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Quick & Easy Morning Website Overviews with Firefox

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It’s a challenge to watch everything that you want to keep an eye on when it comes to your website. Talk about a time sink. There are so many interesting ways to lose time. Your feed reader, your web statistics, your AdSense numbers, affiliate revenues, headlines from your niche, social networking sites. Before you know it you are halfway through the day and you haven’t touched a lick of content.

There is so much out there, it’s awfully easy to get distracted.

What’s worse – I’m decaffeinated and sleepbrowsing at 7am

I usually like to work on my sites early in the morning and spend the business hours on client work. The only problem is that in the morning I’m still half asleep. The coffee hasn’t kicked in yet and I need all the help I can get.

One of the things that has helped me to keep on top of my websites is putting together a “no-brainer” routine that holds my hand and leads me through everything I want to look at.

Firefox Bookmark Folders to the rescue

A critical part of my morning website overviews is to bookmark every page that I’d want to review into a Firefox Bookmark Folder that sits on the bookmark toolbar. I call mine the “Overview” folder. This includes all the stats dashboards, news sites, blog aggregators – anything that is on my agenda to track at the time.

I’m constantly shuffling these around, adding and removing things and ordering them in the way that I want to review them.

OK, so I’ve got a bunch of bookmarks – big deal…

Actually, keeping all of these locations in one folder is really helpful in and of itself, but the real Firefox magic comes next.
My morning ritual enhanced by Firefox
At the bottom of every bookmark folder is an option to “Open All in Tabs”. One click and every page I’ve bookmarked quickly opens, one by one, in tabs. Now I’ve got everything I want to look at all sprawled in front of me and I can sleepily click through them tab by tab in the order I pre-selected without requiring an ounce of real brainpower. There’s no more forgetting to check something and it gives me a visual check so that I can see how far I’ve got left in my review by looking at the number of tabs I have open.

Truly devout statsaholics can use the same methods to make a “Quickie Overview” folder that opens everything that they want to check throughout the day (I’m looking at you AdSense…).

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

One Comment

  1. Melaina - December 8, 2008 - 10:54 am

    this looks like a very practical idea. I also do work on my sites in the early morning leaving the rest of the day open to handle the calls, emails and last minute requests that come in. I have usually used my ‘to do’ list to keep track of all my tasks but in the interest of working ‘greener’ I am going to try bookmarking a folder for this purpose. thanks!