20 + 1 Must Have Chrome Extensions To Accelerate Your Content Creation

“I know how to create great content for my website...but how can I do it better, faster and with fewer headaches?!”

That’s the big question a lot of online business owners start asking themselves whenever their content marketing starts to drag.

If you produce blog content for your website on a frequent schedule, I’m sure you’ve felt this frustration before.

So to help you get a step ahead of that relentless publishing monster, this post will show you 20 + 1 must have Google Chrome extensions you should’ve been using yesterday to accelerate your content creation process.

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Ready to learn how you can boost your productivity with the help of a few mission critical Google Chrome extensions?

Awesome! Let’s get started...

Chrome Productivity Extensions

The following extensions will help you focus in on your most important daily tasks. They’re super simple, but will help you get more done in far less time.

The Chrome browser "New Tab" page with the Momentum extension activated.

Momentum is a free Chrome extension that replaces your bland “New Tab” Google Chrome page with a fresh landscape photo and inspirational quote each day. Your local time and weather are also shown on top of the photo.

To help you dial in your most important task each day, Momentum will prompt you to write down your primary focus and daily “Todo” list.

Momentum also offers a premium subscription for their extension (currently $2.50 per month) that supports integrations with badass task manager platforms like Asana, Trello and Basecamp.

If you use one of these task management tools to help organize your work, the ability to sync it with your Momentum “New Tabs” page on Chrome will give you a productivity boost over time since you won't have to open and close the app as frequently each day.

The Facebook Newsfeed with Newsfeed Eradicator for Facebook extension activated.

Do you ever find yourself logging into Facebook to do a simple task – like checking Facebook messages or publishing a quick post – only to find yourself wasting several minutes scrolling through your Facebook Newsfeed?

The truth is that Facebook is designed to distract you and the only way to fight back is by eliminating its most distracting feature...the Newsfeed.

You can do this by using a free Chrome extension called Newsfeed Eradicator for Facebook.

This extension still allows you to access Facebook’s more useful – and less distracting – features, but completely blocks the Newsfeed from appearing. In its place, a motivational quote is displayed instead.

Install this app right now to get all those productive hours of your life back...you’re welcome!  ;-)

The Reedy extension speed reading user settings window. In this screenshot, the speed reading is paused so you can modify the speed setting, text size or rewind/fast fo

How much more productive would you be if your reading speed doubled...or even tripled?!

Think about it. Just doubling your reading speed would make you way more productive since your content research would get done in half the time! That time savings would then allow you to complete each of your content pieces that much faster.

So is it possible? Can you instantly double or triple your reading speed?

A free Chrome extension called Reedy will help you do just that with a technology assisted form of speed reading called Rapid Serial Visual Presentation (RSVP).

The Reedy extension reading window with the RSVP speed reading technology active. Only one word is displayed at a time so your eyeballs never have to move.

With the Reedy extension, you can copy-paste any piece of online text into its reader to start speed reading instantly.

If you don’t believe me, just download it already and give it a try. You could have finished reading this entire article by now!

The Omnidrive extension search window with the "Google Chrome Exstensions" search term typed in.

Google Drive search results after hitting enter from the search term shown in the image above.

If Google Drive (i.e. Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, etc.) is your go to office app suite, then the Omnidrive Chrome extension is your new speed search tool.

With this extension, you simply type “drive” into the Google Omnibox – a.k.a. search bar – press the spacebar and then type the name of the file that you’re looking for saved in your Google Drive.

Omnidrive will help you navigate your sprawling Google Drive files faster.

The Trello extension allows you to create new cards for your boards from your Chrome browser's toolbar.

If you want to manage your tasks and projects like a badass, use Trello.

Shane will show exactly why you should do this in his ActiveGrowth Trello productivity blog series here.

Once you’re set up with Trello, you can add an additional layer of productivity awesome sauce to it by downloading the free Chrome extension for it.

The extension speeds up your Trello productivity by bringing your Trello boards directly to the Chrome Omnibox. You can search your Trello boards by typing [“t” in the omnibox + click spacebar + typing your search term].

You can also add new Trello cards to any of your existing boards by clicking the Trello icon from your Chrome browser's toolbar.

The Bananatag extension adds new buttons to your gmail drafts so you can schedule your emails to be sent at some point in the future.

Bananatag is a freemium Chrome extension that will boost your Gmail productivity.

It allows you to track and schedule emails, get notified when recipients open your emails, and see data metrics on your open and click-through rates.

The free version of Bananatag limits your tracking to just 5 emails per day with open notifications and limited analytics.

Upgrading to a Pro account (currently $12.50 per month or $120 per year) expands the number of emails you can track to 100 per day while also giving you access to advanced tracking data metrics like click through tracking and custom reports.

Content Capture Extensions

Let’s face it.

When you’re creating online content, swiping articles, blog posts, images, screencasts and ideas you come across is a big part of what fuels your high value content creation.

Having free and convenient ways to capture all that content quickly is an absolute necessity for you and the next few extensions will help you get all that done like a total boss...

The Awesome Screenshot extension gives you several different ways to capture the screenshot you need for your content.

Awesome Screenshot is a free Chrome extension you can rely on to help capture online images and screenshots. It even allows you to capture short, 30 second screencasts of your Chrome browser when you need to share something in video.

In fact, every screenshot you see in this post was captured using Awesome Screenshot!

When capturing content using Awesome Screenshot, you can choose between:

  • Capturing the visible part of the browser area
  • A selected browser area
  • A local image
  • Or your desktop screen...

...all in either JPEG or PNG image formats.

If you create a lot of expository content for your website, Awesome Screenshot is an absolute godsend!

The Evernote Web Clipper extension makes capturing landing pages, blog posts and content ideas in your Evernote account super easy.

If you already use Evernote to manage your notes, web research and web clippings, then why haven’t you downloaded the Evernote Web Clipper Chrome extension yet?!

If you use Evernote, we bet you already have it, but had to include it here for the sake of being comprehensive...

The Evernote Web Clipper will copy and store any webpage you come across. When you clip a page, the extension will then help you organize it by asking for a notebook and descriptive tags to assign it to.

9. Loom

With the Loom extension, you can create unlimited time length screencasts with or without the bubble feature you see in the lower left-hand corner. For the image, you can use either a static image or a live webcam.

Loom is a free Chrome extension that allows you to capture screencasts for all sorts of cool productivity reasons like:

  • Giving feedback
  • Creating new feature tutorials
  • Collecting testimonials
  • Creating online course lessons
  • Real time support FAQ videos

You can easily switch between screencasting your desktop or an open Chrome tab while simultaneously displaying your live face in a bubble at the bottom left-hand corner of the screen.

I mean, you could create that bubble effect yourself using this Thrive Themes tutorial, but Loom makes just goes ahead and does it for you...

Instead of having to deal with the hassle of setting up cameras, screencasting software and then doing complex video editing, Loom basically takes all those complexities and handles them all for you in a free Chrome extension package.

By comparison, the Awesome Screenshot extension discussed above only allows you to capture 30 seconds of basic screencasting video to Loom’s unlimited video recording and storage time.

Linkclump lets you open multiple Google search results at the same time by pressing a keyboard hotkey you program and dragging your mouse over the links you want to open.

Linkclump is a super simple Chrome extension that helps you research online content faster.

After Google returns your results for a given search term, Linkclump allows you to select and open multiple links at the same time with each one appearing in a new Chrome tab.

This simple feature allows you to skim through and evaluate your top search results at a rapid fire pace instead of having to open each individual link one-by-one from the Google search results page.

Keyword Research and SEO Extensions for Chrome

A little bit of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) research can go a long way towards helping you capture more organic traffic and boosting your Search Engine Results Page (SERP) rankings.

Below are a few free Chrome extensions to help make that basic research much more convenient for you...

The Keywords Everywhere extension displays your keyword research data beneath your Google search term box as well as a list of related keyword data in a sidebar.

Although there's a tons of fancy – and expensive – keyword research tools out there, here’s one that’s free and convenient to use:

Keywords Everywhere makes doing basic SEO keyword research as simple as typing in a Google search term.

After each Google search you do, the extension displays the term’s search volume, cost-per-click (CPC) and keyword competition estimate beneath the Google search box. It then shows you a list of related keywords and data in the sidebar of your Google search results browser window.

And on top of all that, Keywords Everywhere will even display keyword data within other popular search platforms like Bing, Amazon, Ebay and Answer The Public:

The Keywords Everywhere extension also shows keyword data within other search platforms like Answer the Public (shown here).

Before you go spend big money on a keyword research tool, give the Keywords Everywhere Chrome extension a try first!

The SocialBlade extension shows YouTube video and channel stats in a sidebar next to the video you're watching. It also provides the list of metadata tags assigned to that video at the bottom of the sidebar.

If YouTube videos are an important part of your online business, SocialBlade is an awesome Chrome extension that gives you key traffic and metadata for any channel or video on the platform.

When activated, SocialBlade automatically displays several important stats about the video and channel you’re watching in the right hand sidebar.

On top of channel, video and subscriber info, SocialBlade also captures the metadata tags assigned to each video. This allows you to quickly research how tags are assigned to videos so you can better attach relevant tags to your own videos.

Over time, this will boost your organic YouTube search performance.

Chrome Extensions to Help You Write Better

As a content creator, you don’t just want to write faster...you want to become a better writer with each post or landing page you publish.

The following Chrome extensions will help you accomplish exactly that to become a more persuasive and engaging wordsmith!

The Airstory Researcher extension allows you to clip text and images from the web and add them directly into your Airstory writing projects.

Airstory Researcher is a free Chrome based writing platform from Joanna Wiebe over at CopyHackers.

Much like Evernote, Airstory Researcher allows you to clip content from the web. Unlike Evernote however, the Airstory Web Clipper lets you add clippings straight to your writing projects.

And if you are an Evernote user, Airstory integrates with it so you can pull your old notes straight into your Airstory writing projects.

One of Airstory’s many awesome features is its “Time Travel” slider bar. It allows you to move back and forth between past and current iterations of your project...the evolved alien icon lets you know it's advanced writing technology!

Airstory's "Time Travel" slider bar allows you to quickly jump back and forth between versions of your writing project.

Finally, Airstory is mobile responsive so you can actually get your content writing done from your phone. Buy yourself a bluetooth keyboard to carry with you and you’ll never have a reason not to write on the road ever again! 

The Grammarly extension will spell and grammar check anything you write in your Chrome browser. It also provides vocabulary and readability insights to keep your writing down to earth.

Grammarly is a writing assistant that provides spell checking, grammar suggestions and word usage recommendations to you as you write anything in your Chrome browser.

That means Grammarly will give you feedback on everything that you write from emails to Facebook posts.

The only drawback to Grammarly is that many of its advanced features are held behind an expensive monthly paywall (currently $29.95 per month or $139.95 per year).

You get basic edits for your spelling and grammar free, but a premium account is required to unlock features like word choice suggestions and advanced grammatical notes (i.e. making sure you use semicolons properly).

If you can’t afford the premium features and already know how to use semicolons properly, Grammarly Basic is still worth downloading because it offers a cool vocabulary and readability insight feature that will help keep your writing down to earth.

The Google Dictionary extension helps you define words on the fly. Just highlight a word and click the dictionary icon and Google Dictionary will automatically provide you with the definition.

The Google Dictionary extension is exactly what it sounds like...a dictionary tool that allows you to define words on the fly.

Instead of having to copy-paste words into an online dictionary site all the time, you can just highlight a word and click the the Google Dictionary icon to get the definition instantly.

Design Extensions for Chrome

Because your strengths as a content creation revolve around writing, you probably outsource most of your site’s graphic design tasks.

Even so, it’s still a good idea to have a few go to design tools in your bag of tricks for those times when you need a last-minute design for a post or landing page you’re about to publish.

The next few Chrome extensions are absolute must haves if you deal at all with images or building landing pages on your website.

The ColorPick Eyedropper extension helps you identify the hex color code for any color shown in your Chrome browser. Just move the extension's crosshairs over the color you want to identify.

Have you ever tried to build a landing page or make an image based on something you saw and swiped from another website?

Specifically, how did you match the colors you saw on that site? We hope you didn’t waste time in your color editor trying to match it by hand!

Every color you observe online has an assigned Hex Color Code and to produce that color in Thrive Architect or an image editor, you just need to type in that color’s color hex code.

ColorPick Eyedropper is a Chrome extension that will identify the hex code for any color displayed in your Chrome browser by moving a set of crosshairs over the exact color you want recreate.

The FontFace Ninja extension identifies font types and qualities for you. Just move your cursor over the text you want to investigate and 2 popup windows will show you the info you need to recreate that font.

Identifying font types on different websites is usually a hassle.

However, the FontFace Ninja extension for Chrome makes that task super easy.

When you hover your mouse over the font type you want to investigate, the extension will display 2 popup windows that instantly provide all the font data you need to recreate that font style on your own website including: 

  • Font type
  • Font size
  • Font height
  • Font weight
  • Font color
  • Line width

Chrome Security Extensions

Creating high value content requires using several online tools and platforms for you to get the job done just the way you want it.

The downside about this is that you’re forced to continually log in and out of several online accounts from whatever Wi-Fi connection you managed to work from that day.

How do you manage all those usernames and passwords while protecting your online information at the same time?

With the following Chrome extensions...that’s how. ;-)

The LastPass extension is an encrypted password vault that helps you securely store and manage all your online login details.

It’s hard to remember life as a content creator before LastPass

Days were filled with forgotten username and password requests since it was impossible to remember them all. I’m sure you can relate.

With an encrypted password vault service like LastPass, you never have to waste time forgetting passwords ever again.

Instead, you only have to remember one, complex, master password to login to your LastPass account. After that, LastPass will autofill all your login details for any site you’ve saved to your password vault.

Believe me, that’s a HUGE productivity time savings that really adds up over weeks, months and years!

LastPass is free for its basic features and requires a small monthly subscription fee (currently $2 per month) for its more advanced features – like password syncing across all your desktop and mobile devices.

ZenMate VPN and ExpressVPN are Virtual Private Network services that mask your IP address, encrypt your internet browsing and give you proxy server access to location locked websites.

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network and are now offered as monthly or yearly subscription services to help protect your online information in this age of abundant, but vulnerable Wi-Fi hotspots.

With a single click in your Chrome extension toolbar, VPN services like ZenMate or ExpressVPN will encrypt your online connections and allow you to select one of their many proxy server locations from around the globe.

This proxy server feature gives you access to websites that usually block your access based on location. VPN services do this by masking your IP address so you can browse the web with anonymity.

If you work on your online business or access sensitive sites or personal information from public Wi-Fi hotspots, VPN cyber security is an investment you can’t afford to skip!

The Ghostery extension shows you all the ads and trackers collecting your data and slowing down your browsing. Ghostery allows you to block those trackers and anonymize the data collected about you.

Want to scare the crap out of yourself?

Install the Ghostery extension for Chrome to see just how many ads and trackers are collecting data about you on each of the different websites you visit.

I’m warning you now...it’s shocking!

However, by downloading Ghostery, you can fight back against unwanted tracking.

The extension gives you the option to block ads and trackers, anonymize the data that is collected about you while also making your browsing experience faster.

Plus One Chrome Extension to
Rule Them All...

I agree. 20 additional extensions on your Chrome toolbar is a lot to handle!

That’s why we're going to give you one more extension to help manage that motley crew and keep you surfing the net at tip-top speeds...

The Extensity extension gives you the power to manage all your Chrome extensions from the toolbar.

Extensity is a very simple tool that allows you to toggle each of your Chrome extensions on and off with a single click.

Instead of having to open a separate Chrome settings window constantly to manage each of your extensions, you can now do it with ease from your Chrome toolbar. This allows you to quickly minimize the number of activated extensions you use for any job in order to maximize your surf speeds!

Ready to Create Some Content?

So there you have it!

Those are the 20 + 1 Google Chrome productivity extensions that help the Thrive Themes marketing team to create better content faster and we hope they’ll do the same for you!

Are there any Google Chrome extensions you’ve used to help improve and accelerate your own content creation timelines?

Let us know by leaving a comment below!

Author: Matt Totten

Matt's a geologist turned online marketer and digital nomad. He's a Modern Manimal on a mission to cultivate a wild lifestyle – by design. When away from his tech, you can find him studying movement through practices like Aikido, AcroYoga and Barefoot Running.

  • Great article! Many extensions I have never heard of and which look really interesting.

    • Matt says:

      Thanks for the cool One Tab suggestion Rachel. That definitely looks handy for people who work with lots of tabs open!

  • Danielius G says:

    I would also add a better (imo) alternative to BananaTag: https://vocus.io

    It’s cheaper, it’s easer to use and it has more useful email related features. Lovin’ it ;-)

    • Matt says:

      Thanks for the heads up on Vocus Danielius. It looks like they offer a 30-day free trial and a $5 per month charge for their basic service, but that comes with unlimited email tracking. Indeed, Bananatag is free to start with, but gets pricey quick as you upgrade.

    • Glen A says:

      Really good, service I never new existed thanks for the headsup.

  • Owen A says:

    Hi Matt. This is a great blog. Thanks for sharing.
    I would add CSS Peeper. It’s the easiest possible way I’ve found to find the hidden CSS style of objects, colours and assets on a web page. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/css-peeper/mbnbehikldjhnfehhnaidhjhoofhpehk?hl=en-US

    • Matt says:

      Nice one Owen…this CSS extension looks super useful!

  • Fran says:

    Great piece of content, helpful, educational and compelling. I am creating a ton of content for my blog these days and some of those extensions are perfect to solve some problems that I had! Thanks, Matt!

    • Matt says:

      You’re super welcome Fran! I use many of these extensions on a daily basis myself to create content for Thrive Themes. Enjoy!

  • David says:

    You guys continue to amaze with great helpful tips. I’m still new with website stuff. This is well worth it. The color picker tool has always puzzled me. This kind of stuff helps me, non techie, feel a little techie! Thanks

    • Matt says:

      Thanks so much David! So glad to hear this post was helpful to level up your techie status!

  • Chris R says:

    20 extensions!? I can’t even imagine.

    Because of Chrome’s insane RAM use, I choose my extensions like Indiana Jones chooses the holy grail….with EXTREME CARE.

    • Matt says:

      Great point Chris! That’s why we use Extensity to keep active Chrome extensions to a minimum for any online task we do.

  • Dhiraj says:

    Amazing list found some great tools especially Keyword Everywhere sounds like a nice extension to have.

    Thanks

    • Matt says:

      I’m also a fan of the Keywords Everywhere extension Dhiraj…hope it helps!

  • Jason A says:

    Extensity!!! What an awesome find. Thanks!

    • Matt says:

      Super useful, right?! Cheers Jason!

  • Andrey O says:

    Perfect article! As usual

  • Vishnu says:

    Hi Matt,

    Using Awesome screenshot over a year. Recently, for some reasons I am unable to capture the screen shot of tables created using Thrive page builder. Otherwise great extension saved my time.

    Will try Loom and Extensity.

    Do you have anyother SEO related extensions to share?

    Thanks for the list:)

    • Matt says:

      Hi Vishnu, I just tried using Awesome Screenshot to capture a table we posted on one of our old Thrive Themes blog posts and it captured it okay.

      I have noticed however, that Awesome Screenshot can bug out when it comes to certain “Capture Select Areas” (within the browser) screenshots and “Entire Page” screenshots if the blog post or landing page is super long.

      As for other SEO related extensions, you might want to check out SEOquake (an SEMrush tool) and SimilarWeb.

      • Vishnu says:

        Yes, the issue is with capturing selected areas. [Lightshot chrome extension is the one I use when Awesome screenshot doesn’t work]

        Thanks for the mentions…[SEO extensions]

      • Matt says:

        Thanks for the Lightshot extension suggestion Vishnu!

  • Joy Truscott says:

    Brilliant ideas, thank you for sharing.

    • Matt says:

      Glad you liked them Joy!

  • Loic says:

    thanks Matt for sharing.

  • Daria says:

    Awesome suggestions and helpful descriptions. Thanks a bunch, will share! :)

    • Matt says:

      Many thanks Daria…I’m glad you found it useful!

  • Gun H says:

    Super useful article Matt, and a few in there I didn’t know about which is pretty cool – I thought I was all over it :P

    (Extensity & Omnidrive)

    Will share this in my community, and bookmark to come back and read the comments again for some more gems I’m sure in about a week.

    Only other one in my ‘freqeuntly used’ stack would be the Goo.gl link shortener, but I heard it is discontinued for new users and they’ll be phasing it out within the year so I really should find an alternative sooner rather than later.

    Open for recommendations!

    • Matt says:

      Thanks Gun…glad you found a few more extensions to add to your Chrome tool belt!

      And thanks for the heads up on Goo.gl link shortener. We’ll keep an eye on that extension and it’s replacement going forward.

  • Gun H says:

    Oh, PS. Another good tip that might seem obvious (but only after you’ve done it once) is to collate which chrome extensions you insist your outsourcers use into your onboarding email which will improve the work they deliver you too.

    Lastpass for receiving logins, and Grammarly to improve their english are good starting points :)

    • Matt says:

      Great point Gun…it’s always good when your team is on the same page about how tasks should be completed!

  • Magnificent! This is just the perfect blending for productivity and success. Thanks for sharing all the tools.

    I loved the SEO and Keyword research extensions.

    • Matt says:

      Thanks Luis…best of luck with these new tools!

  • Stephanie says:

    This is awesome, thanks for this list. I’m going to try out Loom and Keywords everywhere right away!

  • Peter says:

    Thanks so much for this article. I have added a bunch of extensions and of course, Extensity makes managing them a breeze.

    • Matt says:

      Glad to hear you found it useful Peter! Yes, Extensity is a must to handle so many Chrome extensions.

  • gaman says:

    I’ve just started reviving my blog and I think these tools will help. I am already using Trello and Grammarly. Will check the others soon. Thanks for sharing.

    • Matt says:

      You’re welcome Gaman…good luck with your blog!

  • Larry Gassin says:

    Great post and tips, Matt! Thrive continues to amaze!

  • Avinash says:

    Loved it! Thank you

  • Dusan Vukadinovic says:

    Grammarly has a similar functionality to the one in which Google Dictionary excels, but it is nice to have different opinions :)

    • Matt says:

      Thanks for your comment Dusan! I really like the one click definition power the Google Dictionary extension has to offer.

  • Elizabeth says:

    I just started to review all of your valuable information that has shared with us; I will be adding this information to my chrome bar. Thanks for sharing this useful information it is much appreciated.

    • Matt says:

      You’re welcome Elizabeth…glad to hear it was so useful for you!

  • Bill Farman says:

    Already using a lot of these but Tks for the heads up on Extensity. Hadn’t seen that one before.

    • Matt says:

      You’re welcome Bill…Extensity definitely pulls it’s weight on the Chrome extension tool bar!

  • Mark G says:

    Wow, this is outstanding. I’m already using a few of these, but great list.

  • Ruth M says:

    Thank you! This is an awesome and much-needed list. I appreciate it!

    • Matt says:

      You’re welcome Ruth…thanks for reading the post!

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