Google Chrome is the most popular web browser in the world. In fact, it accounts for 59% of the global market share. One of the things that makes it so great is the number of Chrome extensions you can download to make your work life easier.
If you spend as much time in front of your computer as we do here at Conveyz, you’ll be familiar with the frustrations of working online. We’re going to look at 5 common problems people encounter working online. And 5 Chrome extensions that offer solutions.
5 problems with the internet
As if your workday isn’t hard enough! These days, it’s not just the noise of the office you have to contend with. It’s also the noise of the internet.
Do any of these common problems sound familiar to you?
Problem 1: the internet is huge
The problem with the internet is that it’s vast. You can do anything in the online world. You can go anywhere, find anything, talk to anyone. The distractions are plenty and, for some, it’s a real challenge to stay focused on work.
How many times have you sat at your desk in the morning and, an hour later, found that you’ve only managed one task? Where did the time go? You’re just not being as productive as you could be.
Emails, social media, online research… if you’re not careful, they can take you down a rabbit’s warren of clicks and links, until you end up somewhere deep inside the internet and you’ve no idea how you got there.
Problem 2: so much ad noise
How can you be expected to concentrate when you’re constantly being bombarded with messages? Unfortunately, the internet is media space. There are advertisements everywhere. Brands are talking to you all the time, vying for your attention.
You check your Gmail. It’s filled with ads. Doing some online research? Google serves you ads. Head to Facebook to take a break. Guess what, it’s filled with ads. In fact, you can’t even check your LinkedIn messages anymore without weeding out the sponsored ones.
With all this noise, it’s no wonder you’re not as productive as you used to be.
Problem 3: fixing broken links
Any content manager will grunt and roll their eyes at the mention of broken links. In the fast-paced digital world, you’re constantly chasing your tail trying to keep up with them.
Every time a web page is moved, the link to it is severed. And of course, that old link is out there appearing in about a million places. And you have to update it to the new one. This is particularly annoying when you’re going through a website redesign.
Problem 4: so many tabs
In a super-fast, super-connected digital world, you’re expected to do everything immediately. Inevitably, this means you have about 50 browser tabs open all at once.
You’re multitasking. And you’re doing a great job. But switching between the tabs is getting confusing now. Especially when you’ve got 5 different pages of the same website open because they all use the same favicon!
Problem 5: got to keep writing
Your website is slick. The broken links are fixed. But you’ve got to keep feeding it with fresh content. You know you can improve your SEO by blogging regularly. But you’re not really a writer, truth be told.
You hated studying English at school. Your mother is always correcting your grammar. And you’re never quite sure if what you’re writing is what makes a good blog post anyway.
Any of this sound familiar?
5 Chrome extensions to make life easier
If you’re struggling to focus and stick to the task at hand, Momentum is going to be one of your favourite Chrome extensions.
Once you’ve downloaded it and set up your account, you’ll be presented with the Momentum landing page every time you open your browser. Here, you set your main focus for the day. You can also write your “to do” list and feel accomplished as tasks are ticked off.
This is the best-kept secret in digital marketing. Yes, you can actually turn all those ads off! If you’re working, this Chrome extension can really help tune out some of that noise.
No longer do you have to manually go through every page of your website to find the broken links that are buried there. Check My Links might be loved by developers, but you certainly don’t need to be a developer to use it.
Once the extension is downloaded and activated, it will crawl any web page and tag the links as either good (green) or broken (red). Remember that broken links negatively impact your SEO, as well as provides a poor experience for your website users. So this tool is well worth using.
If you’re a tab-aholic, forget all other Chrome extensions and start with this one. OneTab aggregates all your open tabs onto one page. Instead of clicking through your open tabs one by one, trying to find the one you need, OneTab makes it easy to get back to the task at hand.
If you’re not a confident writer, Grammarly is your new best friend. Once downloaded, the green icon will appear in places like Gmail, social media, and WordPress so you can produce written content without spelling and grammar errors.
We hope you enjoyed this blog post and that these Chrome extensions make your work life a little easier. If you have any questions about anything mentioned here, feel free to contact us.