that I use on a daily basis. Simply put, if you aren’t using Firefox, you’re missing out on a more effective way to work.

Below is a list of some of my favorite SEO plugins. I have also included a short list of web developer plugins that have some crossover into SEO. I know there are other tools out there, so if you have some additional plugins you like to use, please add them in the comments!

Plugins Specifically for SEO

SEO for FirefoxSEO for Firefox

This one is a standard tool for most of the SEOs that I personally know. This plugin gives you a ton of additional information when you do a search on Google. You can see a site’s PageRank, age, Yahoo links and other data that can help you when analyzing your competitors.

It also gives you access to a handy little tool called SEO XRay. This sub-tool will show you the meta information, H tag use and internal and external links on a page. There are so many ways to use SEO for Firefox, it’s no wonder that it’s a standard tool! Aaron Wall (SEOBook) did a great job with this one!

Get it here: SEO for Firefox

Rank CheckerRank Checker

This is another great tool from Aaron Wall. If all you want to do is a quick ranking update, Rank Checker is the way to go. This tool is usually quick, and you can export your findings to a CSV document if you want to compare them with previous rankings.

As with any rank checking tool, it is not always 100% accurate. However, it is still a great free way to keep up on all of your keywords.

Get it here: Rank Checker

SearchStatusSearchStatus

Do you ever get tired of the Google Toolbar? If you’re like me, the only reason you really use the Google Toolbar is to find out the PageRank of the page. Well, with SearchStatus, you can get PageRank, Alexa Rank, Moz Rank and Compete Rank in your status bar. There are many other things that this tool does, but that’s what I mainly use it for.

Get it here: SearchStatus

SEO Link AnalysisSEO Link Analysis

I consider this plugin to be one of the essentials in my toolbox. This tool works when you go to the Yahoo Site Explorer or into your Google Webmaster account looking for back links. Rather than just seeing what sites are linking back, you can see the anchor text and the PageRank of the page linking back. You can also find out if the link is still there or has a no follow attribute.

This tool is great for spying on your competition. Go to the Yahoo Site Explorer and you will very quickly find out what keywords your competition is targeting. This makes it great for site analysis and competitive analysis.

Get it here: SEO Link Analysis

Helpful Web Development Plugins

If you’re going to do SEO, you need to know some of the basics of web development as well. Because of this, I thought it might be helpful to list a few plugins that you can use mainly for web development, but also have a crossover into SEO.

FirebugFirebug

I have loved this plugin ever since I first found it. As an SEO, I find that I am constantly helping to fix web development problems as part of the job. This tool will let you go through a site and find the different elements so you can see where the problems are in the HTML or CSS of the page. You can also make changes to a live site to see what would happen if you tweaked certain things.

Get it here: Firebug

HTML ValidatorHTML Validator

By having your HTML valid, your site is more likely to look the same in the different browsers. This tool will show you where the problems are in your code that could be causing inconsistencies from browser to browser. It also gives you suggestions on how to fix them.

Get it here: HTML Validator

Web DeveloperWeb Developer

This tool has similar functionality to some of the other tools above and is very handy. I use it frequently to turn off JavaScript so I can see how a site is handling its main navigation. Most web developers that I know of use this plugin.

Get it here: Web Developer

Add to the List!

Now it is your turn. Do you have some favorites that I did not include on this list? If so, please add them in the comments below!

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19 Comments

  1. Jacob Stoops says

    Great list. I agree that Aaron Wall’s SEO for Firefox plugin is top-notch. I also like Firebug for my coding issues.

  2. Rick says

    Dan,

    Love Firefox and all of the plugin options out there for it. I suppose as seo’s who use these tools everyday we might take them for granted. Any “do it yourselfer” seo should take note of these tools and use them to save countless hours in doing seo :)

  3. Bryan Phelps says

    I like Aaron Wall’s SEO Toolbar – it combines the features of Rank Checker, SEO For Firefox and some extras.

  4. Dustin Williams says

    Dan,

    Not really a SEO plugin but InFormEnter comes in handy for form submissions. It allows information to be saved and then just selected for each form field when filling out forms on websites. This handy plugin can make directory submissions go very fast.

  5. THansen says

    Great list of tools. I have been looking for a good comprehensive add-on for Firefox and SEO for Firefox is exactly what I needed.

    Please keep us updated on any other great tools you find. Thanks again!

  6. gerald says

    All the given tools are really useful and essential in SEO. The article is worth reading. Many important tools were specified that will be a great contribution in SEO.

  7. andrew says

    i had all of those plug ins but recently, firefox wont open on my computer so Im using Google Chrome…not bad but I do miss all the add ons I used with firefox. Will have to get it checked out when I get some time I guess.

  8. Dara says

    I’ve found that just using Quirk’s Search Status http://www.quirk.biz/searchstatus/ eliminates the need for most other plugins. I love how I can just right click on my little blue icon and highlight nofollow links (like this page’s comments, for example). Plus why would I Need RankChecker or Link Reporting or any other tools when they are all in this one?

  9. geoklix says

    very good list, I already have some of the plugins installed and they help with everyday development big time.

  10. Erwin says

    Wow!!
    Thanks a lot for the insights on the blog post List of Great Firefox Plugins for SEO.

    They were genuinely insightful.. I enjoyed reading through your posting.

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