As a avid Apple lover I'm not overly keen on using safari as a web browser and have always used Google Chrome mostly for its simplicity and easy to use layout. It's fast becoming one of the most popular internet browsers, it's fast and works on all devices as well as being able to sync your browsing data across various devices.
Today I'm going to be sharing some of my favourite Google Chrome extensions which make my daily blogging tasks easier and hopefully you will find them helpful too!
This is a great tool for bloggers to keep an eye on their key metrics such as Domain and Page Authority whilst you surf the web as well as highlight any links all in one browser. Check for follow, no follow and internal links and streamline your SEO all in one place whilst you surf the web. Although Mozbar is mostly used by PR's and those who work in SEO to check out a blogs backlink profile and page metrics it's also great for bloggers to check out the competition too. Wondering why a competitor is ranking higher than you, you can check what keywords they are targeting via the page elements section as well as view your own to ensure that your titles, headers and alt text all have data. You can also see how many times a certain page/link has been shared via social media. I find this such a useful toolbar and it's so much quicker than having to go to google and search for my DA or PA.
If you like to keep track of your Klout score this is a great extension to quickly access your Klout profile to measure your score and impact. It also links with your Twitter account so you can see other creators Klout scores as you scroll your Twitter feed which helps you understand the online influence of other content creators from bloggers to internet personalities.
If you're not sure what your Klout score is its basically a number between 1-100 which represents your online influence. So when ever you share something on social media and people respond, that's influence. The higher your Klout Score the more influential you are! Did you know that you can also schedule and share content via Klout? Go on give it a go!
The Buffer extension is super handy for sharing your content to Twitter, Facebook and Google+ from anywhere on the web with just one click! Simply click the Buffer button on any website to add Tweets and Facebook updates to your buffer queue which will then be posted throughout the day. The Buffer extension integrates directly to Twitter allowing you to click the button on someones Tweet and buffer it to share later on from your Twitter feed!
5. Pin it Button
Pinterest addict? Fear not! You can easily pin posts and images simply by clicking the pin it button in your extension bar! I love using this tool and find it saves me so much time instead of having to open up Pinterest and add a pin that way.
Again this is a useful tool for those who want a quick solution for sharing their content or discovering other content around the world. The handy extension is the easiest way to use StumbleUpon and is great for killing some free time or finding new content as you can get lost for hours browsing page after page. I do love the functionality of this tool but it can be quite slow especially if you have many other pages loaded so make sure you have minimum pages open in your browser when you wish to use it.
Do you find yourself often getting carried away on social media or browsing the web when you should really be getting some work done? We all do it... one minute you're typing away replying to emails or writing up a new blog post and 5 minutes later you're browsing images on Pinterest or chatting away on Twitter! Use StayFocusd to increase your productivity and limit the amount of time that you can spend on those time-wasting websites! I like to use the tool most days when I have certain deadlines to meet or wish to write up a blog post as I am so easily distracted! You can set yourself a restricted time such as 30 minutes that you're allowed to use a certain site for each day and once that time is up you won't be able to access that site for the rest of the day.
8. Screen capture
As a blogger screen capturing is something most of us do numerous times a day! I've had to do it at least five times just for this blog post! Sometimes it can be a hassle having to press the buttons on your keyboard, open the screen captured image in another editing programme and then crop and saving it. Screen capture allows you to screen capture all or part of any web page, add comments, blur sensitive info and share!
9. Goo.gl URL shortner
Need to shorten an URL quickly? The goo.gl url shortener allows your to shorten the current website URL which is open in your browser. This is a handy tool for bloggers wishing to shorten blog post links to share via social media as it also integrate with social media! If you prefer to use Bitly to shorten your links then there's also an extension for that too! Such a time saving tool.
AddThis is a popular bookmarking and sharing service across the globe it allows you to instantly share, bookmark, print or even translate pages at the click of a button. You can email the current page and share it to more than 200 websites including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr etc. This tool is super handy to share via your favourite social media sites and saves time instead of having to open up each platform and allows you to share whenever you like without slowing down Chrome.
This toolbar is great for quick access to view your account information for Adsense, AdExchange and Google Analytics without having to open a new webpage. I have both my Google Adsense and Analytics accounts set up and use this toolbar daily to check on my earnings and stats. It will show you your accounts earnings summary for today, yesterday, this month and last month as well as the top five channels of revenue.
A few other handy extensions which I find useful include Break Helper, Colour Picker, Word Count Tool and Split Screen.
Some of these extensions are available with other internet browsers such as FireFox if you don't have google chrome. However I would highly recommend downloading Google Chrome purely for the extensions as they are very useful for both bloggers and publishers.
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Do you use Chrome extensions in your daily blogging tasks? Let me know if you use any others which I haven't mentioned above.
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