SEO can be very time consuming & cumbersome, especially when you want to check things, or you’re doing an audit — and even more so when it gets a little tech-heavy for making sure all the tags are in place, the data layer looks good, etc. Personally, I like to go to the source code now and then to validate things, but a lot of the times, when time is of the essence, chrome extensions for SEO can quickly give you the answers you’re looking for. Plus, you always want to verify whether your analysis is right, so it comes in handy for that purpose as well.
To that end, I am going to cover 4 Chrome extensions that anyone can use to save time, and further verify things.
Extension 1: SEO META in 1 CLICK
I use this quite regularly, for my site, and also professionally at work. This extension will give you tons of basic fundamental information right away so you can quickly identify if everything was correctly executed.
See below for the breakdown:
- Summary Tab: Gives you information about the title tag, meta description, robots tag, canonicals, lang attribute, publisher link tag, etc., and at the end, count of headers, images, and links. You can continue to scroll down for more details.
- Headers Tab: As the name suggests, here you can see what all the headers are. That is, what is the h1, h2, etc.
- Images Tab: This will give you information about the image URL, and whether or not they have an alt and title text.
- Links Tab: Gives you details about the links. I don’t really use this one as much, but you may want to check it out!
- Social Tab: Sheds light on what your open-graph tags are, and more.
- Tools Tab: This tab pretty much links out to all the other tools and websites you might want to use (outside of themselves). The list is pretty well-thought-out!
The best use case, in my opinion, for this tool, is to audit what is expected when you make updates to the pages, or when you’re QA-ing a new page that was just created. Another similar use case is to quickly audit competitor pages.
Extension 2: Web Developer
This extension is not explicitly reserved for SEO, but it provides tons of information for QA-ing things from the front side. Some of the use cases can be:
- To display links on your page. If there are any rel attributes, those will show up too.
- Display image alt-tags.
- Viewing response headers, displaying anchor texts, DIVs, Id & class details, even displaying duplicate Ids (because that’s probably not a good practice).
- You can view all the color information. Doing so will open a new window with the hex code for visible colors on a page.
- You can easily view Cookie Information, all the meta tags.
- View Document outline from the perspective of headers. (see screenshot below for options).
- Invoking a page ruler to capture the dimensions of a DIV, section, image, etc.
Seriously, the possibilities with this tool are endless! It’s probably the single most extension you’d end up using. It is made for SEOs, Coders, Front-end Engineers, Designers, etc.
Extension 3: Redirect Path
This extension can instantly flag all the HTTP response headers generated by a URL, including redirects. What’s even more amazing is that it saves each redirect in a card format, so that you can open it up to view even more details.
And trust me, it’s accurate! I have verified that using Chrome’s Network tab. For users who are less technical savvy, but know a little about redirects & SEO, and HTTP header response codes, this extension will come in handy!
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Extension 4: Google Tag Assistant
Famously known for QA-ing whether GA analytics is firing correctly, and verifying if GTM is installed properly in the first place, the tag assistant serves for more purposes than just those two.
The power of this tool also comes from recordings. Not only can you use this for cross domains, but also for your own domain. The best use case I can think of in my head is to leverage this for QA-ing tags, triggers, events, etc., from an ideal start URL — to your final URL.
You see, individually, this tool works on a page by page basis. But if you’re really concerned about the flow from a specific path, recordings are your best friends! If the recordings are enabled, you can see all the interactions, events, tags, etc. that were fired or not fired — on all the pages that were loaded & interacted with, and diagnose accordingly.
Another use case here is to verify if an IP address is blocked or not because in GA, the filter won’t let you validate that. You can learn more about doing so in my previously written post here, but to realize how robust this tool can be, I’d urge you guys to check out this post here. I am still a little new at this, but these guys do a fantastic job of going over the details.
There are indeed tons of articles that discuss a lot of the extensions that can come in handy for your SEO needs. This post aims to do the same, but keep it agnostic of any specific tool (notwithstanding the Google Tag Assistant), and keep it short when it comes to chrome extensions for SEO.