9 of the Best Firefox Addons for SEO and Web Development

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I have seen a number of great articles on the web with people’s preferred Firefox addons. I agree with some them and have also found some new ones to play with. So to return the favor, so to speak, I am going to release what I think are the most useful Firefox addons in regard to web development and Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

An additional bonus is that ‘Top 9’s’ always make good link bait in SEO (there’s a tip for you SEOs and blog writers!). This list is written in no particular order so lets start…

1) ‘All in One SideBar‘ this, and it has to be said is my favorite, allows you to access and manage all your Firefox addons through a side bar which is incorporated in to your browser. This is real over kill if you are a normal web user, but for a developer it isn’t half handy. Highly recommended.

2) ‘Web developer tool bar‘, I prefer this to the ever popular firebug, which i also have installed, although it doesn’t have any functions to debug javascript, it is a great tool for development and tests CSS on the fly. Keys to remember after installing are “ctrl shift f ” and “ctrl shift e”.

3) ‘IE Tab‘ if you are a developer, you should already be using this as it allows you to switch to what your site looks like in IE while being in your Firefox browser.

4) ‘Grease Monkey‘ this allows you to alter the way a given web page is displayed by adding bits of javascript. For instance, you can get a script for Grease Monkey that puts numbers next to your search results in Google.  Very useful for quick SEO queries.

5) ‘Live HTTP Headers‘ for advanced SEOs/developers, lets you see the header request in regards to web 2.0 technologies.https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3829

6) ‘Tabs open‘ relatively does what it says on the page. It is very useful when you have got as many tabs open as I have!

7) ‘Delicious Bookmark’ because like many developers I use multiple computers at home and at work. I uses Delicious so that I can easily access my bookmarks anywhere. Delicious Bookmark for Firefox, integrates the bookmarks into Firefox so that I can quickly add favorites to my Delicious account. To use this tool, you will need a
Delicious account.

8 ) ‘ColorZilla‘ allows you to select a color from a given webpage and gives you it’s hex value. Great for design work.

9) ‘GA?’ This is a nice little SEO tool that allows you to see if Google Analytics is installed on a given site by a nicely colored icon in the bottom right of the screen.

All that is left to say is a massive thank you to the developers of the Firefox add-ons and keep up the good work. Firefox rocks ! If you think that you know of any better add-ons that I have missed, feel free to email me or leave a comment so other users can see what is available. Image Credit: Byassir

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  • Lee Ka Hoong@Starcraft 2 July 9, 2010, 4:49 am

    No doubt, Firefox is the best browser as it has tons of addon available for better browsing experience. I’ve been using Firefox for years and I like the features. For SEO purpose, I only use “Google Toolbar” & “Alexa ToolbaR” at the moment to check the pagerank and alexa ranking.

    Nice post Lior.

    Regards,
    Lee

  • Real Estate July 9, 2010, 6:13 am

    Firefox is the best browser as it has tons of addon available for better browsing experience. I’ve been using Firefox for years and I like the features. For SEO purpose, I only use “Google Toolbar” &

  • Joe - Bend Carpet Cleaning July 9, 2010, 6:40 am

    Don’t forget SEO for Firefox. This plugin has literally changed the way I surf the web. You can see PR, Links in (According to Yahoo), Age and Alexa ranking. The stats appear right below every search result. I use it to rank my carpet cleaning website in Bend Oregon.

  • evan schulte July 9, 2010, 8:45 am

    I also like SEOQuake. This is a good list though.

  • viral marketing July 9, 2010, 9:35 am

    I only recently discovered that Chrome actually has extensions as well. Just do a search for chrome plugins. I was surprised to find many of the current extensions I use with FireFox for it. I’m not sure which browser is better now. Chrome tens to be way quicker especially once you installed 30 or so extensions. But my heart is still with FF 🙂

  • Thomas July 9, 2010, 11:51 am

    ColorZilla is a great tool! Makes identifying colors so easy!

  • jtGraphic: James Thompson July 9, 2010, 11:54 am

    Don’t forget Measureit if you’re a developer. Sits right next to colorzilla – nice small box and allows u to measure size of anything on the page.

  • used tires July 9, 2010, 6:48 pm

    That’s the best part that I love about Firefox is the addons, I have most of these addons that have been mentioned either via comments or listed in the blog post. I would also add “Snap Links Plus”, although its not a true webdeveloper/seo addon, it is super helpful for me at least because it allows me to open multiple links all at once by simply highlighting them all.

    Till then,

    Jean

  • Sun Storage July 9, 2010, 11:47 pm

    I was using ‘SEO for Firefox’ addons which is best for SEO. Thanks for the list of another addons.

  • Colleen July 10, 2010, 11:34 am

    Very good list. One of my favorites that is not on your list is SEOmoz’s toolbar for Firefox. It’s great in that I can see what site have high domain authority. Plus there are many of the tools available the other programs utilize.

  • Bidet July 11, 2010, 5:13 am

    These are all great add ons, I never heard of Grease Monkey before it seems really cool. I also like using the Search Status plugin being able to see page rank and alexa rank on any site is very useful.

  • Uzi July 11, 2010, 11:01 am

    I use some of the mentioned about plus “Extended Status bar”

  • Web Design Los Angeles July 11, 2010, 9:54 pm

    All the addons are best to use. Thanks for sharing.

  • evan schulte July 16, 2010, 11:38 am

    I didn’t know about “tabs open” I think this will help me out.

  • smart metering July 24, 2010, 2:37 am

    I have been using Firefox for many years as its the first and last choice for me and the most important part which i like very much is addons which make things very easy and the features are really very good. I am using seo for firefox and google toolbar right now.

  • rent textbooks online August 19, 2010, 12:49 pm

    I had not heard of GA before. Does it allow you to see what the data is?

  • DailyTechPost September 17, 2010, 4:37 am

    Fantastic list…this list would definitely help a lot.it makes job of a web master a lot easier…thanks for sharing this

  • Paiman Roointan September 20, 2010, 8:17 am
  • Software Development Company December 18, 2010, 5:26 am

    These are very helpful FF addons. I used some addons but some are i will install. Thanks.

  • jhon lewis January 24, 2011, 4:38 am

    I like SeoQuake Most…

  • Website Worth Calculator July 14, 2011, 3:52 am

    I love firefox these are just great addons 🙂

  • Naples luxury homes October 9, 2011, 2:02 am

    If i may add, SEOquake is also a great add on for Search Engine optimization. It displays Page Rank, inbound and outbound links, Alexa ranking and a lot more. It’s free and it’s easy to use. No need for an expert to understand the information displayed from this add on.