6 awesome Firefox add-ons for a successful SEO strategy

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For many years, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer was the undeniable king of web browsers. Luckily, for users worldwide, those times are over now.

Today, there is a broad variety of options to browse the web, including the open source software developed by Mozilla.

Whether or not you are a die-hard fan of Firefox, the fact is that this is one of the most widely used web browsers in the world. According to statistics collected by w3schools, its market share to April 2016 stood at 17.5%, a respectable percentage considering that Internet Explorer only had 5.8% at that time.

Other than its speed and safety, one of the strengths of Firefox is its add-ons system, with which you can add extra functionalities to the browser.

Among the thousands of extensions, there are a handful of them dedicated to help you in the task of positioning your website in major search engines.

To save you hours of searching and testing, here’s a selection of SEO-related Firefox add-ons that you can not miss in your strategy.

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This toolbar is one of the essential SEO add-ons for Firefox. With it you can make a complete analysis of various SEO metrics of any website as well as take a quick look at an assessment of various parameters on Google’s SERPs. Among others, you’ll get this data:

  • Domain Authority and Page Authority
  • Analyze links with Open Site Explorer.
  • Conduct an analysis of keywords superimposing the SERPs on Google and Bing.
  • Perform custom searches by country, city and search engine.
  • Measure loading times of pages.

SEOQuake is another powerful toolbar, Mozbar’s direct competition. As with the previous one, this add-on helps optimize your site through dozens of parameters, with which you can analyze and generate totally professional reports. In addition to including the results within Google’s SERPs, it also lets you do things such as the following:

  • Get the rankings of a website from Alexa and SEMRush.
  • Know the number of pages indexed by Google and Bing.
  • Examine the keyword density of a page.
  • Analyze backlinks through SEMRush.
  • Get a basic SEO audit.
  • Examine internal and external links.
  • Conduct comparative tests with other websites.
  • Export data to Excel format.

Ahrefs could not be left out of this list as one of the most recommended SEO add-ons for Firefox. As with the previous two, you can perform thorough analyses of both individual pages and entire websites.

To access the reports, first you are required to create a free account on their website. Once this is done, you will have access to analyses and incredible data such as:

  • A very complete dashboard.
  • A review of internal and external links.
  • Analysis of backlinks.
  • Metrics and content shared on major social networks.
  • SEO-onpage analysis.
  • Ahrefs Rank and Ahrefs Domain Rank.
  • A report to see which links are broken.
  • Possibility of exporting data as Excel and PDF.

The free version offers a lot of data, but if you want full access to all these reports, you must purchase a premium version. It’s definitely worth it!

Here comes the last toolbar we’ll mention. It’s a very simple one and it’s called WebRank SEO Toolbar. It does not produce reports, but it does allow you to get in a quick manner several rankings and social metrics like these:

  • Google PageRank.
  • Alexa Ranking.
  • Compete Rank.
  • Quantcast Rank.
  • Indexed pages and backlinks crawled by Google and Bing.
  • Shares in Facebook, Google+, Twitter, StumbleUpon and Delicious.
  • Conduct a comparative analysis with another site.
  • Get similar sites via SimilarSites.com.

SEO Doctor is a small add-on for on-page analysis. It provides a quick diagnosis of any page in two ways. On the one hand, it informs you of problems encountered on the site and on the other it suggests recommendations based upon Google’s guidelines, through a scoring system based on percentages. With this extension you can analyze:

  • The existence of a code for web analytics (eg Google Analytics)
  • The inclusion of H1 and H2 tags.
  • Optimization of Title and Description meta tags.
  • The insertion of ALT attributes in images.
  • The number and type of links.
  • The loading times.
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A very recommended SEO add-on for Firefox. It’s developed by the people who brought you Woorank, a well-known SEO analysis tool.

While it is a basic tool, it’s suitable for people who are getting started in learning SEO, you can generate very complete reports with dozens of indicators in a few seconds. The assessment is divided into sections which contain, among others, the following parameters:

  • Visitors (traffic estimates, location, interests…)
  • Social networks (impact, Twitter accounts, LinkedIn)
  • Mobile (optimization, loading times)
  • Basic SEO (sitemaps, robots.txt, redirects)
  • Content (meta tags, headers, images)
  • Links (link analysis)
  • Keywords (rankings, competitors)
  • SEO Authority (domain registration, PageRank, expiration)
  • Usability (favicon, rich snippets, loading times)
  • Security (whois, spam, privacy)
  • Technologies (Analytics, W3C validity)

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