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The 35 Best Chrome Extensions for Marketing in 2022

Look, we’re not trying to tell you to shut up shop on your current browser and make the move, but we are looking to show you some of the most helpful, must-have Google Chrome plugins on the market in 2022. These freebies (with some carrying premium options, too) will change the way you work and enjoy the internet, and we promise they come with features that will blow your mind. Well, kind of.

We don’t need to tell you the pull Google has over the digital world, and there’s absolutely no surprise that its Chrome browser is now the most widely used option across the world – 3.2 billion active users, in fact.

The team at OMG consider ourselves die-hard fans, too, with so much to love about this flexible, highly customizable browser. No predecessor has ever been able to match its productivity and quality-of-life add-ons, complete with the ability to instantly sync with your own Google account on any device, at any time. What’s not to love?

So, without further ado, let’s jump into our top Chrome plugins to install this year, with an initial look at why this browser should be top of your priority list.

 

Why even bother to install Chrome plugins?

We can thank Chrome’s ability to plug in and integrate with so many software options for its endless add-ons. No matter what you’re looking to improve in your everyday web life, there’s something to help do just that. From marketing managers trying to power up their market research to bloggers looking for easy ways to jazz up their content, there is always an answer ready and waiting in the form of a nifty Chrome plugin.

If you’ve been using the browser in its standard form, that’s a start, but you’re missing out on a whole lot of quality-of-life updates. We’re talking game-changing ways that will have you wondering how you lived without them in the first place. Seriously. 

Chrome has more than 188,620 extensions available on its store, with options ranging from those that are definitely time-savers, and those that can just bog your browser speed down. So, it pays to know what ones are worth the installation and what ones aren’t. Luckily, we’re covering all bases for you in this article. 

We’re not being dramatic; these enhancements will revolutionise the way you work and browse in so many more ways than you expect, with benefits like:

  1. They can make your browsing easier better by adding extra functionality. Some plugins will speed up your search results by blocking unnecessary ads or scripts on a website. Others will help you store passwords securely so you don't have to remember them all yourself.

  2. They make browsing more secure by giving you control over settings and configurations that could otherwise put your data at risk.

  3. They give you direct access to some of your favourite websites and platforms so you don’t have to manually load up websites or apps in addition to your tabs. Do everything you need in one place, all as you browse the web.

  4. A majority of them can now integrate with the Google Suite (e.g. Google Docs, Sheets, etc.) making work tasks phenomenally easier.

The best part is that most extensions are free, so there’s absolutely no harm in giving them a try. 

 

Are they safe?

The short answer is yes, but like all things on the net, it’s important to seek out whether your chosen plugins are created by reputable and credible developers. In essence, an extension can be created by anyone and published to the store. While Google does have strict guidelines on all of this, there are loopholes. 

For example, back in 2019, a leak known as ‘DataSpii’ saw eight browser extensions (now unavailable) steal data from millions of Chrome users by revealing private information. Among the victims were 45 major companies and further millions of individual users. 

Note: For a further report on the breach, and the offending extensions, you can read up on the entire report here.

Some extensions need permissions to change and view site data, meaning you’ll need to activate the setting in your ‘More’ settings of the ‘Extensions’ menu. Luckily, you can allocate what extensions can access this information, and block others from doing so.

In an age where cybersecurity is crucial, knowing you can keep in control of your extensions’ accessibility is great for peace of mind. So with that being said, we recommend regularly auditing your installed plugins, flushing out those you don’t use and changing your account passwords for increased security. The more opportunities you give hackers, the more likely they are to take advantage of them.

 

How to see more details about an extension

The Web Store lets you see user reviews and star ratings on the plugin’s landing page, as well as additional descriptions and related items. This makes it super-easy to understand whether they’re worth installing or if there are any privacy concerns. 

Finally, you can also set the location and language of plugins available in your country by filtering through the following settings:

  1. Head to Settings at the top right of your browser.

  2. Click Language and select the most appropriate one.

  3. Click Location and do the same.

chrome extension setting

 

 

How to install Chrome plugins

If we’re selling you on the idea so far, then we’re on the right track. But hear us out. Installing Chrome plugins is also super easy. All you have to do is click the puzzle-looking icon on the right-hand corner of your screen to see your list of current active plugins. 

 

chrome extensions

 

If you want to add more, it’s just a matter of:

  1. Opening the Google Chrome Store

  2. Finding and selecting the extension you’re after 

  3. Clicking ‘Add’.

Hint: You can just search for your intended plugin in Google and directly access it from there.

To remove a plugin, simply click the Manage extensions option (shown in the screenshot above) and opt to uninstall it. Note that you can also pin and unpin plugins to choose whether or not to show them on your active toolbar.

chrome toolbar

 

Now that you’ve got an idea on how to use, add and remove these awesome add-ons, here’s those we recommend you power up your Chrome with ASAP.

 

Top Chrome Plugins to Install

Chrome Extensions: Productivity 

1. Everhour

Everhour is a Chrome plugin that can help you to track your time in a multitude of ways. Natively integrating with popular project management tools – like Asanal, Basecamp, Trello and ClickUp – you can easily take note of time spent on tasks without switching tabs.

There’s even integration to automatically sync between various systems and reporting options to send data back to you in real-time. 

everhour

Source: Everhour

Use this plugin if you are looking for a more efficient way of tracking time or if you want to keep track of your daily progress in order to see how long it takes for you to complete certain to-dos. Everhour is extremely easy to use and doesn't require any outside learning or training in order for you to start taking advantage of all its benefits.

 

2. Toby for Chrome

Toby offers an easy way to bookmark your tabs without an annoying list to sort through to find what you’re after. Organize your browser tab and access them at any time on any device, so you don’t have a thousand and one tabs open at any given time. Yes, that’s right, you no longer have to be that employee that gives your colleague an anxiety attack with the amount you have open. Access all of your key resources in one simple click, rather than one after another.

 

toby for chrome

 

Fun fact: the plugin also won #1 Chrome Extension of 2015 by Product Hunt and was also featured on the Google Chrome’s Best Of 2016 list – so you know it’s good.

It helps you move tabs between windows by simply dragging a given tab to the window border of another open tab. You can either create a new window or move the content from that tab into the existing window, instead of seeing an annoying grid of icons, Toby displays your tabs in a list view, where each tab is on its own line with an icon in front of it. It's much easier to scan through and find what you're looking for.

 

3. Todoist

Todoist is a to-do list and task manager for professionals and small businesses that’s not necessarily a new addition to the market, but definitely a crowd-favorite. Combining tasks, projects, comments, attachments, notifications, and more, Todoist lets users streamline their personal and team productivity and work more effectively while they browse.

Todoist’s plugin can help you organize projects, set reminders and deadlines, break down goals into smaller steps, collaborate with team members on shared projects – all in one place. Additionally, you can integrate it with your Gmail (through a separate plugin) so that you can instantly add email tasks to your Todoist list. 

todoist

Source YouTube

 

4. Asana + Add to Trello


We’ve grouped these two together because, at their most basic level, they both do the same thing, but for different platforms. Asana and Trello are both leading project management platforms worldwide, so having plugins available for either of them makes life a whole lot easier when you’re digitally roaming or completing online tasks. 

asana

Source: Google Chrome Store 

 

Both give you the ability to quickly add tasks to your favorite productivity app from any web page in Chrome, making them great tools for increasing your productivity and making it easy to capture or organize your ideas.

 

trello for chrome

Source: Google Chrome Web Store

 

5. Toggl Track

If you want to track time on various tasks without leaving the browser, this is the best app for that, just like the aforementioned Everhour. This one natively plugs into the full version of the app, giving you complete insights into how much time you’re spending on various tasks in your workflow. For teams with a variety of projects and responsibilities going on, this is a must. Easily attribute time and costs associated with specific projects or clients through this super-convenient add-on.

toggl track

Source: Softpedia

 

6. Awesome Screenshot

The best screen recorder and capture annotation tool for remote work, this tool lets you share your content and communicate with others visually. From reporting technical issues to sharing feedback on a design or demoing a product, Awesome Screenshot will help you to create video recordings with annotations, so that you'll be able to explain everything on your screen in detail.

awesome screenshotSource: Google Chrome Store

 

7. Loom

Loom is a free tool that allows you to record and share your screen directly from Google Chrome browser, without having to install any other software. While the tool provides fairly basic functionality, it's compact, easy to use and has some useful features that make it worth checking out if you're looking for a simple screen recording tool.

loom

Source: Loom

 

Chrome Extensions: Security and Passwords 

 

8. LastPass

LastPass helps you manage your passwords by creating strong passwords and storing them in an encrypted vault that only you have access to. It fills out the forms for you so that you don’t have to remember them all. All of your passwords are stored with AES-256 encryption and decryption, which is military-grade security. As one of the most popular Chrome extensions, it will prompt you to use a new password when it detects one of your existing ones on any external website or if it determines it is too weak a password.

lastpass

Source: Google Chrome Store

 

9. HTTPS Everywhere

HTTPS Everywhere forces your browser to use SSL encryption whenever possible, which means that your browsing history and any data transmitted between your browser and other websites is protected. You can think of it as your bodyguard when you’re out and about on the web, keeping you safe from potential account hijacking, censorship and even surveillance. Neat.

 

https everywhere

Source: Google Chrome Store

 

10. Speedtest by Ookla

Speedtest by Ookla is a cool Google Chrome extension for marketers that measures, displays and records the speed of your internet connection. It is a handy tool to test the bandwidth of your network and compare whether it’s up to scratch.

Speedtest by Ookla

Source: Google Chrome Store 

 

11. Adblock Plus

Adblock Plus is one of the most popular Chrome extensions for preventing those annoying ads from showing up. It’s really as simple as that.

adblock plus

Source: Adblock Plus

 

12. Click&Clean

This Google extensions cleans up cached tracking history for URLs, searches, browsing data and more. While you can technically do this in the browser’s own settings, this plugin lets you do it in one easy click.

Click&Clean

Source: Google Chrome Store

Now when you read an article that has nothing to do with your work or scroll to the bottom of a page you don't really care about, Click&Clean will pop up automatically to save you from yourself.

 

13. Disconnect 

The Disconnect Chrome extension automatically blocks any requests that could potentially track your activity on other websites when you don’t even know they’re running in the background. Not this time, hackers.

disconnect

Source: Tech Crunch

14. Hola Free VPN

Hola is a free VPN service that allows you to access blocked or geo-restricted websites and watch videos regardless of your location. It also helps you to unblock any website or application on the internet that’s otherwise restricting you from accessing it. International Netflix, anyone? Just kidding.

 

free vpn

Source: VisiHow



Chrome Extensions: SEO 

 

15. FATRANK

FATRANK is a cool Chrome extension that you can use to gauge where a site ranks for a specific keyword, which is particularly useful if you’re an SEO agency.

fatrank

Source: Google Chome Store

 

16. Keywords Everywhere

Keywords Everywhere is a lightweight, free add-on that we consider one of the best Chrome extensions available. It lets you examine search volume and competitiveness around keywords on a specific URL, as well as gain integral insights into the power behind the SEO of the website you’re visiting. Note that you will need to purchase additional credits to access some of these features. Use this when you’re trying to level up your competitor research game.

keyword chrome

 

17. Wappalyzer

Wappalyzer is not a tool you'll use every day, but it's one every marketer should have on hand. The ‘Technology Profiler’ plugin allows you to see what a website is built with, which is super handy when you’re trying to assess design or competitor efforts. 

wappalyzer

Source: Google Chrome Store 

 

18. NoFollow

This plugin detects “nofollow” tags on certain pages so you can understand how they’re affecting SEO. It can also highlight any instances of “noindexing”.

nofollow

Source: Google Chrome Store  



19. Robots Exclusion Checker

The Robots Exclusion Checker lets you detect on-page meta robots tags, robots.txt and x-robots-tags exclusions for any given URL. For SEO technicians, this one is a must. 

Robots Exclusion Checker

Source: Resignal

 

20. Keyword Surfer

Keyword Surfer is a 100% free chrome extension and goes hand-in-hand with its popular sister web app, SurferSEO. It allows you to check the search volume, Google Ads metrics, related keywords, and Google Trends data of a specific phrase. These valuable metrics can then be used to create content that’s precisely targeted around these insights. Think of it as your SEO guide, Google Chrome-style.

keyword surfer

Source: Google Chrome Store

 

21. MozBar

MozBar gives you important information about the search results you are visiting. The main benefit of using this plugin is that it provides information in real-time, which makes it better than using any other tool.  It will show you the Page Authority (PA) and Domain Authority (DA), of any web page on the fly, all in one hit. There’s no doubt that MozBar is also one of the most popular Chrome extensions available. 

mozbar

Source: Google Chrome Store

 

Chrome Extensions: Content and Blogging

22. Grammarly

This plugin works like a spell-checker, but it also detects grammar and punctuation mistakes that are too minor to show up on spell-checks. It can even get down to the nitty-gritty sentence structure and overall tone of a piece. In our eyes, you can’t live without this one, even if you’re not actively writing day in and day out.  It also neatly integrates with Google Docs and Gmail.

grammarly

 

 

23. Word Counter Plus

If you're a writer, you know the pain of trying to figure out the number of words on a page, without having a tool handy. This is your answer, with a helpful pop-up window showing you the total on any page on the web. Simple, but game-changing.

word counter

Source: Google Chrome Store

 

24. SEOquake

Imagine having an SEO toolbox by your side, tucked away in your Chrome browser, ready for use at any time. View audit data and on-page insights for any URL and domain in real-time and then export this information into a file for later use. When you don’t want a million and one tools open to find these insights, this one’s a clear winner.

SEOquake

Source: SEOquake

 

25. GIPHY for Chrome

You don’t think you need this one until you really do. Send awesome GIFS on the go or embed them into your messages and emails with this user-friendly plugin. Cat memes galore.

GIPHY for Chrome

Source: Google Chrome Store

 

26. Distill Web Monitor

This plugin is particularly useful for content writers who consistently update their pages and pieces in reference to another page or post. If that given page updates its own information, you are notified of any changes, so you can refelct them on your side, too. It’s also super handy for watching competitor activity.

Distill Web Monitor

 

Source: Google Chrome Store

 

27. Google Dictionary

We had to give Google one of its own in this list. Google Dictionary is as simple as it sounds. Lookup any word and see the complete definition in a lightweight pop-up in your browser. Whether you’re a writer or a reader, this is a nifty feature to have on hand.

Google Dictionary

Source: Google Chrome Store

 

28. WordTune

One of our favourites, WordTune helps you spice up your content and writing by making sentences more appealing and readable. It presents you with alternatives to your version, allowing you to craete more concise material.

WordTune



Chrome Extensions: Design and Creative 

 

29. ColorPick Eyedropper

This Chrome extension is a zoomed eyedropper that lets you choose colours and select specific values from any website out there. It’s especially useful when you need to create an exact or near match selection. Simply install the extension, click the dropper and use the crosshairs to view values around a page. Thank us later.

ColorPick Eyedropper

Source: Google Chrome Store

 

30. Muzli 2

Collect the latest material from various online design, news and technology websites out there, giving you inspiration from the best creators in market. The Google extension claims it helps you “stay inspired” and we’d agree.

muzli

Source: Google Chrome Store

 

31. WhatFont

Ever seen a font and just felt like you HAD to have it? Yeah, we know – no Comic Sans. Anyway, WhatFont tells you exactly what that design is and how to get it just by hovering over text and seeing the font first-hand. Simple, sleek and on-demand, it also supports Typekit and Google Font API.

 

WhatFont

Source: Google Chrome Store 

 

32. UX Check

Enabling you to make quick evaluations, this extension opens up Nielsen Ten Heuristics in an easy-to-read side panel alongside the website you’re viewing. See elements that don’t align with these standards and export screenshots to share with your team for easy error recovery.

ux check

Source: Google Chrome Store

 

33. Resolution Test

Sometimes all you need to know is the resolution of a web page, allowing you to test it in vicarious screen formats. You an even set your own resolutions to change the size of the browser windows so that you – as a developer – can preview your page in any circumstance possible.

Resolution Test

Source: Google Chrome Store

 

34. Image Downloader

Sometimes the most simple concepts are the most useful. Image Downloader lets you download all images from a page in one click. 

Image Downloader

Source: Google Chrome Store

 

35. CSS Scan 2.0

Check, copy and tweak the CSS style of any possible element in the HTML of a page. No more ‘Inspect Element’, this alternative enables you to hover over elements/text and copy the styles in one click.

 

CSS Scan 2.0

Source: CSS Scan 2.0



Key takeaways

Google Chrome is one of those things that once you live with it, you won’t be able to go without. Level up your browser game with the above plugins to make your professional and personal life a breeze, complete with the security and privacy protection you need to top it all off.

Beyond the list of our favourite plugins above, we recommend keeping the following takeaway points top-of-mind when you’re enjoying everything Chrome has to offer:

 

  • Read up on extensions’ descriptions and reviews before installing.

  • Ensure you uninstall plugins you don’t use so your browser speed isn’t hindered.

  • Update account settings and passwords regularly to avoid security breaches.

  • Look into a developer of an extension before installing.

  • Install updates and regularly check back on amendments for your installed extensions, so you know you’re getting the most out of them. 

  • Be careful of the access and permissions you give these installed plugins.

  • Remember that if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Looking for more inspiration on how to level up your marketing game? Read up on our latest blog posts for easy guides on all-things digital. Alternatively, get in contact with our gurus for on-demand advice and solutions.

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