SEO Bookmarklets & Why You Should Use Them
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.
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.
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.
WhoIs Database Check
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.
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.
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.
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…
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…
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
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
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.