The Chrome browser has grabbed the No. 1 spot in the browser wars and there are some pretty good reasons why. I still love Firefox because I was a very early adopter and they basically stuck it to Internet Explorer when Microsoft had a virtual browser monopoly, but the handwriting is squarely on the wall—you need Chrome.
It’s sort of ironic in a way, but part of what’s driving adoption of Chrome is Google’s increasing lock on significant online practices involving search, SEO, advertising and analytics. The more I use Google, the more Chrome makes sense because of the tight integration with other Google services.
Another reason to love Chrome is the Chrome Web Store, a collection of extensions and add-ons that increase the functionality of the Chrome Browser.
Here is a list of Chrome Extensions that make using Google services even more useful.
- Google Quick Scroll: When you run a search with the Quick Scroll extension enabled, you'll not only get result pages, but Chrome will take you directly to the part of the page that is relevant to your search terms.
Google Stats Checker: See how many people are visiting your site today. The stats update every five minutes.
Google Analytics URL Builder: This extension allows you to use Bit.ly to create short URLs that can be tracked on Google Analytics reports.
- LinkClump: Linkclump gives you the ability to drag a selection box around links using your mouse to quickly open as new tabs, open in new windows, save as bookmarks, or copy to your clipboard.
- SEO for Chrome: This plugin gives you an easy-to-access icon on your Chrome browser that opens a suite of helpful search engine optimization tools such as backlinks, traffic stats and social media links.
All of the extensions listed above plug in to the Chrome browser and simplify the process of tracking your online presence.
John Jantsch is a marketing consultant, speaker and author of Duct Tape Marketing, The Commitment Engine and The Referral Engine and the founder of the Duct Tape Marketing Consultant Network.
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