Bloggers spend many hours weekly working in their browsers. Your time is eaten up by trivial aspects of collecting data, assembling it, and writing your blog. This is the time to reassess the tools you have assembled in Firefox to ease your burden. If you haven’t yet considered your Firefox add-ons for blogging, now is the time.
WebRank – is one of many ranking add-ons that you as a blogger should choose between. Webrank is sleeker than SEO Quake and has a more modern feel. SEO Quake is most commonly used for finding out if a link is dofollow or nofollow.
Speed Dial – is my number one choice for blogging tools and number two for general Firefox tools (read further for number one). It’s like a visual bookmarking program, but that description doesn’t do justice to it. This is the fastest, surest way I know to organize and access those sites I use so often that I just don’t ever want to dig through layers and lists of bookmarks in the normal way. Speed Dial is the way to find it immediately and without hassles. It’s all visual.
Auto Copy – automatically copies into memory whatever you highlight. Then you can double-middle-click to paste it. However, this only works within the contents of the page, not in the url address bar, as I found out today. If you are a true blogger then you won’t be able to live without this tiny tool.
Firebug – gives you a programmer’s view of the page. You get a hierarchy of code and as you move your mouse over parts of the code parts of the page light up. Whenever anything goes wrong with your coding Firebug is the place to turn.
LinkChecker – This is a simple status icon add-on that verifies links on a page. With a large blog you should use a WordPress plug-in for this, but the nice thing about this add-on is that you can check the links on any page you are looking at in the browser, whereas a WordPress plug-in would allow you only to verify links in a post associated with your blog.
KGen – With the significance of keywords in blogging you cannot miss out on such an extremely practical tool as KGen. It will analyze any page for keywords and present the stats in a straight forward fashion. On top of that you can export the data to a csv file, which of course can be imported to a spreadsheet program or into a database.
Morning Coffee – when you have a set of sites you visit daily you need Morning Coffee. It allows you to set up any number of tabs for every day, every weekday, every weekend, M-W-F, or T-R. The add-on is a huge convenience if you start your blogging early and visit the same resources daily or on certain days each week.
Scrapbook – saves whatever page you are looking at, as is. The page is then available for offline reading. If you have captured the links to any depth of pages you can then traverse links as if they were online, to that depth. Scrapbook is my number one general Firefox tool.
ScribeFire – When you work at blogging and do not want to waste your time this add-on is a necessity. It takes up part of the browser window and gives you access to a blogging interface with each your blogs accessible and every post for that blog at your fingertips. Blog and browse in one interface – Firefox.
WordPress Helper – This is a status bar icon with a quick menu access to all of your WordPress blogs. You can launch any function that is normally available in the admin panel with one click, regardless of where you are on the Internet.