Sure, there are a TON of lists out there that tote people’s favorite Firefox add-ons, but I haven’t run across any that revolve around the internet marketing crowd specifically, so that’s what we’ll be talking about today.
Some of you die-hard IE users might be offended, but these days, I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that even if you use IE, you also use Firefox. A lot of folks use both (I do, but my primary is definitely FF), so this should cover a very large portion of the readers.
The following top 10 Firefox add-ons for internet marketers aren’t ranked in any particular order – just off the top of my head and as I remember them. I sincerely hope you find something worth using on this list – I know I couldn’t survive without most of them.
1. SearchStatus by Craig Raw – Although these aren’t ranked in any order, I will say that SearchStatus is one of my favorites. Why? Mainly because it tucks away a nice little Google PR bar as well as an Alexa ranking bar in the lower right-hand corner of the screen, and better yet, there is an entire host of options when you right click on the SearchStatus button – namely the “highlight nofollow links” option, which is VERY cool and VERY convenient. This is a must have for any serious internet marketer/SEO/SEM. Download SearchStatus here.
2. Tabs Open by John Mellor – A simple, yet very essential add-on for most anally retentive internet marketers. Throughout the daily activities of an online marketer, you open hundreds of “tabs” each day. Have you ever been annoyed by the fact that they all open on the far right of your last tab? Wouldn’t you rather have the tab open to the immediate right side of your current tab? Well, download Tabs Open here, and you’ll get exactly that.
3. ColorZilla by Alex Sirota – ColorZilla, what would I do without you. I’m sure quite a few of my fellow internet marketers can appreciate the fact that we’re not designers, but that doesn’t stop us from pretending to be. How many times have you wondered what color a certain website or blog was using so that you could copy their idea be inspired by it? ColorZilla, one of the more popular Firefox add-ons out there, will tell you just that, and a whole lot more. Just point and click, and you’ve got the hex code, RGB, etc…Download ColorZilla here.
4. SEOQuake by SEOQuake Team – If you need an awesome way to keep track of all sorts of SEO aspects of a site (or your competitors sites), then SEOQuake is an SEO add-on that you need to enable in your arsenal. It’s extremely powerful, and will tell you everything from PageRank to Alexa Rank for your search results, and so much more. Literally, a novel could be written about this add-on, so instead of writing three pages, I’ll direct you to download it here, and play with it for yourself, you’ll see what I mean!
5. FlagFox by Dave G. – Ever wonder where a website was based out of? Server details on the fly? Well, FlagFox is for you. It will display a little flag on each site you go to, to tell you where the website’s servers are located. This can come in more handy than one might think – trust me, download Flagfox here and it will be one of those standard add-ons that you use every day (especially for the nosy types!). With 50,000 downloads a week, it’s obviously worth having.
6. Html Validator 0.8.5.2 by Marc Gueury – Designer or not, you need this plugin. Ever wondered how many html errors your site (or any site) has? Proper HTML validation is an important part of SEO and more important for your users, of course. Anyway, download it here – it’s another staple in your add-on cabinet.
7. GA? Is Google Analytics Installed by TwisterMC – Believe it or not, on more occasions than not, I find myself needing to know if GA (Google Analytics) is installed on a page. Apparently, thousands of other people needed the same capability on the fly, so if you’re one of them, download the GA? addon here.
8. Power Twitter by Narendra Rocherolle – Even if you use TweetDeck or another popular 3rd party Twitter client, Power Twitter is an extremely popular FF add-on for a reason. It offers you all sorts of Twitterific options including but not limited to: picture uploading, URL expansion, Facebook updates, status history, advanced search, and so much more. This is one of the top third party Twitter applications for a reason. Download the Power Twitter addon for Firefox here.
9. Digg Toolbar 1.0.3 by Digg Inc. – Although Digg is coming out with a brand new, state of the art toolbar, for now, you can use the popular Digg toolbar addon for FF. Here is the official description, “The Digg Toolbar for Firefox lets you Digg, submit content, and keep track of Digg even when you’re not on the Digg site itself. With a notification window built into the toolbar, you’ll never miss a popular story or when friends Digg, submit, or comment on stories.” Enough said, download it here.
10. Yoono by Yoono – It’s hard to ignore a social media plugin that gets nearly 40,000 downloads per week. Yoono neatly organizes and centralizes all of your social media networks and instant messaging into your sidebar. Now, I haven’t used Yoono extensively, but I’ve heard a lot of buzz around it, and as I type this post, I’m giving it a whirl. So far, it’s pretty sweet, more to come later. In the mean time, download the Yoono addon here.