Your browser links together your entire digital experience. Let’s assume it’s Google’s. You may be using Chrome on your smartphone as well as on desktop. If you are logged in it saves and syncs your data and gets to know you better.
There are some pretty awesome extensions you can add to your Google browser to ease your job as a blogger, and if you want to give a boost to your daily social interactions, consider the following four:
Pin It Button
The Pin It Button is a Chrome extension that lets you quickly and easily pin absolutely any image you find online directly to your Pinterest page. If you find something you can’t read at the moment, you can create a secret board and save those posts for reading later.
Seeing the button in the upper right corner also reminds you to post and share your own blog content on this sometimes underrated social site and marketing platform. If you are just starting with Pinterest, make sure to read our all-in-one guide for bloggers, and check the tools that can help you grow your presence on the site.
HootSuite Hootlet, or Buffer
Both are great free extensions that let you organize and manage your social media efforts right from your Google browser. It just depends whether you are a Hootsuite user, or a Buffer user (check these productivity tools).
HootSuite Hootlet lets you quickly search social media alongside Google which is a great addition to your research capabilities. You can easily share online content with just a click without leaving your current window, automatically shorten the links, and schedule posts to be published in the future. Buffer’s content scheduling functionality may be even better than Hootsuite’s. It also tracks your results and analyzes everything you share. But it’s up to you to choose what suits your needs the most.
Google+ can be sometimes confusing for bloggers and business owners; they don’t understand how to use the network for their promotion. If you are somewhat confounded by the social site, click the link for tips to improve your current engagement. The latest trends in social media say Google Plus is here to stay, so start building a following.
CircleCount.com is an amazing Chrome extension that gives you information on any blog post you are reading – it’s history, how the content was spread through the network, who has interacted with the piece. With this analytical tool you can closely monitor the published content from your blog, and easily interact with the people who’ve read and shared your posts to deepen your relationships. If you are on Google+, this is the extension you need in your browser all the time.
RiteTag Twitter Hashtags Grader
RiteTag is a must-have browser extension for bloggers growing following on Twitter. The tool analyzes and grades your hashtags and then marks them with color based on their overall use. In most cases you want to go for the green ones, as the red hashtags are overused on the social site and the chances are your tweets won’t reach many of the people you target. The blue hashtags are less competitive, but there are fewer users who look for them either, so your reach is again limited.
You can run a hushtag audit on yours or any other Twitter page to learn how others are using strong hashtags. And RiteTag will also monitor the performance of all your pages tweeted via the tool for you to analyze the top-performing ones.
I’m sure I’ve missed some of your most favorite Google Chrome extensions. Let us know which they are in the comments.