SEO-Quake review: website analysis in half a second

I took the weird habit of analyzing every single website I go to. I do it because it’s so easy with the SEO-Quake Firefox toolbar (also available for IE…?). This toolbar contains a lot of useful information that get automatically updated when you visit a website and you can do a quick analysis of a website’s popularity within only a couple of seconds.

What’s in SEOQuake?

What’s better than an example? I took a screen shot of the toolbar while visiting ShoeMoney and broke it down in different parts (Shoe is my website of choice when it comes to examples I know…).

For statistics lover like me, we get this part of the toolbar:

From left to right we have

  • PR: PageRank
  • I: Number of indexed pages in Google
  • L: Number of links pointing to that that SINGLE page
  • LD: Link Domain, which is the total number of backlinks for the domain
  • I: Number of pages indexed in MSN
  • Rank: Alexa Rank

In a fraction of seconds, you can see if the website you visit is a serious website. I particularly like the Alexa Rank and the number of backlinks. These are usually good indicators of a website popularity. I know I wrote about the Alexa ranking and how it is inaccurate sometimes, but it’s still a good metric.

Then, we have some other interesting options:

From left to right we have:

  • Age: domain age (which ShoeMoney blocks so that’s why we don’t see it.)
  • I: The Delicious Index or the number of times the page was bookmarked on delicious.
  • whois: The domain’s whois information.

The domain age is provided by The web archive and the button will bring you to the domain’s history.

Finally, some very useful options for your own website:

Source will of course bring you the source code of the page and it is very useful to access the page’s source code faster. Then we have Internal links and External links: Internal links is the number of links on the current page linking to the same domain and External links is the number of links on the current page linking to an external domain. This can be quite useful when you want to control your precious link juice! Finally, a feature I really enjoy to do keyword optimization is the density feature. This feature will give you a lot of information about the keywords on the page:

This way, you can optimize your keywords by checking how many time each of them appears on the page. The keyword density tool can go to 4 keywords phrases, which is really cool because we don’t necessarily always target individual keywords.

Get SEO-Quake

So that’s it, I use this toolbar all the time and check it for every site I visit. It’s a little addictive to be honest and I feel like I’m missing something when I’m on a computer that doen’t have the toolbar. It’s free so there really is no reasons not to try it ;) Get it here.


  1. Ben October 15, 2008 at 1:16 am #

    @Barabara: Glad you like it.

  2. Clog Money October 15, 2008 at 3:47 am #

    I fear this would add to my already extensive procrastination time at work ;) Maybe a home plugin only ;)

    Clog Moneys last blog post..Month One!

  3. Ben October 15, 2008 at 7:19 am #

    @Roger: Good questino you’re raising there. I was using it before on Firefox 2.0, but since 3.0 was released I don’t know…

    @Clog Money: haha it’s so addictive, like always going through every stats ;) If you stay to the basic it’s really half a second, otherwise it might be worth to make it a home plugin only hehe.

  4. Dan October 15, 2008 at 8:39 am #

    Wow, thanks for the information! I’m always interested in little gadgets like this, cheers!

    Dans last blog post..Thinking Of Changes

  5. Ben October 15, 2008 at 9:17 am #

    @Dan & Dan :) : Thanks guys, I’m glad you liked!

  6. Freddie October 15, 2008 at 10:29 am #

    Thanks a lot, Ben! Just what I needed….another tool to feed my stat addiction. LOL!!!

    Freddies last blog post..Quote of the Week: Adversity

  7. Ben October 15, 2008 at 10:29 am #

    Haha, this stats addiction is crazy :)

  8. Adam October 15, 2008 at 10:39 am #


    I am going to have to stay away from this one. I am too worried about my own stats and spend to much time on them. If I started spending time looking at other peoples stats I will never get anything done at all.


  9. Ben October 15, 2008 at 10:57 am #

    @K. Fields: Cool, enjoy this little tool mate! ;)

    @Adam: I understand. I wrote a post some while ago about how stats could definitively kill your productivity. Smart choice if you know it won’t help you.

  10. Ben October 15, 2008 at 12:45 pm #

    @Alex: Cool! There’s a lot of other stuff in the plugin, but I disabled most of them because I didn’t need them.

  11. October 15, 2008 at 1:16 pm #

    Alexa rank is nuts. :) I also wonder how search enginges count links. For my blog Google shows 400+ backlinks in stats and Yahoo shows 7000+.

    Rarsts last blog post..Most customizable file sync with SyncEXP

  12. Ben October 15, 2008 at 2:04 pm #

    I honestly don’t have a clue what this backlink algorithm is based on. Might do a little research on that…

  13. Ben October 15, 2008 at 4:37 pm #

    Hey, great to see MarketLeverage staff commenting in here ;) I’m not using the keyword feature to be honest, but I’ll definitely check it out if you suggest to use it ;)

    Thanks for dropping a comment!

  14. jigs October 15, 2008 at 8:29 pm #

    I’ve been using seo quake since December last year and it serves me well. using yahoo link domain you can tail on a good sites for their backlinks.

    however I wanted to know the details of its parameters on how to set it up to have the best results. can you give us some advice Ben.

    thanks a lot!

    jigss last blog post..Kinsay Buang?

  15. Dennis Edell October 16, 2008 at 4:29 pm #

    Installed and WOW. I can’t wait until I want to start advertising…stats at a glance!

    Almost a perfect substitute for the Google toolbar, except no AutoFill button….a nifty little time saver.

    Dennis Edells last blog post..Contest Over: Prizes Coming – Link Love First!

  16. Ben October 16, 2008 at 5:16 pm #

    Good stuff Dennis, I’m happy you tried it and now find it useful!

  17. Ben October 16, 2008 at 5:17 pm #

    @jigs: Hey haven’t seen you around for a while! To be honest I’m not a “Guru” of SEO Quake. It’s packed with TONS of features, but I mainly just use the toolbar. Maybe I should try to play with the other settings…

  18. W.Bentrim October 17, 2008 at 9:11 am #

    SEO Tool bar very interesting. Density was eye opening. Good blog, lots of good advice. Keep up the good work.

  19. Ben October 18, 2008 at 12:55 pm #

    @SEO: Thanks for that suggestion!

  20. Ben October 19, 2008 at 12:34 pm #

    @W. Bentrim: That’s why you have to use Firefox! :)

  21. jigs October 20, 2008 at 8:45 pm #

    I’d been so busy last few weeks Ben .Looking for Travel sites as our partners. but I’ll be visiting here if I will have a spare time.

    Well I’m glad that frogstr is doing great! more power to you man.
    \m/ \m/

    jigss last blog post..Kinsay Buang?

  22. Erik Chan October 21, 2008 at 1:09 pm #

    I just downloaded it for my firefox browser, the tool is absolutely amazing. It’s a little cluttered on google search now, but it’s well worth it because of all the features. Really helps you if you are a webmaster, big time!

  23. Andy Bailey October 21, 2008 at 7:21 pm #

    I used to have one in FF before but it only had google and alexa, this one looks like it’s worth a try thanks!

    Andy Baileys last blog post..BRING ON THE TRUMPETS!

  24. Ben October 21, 2008 at 7:22 pm #

    @Erick: You can disable that Google feature, I actually have it disabled.

    @Andy: No problems my friend! Thanks for dropping a comment here!

  25. Dennis Edell October 22, 2008 at 4:51 am #

    How to disable it?

    Dennis Edells last blog post..Don’t Be Like Jack…

  26. Ganesh October 22, 2008 at 7:15 am #

    I had this plugin but I disabled it later. The toolbar takes up most of the space.

    I agree that its an awesome tool. I especially like the keyword density tool. :)

    Ganeshs last blog post..Blog About What You Love and You Will Succeed

  27. Ben Tremblay April 2, 2009 at 12:25 pm #

    T: Title
    D: Description
    K: Keyword

  28. Moriya June 23, 2009 at 8:29 pm #

    Awesome blog. Do you have a blog where you also explain internal/external links more in depth? If not, will you create one?


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