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Top 5 Google Chrome Extensions For Bloggers

This guest post is by Anthony Wijaya of techexperience.

Today, I’m going to share with you some of the Google Chrome extensions that have made my daily blogging tasks easier.

These are my top five.

1. SEO For Chrome

SEO For Chrome allows you to check, well, pretty much everything about SEO in your site. All you need to do is type in your URL and tons of information about your site’s SEO will pop out, from your indexed pages in Google and Bing, to your Pagerank and traffic levels.

SEO  for Chrome

Another good idea to use this extension for is to check your competitors’ SEO status—do a little competitive analysis. You can also do some quick keyword research within the extension itself!

2. Evernote Web Clipper

Have you ever seen an interesting article or piece of news that you might want to post about later? It’s quite easy to get sidetracked and forget all about it while you’re browsing.

I usually take note of any ideas I see while browsing through the Evernote Web Clipper extension. Basically, all it does is note down the link for you through a darn simple click-and-drag selection function.

Evernote Web Clipper

The Evernote Web Clipper also doubles as a handy screen capture for occasions when you see that awesome screencap you want to take.

3. Google Dictionary

Nothing is more embarrassing than a grammatically incorrect word or sentence in your article. Not only can readers see it, you might even get criticized for those errors!

For safety’s sake, I use the Google Dictionary extension.

With this extension, you can:

  • double-click any word to view its meaning/definition
  • view the complete definition of a whole phrase.

Google Dictionary

It supports a myriad of languages, including German, French, Italian, and so many more.

4. Ruul screen ruler

I use this for, well, those times when I need to measure something in my browser. The Ruul Screen ruler was quite handy in my blog’s first week, since I want to have images on my blog at the perfect size.

Ruul

You can also use it to find out which font size works for you without doing any trial-and-error corrections. Just use the extension and measure, on a blank page, how much space you want for your font. The result (in pixels) will show you your perfect font size. Mine is 13px.

5. G.lux

This is actually the Chrome’s version of F.lux, which is a tool for the desktop. G.lux functions basically the same way, changing your screen color’s temperature to the warmer side for easier viewing at night (midnight typing anyone?).

G.lux

Ever notice your eyes getting tired in front of that monitor? It’s probably because of blue-ish monitor rays. This extension will at least reduce those blue rays to some effect, but keep in mind that it’s still not the perfect excuse for midnight blogging. If you want its big brother for the whole desktop, check out f.lux.

Do you use Chrome extensions in your daily blogging tasks? Show us your favourite options in the comments.

Anthony W. is a 17 year old who starts out blogging for fun and writes tips, news and reviews about technology in techexperience. He hopes that every post he write will be useful to that particular someone out there. Subscribe to his blog here or follow him on Twitter (@AnthonyNotStark) to get more of him.

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Comments

  1. Samuel says:

    I always use SEO Quake for my chrome browser. I believe that is the best for me and for others too.

    Evernote is another great extension for your Chrome browser, and all of these extensions should help you out with anything.

    • Selji Okita says:

      I agree with you, but I think SEO quake on Chrome is not good as on Firefox. Now with SEO quake I dont need any other SEO add on or tool to check keyword and any other SEO stats.

    • Navjot says:

      I always Seo Quake but never heard of Evernote.. I ll try it :)

      • Anthony W says:

        @Navjot The Evernote Web Clipper is a really great tool for noting down ideas you find while browsing the internet. I hope you can find it useful. Good luck!

    • darkduck says:

      My own set of extensions: SEO Quake, AddThis and Slick RSS

  2. Always looking for plugins, extensions, etc. that make life easier. I guess it comes from the whole “work smarter, not harder” mentality. These are some great ideas. I know I will definitely be checking out the SEO for Chrome extension, as well as Ruul. Thanks for this.

  3. jbledsoejr says:

    Great and very useful post! I use the Evernote Clipper religiously!!! The others I am downloading now as they will be very beneficial to me. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Dippin Slash says:

    The only extension which is installed on my Chrome is SEO Quake. When I was still using Firefox, SEO Tool for Firefox was my best buddy.

  5. Rob Skidmore says:

    I would add adblock to the list. Also my absolute favorite extension is Clearly by evernote. I love that I can go to a blog post and cut out all of the clutter and just read the text. It’s great when you come across a post that has difficult font formatting or lots of annoying stuff in the side bar.

  6. Anthony W says:

    Hi, thanks for the feedbacks. I’m glad you guys like it.

  7. GjiVan says:

    Too many plugins slow down the browsers. But for chrome I only use SEO quake. Anyway thankx for this information!!

    • Anthony W says:

      If your Chrome slows down open up the Chrome Task Manager (Shift + Esc) in order to check and remove plugins that are eating up your memory.

  8. Joe says:

    This is certainly a great article and I have been “schooled”. Great info for the newbie blogger and I will be back. Thanks for sharing.

  9. syahrilhafiz says:

    it’s SEO for Chrome same like SEO Site Tools, because i have use this extension. can be said not bad
    maybe i can use Google Dictionary because i’m lack of grammatical..

  10. This is wonderful, thanks! I don’t really use extensions even though I’m a chrome chic; reading your list I’m beginning to wonder why I haven’t taken advantage of the wonderful extensions chrome has. Thanks again.

  11. Anthony says:

    I find that the SEO for chrome plugin doesn’t always fetch all of the the data for every website. Has anybody else experienced this? It seems a few people are recommending the SEO Quake plugin – I think i’ll check this one out. Thanks

    • Anthony W says:

      SEO Quake is a great alternative to SEO for Chrome. Ultimately, they both have more or less the same functions, so you might want to try them both before deciding between the two.

  12. Anand says:

    Thanks Anthony …. Its really useful..

  13. If you are a photographer stay away from G.lux. It will totally screw with the color balance on your monitor.

    • Anthony W says:

      Yes it does, and that’s why I recommend it only for midnight blogging sessions. Thanks for pointing that out here @Christopher.

  14. Ayaz says:

    Hi Anthony,

    I am already using SEO Quake for my site, its been great plugin but I am very much amazed to read about Evernote Web Clipper and thinking to use it in future.

    Thanks for sharing great compile list. ;)

  15. Peter Fisher says:

    Very good list. I’m moving slowly moving from Firefox to Chrome as a main browser so this list is worth keeping in mind

  16. Very interesting and enlightening post..I usually make use of SEO Quake for for my site..very useful..

  17. Nathan says:

    I’d tried the Evernote Clipper before and not been satisfied. Maybe I’m using evernote better or maybe the plugin has gotten better, but I think I may actually be able to use it! Thanks!