Thursday, May 28, 2009

SEO Extensions for Firefox

It isn't easy understanding how to get everything working properly for a higher rated site in Google or other search engines. It would be nice if there was a tool of some sort to help out with that. Fortunately, there are tools which can help, and they are readily available and easy to install as a plug in for Firefox.

Here are some of those Firefox plug-ins that can help you with Search Engine Optimization:

SeoQuake - 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.

Web Developer Toolbar
- Has many indispensable features for both Web development and SEO. It allows you to easily manage cache, cookies, referrers, JavaScript, CSS, and much more. For example, you can disable CSS on a page with Ctrl-Shift-s. You can quickly disable cookies to see how a site changes with cookies off. You can show alt attribute text on the page. And much more... The Firefox Web Developer Toolbar is an essential tool.

Search Status - 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 other SEO tools. It also allows you to view rel=nofollow links on page

RankQuest SEO - 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. Once you download and install the SEO Toolbar you are only one or two clicks away from carrying out most of your day to day SEO

Google Symantics - This tool helps to get synonym for the keyword during your search on Google n which helps for better SEO using Google own Synonyms also refered as Latent Semantic Indexing (LSI) n is a vital element in Search Engine Optimization and article writing

The Story of Web Standards

Web standards is beautiful. It gives form, function and consistency to design across the browsers, and it makes content king, which is as it should be. If nothing were consistent, we would lose our viewers, and nothing is more important than they are. Web standards is like cake at a birthday party: a necessity. Everyone would leave without it.

Thinking back to the olden days of the web (think early 1990's), it was like nobody had ever dreamed of standardization. Anything was possible and everyone wanted to get there first. It wasn't "all for one and one for all" but "all for me and give me money". Madness and chaos reigned free, nobody played along with anyone, and the biggest were out there for nobody but themselves. SEO? What was Search Engine Optimization then? Nothing! The tubes of the internet were in tangles, and there was no Firefox, Safari or Opera to save the day.

I would like to thank Microsoft and Netscape for being the pain-in-the-butts that they were at the time. One must see chaos to appreciate the goodness of what they have. It would have been nice to avoid the inconsistent design, the "This website is only visible in Internet Explorer 5.0+" messages, and maybe even the entire existence of AOL, but somehow that seems like a right of passage. Without that, we couldn't fully appreciate that those days are done. While what we have now is far from perfect (in many ways, still reeks of pre-1998. Oh the horror.), it is ten billion times better than what it was. Without this, we would not have thought of the need for web standards.

Web optimization, you are my hero.
Keep up the good fight! You can only move forward from here.

Read more about the history of web standards here.