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Saturday, July 4, 2020

9 Best Chrome Extensions for SEOs

 I'd say that most SEOs love Google Chrome extensions. But having too many extensions doesn't necessarily equate to higher productivity. In fact, this can lead to slowing down your computer. So with so many options, the challenge is in choosing only the ones you actually need. Well, I've already done a lot of the hard workfor you, so today, I'm going to show you what I think are the best Chrome extensionsfor your everyday SEO needs. Stay tuned. [music] What's up SEOs? Sam Oh here with Ahrefs, the SEO tool thathelps you grow your search traffic, research your competitors and dominate your niche. Now, the extensions I'm about to share withyou are in no particular order. And this list is by no means complete. Instead, I'm going to share 1-3 extensionsthat help with common SEO categories. And those are link building, keyword research,on-page SEO, and technical SEO. And of course, I'll show you how they workand share a use case or two. So let's get started with some Chrome extensionsfor link building. The first one I use is Hunter. Hunter is an email finding tool and in I'vefound it to be the best one to find emails quickly and accurately. Just visit a page, and click on the 

icon inthe extension bar. You'll then see a list of associated namesand email addresses that Hunter has found somewhere on the web. Now, let's say you were reading about YouTubeSEO and you wanted to contact the author. Just click on the Hunter icon, then enter the firstand last name of the person in the search box. Hunter will try and return a result eitherwith scraped data or in this case, their best guess for the person. You can click this icon to save them inthe Hunter web app or click the email address to copy it to your clipboard. The next extension in this category is Linkclump. This tool lets you open, copy or bookmark multiple links at the same time. The way I use it is when building links,specifically when vetting prospects. So let's say you're in the Backlinks reportin Ahrefs' Site Explorer and you want to visit these three pages to see if they'll be goodlink prospects. With Linkclump installed, just hold down theletter Z and then drag your cursor over the links. Let go and it'll open the pages in a new tab so it's just a matter of qualifying ordisqualifying them from your list. And if you don't want to open them in new tabs, you can create new actions in the extensionOptions menu. So you'll see that I've set another one hereto copy the URLs when I hold down X and drag my mouse. So let's say we're in Google and looking forresource page link opportunities. And when you visit this page, you'll see thatthe page has links to some external resources. So I'll hold down X, and drag my mouseover the links. Then I can take it into a tool like Ahrefs'Batch Analysis, paste them in there, and get SEO metrics on all of these pages. From here, I might check out the backlinkprofiles of these pages and see if they've built other resource links, which I couldthen go after. Finally, we have the NoFollow extension. This extension will put a box around alllinks that are nofollowed on a page. You can use this when you're looking for guestposting opportunities. So just visit a post on a site you want to write for, and scroll through it to see if all ormost of the links are nofollowed. If they are, it probably won't be worth your timeto write for their blog if link building is your goal. The next extension is my absolute favorite,which kind of fits into an "all-in-one" category… P.S. I'm completely biased... It's Ahrefs' SEO Toolbar. Our extension allows you to see keyword, backlink,and organic traffic data right inside Google SERPs. Just enter your query, and you'll see keywordmetrics under the search bar like search volume, CPC, Keyword Difficulty scores, and more. On top of that, you'll see estimated searchtraffic and the number of backlinks at both page and domain levels. When you click one of the numbers, it'll openup the respective report in Ahrefs where you can continue your analysis. The toolbar is also visible on any page youvisit and you'll see SEO metrics there too. Now, in order to see this data, you'll needan Ahrefs account. But we've also added some free features likea Broken Link Checker and an On-Page Analysis tool, which you can use by clicking the icons here. A freemium option for 


keyword research wouldbe Surfer SEO's Keyword Surfer extension. Just enter a query in Google, and you'll seeglobal search volumes and country-specific search volume. And they have a couple other cool featureslike keyword ideas in the sidebar and domain level data like estimated search traffic andnumber of backlinks. I'm not 100% sure how or where they get theirtraffic and backlinks data, but it feels a bit off to me. For example, they estimate Amazon.com's searchtraffic to be 46.9 million and total "quality backlinks" to be just over 700,000. And the numbers seem pretty low for me since we'vefound over 3 billion live links for Amazon's domain, and estimate their search traffic to be 714 million,which are usually under-estimations. But I wouldn't hold it against them, the companyfocuses more on on-page SEO and from what I've heard, they do a great job. Speaking of on-page SEO, the best 


standaloneChrome extension I've found for that is SEO Minion. SEO Minion is an extension that's greatfor quick on-page spot-checks. Just visit a page and click on the Minionicon in your extensions bar. You'll then have a handful of options to choose from. So you can do a basic on-page analysis whereyou'll see information like the Title, Description, Canonical URL, and Meta Robots tags. And below that, you'll see a breakdown of allheading, open graph, and Twitter tags. You can also do other things like highlightall links on the page, check for broken links, see if any Hreflang tags exist, and more. Another cool feature is that the icon mayhave text written over it, like "redir". And this means the page you visited has redirects. You can then see all hops that took place byclicking on the icon and looking down here. The next category is page speed and I've gottwo extensions for you. The first is Lighthouse. Lighthouse is an open source tool made by Google. It's purpose is to help improve the performance,quality, and correctness of your web apps. Just visit a webpage and hit the Lighthouse 


icon. Then click Generate report. It'll run some tests and once it's done loading,a report will pop-up showing scores for various categories like Performance, Accessibility,Best Practices, SEO, and PWA. And below, you'll see suggestions on what youshould do to improve your page for each category. Now, if this report looks familiar to you it's becausethey use a similar report in PageSpeed Insights. Now, if you want to see the actual time it takesfor a page to load, there's a neat little extension called Page Load Time. Just visit a page, and it'll show you in the extensionsbar how long it took for the page to load. And if you click the icon, you'll see a breakdownof where that time was spent. The next extension is called Window Resizer,which is a great tool to test mobile friendliness. Window resizer allows you to resize the browser'swindow to specific resolutions in two clicks. For example, if you want to test the mobiledesign and experience for a page on an iPhone 6, just click the icon in the extensions barand choose the iPhone 6 resolution. Want to see it on an iPad? Just do the same thing, but this time, choose iPad. These are the Chrome Extensions I use regularlyin my SEO processes. But I know there are a lot of other greatextensions out there. So let me know in the comments which Google ChromeExtensions you think are must-haves for SEOs. And if you enjoyed this video, make sure tolike, share and subscribe for more actionable SEO and marketing tutorials. I'll see you in the next one. 

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