Most of SEOs blog a lot; I for one spend 50% of my working time looking through search news, brainstorming and arranging new post ideas and writing blog posts (yes, it’s only 50%, though some of our dedicated readers may think it’s 100% of my time).
FireFox accounts for 60 % of my writing productivity because I very much depend on how fast it works to collect and store data.
Today I am sharing my tips on how to make writing and blogging with FireFox easier and more efficient:
FireFox as a Better Spell Checker
There was a post on improving FireFox spell-checking ability describing a few nice tips; my favorite among them is enabling spell check for one-line text fields (the feature is disabled by default for some reason):
FireFox as a Better Annotator
There are plenty of methods and tricks of information collecting and organizing while you browse: from built-in bookmarks to external bookmarking tools like Delicious. I plan on covering most interesting ones in the future, but in this post I am only mentioning most basic (but really awesome tips) on improving FireFox copying and saving abilities:
FireFox Better Copying:
Extended Copy Menu: this addon adds two extra options to your right-click copy menu:
- Copy as HTML;
- Copy as Pain text
For you to choose if you want to preserve formatting or not.
QuoteURLText: this addon copies selected text to the clipboard including Page Title, Location and copy date.
You can set which elements to include in the saved copy and the order of the URL, Title, Date and Quote (available from Tools -> QuoteUrlText)
Better Saving and Managing Options:
Scrapbook is one of my favorite addons when it comes to information organization.
Its features include:
- Save snippet of a web page
- Organize the collection in the same way as Bookmarks
- Full text search and quick filtering search of the collection
- Editing of the collected web page
- Text/HTML edit feature resembling Opera’s Notes
FireFox as an International Browser
If you often need to read and write using more than one languages (like myself), you will find the following addons quite useful (more tips in my recent post on international browsing with FireFox):
- More dictionaries will help you spell-check no matter which language you are currently blogging in;
- Dictionary.com FireFox addon is a quick way to translate any word via Dictionary.com online tool.
- gTranslate is a handy FireFox extension that adds Google Translate to your browser: just select any text, right-click on it, choose “Translate” and you are done!