Essential Tools For A DIY SEO Strategy

If you’re serious about doing SEO yourself – then you need to turn your website browser into one of your most valuable SEO tools.

Any experienced Search Engine Optimization specialist will swear by his top SEO plugins and add-ons. Having vital SEO info and stats at your fingertips is not only a great timesaving, but ensure’s SEO is never far from your mind when your out and about on the internet.

To save you hunting for hours to find the best ones, here’s a list of all the SEO plugins you should consider having on your Firefox browsers.

A4SEO is an extension for the webmaster interested in SEO. At the moment, it provides entries into the context menu from which to examine the backlinks of the current site with a few mouse clicks, similar to the IE Google Toolbar.

Foxy SEO Tool is a free, open source toolbar that provides quick and easy access to a multitude of search engine functions such as Google Site, Yahoo! Site Explorer, Live Fromlinks. Also included are famous web traffic analysis sites such as Alexa, Compete, Quantcast, popular statistic aggregators like Quarkbase and WebSiteOutlook.

Google Global Firefox Extension lets users to view organic and paid Google search results as they appear in almost any location on Earth. You can access this tool from the content menu or toolbar.

The trusty old Google toolbar provides easy access to all of Google’s key services, with the ability to links as required. It also provides easy access to the toolbar PR score (if you still follow this antiquated measure of page SEO value).

Shows HTTP headers on statusbar including up to 10 statusbar panels, Request and response headers, Custom headers and Tooltip headers.

HTML Validator is a Mozilla extension that adds HTML validation inside Firefox and Mozilla. The number of errors of a HTML page is seen on the form of an icon in the status bar when browsing.

KGen (Keyword Generator) is an extension that allows you to see what keywords are strong on visited web pages. Than, you can retrieve them for social sharing (tag filling) or webmastering/SEO.

This sidebar displays page meta-information (metatags, links, etc.) Has automated search engine submission menu. Features include: Watches currently loaded Web page and automatically updates the sidebar. Displays metatags, links, language, base…

This wonderful SEO extension provides you the technical information required to beat your competitor websites in serps.It gives you backlinks number, indexed pages, keyword occurences on the page, page rank, all in anchor, all in title and all in text rank for both domain and webpage information.

This tool from the SEOmoz team allows bulk checking of a large number of keyword rankings directly from your Firefox browser.

RankQuest SEO(Search Engine Optimization) Toolbar provides you quick access to more than 30 intuitive SEO tools. Alexa Rank and Page Rank provided by Alexa and Google respectively ensures the popularity of the site.

Display the Google PageRank, Alexa rank, Compete ranking and SEOmoz Linkscape mozRank anywhere in your browser, along with fast keyword density analyser, keyword/nofollow highlighting, backward/related links, Alexa info and more.

SEO services: Track sites placement at Google and Yahoo for any keyword. Watch Google PageRank (PR), Backlinks, Saturation over time. Graph and table presentation of the data.

This FireFox plugin allows you to simply type in the number of a search result in a Google or Yahoo SERP and it will take you there automatically without any mouse movement or clicking.

Enriches the link data in Google Webmaster Tools & Yahoo! Site Explorer by showing the PageRank of the linking page, the anchor text user and whether the link is nofollowed or not.

Provides quick access to some web-based tools to help with search engine optimization. Quickly check inbound links, PageRank, http headers, and much more. Right-click on an open area of a web page, or use the included toolbar.

Seoquake is a Mozilla Firefox SEO extension aimed primarily at helping web masters who deal with search engine optimization (SEO) and internet promotion of web sites. Seoquake allows to obtain and investigate many important SEO parameters of the internet project under study on the fly, save them for future work, compare them with the results, obtained for other, competitive, projects.

SEO for Firefox by SEOmoz provides access to many useful SEO data sources to make it easy get an overall view of the competitive landscape of a market directly in the search results.

Smart PageRank is a small, simple yet powerful Firefox extension that gain you quick access to Alexa Rank, Google PR, value, WhoIs and backlinks’ PR of the current page that you are viewing.

User Agent Switcher is a useful Firefox plugin which allows you to switch the user agent of the browser. Users can use this tool to simulate a search engine’s view of the web page.

The Web Developer extension adds a menu and a toolbar to the browser with various web developer tools.

yExplore adds quick access to search engine & social media information. Just right click, select yExplore and then one of the shortcut links to access information about the site you are viewing.

Now before you go loading all of the plugins above, be aware that the more plugins you have active, the slower your browsing experience might become. I suggest trialling the ones that offer the information you need, and then settling on a handful that offer the most value.

I’m sure there’s a few more out there that I’ve overlooked, so why not share which other ones you’re using in our comments below. I’ll add them to the list so we can create the definitive Firefox SEO plugin list.


By Rene LeMerle

Rene is the marketing manager of - a global search engine marketing company. He also leads the marketing for - a web 2.0 style community for online and digital marketers. Rene has been in the industry since 1997 with much of that time spent helping businesses embrace the best of the internet and digital world.

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