Looking for smarter ways to work on your website SEO?
Today, I am covering 13 free SEO Chrome extensions that can help you achieve this goal.
I have personally used all these SEO extensions and have found them super useful, and I am sure you will too.
13 Free Chrome Extensions for your SEO
MozBar is an all-in-one SEO tool created by Moz for your Google Chrome browser.
The most basic feature of the extension is to find the domain authority of the website, right then and there, without browsing away to any other website.
The free version of the extension gives you instant insights into the following 3 metrics right within the SERPs:
- page authority
- domain authority
- total backlinks
If you click on any of the SERP results (or directly visit a website), the metrics reported expand to include the following: –
- Spam Score
- Basic onpage SEO elements (like title, meta, H1/H2 etc.)
- Schema markups available
- Http status
SimilarWeb is probably the most used SEO competitor analysis tool. It helps you estimate the number of website visitors your competitors are getting, along with in-depth traffic data (including that from search), right within your Chrome browser.
For example, here is the SimilarWeb traffic details for FourWeekMba, a blog we recently interviewed.
It breaks down the traffic analysis into bounce rate, pages per visit, and visit duration.
It further tells you where the traffic is coming from — search engines, referral sources, social media, or direct traffic.
Knowing the traffic split for your competitors gives you an indication of what’s working for them and you may follow on similar lines.
3. Redirect Path
When you delete your old content or consolidate pages, the URLs change. If something goes wrong, there are status codes to indicate that.
Redirect Path flags up issues with 301, 302, 404, and 500 HTTP status codes at the click of a button. It allows you to quickly check if a redirect is broken or not.
Currently, over 150,000 digital professionals are using this free SEO Chrome extension.
4. Check My Links
Check My Links come in handy for SEO professionals and web developers.
It offers a free Chrome extension that helps you hunt for broken links, if any.
When you are building a website or editing any web page or hunting for backlinks, you need to know if all the links are perfectly fine.
Check My Links finds all the links on a web page, and highlights which ones are valid and which ones need a fix.
You can then copy all bad or broken links to your clipboard with one click.
It’s that simple!
NoFollow extension can be quite handy in quickly identifying nofollow URLs from dofollow. Otherwise, you need to go into code and check that out manually.
This can be quite useful during an analysis of links, both on your website or on a third-party website.
It highlights all the nofollow links on any given web page in red, as shown below:-
In fact, it can even detect the newly introduced nofollow tags by Google — ‘ugc’ and ‘sponsored’ attributes.
Nofollow links may not bring you as much SEO juice as the dofollow link, but it can bring you a lot of referral traffic. That’s why it’s important to keep a tab on nofollow links as well.
When you are analyzing your competitor’s site, it’s possible that you might like some of their articles.
This may make you wonder if the article did well or not.
Using the Impactana extension, you can easily see how many social signals a given article could build (termed as Buzz).
You can further measure real user engagement through comments, clicks, views, downloads, and links on that article (termed as Impact).
Here’s how the score looks like for one of the articles of Ahrefs:-
7. Meta SEO Inspector
Metadata may be invisible to normal eyes, but it can have a huge impact on your rankings.
It directly communicates and clarifies website information for search engines.
To make sure that you are fully optimized, you can use the popular SEO Chrome extension — Meta SEO Inspector.
It quickly analyzes your page or website and tells you if your meta tags are set up correctly.
Just to be clear, meta data doesn’t only refer to the usual HTML meta tags.
But it also analyzes various microformats, nofollow links, canonical attributes, and so on.
8. What’sMySERP (WMS Everywhere)
It can be quite frustrating when every time you have to leave the screen and go back to the tool to get the keyword data you need.
WMS Everywhere heard your plight. It helps you keep a tab on Related Keywords & People Also Searched terms .
So when you search for anything on Google, it will provide keyword metrics like search volume, cost-per-click, and a collection of related keywords.
Well, the good news is that it is completely free, and you can conduct unlimited keyword research. No restrictions!
Aren’t we all a little obsessed to know on which position our web page is ranking?
You can now easily find it out by using Fatrank. You simply have to click the Fatrank icon, type in your keyword/phrase, and it will tell you where your web page ranks in Google.
It can also be quite useful when you are analyzing your competitors’ rank position.
10. Page load time
If your visitors can’t load a page quickly, they will leave.
Page load time offers a free Chrome extension that lets you measure the loading time of a particular web page. The result is displayed in the toolbar.
You can even break down this metric by events to get deeper insights.
Use these data to speed up your website’s loading time.
Pricing: Free Downloads: 3000+ Rating: 5/5
It is better to know SEO and HTML issues of the web page on the page itself, isn’t it?
That’s what the SEOInfo extension does. This extension reports errors of the web page in one click.
It saves you a lot of time that you can use in other activities.
It also shows performance data and AMP status of the web page.
Pricing: Free Downloads: 400,000+ Rating: 5/5
If you want to reach out to maximum people but with minimum efforts, then you need to form relationships with leaders of the industry.
For example, if a website with traffic of 100k+ users/month accepts your guest post and links back to your website, then you can very well imagine the benefits that it will have for you.
But before that you need to contact them.
And that’s where Hunter helps you.
It helps you find email addresses of a website in one click. You can reach out to them in minimum possible time.
In the free plan, you get 50 credits per month.
13. SEO Search Simulator by Nightwatch
Pricing: Free Downloads: 10,000+ Rating: 5/5
SEO Search Simulator helps you know how a website is performing on Google.
You can know the rank of your website or your competitors’ in SERPs for a particular ‘keyword+location’ combination.
Not only it will tell you about ranks, but also saves the search query that you did to know your rank.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
#1. What is an extension on Chrome?
Extensions are software programs that enhance the browsing experience. It helps users to use Chrome functionality as per their individual needs and preferences. Extensions are distributed through the Chrome Developer Dashboard and published to the Chrome Web Store.
#2. How do I temporarily disable Chrome extensions?
Click the icon “≡” at the top right corner of the browser window. Then click on ‘More Tools’. After that, click on ‘Extensions’.
Once you reach extensions, you need to uncheck the extension which you want to disable.
#3. How do I permanently remove extensions from Chrome?
Click the icon “≡” at the top right corner of the browser window. Then click on ‘More Tools’. After that click on ‘Extensions’.
Once you reach extensions, you need to click on the ‘Remove’ button of the extension that you want to remove.
#4. Can you have Chrome extensions on mobile?
Android mobile users can have chrome extensions on mobile.
#5. What is the difference between a Chrome app and extension?
A Chrome extension is used to enhance the functionality of Chrome whereas a Chrome app runs within the browser having an independent user interface.
#6. Can you get a virus from a Chrome extension?
Yes, your computer can get a virus from a Chrome extension. Google claims that they do a thorough scan of all the extensions but still millions of Google users get infected.
#7. Can Chrome extensions steal data?
Yes, Chrome extensions can steal data or invade a user’s privacy. Therefore, go for reputed and highly rated extensions only.
This is an exhaustive list of free SEO Chrome extensions that we use daily for our website.
Whether you are a beginner or an expert, these Google Chrome extensions will serve lot of your SEO needs.
If you want to suggest more of such extensions to this list, don’t forget to comment below. Just make sure that they are free or offer a freemium plan.