3 Ways to Customize Google Search in FireFox

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I search Google daily (min. once per hour, I guess). However I don’t just type in words and go through the results. As an SEO, I often use advanced search (especially the date range option to see most recent domain / brand name mentions, for example) and advanced search operators (especially, site:).

Accessing these advanced search options takes time, and as I need them a lot, that definitely makes sense to adjust the browser the way that I could allow me to reach them instantly. Thus let’s look at three possible ways to customize Google search with FireFox:

1. Using FireFox search plugin function (for example, two awesome Google search plugins I already mentioned once or twice are Distilled Google without Wikipedia and Joost’s Google unpersonalized search). You can easily create your own search plugin and use it any time. Let’s say you want to instantly access the ‘date range‘ advanced search (say, “past 24 hours“) and thus create a search plugin for that:

  • search Google for any keywords (e.g. [seosmarty]);
  • go to Google advanced search and choose “past 24 hours” (to see most recent mentions);
  • copy the search results URL;
  • go to mycroft.mozdev.org and use the form (below “Show full instructions option?“) to create a search plugin for your search;
  • paste your advanced search URL in the “URL” field but substitute your search term (in my case that’s ‘seosmarty’) for {searchTerms};

Customize Google with search plugins

  • generate plugin and install it to test before submitting.
  • submit the plugin and you are done:

Google-24 search plugin

You can install this search plugin from here and test it yourself.

2. Using FireFox “Smart Keywords or Quick search ability.

You can create a quick search and access your favorite Google advanced search right from the addressbar by typing in the key and the search term:

  • Search Google [keyword] using an advanced search option (e.g. “past 24 hours”);
  • Copy the URL of the search;
  • Substitute keyword in the query string for %s;
  • Go: Bookmarks > Organize Bookmarks => New Bookmark;
  • Create new search bookmark the following way:

Customize Google with smart keywords

Now on typing mf seosmarty in your FireFox addressbar you will get to recent pages mentioning [seosmarty].

3. Using one of numerous FireFox extensions allowing to customize Google search or access its advanced operators.

Ann Smarty
Ann Smarty is the blogger and community manager at Internet Marketing Ninjas. Ann's expertise in blogging and tools serve as a base for her writing, tutorials and her guest blogging project, MyBlogGuest.com.
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  • http://www.vipey.com vipey

    i use this to give me option as to what region im searching. as im in the uk i tend to get uk based sites first but for seo purposes i dont get the full picture
    really great addon

  • Martyn P

    You even search once an hour when you’re asleep? Impressive. 🙂

  • Karl Larsson

    What about the CustomizeGoogle extension?

  • https://www.searchenginejournal.com Ann Smarty

    @Karl, thank you.
    For those who don’t know, here is the link to the extension:


  • http://www.aztecsoft.com/our_services/independent_testing/ Software Testing

    @Ann, #2, the keyword is “mf” or “kf”? because the image says “mf” and the text typed below says “kf”!

    I like to use the #2 option, as I don’t want to overload my FF with more add-on 🙂

    Thanks Ann!

  • https://www.searchenginejournal.com Ann Smarty

    @Software Testing, good point 🙂 Corrected.

  • http://www.aztecsoft.com/our_services/independent_testing/ Software Testing

    @Ann, Thanks 🙂

  • Taohidul Hassan

    Hi Ann,

    I will use option 2…. and thanks for it…..