Chrome has quickly become one of my favourite browsers thanks to it’s speed, multiplatform support, and cloud tabs. But it is also one of the best for SEO, thanks to a wide range of SEO plug-ins created for the browser, putting useful tools right in your toolbar. Here are five of my favourite plug-ins for SEO domination:
NoFollow is a helpful tool to help you find no follow links quickly and easily, which is useful for for a number activities: finding new linking opportunities, auditing your competitor’s links, auditing your existing links and more.
This non-intrusive plug-in works in the background, only showing it even exists when it spots a nofollow link on a page. Install this plug-in at the link above, then navigate to any Wikipedia page – you’ll find that every nofollow link now has a red dashed border around it.
While it is possble to check no-follow links using the ‘inspect element’ tool, this requires several clicks and a submenu to access, which takes time. NoFollow checker gives you all the nofollow knowledge you need instantly.
Due to the huge array of devices that can be used to view your website, not all users will see the website as intended. User-Agent Switcher is a great tool which allows you to see web pages as if you were using a different device, or even a search engine spider.
This means if you see unusual site engagement metrics for users of certain devices, you can test the affected pages to see if these users aren’t seeing the content correctly.
Domain Hunter Plus
Domain Hunter Plus was originally invented as a way to check broken links and then to see if the domain it is linking to has expired, for you to purchase it. However, it is still useful even if you’re not using it to snap up expired domains.
You can use it to check broken links on your own site, or a site you’re managing. Alternatively, it can also be a good way of building relationships with other webmasters. If you’re looking to approach another blog or site for a guest post or to link to one of your resources, why not scan their site for broken links first? This may allow you to give the webmaster some additional value in your initial approach, and they may be more inclined to work with you after you’ve already helped them.
Google Tag Assistant
Tag Assistant by Google offers a quick and easy way to make sure all your site’s Google tags are correctly set up, and is especially useful if you want to check your Analytics tag is correctly set up, helping you identify any issues such as multiple tags being inserted.
This plugin will reveal the ID code of the installed Analytics, and offer suggestions in case tags are incorrectly installed, missing or duplicated.
I find this tool especially useful when making changes to tracking codes, as it is important to verify that tracking is set up correctly to avoid any problems. It can also alert you instantly with a colour coded tool bar icon, letting you know if someone has been meddling with your tags!
Meta SEO Inspector
The Meta SEO Inspector plugin is a quick and simple way to check meta tags applied to a page without having to trawl through source code, which can really help speed up your workflow.
By clicking on the plugin’s icon, you’ll be given an exhaustive list of meta data details for the current page you’re on, with warnings highlighted, such as missing tags, title and description tags that are too long, or out of date tags. The plugin is constantly being updated to include new tags and make the most important ones more accessible, for example canonical link details were added to a recent update. All in all, this makes a great addition to any SEO’s toolbox!
Majestic Backlink Analyser
Majestic is one of the biggest publicly accessible link index databases, and frequently comes out on top when compared to other databases.
The Majestic Backlink Analyser plugin offers a condensed version of the main interface, making it quick and easy to analyse the sites you visit. This makes it perfect for link builders who need to quickly analyse sites they want to reach out to, without having to keep Majestic open in another tab.
All the key details about a site are available in the tab, including Citation Flow and Trust Flow at page, subdomain and root domain level, as well as the ability to drill down into more detail, such as backlinks and anchor text.
Even if you don’t have a Majestic subscription, this unofficial plugin grants you access to a lot of data, and doesn’t seem to be subject to the same restrictions that the web interface has if you’re not logged in.