Today I found a very interesting plugin for FireFox called “SEO for FireFox“. I downloaded it and installed it right away. It is a plugin that works (for now) with Google and Yahoo search. When you search for something on 1 of those search engines. You will see what pagerank those sites have and backlinks, and also where it ranks at yahoo and it pulls useful market research data right into Google’s and Yahoo!’s search results, including the following data near each search result.
PR: (Google PageRank) an estimated measure of global link authority
Age: age pulled from Archive.org, shows the first time a page was indexed by Archive.org’s spider. The theory is that if Archive.org found a page so did many of the major search engines.
Links: (Yahoo! linkdomain) shows a rough estimate of the total number of links pointing at a domain.
.edu Link: (Yahoo! .edu linkdomain ) shows a rough estimate of the total number of .edu links pointing at a domain. (It also shows .edo Page Links).
.gov Link: (Yahoo! .gov linkdomain ) shows a rough estimate of the total number of .gov links pointing at a domain.
Page Links: (Yahoo! link) shows a rough estimate of the total number of links pointing at a page.
del.icio.us: number of times a URL has been bookmarked on Del.icio.us. Heavily skewed toward techy / Web 2.0 stuff.
Technorati: an estimate of the total number of links to a site from blogs.
Alexa: rank based on website traffic . Heavily skewed toward internet marketing and webmaster related resources.
Cached: (Google site:) shows how many pages from a site are indexed in Google.
dmoz: searches the Google Directory to count the total number of pages from a site that are listed in DMOZ, and the total number of pages listed in DMOZ that reference that URL.
Bloglines: shows you how many people are subscribed to a particular blog via Bloglines.
dir.yahoo.com: is a site listed in the Yahoo! Directory or not.
WhoIs: makes it easy to look up the whois data for any site.
As you can see, a lot of features with this plugin. And if you are researching the markets it is very good to have it installed. It will give you alot of information with only 1 search click. If it is to much information for you (like it was for me), than you can disable some of the features. I disabled them all only enabled the pagerank option. When I do some research I will enable it again.
This tool also links to a couple cool keyword research tools near the top of the search results, including:
Google Trends – shows historical search volume trends
SEO Book Keyword Research Tool – cross references many popular keyword research tools
Overture View Bid – shows Yahoo!’s top bid prices for a particular keyword
Google Traffic Estimator – shows top bid estimates and click volume estimates associated with Google AdWords.
Google Keyword Sandbox – Google’s keyword research tool
Just try it out. I am sure you will like it. You can download it here.