Are you a Google Chrome user? If so, you might also love the huge range of extensions that you can use to customize your experience. There are thousands of extensions available for Chrome. And if you’re involved in internet marketing, there are plenty of excellent extensions you can use to make your job easier.
Some extensions are great for SEO purposes—we use them all the time, and we encourage our clients to do so too. But finding the right ones to use is a challenge. While many of them are next to useless, some are real gems.
So we’re starting you off with a few of our favorites to help speed up your SEO tasks.
SEOquake is an SEMRush extension that you can use to carry out instant SEO audits on any web page. It provides a whole host of useful information about a web page, including its Google PageRank and Alexa rank. You can also examine the internal and external links, access details like text density, and export the data into a file. Even better, it is free to use.
This is a great way to instantly get a detailed look at a site’s analytics, making it a useful tool to use on your own website as well as your competitors’ sites. It’s a great place to start when you want to give your site a quick audit and find out if there are any problems.
Majestic Backlink Analyzer
The Majestic Backlink Analyzer is one of the most popular SEO extensions for Chrome. Majestic is a popular SEO package, and once you sign up for a subscription you can use the extension to speed up numerous SEO tasks.
The extension makes it easy to analyze backlinks in your browser. You can instantly find out how many links point to a page, their quality, relevance, anchor text, and more. In short, it’s a very quick and accurate way to find out the backlink profile of a website.
MozBar is another one of the big SEO extensions. It’s perhaps the most well known, and it is available in both free and pro versions. To start with the free one, simply sign up to a Moz account and you can instantly start using the MozBar.
Like SEOQuake, it provides you with a huge list of analyses for on-site SEO data including technical aspects, social media, backlinks, and more.
Use it to find out all the SEO metrics you want from your site and others, create custom searches, see page elements and markup, see link metrics directly in the search results, and more. You can also export the data to a CSV file.
Check My Links
This useful link checker is a quick way to check your site for broken links. In just a few clicks, you can see the number of links and which ones are broken, and you can also find no follow links and even use markup to draw on a webpage.
This is useful if you want to make sure your website is working properly for visitors so you can improve the user experience—which is crucial for effective SEO.
You can also use it to find broken backlinks on other websites in order to reach out to sites to build backlinks and boost your site’s authority.
Using the SimilarWeb extension you can visit a website and instantly gather data on website traffic, engagement rate, traffic rank, traffic source, and other statistics. It’s a great tool for finding out the popularity of other websites and discovering where they get their traffic from.
Find out about visits to the site, how long visitors spend there, the bounce rate, traffic sources, engagement, top referring sites, keywords, and more. The stats are pretty reliable, and overall it provides you with a good idea about a brand’s digital presence.
Another similar extension is Page Analytics (by Google). Using this, you can get information about your web pages while browsing and find out how customers interact with your pages. However, while it is still available, it is no longer being updated.
This content marketing toolbar is a great choice if you are doing any social marketing as part of your SEO (which you should be!).
Using the extension, you can instantly see the share counts for social channels like Facebook and Twitter, and you can also find out about user engagement, downloads, views, and shares.
You can use the extension to get ideas for your own content or to check how well competitors are doing.
The Scraper extension allows you to get data from web pages and insert it directly into spreadsheets. It is ideal for when you want to pull various elements from lots of pages as part of a larger analysis.
Scraper makes this process a lot faster. It uses the XPath query language, so you’ll have to be familiar with that. If so, you can save a lot of time when you are carrying out a technical SEO audit.
Page Load Time
This simple extension does exactly what you would expect by displaying the page load time in the toolbar. Speed is so important for SEO and usability, so you want to ensure your site is as fast as possible, and this is a great way to check.
It’s nice and simple to use and it does not get in the way. Once you’ve set it up, you can quickly find out how fast your own pages are loading. You can also use it to find out about other websites.
Even better, it shows you why the page loads slowly. That way, you can find out what is going wrong and what you need to change in order to speed up your site to stand a better chance of improving your search ranking.
If you’re a heavy Google Analytics user, you’ll want to be using this extension, which is another one from Google.
Simply sign into your GA account and you will be able to see metrics in real time as you browse your site, saving you the time involved in going to your GA account.
You will be able to see the bounce rate, time spent on page, page views, and more, helping you to keep an eye on your individual pages with greater ease and spot problems while browsing.
No blog about SEO is complete without a mention of keywords somewhere. This extension is excellent and well worth trying out.
When you perform a search on Google, it pulls data from a range of sources including Google Keyword Planner. It then displays search volumes directly on the results page. It’s not the only tool you should use for your keyword research, but it is very useful.
Link Research SEO Toolbar
This extension from LinkResearchTools allows you to search the web and get access to advanced SEO metrics. You can customize your searches in Google and other search engines or look at metrics for individual web pages.
It’s a great way to find out how powerful a domain is, find places to get backlinks, discover more about a page’s social media success, find the strongest pages according to keyword ranking, and see how many backlinks it has.
This is another great extension for searching for broken links. If broken links are part of your link-building campaign, this is a great option.
It highlights how many outbound links there are on a page by displaying active links in green and broken links in red, making it easy to use. You can also use it for your own site to find out which links need fixing.
Maximize Your SEO Using These Extensions
There are many Chrome extensions that claim to help with your SEO, but only a few of them are worth using. The above extensions belong to that category. Try them yourself. Download them to Chrome and start experimenting with them. You’ll soon find a few that become your favorites, and you’ll see how much faster they can make a lot of your SEO tasks.