71 Chrome Extensions for Blogging & SEO

71 Chrome Extensions for Blogging & SEO

Editor’s note: This post is an oldie, but a goodie. It was originally published March 2010 and it warranted an update. Do you have any favorite Chrome extensions for search engine optimization or blogging? Share in the comments below!

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I’ve converted, but my first experience with Google Chrome occurred in 2009 and it was not a positive one. It was disappointing and frustrating. However, after fighting with Firefox, which crashed many times daily and demanded updates that slowed browsing and constantly interrupted me, I gave Chrome a second chance.

My biggest concern was the lack of extensions (“plugins” for Firefox users), but after about an hour on the Google Chrome Extensions site, that was no longer a problem. So, I’ve compiled a list of the best Chrome Extensions for SEO and a few other can’t-live-without extensions (in no particular order).

1. SEO for Chrome

chrome-seo

Includes page, backlink, traffic and rank stats, and more.

[download & install now]

2. SEO Site Tools

seo-site-tools

Includes internal and external page data, social media stats, server information and more.

[download & install now]

3. Google Similar Pages beta (by Google)

similar-pages

Shows pages similar to the Web page you’re currently browsing.

[download & install now]

4. Domain Details

domain-details

Shows domain, website and server details at a glance.

[download & install now]

5. PageRank Status

Chrome PageRank Status Extension

Shows Google PageRank on your toolbar.

[download & install now]

6. SEOquake

seoquake

Shows Google PageRank, Alexa rank and nofollow links, among other paramaters.

[download & install now]

7. Speed Tracer (by Google)

speed-tracer

Shows page performance data.

[download & install now]

8. Flag for Chrome

ultimate-chrome-flag

Get domain, page and server data as well as PageRank and the hosting country’s flag icon.

[download & install now]

9. Schema Explorer

Schema Microdata

View Schema.org formatted microdata.

[download & install now]

10. Whois+

whois-plus

Get Whois, DNS, Email and Ping information for the current domain.

[download & install now]

11. Firebug Lite

firebug-lite

Great for front-end inspection of the Web page you’re browsing.

[download & install now]

12. Pendule

pendule

Web developer tools for Chrome.

[download & install now]

13. IMG Inspector

img-inspector

Converts image links to a full gallery with thumbnails. Lightbox-style.

[download & install now]

14. Image Preview

image-preview

Replaces image and video links with a lightbox preview popup.

[download & install now]

15. IE Tab

IE Tab Chrome Extension

Display web pages using IE in a tab.

[download & install now]

16. MeasureIt!

MeasureIt Chrome Extension

Draw a ruler to measure any Web page element.

[download & install now]

17. Majestic SEO Backlink Analyzer

MajesticSEO Chrome Extension

View the backlink information for any web page.

[download & install now]

18. Proxy Switchy!

Proxy Switchy Chrome Extension

Load the page through a proxy.

[download & install now]

19. Mozbar

Mozbar Chrome Extension

Switch proxy setting with one click.
[download & install now]

20. Session Buddy

session-buddy

Chrome session management.

[download & install now]

21. Session Manager

session-manager

Save sessions of your opened tabs to quickly re-open whenever you like.

[download & install now]

22. ShowIP

showip

Displays your current IP address.

[download & install now]

23. AutoPagerize

autopagerize

Auto-loads the next page as you scroll through a Web page. For example: Google SERPs, Delicious bookmarks, etc.

[download & install now]

24. Evernote Web Clipper

evernote

Save interesting stuff you see on the Web into your Evernote account for use on the Web or mobile.

[download & install now]

25. My Shortcuts

my-shortcuts

Quickly access your Google Apps, or custom URLs, that you frequently use.

[download & install now]

26. Resolution Test

resolution-test

Test web pages in different resolution settings or set your own resolution.

[download & install now]

27. FlashBlock

flash-block

Block all Flash on all pages or use the whitelist manager to allow certain pages to display Flash.

[download & install now]

28. Docs PDF/PowerPoint Viewer (by Google)

docs-pdf-viewer

Preview PDFs, PowerPoint documents and other docs in Google Docs viewer.

[download & install now]

29. WOT (Web of Trust)

wot

A safe browsing tool that warns of malicious sites.

[download & install now]

30. AutoPager Chrome

autopager

Automatically loads the next page for multi-page sites by just scrolling with your mouse.

[download & install now]

31. Web2PDFConverter

Web2PDFConverter Chrome Extension

Converts any web page to PDF.

[download & install now]

32. Auto Copy

auto-copy

Highlight text and it’s automatically copied to your clipboard.

[download & install now]

33. Gestures for Chrome

Gestures for Chrome Extension

Create mouse gestures to perform certain tasks.

[download & install now]

34. Clickable Links

clickable-links

URLs and Emails displayed in text will be automatically converted to a link.

[download & install now]

35. Tab Switch Plus

tab-switch-plus

Find tabs in this vertical tab list and easily switch to new tabs or close immediately.

[download & install now]

36. Xmarks Bookmarks Sync

xmarks

Backup and sync your bookmarks across computers and browsers.

[download & install now]

37. Google Translate

Google Translate Chrome Extension

Translate Web pages into your language of choice.

[download & install now]

38. Autocomplete = on

autocomplete-on

Use to remember your passwords. Can be turned off.

[download & install now]

39. RoboForm Lite

roboform

Manage your passwords with RoboForm.

[download & install now]

40. LastPass

lastpass

Manage your passwords with LastPass.

[download & install now]

41. RightLink

Right-click on links will automatically open the link in a new tab.

[download & install now]

42. goo.gl URL Shortener

google-url-shortener
Shorten URLs with goo.gl

[download & install now]

43. StayFocusd

stayfocused

Limit the amount of time you spend on certain sites so you can focus.

[download & install now]

44. New Tabs Always Last

Always opens new tabs to the far right of your toolbar. The default in Chrome is to open new tabs directly to the right of the current tab.

[download & install now]

45. Search Box

Search Box Chrome Extension

Easily search in multiple search engines.

[download & install now]

46. Feedly

feedly

Organize your feeds into a magazine-style start page.

[download & install now]

47. Search the Current Site

search-current-site
Performs a site search for the current domain rather than just a page find search.

[download & install now]

48. Buffer

Buffer Chrome Extension

Share content to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more.

[download & install now]

49. RemindMe

remindme

Set yourself reminders that can be synced on multiple machines.

[download & install now]

50. Tabs to the Front!

Opens new tabs and brings them to the front for immediate attention.

[download & install now]

51. Aviary Screen Capture

aviary-screen-capture

Take a screen capture and edit it immediately with Aviary tools.

[download & install now]

52. GooEdit

GooEdit Chrome Extension

An image editor that lives within the browser. Upload, edit and save pictures.

[download & install now]

53. Pixlr Grabber

pixlr-grabber

Grab the entire page or just a section and save it to your desktop or edit using Pixlr tools.

[download & install now]

54. Webpage & WebCam Screenshot

webpage-screenshot

Capture the whole page or sections of the page in a JPG format.

[download & install now]

55. Related Content by Zemanta

zemanta

Support for many blogging platforms: WordPress, Blogger, Typepad, etc. Associates images, video and other content to be inserted into your blog post as you write.

[download & install now]

56. bit.ly

bitly

Easily shorten and share links with Bit.ly.

[download & install now]

57. Silver Bird

Silver Bird Twitter Chrome Extension

Follow your timelines on Twitter and interact with your account.

[download & install now]

58. Shareaholic for Google Chrome

shareaholic

Share the Web page on your favorite social network.

[download & install now]

59. Digg for Chrome

digg
Easily Digg the latest story and find out what is being discovered at the moment.

[download & install now]

60. StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon Chrome Extension

Manage your Stumbles and discover new pages.

[download & install now]

61. Del.icio.us Extension

delicious-extension

One-click submission to bookmark your current Web page.

[download & install now]

62. Delicious Tools

delicious-tools

Manage your Delicious account, use a pop-up window for tagging and keyboard shortcuts are available.

[download & install now]

63. Chromicious

Syncs between Chrome and your Delicious account.

[download & install now]

64. My Alerts

my-alerts

Receive alerts for Twitter, Google, Backtweets, etc.

[download & install now]

65. Facebook for Chrome

facebook-chrome

Quickly post status updates and view your wall and news feeds.

[download & install now]

66. HootSuite Hootlet

Hootsuite Hootlet Chrome Extension

Manage your Twitter accounts easily. Based on the Firefox plugin.

[download & install now]

67. Search on Yelp

Yelp Chrome Extension

Find local businesses, and the results open in a new tab.

[download & install now]

68. Auto HD for YouTube

Auto HD for YouTube Chrome Extension

Will automatically redirect to the HD version, if available, and play as normal.

[download & install now]

69. Incredible StartPage

Incredible StartPage Chrome Extension

Customize your start page to include shortcuts and recover closed tabs. Also take notes as you browse.

[download & install now]

70. Chrome Reader

Chrome Reader Extension

Subscribe to feeds, in Google Reader, from the address bar.

[download & install now]

71. Last.fm free music player

Last FM Free Music Player Chrome Extension

Who says you don’t need music to do SEO and blog?

[download & install now]

 

Docs PDF/PowerPoint Viewer (by Google)

During the writing of this post, I had several windows & tabs open with all of these extensions and more running simultaneously. I installed plugins and managed to tweet through Tweetdeck as well. Nothing slowed down. Nothing froze. I experienced no problems. That’s huge compared to Firefox or IE. Be aware that extensions are not always published by the brand represented (e.g. Flickr, Delicious, Yelp, etc.).

I’m sure I’ve missed more than a few so please comment with your favorite extensions to share with everybody.

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58 Comments

  1. Robert Brady says

    You have over 70 extensions and don’t see slowing or crashes? Yet again, Google moves into a space and destroys the competition.

  2. Sheryl James says

    I didn’t know there were so many tools for Chrome,
    and i was in search of switching for Firefox, now having installed all the tools, i think it would be my last day of Firefox.
    Thanks for sharing all the info above.

  3. manendra says

    Really a great collection and thank for providing each and every thing with links! It really is too good!

  4. Tamra Hamblin says

    I love it! I’ve known that you are the extension king for quite a while, but 71? I didn’t even know there were that many Chrome extensions available now!
    Thanks Ash, you’re the best!

  5. Brian says

    Thanks for the time spent compiling this list. Some good SEO extensions in there.

    The effort is much appreciated.

    B

  6. Ash Buckles says

    Thanks for all the comments. I’m glad it was helpful.

    @erdos I’m really surprised you only found one of use. Maybe you don’t work in web development, web design or SEO? Anyway, glad you found one.

  7. Louise Hartley says

    Good list you have put together here. I already use quite a few of these but there is some I haven’t come across.

  8. Dana Lookadoo says

    Ash, I am sending KISSES for this! Because of you, I set Chrome as my default browser a week ago. I’ve been struggling and waiting for this post. Now I can turn Chrome into a productivity tool. I owe you! :-)

  9. Mark Menconi Jr. says

    I went hog wild with extensions when I first started using Chrome, but I’m concerned that with 12-20 extensions running, they’ll decrease my computer’s efficiency- what’s your experience with memory usage for these extensions?

  10. marcelino says

    Been using Google Chrome for just over a month now and cannot be more delighted. Firefox was burning up resources on my old lap top like a California Wild fire.

    Superb list, frankly, I did not know they had all these tools available, all the reviews were good I read, but the draw back was the extension, ah frankly I don’t know what you would really need other, after this list.

    again, great informative list, thanks for posting.

  11. Ash Buckles says

    @Mark Menconi Jr. – I’ve not seen any decrease in speed. I’ve installed Chrome on all 6 of my computers and run different plugins on each. They all run famously.

    @marcelino – burning up resources like a California Wild fire? LMAO

  12. Fitz says

    Only thing missing is a Google Analytics extension like KVI’s ‘Better Google Analytics’ for Firefox. Someone needs to get on that since KVI stopped supporting it and it no longer works with the newest Firefox version.

    It was a real godsend back in the day…

  13. ThomAllen says

    Ash,

    Great list. I had a bunch of these already installed, but there were many I didn’t.

    One thing I don’t really care for is how Chrome just throws all the buttons next to the address bar. For one you lose the search box, and I just think it looks clunky. I would rather have them in a status bar at the bottom.

  14. Ash Buckles says

    @Fitz I agree. There was a plugin for Google Analytics checker but I didn’t find it useful enough to include in the list. I’m kind of surprised there isn’t something directly from Google already.

  15. David Scoville says

    Ash, since this post I’ve been trying to convince people to switch to Chrome. I agree that it is seriously a faster web browser. If you take a look at this browser testing experiment, Chrome wins: http://a.deveria.com/caniuse/

    Currently, only Firefox and IE are used at most universities. I’m hoping they soon add Chrome to our available browsers (at BYU).

  16. Eamon Arnett says

    You are more than welcome… I know how much goes into these… would you do me a favor and give Taylor Hicks (aka. Alex) a big hug from me? After you do it though, just say it was because,,, no explanation will be needed. Also I would like to hear his rants.here from here on on… VP’s can do that as well Alex :)

  17. Joshua Pitts says

    I would also recommend all these, besides the first one. The first one has sometimes either crashed chrome or has been to big where the list has went bigger than my screen.

  18. Ash Buckles says

    Thanks, Joshua. I haven’t experienced that before but it’s good to know. I’ll have to test on my 10.1 inch laptop.

  19. tahire khan says

    Thank you for a geat post. Up until now I was using firefox.

    Can anyone recommend a free plugin / browser that would quickly give me the back link details of competitor websites and or email addresses for hose backlinks. I have seen paid software that can do which obviously would help in link building as yo don’t have to go searsching for contacts details or emailing webmaster@ which is very impersonal.

    thanks again for hte post, if anyone can help that would be great.

  20. Chris.T says

    your tools are a great help, I find chrome to be much better and quicker than other browsers , im sticking with chrome.

    • Ash Buckles says

      Yeah, me too. It’s not perfect but it’s considerably better than the alternatives. Glad you found some good extensions.

  21. Andy @ FirstFound says

    Well, that was comprehensive!

    I’ll think about firing up Chrome this evening. I tried it for a while and then drifted back to Firefox, just for the plugins.

  22. Seth says

    I still haven’t jumped over to Chrome yet. I am hooked to Firefox out of habit mostly. I didn’t realize that Chrome had so many plugins. Have you found that Chrome is really quicker than Firefox? Do you use Chrome exclusively now? If so, what are your top 3 reasons for doing so?

    • Christoph Dollis says

      Chrome is really quicker than Firefox.

      Top 3 reasons?

      Dude. Top 1 reason:

      Chrome is really quicker than Firefox.

  23. Christina says

    This is very useful, I just installed Chrome but I don’t use it often, I am not aware that there are also extensions available. Thanks.

  24. mike says

    I used it a year ago and had bad experience and shifter back to firefox but with these new tools I think Google Chrome will be interested to work

  25. Moissanite says

    SEO Quake is the best tool on here. However, it slows down Chrome big time. It sometimes crashes my browser, but I use it anyways. I guess it is worth the frustration, because I don’t know what I would do without it!

  26. Robert says

    There are so many great plug-ins for this browser. As usual, it is hard to keep up with all of the innovation that Google offers. Thank you for the great article

    • Louise says

      Im a Chrome fan too !!! But Everyone uses what they like, right? That is why we have so many diversity in the world… Btw Ash, great list of extensions .

  27. Ujwala Gawas says

    view may differ user to user. I mean, how they use firebox/chrome in their day-to-day work.

    Firefox has the biggest variety of useful Firefox Plugins whereas Google Chrome User Interface is very simple and not polluted with unnecessary features that you don´t use regularly.

    • Ujwal says

      Since Firefox is together with Internet Explorer the most popular browser, all the web-designers test their sites in Firefox – and you can be pretty much sure that every website works fine while browsing through the web. It is more beneficial and convenient.

  28. Mell Gibson says

    I am really thankful to you Ash!! because you did really amazing job. Nowadays people rush on chrome and there was no sufficient extensions when Google launch chrome but it’s really extra-ordinarily developed by Google. And I also a big fan of chrome. By the way thanks for these Extensions. Have a nice time. :)

  29. says

    Again, leave it to Google to think of everything.  I switched over the Chrome shortly after it was released and have never been happier.  It is the easiest to use, super fast and rarely crashes. I agree with the other comments regarding the popups disappearing, but its one of the only negatives.  Another minor complaint I have is sometimes chrome does not communicate well when websites utilize payment programs.

    Overall though, this is a great list and while I use many, you have intrigued me to try some others. 

  30. Diana says

    A brilliant list, thank you so much. Have just started using Zemanta and think its a wonderful tool, look forward to downloading some others here you suggest.

  31. Pantelis says

    I want to see the machine that runs 70 extentions on Chrome and still working :P

    Its a great list but you have to pick some from them to install. My machine cant run much of them. I’ll pick the best for SEO :D

  32. Neal Scroggins says

    ASH, this was a great list of tools. Very infromative. I go back and fouth between FIrefox and Chrome . Both have most of the tools listed, or a version of one. I was wondering what seems to be more popular of the two in the seo / internet marketingworld. We all know Explorer sucks….lol. I interested in what peoples opions and resoning will be.

  33. Karthik Kuppuswamy says

    Great compilation. Check out “TinyTweetr” it allows you create tweetables on your blog posts. Definetly a must have for every blogger!

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