We realise that widgets are ten-a-penny these days, but nonetheless here’s some interesting news for those who blog about fashion or celebrity news: UK-based The Nod has launched its own widget that will allow publishers to syndicate its content on their own sites.
As you’d expect, all you have to do is paste some code into the blog or social network template, with individual celebrity widgets available on each fan page.
As with most widgets, there’s an advantage on both sides. Smaller publishers get fresh content every day, while The Nod gets links to its site and merchandise. read more
I logged into my PollDaddy account this morning and was pleasantly surprised when I found a new feature waiting for me: rating widgets.
The free tool is currently in early beta, but it gives blog owners the ability to add “rate this post” functionality with minimal work. The sweetest part is that you can use your own images, meaning that whatever widget you create, can match the look and feel of your site.
There are two widget options:
- Star rating. Gives the reader a scale of 1-5 to rate your content. It will also display the number of votes received.
- Nero rating. Gives just 2 options to the reader and would be used like a simple positive/negative scale. For example, thumbs-up or thumbs-down.
Just add a snippet of code to WordPress or your blog platform and you’re in business.
Well, why not I guess. Although I wouldn’t recommend the average blogger to jump at the opportunity to add a Google News box, displaying the latest news from a set category, or even various keywords. It might come in handy for niche blogs, product focused blogs, or completely different ones. read more
I’ve been toying with the idea of removing the BlogRush widget from my blog for months. It always takes a bit too long to load and produces minimum traffic. Now my hand has been forced. The company has announced that it is closing shop and that all bloggers should remove the code ASAP.
Amazon has launched a brand new widget in their Associates program, something that hardly qualifies as news by itself. This one is a bit interesting though, as it not only pushes relevant (?) products on Amazon, but also related content on your very own site. That is interesting, since it means that Amazon would have to analyze your content to make any kind of decent recommendations. The launch posts doesn’t give us much more than that, other than a dummy image, but Amazon affiliates can login and give it a go themselves. Have you used this widget? Share your experience in the comments!
Always hungry for new revenue streams, bloggers might be interested in a new widget launched by AnswerCo.com, an office and computer supply company.
If you have a product-focused blog or Web site that centers around printers, copiers, fax machines, projectors and digital cameras, the widget adds a price comparison tool to your content.
If you’re not technically-inclined, this is an easy way to add over 10,000 Amazon products to your blog along with info on over 75,000 models from AnswerCo’s database.
“More people are turning to independent sources like blogs for honest product opinions and information,” stated Bruce Capper, president. “This cross-reference widget gives bloggers the capability to have thousands of products on their websites, thereby increasing commission to them personally.”
You can sign up by visiting Answerco.com, or go old school and give them a shout at 214/ANSWERS for more information.