We all have our favourite Google Chrome extensions and add-ons, whether they be add-blockers, spellcheckers or password vaults. Extensions have become a staple for many chrome users and can really enhance your experience.
But of course, I’m not here to talk about the best extensions to use if you want an old school paperclip assistant or to make all Wikipedia entries about Nicolas Cage…I’m here to tell you the best Chrome Extensions for SEO.
Ayima Redirect Path
Ayima redirect path is a fantastic tool to quickly view and analyse any response codes generated when a page loads.
This simple yet effective tool can help you identify any redirect paths that may be slowing down your load speed or any 302 redirects that could be updated to 301’s. Additionally, you can click each result to expand for more information served within the page’s header.
What runs gives you a simple breakdown of everything that powers the website you inspect. It will list the CMS used, any analytics & tracking used, web server, CDN, web framework and more.
This can be incredibly useful when you’re trying to undertake a top-level audit of a website or seeing if your client has specific software installed without needing to contact the client.
Additionally, you can follow websites which will, in turn, give you notifications when any new technology is integrated with that website, keeping you in the loop.
SEO Minion is a fantastic extension that gives you multiple features that can give you insights into a websites performance.
The features include analysing on-page SEO, highlighting all links on a page, checking a page for broken links and a Hreflang checker – and those are just the on-page features.
Where SEO Minion really comes into its own and earns its spot on this list, are the features that allow to run a SERP Preview and Google Search Location Simulator. The SERP Preview allows you to enter your search query, create your meta title and description and view how your result would look in the current SERP results.
The Google Search Location Simulator lets you check search rankings for your chosen keyword across multiple locations, giving you quick and easy access to view the differences in SERPs across different countries.
Lighthouse is a chrome extension created and released by Google. This is probably one of the more popular extensions on this list that most people may have already heard of.
Lighthouse runs and generates a report based on the website you’re currently on. The report includes the following;
Performance: This feeds back mainly on metrics relating to your website speed, offering you opportunities and recommendations on how to speed this up.
Accessibility: This is pretty self-explanatory. Checking the accessibility of your website and feeding back on how you can improve this for your users.
SEO: Auditing all SEO best practices, this section of the audit will let you know of any opportunities you’re missing out on that could help improve your SEO.
PWA: This section of the report is possibly the least important for most users. It checks the validity of the aspects on your website that make a PWA.
Overall, Lighthouse can be a great extension to use if you’re wanting to get a quick audit of a website, however, I would advise taking some of the results with a small pinch of salt.
Chrome Extensions for SEO
So there we have it, a list of my top chrome extensions for SEO. There are countless extensions out there that offer you some support with SEO, which can all be found in the chrome web store.
There are undoubtedly some fantastic extensions out there that I have not yet come across, all of which I’d love to hear about if you have any recommendations. But the list above are my go-to SEO extensions that help make my life a lot easier.