As an SEO, we are usually checking different types of data for different URLs and pages daily. Having a toolset of different Chrome extensions helps us to get the data in less time, and in a way, helps us assimilate information faster and easier.
In this article, I will introduce you to my favorite SEO Chrome extensions that I use on a regular basis. Keep in mind that these Chrome extensions for SEO work on every browser that is based on Chromium.
For those Firefox users: I tried Firefox many times or browsers like Orion that are based on Webkit, but if you want to access any type of extension, a Chromium browser would be your best choice. I use Brave as my default browser.
I categorized the SEO Chrome extensions for you, so you can find what you want more easily and within each category, you can see the list of these extensions.
The best SEO extensions for Google Chrome
Using these extensions can definitely help increase your SEO efficiency and most importantly reduce the headache of repetitive tasks to help you make your work day run more smoothly.
- SEO’s Magic Opener
- SEO Meta in 1-Click/Detailed SEO/SEO Pro
- Link Grabber
- Check My Links
- Redirect Path
- HTTP Headers
- Robots Exclusion Checker
- Web Vitals
- CLS Visualizer
- Keyword Surfer/Keyword Everywhere
- Wappalyzer/React Developer Tools/Vue Devtools/Angular Devtools
- Hreflang Tag Checker
- AIPRM for ChatGPT
- View Rendered Source
General SEO extensions
In our daily work, we often want to check the performance report of a URL in Google Search Console, but we must open GSC, go to the performance section and apply a filter for getting the URL data. This process can be tedious and time-consuming.
That was the catalyst for me to start using Chrome extension as a way to create a more efficient process. By using SEO’s Magic Opener, with two clicks, you can open the web property performance report of the URL you are visiting. Remember to choose the right property type. If the website’s GSC account is based on domain property, use the buttons on the right side.
SEO Meta in 1-Click, Detailed SEO & SEO Pro
Another normal SEO task involves consulting the URL title, description, OG and Twitter card meta tags, canonical URL, etc. for quick, impromptu checks. In such cases, my favorite Chrome extension to use is SEO Meta in 1-Click.
This extension is amazing. You can get metadata pertaining to each URL you visit, along with data about headings, images, etc.
In addition to this extension, I use Detailed SEO, which has some more features that I didn’t find in SEO Meta in 1-Click. For example, it checks the URL “X-Robots-Tag” and it has a tab for the schemas on a page. However, it doesn’t show all of the tags in the “head” tag like SEO Meta in 1-Click.
Also, SEO Pro is one of the other famous extensions in this category and it has some interesting additional features like noticing redirects or showing the web vitals data. While the functionalities may be useful for some, I personally like to use other extensions to retrieve that information because I find they offer more insight.
The NoFollow Chrome extension can help you easily gain some insight into your page links. By default, it shows the nofollow links on a page in red, but you can customize it from the settings menu and activate the feature to show the follow links in green.
If I want to find out more about the links on a specific page, I turn on this extension and it’s like a flashlight for me. In some situations, I found that each portion of the two-word anchor text was linked separately, or a button that must not be handled with a tag is actually a link.
For the times I want to quickly check the “a” tag “href”s, I use this extension. In less than a minute, I can find duplicate links, the external link, search a link in the page links, etc.
I’ve tried many page link checkers, but none of them can quite compare to this extension. You can rely on it to find every link on the page as well as the health of that link (is it 4xx, has a redirect or any other loading errors).
Redirects and response header
The Redirect Path extension is the most reliable extension to find redirects. There are not too many extensions out there for checking URL redirects and the Redirect Path extension is the best one. Just a small word of caution: in some cases I found that when I clicked on the extension, it took several seconds for the pop-up to open.
To easily get response headers data, I use HTTP Headers. This extension displays the current tab’s HTTP request and response.
An extension like SEO Meta in 1-Click or Detailed SEO has features to help you gauge the indexability of a page. But, for this particular feature, neither of these extensions are as good as Robots Exclusion Checker.
When you open a URL, the icon of the extension changes based on the indexability of the URL – a feature which makes the extension extremely handy.
Backlink checker SEO extensions
Ahrefs, Majestic, SEOquake & Moz
Depending on the day-to-day backlink tool you use, you can choose any of the above. Each of the extensions has a number of features beyond the backlinks metrics.
For example, with Ahrefs, you can use it to change your browser user agent or check the page heading. However, I prefer to use separate tools for those tasks. Also, the Ahrefs extension adds the rank of each result in the SERP right next to it.
The HeadingsMap extension is my favorite tool for checking page headings. You can easily find out the page heading structure and also see where you may be missing a tree structure.
Also, this extension can show the page semantic HTML5 tags nicely with the heading structure combination.
Web Vitals is the official Chrome extension by Google to get the performance data about a page. When you open a page, the extension color changes based on page performance metrics. It shares the performance report of the opened page and compares it with your local data.
The CLS Visualizer helps you find the elements on the page that make cumulative shifts and it displays those elements in red.
After loading a page, by clicking on this extension, you can get different data like the number of images, the total size of those images, the total number of requests made, requests to third parties or a waterfall.
Keyword research extensions
Keyword Surfer & Keyword Everywhere
If you want to get quick insights about related search terms on a SERP, these two extensions are a great resource. Both are handy if you’re looking for quick observations about your search term in the SERPs. You can search for the term volume, its CPC, related keywords around it, etc.
Other Chrome extensions for SEO
Besides the 20 SEO Chrome extensions we have looked at up until this point, there are other extensions I think are worth mentioning that don’t necessarily fall into the above categories.
Wappalyzer, React Developer Tools, Vue Devtools & Angular devtools
Understanding website technology is one of the important parts of a website analysis. Wappalyzer is one of the famous tools that helps you uncover website technologies. Besides that, I have the React, Vue, and Angular dev tools to extract more data if the website is developed by these JS frameworks.
Each time I checked Google Trends, I would picture the search volume being displayed next to its trend line bar. Glimpse made it possible. It simply adds a search volume axis to the left side of the Google Trends bar chart.
If you optimize a website for different languages, and countries, with this extension you can check out the implementation of hreflang on the website.
It’s unlikely that at this point in time, you have not yet tested ChatGPT. As we know, the output of these AI models is based on our prompt, and writing a great prompt generates great output.
AIPRM has written many different prompts for ChatGPT and you can choose to use any of them. For example, there are prompts for writing an in-depth article, keyword research or clustering some keywords based on their intent.
It’s common in JS-powered frameworks that we see the difference between the source of the page and the DOM (consider it as a rendered source). The View Rendered Source extension highlights these differences so you can see them quickly and understand them faster.
Say hello to the rabbit hole! On my Brave navigator, I have installed more than 80 extensions and I use them in different situations. Eighty doesn’t seem excessive considering I have tested more than 400 extensions to date. It’s like a rabbit hole that you must go down in order to find out which SEO Chrome extensions work the best for you.