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!
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
Includes page, backlink, traffic and rank stats, and more.
2. SEO Site Tools
Includes internal and external page data, social media stats, server information and more.
3. Google Similar Pages beta (by Google)
Shows pages similar to the Web page you're currently browsing.
4. Domain Details
Shows domain, website and server details at a glance.
5. PageRank Status
Shows Google PageRank on your toolbar.
Shows Google PageRank, Alexa rank and nofollow links, among other paramaters.
7. Speed Tracer (by Google)
Shows page performance data.
8. Flag for Chrome
Get domain, page and server data as well as PageRank and the hosting country's flag icon.
9. Schema Explorer
View Schema.org formatted microdata.
Get Whois, DNS, Email and Ping information for the current domain.
11. Firebug Lite
Great for front-end inspection of the Web page you’re browsing.
Web developer tools for Chrome.
13. IMG Inspector
Converts image links to a full gallery with thumbnails. Lightbox-style.
14. Image Preview
Replaces image and video links with a lightbox preview popup.
15. IE Tab
Display web pages using IE in a tab.
Draw a ruler to measure any Web page element.
17. Majestic SEO Backlink Analyzer
View the backlink information for any web page.
18. Proxy Switchy!
Load the page through a proxy.
Switch proxy setting with one click.
[download & install now]
20. Session Buddy
Chrome session management.
21. Session Manager
Save sessions of your opened tabs to quickly re-open whenever you like.
Displays your current IP address.
Auto-loads the next page as you scroll through a Web page. For example: Google SERPs, Delicious bookmarks, etc.
24. Evernote Web Clipper
Save interesting stuff you see on the Web into your Evernote account for use on the Web or mobile.
25. My Shortcuts
Quickly access your Google Apps, or custom URLs, that you frequently use.
26. Resolution Test
Test web pages in different resolution settings or set your own resolution.
Block all Flash on all pages or use the whitelist manager to allow certain pages to display Flash.
28. Docs PDF/PowerPoint Viewer (by Google)
Preview PDFs, PowerPoint documents and other docs in Google Docs viewer.
29. WOT (Web of Trust)
A safe browsing tool that warns of malicious sites.
30. AutoPager Chrome
Automatically loads the next page for multi-page sites by just scrolling with your mouse.
Converts any web page to PDF.
32. Auto Copy
Highlight text and it's automatically copied to your clipboard.
33. Gestures for Chrome
Create mouse gestures to perform certain tasks.
34. Clickable Links
URLs and Emails displayed in text will be automatically converted to a link.
35. Tab Switch Plus
Find tabs in this vertical tab list and easily switch to new tabs or close immediately.
36. Xmarks Bookmarks Sync
Backup and sync your bookmarks across computers and browsers.
37. Google Translate
Translate Web pages into your language of choice.
38. Autocomplete = on
Use to remember your passwords. Can be turned off.
39. RoboForm Lite
Manage your passwords with RoboForm.
Manage your passwords with LastPass.
Right-click on links will automatically open the link in a new tab.
42. goo.gl URL Shortener
Shorten URLs with goo.gl
Limit the amount of time you spend on certain sites so you can focus.
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.
45. Search Box
Easily search in multiple search engines.
Organize your feeds into a magazine-style start page.
47. Search the Current Site
Performs a site search for the current domain rather than just a page find search.
Share content to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more.
Set yourself reminders that can be synced on multiple machines.
50. Tabs to the Front!
Opens new tabs and brings them to the front for immediate attention.
51. Aviary Screen Capture
Take a screen capture and edit it immediately with Aviary tools.
An image editor that lives within the browser. Upload, edit and save pictures.
53. Pixlr Grabber
Grab the entire page or just a section and save it to your desktop or edit using Pixlr tools.
54. Webpage & WebCam Screenshot
Capture the whole page or sections of the page in a JPG format.
55. Related Content by 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.
Easily shorten and share links with Bit.ly.
57. Silver Bird
Follow your timelines on Twitter and interact with your account.
58. Shareaholic for Google Chrome
Share the Web page on your favorite social network.
59. Digg for Chrome
Easily Digg the latest story and find out what is being discovered at the moment.
Manage your Stumbles and discover new pages.
61. Del.icio.us Extension
One-click submission to bookmark your current Web page.
62. Delicious Tools
Manage your Delicious account, use a pop-up window for tagging and keyboard shortcuts are available.
Syncs between Chrome and your Delicious account.
64. My Alerts
Receive alerts for Twitter, Google, Backtweets, etc.
65. Facebook for Chrome
Quickly post status updates and view your wall and news feeds.
66. HootSuite Hootlet
Manage your Twitter accounts easily. Based on the Firefox plugin.
67. Search on Yelp
Find local businesses, and the results open in a new tab.
68. Auto HD for YouTube
Will automatically redirect to the HD version, if available, and play as normal.
69. Incredible StartPage
Customize your start page to include shortcuts and recover closed tabs. Also take notes as you browse.
70. Chrome Reader
Subscribe to feeds, in Google Reader, from the address bar.
71. Last.fm free music player
Who says you don't need music to do SEO and blog?
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.