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5 Chrome plugins that will save you time every day


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Being an SEO has its ups and its downs (get it??). One of said "downs" is that I often don't have enough time in the day to accomplish everything I need to accomplish. We're in constant pursuit of ways to save ourselves a few minutes here and there. A few Google Chrome plugins -- some related to marketing, some not -- grant me a few extra minutes and allow me to get more done every day.

Without further adieu, here are my favorite time-saving Google Chrome plugins that I use pretty much every day.

1. Bitly
Bitly allows me to shorten URLs instantaneously by clicking a button. This is useful when I'm scheduling Tweets, sending emails, pasting links into documents, and about 20 other instances throughout my day. This is a must-have.


2. SEO Site Tools
SEO Site Tools gives me an instant snapshot of the SEO value of a webpage from all of the heavy-hitters -- Google, Bing, Yahoo!, SEOMoz, Quantcast, Majestic SEO, DMOZ, and the list goes on. You can compare the data provided by each one and decide which is the most accurate. You can also see numbers like backlinks and indexed pages, as well as meta data and H1 tags for a webpage.

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3. Awesome Screenshot: Capture & Annotate
Awesome Screenshot: Capture & Annotate allows me to take a screenshot of either an entire webpage or just the visible part of a webpage, and annotate/edit the screenshot within my browser. No need to open up an editing program to add text, arrows or markup to your screenshots. Just click the Capture & Annotate button and edit it all in two minutes max without opening another program.

4. BuiltWith
BuiltWith is a quick way to figure out what CMS a site was built on, detailed server information, which analytics/statistics programs they have installed, and a plethora of other useful site technology information -- all with a click of one button.

5. Check My Links
Check My Links has a crawler that instantly checks a webpage for broken links and highlights them so you can see what you need to fix. Once the scan is complete, it highlights in green the working links and in red the broken links. I use this several times a week.


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