How to use OneTab to research and write at the same time without 100s of tabs open

The ins and outs of using OneTab for content marketing productivity

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If you’re like me, you write well-researched blog posts, even when you’re writing about your own experiences.

One of the big challenges of content marketing is generating the content. And I don’t mean just the ideas, I mean the actual process.

One big problem I used to have was when my MacBook Pro broke and I had to get by using only my iPad and a refurbished Chromebook that I’d bought in an earlier moment of prosperity, just for the hell of it.

I could no longer have both a word processor or notes open and still have all my browser tabs open.

Google Chrome RideI preferred to work that way on my MPB.

With a Quad core processor and sufficient memory, I knew I could comfortably have up to four programs working at full power without risking a crash and losing my work.

After moving to the Chromebook, I constantly had the problem of overloading the browser with all my research tabs.

After a while I discovered a way to have all the articles I needed for research in only one tab, on one page, and write the actual article in WordPress or Google Docs.

My browser didn’t lock up or hang  anymore, and I was easily able to find everything I needed, as well as add new articles to the list without losing my place.

Enter OneTab

TypingTo pull this off, I installed One Tab, a browser extension ( you can get it for both Firefox and  Chrome).

This allows you to archive your open tabs to a rolling list of links you can then later open at your pleasure. It also takes up far fewer resources.

After a few weeks of experimenting, I nailed down a process that let me not only clear my current tabs so I could focus on one project, but also restore my previous group of opened tabs any time I like in the future.

This process seems to work the same now that I’m back on a proper laptop, Mac or Windows.

Here’s how to copy my OneTab content marketing process.

  1. Once you have OneTab installed, clear whatever is open in your browser by clicking the OneTab button. This sends links to all the tabs you were using to the OneTab archive page. If you lose it  you can click the button in your browser header, and it opens automatically when you restart your browser.
  2. Now, create a starter group of articles that you need for your research, and the place where you’re writing the article if you like. I like to include social media search pages and whatever Google searches I started with.
  3. When you’ve gathered all of the research you need for a single topic, make sure they are unpinned, and pin or close any tabs you don’t want sent to OneTab.
  4. Next, save them all to One Tab at the same time. Again you can either hit the OneTab button or right-click on the page and click “Send only this tab to OneTab” to send one button at a time.
  5. Now, you may want to distinguish this group of tabs from the one you just saved. If you look under the “more” button, you’ll see the option to name this group, as well as to star or lock it so it stays at the top.
  6. Now you can close every tab except the one you’re writing in, and whatever you look up for research. I send Every tab I open for research to OneTab when I’m done with it, and drag it into the named group so I can use it later if I change my mind.
  7. You can just repeat this process, one tab at a time, as you continue writing, so that you end up with all the article links for each time that you research that article.

This works for multiple sessions too.

In the next article, I’ll give you three additional tips for long-form articles or ebooks.