If you aren’t already using it, you should really download the Chrome web browser by Google – it works faster than you can think, seriously. One of the best features of the browser is the huge amount of additional apps available to make your Internet experience more enjoyable, stream-lined, or efficient. SEO is one area which benefits immensely from the vast array of apps. Finding the right app for you might take some time; so just try out a few and see which one offers the right level of functionality in a style that works for you.
I’ve been road testing a few of these in the past week, here are three of the best with the most varied features – you should really check them out!
One of the most powerful apps; this may just get you so wrapped up in the SEO stats that you stop seeing the anymore. This handy little desktop SEO guru will dish out information about any website, such as Page Rank, Alexa Rank, KeyWord Density, Delicious Index and Social Media Sharing Stats.
My favourite feature was the way it transforms your regular Google searches into an SEO goldmine. Get ready to dance around like a happy prospector.
Apparently, the i stands for intelligent, and I believe them! This handy little gadget will sit quietly in your add-on bar until the time comes to unleash its power. It has fewer features than SEO Quake, but don’t let that fool you, it’s still perfect for Keyword competition analysis and checking up on your (and your competitors’) rank.
It also shows you the usual vital information such as page rank, and offers a chart of web traffic for pages ranked under 100,000 on Alexa.
I did find it a little buggy, but I’m sure I could squeeze more productivity out of it if I spent some more time using it.
SEO for Chrome
This one is from SEOMoz, and is compatible with Chrome and Firefox. It allows you to create custom searches based on search engines and regions, which is particularly useful when thinking about local search and personalised search. Some aspects of the app never managed to load for me, but that could be more to do with my Internet speed and lack of patience.
What’s great about this app is the keyword analysis beta test, although you can’t expect immense results (its still testing, after all) the keyword analysis tools are immensely valuable to website owners, so it’s worth checking in every now and then to see how much it has improved.
So there you have it, just a sample of the SEO Chrome apps available.