71 Chrome Extensions for Blogging & SEO 58

71 Chrome Extensions for Blogging & SEO

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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.

Comments

  1. Robert Brady

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

    Posted on March 16, 2010
    • Keller Tiemann

      I doubt he has all 70 extensions installed simaltaneously. :-P And yes… Google tends to do that.

      February 18, 2014
  2. Sheryl James

    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.

    Posted on March 16, 2010
  3. manendra

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

    Posted on March 16, 2010
  4. Tamra Hamblin

    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!

    Posted on March 16, 2010
  5. Brian

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

    The effort is much appreciated.

    B

    Posted on March 17, 2010
  6. erdos

    The only one that I find useful is Clickable Links.

    Posted on March 17, 2010
  7. Ash Buckles

    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.

    Posted on March 17, 2010
  8. Louise Hartley

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

    Posted on March 17, 2010
  9. Dana Lookadoo

    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! :-)

    Posted on March 17, 2010
  10. Mark Menconi Jr.

    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?

    Posted on March 17, 2010
  11. marcelino

    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.

    Posted on March 17, 2010
  12. Ash Buckles

    @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

    Posted on March 17, 2010
  13. Fitz

    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…

    Posted on March 18, 2010
  14. ThomAllen

    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.

    Posted on March 18, 2010
  15. Ash Buckles

    @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.

    Posted on March 19, 2010
  16. David Scoville

    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).

    Posted on March 19, 2010
  17. joris_lucius

    Great post, now testing some of ‘your’ extensions. Thanks a lot!

    Posted on March 21, 2010
  18. Eamon Arnett

    Why do you make me switch?

    Posted on March 22, 2010
  19. nick

    Thanks for the tools, i use chrome it so much quicker than other browsers

    Posted on March 23, 2010
  20. Ash Buckles

    @Eamon I fixed that link #47. Thanks for the heads up.

    Posted on March 23, 2010
  21. Eamon Arnett

    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 :)

    Posted on March 23, 2010
  22. Joshua Pitts

    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.

    Posted on March 28, 2010
  23. Ash Buckles

    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.

    Posted on March 30, 2010
  24. tahire khan

    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.

    Posted on April 17, 2010
  25. Chris.T

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

    Posted on April 17, 2010
    • Ash Buckles

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

      April 19, 2010
  26. Ash Buckles

    It’s a great tool. I use it every day. Thanks for making it available.

    Posted on April 19, 2010
  27. Andy @ FirstFound

    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.

    Posted on May 6, 2010
  28. Seth

    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?

    Posted on May 11, 2010
    • Christoph Dollis

      Chrome is really quicker than Firefox.

      Top 3 reasons?

      Dude. Top 1 reason:

      Chrome is really quicker than Firefox.

      May 12, 2010
  29. Christoph Dollis

    Color Pick.

    Gotta have me some Color Pick extension.

    Posted on May 12, 2010
  30. Arturas Kvederis

    Wow, what a great list, thanks for sharing!

    Posted on July 6, 2010
  31. Christina

    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.

    Posted on August 8, 2010
  32. mike

    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

    Posted on October 7, 2010
  33. Moissanite

    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!

    Posted on December 29, 2010
  34. Harleena Singh

    Wow! This is splendid ash! Thanks a ton.

    Posted on January 24, 2011
  35. Robert

    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

    Posted on January 26, 2011
  36. Sunil Sheoran

    The “Chrome SEO” is simply the best.I have been using it for my websites.

    Posted on March 15, 2011
  37. Ash Buckles

    I disagree. However, Mozilla has some really great things going on.

    Posted on July 1, 2011
    • Louise

      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 .

      March 3, 2013
  38. Ujwala Gawas

    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.

    Posted on July 19, 2011
    • Ujwal

      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.

      July 19, 2011
  39. Amir

    Great tools collection, thank you very much for showing them all in one page, real pleasure :)

    Posted on July 27, 2011
  40. James Simpson

    it is good to see another hard-core chrome fan. Your list is great.

    Posted on October 19, 2011
  41. Mell Gibson

    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. :)

    Posted on October 25, 2011
  42. SEO Company - QI, LLC

    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. 

    Posted on April 13, 2012
  43. Quim

    Fantastic list. Already installed a dozen. Thanks!

    Posted on March 1, 2013
    • Ash Buckles

      Quim, I’m glad you’ve found it useful. There are so many good finds.

      March 1, 2013
  44. Diana

    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.

    Posted on March 4, 2013
  45. Pantelis

    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

    Posted on March 5, 2013
  46. Neal Scroggins

    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.

    Posted on March 5, 2013
  47. Karthik Kuppuswamy

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

    Posted on June 24, 2013
  48. Mohamed abdelwahab

    Hi Ash,
    This is such a great article. Thank you very much for sharing this great list

    Posted on January 9, 2014
  49. Mohamed abdelwahab

    I disagree, Chrome is the best

    Posted on January 9, 2014

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