With a huge support of addons, firefox can be customized easily to suit one’s needs and usage. Having so many categories at official firefox’s addons page there’s a “Collection” page as well where users make their own collection of addons and share it that may help others as well.
Collections are actually groups of related add-ons assembled for easy sharing and installation. These collections are actually a new way to manage and find favorite add-ons so that users subscribed to that “collection” can see their favorite addon on one page.
Keeping this in mind I decided to create my own collection of addons exclusively for bloggers. When I searched for such addons that might help bloggers in efficient blogging, I came across so many useful addons that I never used myself, so I decided to make a “collection” of those addons and share it to all.
I’m sure Bloggers who are on Firefox would love this!
You can also see this collection on official Firefox addons page here:
Here are the addons with their details that are included in the collection.
Blog and Web Editors
ScribeFire is a full-featured blog editor that integrates with your browser and lets you easily post to your blog. Recommended for quick posters. Supports all blogging platforms.
SEO Research and Analysis
Provides quick access to some web-based tools to help with search engine optimization. Quickly check inbound links, PageRank, http headers, and much more. Right-click on an open area of a web page, or use the included toolbar.
The KeywordSpy™ SEO / PPC Plugin is a Free Mozilla Firefox extension, aimed primarily at helping advertisers, webmasters & SEO analysts to do their PPC & SEO research right from their browser. The revolutionary plugin changes the way advertisers do their keyword research & competitor tracking while browsing on Google & Yahoo in Real-Time.
5. SEO WooRank
SEO WooRank is en extension that provides a very deep SEO & Website Analysis report for any given website. When you click on the SEO WooRank icon, an SEO report will be generated for your website.
The Ad-on shows a “W” icon on the Firefox status bar (bottom right), and in right-click drop down menu. When you click on this W icon, you will be sent to the full SEO analysis of the website.
Highly recommended due to its fastest performance. Displays the Google PageRank, Alexa rank, Compete ranking and SEOmoz Linkscape mozRank anywhere in your browser, along with fast keyword density analyser, keyword/nofollow highlighting, backward/related links, Alexa info and more.
7. Cyber Search
Adds advanced Google Search capabilities to the Firefox 3 address bar. Supercharge the “Awesome Bar” with instant search results that appear as you type! You can search Google Web, Local, Videos, Blogs, News, Books, Images, and Patents. Plus you can restrict some types of Google searches to specific sites. The extension includes a fully customizable keyword system, and search results can be intermingled with the normal history/bookmarks results that are displayed in the address bar.
8. XMarks Search Tabs
SearchTabs enhances your Google search with the addition of colorful tabs containing the top web sites related to your search, grouped by topic. SearchTabs also adds useful information to the links returned by Google, showing you what a site is about and how it ranks across a billion bookmarks on Xmarks.com. Best of all, you can access these SearchTabs features without leaving the Google search results page.
TinEye is a reverse image search engine. The plugin adds a right-click menu item that allows you to search for an image to find out where it came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or to find higher resolution versions.
Sites’ Bookmarking and Subscription
Very useful addon that organizes your favorite sources in a magazine-like start page. Provides seamless integration with Google Reader, Twitter, Delicious, YouTube and Amazon.
11. Morning Coffee
Keeps track of daily routine websites and opens them in tabs. This extension lets you organize websites by day and open them up simultaneously as part of your daily routine. This is really handy if you read sites that update on a regular schedule.
Glue helps you find your next favorite movie, book, or music album. As you visit sites like Amazon, IMDB, and Wikipedia, Glue suggest things you’ll like. The more you use Glue, the better the suggestions.
Clipmarks lets you clip and share specific parts of articles, blog posts or anything else you read on the web. With our newly integra
ted Amplify service, you can post clips directly to Twitter or Facebook. Instead of linking to entire web pages, Clipmarks lets you clip exactly what you want others to see. ClipMarks lets you save and share what you’re reading on the web with greater precision than is possible with links.
Social Networking and Bookmarking
All your social networks and instant messaging in one easy to use app – it’s the #1 downloaded social networking add-on for Firefox. Get all your updates, update your status and share across Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube & more – all at once!
AddThis for Firefox is the best add-on to make sharing and bookmarking simple. Have all your favorite web 2.0 social networking, bookmarking, blogging, and e-mail services at your fingertips. Share any page, anytime, with anyone.
16. Tab Mix Plus
Tab Mix Plus enhances Firefox’s tab browsing capabilities. It includes such features as duplicating tabs, controlling tab focus, tab clicking options, undo closed tabs and windows, plus much more. It also includes a full-featured session manager with crash recovery that can save and restore combination of opened tabs and windows.
All in one Sidebar addon lets you open various windows as sidebar panels, and quickly switch between them. So it put an end to the window chaos! In addition to bookmarks and history it opens dialogues such as downloads, add-ons and more in the sidebar.
Other Useful Addons
Screengrab! saves webpages as images. It will capture what you can see in the window, the entire page, just a selection, a particular frame… basically it saves webpages as images – either to a file, or to the clipboard. It captures Flash too!
19. Pixlr Grabber
Making screen grabs and pulling down images from the web just got a bit more easy. With the Pixlr grabber add-on you can choose to Edit, Share, Save or Copy your final grabs. You also get the possibility to right-click any image or background to edit.
Useful Web Search assistant. Highlights text and AUTOMATICALLY SEARCH it in your favorite search site. Automatic Copy of highlighted text, Automatic websearch for highlighted text with simple middle mouse button Paste. No annoying context menus at all!
This addon allows you to select any number of links and right click copy their URLs to clipboard. Particularly handy for grabbing Rapidshare or Megaupload links and pasting them into your favorite download manager.
This add-on allows you to generate a TinyURL for the current page by right clicking at the link or at the click of a button from status bar. The URL created is then copied automatically into your clipboard so that it can be pasted into e-mails or IM messages instantly. You can choose to create a direct link, or one that allows the recipient to preview the link before visiting it.
ImTranslator performs Online Translation of languages in 1640 language combinations. Its animated speaking characters will read the text in the most realistic, human-sounding way in a variety of languages. The Spell Checker included, delivers full-featured high-quality spell-checking tool for accurate input of information in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Ukrainian languages. Virtual Keyboard makes it easy to enter text in web forms in language of your choice.
24. Auto Proxy
AutoProxy is an add-on to help you use your proxy (http/socks) automatically & efficiently. With AutoProxy, you no longer need to switch your proxy status between on & off manually. If you prefer to visit a website via proxy, just add it’s domain to AutoProxy’s preference. After that, when you surfing, specified websites will be transfered through proxy while leaving others connect directly. What’s more, you can subscribe to rule lists maintained by people who have similar requirements as you. So, you don’t need to add all proxy rules by yourself.
Squirrel away Notes, Pictures, Web Pages, and Files, organized together in a Firefox sidebar!
* Trail-Mix Activities help you keep track of everything you need for your projects!
* Drag & Drop links or snippets of text into Activities to keep them for later.
* Drag & Drop pictures or even take snapshots of web pages in one click for future reference.
* Activities are always available in the sidebar, so you can access them at any time.
26. No DoFollow
Just a simple extension to highlight links in a page by color coding them according to nofollow / dofollow status.
What To Do To Engage Blog Readers To Keep Them Coming Back
A loyal audience is always important for most ventures in the highly connected world to succeed and your efforts count when you engage blog readers. Otherwise, you would be just a one-hit wonder. As a blogger, it is necessary to keep your readers hanging on the edge for your upcoming post. If you are looking to engage blog readers and don’t have enough readership on your post, bellow are the tips to make your blog a must-see.
Understand Your Audience Better To Engage Blog Readers
It is important to understand, who your target audience is and how your blog can help them. The audience is the foundation of a blog, it is the main reason it exists. So it is important to understand exactly who they are and how your blog can help them.
Follow The Plain Language principles
Always keep in mind that you are writing most probably for an international audience and an average reader. Your audience would be readers from an educational background and most of them may have English as their second language.
It is important to use small sentences. You should try to focus on one thing in one sentence and make sure to avoid using riddles and clues. Use simple and easily readable words. Focus on using simple writing style and avoid a distracting look with too many different font sizes, font colors, or widgets. Busy and confusing posts can kill the reader’s interest.
Optimizing Your Blog and Content
If you are really interested in making sure (before sharing your posts) that everything is of top quality, then you are moving in the right direction. Your posts are not doing any good to anyone if they haven’t found the help they need. Have you ever thought to make your blog be easier to find? Much of this happens due to the people you mention and the people who mention you to their posts.
Basically, the blogging world is one big conversation, which you can become a greater part by engaging in discussions with other fellow bloggers. Don’t simply discuss how much you love the work of a certain writer but provide their site links in your content.
Choosing The Right Title
A title is a gateway to the post. It has to be captivating enough to make the audience click and open the post. It is also important to address your readers’ main points in the title. Alternatively, you can also make a title that will make it attractive enough for the readers to read.
Use Listing Methods
It is incredible how our attention intervals are getting shorter and shorter. If your blog focusses on professionals and talks about guides or tips kind of posts that are useful for readers, you need to provide the information out before everyone else.
Long-winded essays or text can put off your readers. Use lists where you want to share more than a couple of things. Lists help readers to scan the content easily and quickly spot what they are looking for.
Do Not Use Pop-ups or Advertisements.
Pop-ups and advertising banners are the most important part of online marketing strategies, but their overuse will surely get you in trouble. Not only the readers will hate such pop-ups and ads but also search engines also dislike that.
Write The Right Headlines
Headlines play an important role in making or breaking of your content’s success. It’s not a surprise that the internet is full of tips that can help you out here. Before considering any online advice, it is important to remember that headlines are the promise that your content must deliver.
Respond To Comments
Responding to comments is necessary If you are really serious to engage blog readers. It can help you to know your readers better and can build a more meaningful connection with them. You will surely get some helpful feedback too. It is possible that you may not be able to respond to them at all but at least you should try to respond to as many as possible.
It is really important to provide just like Infographic, relevant images, which will be additional information for your readers and will help them to understand what you are trying to explain. Adding an image will engage your audience and help you to communicate the wonders in a visual language, which will help you engage blog readers more often.
Make Sure Your Article is Free from Plagiarism and Grammatical Mistakes
The last but not the least tip to engage blog readers to keep coming back to your post is to re-check your article is plagiarism free and do not have any grammatical mistakes. Readers do not tolerate copied content, which is surely a waste of time to them. And if your content is full of grammatical mistakes this will cause the quality of your work, which will end up losing the readers.
5 Signs That Show You Could Become a Writer
If you are the kind of person who spends a great deal of time staring a wall in your room, thinking deep down what challenges life is throwing your way or anything that might not, in any way, matters to the world. If you have these germs in you, along with some others which will be later discussed in this article, you might end up as a writer in some part of your life. Shocked, what I just said? I personally had no self-confidence I could write, even a word, but now working professionally as a writer.
J.K. Rowling, the famous Harry Potter writer was turned down by 12 publishers just to end up at Bloomsburry. Ever wondered why she was picked there? The story was handed over to the chairperson’s eight years old daughter to go through it and she demanded more and more.
Just once in life have you thought that maybe you belong to the same group? For your ease and realization, let me tell you 5 signs that show you could become a writer.
You are a thinker
As I have said before if you have any symptoms of being a writer, the first one begins with thinking and thinking a lot. A writer just loves to spend a lot of time with own self. They ponder on topics from the first man who touched the moon to how can some people be so insensitive!
You are an adventurer
Whether it is a movie about a young boy or a romantic comedy of two, who fell in love at first sight; from saving money to help a poor to spending thousands on travel and shopping, you are the true adventurer.
You love to note down everything
Trust me, every writer cannot rely on an electronic device solely. They always note down important and even less important things in journals, diaries, sticky notes or anything that is secure. They mostly forget things quite easily and that’s the time when these posts help a lot.
You have a wide imagination
I, personally, talk a lot and when I don’t, I silently read the person or when bored, make my own stories about that person. Not only me, I can bet every writer does the same when idle. A writer is incomplete without imagination if he can’t make stories of his own. If you are a pro in this aspect, you are going to enter the writing world soon, my friend!
You mine for words
Sorry, what was that word that you just said? If you hear a person say that loud in a party, get-together, functions, or possibly anywhere, he is a writer by heart. A writer has this very special instinct to hear a unique, new word from any corner of the room. Even if they don’t hear it from someone, they always look for synonyms or spend hours in looking for the most suitable word in a thesaurus.
There is a possibility that you did realize you have that talent but never had the courage to show it. Why not now? If you think you can change the world with your pen, don’t fear anymore and write your first draft.
5 Apps That Every Writer Must Use To Increase Productivity
As a writer myself, I know there are times when you go completely blank, having no clue at all what to write. These times are certainly the hardest for any writer. However, there are always some ways to come out of the dark. Sometimes, a very tiny ray of light out of the tunnel is enough to get back on track. When I am in a good mood, I write flawless and in misery, I take help from these must use writing apps, websites and tools that every writer must use.
Must Use Writing Apps To Try
Grammarly is a service which, as the name depicts, lets you get hands on your mistakes while typing. The service can be used directly on their website or you can download a plugin/extension in your browser which I prefer personally. This way, wherever you write using a browser, Grammarly will catch your errors and will underline them with red or green. An add-on is also available for Microsoft Word.
Whenever I get stuck at a word and my mind keeps shouting, ‘Go Girl! You can do better with that word’, I always open this website. I tell you, this site has magic in it. You write a very common word and the results will be shown comprising of numerous elite words with same meaning. Nothing can beat Thesaurus in the area of synonyms. You can also find some great articles and other information on the website when you get bored.
A writer is never free. Maybe your boss is cruel enough to bother you at a party or a wedding, you can’t deny him! This app will save all the embarrassment that you might be handling if you start writing in a notepad or carry a laptop with you everywhere you go. Just launch the app and start writing. The app lets you choose different editing options, check for the statistics and keep writing in the simplest way possible.
Merrium Webster is undoubtedly a life saver for me. Does it happen to you that you start writing and a word just clicks your mind which you had heard somewhere? Since I have become a writer, I always listen more carefully to people to know more new words. But the bad thing happens when the word sounds good and you don’t know the meaning to keep it in the personal vocabulary treasure. I use Merrium Webster’s app right away. Once you know the meaning, you can remember it better than ever. You can also get access to its website which contains millions of words.
JotterPad is claimed to be the next generation text editor which has some marvelous features you may not find anywhere else. For creative writers, this is heaven on earth. Whether you are writing a novel with loads of characters or simply a poem which tells your story; this app makes you focus more on writing than any other shenanigans. The best part of this app is its voice to text conversion ability. You don’t need to hurt your fingers anymore and pen down the most innovative ideas. Also, JotterPad features the luxury of typography, night mode, in-built dictionary, saving to cloud, sharing of document and much more. All in all, one app contains everything that a writer needs and looks for in one place.
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