SEO for Firefox

SEO for Firefox.

Probably the coolest Firefox SEO extension ever created. :)

It now works on international versions of Google and Yahoo!, While it currently only works on the global and sites and it pulls a ton of marketing data right into the search results to help you analyze how competitive a marketplace is. Learn more about SEO for Firefox.

Published: July 4, 2006 by Aaron Wall in seo tools

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July 5, 2006 - 10:11am

Very useful tool Aaron, I will recommend it to be featured in Google Blogoscoped but why don't you support international Google and Yahoo? Isn't it technically just the same only with a different tld?

July 12, 2006 - 4:52am

It is working now after I downloaded the latest version.

July 5, 2006 - 10:15am

Very interesting extension. I am starting to use it, but as I generally display 100 search results, I need to be cautious with it.
One nitpick I have is that the commands showing the links for the page and domain (link: and linkdomain: in Yahoo) include internal links. It would be more relevant to show only external links by using commands such as linkdomain:domain.tld -domain:domain.tld.

July 5, 2006 - 10:25am

Thanks Aaron, works fine for me.

July 5, 2006 - 10:40am

I would gladly donate money to see 3 features added:

1. Caching
2. Ability to add a long list of proxies from a predefined site, or text file, and then check those to see if they are working and truely anonymous
3. Export results to CSV feature.

The biggest limiter at this point is programming cycles available from my programmer. He goes to college and works full time in the summer. I keep trying to get him to drop out of school, but he has too many cool cute girls who work with him doing web design and programming, ie: his job is to do what he does best around a bunch of smart and cute college girls who flirt with him all day.

Money is not really his main motivator and I have plenty of it to offer him.


I am not sure if I am going to be able to figure that one out :( language is a big part of that...and it might be a bit to figure out how to do the proxy stuff and smoothly integrate it.

1 - Be able to re-arrange the order of the listings by one of the information points, i.e. sort by PR, age etc..

If I were to do that most likely it would have csv output where you could manipulate the data inside the csv file.

I have a problem with Yahoo!. It showing me 999 error:

Yahoo! blocked you. I think they normally do that for like a half hour or so if you query too quickly.

A few options:

  • query fewer of the Yahoo! data points
  • increase the query delay on Yahoo! data
  • set some or all of the Yahoo! data points to On-Demand
  • grab less results per SERP (ie: 10 instead of 100)

I will take a look into this. It may be because their server load increased a lot from 1,000's of people using this extension.

why don't you support international Google and Yahoo?

Why not try to build a stable core before expanding it? Also the page footprints are different in different countries and languages. The complexity of the software goes up quite a bit though by internationalizing the tool. I wanted to do that, but the developer wanted to get something out to get good feedback and improve what was there before even thinking about expanding this software any further.

BTW, he just did another update of it about an hour ago to make it more reliable.

July 5, 2006 - 10:54am

Very good job !!

Can you please add ??
Thanks for this tool

July 5, 2006 - 12:10pm

yep, internationalization would be a great value add. but overall it looked like a great research tool. i'll install it right away...

January 20, 2007 - 6:28am

been using this extension in firefox sometimes I am having problem the stats are not showing but when you refresh the browser it is working but at random the 8-10th entry on the search are not showing PR on links. Also is it possible to have like this in flock browser? great tool thanks.

July 5, 2006 - 12:12pm

Hi Aaron

Excellent tool ! It's a good way to display info. But it's possible adding and or others international google domains ?
Thanks a lot

Good job

July 5, 2006 - 12:38pm

SEOpen also conflicts with your extension when you search on google.
On yahoo works fine!

July 5, 2006 - 12:54pm

Thanks very much for your great tool!

It's very can it works.

July 5, 2006 - 1:12pm

I disabled Customize Google and now it works fine on It doesn't work yet on international versions of Google. But this is a GREAT tool and I'm sure we'll see these issues covered in future versions. Thanks a lot, Aaron!

July 5, 2006 - 1:31pm


Nice project !

Could you add please ?

Thanx a lot !!


November 20, 2006 - 2:22am

Hi Aaron, Thanks for this great tool. I really found it useful.

I am having a problem, why it dont show the PR, Age and things in Yahoo Search? I only see these things in Google.

Can you please help me out? I am using the lastest version of FF and SEO Toolbar

July 5, 2006 - 1:38pm

could be cool with the too
please Mr Aaron Wall

July 5, 2006 - 1:39pm ?!

January 21, 2007 - 1:07am

I love this extension, but have a suggestion. It would be nice if there was an option to have any links to one of your domains highlighted like you can with the nofollow links. It would be so nice because you would be able to easily spot them when searching for your listings on Google or other web pages that link to your site. However, the option shouldn't highlight the links to a site on any page within the actual website. I hope this makes sense.

June 23, 2007 - 10:09pm

Not fonctionnal with ? :/

July 5, 2006 - 1:42pm

Another cool extension for Firefox I found, whois button, see at

July 5, 2006 - 1:48pm

Seems to be a good tool for me.
I'll use it when it works for

November 20, 2006 - 5:34am

Is it possible to store and compare with historical data?

July 5, 2006 - 1:50pm

Haven't took the time to read the rest of the comments, but it only seems to work for but not for country specific Google sites. I'm almost always using *.ro and I'd appreciate it if this little inconvenience will be fixed in the next version.

Other than this, it's a brilliant extension.


July 5, 2006 - 2:14pm


I have installed this extension and it sounds great. I can confirm its active on my firefox as I can see the colored button on the bottom right of my screen. I've restarted my computer and do not have any listed conflicting extensions. It still does nothing on either G or Yahoo.

Please help!

October 12, 2006 - 3:09pm


GREAT!!!! tool. I'm with one of the commenters above: Position numbers would be good, because I view 100 results at a time, and occasionally, if my pages come in the top 100, I'd love to see what number (call me lazy for not counting 1 by 1).

Thanks again for this tool...

March 6, 2007 - 8:20pm

There is a page linked from wikipedia, but this extension shows me wikipedia: 0
because it search only
It would be great to let it search on or just let users set the wiki which are interested in..
Because I need more than en wiki :)

thanks for a great plugin

July 5, 2006 - 2:30pm

I am going to try this as soon as I'm finished with that comment.

I have however read in previous posts that it does not work on country specific versions of Google.

I use more than

It would be great it you could extend the functions to the local versions of google ;)

thanks for your work.

legal nurse con...
August 6, 2007 - 3:16am

This is one of the most useful extensions that I have used for FF. Thanks Aaron.

November 20, 2006 - 7:30am

I didn't want to put historical data in the tool. I am not collecting data and do not want to make the tool more complex than it needs to be to do its job.

Free tools like URL Trends and the Digital Point Keyword Suggestion Tool collect and display free historical data.

July 5, 2006 - 3:23pm

Also it is not working if you use one of the Grease Monkey script named Google Counter !

Nice work Aaron

July 5, 2006 - 3:26pm

great plugin!

July 5, 2006 - 3:27pm

Aaron, GREAT tool. How about this ....... showing how this particular site ranks on Yahoo and MSN ???

I'll drop a link to this post on my blog now.

July 5, 2006 - 3:42pm

hmm Only the PR is showing, the other data isn't loading in Google..

July 5, 2006 - 3:57pm

A restart fixed my display issues as well, love the shortcuts under the search field.

Mark Eurlings
July 29, 2006 - 12:18pm


This tool doesn't work. I had searchstatus deinstalled it but nothing. Read the manual and did what it said but still nothing to see.

Though i have an googlesearchfield and i can't get it removed.

Could that be the problem? I am very curious how SEO for Firefox works

Please help and mail to if possible

Kind Regards

December 7, 2006 - 12:59am


When you do a search at, yahoo takes you to and the SEO extension display correctly the results. But on the following search's you start at and the SEO extension do not display any information after running a search query.

I have the latest version installed.

Nice tool nevertheless! ;-)

January 30, 2007 - 5:44pm

This is a very helpful extension! Though I did encounter some problems after updating and using it.after searching on google, a popup shows stating "url.replace is not a function". i noticed it only occurred when the extension was enabled.

Silviu Duma
July 5, 2006 - 3:57pm

Best SEO extension I ever had!

I would love to use it on any page I want to see the quality of links on that page.
Eg: instead of appending to google's code "p class=g" it would append to any "a href" tag?

Or do you think it can be modified to have a list of sites defined by user?

Currently I'm running a greasemonkey script that do that but only for Page Rank and Alexa.

July 5, 2006 - 3:58pm

It won't take long before people get their IP banned from Google. This tool is just too aggressive Aaron.

July 18, 2007 - 4:33pm

Hi there,

The "Supplemental" feature of your plugin does not work anymore..

With any site I tried, it lists 100% of pages in the supplemental index.

Can you confirm this?


Kiltak [GAS]

August 10, 2006 - 2:26pm

Hi its a great tool, Thanks
but i think it's has a problem now with the yahoo links. yahoo is giving now the results from "yahoo explore site" the tool can't read the No. from there.

July 5, 2006 - 4:01pm

I agree with it. When you use this tool, you ask too many things and on the long term, it is dangerous because Google could ban your IP adress... However main features of this tool are interesting ;)

July 13, 2006 - 4:59am

Hey Aaron, I visited this site many times, read many articles. But its first time I am posting comments.

Please do reply me, I will be checking this out daily. untill i see your reply :)

First of all i would like to thank you for such a great utility, I am new to SEO and this tool helps me alot.
Thanks again :)

I have a suggestion, Would you please like to add link to this tool

along with other links under search box, saying "Competetion"

I will be really thankful for it :)

Best Regards and Good Luck.


Silviu Duma
July 5, 2006 - 4:15pm

The point is to use it wisely, put a 3-5 seconds delay and query only the data you are really interested in.

July 18, 2007 - 7:36pm

Unfortunately Google disabled it

Michael Thomas
July 5, 2006 - 4:30pm

The tool is NOT too aggressive. Especially not with google. You can query pagerank with a zero second delay all day long. It's yahoo, technorati, and archive you need to be careful with. And that's why you can specify a different time delay between queries for each service.

If you get yourself banned from google with this tool, you have no one to blame but yourself.

November 20, 2006 - 5:22pm

Aaon, did you tested this tool with

When i search for something, all the things like PR, Age, dmoz etc. showed up .. but they are not giving correct data. I mean they all are giving same values .. when try to find the URL they are pointing to, i come to know its some sub-domain of ..

I can post screenshot, Can you kindly look into the matter?

July 5, 2006 - 4:55pm

Ok, Aaron I eventually got it to work. I am now running it on after removing SEO links and reinstalling it. But I will truly appreciate you take a look at more Google extentions like local search :). Once again an excellent Job well done!

July 5, 2006 - 5:11pm

teeney little problem - if there are no results from technorati it displays "NaN" rather than 0.

July 5, 2006 - 5:48pm

I hadn't had time to read all the replies here but I was wondering if it's possible to make this work with international versions of google and not only ?

Anyway it's a great tool !

July 5, 2006 - 5:53pm

On this site if you use the tab key from the blog url textbox to the comments textarea you end up on the logo. you must have the tabindexes set incorrectly (or not at all).

The only thing about this SEO tool is that after I restart my computer and open Firefox the tool defaults to being ON and I have to tell it to turn off--in regards to your advice not to leave it on unless doing actual research, I suggest you default it to off.

Thanks for an otherwise great plugin :)

July 13, 2006 - 10:39am

Nice work Aaron, would be even cooler if it could add position numbers next to each search result listing. Would save me counting down the listings :)

July 5, 2006 - 6:01pm

looks good, but the link to download points to - . I am not getting the download - has this just been edited or is it just me :)

July 5, 2006 - 6:09pm

dhh! don't try to d'load in IE - sorry ;)

July 5, 2006 - 6:35pm

Very awesome tool. I found it extremely useful in the first minutes of having it installed.

And to think, Outlook had it flagged as a junk email...

July 13, 2006 - 6:01pm

No matter what I search for, the details that SEO provides are for All of my search results show "Links" of 106,000,000 and the links link links to

What did I do wrong?


July 5, 2006 - 7:19pm

Very nice.

Firefox BetterSearch 1.12 extension does block the SEO extension.

Unless you want to give this code to Firefox, you probally should find another logo.

Kurt Vander Bogart

August 11, 2006 - 7:16am

The yahoo link tools stopped working. Can we get an update released? I think Yahoo changed their system.

Thanks for this great tool. I can't live without it now.


July 5, 2006 - 7:28pm

nice extension, installing right now :D

July 5, 2006 - 7:34pm

Lots ot thanks for the help

July 5, 2006 - 7:38pm

very nice extension but can you add ?
thanks a lot

July 5, 2006 - 8:37pm

search term: taking over internet search

[innovations in Intent]

Kim Daschofsky
July 5, 2006 - 8:47pm

I just get an message saying "Not a valid install package" when I try to get this. I uninstalled the newest Firefox and installed an older 1.01 version I had save the install package for and tried it again. Same message. Tried it with the newest version of Mozilla and still got the same message. Newest version of Firefox doesn't have a check box for "Allow" either. Tried adding this Web site address into the exceptions and still got the same message.
Download that is giving me the problem:
seo4firefox.xpi Unsigned

July 5, 2006 - 9:43pm

Even after browser restart the extension still shows up in my extension list as being active 'once FireFox is restarted.' I have shut down and restarted several times to no avail. Nothing shows up in the taskbar. Nothing for Google or Yahoo.

I have the latest FF with CustomizeGoogle (any many other extensions) installed.

This looks like a great tool; I'd love to get it working.

July 5, 2006 - 9:56pm

This is amazing!!! Installed. I'm loving it

July 14, 2006 - 1:35pm

to Joel Dare : you do it great. Google has 106 000 000 links from yahoo, try another else :

This plugin is coool , but exists for IE too?
I love IE...

July 5, 2006 - 10:15pm

Oh yeah, I have BetterSearch installed too...

December 26, 2006 - 9:12am


The latest version of the extension has a problem displaying the correct amount of Yahoo links.

Y! Links: 1,680
Y! Links: 685
Y! Links: 132,580

Every time I refresh the Y! Links amount changes.

Other than this small flaw the extension itself is great.
The book is great too, although I haven't finished reading it yet.

July 5, 2006 - 10:15pm

Loving the extension Aaron - one quick question though, can you tell us a bit about how domain age is calculated? I have tested the extension out on a couple domains I know about and noticed that the age is wrong....

August 27, 2006 - 3:31pm

Can anyone tell me why the View Bids function won't work for me? It keeps bringing up another code to type in and won't display the info. I also went direct to Overture's site with IE and firefox and got the same result. Do you need an account or a website to access this?

Kim Daschofaky
July 5, 2006 - 10:18pm

Haven't taken a look at it yet or anything else, but determined that something with the ZoneAlarm firewall program was blocking this. I determined this by entering the address for the download directly into Firefox. I had to close the firewall program first which isn't real cool, but I'm also behind a router with a built in hardware firewall so wasn't too worried about doing this for a couple of minutes.

Didn't work for the older version of Firefox. The download said that Firefox has to be Version 1.5 and up. Had to reinstall the newest version to get this. Btw, still couldn't download it and make it work without pasting the direct address above into the address bar of Firefox.

May 16, 2007 - 7:39pm

Man, what did you do to this last version! I reinstalled windows (went to xp pro from home) and installed firefox. Installed your Seo plugin and right clicked the SEO button in my status bar and I can't see the useful links like "no follow" and other useful links there anymore! What did you do to them? Please please, enable them! Right clicking the button only turns it ON/OFF.

July 5, 2006 - 10:41pm

I'm just really sorry to say that it's still not working for me. I don't have any of the thus-reported conflicting extensions, but I have myriad others that must be causing some other conflict.

Dying to use the tool, but crushed that it won't seem to work on either Google or Yahoo.

I set the delays to be very long, and most of the queries are hidden except for a few just to see if it'll work...

any thoughts, Aaron?

July 5, 2006 - 10:44pm

Hi Abhilash
I wish I had an answer, but I don't know a lot about the various extensions, etc.

One option would be to write down all your extensions, and then uninstall them, and then add them back one or a few at a time and see if the tool still works.

July 31, 2006 - 9:46am

Hi Aaron,

Just wanted to chime in with my kudos to you for creating a great little application! I'm generally not much of a FireFox user, but I think I'll be firing it up a little more often now :).


Conrad King
July 5, 2006 - 10:51pm

Great tool but do you think you could get it to do my dishes ;-)

August 11, 2006 - 9:53pm

Yeah, that was a shock, I was 1/2 way through some link research with .edu sites and BOOM new Yahoo interface. Looking forward to the update.

January 11, 2007 - 2:36pm

the tool has a problem:
when you type a search in google you get the results - and then you try to check the yahoo links by clicking on "Y!Links" you get the list but wrong details from the seo tool!

July 6, 2006 - 12:26am

Could you check for wikipedia links too?

July 6, 2006 - 12:32am

Interesting extension! I'm worried such aggressive searching of the result would cause any problem to the Google webserver? Constant usage may eventually cause an IP ban from Google.

December 14, 2006 - 7:18pm

Nice work, Aaron. I may need to include you now on my list of developers that know how to be famous. ;)

January 11, 2007 - 4:46pm

Aaron, I am about to try the 'throw your computer out the window" approach. I used to use and rave about this extension, but some time a while back I lost my extensions for some reason and since finding and reinstalling everything, I cannot have not been able to get this to work. I just finished deleting Better Search and SEO for Firefox since I read they may cause problems together. I rebooted, reinstalled SEO for FF and rebooted again. Still, nothing in the search results for google or yahoo. Not even the blue box indicating it's even slightly working. I can't think of anything else to change. I'm U.S. so it's not due to foreign search.

I want my SEO for Firefox back!! :-(

July 6, 2006 - 12:49am

Aaron this is a powerful tool (kudos) and I agree with you (and it could answer some questions people have left) that you must not use it when casually surfing, but I don't see a problem with it when doing real research! BUT, even with that said....I would love to hear any other thoughts you have on people using it to much and possibly getting thier IP banned by Google.

August 12, 2006 - 12:59am

Very nice. But it would be better if there were a link to the .xpi file, so it can be downloaded and installed easily, without hitting security block from Firefox. Please add such a link.

Also, when submitting a comment, it reads "Email Address (Real or leave blank)", but leaving no email address results in "Name and email address are required."

July 6, 2006 - 1:22am

Hi Aaron

Seems to be an Excellent tool !
But I think adding international domains like or, either could be usefull.
Thanks a lot

July 6, 2006 - 2:14am

Seems like support for https:// based links is broken in this plugin. Am i correct?

Michael Thomas
July 6, 2006 - 3:05am

UPDATE: version is up, adds support for,, and Sorry for botching up the international support on the first release. Also helps compatibility with https sites.

Kirill, what precise problems were you having with https sites?

Mike Davis
July 6, 2006 - 4:02am

This software is nonsense. A nice way to get your listing down the toilet. Does it occur to anyone with the GToolbar also installed, exactly what kind of valuable SEO behaviors and info is gleaned about you when you start scraping this kind of data. It's also a violation of the TOS at these engines. How fitting that you decided to steal the Firefox logo without permission also.

July 6, 2006 - 6:31am

Really great job, Aaron. Got it running after deactivating the BetterSearch Extension.

Like already mentioned, internationalization would be great (.at), but anyway - really well done!

July 6, 2006 - 7:17am

Great tool, how far away will it be for

Otherwise looks very good and very useful.


July 6, 2006 - 9:15am

Great tool!

Like other guys already mentioned, internationalization would be great (.fr , .de, .ch, ...)

Adam Moro
May 8, 2007 - 10:24pm

Is there a reason the link to show the Supplemental results adds "adghasdtrb" after "view:"? I've always used this command without the "adghasdtrb" or anything after "view:" for that matter and it's always worked like a charm. Just asking to find out if I'm missing something here. Thanks in advance!

May 8, 2007 - 11:50pm

Hey Aaron (or anyone who can help):

Could you explain why the tool displays the PR of some pages as "NaN." I assumed this simply meant that the page has no PR, but I've since seen others listed as PR of "0." Any help would be very much appreciated! Thanks, Justin

Simone Carletti
June 27, 2007 - 10:05am

Aaron, what an awesome tool!
I would suggest, in a next release, to allow developers add custom Info Blocks.

An ideal architecture may let user to add a block title and block URI.
The URI can be either queried for a single result (for instance, as Google Cache Date does) or clicked as a shortcut (for instance, as Whois block does).

I developed a few public and private SEO tools and it would be great to be able to integrate them thanks to this architecture. :)

August 13, 2006 - 12:10pm

great tool you got here. i can now see what backlinks my competitors use for their sites. though it works on yahoo only but that is fine with me.


December 28, 2006 - 1:06pm

Great job Aaron, just excellent.
as i am seo specialist it help me very much.

March 9, 2007 - 1:17am

I have had to uninstall straight away due to it making google blocking every search i tried.
Every search via Google now tells me it looks like a automated search from an virus or spyware !!! (From google search bar or website)

Even though its gone it must have changed some settings as google still brings the same errors !! (Never happened before installing your software)
All of the settings were on the default after downloading.
Firefox version

Any ideas

July 6, 2006 - 10:28am

Bah ; only works for and but no google.FR

July 16, 2006 - 12:48pm

Greetings Aaron,

I'd like to know if there are any issues with the Google API service and your 'SEO for Firefox' extension. It seems to me that to use a tool like this requires a Google API license key.

July 16, 2006 - 6:51pm

Last I checked Google does not allow you to get PageRank values with the API.

July 6, 2006 - 12:28pm

It's just possible to add ?

Sorry for my bad english


July 6, 2006 - 12:51pm

Yes for !!! ;)

thanks ...


July 6, 2006 - 2:45pm

for those moaning that they want etc. read the old threads - an update has been released! In Firefox go to Tools > Extensions > Find Updates.

July 6, 2006 - 3:06pm

This is a great firefox extension. In the past I've used 'SEO Links' but the way this new app attaches itself to Google/Yahoo search results is amazing!
Keep up the great work

July 20, 2007 - 7:53pm

Awesome plugin - just some constructive feedback:

Another conflicting plugin - mcafee site advisor. with that installed, you get an error about "url.replace is not a function" when also using SEO for Firefox

And, a feature request: show the result number (placement) next to the search result.

July 20, 2007 - 7:55pm

Doh... it's right there. Nevermind, I'm blind :)

July 6, 2006 - 4:40pm

Fantastic piece of work. Useful beyond belief. The age reported by doesn't seem to be accurate, though. It doesn't match up with what reports when you visit their site.

July 16, 2006 - 9:59pm

as muskie says it works best with Firefox

July 6, 2006 - 4:59pm updated

July 17, 2006 - 1:03am

What I mean to say is are you sure your tool is on the up-and-up as far as pulling all this data from search engines? Somebody mentioned earlier that this tool violates the Google TOS and I'm inclined to agree. Have you checked it out to make sure you're not violating any search engine Terms of Service agreements?

November 30, 2006 - 10:42am

Great tool. But do you plan to extend it to other regional interfaces like,

July 17, 2006 - 2:02am

If there is no way to grab data points within the TOS then if you grab that data you violate the TOS.

Pretty straightforward there.

January 23, 2007 - 5:38pm

I would like to suggest some improvements to "SEO for Firefox".

Currently, if there is in code written rel="nofollow", links are highlighted, but if it's rel="external nofollow" (which can also be used; as Google said when announced nofollow attribute, anything can be written inside rel with nofollow).
Also, there is a problem if I click on icon for SEO in taskbar, nothing happens immediately. It'll be better if when it's clicked, highlights disappear or appear.
Both of these things are working in add-on SearchStatus.

January 12, 2007 - 1:13pm

That's a cool; tool.Need to get more information on it to get optimal benefits .I just wonder if it is active when going through different websites and how to check the details gathered.

July 6, 2006 - 6:50pm

a cool addition would be a 'guestbook' option .. it would check to see how many of the yahoo backlinks come from a page or url with the word 'guestbook' or 'guest-book' in there. just for those of us who're very competitive areas where guestbook and blog spamming are the order of the day :)

August 20, 2006 - 5:05am

seo for firefox has stopped working with yahoo?

are you aware of this?

July 6, 2006 - 7:27pm

Is there expected to be a Flock-Version of this extension too?

July 6, 2006 - 7:34pm

Yes defenity you have to think about the other languages.
In French it would bevery nice.
Good Job for this addon !

July 6, 2006 - 7:52pm

Great Firefox Extension, I downloaded this on July 4th when you posted it and have been using it since!

Gerhard Gaußling
July 17, 2006 - 9:26am

Does no longer work in Google.
It shows on every different link the seo info for only.
Yahoo works.
Last week It worked ok, afair.
Did google changed something?
ooops: After using SEO with yahoo it works again with google. Strange.

July 17, 2006 - 12:11pm

Uhhh... You're not being exactly clear there, Aaron. Without making me plow through all the TOS agreements myself, are you saying 'Yes, I know for a fact that this tool does not violate any search engine TOS'? Or are you not sure yourself?

July 6, 2006 - 9:24pm

Hey Aaron, re your coder issues. We have good coders who don't have the lure of pretty girls at college.

You have gone done a path we were thinking of taking SearchStatus. Maybe we could work together on something...
Either way, sweet tool!

January 24, 2007 - 4:23am

This plugin is awesome. I'm starting a new website and will use this tool for sure. Awesome work, and awesome site.

July 6, 2006 - 9:26pm

The problems with https:// based sites are in the generated links. Try the following -
1. Go to Yahoo
2. Search for "liquid look and feel"
3. The first result should be "liquidlnf: Project Home Page " which is a https-based URL.
4. Hover over the links that this plugin produces. Some of them point to empty https: (like Age and Links) and some are like this:
(like PageLinks)


July 17, 2006 - 12:17pm

Just to reiterate my last 2 comments (verbatim)...

Last I checked Google does not allow you to get PageRank values with the API.

If there is no way to grab data points within the TOS then if you grab that data you violate the TOS.

February 8, 2007 - 12:13am

I'm sure it is prob one of the best however it's Not working for me at all on any site
restarted ff and computer and still nothing

-------extensions installed-------
Dom Inspector
down themall
tab mix plus
torrent search
web developer
pdf download
google toolbar for ff
project whois
ie view

-------uninstalled extension (to test problem)-------
faster fox
google notes
turned off adblock

still nothing
any ideas

PS there is a bug of some sort in your comments box when I try to add the angle bracket (left arrow looking symbol) it pastes everthing that is before it back in the comments box after preview

August 15, 2006 - 1:57am

The ".edu Page Links" does not work properly, as I have 12 and it displays only 2, and ".gov" doesn't work at all, as I have 2, and it displays none.

Otherwise I can only say, it is a very useful tool.

February 17, 2007 - 12:18am

When I first installed the extension, I was able to see the line of links it inserted below each result entry in a Google Search. Very cool.

But now, nothing. They've vanished.

I still have KW Trends | View Bids | AW Sandbox | Traffic Estimator | Trends under the Google Search bar. It's toggled "on."

I have done an update. I have rebooted. I'm using Firefox on Win XP standalone PC. For extensions, I have Talkback, Search Status, Web Developer, Firebug, Colorzilla, Foxytunes, Aardvark, LinkChecker, MeasureIt and FireFTP.

I have it's options set to the default right now.

Any ideas?

July 6, 2006 - 10:05pm

Looks like a cool tool but its not working for me... the display does not show anything.

I will try to install the latest version of firefox ... maybe it works then

July 6, 2006 - 10:17pm

Thx for the version :D

July 17, 2006 - 5:52pm

Sorry Aaron... But if you can't come straight out and say, "The use of this tool definitely does not violate any search engine TOS" then I would have to say I'm not willing to take the risk in using it.

Thanks anyway...

July 6, 2006 - 11:29pm

Worked perfect for me...thanks.

July 7, 2006 - 1:02am

The coolest thing since tecmo bowl. Thx Aaron.

July 7, 2006 - 3:15am

Neat tool. Noticed one issue. When using in Google, the ".edu links" command processes a command, so its returning .edu links to google rather than to the corresponding site.

July 7, 2006 - 4:22am

Cool stuff, Aaron, well done :)
Took me a second to figure out it wasn't working on and switch googles - another vote for putting the cc tlds on the todo list from me :)

August 21, 2006 - 3:37pm

I just got the latest which has a new layout; however, there are not any of the options available to configure. It looks like they should be in box, but the box with all the things to show/not show is totally empty.

The tool is currently unusable in this state.


July 7, 2006 - 11:09am

Fantastic extension! Thx for the international version ;-)

July 7, 2006 - 11:30am

Great little tool, should get into the Mozilla library for further distribution

July 7, 2006 - 12:21pm


I do a review of Firefox extensions every Friday in a column called Fireday. Today, I reviewed your extension and I'm calling it nothing short of miraculous.

Excellent work, Aaron!

P.S. Here's the URL:

Ray Rose
July 7, 2006 - 5:45pm

SEo will not install - is not compatible with - Firefox 1.0.7

December 9, 2006 - 1:29am

Hi Aaron, really love this book.

This add-on... I am dying to try this out, I installed it into Firefox 2.0 and it doesn't run. Firefox isn't allowing it to. It says "Not compatible with Firefox 2.0". Checking for updates, shows no updates. No one else is seeing this?


August 1, 2007 - 6:54pm
Michael Thomas
July 7, 2006 - 8:47pm

@Ray Rose

You seriously need to upgrade, there are lots of vulnerabilities patched in version 1.5. And it does automatic updates so you'll never have to go out of your way to upgrade ever again.

v1.5 of Firefox also added a lot of things that makes extension development easier, and that's why this extension is only compatible with v1.5 and higher.

October 26, 2006 - 4:13am

Labrys, your best bet to prevent this kind of lock-out is to set everything to "on demand." If nothing else, at least crank the delay for up to 5 seconds.

If we don't use tools like this conscientiously, they're likely to get banned outright.

February 9, 2007 - 9:59am

Having the same url.replace is not a function error .... My firefox details...

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-GB; rv: Gecko/20061204 Firefox/ VRE Toolbar 1.42

August 22, 2006 - 4:31pm

Found another conflicting extension. The Diigo tool bar which lets you bookmarek Diigo and several other social sites. I have confirmed that this conflict prevents SEO for FireFox from working in both google and yahoo.

To bad about that it is a great tool but being able to put all my new pages into 8 social sites with only a few key strokes is a priority over this.


February 9, 2007 - 10:30am

Hi there,

I have the same 'url.replace is not a function' error popup when I search and and also for, all of the auto data doesnt appear, but the on demand links work.

Any ideas?



July 8, 2006 - 1:53am

Aaron, thanks for adding the newest tool to my SEO arsenal. I came here looking for a spider simulator and left with so much more... ok, enough A-- kissing.

It's a nice one and it sure up's the anti between the "have's and have not's"... glad I am one of the "have's".

July 8, 2006 - 4:13am

Hi Michael

The web is in some ways an equalizer in that it offers a low cost route to build a self sustaining value added lifestyle based on wide audience aggregation. If you are passionate about what you do and you can mix the web into your mode of expressing yourself there are many more ways for people to connect with it than if you are stuck limited to the limitations brought by the physical world.

The goal of this site is to make it as easy as possible to help market quality sites, and I appreciate that I was able to help you, and appreciate your kind words.

May 19, 2007 - 5:15pm

Uninstalled. Can't see text version of pagerank anymore in my status bar (main reason I had this installed), msn statistics not working, yahoo either, others, can't see features I used to used before either. Uninstalled.

September 10, 2006 - 7:18pm

Yep, Diigo doesn't like this extension. If you have it installed, disable it and restart FireFox.

Thanks for mentioning the Diigo conflict, Jack.

February 27, 2007 - 3:52pm

The replace.url not a function problem was a conflict with mcaffee site advisor... disabled it and everything was ok.

November 15, 2006 - 9:45am

The Firefox extension has suddenly stopped working for Google search results (at least for me). It still works for Yahoo, however. Is anyone else having this problem?

It's an awesome tool, Aaron. Thanks for creating it!

July 13, 2007 - 12:03pm

Please do it for if it's not ever done.

November 15, 2006 - 1:25pm

Yeah, its suddenly stopped working for me too, possibly since I upgraded it...?

July 13, 2007 - 1:14pm

Smart Pagerank Toolbar plugin was conflicting with this plugin.

after searching on google, a popup shows stating "url.replace is not a function"

Now fixed after I disabled the Smart Pagerank Toolbar plugin.


October 27, 2006 - 7:39pm

Very cool. I had a similar extension called SEOpen installed earlier, but this one, I liked 500% better! Thanks :)
Time to uninstall SEOpen ;)

Nithanth ( )

November 15, 2006 - 5:20pm

Same here, I noticed this problem on Google around 8am (central) this morning. Used it yesterday with no problems. Yahoo seems to be fine for the moment.

jason brown
November 15, 2006 - 5:22pm

Installed yesterday on my pc, worked fine.. installed today on my laptop.. doesnt work for google automatic, but on demand works.

I have everything set correctly and no other extensions installed.

Im running xp sp2 with firefox 2 which also just updated today.. wonder if the firefox update had something to do with it???

November 15, 2006 - 5:38pm

the tool is doesn't work in google

November 15, 2006 - 5:45pm

yeah, I had the same problem. I just noticed it. Maybe too many of us just left it on all the time instead of turning it off when "casually" surfing.


February 20, 2007 - 10:11am


I had some conflicts as well and after going over my zillion firefox extensions it seems that for me the culprit is Conquery 1.7.3

After disabling this one, all works fine again. Bit of a bummer as Conquery is rather useful. Gotta make choices though:)

Thanks for the great plugin. Some features won't work here in China, mentioned that before, but enough data to work with

November 7, 2006 - 12:36pm


I was figuring out how to program my own extensions (and then I will deliver to everyone) and watching your extension i saw that the creator is

creator="Michael O. Thomas"

Did you program Aaron or did you hire a programmer?

I need to know this because I want to know if is really hard to do, because my programming skills are almost gone. So maybe the effort will be too much for too little result.

BTW, good Extension.

November 15, 2006 - 6:52pm

Jason, have you tested it on Yahoo? As of this post it was still working. I think this is an issue of Google preventing the results box from appearing, rather than anything with Firefox.

November 7, 2006 - 4:31pm

Mike is a friend of mine who created the extension for me. I am NOT a programmer at this point

August 31, 2007 - 5:36pm

Uninstalled. It worked for about two weeks and then, nothing. I can't remember loading any new extensions that may have conflicted with it. I have been doing serious seo research, so maybe I was blocked?
I tried re-installing and checking options. Nothing worked.
Oh well, it was fantastic while it lasted.

April 30, 2007 - 1:07pm

The tool stopped working with MSN!

jason brown
November 15, 2006 - 11:25pm

Yes, Yahoo works fine and dandy.. but Google is not working

November 15, 2006 - 11:37pm

Sorry for my question. But are these Information also in german aviable ? My english ist not "up to date" so it would be more easier for me to read and to understand it.
When you can give me some information please leave a note here. THX

July 10, 2006 - 7:35am

I have the tool in my toolbar now. I'm using FF but I think it's not working. SOS

TJ McCue
April 19, 2007 - 8:46pm

Awesome tool. The CSV Export would be a great feature that it sounds like you are working on.

February 20, 2007 - 8:31pm rullllz!

August 16, 2006 - 10:43pm

It's very fast, kudos.

July 4, 2006 - 8:59pm

Mate this is a great little widget.... you and your army of programmers have been busy....
I am impressed!

July 4, 2006 - 9:08pm

Awesome tool Aaron!

I like how you can turn it on and off with one click, and how configurable it is.

How about some feature requests:!

1 - Some sort of loading progress indicator, at the moment it still is loading when the firefox loading indicator has stopped. How about make that little SEO icon spin while it's loading.

2 - Be able to re-arrange the order of the listings by one of the information points, i.e. sort by PR, age etc..

But great tool well done!

July 4, 2006 - 9:13pm

It's cool, but only currently works in Yahoo! for me.

July 4, 2006 - 9:17pm

After I restarted my browser I expected it to display the stats along the statusbar like the SearchStatus extension. Confused, I was about to comment and ask how it works but when I searched Google for Aaron Wall--viola! it works perfect.

Very good programmer you have. This is a gold-mine of source code also, thanks.

July 4, 2006 - 9:20pm

Now this is one cool tool! I can definitely use this for some competition review and SEO work on my own. Thanks Aaron for another great one! Keep up the great work you do for this community!

Nathan Malone
July 4, 2006 - 9:21pm

Great tool!

One issue I have found is that if, for example, you search for "amazon" (without quotes), it will say that there are 143,000 cached pages for, but there are actually 143,000,000 cached pages for

There is a similar issue with Alexa, though it doesn't affect Amazon because their Alexa rank is so low (15, currently). It only affects sites that have a Alexa rank that is, say, in the millions. When a site has an Alexa rank of 2,000,000, it is reporting it as 2,000.

Note: both of those issues affect Google, I am not sure about Yahoo.

Fantastic tool, though!

- Nathan

July 4, 2006 - 9:23pm

Great Plug-in, this is an awesome time saver. Thanks again, I now don't need to have 10 tabs open and pray that FireFox won't crash on me during competitive research crunch times. Bravo!

November 16, 2006 - 2:44pm

same here, stoped working in googel - works in yahoo..

July 4, 2006 - 9:23pm

I will get the double comma error fixed.

November 16, 2006 - 2:49pm

Hi Aaron,

first - thanks for great tool!
It seems google has changed yesterday layout of search page. The following solution works for me:
( in your main load routine, in overlay.js, line 741: )

was: var results = s.doc.getElementsByTagName('p');
now: var results = s.doc.getElementsByTagName('div');

take care,


July 4, 2006 - 9:25pm

nice tool Aaron! Like a previous poster, works in yahoo but not google. I'm using ff version Thanks

August 7, 2006 - 9:57pm

Great tool but, the dmoz listing check doesnt work proprety, and Matt Cutts says that no special weight is given to .edu and .gov links.


July 4, 2006 - 9:26pm

Isn't the logo for this infringing on the Firefox trademark because you use their exact logo?

July 4, 2006 - 9:35pm

Hi Mark
I wasn't too thrilled with the logo bit either, but my designer / programmer is equally hard headed as he is skilled, and insisted on going with the current logo (in fact he made that up without me even asking or mentioning anything about a logo).

If the people at FF care then I will get the designer to change the logo to something more boring in nature, maybe snagging the SEO part from my site logo.

July 4, 2006 - 9:37pm

Great extension, thanks Aaron! but for some reason it only seems to work with Yahoo for me, not in Google? I use FF 1.5.04, standard Google setting. Any clue?

July 4, 2006 - 9:58pm

it doesn't work for me in google and it look like it's not only with me, otherwise gets info pretty fast in yahoo and is of great help just if it was working with the Big Brother

Best Regards

August 8, 2006 - 3:02am

My check is not just to see if it is dmoz listed, but also to see if other dmoz listed pages link to it

as far as Matt's comment on .edu links goes, it is a nice theory, but in actuality, those pages tend to be in better neighborhoods and have better MORE NATURAL link profiles (and I think Matt also said something similar to that as well, so your quote was only part of the whole story).

July 4, 2006 - 10:06pm

For those of you who are having troubles with it not working on Google...

Are you using an international version of Google?

Realtor Marketing
July 10, 2006 - 5:13pm

I have not been able to type into the default google seardh box and get but with the google toolbar searchbox I have been able to successfully get all of the stats and I am amazed at the numbers from a quick glance.

I have been trying to rank higher for some search terms and now wee htat some of the number ones in my niches have 6000-10000 backlinks. A bit tougher than I thought but this tool is fantastic. Thanks so much Aaron!

November 16, 2006 - 11:31pm

Not working in Google at all. When I click KWResearch at the top, I get this...

Warning: fsockopen(): unable to connect to in /home/awall19/ on line 37

Warning: fputs(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /home/awall19/ on line 39

I'm, using Firefox and SEOFirefox plugin 2.1.0

Bumber. I really need it today.


July 4, 2006 - 10:25pm

Doesn't work for me on 1.5.04, standard US download. puts up a message saying it blocked by robots.txt exclusion so that one may not work anymore. They must not want to get hit by it.

July 4, 2006 - 10:28pm

I actively blocked from accessing this site using my robots.txt file.

I am still using the extension to pull in data for many sites right now.

July 3, 2007 - 1:37am

not getting the data displays under the serps...have to click on SEO button after choosing & opening one of the serps?
Anyone have any suggestions? uninstall then reinstall without mcafee siteadvisor? what about search staus is there potential conflict?

July 4, 2006 - 10:28pm


one hell of a job, man. As a matter of fact, i'd just put down some of the things i'd like in a really good competitive-minded FF extension. Then i get an email that you've just launched it. Way to go.

That said, it doesn't work in Google or Yahoo for me. FF v1.5.0.4. Not using an int'l version of Google. Could it be an issue with the theme I use (hey, I have no idea), but I've checked the settings, restarted everything, etc. etc...

any thoughts? I'm going to blog this as soon as i get to use it ;)

July 4, 2006 - 10:35pm

not using int'l version of google either

November 17, 2006 - 6:25am

Hi Juri!

Thanks for your hint, works fine again!

( in your main load routine, in overlay.js, line 741: )

was: var results = s.doc.getElementsByTagName('p');
now: var results = s.doc.getElementsByTagName('div');

take care,


July 4, 2006 - 11:48pm

Both Google or Yahoo are not loading data for me. I see the data bars below each results, but it just lists questions marks after each category.

July 4, 2006 - 11:57pm

Great tool Aaron but I'm not getting the full effect either. Using FF v1.5.0.4 all the PR results load but I get no additional data.

July 5, 2006 - 12:00am

For the ? marks, that is the default for most categories. If you read the installation instructions it tells you how to set what you prefer to have automatically pulled in, and I go so far as stating recommended settings to use.

I figured that the people who would not read the install and usage instructions would also be the types of people who would be abusive in their usage of the tool, so by default I left most of the data points off.

I was also told that Firefox BetterSearch 1.12 extension blocks this tool, and have not yet tested the compatibility with CustomizeGoogle or anything like that.

I believe the comma error mentioned above should be fixed as well now too.

Nick Pang
July 5, 2006 - 12:14am


works great on both yahoo and google for me with firefox.


November 17, 2006 - 12:23pm

hi guys,

Where is the overlay.js file that you need to edit to fix this bug,


July 5, 2006 - 12:38am

it started working with google after i disabled the CustomizeGoogle extension.

November 17, 2006 - 12:39pm

Found it!
Its in your Firefox profile under C:\Documents and Settings\yourwindowsuser\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\1k6lcglm.default\extensions\\chrome\content

or something similar...

Changed it as per Juri's recommendations and it works again!

Hope that helps others... :)

August 19, 2007 - 9:09am

Awesome tool, I love this. Another reason why Firefox wins.

July 5, 2006 - 12:42am

I tried it again after rebooting my computer. It worked where it didn't before with Google. Of course that makes no sense or maybe it was just timing...but it works now.

July 5, 2006 - 1:02am

Superb extension.

I'm getting some major bleeding from external sites being placed within the YAHO SERPS.

The PR values seem to be slighty off for some results.


July 5, 2006 - 3:40am

I would gladly donate money to see 3 features added:

1. Caching
2. Ability to add a long list of proxies from a predefined site, or text file, and then check those to see if they are working and truely anonymous
3. Export results to CSV feature.
Have it

Otherwise it is perfect.
Thank you!

July 11, 2006 - 10:15am

Dear Aaron,

I guess many french marketer like would like an extension to french search engines. Or maybe you could open your code to an online community such as in order to duplicate your excellent tool for the french community.

Congratulations, anyway!

July 5, 2006 - 4:04am

Aaron: my Google now works when I click 'Go to', as while it shows up as .com to me, it goes to .ca when I search.

July 27, 2006 - 11:40am

I installed Seo4firefox and is really cool. However, when I install Diigo extension, Seo4firefox suddenly doesn't work anymore. After uninstallation of Diigo, Seo4firefox goes back to work. Seems that Diigo is not compatible with Seo4firefox

July 5, 2006 - 5:18am

Fabulous tool. It's tempting to have it active everytime I search on GG and Y+ but I will try to restrain myself

2 things are not working for me

1. The "Age" .The Internet Archive home page is accesible here in Shanghai but searching for a domain gives a an error. Maybe related to the Nanny, aka Chinese firewall

2. Technorati which has to do with the China firewall up here. The goverment doesn't seem to like tagging

so these things can't be helpded for now which brings me to a third point:

I noticed that the extension doesn't work for me when I use a webbased proxy (as mentioned before the local gov feels not all sites on the net are good for my well being, and at times I just don't agree:) There may be a very valid reason for this but I thought I mention it.

I second some of the suggestion here:

1 - Be able to re-arrange the order of the listings by one of the information points, i.e. sort by PR, age etc..
2. Export results
3. Localized versions of GG and Y+

Anyway, as said before, a great tool. Thanks!

July 5, 2006 - 5:24am

Is there a way to get this working for international users in Google? Works with Yahoo.

Very impressive Aaron.

July 5, 2006 - 5:51am

Aaron, this tool is really cool. You can damn well bet I'll be adding it to my arsenal of tools, along with putting it up on the tools page.

July 11, 2006 - 10:50am


Great tool! But, oddly enough, I have a problem to use it with Yahoo, not with Google. It just dont work... But, with Google works excellent...?? Any suggestions?


Kevin Collins
July 5, 2006 - 6:00am

Great stuff Aaron. Thank you. If possible I would like for this to work on international Googles as well.

Conrad King
July 5, 2006 - 6:53am

Works great for me. Any where. Thanks great tool.

July 5, 2006 - 6:55am


Superb tools. You have been giving a lot back to the community, really respect that.

I have the same problem with Miles Evans too. It only seems to work under domain, but not international search - (in my country, for example). Is there any way we can make it work for this?


July 5, 2006 - 7:24am

I'm suspicious/paranoid of free SEO tools so I have to ask: are my queries/data being stored somewhere if I use this Aaron?

It is a nice tool and very useful, thanks!

July 5, 2006 - 7:27am

The data is not stored anywhere, in fact one of the features some people want is for it to be stored locally on their own machines. It doesn't even do that yet.

I don't even harvest keyword research from my meta search engine or keyword research tool.

October 12, 2006 - 12:03am

Thanks, for the Diigo heads up. I am been frustrated trying to figure out why it wouldn't work for the past month.

April 20, 2007 - 9:25pm

Hello dev team :)

I am a member of, the Italian portal for extensions.
We are a community dedicated to the translation of extensions for moz family apps.
I noticed your interesting extension was missing a locale structure, so I created one.

A first beta version are visible here:

Of course I did not changed the main core code but I transformed all strings for the user interface into entities in the locale folder.

Now it is more easily translatable, and I added the it-IT locale.

I hope my small contribution will help your extension to be translated in a good number of languages.



May 3, 2007 - 4:07am

Great tool. However, there is a conflict with McAfee SiteAdvisor. I had to turn off SiteAdvisor to get SEO Extension to work (using FF

July 5, 2006 - 7:54am

Great work!
I would prefer to use a right click to toggle the info on and off.

July 11, 2006 - 10:11pm

Hello Aaron, just trying out your FF plugin and it works pretty good. However when I use multiple tabs in FF it seems to break down. Proceedure to replicate breakage:

1. Search @ Google/Yahoo
2. Click an on demand question mark. (works)
3. CTRL-Click a link to open some page in a new tab
4. Click an on demand question mark. (broken)

I have alot of extensions installed so it could be due to some conflict somewhere. Anyone else experience this problem?

Peter K.
August 17, 2006 - 10:06am

This Tools might be great - unfortunately I could not download it. The link does not work!!!

December 21, 2006 - 10:55pm

Great tool, how come no altavista search?

July 5, 2006 - 8:01am

Great extension, thanks Aaron! but plz tell me how this is wok and tell me procedure and give me any tip


July 11, 2006 - 11:23pm

Aaron, I noticed a problem with the tool yesterday on Yahoo!. They have many of their links going through a redirect, which causes the tool to look for
"" rather than the actual domain.

I think the rdre1 is for PFI links?

December 6, 2006 - 12:50pm

Hey Aaron, big fan of your work

The tool is awesome but have you thought about putting in a traceroute option or a DNS lookup of the A value of a domain so you can see where a site is hosted on the go? :)

July 17, 2007 - 7:09am

This is a good seo plugin.

Be sure to check out seoquake which is an excellent free add-on for firefox. Seoquake has a few added feautes over the "seo for firefox" plugin.

July 5, 2006 - 8:08am

The data is not stored anywhere, in fact one of the features some people want is for it to be stored locally on their own machines. It doesn't even do that yet.

Most excellent, thanks! :)

March 4, 2007 - 10:57pm

Hi Aaron,

I don't know if this is being mentioned before but the already provided feedback is too much for me to wade through to see if it is already mentioned but i would like to leave a suggestion:

An option to highlight a phrase - keyword and then right click to choose,

Search Google with quotes

So i could for instance highlight a keyword and choose that option in the right-click drop menu to be directed to Google and the query with quotes is being done for me.


This way you wouldn't have to type everything into Google but a simple -->Highlight -->Right click -->Search with quotes would make things a lot easier.

July 5, 2006 - 8:12am

Great Tool. One question: Is it possible to use this with, too?

July 12, 2006 - 1:20am

Great tool, how about some on-page analysis as well? Maybe a keyword density figure? (I know this may be irrelevent but IMO its another bit of information that we should be looking at).

October 18, 2006 - 12:58pm

WARNING: this can block you from with a 999 error for spamming becuse it sends too many requests if for example you look at google with this tool on and auto on the options.

Sorry, Unable to process request at this time -- error 999.
Sorry, you've been temporarily blocked for accessing too rapidly. This could be the result of using a buggy, misconfigured, or malicious program. It could also be accidental on our part. Please hold off for a few minutes and try again later, in a gentler fashion.

July 27, 2007 - 9:08am

For your information - Supplemental search in Google does not work any more (showing the same number as nonsupplemental), so you can put it out of your tool :-(
Of course, if you wouldnt find any working way

July 5, 2006 - 9:21am

Absolutely great tool! Very useful and reliable extension. Could you please add international domains (Google) in settings?

October 18, 2006 - 1:19pm

...also it might not have helped i have 100 results per page instead of 10 on google ;o)

July 5, 2006 - 9:27am

I have a problem with Yahoo!. It showing me 999 error:
"Sorry, Unable to process request at this time"
* You may want to scan your system for spyware and viruses, as they may interfere with your ability to connect to Yahoo!. For detailed information on spyware and virus protection, please visit the Yahoo! Security Center.
* This problem may be due to unusual network activity coming from your Internet Service Provider. We recommend that you report this problem to them.

It was working for me until now. And have they own problems - 404 errors when you try to "go back". I hope they will fix it soon.

Your extension it's great. Keep up the good job.
Just add some results export and all G and Y! international domains and it's enough. Thank you.

July 5, 2006 - 9:42am

Excellent tool! Nice way of displaying the info. Unfortunately I only have access to so it doesn't seem to work well in Google. Working fine in Yahoo! and I am really happy with it. Great job Aaron and team!!

July 12, 2006 - 4:37am

I've tried this plugin and it doesn't seem to work on my Mac. I get no data below the results. I tried it as soon as I learned about it and gave it another try after reading about it on another blog.

It installed fine and I can turn it on and off but I get no data or error messages. I'm using a Powerbook, Mac OS X 10.4.7 and Firefox


October 27, 2007 - 11:57am

This is an awesome answer! The tool is fantastic and it is working perfect with Firefox. Thank you, Aaron!

September 9, 2007 - 5:10am

Really awesome tool. Thank you.

September 11, 2007 - 11:12pm

works on another user's account in firefox with different plugs, and another machine, but not the main user account that I use. Wish I knew of incompatible plugins.

September 11, 2007 - 11:27pm

Diigo toolbar for Firefox seems to be the conflicting extension. If you are having trouble, try disabling that.

September 24, 2007 - 8:06am

The tool is not working in yahoo search anymore - do you know what is the problem?

September 25, 2007 - 6:14am

It might depend on what version Yahoo SERP you are seeing. they have multiple versions, and you can revert back to the old one if the new one is not working.

September 28, 2007 - 6:57am

Hi Aron!

Your tool seems very useful, but I wonder if it would be possible for you to provide a similar tool for Internet Explorer as well? I'd love to have it installed at work but they insist on using IE...

September 30, 2007 - 12:26pm

For now I am Firefox only. My next update is to add more features to the Firefox version. I might look at creating an IE version sometime down the road though.

October 3, 2007 - 10:35am

It just displays a question mark after each title. I am getting some errors about childNodes. Does that make any sense?

October 3, 2007 - 6:39pm

The question mark stuff can be sorted by viewing the instructions on setting options. The childNodes stuff should not be an issue on google results, unless there is a conflicting extension installed.

October 8, 2007 - 8:43am

i am also getting the childNodes errors in yahoo and the tool is not working in yahoo - what can I do?

October 11, 2007 - 2:51pm

Me too. Error in and

October 15, 2007 - 5:14am

I too have the above challenge...Tool beautiful for this past month but not functioning when i search this week, ok for keyword research just not the analytical features underneath each result, no links data etc. I admit Ive had it on the whole time so only recently saw it needs to be off or something happens that I dont yet understand? How can I uninstall SEO for Firefox and reinstall and just use as I choose thanks? HELP! Id love to use this fab tool, thankyou, Im sorry to be so ignorant in my use of such a fine design!Im a new researcher at this level of inquiry...X

October 15, 2007 - 4:33pm

I just did a quick fix for people getting childNodes error in yahoo. Feel free to download from:

P.S. love this tool :)

October 17, 2007 - 4:06am

Tho uninstalling hasn't helped I am now using the Seo Firefox Lookup option under the Tools button to collect the data manually on each url asI chose. Obviously not that fab overview of comparative research but still can do!Will and way and still far outways other methods at this time, thanks. I ascertain that my isp is being banned somehow from collecting data because I left the SEO button on not realising as a new user?

October 17, 2007 - 5:50am

Read the installation instructions on how to change the settings. That will show you how to automatically pull in data.

October 19, 2007 - 5:48am

Thanks Aaron Im in, I placed my options (under tools Seo Firefox) onto "automatic" after restarting another download and alls happy I will be more discreet to turn it off but perhaps I had adjusted the options overly to "on demand" maybe and I also took note to time things as you posted re 1 sec and 5 secs. I thank you for indeep-sight I feel like a wee mole in here but the light is so shiney, I'm more like a moth!This tool is beautiful!And I appreciate your beautiful ability to balance business and politics, I appreciate your politics, you're braveXRuth

October 23, 2007 - 10:34am

Great tool Aaron. However I've just noticed that your tool shows the Google Cache Date of the homepage not the subpage.
I compared it with the Cached Snapshot of page from Google toolbar.

October 23, 2007 - 10:41am

arg... I think I had that updated when I should not have! I will have to ping the developer

November 26, 2007 - 12:08pm

Recently Seo4Firefox started producing an error "rawurl has no properties".The fix ; Aaron you owe me - this is the second time when I fix this extension ;)

November 20, 2007 - 2:06am

Thanks for the help again! I will try to get the official version updated soon.

November 20, 2007 - 2:16am

Sorry for a very dumb question but after paying for the book and getting my paypal receipt I can't figure out where the download is? Please help. Thanks.

November 20, 2007 - 2:42am

Send me an email at seobook at

December 10, 2007 - 3:46pm

This is the error message.

Internal Error: url.replace is not a function

I click OK to clear the dialog, and then all the data elements show as if requested, but the data field has a question mark, no numbers.

I'm running firefox with the Noia Theme and have several other extensions - but none of the ones known to be incompatible.

December 10, 2007 - 8:44pm

Hi Pauli
If you read the installation and usage instructions that will sort the question mark issue for you. I am trying to fix the other part today.

December 17, 2007 - 7:32am

Hi Guys
First Things First:

It works great, but, where do I find the extension, on/off button, when there is no Firefox bottom toolbar on my Mac
And yes I am only casually surfing,.. Google doesnt like it.

"If you are casually surfing please turn this extension off. Only turn it on if you are actively researching a market"


I'd like to comply,but like I say, "where do you get it"?

Any suggestions?

December 17, 2007 - 5:05pm

In the top menu under
tools - ad ons
you can disable seo for firefox and then renable it as needed.

Using Parellels or Bootcamp might be an option.

December 28, 2007 - 3:42am

Aaron, I read your comment on how your using web to express yourself, reminds me of the yinh and yang philosophy for some reason, if it makes any sense.

January 17, 2008 - 10:45am

The extension broke again. It produces an error in Yahoo. (I'll fix this later this week unless somebody else does it before me)

January 17, 2008 - 8:58am

Thank you...btw... can you shoot me an email seobook [aT} gmail ...I have some other upgrades I want to do to that extension, and since you tend to be on the ball with it anyway perhaps I can pay you for helping out so much?

Jonathan Street
January 27, 2008 - 7:25am

I know it has been mentioned before but alexa data is displayed missing several digits.

It's only alexa so not exactly crucial but would be nice.

January 27, 2008 - 9:00am

Hi Jonathan
I will try to get that fix rolled into the next release.

February 18, 2008 - 8:21am

I just installed a FF update, and now the plugin just doesn't seem to work anymore. The FF version I use is

When I enable the plugin, an error message pops up: Internal Error: StartC is not defined.....

February 18, 2008 - 8:23am

Can you try uninstalling the plugin, restarting firefox, installing the plug in again, and restarting firefox again

February 18, 2008 - 8:32am

Thanks for the quick reply Aaron. Unfortunately this didn't solve the problem

February 18, 2008 - 8:57am

It might be another conflicting extension. I am using and it works for me.

February 18, 2008 - 9:14am

Aaron, are you running other FF extensions? And if so: which ones?
I have the webdeveloper toolbar, WASP (for detecting which kind of Analytics software is running) and a plugin for copying goals in Google Analytics.

Everything worked fine for me, until I received an update for FF today.....

February 18, 2008 - 9:15am

I am not using wasp...think I do have web developer and lots of other extensions though.

February 18, 2008 - 9:23am

Uninstalled everything, including FF and reinstalled FF and your extension, still without succes :(
February 18, 2008 - 12:31pm

I've been using the tool for some days now, and it is the quickest way to research your competitors. the Mass Check button will save you hours of time.
February 18, 2008 - 12:34pm

One of the best seo plugins.

Also have a look at seoquake which is an excellent free add-on for firefox. Seoquake has a few added features over the "seo for firefox" plugin.

February 22, 2008 - 2:47pm

Just noticed this within the last few days, I'm thinking this coincides with an automatic update for SEO Firefox maybe last week? Can't remember, but everything works fine for the 1st page of Google search results, what I have set to automatic, is automatically populated. When I select next, for the second page of any search results, nothing will automatically populate. Same is true for any other page, other than the 1st page results. I have the latest update for both firefox and seo firefox.

This is also the case for any Yahoo result as well. Anybody else experiencing this same problem?

February 22, 2008 - 4:47pm

I just tried this on a completely different computer and got the same results (as post above), so it isn't just me. How could this be? SEO firefox never just used to work on the first page only?

Aaron: Could you please verify this?


February 26, 2008 - 11:04pm

This is the best tool for competitive analysis ever. One problem, I'm having trouble exporting to CSV. There's a link, but the spreadsheet contains only row headers and no numerical data. Any suggestions?



February 26, 2008 - 11:09pm

I will take a look real quick.

March 13, 2008 - 5:19pm

I am running FF 2.0.12 and the latest Seo for FF 2.5.10 and after the update in nolonger display any values.

I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling etc. with no luck
I do run Colorful Tabs, Firebug, Greasemonky (no scripts at the moment) IE Tab (but not for google) PlainOldFavorites, Session Manager, UserAgent Switcher

Any ideas other then disabling all of these.


April 4, 2008 - 8:28pm

Hi Aaron, the extension rocks. I use it daily and it plays a large part in my overall research process. Thanks for it! One suggestion I have is to add a feature similar to SEO Quake's External and Internal Links button on their toolbar. Essentially it counts the number of external/internal links on a page. For example this page links to hundreds of external pages and links to several internal pages. I didn't read through all the comments so apologies if this has already been suggested.

April 5, 2008 - 9:33pm

I will ask the programmer if we can do that Adam.

April 9, 2008 - 5:54am

Thanks Aaron! I've got some more suggestions if you want them. Don't get me wrong, most of them are really picky and probably not worth mentioning but some have merit I think. One is to make the Lookup this Page data a little quicker to access. For example (and remember I warned you about potential picky-ness), I can right-click and hover the SEO for Firefox menu item and then click the Lookup this Page option. As crazy as this may sound, a direct link to the data from the main right-click menu would make a huge difference (for me at least). Ideally, a toolbar displaying the data directly would be my vote. Anyway, thanks again for taking the suggestion!

April 9, 2008 - 5:13pm

In the next major update we will try to do the right cick idea.

April 27, 2008 - 2:26pm

I had installed as request. But the SEO item did not appeared. It is the same result that I had with another computer. Do you have an alternative?

April 27, 2008 - 8:52pm

Please read the install instructions located on the download page.

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May 6, 2008 - 9:16am

My Firefox just updated itself to version 2.0.14, and its seems to have borken the plugin (I'm on version 2.6.4)

Anyone else find this? Can someone let me know if its the case for everyone or if its working ok, then I need to look at getting this tool to work again as its very usefull


May 6, 2008 - 11:14am

SEO for Firefox works for me and that is what version I am on.
May 18, 2008 - 6:54am

Hi I am using the latest version of firefox and seo for firefox. Whenever I set anything to automatic, all I get is a question mark "?" at where the value is suppose to be at. However if I set it to on-demand and then click on the question mark, it would return the value fine. What is going on? Why is automatic not working for me? Anyone else experience this?

June 14, 2008 - 11:19pm

Have you read the install instructions and tried putting the tool in automatic mode? By default it is in on demand mode for three reasons.

  • to lessen the load on the search engines by making it less convenient for abusive users who do not read the install script
  • to help ensure that people only use it in automatic when they really need to
  • to make it so I am not getting 50 emails a day about someone's IP getting blocked
June 14, 2008 - 11:20pm

I am closing this thread out. The follow up support thread is here

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