Why Chrome Extensions Are A Must

Growth Hacking is all about the mindset and the process behind how you do things. Being a growth hacker isn’t an easy duty, whether you’re trying to find your startup’s traction channels, optimizing your B2B funnel, your eCommerce store or even if you’re just outreaching for guest blogging opportunities and organizing a webinar.

I can’t even imagine what my daily routine would be like without any tool or chrome extension. Since my colleagues always make fun of me about this addiction of mine and I’ve already covered the tools I use in a previous article, I thought that it would be great to lay down a list of all the chrome extensions I use – almost on a daily basis, in order to unlock growth.

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So in this post, you’ll get to know chrome extensions for:

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Analytics

  1. Block Yourself From Analytics
    This chrome extension is extremely useful.This ensures that you don’t mess up your analytics’ data every time you decide to get back to your landing page to see if everything works as it’s supposed to do – or just to check again that amazing modal you developed.
  2. Page Analytics (by Google)
    Want to have a peek on how users interact with your website? The Page Analytics Chrome Extension permits you to see what they click and what they don’t. Use that information to optimize your website design, improve UX, and increase your conversions. Get the Pageviews, Unique Pageviews, Avg time on page, Bounce Rate, Exit Rate and Number of active visitors, in real-time
    You can use the Google Analytics date comparison and segmentation tools directly in the extension. You can use this chrome extension for every page you’re already tracking on Google Analytics.

Content Creation

  1. Grammarly
    Now you can write clearly and with certainty on WordPress, Gmail, and nearly anywhere else on the Web- including social media. With this Chrome extension, you can always be confident that your writing is fluent, avoiding embarrassing moments (like comments trolling the hell out of your authorship- people are mean).
    The #chromeextensions For #ContentMarketing that could save your life
  2. Search in a Giphy
    Who doesn’t love GIFs? Typically, they’re funny and give the opportunity to express more by saying less. More importantly, people adore to share them. So, why not include some pretty accurate GIFs in your blog posts? This chrome extension brings the power of GIF search in your hands.
  3. Share As Image Extension
    With The Share As Image Chrome extension, you can either highlight a text from anywhere on the web and run it in an image or just work the other way. Right-click any image on the web and add a text of your choice.
    #ChromeExtensions ROCK!
    The #chromeextensions For #ContentMarketing that could save your life
  4. Nimbus Screenshot
    I often include screenshots in my posts as proof that something works- or goes totally wrong. Whatever the case having a chrome extension like Nimbus Screenshot is handy. Instead of ‘prt sc’ and then editing, Nimbus gives you the option to capture selected parts of a web page or capture the whole thing (in an unfolded style.) It also works in LocalHost mode -”Sorry Awesome Screenshot”!
  5. StumbleUpon
    Aw StumbleUpon! I love you. And probably you should love it too. This chrome extension helps me find content I’m really interested in, thus makes me write better content. The cool thing is that it learns what you like and as the time passes, results get even better. An absolute must for creating and curating content.

Growth Engineering

  1. BuildWith
    I’m not a developer. That doesn’t mean I won’t have a word on the technologies we use on our landing pages. If I see something great, I want it for myself and in order to get it, I should be able to describe it to a developer. That’s where this chrome extension comes in. By just hitting the extension button, you get access to the technology any website uses, front and back end.
    The #chromeextensions For #growthhacking that could save your life
  2. CSSViewer
    Being a growth hacker means being quick. I can’t afford to use resources just for an experiment’s landing page. I have to build it on my own. CSSViewer gives me what I want- The way to build a “subscribe” button, exactly as the one from a high converting landing page; Effortless and quick.
    The #chromeextensions For #growthhacking that could save your life
  3. Window Resizer
    Have you heard the saying: “Go mobile or go home”? Well, this chrome extension will keep you out of ‘home’. You can test how your websites or landing pages look like in different browser and screen resolutions, from desktop to mobile and tablet.
  4. UnCache
    The UnCache chrome extension does exactly what its name claims. It cleans up your browser’s cache by just clicking a button. If you’re constantly updating a landing page and ask your colleagues to give it a look, using the UnCache chrome extension ensures that they view the newest version of what you’re building. Note: it clears only the cache considering the specific domain.
  5. User-Agent Switcher for Chrome
    I’ve previously mentioned that cross-browser testing your websites can really save you. Although this chrome extension doesn’t perform as a web app equivalent,  it can give you an insight on how your page looks like on other browsers. From there you can go deeper.
  6. EditThisCookie
    Cookies are an essential part of developing. Deleting, editing or adding them is an everyday task for a web developer. Like UnCache, EditThisCookie chrome extension allows you to do your thing with any cookie on a particular web page.
  7. Form Filler
    Want to test your forms quickly and easily? This chrome extension will help you with this. From text boxes, text areas, radio buttons to dropdowns etc. Form Filler will fill them with random/dummy data.
  8. Colorzilla
    With ColorZilla you can get a color by just clicking any point in your browser, easily adjust this color and paste it into another program. I use it a lot when I’m building a landing page that must match the GrowthRocks’ original style.
    The #chromeextensions For #growthhacking that could save your life

Emails

  1. Sidekick
    Hubspot is huge and continues to give one of the best free tools you can find around. Using Sidekick, allows you to see a person’s title, company, social profiles, but more importantly your recent conversations with them, including if they opened/clicked that awesome pitching email you’ve sent to them.
  2. Rapportive
    Want to know everything for the person you’re emailing? Rapportive is kind of a social CRM, as it replaces google ads with useful info about your contacts. You can see their tweets and even connect with them on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter. Sweet!
  3. Boomerang for Gmail
    This chrome extension allows you to arrange emails to automatically send in the future, so you can put together an email now send it tomorrow, the day after tomorrow or next week while you’ll be drinking your cocktail with your pals, without even needing to be online.

Productivity Boost

  1. StayFocusd
    I used to be a social media addict. I was so addicted that I got sick of myself. That’s when I found StayFocusd, and my daily routine got 110% better. All you have to do is to tell the chrome extension to block certain websites for particularly days and hours in the week. The best part is that in order to cancel the scheduled blocking, you have to do it one day before or after the action. So, cheating yourself won’t work with this one.
  2. Marinara: Pomodoro Timer
    I find the Pomodoro technique the best time management method out there. Simple, yet powerful. This chrome extension is a simple timer based on Pomodoro. Note: I choose the basic 25’ mode and it works like a charm. It’s lifesaving even if it doesn’t seem so.
  3. RescueTime
    RescueTime keeps track of how much time you spend in the active tab or window of Chrome. This provides you a clear picture of what you were really doing all day, to manage your digital life more effectively. It also reports you your productivity status. That way you’re never going to ask yourself again where you’ve spent your entire day.
  4. Toggl
    Whether you’re a Project Manager or just working on tasks, it’s good to now how much time it takes for something to be done. That kind of data is needed when you have to plan your work schedule, and luckily for all of us, the Toggl chrome extension integrates with most of the Project Management tools out there.
  5. ExtensionManager(Switcher)
    Chrome extensions are useful, addictive and also hurt your browser’s speed. That’s a fact. The irony is that there’s another chrome extension in order to manage the extension madness. Something like The Punisher. By using ExtensionManager you can switch on/off selected extensions and also delete what’s unnecessary.
  6. OneTab
    Another thing that my colleagues made fun of me was the enormous amount of tabs I always got to my chrome. Thanks to OneTab that belongs to the sad past. The only thing annoying me with this chrome extension is that when activated, it stores all tabs. I’d prefer to choose the one’s that I want to be stored- but, life’s unfair after all.
    The #chromeextensions For #productivity that could save your life

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SEO

  1. MOZbar
    I like MOZ. It’s powerful. But I like Rand Fishkin even more. Dude knows how to give a great speech. And they also give a great chrome extension for free. With MOZbar you can access important SEO metrics as you browse the web, create custom searches, see ranking difficulty for any keyword, view social metrics, and a ton of other stuff for SEO freaks.
    The #chromeextensions For #seo that could save your life
  2. Majestic Backlink Analyzer
    This sexy backlink examiner from Majestic gives you a fast way to see the power of any web page based on its backlink database. Majestic crawls the whole web, so it doesn’t depend on any third party app for the data. See the Trust Flow™ or Citation Flow™ score for any page and also information about the number of domains and URLs linking to it.
    The #chromeextensions For #seo that could save your life
  3. Open SEO stats
    An amazing SEO chrome extension to access the Google PageRank, Alexa Rank, Compete Rank and Quantcast Rank of any given web page, plus gives information on backlinks, indexed pages, cached pages, socials, Whois, Geo IP location etc.
  4. Check My Links
    Whether you’re doing SEO checks or you’re just laying a new article, you can use Check My Links to find all the links on the given page and check all of them for you.After the check, it highlights the valid and the broken. Piece of cake.

Scraping The Web

  1. FindThatLead
    This is a personal favorite! You can see exactly how I use it, in my guest blogging guide (don’t forget to grab the Free Trello Template. All in all, you can use FindThatLead to get the work emails for anyone just by knowing his name and the company that he/she works for. Ain’t that brilliant?
    The #chromeextensions For #growthhacking that could save your life
  2. Email Auto Extractor
    This chrome extension is really simple. It just crawls any page given and gathers all the email addresses contained. Simple and cool.
    NOTE: It doesn’t work with AJAX pages yet.

Social Media

  1. Buffer
    Buffer needs no introduction. You can add and schedule original or curated content. The chrome extension does exactly the same job but with the press of a button. Just add your social accounts to Buffer App and you’re ready to go.
    The #chromeextensions For #socialmedia that could save your life
  2. Snip.ly
    I use snip.ly to drive traffic to our website when I’m posting curated content. When you use snip.ly on any link, it automatically adds to the page a Call To Action of your choice. Recently there was an integration between it and buffer, so when I add an article to buffer, it also gets my custom CTA. I’m grateful for that.
    The #chromeextensions For #socialmedia that could save your life
  3. RiteTag
    Hashtags are the way to disrupt a trend. But knowing what’s the right one to use can be a pain in the a**. The RiteTag chrome extension changed my social sharing as it demonstrates statistics like retweets, click-through-rates, avg. Impressions and other cool stuff.
  4. Professor Traffic
    Until I found Professor Traffic I was tagging my links using a spreadsheet. Tagging links, help you track your social campaigns in Google Analytics. Don’t ever post a link from a campaign of yours without tagging it first. The only con I saw in this chrome extension, is the lack of saving the links for a future use. No hard feelings, though.
  5. Riffle
    Riffle by CrowdRiff gives you an insight of a user’s behavior on Twitter. What and when they share the most. This could be used as a conversation starter, thus starting a business relationship with them. Also, this simple yet powerful dashboard allows you to see what makes particular accounts so popular; and reverse engineer them.

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Conclusion

Well, after installing all these chrome extensions, your browser might look like a hell pit. The good news is that your productivity will probably skyrocket. I’d love to see your feedback and recommendations in the comment section below. In case I see something worth mentioning and after giving it a try, I swear to the cow I’ll update my post immediately.

Till next time,
Cheers!

 

Apostle is a pure-blood Marketer. His job is to find a way when ostensibly there is none. Planning and executing A/B Tests, Email & Content Marketing along with alternative marketing techniques based on human psychology, all for the sake of customer success.

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