FireFox for SEOs: Working with Several FireFox Profiles

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I do prefer FireFox over other browsers. This can be a matter of a habit but I don’t know any other browser that can be customized in such a plenty of ways.

A profile in FireFox is the collection of extensions, bookmarks, settings, passwords, and user preferences that are saved for you in a separate set of files. Creating several such sets of preferences opens the whole wealth of opportunities for SEOs:

  • Sort your extensions into two (or more) FireFox profiles depending on purposes (e.g. don’t overload one profile with plenty of extensions you might need from time to time: secure one profile only for SEO purposes and one for “normal, everyday” browsing and reading, for example);
  • Be logged in into two different (Gmail) accounts at the same time;
  • Compare personalized versus “generic” (Google) search;
  • Manage two (or more) different sets of bookmarks.

How to create another FireFox profile?

  1. Exit FireFox;
  2. (Windows) Go: “Start” button => “Run” => Type “firefox.exe -ProfileManager” => “OK” button;
  3. Click “Create” in a profile manager and choose the name for your new profile, then click “Start FireFox”;
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 to create as many profiles as you want;
  5. Done! Now each time you want to switch to another profile or change the default profile, repeat steps 1-2 and choose the one you want.

FireFox profile Manager

For more detailed instruction refer to this awesome guide on creating the second FireFox profile and on making an alternate icon for it for easier start.

Make switching to another profile easier and also run several profiles simultaneously with this handy FireFox extension (you bet! there’s an extension for everything!). It adds two lines to your FieFox “File” menu that allow to (1) instantly access FireFox Profile manager and (2) quickly switch or launch an alternate profile with one click of the mouse:

FireFox profile switcher

How these tips can be used for SEO?

Here is how I am using multiple profile feature. I run one profile for SEO and search related plugins, another profile for social bookmarking and also one “test” profile to test all new FireFox extensions I spot daily.

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,
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  • Gidseo

    InFormEnter is a must for managing multiple online personalities!

  • Karuvai

    yes intresting, but what is the use to create firefox profile to us? and then how to login into two different (Gmail or yahoo) accounts at the same time?

  • Vinicius Paes

    It´s really a good idea, i installed the profile switcher extension, makes everything very ease! Now i have plenty os space on each profile for several purposes. The test profile is a smart joice either. Thanks for the tip.

  • Ann Smarty

    @Gidseo : just to be perfectly clear, this is not about various online identities but about running several FireFox profiles to separate your different areas of work/life 🙂 a post about several online identities is coming soon 😉

  • Software Testing

    @ Ann, I use the command “firefox -no-remote” to switch/open an existing profile from the list. I don’t think that “firefox.exe -ProfileManager” will help to open 2 or more profile simultaneously.

  • Ann Smarty

    @ Software Testing : the FireFox extension mentioned in the post can also do that – I’ve edited the post to make it clearer. Thank you for your great addition!

  • Software Testing

    @Ann, Thanks and welcome 🙂

  • Nature

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Garrett Pierson

    Thanks for the very helpful tip ANN!~

  • Jack

    Thank you for sharing. It’s a great tip. Now I can truly have multiple sessions.

  • Utah SEO

    That is really useful, I had no idea that you could even do this

  • roaringchicken

    April –

    Thank you for sharing your insight into managing profiles. I may be able to have a work around a long term problem by using multiple profiles.

    Do you know a way to to compare profiles to see the difference. I can have a totally functional Firefox with GoogleToobar and then after x days, I am unable to log in to a particular reference resource site that I use frequently? I would love to know what it is that casues it to go from working to not working. I can always solve by creating a new profile in FireFox. (I also know that my desktop never has this problem.)

    – roaring chicken