5+ FireFox Extentions To Explore Backlinks

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I have recently covered a number of topics on backlink analysis, so make sure you haven’t missed anything:

Today I am going to add a few useful FireFox plugins that can also be very helpful for exploring backlinks.

1. Smart PageRank offers a neat FireFox add-on that instantly checks backlinks for a current active page: It has a number of helpful settings allowing you to also check for Google PR (often broken), anchor text and nofollow link attribute:

Smart backlinks

Note: one evident drawback of the tool (apart from broken PR function) is that it will open backlink list in the same tab as the active page and there’s no way to change that.

2. SearchStatus allows for a quick access to the backlinks of a page or domain (in Google or Yahoo SiteExplorer).

SearchStatus - backlinks

3. SEOQuake or SEO for FireFox (whichever you prefer) should be used to enhance link: search in Yahoo or Yahoo SiteExplorer. They will both show valuable information for each linking page (Google PR, Google indexed pages, Dmoz or Yahoo Directory presence, page backlinks, etc) necessary to make a conclusion on the checked page actual strength.

Note: either of them will of course slow down the search process.

4. Inbound Link Quality (ILQ) extension will show you the estimated quality of backlinks for an active page based on Dmoz and yahoo directory mentions, number of .edu and .gov backlinks, age and Alexa rank:

Inbound Link Quality (ILQ)

Note: that’s an awesome tool but I wish it could be turned off at times (when I don’t need it) as it seems to slow down the page load.

5. SEO Link Analysis checks Google PageRank of the linking page, anchor text used and the nofollow attribute. The best thing is that it works for Google Webmaster Tools “Pages with external links” and I know no other FireFox extension that can be used there.

SEO Link Analysis

And one more: Link Diagnosis (required to get access to the full backlink report at the site).

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.forwardslashmarketing.co.uk/ Gidseo

    Hi Ann
    Just thought I’d take the opportunity to give a hat tip to all the talented developers of FireFox plugins who make our job so much easier.

  • http://www.netpaths.net/blog/browser-bookmarklets/ CVOS man

    I’d like to add one to the liste: a Yahoo siteexplorer bookmarklet. After adding this to your firefox toolbar, clicking on the link will instantly show your backlinks according to Yahoo.

    http://www.netpaths.net/blog/browser-bookmarklets/

  • http://www.schmearch.com Brian Carter

    Wow. That’s all. Just “wow.”
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  • http://www.jvptechnology.com/ jay paul

    @ANN: again you’ve done fantastic job about these SEO back link checker plugins for firefox. it will make more easier work to check our all the site details in just one click.

    we are big fan of seoquake and using from long time for my sites, also others plugins are unique and useful with firefox.

    Thanks
    Paul

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

    Excellent stuff! Thank you!

    But Smarty adding too many plugins will mess up firefox browser and will utilize more memory. What is your suggestion to optimize its speed performance.

  • http://www.louisianamotorcycleaccident.com/ Marc

    Which combo of these do you use Ann? I recently switched to “search status” and “link diagnosis” exclusively.

  • http://www.seosmarty.com/ Ann Smarty

    Most often I use SEOQuake, SEO Link Analysis and Link Diagnosis…

  • http://www.dotcomsecrets.net Internet Marketing Joy

    Thanks for these helpful Firefox extensions on how to check backlinks, Ann..^^ I will have this bookmarked..^^

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    Are these all compatible with Firefox 3?

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    Great SEO post. I will be adding some of this to my Joomla Templates site as we have recently begun discuss how to rank your Joomla site in google.

  • http://www.webexordium.com/ Rick

    I’ve used SEO for Firefox for a long time and tried SeoQuake based upon this post. I think Quake is superior (slightly) and noticed it even has an IE version. Thanks for pointed out all these great tools.

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    Thanks for Firefox Extentions links. Firefox browser is realy great for webmaster and seo campany.

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    All I can say is “WOW”. Thanks for the collection of extension, I will download them all right away.

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    is that work with google?

  • http://design4effect.com Design4Effect

    Google is currently limiting the number of backlinks listed for links: queries. Yahoo is still providing a full list.

    It really shouldn’t matter which search engine you use since backlinks are not search engine dependant.

    Reciprocal links carry much less weight (for Google PR) than one-way links so it would be nice if these tools indicated the link type too.

  • http://www.mydcwebdesign.com/ Pete – My DC Web Design

    Great Article, its amazing how SEO has changes in the past year or two. Do you think the competition will get increasing hard, or do think companies will eventually have the need to do their own SEO work?

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  • http://www.gauraw.com Kumar Gauraw

    Ann,
    Thanks for this post. I was looking for a good Firefox extension and found your tips very valuable. I am mgoing to try these to see what fits my needs. Appreciate you sharing.
    Regards,
    Kumar