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7 Google Chrome Extensions I CAN’T Blog Without

The cool thing about blogging is that it has taken me into foreign terrain I never knew existed. I’m taking coding classes now, I’m using my photography skills in multiple different ways than before, and I’m learning how to run a profitable business online. It’s a mission to a creative vision with an endless amount of things to learn along the way. It can be vastly overwhelming, but I couldn’t do it without some help.

As a blogger, I’m often faced with countless daily decisions and tasks to help me grow my brand as well as increase my efficiency and save time.

I honestly don’t know how I could function without my toolbar of Chrome extensions. At this moment, I have 21 extensions on my Chrome toolbar. But there are a few I find myself using multiple times a day. Curious to know what some of my favorites are? Well, here you go. You’re welcome.  


1. Alexa Toolbar Extension

Yes, Alexa has a rather dismal reputation, but nevertheless, I’ve found this metric to be a pretty decent general indicator of website traffic. When you’re a blogger, you’re often solicited by companies, brands, and other bloggers who want you to guest post or collaborate. It’s not possible to work with everyone! Time is money. A quick glance at a site using this extension can quickly help me size up a website to decide whether it’s worth the time to work together. Of course there are other factors too I look at but, if a site has a significantly worse rank than my own or better yet, a super good ranking on Alexa, it tells me something. 


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2. Grammarly

I don’t know how I functioned before Grammarly. You can only depend on your own eyes to proof-read so much. I can read over the same post five times and still miss something. Grammarly is the editor by my side that helps me stay a little more polished. And the best thing: it’s free. 


3. Hootsuite

I can’t possibly run my social media campaign without my Hootsuite extension. Every time I come across an article I like, I share or schedule it for the future with this. I can’t live without that little owl on my tool bar!


4. Bitly

As a blogger, you find you need to shorten your links for various reasons. Bitly is so simple and so helpful.


5. Similar Web – Web Ranking & Insights

There are a ton of different metrics and extensions, and I have downloaded all of the highest ranking ones. But I’ve found myself routinely using the Similar Web extension the most. Not only does it give me a snap shot of a website’s analytics, but it’s quite in depth in terms of engagement. You can also grab a quick glance at top referrals and other helpful analytics. Similar Web’s statistics are slightly different than Google Analytics, but nonetheless, I find using Similar Web with Alexa to be a really strong indicator of a site or potential collaborator’s engagement, growth, and performance. 


6. Feedly

I use Feedly to keep up with other blogs, in addition to sites like Bloglovin. The Feedly extension makes it super easy to organize them all too for future reference. 


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7. One Password

I cannot possibly run a site and keep track of all the passwords I have without a password organizer. From hosting to emails to countless social media and analytics accounts, it’s impossible. I swear, One Password is my desert island necessity. Yes, you have to pay for. But, you won’t ever have to tear your hair out again looking for a password you created long ago. It has saved me countless amounts of energy and time and I can’t praise this tool enough!!!!!

This isn’t an exhaustive list, there are plenty more I use. But if got into more detail about everything I use, I’d have to charge something for that right? 🙂 But here are some popular chrome extensions for blogging that have made my life a LOT easier.

Do you have any favorite extensions you use on a daily basis? If you enjoyed this article, please give it a share or find me on Facebook or IG @ThePassportLifestyle!

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  1. August 7, 2016 at 10:08 am — Reply

    Love this list! I’ve tried Hootsuite but am now a big fan of Buffer. Sometime in the future, I might even switch to CoSchedule. Really helpful post for a new blogger like me!

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