This comes as a third follow-up of my two earlier posts…
- SEOmoz: Get an insight into your domains strengths & weaknesses, and
- SeoQuake – Firefox Add-On to view a consolidated report of site SE parameters on-the-fly
David G. Paul informed me about this alternative Firefox extension called SEOpen, which works pretty much like SeoQuake but with a whole lot more features. Both the extensions are meant for help with Search Engine Optimisation by providing you with an in-depth view of your site’s (or any site’s in fact) SERP (Search Engine Result Page).
The major search engines typically display three kinds of listings on their SERPs. Listings that have been indexed by the search engineâ€™s spider, listings that have been indexed into the search engineâ€™s directory by a human, and listings that are paid to be listed by the search engine.
The difference between SEOpen and SeoQuake is the modus operandi. SEOpen provides with a right-click context-menu with which you can view a site’s SERP Parameters for most of the popular search engines. An alternative is to use the toolbar that shows up after installation of SEOpen.
On the other hand, SeoQuake doesn’t install any toolbar – the results are shown as a collapsible floating HTML block embedded inside the site. By default, this block is displayed for all pages. However, you can disable it at any point by clicking on the SeoQuake icon in the status bar.
For me the SeoQuake approach works out better, as I hate when extensions install toolbars, thus reducing the page-viewing area in Firefox. I almost abhor toolbars and have got rid of all of them in Firefox except for the very necessary navigational and address bar. However, you might be more comfortable with SEOpen’s toolbar as also with the great many extra features it provides.
Here’s a brief list of SEOpen’s features straight from it’s home page…
- Yahoo Backlinks
- Pages in Yahoo Index
- Google Backlinks
- Google Cache
- Pages in Google Index
- Google Translate to English
- Google Related
- PageRank Check
- MSN Backlinks
- Pages in MSN Index
- Alexa Overview
- Alexa Traffic
- Alexa Related
- Alexa Backlinks
- “Mass Check” multiple sources at once
- Check DMOZ Inclusion
- Keyword Density
- Page Size Checker
- HTML Validator
- Server Header Viewer
- Wayback Machine
- Check robots.txt
- Whois Info
This is an extension that’ll make a valuable addition to a webmaster’s toolkit. As of now, I’m running both SEOpen and SeoQuake parallely using the best of both wherever applicable.
You can grab this extension from here.