11 SEO Bookmarklets You’ll Actually Use

Posted by on Apr 21, 2013 in Featured, SEO Tools | 4 comments

SEO Bookmarklets & Why You Should Use Them

Go To The Bookmarklets

In case you don’t know, bookmarklets are bits of JavaScript code you can save as a bookmark in your browser. When clicked, they carry out a variety of functions that can save you time and make you more effective in your SEO work.

You might wonder why you wouldn’t just use a browser extension. Well, in some cases browser extensions are a good choice, but they continually take up resources on your machine. Using a bookmarklet can be a great way of cutting down on unnecessary memory usage. Bookmarklets also allow you to more quickly use third party online tools, such as Open Site Explorer, by loading the current URL into the tool.

The following is a list of Bookmarklets I use on a regular basis and are truly useful for SEO work. Click and drag the links to your browser bar, or just click to see what they do.

SEO Bookmarklets Guide

Headings Highlighter

Headings bookmarklet

This Bookmarklet highlights all the headings on the page with different coloured borders for each tag. It also provides a tooltip on mouseover displaying the H Tag type. Handy for when you want to know how sites are going about structuring headings.

Credit: Ross Simpson.

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GTMetrix Test

GTMetrix Test

This bookmarklet loads the URL you’re on in GTMetrix. GTMetrix is a page speed tester which allows you to test from multiple location and provides actionable recommendation for improving page load times.

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WhoIs Database Check


Whois Search

Checking the WhoIs database can help you discover who owns domains, and sometimes help you spot obvious link networks. This bookmarklet opens WhoIs for the page you are currently on.

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Open Site Explorer

You’re no doubt familar with Open Site Explorer. I find the following particularly helpful when talking to clients and I need to get the information fast.

Credit: I modified some of these to open in a new tab, others have come from SEOmoz.

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Majestic SEO

Find more links with majestic…

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Wayback Machine

Want to know what a page looked like in 1996? You can do just that with the Wayback Machine, from the Internet Archive. This has loads of potential uses, but is particularly great for checking changes to clients sites in the past, or seeing what broken content used to look like.

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Copyscape

Copyscape

Copyscape helps you find content which has been copied to/from other pages on the web. This bookmarklet opens the URL in Copyscape. More info here…

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Browseo

Browseo

Browseo is a handy tool for browsing web pages the same way Google does, along with all the info in the header.More info here…

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Rich Snippet Testing Tool

Rich Snippet Testing Tool

If you’re implementing rel=author, rel=publisher or other rich snippets, this is a quick and easy way to check it’s going to work.

Credit: Originally created and shared by AJ Kohn

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Find Ripples

Find Ripples

Find URLs shared on Google Plus. Great for reaching out to people who have shared your work and giving it an extra push during launch.

Credit: Also originally created and shared by AJ Kohn

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Site Search

Site Search

This bookmarklet lets you perform a “site:” search on the URL you’re currently viewing. You can also include keywords after the site search. On this bookmark I’ve customised it to search for learning and educational keywords. You can easily modify this by editing the bookmark, and replacing the words with whatever you need.

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  • Joe White

    Really bloody useful this dude. Bookmarked and shared!

  • GeorgeZhu

    Great bookmarklets, will do business again A++

    • http://cbutterworth.com/ Chris Butterworth

      Link, like and share Big G.

  • http://www.keydifference.com steve martin

    Thanks for sharing this.its really informative.but ”
    Rich Snippet Testing Tool”is quite new to me.can you explain me detaily