What are the Best Firefox Add-Ons for Writers and Online Money Makers

To be ones own boss

Top Ten FireFox Add-Ons


I am my own boss.

  • Make my own hours
  • answer to nobody
  • work as little or as much as I want
  • work from the comfort of my own home
  • sleep in, stay up late
  • get rich quick
  • profit from my creativity and experience

What a fantastic list, I wish my hub would give you the answers to these goals but alas I am yet to reach them myself. Sure, I make my own hours, but Im a terrible taskmaster who works 12-14 hours a day, answering to myself is the worst boss of all,the comfort of my own home leads to neat freak attacks so I can function in my workspace and the overwhelming feeling that I dont get out enough, sure I sleep in because I go to sleep at 6am, profit from creativity and experience? Im a decade away from going Van Gogh.

BUT , I do have a rather large network of sites, an increasingly heavy traffic load and an increasingly stronger hold on affiliate marketing techniques and web design.Its just my previous networking and traffic goals were merely towards promoting the art and graphic design of myself and select artists. My goals have expanded immensely.

So the research that led me on the path from Artist, Graphic Designer , Small Business Owner, eBay Powerseller to future dot.com mogul.

Well, Im not sharing all of it yet, but heres some indispendable tips, plug-ins and web resources that have really smoothed my way.

I will assume that you already are taking advantage of social networking sites, free blog sites, free hosting sites, you already have or are saving up for your own domain, and you have a basic understanding of html or at least a competence with WYSIWYG editing programs.

I will work on a beginners guide to building at least a 25 unique address network with interconnecting circular links soon but as early traffic stats show the greatest percentage of my hub visits are stemming from other hub pages that info will be foregone for now.

Finally, The List

First, The most commonly used Firefox plug-ins/add ons that increase my efficiency.

Clippings:

You travel all over the web, entering passwords, log in info, leaving your signatures, different signatures for different forums and topics, you stick your link everywhere you can - it becomes a pain to type the same info over and over again. With Clippings you highlight text and then save via a right click menu, you name your clipping and from then on it is accessable via right click contextual menu and/or a shortcut key!

So for example: I simply press "ctrl + alt + v" and my selected hotkey "B" and my signature containing my ebay store address, main domain and blog all automatically appear, I also press "ctrl + alt + v" and "E" and my email address fills a field. You can also use this for common html tags such as <b> or <br /> or <a href=" , A huge time saver!

Did you like that nifty screenshot ?

Well so do I, and I use them frequently in my How-To style posts.

Enter the FireShot

Right click, capture either entire page or visible area and then upload, save.print,edit, email or copy to clipboard, it takes all of a second saves as a .png,.jpg, or .bmp.

Hopefully, when you seriously want to promote your page,blog or hub you take advantage of social bookmarking sites, why bother logging into all those different pages when you can do it with just one click with your toolbar.

Reddit - like it, one button

Digg - 1 button submission, just enter the captcha

StumbleUpon -thumbs up, one button

Nobody wants to give up screen real estate to toolbars, a simple right click and you can hide them all away until you want to submit another page.

So you have completed your page - spread it across the social bookmarking pages, used clippings to post links quickly at your myspace/facebook/hi5/linkedin etc. profiles.

Now submit your link to be queried and indexed by all the major searches all at once.

Ping - Submit your page to approx 50 sources at once:

Spread your blog across your network using Digg.

Simply go into your Digg account, open your profile and click on your most recent Digg! then click the share tab ---> you can post a snippet with a digg button and a link back to your original post, to all your connected blogs, set that up in your account once, and share with one button!

You really should have your own domain and I have to plug GoDaddy for their incredible service and free add ons to their plans, I currently have 3 domains, 2 paid economy hostings, 1 free hosting, a blog, 300 email addresses and $500.00 in google and facebook ad credits through them,2 years ago, I didnt know what FTP was, their Customer service is idiot proof and has helped me countless times

Scribefire

Not sure how I worked without it. Right click to open editor from menu, compose your blog in half screen rich text editor, then one button submit to all your blogs, you dont have to log in to each account anymore, and you can use the larger text editor.

I submit to two Wordpress blogs and two Blogspot blogs without ever leaving my homepage! You can even capture and send any page to your blog, with the blogthis option.

It even has a built in ad generator for use through their publisher system, you set the dimensions and colors, they will serve your ads for you with detailed tracking and stats! Im begining to phase out CJ.com in favor of the ease of use provided by scribefires ad plug ins.

They also offer intext advertising, similar to Kontera here on HubPages.

At this point I like to post bulletins and short teasers in blogs with links out to my various off network blogs, I also add a note to my facebook account.

Myspace is huge for traffic and does tend to draw lots of traffic out to my site, my accounts are art centered so they have worked well in relation to my main intention of bringing traffic to my domain, ebay listings and etsy account.

Dont want to build a myspace account and network, just buy one, I noticed these on eBay lately and they really are worth it, I will purchase soem of the high networks 35,000 friends myself and will begin building these sites for resale, you purchase the unamed URL, add your business name to the end, do a little design and your bulletins will reach thousands of bored Myspacers!

I have spent literally thousands of hours reading peoples opinions on how one should make money on the web, SEO tips and tricks , keyword marketing etc.

The two sites that have impressed me the most are JohnChow.com and JohnCow.com, both show screenshots of their payouts and write in a very understandable style, I highly suggest reading their free e-books which they wrote to try and prove their legitimacy

E-books get a bad rap, since people tend to associate them with direct marketers, plenty of great info is available in e-book format, I have literally a thousand on my hard drive. Just dont ever pay for them without a solid reccomendation. The John Cow e-book is a free download but does require an email sign up, then they send you emails with SEO updates and affilaite tips, -get it, if you dont want the newsletter just block it or use your alternate spam catcher address (you have one of those dont you!) 

 

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Comments 35 comments

Willy 7 years ago

Wealth of information for middle aged baby boomers like myself. Thank you!

www.billbergin.com respectfully, I could use any criticizims.


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Refster 7 years ago

I've only been on this site for about a month but this is definitely one of the best hubs that I've seen so far.

Awesome work!


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worddsplaytoday 7 years ago from NC

Tthanks for the info!


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GoodRead 7 years ago from usa

thanks i enjoyed the article


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ajcor 7 years ago from NSW. Australia

really learned something here and will now put into practice - thanks and cheers.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

G'day mate, I've just changed to Firefox and lovin' it. will update my plugins as per your suggestions. Also am a big Bob Parsons fan.

Look foward to reading more of your writings.


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sunforged 7 years ago from Sunforged.com Author

agvulpes -although you will have no issues using the add ons i reccomended, be careful as you find more add ons and extensions, there is a point where they will begin to cause browser drag ( I run about 20 at all times with no issues) - when you notice a significant and sudden change in load times, uninstalling or deactivating your most recemt add on will solve the problem


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

Sunforged, thanks for the heads up.

At this point I notice this hub is scoring 84.


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Em Writes 7 years ago from Upstate NY

Very interesting hub. I haven't tried Firefox, but the more I hear of others using it, the more it sounds like something I need to investigate.

Thanks for the information!


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sunforged 7 years ago from Sunforged.com Author

Em: i have added a IE vs Firefox link for you, explaining the differences from a reputable source (cnet) - most viruses are created to defeat security flaws in IE, the customization of firefox is amazing- also FLOCK is a fun alternate browser if you do a lot of social networking


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Editorial Nation 7 years ago

I am still learning the market of blogging, but the information you posted is really going to help. I bookmarked it just so I can come back and re-read the information! Thanks for the tips.


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Em Writes 7 years ago from Upstate NY

Thanks for the link - very enlightening.

So, here's a question: Can I run both IE7 and Firefox on the same machine?

I do some social networking as a means of hub promotion. Haven't delved too deep yet because of time constraints and limited knowledge. The knowledge part is fairly easy to overcome - I just keep reading. The time part is a little trickier. :)


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

Thanks so much for the valuable info. It's just the kind of info I've been looking for!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

Great information! I've just switched to firefox on a mac (my pc is currently down) and I really like it. I'll have to check some of the add-ons you mention here. Thanks!


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sabrebIade 7 years ago from Pennsylvania

Thanks for the ping info!

Since Pingoat went away I've been trying various other pingers like Autopinger and Ping-O-Matic.


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compu-smart 7 years ago from London UK

Looks like some good stuff here sunforged!! will have to bookmark and read later!

thnaks!!;)


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO

I appreciate the info on the Firefox add-ons. I've heard good things about Firefox but never new all the different apps. I am now browsing on Firefox thanks to you.


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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

Oh, by the way... WHY????


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO

Why do I hate Microsoft or why am I so vulgar?


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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

I can stand much stronger vulgarity :)

I am just wondering why some people feel so strong about MrSofty...


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baban78 7 years ago from California

flock is as good as firefox, some say that is even better. interesting hub!


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jstankevicz 7 years ago from Cave Creek

Good tips. I like your enthusiasm. Thanks for the mention and link. Good luck!


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sunforged 7 years ago from Sunforged.com Author

Yeah FLock is alright ..its built on firefox and has a lot of social network integartion, I have both, I pretty much ahve my firefox set up the same as flock - I prefer to build my own browser, regardless of which one is the base unit


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RobertHassey 7 years ago from United Kingdom

Someone new to the maintain-you-social-network project may not have considered relying on the add-ons of a particular web browser. In that respect, and in the detail you've provided, quite a helpful piece you have here. Keeping tabs on your network, I imagine, could really help in affiliate marketing and site promotion activities.

I have a question though on your mention of ebooks' having a bad rap. I've read that, when well-written, the links provided in them do sometimes lead traffic to a website. But I'd like to hear more about this from you.


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sunforged 7 years ago from Sunforged.com Author

Robert - eBooks in the Internet marketing field are like all information make sure you have nice high boots on when you wade through it, and try to keep your wallet at home.

Most everything that people will charge you for can easily be found for free, many of the eBooks are the same stuff rehashed over and over again by each "guru"

If it claims making money easy or foolproof... its garbage!

On the other hand writing and distributing ebooks yourself is a great way to create viral traffic, share quality info link to your own sites and offers and let everybody else promote your stuff for you


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Carol the Writer 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

WOW. I am in awe. The best part was when you said '2 years ago, I didnt know what FTP was'. So there is hope for us all. Really one of the best hubs ever and on a great topic. Do you do private tutoring? -Carol


joshuajeyakumar 6 years ago

nice hub....firefox gives musch option for blogging!!!


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

great hub and I can actually understand what you are talking about! So much good and useful stuff here. I cant wait to apply some of it . for sure I will be back to see more of your writings.Thanks so much for sharing this!


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sunforged 6 years ago from Sunforged.com Author

I would love to know if any of you utilized these plug-ins and if you felt they saved time and optimized your online processes


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Jeffrey Neal 6 years ago from Tennessee

sunforged, I took your recommendation of Fireshot from one of your forum posts, and I enjoy using it. Another one that I am using now is Cool Previews...it comes in handy and is saving time. It's especially nice while in Google images since you can preview rather than clicking each link. I will try out Scribefire, as your advice is always good, and this sounds like a handy plugin. Thanks!


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

I'l try Scribefire too. Seems quite useful. As usual thanks for sharing knowledge.


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Fresh_Flower 6 years ago from London

Thanks for a great hub! All the tips and hints for surviving in the SEO jungle are appreciated!


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

I run Flock. The social networking auto sign on is a great feature. It does self destruct more often than the firefox engine that drives it tho. Very informative and useful hub. I will bookmark this one.


Ivy 6 years ago

I am constantly saying how "technically" challeneged I am and now I realize just how much I need to understand. Also, just a question....What is the difference between HUBBING and BLOGGING? I do not really get that....Thank you though for making this information easier to understand...Great writing.


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princendueso 6 years ago

very informative and handy.

thanks

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    The John Cow and John Chow books are really well written and sadly blow any hubpage away as far as credibility and actual rankings and success go.

    I didnt link to the John Chow site because he has a big annoying tear away ad on his front page that bothers me, but you should go anyway and read through his blogs. The ad is even pretty cool if your seeing it for the first time.

    Taking a page from these guys, this will be my 4th hub posted in 4 days, this hub had a projected 50 rating when I last previewed it - its 7.45 am EST on 11/17/08. true to form I havent slept yet, lets see if my methods work, youll be able to see yourself.

    About 4 days later and this hub has reached 94 and has been consistently in the "Hot" hub section including Top 3 - so Ill leave it to grow organically from this point on - the tools do work 

    Please feel free to ad tips and resources as Im always excited to here about new methods!

     

     

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