If you have been blogging for a long time, you would know the time and effort that goes into creating quality posts consistently. Blogging takes at least an hour of your time and all of your bright ideas. There are instances, however, that tasks related to blogging can slow you down and take up too much of your time. If you’re a Firefox user, you’re in luck. Below are five useful extensions to help cut your blogging time in half.
ScribeFire Next 4.0
ScribeFire is an extension that lets you post a blog from within the Firefox browser. Upon installation, you’ll notice a notepad icon on the bottom right corner of the window. Click on this icon and the bottom half of the browser opens ScribeFire. Add your blog credentials by clicking on Add a New Blog, and you can start blogging from the built-in text editor.
After The Deadline 1.51
After the Deadline is a handy spelling and grammar checking tool similar to that of Microsoft Word. To activate the proofreading feature, press F4 and it highlights possible errors and provides suggestions. Language and customized grammar styles can be tweaked in the Options menu of the extension.
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Zemanta is an extension for suggesting photos, links and other related articles based on the blog post you’re working on. Once activated, you’ll notice a sidebar on your dashboard’s screen. This shows you a selection of photos and related articles for your post. You can click on a photo and it automatically appears where the cursor is on your blog post window. You can also add your own blog links and images (from Flickr) by clicking on the My Sources tab.
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SEO Blogger 1.0.8
If you’re serious about your blog’s SEO status, then this extension is a must-have. SEO Blogger is a search tool within Firefox that lets you look for the right keywords you can use to optimize your post. Just click on the W icon on the bottom right corner of the browser to pull up the extension’s interface.
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The Ultimate Free Stock Photo Search Addon
Searching for quality, royalty-free images for a blog post can be tedious. With the numerous resources in the Internet, one simply can get overwhelmed. With this extension, you don’t have to look at multiple stock photography sites. This add-on aggregates up to 200 sources of free stock photos for your convenience. Click on the add-on’s icon on the top right corner and choose the sites you want to search. You then need to type a keyword on the search bar and click on Search/Browse Checked Sites. Be warned, though, that each photo website will open a new tab within your active Firefox browser to show the search results.
Blogging should not be a stressful experience for anyone – in fact, some people blog to take a break and relax. These extensions are sure to make you blog more efficiently with less difficulties. With features mentioned above, using these extensions can help you focus more on writing great blog posts.