Most people presume that blogging is just about writing content. Well, I’ve been blogging for almost 2 years now and I must say that blogging is not an easy task. Apart from writing great quality content, bloggers need to stay up-to-date with the latest news, follow other blogs in the same niche, optimize their content for search engines, look out for inspiration and much more.
If you check out the Firefox add-ons directory, you will find various add-ons that can help you blog easily and effectively. In this post, I present to you 10 Firefox addons that can be really useful for bloggers.
1. Read It Later
We often tend to bookmark interesting articles we find on the web so we can read them later when we have time. Instead of crowding your browser with hundreds of bookmarks, you can use this wonderful Firefox add-on to save pages you want to read later with just one-click.
Read It Later is a simple Firefox add-on that lets you save pages to a reading list, so you can read it later when you have time. You can sync your reading lists across all your computers and also to your mobile phone. The offline reading mode lets you read the items you have saved even without an internet connection. You can use the Text View mode to view the content in a more consumable way by stripping off the ads and images.
2. Update Scanner
Certain websites do not provide Atom or RSS feeds of their content. It can be really annoying to load the website again and again to check for updates. This is where Update Scanner comes into the scene. This Firefox add-on monitors websites for updates and notifies you if any website has been updated. It automatically highlights the changes on the webpage and also lets you select how often a website should be scanned.
Feedly is a fully-featured feed reader for Firefox. It lets you easily follow your favourite websites and displays the best content of these websites in a magazine-like start page. It provides a really intuitive and attractive way to read your feeds.
Whenever we find something we like, the first thing we do is share it with our friends. Well, using ShareThis you can easily share anything on the web with your friends on over 45 social sites including Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Reddit and more. You can easily configure the drop-down menu to show your preferred sharing services and also view the top trending shares on any site. It saves all your shared content in the ShareBox so that you can easily find and re-share them later.
With the voluminous amount of work bloggers do, it is always better to keep to-do lists and reminders so that you won’t forget anything. ReminderFox is a Firefox add-on that lets you manage reminders and to-do lists right within your browser. It reminds you of all your important dates via easy-to-use to-do lists, alerts and alarms without the need of a separate calendar program.
Amplify enables you to clip, share and spark conversations about excerpts from articles, tweets, blog posts or anything you find on the web. It automatically creates a personal, fully searchable Amplog of everything that you Amplify. It also supports auto-posting to Twitter, WordPress, Facebook, Posterous, Tumblr and more.
FireShot is a very useful tool to capture and annotate web pages. It enables you to create screenshots of entire webpages quickly and easily. It lets you annotate the screenshot, upload it to major photo sharing services like Picasa, Flickr, ImageShack, etc., save the image to disk, copy it to clipboard as well as e-mail it.
This is a Firefox add-on for the famous web discovery engine StumbleUpon. With StumbleUpon, you can discover great websites that match your interests, meet people with similar interests, connect with friends, share your discoveries and much more. Simply hit the Stumble! button to see the best pages from around the web.
Pearltrees provides you a great way to organize, discover and share the things that you like on the web. You can pearl the web pages you like while browsing, organize them into pearltrees, discover other users’ pearltrees in your area of interest, share your pearls on social networking sites and much more.
10. ScribeFire Blog Editor
ScribeFire is a fully-featured blog editor that integrates with your browser and enables you to post to your blog. It lets you drag-and-drop formatted text from web pages, take notes, upload images, and post to multiple blogs. It supports various blogging platforms that include WordPress, LiveJournal, Blogger, Drupal, Moveable Type, Tumblr, Xanga and many more.
I also suggest to check out following posts for more useful Firefox addon:
- 8 Must have Firefox addon to simplify your online tasks
- 5 Addons to make firefox look like Chrome
- 10 Firefox extensions for power blogging.
Well, these are some really nifty Firefox add-ons for bloggers. If you know any other add-ons that deserves a place in this list, tell us about it via the comments section.
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