If you’re a blogger, then this post is for you. Chances are that you use Google Chrome to do quite a bit of your online work, and as that is the case, then you also have the ability to access the Google Chrome Store and all the fun apps and extensions.
There is a ton of really cool apps that you can take advantage of to help you boost your productivity, social sharing and more. Below is a list of some of the best ones I’ve managed to come across and have come to love.
Grammarly is a glorified spellchecker, but it does the trick. Like many spellcheckers, Grammarly isn’t perfect and won’t catch everything, but it’s a huge help when you need to edit something. The software behind the extension also corrects punctuation errors and confused words that may not fit the way you thought.
Feedly’s site and app is one that many use to keep up to date with content from sites they love. Using the Feedly Chrome Extension, you can easily access your Feedly profile.
On top of that, a small Feedly icon will appear in the bottom right corner of your browser that allows you to easily add a site you’re on to your feed, bookmark it in Feedly, Tweet out the page or post it to Facebook, add it to Evernote and email the page you’re browsing.
I was recently introduced to something called the Pomodoro Technique — a productivity boosting technique where you set a timer for 25 minutes and push yourself to accomplish as much as possible regarding a certain task within that timeframe. After that, you take a 5-minute break and then jump back in again for another 25 minutes.
The Simple Pomodoro extension is a quick and easy timer that you can set at the click of a button and will go off to let you know when it’s time for your break. It’s much easier to use than a kitchen timer and a lot less annoying.
Many bloggers use Buffer as a way to boost their social sharing efforts and to analyze how they are doing on social media. The Buffer Chrome Extension makes it that much easier to share content you read into the accounts connected to your Buffer account.
Many who blog like to stay up-to-date with the SEO scene, especially when searching for low competition keywords or things of that nature. Tracking a site’s Page Authority, Domain Rank, and Link Metrics can be a bit time-consuming, however, the Moz Bar makes it a bit easier.
The Moz Bar extension summarizes many defining SEO factors like the ones I mentioned above and even show those results under each page in the Google Search results.
Sitting at your computer and trying to get some work done is a great idea, but with all the distractions the web presents, staying on task is usually easier said than done.
The StayFocused extension makes it a little bit easier to do that. The extension helps you stay focused by letting you block certain sites in your browser for a certain amount of time. If you find yourself bouncing from a social media site to one of your favorite blogs and then over to YouTube to watch that funny cat video your bud just emailed you, then this is going to be a life saver. You can adjust the settings of the app to your liking and then get to work.
These are just a few of the GC extensions out there. Which ones can you not live without?