Have you ever thought about using Google Chrome Extensions to boost your business productivity or marketing?
Google Chrome is quickly becoming one of the most popular internet browsers around. One reason I love it so much is because of the chrome extensions that you can get from the chrome store.
Chrome extensions are Google's browser version of apps. You download them for certain purposes and they show up in your toolbar at the top of your browser window.
For marketers, Chrome extensions can be very useful and save us a lot of time.
Whether we want to get quick analytics reports on our competition, easily schedule a post on social media without the hassle, or take a screenshot for future content, Google's Chrome Store has it all when it comes to browser extensions.
Here Are My Top 25 Best Chrome Extensions For Business Productivity:
1. Alexa Traffic Rank
Alexa Traffic Rank is a Google Chrome extension that helps you know how popular websites are. You get to see their Alexa Traffic Rank instantly, which tells you where the website is ranked in the world in terms of how much traffic they get.
This is very useful for marketers by helping us find out which websites are our biggest competition and which ones are not to be trusted as much.
This Chrome Extension also tells you the website's estimated number of backlinks, page load speed and country traffic rank.
2. Open SEO Stats
Open SEO Stats is an extension that is extremely useful for marketing because it tells you all about the website's traffic, Pagerank, speed, links, etc. It will help you get to know your competition better.
This Chrome Extension even tells you the website's geolocation information, pages indexed, etc. It really is a powerful all-in-one SEO tool.
3. PageSpeed Insights
If you are a marketer, you know very well that maximum pagespeed and site performance is essential to a well-ranked website. That is why I use the PageSpeed Insights extension.
PageSpeed Insights, allows you to quickly scan a site and find out more about its speed and overall performance. This can tell help you improve your site, a client's site or just spy on your competitors.
Lightshot is one of the best Chrome Extensions for taking screenshots. No matter what page you are on or what website, you can go up to the corner of your toolbar and click the Lightshot icon and take a quick screenshot of whatever you need.
You can even add arrows, boxes, text, etc. to the screenshot to illustrate certain points in the image.
5. Save As PDF
If you ever want to save a blog post or any certain page for your notes or other use, you can save it quickly as a PDF using the Save As PDF Chrome Extension. All it takes is the click of a button to save the PDF for later use.
Ever noticed how a lot of sites don't have all the social media buttons you may want? Or did you know that it can hurt conversions if you put too many social media share buttons on your posts?
This is where the AddThis extension comes in. With AddThis, you can easily and quickly share content or pages on your favorite social sites, as well as bookmark them or even print them.
You can manage which social or bookmarking sites are on your list too, so when you click the AddThis button to share, your favorites are right at the top.
SEOquake is easily one of my favorite Chrome Extensions for marketing because it helps me get to know my search competition a little better, as well as other things.
This all-in-one tool lets you scan search result listings or pages to see how they compete against you. You can see things like Pagerank, Alexa rank, domain age, SEMRush Rank, Bing Index, and even whether a link is follow or nofollow.
Hootlet is a nice little extension that lets you leverage the abilities of Hootsuite scheduling and sharing without having login and go to the dashboard every time.
But, if you want, you can also use it to access your Hootsuite dashboard quickly to check on your social media profile activity.
Buffer is a lot like Hootsuite, but of course they have their differences. If you prefer Buffer vs Hootsuite, you may want to download the Buffer Chrome Extension.
This extension will allow you to schedule and edit the sharing of a page without ever having to leave the page.
There multiple scheduling options for getting the perfect time and you can also access your Buffer dashboard right from the extension.
As a marketer, I'm sure you know as well as I how much potential Pinterest has for driving traffic and sales for your business or brand. With the QuickPin extension, you can easily take any page or content and pin it to Pinterest right away.
If you happen to find great content that is perfect for your Pinterest profile, QuickPin will just be one click away from letting you share it to the world.
I think we all know how important Google+ can be for marketing. But, managing your Google+ followers or circles can be time consuming and frustrating.
But, Circloscope for Google Chrome allows you to manage and sort your Google+ circles.
You can clean out people you want to unfollow, figure out which people in your circles are the most engaged with your content or even use it to discover new people to circle.
If you like to do Google Hangouts and video calls, this is the extension for you. You can be notified and accept or deny calls straight from your Google Hangouts extension.
You can even send messages or start new hangouts with your business associates or friends with the click of a button.
13. Social Analytics
This is one of my best Chrome Extensions for marketing and I absolutely love it! Social Analytics allows you to see how many social media shares a page has and on what platforms they come from.
You can learn what types of posts are doing well, how many shares your Youtube videos have, etc. You can also use it to spy on your competitors of course.
14. + Flip It
Have you ever heard of a newer social platform called Flipboard? Flipboard is rising in popularity and is great for helping blogs get more traffic. It is a content curation type of social media platform that has their own equivalents of likes, shares, comments and repins.
Flipboard has gotten me huge spikes in traffic and is a place I make sure I share every blog post on to help get more viewers and traffic. I actually learned about this site from Jeff Bullas who is getting quite a few visitors from Flipboard to his blog.
+ Flip It allows you to quickly and easily share articles or blog posts from the web straight to your Flipboard magazines with one click.
YSlow, as you probably know, is a website speed and performance analyzing tool from Yahoo.
They have a Chrome Extension for it that allows you to actually scan sites and see their performance levels right on the spot for one of the internet's best site speed analyzers.
VidIQ Vision is definitely one of the best Chrome Extensions for marketing on Youtube. If you want to see why some videos are more successful than others and how to improve yours, VidIQ is perfect for it. Note: you'll have to sign up at VidIQ's website before you can use the extension.
It analyzes videos and tells you how many channel subscribers they have, how many shares the video has, the description length, amount of links, words said per minute, views, embedded sources, the vidIQ overall score and the video's true engagement percentage.
It also tells you the exact tags that were used for the video.
When it comes to writing meta descriptions, titles, social media updates, etc., it's difficult to keep a count of every character you use in your marketing tasks. This is where Seymour comes in.
This extension allows you to count the number of characters you are typing no matter where you are typing them. This helps you keep track of how close you are to the character limits for different parts of your marketing.
18. Evernote Web Clipper
Chances are, you have heard of Evernote. Evernote helps us keep better track of research, notes and ideas, wherever we find them and save them on a cloud-like account, so we can access them anywhere.
With the Evernote Web Clipper, you can easily save ideas, clips, inspirations, etc. on the internet into your Evernote account with the click of a button.
Another Evernote extension for Chrome, Clearly lets you make blog posts, articles and webpages clean and easy to read. You can easily save them to your Evernote account to read anywhere.
20. Save To Google Drive
This Chrome Extension is pretty self explanatory. It allows you to save content or screen shares directly to your Google Drive for editing or future use.
If you want to read a post later, edit images, quote an online article, etc., Save To Google Drive will be great for you.
The Bitly extension for Chrome is very useful because it allows you to shorten links directly from the page and even share them on social media without ever leaving the page or having to sign into the Bitly dashboard.
Do you ever feel like you could use a little extra motivation or something to just inspire you to be more productive? Momentum is perfect for keeping your motivated and on task throughout the day.
What it does is replace your new tab page for Google Chrome with a personal dashboard that features a beautiful scenic background, the time, a personal greeting, a todo list, weather, quick links and even an inspiring quote.
The page is fully customizable and can really make an impact on your day if you spend a lot of time at your computer.
23. The Great Suspender
Have you ever had trouble with Google Chrome messing up your load times or computer performance because of too many tabs being opened?
What if you want to get back to those tabs later, but don't want them to hurt your computer performance in the meantime? If this sounds like something you can relate to, you need The Great Suspender.
This extension will suspend tabs that haven't been active for a while, but doesn't close them so you can easily reload them later to pick up where you left off.
24. Instant Translate
If you have international clients or customers for your business, you may need a good translator to keep up. As far as Chrome Extensions, I use Instant Translate to translate any conversations, messages, comments, emails, etc.
With Instant Translate, you can easily click the icon copy what needs to be translated and paste it into the box to translate it back into one of about 60 languages.
25. SEO For Chrome
Last but not least, SEO For Chrome is a great SEO analysis extension that you can get. It will tell you the Alexa Rank, pages indexed, number of backlinks, social media shares, etc.
The interesting thing that separates SEO For Chrome from many other SEO Chrome Extensions is the data it gives you from multiple relevant sources in each field.
If you trust one company's site analysis of a page over another's, you can compare them using this extension to make your own conclusions.
When it comes to running a business, being more productive, getting the most out of your marketing, etc., there are many great Google Chrome Extensions out there that can make your tasks a little easier.
If you haven't already, I recommend you go to the Chrome Store and check out some of these extensions to see how they can help you save time and increase daily production to help you with whatever business you may have.