What are Bookmarklets?

Chances are that you are not a begginer so I won’t go much into details of what Bookmarklets are.

Bookmarklets are simply browser bookmarks that execute JavaScript in order to manipulate the current page. But since I’m not a developer and my JS skills are limited, you can read more on this freeCodeCamp article.

How to install

Creating or installing a bookmarklet is identical a regular bookmark, give it a Name that reminds you the function and in the URL field add the JavaScript code.

Three ways to create a bookmarklet.

  • Just drag and drop the shortcut in your bookmarks bar
  • Right-click on the Bookmark bar, then Add Page
  • Hit the shortcut CMD + D if you’re using a MAC or control + D if using Windows

Site search on current website

This bookmarklet lets you do a site: search on the current website. You can find a complete guide on search operators and amend the following JS script as needed.

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Open the current URL in ahrefs

This ahrefs bookmarklet is one of my go-to for opening the current URL in the Site Explorer with an Exact URL match.

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Open Google’s cache text-only version

This little gem allows you to see the current URL in Google’s text-only cache version in order to see what a web page looked like the last time Google visited it.

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Open in Google Search Console

This shortcut lets you open the current URL in Google search console with a query breakdown. There are a few applied filters such as:

  • Clicks
  • Impresssions
  • CTR
  • AVG position
  • Search type: Web
  • Date: Last 28 days
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Open in Wayback Machine

Check a URL if it’s saved in Wayback Machine. If it’s not about curiousity and how a page looked like 10 years ago, then it’s about SEO advantage.

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Get robots.txt of current domain

Let’s you view the robots.txt of the current domain.

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BONUS: Open in Google Analytics

Say that you’re currently looking at example.com/page

Hit this bookkmarklet and it will open example.com in Google Analytics under “Behavior > Site Content > Landing Pages”

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Just remember to change the Property View with the GA view that you want to associate it. In the code above replace “XXXXXXXXXXXXXX”

Take it a steps further?

Save these in your bookmarkets bar, use Alfred or Raycast (Mac users) to quickly search and use your bookmarkets. This gets you a GA view for each website, faster than you can blink.

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