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11 GOOGLE CHROME EXTENSIONS EVERY BLOGGER SHOULD HAVE


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!

1. MozBar


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. 

2. Alexa


This is a great tool for keeping track of your Alexa traffic rank. It will show you an overall traffic rank across the globe as well as your own country and how many sites are linking in. It's also handy to have whilst your surf the web to view Alexa data on other sites you visit without interrupting your browsing. Check what the average load time is for your blog and compare it to other websites. As you can see mine is very slow due to the amount of large images I have on my blog, however I am currently in the process of re-sizing them all which will hopefully reduce that. I also love using the wayback machine to see how a site previously looked.

3. Klout



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!


4. Buffer 

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.

6. StumbleUpon

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.

7. StayFocusd


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.

10. AddThis 


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 HelperColour 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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  1. Thank you for this list! I'm a daily Chrome user so this is really helpful.

    ♡ Marissa Jamie : Mars La Luné ♡ 

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    1. Glad you found it helpful :) Thanks for reading x

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  2. Great post Kerry I need to use more of these

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    1. Thank you Joanna, I'd highly recommend taking a lot at some of them if you get a chance x

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  3. Some good ones here. I'm struggling with Chrome keeping closing at the moment so I think I need to reinstall.

    I do have rescue time instead of keep focus, but it looks like they pretty much do the same thing. I try to keep mine to a minimum because of the temperamental nature of it, but I really don't want to change to another browser.

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    1. Oh that's strange, it used to do that on my old Macbook, I think I re-installed and it and it eventually worked about. I'll have to take a look at the rescue time tool x

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    2. I've tried all the other solutions, so yes uninstalling is my next thing. It's fine on my work laptop, so must just need an update.

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  4. I'm a chrome user so this is so handy! Love it!

    thebroughblog.weebly.com

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  5. I don't currently use any of these but I think I might try StayFocused so that I don't spend too long on certain sites

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    1. I'd highly recommend using it, especially if you have tight deadlines to make or find yourself not getting any work done x

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  6. Big lover of chrome but not so big in the extension game! Thanks for this post

    Catstello | www.cattitudeandco.uk

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    1. Oh no that's a shame. It did take me a while to get used to using a few of them but I couldn't be without them no so handy and save a lot a time with them too x

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  7. This is so useful! I use Chrome all the time but II never use extensions. I'm not sure why, they are so handy. Adding these to my Chrome right now!

    Emma xoxo
    DollfaceBlogs | DollfaceWeddings

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    1. I used Chrome for a while without any either, it's amazing what tools there are these days. Hope you find some of them useful :) x

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  8. Great list, I wasn't aware that there was a moz bar so will be downloading that one.

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    1. Thanks Daniella, glad you found it helpful x

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  9. Seriously one of the most helpful posts I've read in a long time, thanks Kerry!
    Now I need to go and up my game in chrome ;) Xx

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    1. Thanks Lisa, glad you found the post helpful :) Haha, let me know if you find any of them particularly useful x

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  10. This is such a helpful post, the only thing I have is the pin it button. I will have to get most of these as I had not even heard of some of them xx

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    1. Glad you found it helpful and I hope you find a few extensions which help you with your blogging tasks :) xx

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  11. Wow, I'd never heard of any of these! Really like the idea behind Stay Focused. Me on the internet is very rarely focused :P x

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    1. Haha, it can be so easy to get distracted isn't it! I love using it although I think I need to change the time i limit myself x

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  12. Wow information overload for me I didn't even know some of this stuff resisted! Amazing! Thanks for sharing lovely this is very helpful for me xx

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    1. Glad you found the post useful Tanita! Let me know if you install any :) xx

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  13. Wow, so many I'd never heard of. This is a brilliant guide altogether, definitely coming back to it
    Nicola

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    1. Glad you found this post helpful Nicola. Thanks for stopping by x

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  14. Ooooh, some of these are really useful! I didn't even know that Buffer had a Chrome extension!

    Meg | A Little Twist Of…

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    1. It's amazing! If you use Buffer regularly you will find it extremely useful! x

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  15. I've never heard of some of these! Will definitely be checking them out ASAP. Definitely some I need in my life.

    Rachel | www.currentlyrachel.com

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    1. Hope you find some useful. Thanks for stopping by x

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  16. This is the most helpful post I have read. I have downloaded almost all of them - the split screen is saving me hours of time! Thanks so much for putting this together! x

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    1. Ahh glad you found it helpful Rachel! Do let me know if you find any others. The split screen is such a useful extention especially when writing up press releases etc x

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  17. A great guide! I am new to blogging and so overwhelmed with everything but your post has really highlighted some very important and useful links.x I am going to be back to read up on this again!xx

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    1. Thank you Amanda, I'm glad you found this post useful. x

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  18. I use Mozilla Firefox but I think you may have persuaded me to change. You sound like you have a master in social media marketing! Brilliant stuff, almost all of this was unknown to me, yet more things to learn about blogging!

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    1. See, I've never used Firefox so can't say if Chrome is better but I do love the interface of Chrome. I hope you like using it and can find some useful extensions x

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  19. The only one I use is the Pin It one, it's so handy and it works wonders! I did create an account on StumbleUpon but I'm still trying to figure out how it works! Now this is a list I have to save for sure because right now I don't see myself using those a lot.

    The Vintage Owl | Bloglovin

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    1. The Pin it button was one of the first I downloaded. It's so handy. StumbleUpon does take a while to get used to but once you do it can be really useful x

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  20. I adore Google Chrome! Thanks for this awesome list. :) I really want to improve my SEO skills so will definitely be checking out Alexa and MozBar! Buffer also looks like a great tool to have - I spend a lot of time posting on various different sites so this would help me a lot. :)

    owlsandantlers.org || facebook

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    1. Glad you found it helpful Claire. Buffer will definitely help with that :) x

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  21. I'm a firefox user but have found good alternatives from your list to use thanks for the tips!
    AliceMegan

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    1. Ahh glad you managed to find some alternatives for Firefox! I was wondering if there would be many similar ones x

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  22. I definitely need Moz and Alexa and the rest I do have, so I am feeling quite impressed with myself x

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    1. Thats good to hear you already had most of them, do you have any others I haven't mentioned? x

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  23. Ah I still use Safari even though I have a Macbook! I do have Chrome but never use it, I might give it a go and get some of these extensions! :) x

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    1. Ahh you should do! I used to use Safari but just found Chrome must quicker and easier to use x

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  24. loving this post! i've just switched from using safari all the time to chrome so very handy!

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    1. Glad you found it useful Rachael :) xx

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  25. Thank you so much for this post, I was only using the Pinterst and SU extensions before but I am keen to try a lot of these. Off to install them now!

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    1. I think those are the first two I had installed as well as the mozbar. I didn't know so many existed until I decided to search one day and have been using the majority of them daily ever since x

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  26. At the moment I have a Chromebook and so everything I do is on Chrome. This was a really great post for me - thank you! I've just installed so much x

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    1. Glad you find the post helpful Donna, I hope you find a few extensions which help with your blogging tasks :) x

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  27. How would you rate Moz at the moment I am still waiting for my DA to go up because they cancelled the update until October I think.
    http://www.fadedspring.co.uk

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  28. Excellent article, Kerry. Using such extensions will surely help bloggers churn out quality articles at a faster rate. Thanks, Niraj (Founder at grexit.com)

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  29. My favourite of these tools is definitely the Moz toolbar, it's so useful x

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  30. Very Helpful post! This will definitely help me in the future. I've already installed many of the tools. Check out this jewelry: http://www.trollbeads.com/global/en-us . So beautiful!

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  31. Really helpful info for those who use Chrome. I'm a Firefox girl and I don't see myself changing as I love the accessibility of it. I wonder if any of these can be used on that browser too, I'm sure I've had the Moz toolbar before...

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  32. I'm not a fan of chrome, but sure I can get most of these on firefox. I can see the buffer and kloutt being really useful. Great post as always. Love your blogging series x

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  33. Thanks for this Kerry, the Stay Focused one looks great, I can maybe now, finally get Jada away from Cooking Tale :)

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  34. I need to try that google publisher tool it sounds fantastic :) think I need to download it myself - thank you.

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  35. Great post. Thanks for all the tips. I have used some of the ones in the past but a couple I have not tried as yet. Think I will be downloading

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  36. Pretty remarkable post. I simply came across your blog and desired to say that I have really enjoyed searching your blog posts.

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  37. Oh my God. Where have I been? I don't have any of these. I'm so far behind in the blogging world. I will have to add all of these thanks for the list.

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  38. This is brilliant I didn't know such a thing existed, I must go adding now, some brilliant tips here

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  39. This is so helpful! I have to admit, i`m so bad with technology I didnt even know what a chrome extension was until I read this!! Lots of these are so useful. xxx

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  40. Once again you always are sharing so many helpful tips and advice I love it. You are a super blogger girl. I love all your posts. I have just pinned your entire blogging tips category hahaha Got to get learning now really need to up my game my blog has been slowing down and losing my loyal readers I have notice a shift and it makes me nervous. I have so much to learn still.

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  42. Nice Post. I heard about Mozbar but never tried that. I will try that.

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  43. Great post, I have just started to use Google Chrome and still getting used to it especially for blogging. These extensions will definitely come in handy, thanks for sharing x

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  44. A lot of familiar extensions here. Do you find that using so many can make Chrome run slow? I've found myself uninstalling a lot of the extensions I had just because it was making my (fairly new) laptop run slow!

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    1. I do find my laptop runs slow but I think that's down to the fact that I've used up all the storage. I hadn't actually thought to un-install some of the extensions! I'll delete a few i no longer use and see if that helps.

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  45. Thanks for sharing Kerry - the stay focused one was the first thing I added as I'm always being distracted by Facebook!

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