Ask any search engine optimizer, and they will tell you how much they are obsessed with SEO plugins. SEO plugins/extensions are inevitable when you need advanced features, historical features, increased limits, or online support. In fact, online marketers are so curious about which plugins do the authoritative names in the SEO industry use, that they eagerly look forward to their posts and other updates to know about the plugins of their choice.
To help the SEO’s in determining the best plugins, which could prove to be time and cost effective, we’ve reached out 101+ of the best Internet marketing minds around the world and asked them one single question, “Which are those 3 SEO Browser Plugins/Extensions you simply can’t work without?”
We’ve collected and made a compilation of the hundred common plugins based on their given feedback. This will prove to be a comprehensive list and guide for SEO plugins.
Below data here shows the top 3 plugins/extensions in our list and how much they are popular with various SEO experts.
Here are my 3:
MultiLinks by GrizzlyApe: This tool is such a time-saver! It’s a browser extension that lets you select a section of a webpage and will then either open each link in that section, or copy them to the Clipboard so you can easily paste URL and anchor text information into an Excel spreadsheet. It’s a key part of my link prospecting efforts.
PageSpeed Insights: This plugin (which requires you to be running Firebug) returns suggestions for items on an individual page or pages to increase page load time. Notnofollow only is it a great diagnostic tool, but the explanations about what’s happening are detailed enough to provide right to the dev team for them to get working on.
I know you are looking for 3 browser extensions/plugins that I can’t live without, but I only need 1. The main extension I use from a marketing perspective is Moz. It tells me all about a website, and within seconds I can get enough information about the site to figure out what they are doing right or wrong.
My favorite part about the extension is how it can highlight nofllowed and followed links. When you are link building this is important because you don’t want to waste your time hitting up sites that will only link to you using a nofollow link.
Awesome Screenshot: Capture & Annotate is brilliant for capturing screen shots of web pages. Unlike many others, it works great for long-copy pages too.
Boomerang for Gmail helps you by adding a few buttons to the Gmail interface. The most useful of these says, in effect, “Notify me if I don’t hear back within N days.” So, whenever you send an email, you can tell Boomerang to notify you if the person doesn’t reply within a certain time frame.
Our consultants use Diigo to share bookmarks with each other. To be good at conversion rate optimization, you need a vast knowledge of effective techniques, so we’re always bookmarking good examples. Every few days we receive an email from Diigo summarizing what we’ve all bookmarked.
Ghostery tells you which tracking, testing and analytics tools are being used on a website. It’s useful to know if your competitors and role models are testing the effectiveness of their website.
Evernote Web Clipper allows you to save things you see on the web into your Evernote account. Our consultants share loads of content using Evernote. It also uses optical character recognition, so your swipes are searchable.
Jing is great for sharing screenshots and video captures with developers. It captures the content, allows you to annotate it, uploads it to a server, and then gives you a URL which you can easily paste into a Basecamp to-do. All of this is possible manually, but Jing makes it much quicker, so you end up using it much more often. Skitch has similar functionality.
Screenhero allows you to screenshare instantly with other members of your team. Each of you has a cursor, so you can easily collaborate on documents.
Here we go:
If I look at my browser, Chrome (even though I still use Firefox for certain things), I see quite many plugins and extensions installed, not all of them strictly “SEO” ones.
In that category I can cite the Mozbar, which I use all the time not just for quickly analyzing a site, but also for checking the SERPs thanks to its SERP Overlay feature, which allows you to create as many profiles you may need. For someone like me doing a lot of International SEO, that’s surely helpful.
Others I use are the YSlow and the HTTP Headers extensions.
A fourth, but it is not just for SEO, is the Buffer extension, which is synched with my Followerwonk account.
Most of the plug-ins I used to use were primarily SEO rank check toolbars and link analytics like pagerank and nofollow, etc. Over the last few years SEO rankings have become much more fluid and personalized, and link building tactics have evolved considerably to the point now where I no longer use the browser plug-in SEO tools. The Toolbars/Plug-ins that I use these days are more for diagnosing technical issues with the website, like Firebug and HttpFox to figure out what’s causing a page to load so slowly, or Proxy Selector to get through firewalls, etc.
My top plugins would probably be:
Ayima redirect checker – this is awesome for showing HTTP response codes quickly and showing chains of redirects. Really useful for quickly spotting problems whilst browsing websites.
Web developer toolbar – this is great for doing technical audits because I can easily turn CSS / JS on and off, disable cookies, view image attributes, it’s just really versatile and lets me find problems easily.
Majestic SEO plugin – I love how quick the Majestic SEO plugin is. Within a few seconds I can get a snapshot of the links pointing at the page I’m on as well as metrics for the root domain.
I technically am not really an SEO (my day job is to write code and write content) so I don’t use any of the common search plugins. But, if I WERE to use one, I’d use the Moz toolbar.
our SEO toolbar https://tools.seobook.com/seo-toolbar/ & rank checker https://tools.seobook.com/firefox/rank-checker/
a password utility like https://agilebits.com/onepassword or https://www.roboform.com/
In all honesty, I only use one browser plugin, and I can’t live without it: Roboform. It makes my days much more efficient by storing all my passwords securely, and automatically filling them in when I want to login somewhere. I love it!
I prefer using the Firefox browser for speed, security and versatility.
Apps I make use of copiously are Seoquake and the UserAgent extension and iMacros for FF.
Seoquake is, of course, indispensable for any SEO who wants to learn more about a page’s or a site’s performance in the SERPs than the search engines will let on out of their own accord. This helps analyse weak spots and fortes and gauge an SEO campaign’s traction.
Switching your UserAgent is very useful in various scenarios, especially when you’re actually hammering the SERPs for a slush of data. (Of course, to that avail it’s necessary to daisywheel your IP across a slew of anonymous proxies as well.)
Finally, iMacros helps reduce the tediousness of repetitive browser based tasks. While it does sport a certain learning curve to master, it’s immensely versatile and useful.
Sure, here goes:
My favorite SEO Browser Plugins and why are:
WooRank Chrome extension: a superb plugin to quickly review technical, on-page and off-page SEO of a web page. Gives an impressive amount of details for a free extension. Love it!
Moz Bar: My team uses mozbar for evaluating sites link authority, this tool is particularly useful for link development. Although it does review and gives you a lot of additional information we use it mostly for link reviewing.
Firebug lite (chrome): a great tool for technical SEOs, allows you to review the code of a web page easily.
I primarily work in Google Chrome. My top three favorite extensions are MozBar, SEO Site Tools, and Rapportive. I’m sure everyone knows what Moz does, so I won’t go into that. SEO Site Tools allows you to see a lot of data for the page you are viewing including PageRank, Majestic SEO, SEMRush, page elements, social sharing stats, server info, and optimization suggestions. Rapportive works with Gmail to show you information about the people you are emailing including their location, job title, and social links if applicable. This can help you get a little more personal with your outreach and lead to better results.
Which are those 3 SEO Browser Plugins/Extensions you simply can’t work without?
My three favorite ones at the moment are:
I especially find useful the SERP and Page Overlay functionality for On Page and Competition Analysis, great to save time identifying the popularity of the page and domain, as well as the usage of title, meta description, robots, canonical, tags, links per page, etc.
This extension is a must to easily validate the site behaviour using different user agents and to perform Mobile SEO audits.
It’s great to check overall the SEO characteristics not only from the page but also from the website, some of the ones I find more useful are domain age, mobile visualization, IP location and the technology used on the site.
SearchStatus because it gives me an instant access to lots of tools (via right-click on the icon)
Live HTTP headers because it visualizes all the redirects and potential issues while I am browsing
Get URLs from Search Results Plugin Tool: The easiest way to extract actual URLs from Google and Bing search results
The three plugins I love are:
Ayima Redirect Path: (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/redirect-path/aomidfkchockcldhbkggjokdkkebmdll?hl=en) – Great for quickly checking status codes of any page.
Majestic SEO Backlink Analyser: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/majestic-seo-backlink-ana/pnmjaflneibolacpepklokkjnakmikmg?hl=en: Quickly check the link profile of a site without leaving the page.
Evernote: (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/evernote-web-clipper/pioclpoplcdbaefihamjohnefbikjilc?hl=en): Every day I see things that inspire me that I don’t want to lose, so Evernote helps me quickly save and categorise them so I always have design ideas or examples of great content to use in the future.
Happy to contribute!
While we have an amazingly handy in-house browser plugin that I’ve come to rely on, I do heavily rely on SEOQuake more than anything but I use it for a fairly specific main purpose, and that is verifying Toolbar PageRank. Even though I’m not a huge fan of that metric, it matters to clients so I use SEOQuake to check it. I also use it to check Whois data. Secondly, I use the Moz Toolbar when I’m in Firefox only, but that’s mainly because I try not to overload any one browser with too much.
Moz is useful for showing some metrics that are a good alternative to PageRank. The last big one I use is the Evernote plugin, which lets me add info to Evernote which is truly my favorite and most useful tool ever. Having something that makes it easy to slap a clip or a whole page into a note is awesome and I use it to clip articles that I want to read, interesting designs, etc.
Here’s my answer:
I don’t use a lot of chrome (or other browser) extensions these days, although there are 3 that I believe I can’t live without:
SEOQuake – which I heavily use in link prospecting
MozBar – same thing, but it’s also very useful for competitive content analysis
Stumbleupon extension – I use it to get more ideas for content development/promotion (even from industries not related to SEO).
I only use two SEO toolbars: SEOBook and the MozBar. I also work with the product team here at Moz to add feature improvements to the MozBar, so I’m biased.
The Chrome extensions I use that I couldn’t live without are:
Ayima’s Redirect Checker
Check My Links
Tag Assistant by Google
Linkclump (to grab lists of links from a page easily to put into Excel)
The non-SEO ones I use the most are:
Lastpass (keeps all my passwords within my browser so I don’t have to remember them)
Buffer (for social media scheduling across accounts)
My three must-have plugins are the Mozbar, Web Developer Toolbar, and BuiltWith. The Mozbar gives me all the data I need to do research on a particular page, and it separates out page characteristics, like the page title and description, which is nice for screenshots. The Web Developer Toolbar is my main go-to tool for technical issues. And the BuiltWith plugin lets me know all of the technologies a site is using.
I’m having trouble choosing three plugins for WordPress because there are a lot of useful ones out there. but I will tell you about 2 that I like to use. I really like the Yoast WordPress SEO plugin, which provides a lot of features that help make WordPress even more SEO friendly than it already is. The T3 Total Cache plugin addresses a lot of site speed and performance issues in a truly helpful manner as well. There are a lot of social sharing plugins that are worth exploring as well, and I’d definitely recommend experimenting with those to see which ones people might prefer using, so that they can make it easier for visitors to share what they discover on a site.
I use one extension and two bookmarklets regularly:
Liam Delahunty’s PageLinks bookmarklet (great for list building when doing content promotion/link building).
BuzzStream’s buzzmarker (to add contacts to our company BuzzStream account)
Here are the three extensions I can’t live without:
SEOBook SEO Toolbar: I love the “at a glance” metrics that is shows. I can instantly see the PageRank and referring domains from Majestic SEO. And with a few more clicks I can see whether the site is listed in DMOZ and check it’s whois info.
Check My Links: A must-have plugin for all broken link building fanatics out there. Faster and more accurate than all the rest.
MozBar: I love their SERP overlay feature for getting a quick and dirty look at the competition for a particular keyword.
1. Majestic SEO Backlink Analyser – quickly pull in the MajesticSEO metrics and backlinks of any page.
2. Ayima Redirect Checker – checking the path of the links on a page can be valuable. You can use it in two quick ways when link building. Firstly check whether bloggers are sneakily changing your links to pass through 302 redirects and secondly you can use it to point out potential issues on a site to a link prospect.
3. Check My Links – I like to do a little bit of broken link building within my campaigns. Sometimes I’ll fire across an email to point out the broken link and ask for it to be swapped out for one of my own, but most of the time I will use the opportunity to start the conversation.
My three would be Firebug, Web Developer, and META SEO Inspector.
Firebugis like Chrome’s Inspect Element, but I like it for the ability to highlight content around a page. Plus if you do work where you need a mock, the edit ability lets you make visual changes on the fly. Super useful when recommending page changes. I’ve been using Web Developer as long as I can remember, to kill CSS and scripts, see the real guts of the site, view responsive, and highlight elements. META SEO Inspector is cool too – toggle on a few quick details about the site, or dig deeper with shortcuts to a bunch of analysis and domain tools.
Evernote web clipper
ShareMetric – our social share count add-on for Chrome. I use this a couple times a day while reviewing client/competitor content and anything else I’m reading.
CheckMyLinks – Still my go-to for broken link detection on the page I’m viewing.