The SEO Quake Addon for Firefox | Page Rank, Inlinks, and Sitemaps

Seo Addons, Extensions for FirefoxI was talking with Julian Chadwick of PDXPipeline this Monday about the tools he uses for search engine optimization. We recorded a podcast that will be posted Monday night on Hazelnut Tech Talk. However I wanted to pass on some of the information he gave me regarding the SEO plugins he uses for Firefox. I’d like to review the SEO Quake, as it has been very useful to me.

Basic Information

There are a few baseline pieces of baseline information that any SEO beginner. One of these is Page Rank, or Google’s consideration of what a given page is worth. Page rank varies from site to site, and there are a number of factors that contribute to pagerank. One of them is the amount of websites linking to a given website. This is called ‘inlinks’. One can find out this information by going to Google and entering the string “link:http://www.yoursite.com”.

The amount of links from a site to you website show up differently in Yahoo! Search vs. Google search vs. MSN. Obtaining this data takes a while without a good tool to help you find it. There are additional metrics one can find about a site, such as the page rank, sitemap, alexa rank, and whether the site has been indexed in search engines or not. Site indexing is different from checking inlinks.

If the pages of your site are not indexed by search engines, it is difficult for searchers to find them. Making sure your website has a sitemap and submitting it to Google Webmaster tools is an essential baseline step in the SEO process. You can generate an .xml sitemap for free by using the free tool provided at XML-Sitemaps.com.

SEO Quake for Firefox

SEO Quake is a plugin that adds another layer of information on top of your brower’s basic information. Instead of having to search for inlinks, the inlinks are displayed right on top of the site for you. You can also choose what information you want displayed about the site. There are plenty of options (accessible from preferences) that allow you to view any information you want about the page you’re on. There are Yahoo! inlinks, links to domain, Alexa rank, Page Rank, inlinks from MSN, compete rank, sitemap, and the robots.txt file, just to name a few.

SEO Quake Addon for Firefox - Preferences

Using SEO Quake rocks. It’s super-customizable and generates a ton of rich information without the need to click. Plus, you can click on the information and download into a spreadsheet or text document for later use or data analysis. Highly recommended.

Download

This is a link to the download site for SEO Quake. Again, it is only available for Firefox browsers, so if you aren’t using Firefox (which you most undoubtedly should), then you’ll be missing out.

Resources

Thanks to Julian Chadwick for mentioning this plugin. You can check out Julian’s site at PDXPipeline or follow him on Twitter @pdxpipeline.

For more information on SEO, Julian and I both recommend SEOMoz.org, a Seattle-based company providing an extremely comprehensive database of resources and tools for beginner, intermediate, and advanced SEO specialists. Try the free Trifecta tool on your site for starters.

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Amber Case is a Cyborg Anthropologist from Portland, Oregon. You can follow her online @caseorganic.

14 thoughts on The SEO Quake Addon for Firefox | Page Rank, Inlinks, and Sitemaps

  1. that plugin is very useful for me, especially to build and looking for the right backlink, thanks it make me feel satisfy

  2. Great review, I’ve been using SEO Quake for some time now with positive results.

    In regard to FireFox Extensions; I also like RankChecker (from SEOBook.com), SEO for Firefox, Mozbar (from SEOMoz.org), Foxy SEO tool and the RankQuest toolbar. Some of the above tools contain similar features, which can be benchmarked against one another to validate results if necessary. There is also another extension that highlights ‘nofollow’ links, which has proved quite helpful.

    Keep up the great work. I love reading blogs fueled by passionate people. Thank you.

  3. Thanks Joshua, I love learning more about SEO toolbars — that’s great there’s one for ‘nofollow’ links! Great to know!

  4. Thank you for the Firefox SEO tool. I have spent the last few months looking for a really simple tool. I was hoping you would know of one that could help me.

    I have a list of urls that we have added a link to, we have the anchor text, and we have the links that the anchor text is pointing to.

    Every program that I have tried requires that we add a SINGLE DOMAIN and then it verifies that the link is pointing back.

    I would like to upload a list of different domains that different links are pointing to.

    Thus, I would add a csv containing the link where the url is, the anchor text and the url the link is pointing to and the software would verify that this is correct.

    Thanks.

  5. Goran,

    Thank you for your question.

    You might want to try http://www.seomoz.org/, as they have many tools like this. The free version should have some tools you need.
    Let me know if it works for you. The seomoz suite of tools is what I’ve been using for a while. If you don’t find what you need there, you might want to try looking at the seomoz online forums, where you can ask them the same question you asked me. They’ll probably have a link to an excellent and simple tool you can use.

  6. Thanks for this information. I can definitely use all the help I can get in optimizing my page. I will be looking for other similar plugins for Firefox!

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  8. I had been using Seoquake for quite sometime now. And i must say, this is one of the most important tool in my overall SEO. I wish they will still improve the addon which will benefit SEO, also me. Thanks SEOQuake and keep up the good work.

  9. I like seoquake. I normally use it to check the keyword density of my sites, after i have written an article or to check the competition for keyword research, since the top10 sites are enough to estimate for what keywords i can go for to easily rank number one for that particular phrase.
    The only thing that sometimes annoys me is that google is blocking the ip adress after quite some time of research within 2 hours, but that is just how it is.

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