[Note from Lee: We tend to get a bit heavy on the industry observations and strategy, so a nice tactics/tools post is in order. ]
There are many different tools out there for SEO’s to use on a website. Each one has different features and benefits depending on how you use them. That’s why TopRank provides SEO Tool Reviews from time to time. We showcase different tools that you may or may not know about. Some free, some paid, all good.
The basis of this SEO tool review is Firefox. “Firefox a SEO tool”, you say? Alone, Firefox is not an SEO tool, but there are many extensions and toolbars that can be added to Firefox to extend it’s possibilities past basic web browsing.
What makes Firefox so great?
- It’s free.
- It’s secure. If a security issue comes up, the Firefox team plugs it in just a few days.
- It works on Windows, Mac and Linux. Each version with the same features and functionality.
- It has a large developer network creating extensions. Most extensions are platform independent too.
- It is what you want it to be. Between extensions and themes, the user can build a browser that does what they want. It is really all about you.
If you don’t already have Firefox installed, go grab it! As for extending Firefox with SEO plugins, here is a list of 11 tools we either use or have tested with descriptions from Lee:
- SEOpen – 23 different metrics from back links on Yahoo and Google to Archived pages, whois and checking robots.txt.
- SEO For Firefox -Aaron Wall’s clever and configurable tool with 13 different signals ranging from domain age and Page Rank to del.icio.us bookmark and .edu inbound links.
- yExplore – Thomas’ handy tool offering easy right click access to Yahoo Site Explorer info.
- SeoQuake – Interesting tool for analyzing search results and various parameters that may influence SEO.Â Work can be saved for future reference or comparison to subsequent measurements.Â Don’t overdo it or you’re in trouble.
- KGen -Keyword generator analyzes a page for keyword frequency and placement. Also offers transfer to clipboard for use when tagging bookmarks.
- Niche Watch Tool – Checks back links, indexed pages, keyword frequency and several other SEO signals.
- MetaTags – Offers a side bar menu showing a web page’s meta data, links, keyword frequency and others.
- Search Status – Highlights nofollow links, back links, indexed pages, Alexa and Compete rankings.
What are your favorite Firefox addons for SEO?