Google Chrome is undeniably one of the most used browsers among internet users. It already has some cool features but the ability to add extensions is what makes it a powerful tool.
Personally, I use chrome on all my devices – laptops, smartphones, and heck even on a smart TV.
Over time I’ve used many chrome extensions to fasten up common tasks and upgrade my browsing experience.
As it goes without saying, most of my time is spent on learning blogging-related things, browsing sites, keyword research, social media, and everything in between. There are some amazing Google Chrome extensions that I’ve used to make things easier and increase my productivity.
In this post, I’m sharing my top 21 picks for best Google Chrome extensions for bloggers.
There are thousands of amazing extensions and these aren’t the absolute best. However, these are among the best in their respective categories.
Note: Installing too many extensions might slow down your chrome browser and may negatively affect your browsing experience. Install only those which are helpful to you at present. If you haven’t used an extension for more than 2 weeks, disable/delete it.
21 Best Google Chrome Extensions for Bloggers: Up Your Blogging Game
Without any further ado, let’s get started with the list.
Table of Contents
- 1. Keywords Everywhere
- 2. Grammarly
- 3. Evernote Web Clipper
- 4. Buffer
- 5. MOZBar from MOZ
- 6. Email Hunter
- 7. LastPass
- 8. Link Miner
- 9. Alexa Toolbar
- 10. Forest: StayFocused
- 11. GMass
- 12. MailTrack
- 13. Awesome Screenshot
- 14. VidIQ Vision for YouTube
- 15. Social Blade
- 16. Toby for Chrome
- 17. WhatRuns
- 18. SessionBox
- 19. Bitly
- 20. Save to Pocket
- 21. TamperMonkey
This is by far the most useful extension I’ve installed. As the name suggests, Keyword Everywhere plugin helps you research keywords on the go. It shows keywords volume and CPC without you having to manually enter anything.
It works flawlessly with Google search and shows the exact data (monthly volume and CPC) for the keyword you are typing, automatic suggestions, and related keywords shown below results.
Also, it supports multiple websites and works out-of-the-box. No need to enter any secret keys or create an account.
Some popular supported sites are –
- Google Analytics and more…
It’s a perfect tool for bloggers like me who’re always on a look for low-competition keywords and potentially profitable niches. Not only does it help you check the monthly volume of keywords, but you can also actually save them for later research.
You can mark the keywords as a favorite and the extension will save them in a database. You can then extract the keywords (with data) as Excel, CSV, or PDF file.
Last but not least, you can also choose your preferred demographic from any of the currently available countries –
- Global (default)
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- United Kingdom
- United States
Overall it’s a great extension and it’s hard to believe that the
developers are giving it away for free. Since it extracts data from Google Keyword Planner, the data is also pretty exact.
The extension is also available for the Firefox browser.
Update: KeywordsEverywhere is no longer a free tool. However, there’s a free alternative available with similar features – WMS Everywhere.
No matter how experienced a writer you are – you tend to make mistakes while writing. It’s always the best practice to either proofread the article yourself or get it done by someone else to correct the ignored mistakes.
Given that how much time, it takes to evaluate each sentence, and the cost to hire a proofreader, not everyone can afford this process.
This is where Grammarly (review) comes into the picture. It’s a neat extension that evaluates your writing and suggests the changes to make it clear, grammar mistake-free, and impactful.
As you can see in the image above, Grammarly emphasizes mistakes in your writing with a red underline. Hovering it will give you more details and possible corrections.
It works nearly everywhere and keeps suggesting you changes to improve your writing. The free plan is more than enough if you consider yourself a good writer and only want to correct minor mistakes.
But for those who struggle to come up with new words, make grammar errors, and aren’t native, the PRO plan is the perfect one. You can also refer to this massive collection of power words to write click-worthy titles.
Although not as perfect as a professional proofreader, Grammarly is surely a must-have Chrome extension for budding writers & bloggers.
You must be familiar with EverNote – one of the most popular note-taking apps with tons of features and the ability to sync between multiple devices.
Evernote web clipper is a handy extension that allows you to clip web pages and store in your account for later use.
You can clip a part of a webpage or directly save the complete page in an easy-to-read format.
Once you save it in your account, you can use the inbuilt editor to annotate your images, blur certain areas, add steps, highlights, callouts, and more. You can also share the edited clips by email or URLs.
If you work in a team and find it difficult to communicate your ideas, then EverNote web clipper is the perfect tool you need.
Social media is where your target audience spends most of their time, and avoiding it is just plain stupid. And so is blatantly sharing updates at one time and then vanishing for days.
To attract visitors and earn their clicks requires constantly pumping helpful articles. And it becomes necessary to use a social media scheduler that can post new updates for you even when you aren’t online.
Buffer is the perfect tool to achieve the above-said goal. Not only it helps you share timely updates on social media, but it also tracks and analyzes the best performing posts.
After installing the free plugin, you just need to click on the buffer icon (in your toolbar) to schedule the web page on your social media accounts. It also shortens the URLs automatically which is then used for tracking purposes.
You need to have a buffer account before using the plugin. It’s free for a limited account and you can sign up on this page.
MOZBar is another amazing SEO tool for people who want to research on the go. You can get metrics about the search results or any specific web page.
Once installed, the MozBar will appear on top of any page you’re visiting. By default, it will show the Domain Authority and Page Authority on a scale of 1-100. Also, the spam score of the domain is shown. These are the metrics by MOZ itself and doesn’t directly match to Google’s guidelines in any way.
However, it has been noticed that pages with higher DA and PA rank better in most cases.
Further, you can perform a page analysis, highlights links on the page, and check the page optimization.
You need to sign up for a free account in order to use the MozBar.
If you’re a blogger or an Internet Marketer, you’d wholeheartedly agree with me when I say that “finding the email address of website owners is a pain in as*”
Whether you want to pitch a guest post idea or just talk about something, you’ll need to find the email – a real email address of the person to contact.
Email Hunter tries to make this thing easier with their free chrome extension. It automatically extracts the email from the pages you visit and save them for you. This is what the developers have to say –
“Email Hunter easily extracts email addresses from pages as you visit them and autosaves them all“
Also, the little tool works in the background without disturbing your browsing experience and it’s completely free without any ads.
Managing passwords in a secure place is again a hectic task that needs to be automated and made easier. It’s practically impossible for you to remember login credentials of all the accounts you’ve on the internet and also it’ll take up a lot of time if you do it manually using a spreadsheet.
LastPass is a handy password manager that handles all the hard part for you and gives you a secure place to save all your login details and sync them between various devices.
It also allows you to auto-login to a site with stored login details without you having to click any button. Moreover, you can add your physical address, credit card details, and shopping profiles to enjoy faster checkouts.
There’s also a place to save secure notes which can only be accessed by you. Overall, LastPass is a great tool which handles your passwords.
The Moving Man Method by Backlinko is a popular strategy used by many to acquire backlinks without guest posting.
In a nutshell, the method involves searching for links that are outdated, broken, or no longer exists. Then create a page on the same topic and ask the webmaster to link your resource instead of that broken link.
Link Miner is a tool to help you out in the process by making it easier to find broken links on a page. You can also check the total number of links and social data about them on any page. Moreover, they have recently added a feature to enable LinkMiner on Google SERPs.
Although not as important as it used to be, Alexa rank still plays a significant role to show how popular is a website.
Alexa Toolbar helps you check the rank of any domain based on the traffic. It shows global rank, country-wise rank, number of links pointing to the domain name, similar sites, and average load time with one click of a button.
You can also check the history of any domain/website with the help of ‘Wayback Machine’.
It may look like a strange plugin to you but trust me, the way Forest extension works is simple yet super effective. It directly hits the human psychology to save you from internet addiction.
The working is easy too – damn easy. You begin by installing a seed in the forest. In the next 30 minutes, this seed will gradually grow into a tree. However, if you cannot resist the temptation and start to browse the websites on your Blacklist, your tree will wither away.
The simple task will keep you motivated to work on a specific task without being distracted. The sense of achievement and responsibility at the end is simply amazing and drives you to keep using the extension.
GMass is yet another amazing extension every blogger should install right away. It lets you send emails to masses (with personalized information) right from your Gmail dashboard.
You can connect a Google spreadsheet to import data and personalize each of them based on name, email address, or any other available columns in Google Sheets.
Moreover, you can track the opens, clicks, and easily send follow up emails to people who have interacted with your emails in some ways.
Below is the screenshot of my first ever test campaign I sent. As you can see each email is personalized.
The developers keep adding new features to the extension. It used to be a free service but since the cost of maintenance was higher, they changed it to a subscription-based service. However, you can still send up to 50 emails/day for free.
WhatsApp has one cool feature – it allows you to see if the recipient has viewed your message or not by showing ticks.
MailTrack does the same task but for Gmail. It’s a free extension that lets you track the status of your emails. If the email has been delivered (but not read), then there will be a single tick. As soon as the recipient opens your email, the second tick will also turn green.
Not only that but it also tracks how long ago and how many times your emails have been read, for free. It makes it easier to follow up with people who have already read your emails.
One way to explain or highlight a part of a web page is to annotate it. It makes it easier to explain even the hardest tasks with proper annotation and visual.
Awesome Screenshot is an extension that helps you do capture complete or part of a webpage and adds visual information.
You can also record the screen as a video with one click, blur the sensitive information, annotate it, and share it without ever leaving your chrome browser. Moreover, your team can start a conversation with the shared media and discuss important changes.
Also added is the feature to horizontally scroll and capture the complete web page. You can save the edited media on your device or in the cloud for free (it is stored @ awesomescreenshot.com with no time limit)
There’s a thing called YouTube SEO.
Unlike regular SEO, it doesn’t involve on-page SEO, backlinks, and other things. But there are a few factors that make a video outrank others.
And to learn what’s that guy is doing to rank his videos requires you to analyze them. VidIQ lets you analyze YouTube videos and see what is making that video rank and then repeat it.
VidIQ considers multiple factors and presents you with a report card for the video you’re currently watching. Some of the details included in the report card are:
- Social shares
- Video tags (and ranking)
- Average watch time
- The SEO score of the video
With the help of these scores, you can optimize your videos, compare others, and copy their ranking strategy. VidIQ is a must-have tool a YouTube vlogger can’t afford to miss.
Social Blade is another chrome extension to analyze YouTube videos and channels. It’s quite similar to VidIQ but has some added features like the ability to see subscribers and views in the past 30 days.
If you’re looking for an alternative to VidIQ, Social Blade is a good option.
Toby for Chrome is a tab management tool that provides you with an easy to use interface to organize your tabs and be more productive.
Whenever you open a new tab you’ll be presented with Toby where you can sort out your sessions, bookmark, and to-dos.
It can also sync all your data so you can work on any machine. The ability to save the current session (with multiple tabs) is super handy.
There must have been a moment when you fell in love with the design, ease of access, or the features of a website and wanted to replicate it.
True story – it happens with me every other day.
WhatRuns is a great extension that lets you decode the technologies used by any website. From frameworks to CMS, themes to the font, plugins to programming languages, you name it and it’ll give you information.
It works great when you want to know what plugin or language the site is using for that specific function and replicate it.
Please don’t be mad at me that I didn’t list this cool extension on the top.
SessionBox, as the name suggests, helps you create multiple sessions and login to multiple accounts in the same window.
For instance, you can access two different Facebook account simultaneously each running in their respective tab without risking your security.
Sessions created are secure, don’t share the same hardware resources, and thus protect your privacy. And the best part, you can sync your sessions between multiple machines.
You must be familiar with this one. Bit.ly is a URL shortener tool that lets you shorten long URLs and efficiently track them.
The extension connects with your bit.ly account and allows you to create a shorten URL with a single click and share them right from the browser.
You can also create domain-customized links that are great for masking affiliate links.
Pocket is another handy tool for avid internet readers. The aim is simple, to help you save interesting articles and read it later.
It automatically syncs with your devices so you can pick it off from where you left on your smartphone easily. You can also save tweets with a one-click Pocket button.
I saved the best for the end.
TamperMonkey is hands-down the best extension available for a regular internet user who loves to automate things.
Basically, it is a script manager which can execute userscripts to handle certain tasks. What’s userscripts you ask?
Userscripts are little computer programs that for example add download buttons to YouTube pages, clean up your Facebook timeline or help to play an online game.
You can find some cool TamperMonkey scripts on this page (#4 is a real time saver)
Chrome is a powerful tool and definitely, a must-have for bloggers. If you’re using Chrome, these best Google Chrome extensions can help you get things done faster and effectively.
My top pick is KeywordsEverywhere and as I keep searching for a new niche with the potential to grow; this tool is a perfect companion for me.
What’s your top pick from the list?
Share your experience and how it helps you in your day-to-day life.
Also since we don’t get what we don’t ask for – I’d love it if you can share this post with your friends and followers.