When we need to know the Google PageRank or Alexa Rank of a webpage, we have to use tools like Google Toolbar or Alexa toolbar. The toolbars are good but they reveal the Google PageRank or Alexa Rank only after you visit the website or page. What if we can see the ranks from the search engine result pages and then decide which one to visit and which one to skip? What if we can compare the ranks of some pages of a website directly from the SERP’s?
Enter Linkextend – a useful Firefox add-on which makes it dead easy to compare the Google PageRank and Alexa Rank of webpages from SERP’s (Search engine result pages). Currently this add-on works with Google and Yahoo searches, which is quite enough to get started.
During installation you can choose to show the following features:
- Enable the Linkextend toolbar
- Enable context menu, which shows ratings for every link you click.
- Enable “Safety Filter”, which shows whether a site is malicious or not.
- Enable “Kidsafe”, which determines whether a site contains adult content which may be not suitable for children.
- Enable Google PageRank and Alexa Rank
After the add-on is installed, go to Google and search for any keyword of your choice. You will see the Google PR, Alexa Rank and the thumbnail of the webpage as shown below
This is useful, because you can compare the Google PageRank of webpages who are ranked high for a particular term or phrase. Suppose you want to compare the Google PageRank and Alexa Rank of sites which rank high for the term “property deals”. A quick search reveals the following results
Left click the “SiteTraffic” button and it will show detailed information about that particular page as shown below:
You can see the incoming links, related links, traffic details, compete rank and much more important stuff. Additionally, the add-on displays whether the site is suitable for kids or serve malicious content.
Techie Buzz Verdict
Linkextend is an all in one solution for bloggers and webmasters who compare the inside stats of websites regularly. The toolbar installation is optional and thus you can use this add-on without cluttering your browser. Nothing earth shaking, but consider it as a better replacement for the Google and Alexa Toolbar.
Techie Buzz rating: 3/5 (Good).