Display Related Websites With Similar Sites For Firefox

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 21, 2012
Firefox, Firefox add-ons

I wish there were more sites like this one. If you ever thought that while visiting a site or service on the Internet, you are a prime candidate for the Firefox add-on Similar Sites. Firefox users should not confuse the add-on with the previously reviewed Similar Web extension for the web browser which serves the same purpose.

The core difference between the two extensions is the way the related websites are displayed in the browser. Similar Web displays all related sites in a sidebar, while Similar Sites in an overlay window on the screen.

Similar Sites

After you have installed the Similar Sites add-on in Firefox, you need to add the icon of the extension to one of the browser toolbars before you can use it. This is done by right-clicking a blank space on one of the toolbars, and selecting customize from the context menu. Locate the S-icon in the new window and drag and drop it into one of the visible toolbars.

similar sites related websites

When you are now on a website that you like, click on the icon to display the list of related websites in the overlay window. All websites are displayed with a small site screenshot, as well as the site's name, description and web address.

You can then click on a result to open the selected website in a new browser tab, or use the get more results link to browse through additional related sites. This link opens the Similar Sites website that is displaying the full listing of related websites in a table on that site.

In a short, non-scientific test, I found the results to be solid most of the time. It works for both English and international sites which is a plus. There are however sites in the suggestions list that are not really updated anymore, like the Download Squad site in the screenshot above.

You can obviously just head over to the Similar Sites homepage and key in the websites that you want to find related sites for. The browser extension makes the process a tad more comfortable though. May be worth it if you are often trying to find related sites.


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