Going Google, Chrome and exploring Extensions that will make you shine
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This is day 3 of the 3-Days to Master Your Mac series, and we’re going to cover Going Google, Chrome and Exploring Extensions that will make you knowledgeable and efficient.
Do you have a Google account and own your own Gmail? You need to! One way or another, you’ll eventually need to use the power of Google – to show up on Internet searches and to drive traffic to your website. For that, you need a Google account. Even if you don’t directly use your Gmail email account, you can always use it to control and manage your other email accounts.
I know there has always been opposing preference, ever since Hatfield and McCoy, but, when it comes to browsers, it’s always a good idea to ensure you use Google’s Chrome. Why? Their browser and extensions (discussed later) are optimized for web developers. If you ever use the Internet to develop your Internet-based business, you’ll need to use Google Chrome.
Let’s look at some Google Chrome Extensions.
First, here’s how you get to Chrome Extensions in the browser: “Click the menu icon “≡” at the top right of the browser window, choose “More Tools” and choose “Extensions” .”
- Adguard AdBlocker – this extension is great for selectively allowing and disallowing random Internet ads.
- Bitly – you can easily shorten the URL of any site and even track the clicks on your bitly URL – great for Twitter and when you want to simplify and shorten URLs in your posts (as well as track clicks on these URL’s.)
- BuiltWith Technology Profiler – want to understand what apps are used to build a website. Click on the website and then click on this extension to get a list of applications used by the developers.
- Similar Web – want to discover instantly if a specific website just looks good or has legitimate traffic? Use Similiar Web and track the monthly traffic to that site. Great for discovering the legitimacy of any site.
- WhatFont – Like the look of a site’s fonts? WhatFont is a quick way to discover exactly the font name and size details simply by clicking on headlines and body fonts in the web page. Great for developing your Internet website.
- ColorZilla – Like the colors on a site? ColorZilla is a quick and free extension that will identify the color HEX codes on the site. Again, great for developing your own brand and website.
By the way, both Dashlane and Evernote, discussed in Day 2, have extensions which facilitate assigning and retrieving passwords and copying posts to your Evernote account. You can go to the respective sites and search “chrome extension” to install.
Again, thanks for your interest in this series.
Until then, best wishes,