With Chrome being the most used browser today (around 70% of people use Chrome) and it being mine (and many other digital marketers) personal favourite, I thought I’d share my top, free Chrome extensions with the world. If I start using a new laptop, these are always my ‘go to’ extensions when I’m setting up.
These extensions can save huge amounts of time and turns tasks that would often involve opening multiple tabs into a simple click.
So, let’s take a look at them…
Whether you’re looking for link prospects or doing a little competitive analysis, it’s often useful to see which country the site you’re looking at is hosted in. Enter Yet Another Flags, a simple plugin that displays the flag of the country the site is hosted in, simple as that.
If you’re like me, you regularly have an overload of open tabs with stuff you’re hoping to read. Pocket is a great extension that allows you to save all of the stuff you’re hoping to read in one convenient place. You can also tag articles to keep things well organised. The iPhone and Android apps make it easy to catch up with your reading on the bus, train or during those sleepless nights.
Tip: If you’re looking at your phone or tablet late at night, use an app like Flux or Twilight to filter out the blue light. Believe it or not, this will help you sleep better.
I always seem to have about 50 tabs open and I know I’m not the only one. Sometimes this can become a bit of an unmanageable mess so here is OneTab to the rescue. OneTab moves all of your tabs into one tab in a list format. You can then open them later all at once or open them one by one with just a click. You can even name your tab lists to keep them organised.
Ever seen a colour on a webpage but been unable to quickly determine exactly what colour it is? Problem solved with Eye Dropper.
As with Eye Dropper, have you even looked at a page and thought “I love that font” or “that font is very readable, what size is that?”… well these questions are answered with Fontface Ninja. Activate the extension and then just hover over some text and a pop out will tell you the font and sizing.
I love this extension. I used Awesome Screenshot for a while but it was so buggy and often wouldn’t do anything. Joxi is great for taking quick snapshots of a webpage. You can then easily annotate with boxes, circles and arrows etc before cropping and blurring sensitive information and then saving or copying the final image. Great for audits and reports or, to just highlight a quick issue on a webpage to you developer. I use this extension a lot!
Although I don’t find this as useful as I used to, it’s still sometimes good for a quick view of things, such as backlinks and pages indexed. It also has a handy nofollow tick box to highlight nofollow links on the page. This is the feature I use with this as I find it works better that the others that offer this same feature.
I personally only use the page elements part of this extension but it’s well worth having and is useful for a quick snapshot of the quality and status of a page. It shows a variety of info such as canonical URL, meta data, number of links on page, whois info and much more.
I always turn off the serp overlay as I find it quite annoying but apart from that, the Moz extension is another good extension for quick insights, especially if you want to get a quick idea of quality using Moz metrics such as Page Authority and Domain Authority.
If you’re involved in SEO or even if you’re just involved in running a website, this extension is amazingly useful. Want to know if there are issues in the source code of the page you’re looking at? Is the page noindex or does it have a canonical tag pointing to another page? Rather than having to root around in the source code, just click on this extension when it’s amber or red and it’ll let you know what the issues are immediately.
When visiting a URL, this tool is great for checking the status code. This can be really handy for picking up on 302 redirects or 301 redirect chains etc. These two Ayima extensions are probably my favorites in this list and are essential for anyone working in SEO.
Again, not so essential but great for switching between user-agent strings. You can also add additional parameters to this extension, making it very useful when used in conjunction with Web Developer to see how search engines view your webpages.
What to quickly know whether a website you’re looking at was built with WordPress, Magento, Joomla, or a custom build? Find out with one click using this extension.
With Check My Links, you can quickly scan a page for broken links. As well as being great for checking the quality of your own pages, this useful tool is also great for broken link building. For those who haven’t heard of broken link building, the brief description is finding relevant, but broken links on authoritative webpages and asking for the broken link to be replaced with one to your site.
There are a number of social extensions available for Chrome but the Pin It extension makes it so easy to share on Pinterest, it would be crazy not to install it if you’re using this popular social platform.
As I mentioned early, I’m terrible for having loads of tabs open at once. This can be a real drain on your machines resources but The Great Suspender resolves this by temporarily suspending tabs that haven’t been used for a set time. Want to use it again?… fine, just got to the tab and click anywhere and it’ll reload again.
Buffer has become a hugely popular social scheduling tool and this extension makes sharing/scheduling great content you find online as simple as a couple of clicks.
Another fantastic tool I have started using recently is Edgar. It is a paid tool but if you want to ensure your social channels are always kept active, it’s well worth it. This extension allows you to do one off shares, or even add content to a ‘library’ so that it’ll be shared over and over depending on the schedules you’ve set up.
I’ve been trying to learn Spanish for a while and the biggest issue I find with learning a language is trying to find the time to practice. This extension is useful for just a quick burst of learning/testing with popup flash cards to refresh your vocab.
So those are my favourites. I know there are probably endless amounts of useful extensions out there that I’m not aware of. What do you have in your browser?