About The Chrome PageRank Toolbar – More Than A PageRank Checker
A handy SEO tool is the Chrome PageRank Toolbar which can be downloaded free from the Chrome Web Store. If you have the Chrome browser installed it’s a quick installation. The PageRank toolbar appears as a small icon in the top right corner of your page (image left).
When you browse to a webpage and click the PageRank icon this screen opens:
You will see ads top and bottom but that’s OK for such a great tool. Four tabs appear across the top: SEO Stats, Page Info, Page Speed and Tools.
This screenshot is of our sister site, 45 Degrees Latitude Video. It shows a PR3 (higher PRs are better) and also an Alexa Rank of 805,120 (lower numbers are better rankings for Alexa).
Traffic graphs are available for high-volume sites. Next is domain information with a link to www.whois.com for viewing your domain registry information and domain name servers (dns) of a website.
To check an IP address and location of a data centre you can click links in the Geolocation palette.
If a sitemap in xml format is uploaded to Google (a real must for SEO) you can check the latest version in the On-site palette.
Interested in old cached versions of a site? You can check this in the Cached palette. Pages indexed are shown below as well as the number of Backlinks. I question the accuracy of the backlinks panel.
The next tab, Page Info is quite handy. This tab is useful for a quick look at at site title, description, h1, h2 and alt tags as well as keywords.
The third tab is a useful Page Speed checker and the final tab is links to other resource tools.