5 Best Google Chrome Extensions for Bloggers

If you are serious about blogging, there are a lot of tools and applications out there which tend to make your life easier as a blogger. I am going to talk about some of those tools which are available as extensions for Google Chrome and are a must have for you as a blogger (or, some of them even useful to every internet user!)

Google Chrome is a great browser and my personal favourite as it is light and fast. Offering a minimalist design and sleek interface, it is undoubtedly the best choice of many bloggers.

To further enhance your Google Chrome experience, there are a lot of add-ons available in the name of Google Chrome extensions which you can easily install from the Google Chrome Web Store and are free to use. Simply check your category of interest in the left hand section and you will have a list of all available apps in that category.

If you check out the section of extensions page for bloggers, you will notice that there are hundreds of them being offered that can help you with many of the everyday tasks you do while working on your blog. Before we move on to this list, do check out the below Google Chrome Extensions which are of a great use.

Must Have Google Chrome Extensions for Bloggers

#1. Awesome Screenshot

Awesome Screenshot Google Chrome

Awesome screenshot is an awesome tool for you as a blogger as it allows you to capture the whole page or any portion, annotate it with markings like rectangles, circles, arrows, lines and text, blur sensitive info without any hassles.

Awesome Screenshot is more like what SnagIt (many of the bloggers would already know about this tool) does as a desktop application. An added advantage is that Awesome Screenshot is absolutely free while you have to buy a licenced version for SnagIt.

This great chrome extension also has the feature to save the screen grabs to your local machine, and upload it to awesomescreenshot.com and get a shareable link in one click. [Link]

#2. TinEye Reverse Image Search

TinEye Image Search Google Chrome

If you want to find out where an image came from, how it’s used, or find higher resolution versions, TinEye is the Google Chrome extension you will need. When you add an image to the TinEye search, it uses its image identification technology to create a unique and compact digital signature or ‘fingerprint’ for that image and retrieves the matching images in the search results.

TinEye is the first image search engine which does not make the use of  without the use of keywords, metadata or watermarks. [Link]

#3. Diigo Web Highlighter

Diigo Web Highlighter

This is another must have app for the bloggers out there as Diigo allows you to annotate, bookmark and archive webpages. Using the highlight feature, you can simply select any text on a webpage and then right click on that to highlight it with the colour of your choice. Bookmarks feature allows you to bookmark webpages to read later.

The feature I liked the most in Diigo is, you can add sticky-notes to webpages which is really cool. All your webpage bookmarks, post-it notes and highlights are saved in your MyDiigo account which you can refer any time and you can access them from anywhere via iPhone, iPad and Android. [Link]

#4. RSS Feed Reader

RSS Feed Reader Chrome Extension

As a blogger, you need to stay updated on the latest happening in your niche and also, the latest techniques and tips the leaders in the industry have to offer. Having a desktop client for reading feeds of these leading blogs is a great idea but nothing matches having a light, simple and a pretty app in the form of a browser addon – RSS Feed Reader which is inspired by Firefox’s Live Bookmarks.

RSS Feed Reader chrome add-on provides you some great features like ability to easily subscribe to new feeds by clicking the browser icon, intuitively manage your feeds, customize your feeds by choosing how many posts to display, or changing the title, organize your feeds using folders and sorting with drag and drop.

As everything is contained within the browser, you do not need to install any third-party applications. [Link]

#5. SEO Status Pagerank/Alexa Toolbar

SEO Google Alexa Chrome Extension

This is a simple and light weight extension which shows the Google PageRank and Alexa rank for every website visited, right on the button itself. It provides real time information as it gathers the information directly from Google and Alexa, and does not rely on any third party site. Using this will also increase the Alexa rank for your blog / website. [Link]

Using this extension, you no longer have to go to the alexa website and the Google PageRank checker website to check your sites’ rankings.

So, this is a list of some of the useful chrome extensions which I use quite a lot to make things easier for me when I am blogging, and hope that these prove helpful for you as well.

Which one of these do you already use? Also, do let us know the Chrome extensions which make your life easy as a blogger.

Play Angry Birds Online in Google Chrome or any other Browser

Angry birds, one of the most renowned and addictive smartphone game of all times has been made available on your web browser itself and you can access it from Google Chrome or any other browser absolutely free; No Strings Attached!! [Link]

For those who do not know about Angry Birds, it is a puzzle game developed by Finland-based company Rovio, in which the player uses a slingshot to launch these Angry birds at pigs held on or within various structures, with the intent of destroying all the pigs on the playfield.

Related: Which is your Favourite Angry Bird?

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As per the update on Angry Birds Facebook fan page, it is available in Chrome Web Store and will work in Chrome browser only, but I myself have tried in Mozilla Firefox and IE where it works perfectly well. So, direct your browsers to Chrome web store link and destroy the green enemies.

I am in round 3 of the game and planning to continue after I publish this post, though I love playing it more on my iPhone 4. What about you, have you had a hands-on on this addictive game? If not, check out now.

Play Angry Birds in Chrome Browser

[How To] enable the warning message before closing multiple tabs in Google Chrome

If you are a Google Chrome fan and have been using it for a while, you must have noticed that unlike IE and Mozilla Firefox browsers, Chrome does not have the basic feature of showing a warning message when you click on the close button of your browser window with multiple tabs open.

Imagine you have been doing a research on some topic for a long time and having spent some hours into it, you accidently press the Close button of the main Chrome window instead of closing a particular tab. It may come as a nightmare as you end up losing all your work and the time you spent on it.

Also Read: Empower your email signatures with WiseStamp Extension for Chrome

There is a solution to avoid that problem. It is a very popular Google Chrome extension, called the Chrome Toolbox, developed by Google itself, which brings this very much needed missing feature to Chrome. After installing the extension, go to options and check the setting that says “Confirm before closing multiple tabs” and you are done.

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So, after you install this Google Chrome extension, whenever you hit that Close button in your browser again, you will get a prompt to confirm your action.

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Below are the options which you see on clicking the Chrome Toolbox extension button in Chrome. You can click on Options to configure the settings.

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Apart from this basic feature of giving the confirmation pop up to before closing all the browsers, this extension has many more additional features which I have listed below:

# You can Magnify any image on a web page, set it as your wallpaper, and view it in its original size

# Drag any video on a web page out of the page in its own stand-alone window

# Save and restore un-submitted form data, to avoid data loss caused by session expiration

# Put your favourite Chrome functionalities in the drop down menu

I am using this extension for quite some time now and I must say, this extension not only boosts your productivity while using Chrome, but also helps you learn a lot of browser functionalities and shortcuts that are mostly hidden.

You can direct your browsers to the below link to install Google Toolbox.

Google Toolbox Chrome extension

Empower your email signatures with WiseStamp Addon for Firefox, Chrome and Safari

If you own a blog or website, the most important thing is to promote your web presence. I, myself use various networking tools like Facebook, Twitter, FriendFeed, Digg to do that. Regardless of how much you use social media to promote your brand or to communicate with anyone, email is arguably the most direct online method of messaging someone about your website.

Now, mailing someone to visit your blog or twitter profile, by providing a link to your blog or Twitter page, won’t prove that powerful as compared to a small icon at the end of your signature which is less abrasive and serves the same purpose. Now, there is no rocket science behind having an impressive signature which promotes your brand along with links to your social presence, but, sometimes it can be very time consuming to make one.

There is one such tool which solves the purpose and using it is very easy and you can get the above requirement fulfilled using it: WiseStamp Email Signature.

WiseStamp Email Signature is a signature creator that includes many exciting and improved webmail signature features.

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Using it, you can create a custom webmail signature, complete with an image or logo. Link to your blog, website and your choice of over 48 social networks. Your signature shows up in every email you send, automatically. You need to do nothing. 🙂

This add-on is the same concept as the address labels, it’s just made for the Web. You build your signature and tack it on all your webmail accounts, like Gmail and Yahoo.

You need to simply install the add-on to your Firefox or Chrome browser to gain the functionality of a rich text editor for composing your email signature. It gives you the option to change font styles and colors, add and resize images, and add a row of icons with links to your social networking services of choice.

You can also pull in items from an blog RSS feed right into your signature, making it a great way to promote your latest blog post, Flickr photos, status updates, random quote, or pretty much anything.

This is a great tool for the bloggers as your signature can serve as another promotion tool. Emails can be a powerful method to unobtrusively promote your web presence. Social media is powerful, but you should aim to brand yourself via email also by using customized email signature.

Check out the video below for a quick walkthrough of what the Wisestamp Email Signature add on can do.

Below is a screenshot of the Signatures I made using this add on in not more than 5 mins.

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This add on is currently available for Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari Browsers.

Download Link WiseStamp Email Signature

I hope that you like this add on. What do you think about this cool add on. Do share your views with the other readers.

Top 5 essential Firefox add-ons for Gmail users

Gmail is an awesome Emailing service from Google and has a huge fan following. The Firefox add-ons make it further useful by adding some awesome functionality making your Gmail experience much better. So, if you are a Gmail user and use the Mozilla Firebox browser, you are lucky enough to add new features to your Gmail by simply installing the below listed add-ons on to your Firefox. 🙂

Most downloaded firefox addons for gmail Most popular firefox addons for gmail

We have listed some of the most popular and the maximum downloaded Firefox add-ons to make your Gmail experience a better one.

1. Gmail Manager

This is a must-have Firefox add-on for all the Gmail users. This add-on helps you in adding awesome features to your Gmail account.

Gmail manager firefox addon - most popular feature for gmail

Amongst the vast number of features that this add-on provides, the main features of Gmail Manager Firefox add-on are:

  • Manage multiple Gmail accounts
  • Receive new mail notifications
  • Check the number of unread mails without logging in.

You can download this add-on from here: Gmail Manager

2. Better Gmail

This another highly recommended add-on for Gmail. Basically, this add-on is a collection of various Greasemonkey Scripts.

Better Gmail Firefox addon - best gmail addons for firefox

It adds some useful features to the Gmail like:

  • Hierarchy in labels
  • File attachment icons
  • Filter assistant
  • Highlighting of messages on mouse hovering

You can download this add-on from here: Better Gmail

3. Gmail Watcher

This add-on checks your new emails and reports to you in the status bar. One plus point that I see for this add-on is that neither username nor password is needed to use this feature.

Gmail watcher firefox addon - best gmail addons for firefox

The main features of this add-on are:

  • Google multiple sign-in mode compatible
  • Check Gmail at specific interval (after a few minutes, half-hourly, hourly or manually)
  • Use high security network protocol https to get information.

You can download this add-on from here: Gmail Watcher

4. Etacts Gmail Plugin

This is one more awesome Gmail add-on that lets you track emails you’ve sent that are awaiting response and shows you pictures and social information for any incoming email.

Etacts gmail plugin - best gmail addons for firefox

Some of the main features of this add-on are:

  • Lots of information about those who email you
  • Log of your recent conversations; calls to and from the person
  • Graph of your contact history over time

You can download this add-on from here: Etacts Gmail Plugin

5. Unread Gmail Favicon

The jetpack featured as part of this Firefox add-on watches your Gmail inbox and annotates the favicon for the Gmail tab with the current number of unread messages.

Unread Gmail favicon - best gmail addons for firefox

You can download this add-on from here: Unread Gmail Favicon

I hope that that you use these Firefox add-ons to enhance your Gmail experience. If you like thsi post do not forget to share it on Facebook and Twitter 🙂

Which add-on you liked the most? Do share your views in the comments section below.