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Foxy SEO Tool, Firefox’s Growing SEO Add-On

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firefoxI installed Foxy SEO last week to help with search optimization and analysis.  While I haven’t tapped it’s full potential I have been using it quite a bit to check backlinks and Google Pagerank.  Aside from the usual search engines (Yahoo!, bing, Ask), it includes menu options for directories like the Yahoo! Directory and dmoz, research tools like Alexa and Compete, and social media options like Twitter, digg, Yahoo! Answers and more.

Foxy SEO Tool has some helpful page analysis tools which analyzes keyword density, looks for 404 errors, meta tags, robot.txt files and sitemaps.

While Foxy SEO has been out for just over a year it looks like most of the meat was added in 2009.  As such I think it’s still a bit of a work in progress but if you’re an SEO professional it’s worth checking out.

Written by Greg M

October 27, 2009 at 1:06 pm

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The Book of Odds, by Kurani Interactive, Launches tomorrow!

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BOOSince I have a number of friends over at Kurani Interactive, I’ve been hearing about the Book of Odds for some time now.  I actually had a demo a few weeks ago while it was in user testing and really had a lot of fun with site.  The Book of Odds presents ‘the odds of everyday life’ in a compelling way.

The Visual Browse tool (shown above) is essentially a very cool form of data visualization.  Select your keywords and related odds appear to the right.  The site also contains articles written by the folks at the Book of Odds, which helps tie together some related themes.freakonomics

Not long ago I made a post about Freakonomics and today found out that they are on the Book of Odds bandwagon too.  Check out Ryan Hagen’s introduction of the Book of Odds on the Freakonomics blog at the NY Times.  If the Book of Odds team (including Kurani Interactive) could join up with Freakonomics I think I’d think we’d see a complete revolution on the use of data and data visualization.

Be sure to pick up a copy of Freakonomics on Amazon or setup a Free account on the Book of Odds website.

Written by Greg M

October 13, 2009 at 6:44 pm

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