Browser Set Up
If you already have FireFox set up that’s great. If not, please go to the folder where you saved the install program and install FireFox. During or just after the install it will ask you whether or not you want FireFox to be your default Browser. It is NOT necessary that it is your default browser. If you want to keep I.E. or whatever other browser as your default Browser, just check the “Don’t ask me again” box and click NO. If you do, click yes.
Now that you have FireFox installed, open the program if it is not already and go to:
http://tools.seobook.com/firefox/seo-for-firefox.html and download the SEO for FireFox add on. scroll down the page for install instructions.
Go here: https://addons.mozilla.org and in the search field at the top of the page, search for “Google Toolbar”. Install the tool bar. FireFox will walk you through the process. You may need to sign up for a Google account to get this tool bar. It’s been a while so; sorry I don’t remember. If you do that’s fine, you will have to anyway. If you already have a Google account, set up a separate Google account for the purposes of this system. Google will allow you several accounts.
There are hundreds of FireFox Add On’s but for our purposes you only need these two. any more and things can get confusing. Not to mention the fact that you can get lost and or loose track of time cruising all the Add On’s that are available. Let’s stick to business.
When you save a link in Internet Explorer in your “Favorites” are called “Favorites”. In Mozilla the same feature is available to accomplish the same purpose, but instead you save links to what’s called your Bookmarks and those saved links are called bookmarks. In FireFox you can set up different a “Bookmarks Toolbar” button for different categories of sites with different purposes. Therefore you can keep all of your hot trends related sites in one Toolbar button. Click on the button and you will only see the sites links or bookmarks you have save to that “Bookmarks Toolbar” button.
To make sure your “Bookmarks Toolbar” is visible, just right click as shown in the following screenshot. If “Bookmarks Toolbar” is not checked in the drop down, click/select it and it will appear on as one or more buttons in the header of FireFox GUI (Graphical User Interface).
In FireFox, click on “Bookmarks” at the top of the browser then click on “Organize Bookmarks“.
When Mozilla opens up your bookmarks data it will be titled “Library” on the Title Bar.
Right click on “Bookmarks Toolbar” as shown above and select “New folder…” by left clicking on “New folder…”. Now follow the directions in red in the screenshot of the new folder dialogue window below, an naming the folder Hot Trends:
If you were to close the “Library” window now, you would see a new tab has appeared on your “Bookmarks Toolbar” named “Hot Trends”. When you click on it, it will of course be empty because we haven’t saved any page links to it yet.
Now let’s set up more folder/tabs on your “Bookmarks Toolbar” exactly the same way you did Hot Trends. They will be set up and named in this order:
- Hot Trends (You’ve already set up)
- HT Blogs
- SB Sites
- SN Sites
Now we will want to set our Hot Trends business home page, research pages and tracking pages into our Hot Trends “Bookmarks Toolbar” tab. But first we need to set them up on your iGOOGLE.
Customizing Your Hot Trends iGoogle Page
Ok, now that we have the Add On’s set up in FireFox along our initial bookmark tabs, let’s set up your default home page.
Assuming you have set up a separate or new Goocle account, Go to GOOGLE at www.google.com and login. Just click on “Sign In” in the top right hand corner of the page.
Once you are logged in click on “My Account” in the top right hand corner of this page. That will deliver your main account product set up features page.
Most will go in your Hot Trends folder/tab but not all. Just follow the instructions for each folder/tab as we go. Now bookmark your Google “My Account” page into your Hot Trends folder/tab.
Now we are going to set up your iGOOGLE page as your main business hub for your Hot Trends projects. Look in the “My Products” section and you will see in blue, iGOOGLE. Click iGOOGLE link and it will take you to the page we are going to set up so you will have a number of tools on one page you can see at a glance. We will also set some of these tools up as separate bookmarks in under the same toolbar folder/tab later.
Lets Get Rid Of The Fluff
When you get to your iGOOGLE page there may already be items set up by default. If not, you are lucky because you will have to delete them all anyway. This page is strictly for business. If you see items you deem needless for our purposes, click on the drop down arrow in the top right of the “Gadget” and select “Delete this gadget”. This is no place for recipes, a weather report, flower of the day, famous quotes or other items that don’t have to do with our project. If you want an iGOOGLE page for your personal use, set up another account later. Lets stay focused here.
SPECIAL NOTE: From this point forward it will be assumed that for any link to a GOOGLE page listed in this guide, you are logged into your GOOGLE Account.
Now We’ll Set Up What You Do Need
Once you have any default gadgets cleared from your iGOOGLE page, near the top right of the page, click on “Add Stuff“. When you get to the Gadgets page, look for the Gadgets search field on the right side of the page. Enter this into the search field, “Google Hot trends USA” or just “Google Trends” if you’re outside the U.S.. That search engine will deliver the page that has that gadget on it. Click on the “Add It” button just below the little image of the hot trends list. The gadget will be added to your iGOOGLE page.
At this time you should open another browser tab with your iGOOGLE page in that tab’s window. As you add these gadgets you can click back an forth between tabs and check to see what the additions look like. As you add gadgets, they will usually load in the upper left hand portion of your iGOOGLE. Don’t worry you can move them where you want or put them in a different order as you go. You should end up with Google Hot Trends in the top left when you are done adding and moving gadget items around.
Now you can add gadgets like:
- The most popular stories on DIGG (Just search on “Digg 2.0”)
- Delicious popular <(search on that in gadgets)
- Hottest of MySpace Today <(Search on that in gadgets – there are several)
- FaceBook <(Just search on that – You’ll find endless gadgets.)
- Latest Celebrity News <(Search on that)
- Sports News <(Search on that)
- To Do Notes <(Search on that) this will allow you to make notes on what you find in your at a glance analysis that may be worth doing more research on.
As you work your system you will change some of the gadgets to give you an ‘at a glance’ view of what is hot in the news but the list above will get you headed in the right direction.
You want take notice of anything listed in Google Hot Trends you also find in any of the other gadget sources you use.
Another note on gadgets: Human beings make these little gadgets and you may find some that only work intermittently or in some cases not at all. That’s just another sign the Internet has not reached perfection yet. Don’t let it bother you. There are plenty of gadgets to get your hot trends juices flowing in what I have listed above or what you may find.
I will caution you that you can overload your iGOOGLE page with so many gadgets that it seemingly takes forever for everything on the page to load. When you have 9 or 10 you’ve about reached the limit of the system. How fast it loads of course depends on how much information is pulling in to its little interface. If you find one that really bogs things down, see if you can find an alternate that doesn’t take forever to load.
Now that you have your iGOOGLE page set up, let’s bookmark it in your “Bookmarks Toolbar” Hot Trends tab. (See the screen shot in the printed version of this guide.)
Just click on “Bookmark” at the top of your browser window and select the first option; “Bookmark this page” or press the CTRL + D keys. In the bookmark screen click the down top down arrow and find the “Hot Trends” folder listed under your “Bookmarks Toolbar” and click on the Hot Trends folder. Then click the DONE button. Now when you click on the Hot Trends Tab at the top of your browser, you will see your iGOOGLE listed. If you click on it, your iGOOGLE page will load in the browser. But for now, lets move on to setting up the rest of the pages in your Hot Trends Tab.
This is CRUICIAL to saving time. We are going to set up all the pages you need to research your hot trends in this one tab. That way you will be able to just click on the tab and choose “Open all in tabs”, and you’re ready to research hot trends for the day. This saves having to have a bunch of different windows open for each site in your bookmark tab.