SEO Tool that all Webmasters should have

SeoQuake is a great SEO tool which basically allows you to view a large amount of Search Engine data on the fly as you are browsing through websites. It’s a free Firefox plugin that takes seconds to install but it provides a wealth of SEO statistics.

Since this plugin retrieves so much data from Search Engines you need to be careful not to use it too much as you can get temporarily flagged from the Search Engine as you are putting a large load on their server. Once you’re flagged Google actually asks you to enter a Captcha to do searches (which disappears after a while). It’s best to actually only turn SeoQuake on when you really need it rather than leaving it turned on when you are just doing general web browsing.

SeoQuake can be used in two main ways:

  1. As a Toolbar: The requested parameters are displayed in a toolbar inside your Firefox browser window.
    seo-quake-toolbar
  2. Search Engine Results: The requested parameters are actually displayed on your Search Engine results page next to each website’s details as seen in the image below.
    seo-quake-search-results

The plugin itself is quite customisable and it allows you to retrieve only the Search Engine information that you are interested in including: Google Page Rank, Google index, Yahoo index, MSN index, Alexa rank, Digg index, Baidu index, page links and many more. You can even add your own parameters to monitor.

SeoQuake is one of the most comprehensive SEO analysis tools I have come across and best of all it’s free. ;-)

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Adham Dannaway

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  1. Nathanael Boehm on December 11, 2009

    Yep I’ve been using SeoQuake for a few months now – Kristin Rohan of The Sassy SEO demonstrated it in a presentation to the Sydney Business and Technology User Group (SBTUG). It’s pretty awesome!

  2. Joseph McCullough on February 2, 2010

    Could you further explain how using the plug in “too much” could get you banned from search engines? I was a little confused on that.

  3. Cre8ive Commando on February 3, 2010

    @Joseph – At work we use SEOQuake quite a bit and usually after an hour of using it Google flags our IP and tells us we need to enter a Captcha to search Google. This will disappear after a while and your Google searches will go back to normal.

    Basically every time you load a page while using SeoQuake you also request a bunch of data from Google which can put a heavy load on their server. To protect themselves they temporarily bar your IP.

    Basically if you only use it when you need it and turn off the data you don’t need then you shouldn’t have any issues.

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