Top 16 Firefox SEO add-ons you should have
Even though more and more people are using Chrome nowadays, I’m still a Firefox fan. And this mostly because of the available add-ons. And because there are a lot of users who wonder which are the best SEO add-ons, I’ll make a list with the ones I use.
Flagfox – specially designed to see from which country the IP of the site you’re browsing is. You can copy the IP directly to the browser, you can see the Whois and with Geotool you can see the location of the host.
GA? – you can see if the site you’re browsing has Google Analytics. Sometimes it’s possible to encounter some issues with the code, so it’s useful to check it.
Ghostery – useful to see which monitoring scripts are on a site. Of course, you can also block them.
Google Global – you can see Google search results from other countries exactly as if you were in that location. Also very useful to see the Adwords competition on the search results.
HeadingsMap – you can see the Headings from a page and their order. You don’t need to search in the code, just click on a certain icon.
KGen – an interesting sidebar which shows the keyword with the biggest density. You can add an ignore for a content in a specific language, other than English, so you can see only the keywords with high density.
LinkChecker – shows in real time if links are available, dofollow and nofollow.
Rank Checker, from Seobook – for quick checks of positions, considering specific keywords.
SearchStatus and SEOpen – some of the oldest SEO add-ons, offering a lot of useful options. You can see the PageRank, robots.txt, sitemap.xml and a lot of infos you want to know about a site or a page.
Seerobots – a recently discovered add-on, which is very useful. You can see if a page has specified the fact that it doesn’t need indexing, archiving or it doesn’t need replacing of the description from DMOZ or Yahoo!
Simple Links Counter – you can see how many links from a page are internal and how many are internal.
Uppity – an add-on which can retrospectively navigate on a site structure. With other words, it reversely navigates on URL levels. O simple method to see empty sections from a site, uncategorized links, unprotected zones, etc.
WAVE – Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool – a useful toolbar which shows the loading order of a page, text versions and other analysis regarding accessibility.
yExplore – useful for analyzing the IBLs from Yahoo! per domain and per page. Plus a lot of useful options.
GAREnhancer – a useful Greasemonkey script for your Analytics account.
TinyURL Decoder – another useful Greasemonkey script which can decode the short URL you find on some pages.
These are a few add-ons I use and recommend for any SEO enthusiast. But be aware that the fact that you have them installed is almost useless if you don’t need how to use them. Site and competition analysis can’t replace online tools. The way you perceive some signals or some factors is way more important.