I don’t think I’m going to upset too many individuals when I say that Firefox is the SEOs browser of choice. Although it must be said that Google’s Chrome browser does now have some very nice extensions, Firefox has lead the way when it comes to flexibility for a very long time.
There are plugins for almost anything SEO related that you may want to do with your browser but then there are those plugins that nearly all SEOs have. Lets get started with the SearchStatus plugin for Firefox. This is one of the most complete and unobstructive plugins when it comes to the matter of getting all you standard SEO metrics in one place. You can check the page rank, alexa rank, compete rank as well SEOMoz’s mozRank simply from the status bar in graphical or text format. On top of this you will be able to quickly load sites to check your back links, search engine saturation and many other useful bits of information straight from the status bar of Firefox.
Here’s a screen shot of what the SearchStatus plugin looks like in action:
Here’s a detailed screen shot of what you would see through Firebug:
As far as the essential plugins for SEOs these four will do most of what you need. Any other important plugins for those practising SEO that I have missed please feel free to mention in the comments.
For those of you involved in international SEO the Google Global plugin from RedFly marketing is a convenient way to search in many countries around the world with geo located results.