Since 43% of the World is now using Google Chrome, I guess it’s safe to assume that at least that share of Blogger Babes readers use this web browser too. There must be good reasons why almost half of the world population has made this choice, and if you are not already using the browser, you’ll definitely reconsider your decision after you try the next six awesome Chrome extensions for bloggers.
Cool and practical extensions that allow you to customize your search experience are only part of what’s great about Chrome. It’s fast, simple, and you can sync everything across all your devices. Before you visit a suspicious site of phishing or malware safe browsing features will notify you, and if you want to surf privately there’s an incognito window you can use. Here are few of my favorite Google Chrome extensions that will save you lots of time and make you more productive when blogging:
Ginger’s Spell and Grammar Checker
We all have a spell checker on our computer, but do we have a grammar checker also? Probably not. I know I didn’t, before I installed Ginger. This Chrome extension corrects your contextual grammar mistakes as well as provides accurate spelling suggestions when you tweet, when you share a link and comment on Facebook, write in Gmail, blog in WordPress and other platforms. The proofreader can fix over 30 types of grammar errors, including slang, commonly confused words like then and than, or homonyms like you’re and your. It’s free, and you can download it here.
Rizzoma Research Sidebar
You know how when you research your topic online and want to take a note of a site, image, text line, or just write down your thoughts, you want to do it faster and easier, not click in and out of a Word or Google document all the time. Here’s your time (and nerves) saver, – the Rizzoma sidebar that goes wherever you go so you can easily capture what matters to you. You can click all over the web as you do your research and your notes will be open on the side for when you’ll need them.
Bitly – Save and Share Your Links
These days there’s always something to read or see on the Internet, a news article, funny video, interesting blog post, something to later share on your social accounts. You can use bookmarks to organize these links, but the Chrome extension Bit.ly is much more practical. Whenever you find something online you want to save or share, just click the extension and you can keep it right from your web browser. You can create link archives, add reminder notes, and have public or private Bitmarks. Click here to download it.
Evernote Web Clipper
While still on the research-handy add-ons, if you are not using Evernote Web Clipper, you are really missing out. With this extension you can save absolutely everything, – a simple web link, an image or some interesting paragraph from a website, a PDF file, an email (with attachments) – and you can tag your notes and search your directory for all your read-it-later posts, videos, photos, and notes-to-self. Here’s the link to this great Chrome extension for bloggers.
TinEye Reverse Image Search
There are plenty online resources you can use to search for blog images, but not many that work in a reverse principle as TinEye. Once you download the extension to your browser you can easily search for copies of images online, meaning you can find copies with higher resolution or find an image that’s free to use on your own blog. Whenever you see a photo that you like but can’t use because it’s copyright protected click the add-on to find matching images that are available. You can get it here.
WordPress Blog Stats
Following your blog’s statistics is very important as it is a way for you to deliver what your readers want and expect. With the WordPress Blog Stats Google Chrome extension you can check your page views, most read posts and referrers in no time, with just a click and without leaving the website you were on at the time. This practical extension uses your WordPress account and Akismet API key to give you access to this data. The link for download is here.
Bonus add-on for passionate Facebook users – Social Fixer for Facebook:
If Facebook is among the primary social channels you use to promote your blog, you should definitely try Social Fixer for Facebook. This awesome extension fixes the noise all over the website and adds new features and functionalities enhancing the whole experience and making it easier to use. Once you log in on Facebook from a Chrome browser you get access to enhanced navigation, tabbed feeds, advanced filters, quick links to groups and event pages, and full-size blow-ups when you hoover over thumbnails; you can hide read posts, track new comments, monitor groups and friend profiles, and follow unfriend activity. A customized Facebook experience just as you need it. And here’s the link.
These Google Chrome extensions will make lots of your daily blogging tasks easier and less time-consuming, which leaves you more free time to spend on writing and blog promotion. Try some of them and let us know what you think, or if you are already using them share your experience so far.