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Firefox Makes Googling (and SEO) Easier

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Update (12-10-2010) – So today I’m not the Firefox fanboy I used to be.  I’ve moved into Chrome.  Check out Chrome Extensions That Make SEO Easier.

The Firefox browser is an amazing, innovative browser.  It’s fun watching IE copy its features (well, as many as its architecture can allow, which isn’t many – MS doesn’t rebuild, so Firefox should be enjoying their notoriety for a long time to come).  I was an early adopter, but it’s pretty amazing how many people use this browser now – it’s not just advanced web surfers anymore.  I was helping my 60 year old mother install a webcam and saw the Firefox browser.  Impressed, I asked her how she heard about it.  She said, “well, I don’t want Spyware.”  Wow.

For those who still don’t use Firefox, here’s some reasons you should take the plunge.  If you’re a traditional IE user, believe me, learning this browser is a piece of cake.

  1. Download Manager makes controlling and revisiting your downloads easier
  2. Faster – uses less computer resources
  3. Smart Location Bar – this makes entering URLs easier
  4. Great privacy controls
  5. Security!!!!!!!!! <- reason enough to choose Firefox over IE
  6. Better webpage rendering
  7. Zoom in on text and images (cntrl +/-)
  8. HUGELY customizable

That last one is a big one (and the reason for this post).  With hundreds of homemade Firefox extensions on the web, you can customize your browser to make your internet life easier.  If you’re a web developer, there are extensions to help you locate and analyze code, view pages in cross-browser emulation, disable style codes or JavaScript, and a lot more.  If you are a social media fanatic, there are extensions that make your browser interact with your favorite sites more naturally.  It’s pretty addictive to search for these extensions, especially if you’re a tinkerer like me.  Here’s a bunch including ad blockers, tab controllers, image viewers, and cool ways to save pages for easier use later (I haven’t used my browsers bookmark function in a while thanks to some of these plugins).

How does Firefox help Googling?

Greasemonkey is a Firefox Extension that allows for sub-extensions (called scripts, also found by Googling ‘greasemonkey scripts’ or something similiar).  Search Engine Journal just posted 14 Essential Greasemonkey Scripts for Google Searching, and had a few I didn’t know about.  Some of these scripts are useful to the average searcher.  They do a great job of summarizing each script, so take a look.

To use these scripts, you just have to install the Greasmonkey extension first, then go to the script pages and click INSTALL.  That couldn’t be easier.

How does Firefox help SEO?

There are plenty of Firefox extensions for search engine optimization, allowing for quick site audits, spider emulation, NoFollow checkers, user-agent switchers (view a site as Google), and code viewers.

Again, these sites do a great job describing and sending you to the tools.  Tackle these after lunch for an hour, and I guarantee the web will look a lot better.  Enjoy -

http://seo2.0.onreact.com/top-10-firefox-extensions-for-search-website-optimization-and-seo-i-use

http://tips.webdesign10.com/firefox-seo-extensions

http://www.automaticable.com/2008-04-29/the-top-12-seo-firefox-extensions/


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    1. Anastasia
      September 12, 2009

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      September 12, 2009

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    3. jason
      December 29, 2009

      As a developer that runs into horrible (though unfortunately not uncommon) things, like self proclaimed tech-savvy clients still stuck on IE6 as the only way the web should be viewed, I greatly appreciate the fact that your mother knows better.

      It’s not that I don’t develop with IE6 in mind still, I just really don’t want to, and like everybody else, I cant wait for it to go away.

      I think Firefox extensions on the whole have helped to make the browser more visible, and this post does a great job of highlighting many useful bits. However, don’t forget about Firebug. I think this appeals to the same level of user that would be using many of the SEO tools effectively.

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    4. jason
      December 29, 2009

      As a developer that runs into horrible (though unfortunately not uncommon) things, like self proclaimed tech-savvy clients still stuck on IE6 as the only way the web should be viewed, I greatly appreciate the fact that your mother knows better.

      It’s not that I don’t develop with IE6 in mind still, I just really don’t want to, and like everybody else, I cant wait for it to go away.

      I think Firefox extensions on the whole have helped to make the browser more visible, and this post does a great job of highlighting many useful bits. However, don’t forget about Firebug. I think this appeals to the same level of user that would be using many of the SEO tools effectively.

      Reply


    5. jordan
      April 27, 2010

      Firefox is an awesome browser and can totally help with seo, even diyseo so you can see how different sites are doing ranking next to each other and what their competition is like. its great stuff! I love Mozilla Firefox!

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    6. jordan
      April 27, 2010

      Firefox is an awesome browser and can totally help with seo, even diyseo so you can see how different sites are doing ranking next to each other and what their competition is like. its great stuff! I love Mozilla Firefox!

      Reply