Get a Facebook Badge

Written by + on July 31, 2013 under Facebook

People who are into maximizing the potentials of Facebook should look into its Facebook Badge option. There are four kinds of badges to choose from, each providing a different kind of information. Users can opt for the Profile Badge, Photo Badge, Like Badge, and Page Badge.

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Facebook Profile Badge


The Facebook Profile badge facilitates sharing of your information in other websites. It basically contains information like your name, place, school, your favorite movies, music, and the like. It essentially provides a sneak preview of the person behind the user name.

 

Facebook Like Badge


The Facebook Like badge shows off your favorite pages on your website or blog. This is a way to highlight the pages which you want to be given extra attention. It is also a reflection of the personal likes of a Facebook user as seen through the kind of pages liked.

 

Facebook Photo Badge


The Facebook Photo badge allows users to share their Facebook photos to other websites. People are especially keen on sharing every special moment they have captured in pictures at once. This badge will let you do just that.

 

Facebook Page Badge


The Facebook Page badge makes it possible to share your Facebook Page information on other websites. Nothing is too inconsequential to share nowadays. If you would want the information contained in your Facebook Page to be seen elsewhere as well for better exposure, then this is the perfect badge for you.

 

The Logic of Placing Facebook Badges


Facebook badges have been developed to make it easy and convenient for users to share information and photos which they wish to be out there where the public can see it. Business Facebook users have much to gain from this option although personal users are certainly not quite far behind in harnessing the advantages it offers. Everything that needs to be shared is just a click away.

 

Caveats in Facebook Use


Although uploading and sharing information over Facebook has been been made very easy, users must understand that removing what has already been uploaded and shared through the platform may be impossible to do. This should give Facebook users every reason to think before clicking these badges. These badges have their purpose and making your life miserable shouldn’t be part of it.

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Comment Widgets for Blogs

Written by + on July 1, 2013 under blogs

One of the most active sources on interaction between a blogger and his audience is the comment box. Readers cannot comment without an installed widget. Bloggers are losing the chance to hear what other people are saying about their blogs if they choose not to put one.

 

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It is said that if a blogger wants to know exactly what his audience is thinking, he or she should provide an easy way of commenting. However, a comments widget will need to be installed to allow this option. This is really a small thing to do to get the big advantage of gaining insights from both positive and negative comments.

Things to Consider in Putting the Comments Widget


1. Go for the moderation option.

Comment moderation is important to keep the blog in order. Moderation provides owners of blogs the power not to publish highly offensive comments that will not serve any purpose but to incite negative emotions. It should be noted that comments that go against the view of the writer but is written in a respectful manner is not considered offensive. Therefore, they deserve to be published and talked about.

2.Go for spam filtering.

To avoid being flooded by spam comments, it is best to choose an option that will provide filtering of comments of such nature. Having the option to delete spam comments that manage to go through spam detection is preferred.

3. Provide the option to follow comment response.

Some readers who leave comments are interested in reading responses of blog owners. Provide this option to them. This will help to keep the conversation going.

4. Consider the Recent Comments Widget.

This will display the most recent comments received by the blog. Having this on the blog’s sidebar encourages readers to leave comments. It will show how active the interaction is in the blog.

5. Consider a plugin that allows commenters to include the url of their latest post.

Nothing encourages comments more than the chance to promote a recent post especially if both blogs are of the same niche. It also helps provide information on the people behind the comments. Blog owners however must look into embedded links contained in the comment.

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Teresa is a researcher-writer who covers a wide range of topics in search of useful information to offer to her readers. She currently maintains four personal blogs.

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The 404 Widget – Helping Blog Visitors Find Their Way

Written by + on April 30, 2013 under blogs, Widgets

When we see the 404 or “Not Found” Error message during the course of online browsing and surfing, we are sometimes taken aback in thinking about what it means. It is  actually an HTTP standard response code representing the failure to communicate with the server. Placing the 404 widget on a site or blog will help visitors find their way.

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What Causes 404?


The appearance of the 404 page means that the server was found but it was not able to retrieve the requested pages. It is possible therefore that the requested page may be available in another time although there is no assurance of this. This often results when a page has been removed or deleted or an url has been wrongly typed.

A 404 page occurs because of broken links. These broken links have to be found and addressed accordingly. Broken links can occur from within the site or another site that links to the site displaying 404.

 

Making the 404 Page Useful


The 404 Page is probably the most neglected part of a site or a blog. Although no one would be really interested in specifically searching for a 404 page, it makes sense to make the page useful in as much as there will be errors bound to occur somewhere along the line.

Many websites have used their creativity to make use of what would be otherwise an unwelcome page for users to see. Conducting searches and ending up with 404 pages can be very frustrating. A 404 Page that shows the way is a positive way of addressing an undesirable error.

To be more useful , the 404 page may contain more than the usual message that the requested page cannot be found. Site owners should consider including a search box to help visitors find what they are looking for. With a little creativity, 404 pages can contain a simple projection of a site’s unique personality through graphics and witty text.

 

404 Widget


The additional information found on the 404 page can be put in place through 404 widgets such as links that point to the right direction. A snippet of code can also be added to serve a specific function. In some countries fake 404 errors are actually a form of concealed censorship.

It is a good idea to provide links as well to the site’s most popular contents. This provides an option to readers in the event that they are unable to find their originally chosen content. Installing a 301 redirect in the site can also prove useful.

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The Significance of the Alexa Rank Widget

Written by + on March 29, 2013 under Widgets

 

The presence of the Alexa rank widget is very important in monitoring website traffic.  Although there are other options for traffic monitoring, Alexa is deemed the most reliable in the eyes of those who have interest in its use.  The widget itself can provide more than the numbers.

Traffic widgets provide critical information that is quite useful to blog and site owners.  They can provide a clue as to how visitors behave in relation to their offered content. They are likewise expected to provide data in the number of visits, number of pages visited, the unique hits as determined by the IP used, and many others.

Alexa rank is used  by many to determine the popularity of a blog as it ranks all website and blogs that comes within its radar of detection.  Thus, an NA rank from Alexa would simply mean that the site is either too new to be ranked or has too few contents in it to be considered for ranking.  It has to be understood though that they base their ranking on the data that passes through its system.  It would be necessary therefore to install the Alexa widget on blogs while visitors should have an Alexa Toolbar on the browser they use.

Site and blog owners who wish to obtain a high Alexa ranking are advised to perform some tweaks in the way they handle their sites.  The usual advise of regular updating and writing quality content applies here since these always form the basis of blog success.   These  two are major magnets for traffic and back-links which can provide the key to higher Alexa ranking.

 

Things to Remember About Alexa


1.  The lower the number, the higher the rank.

2.  Ranking is updated daily and is reflected accordingly.

3.  The amount and quality of traffic affects ranking.

4.  It is important to get links from related sites and blogs.

5.  Participation in social networking affects ranking.

Site and blog owners are advised to claim their sites in Alexa so as to have their website metric certified.  Claiming a website will essentially require owners to update contact information, update site information, and to respond to user reviews.  It is fairly easy to do and can be accomplished by following the provided steps.

It makes sense to maximize the use of any widget if it is being used any way.  The data obtained can be used to guide owners in further site or blog development.  Although there is nothing absolute in the data presented, a high Alexa ranking is still seen as an advantage.

Teresa is a researcher-writer who covers a wide range of topics in search of useful information.

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Inspirational Widgets

Written by + on February 27, 2013 under Widgets

Inspirational widgets can provide just that- inspiration and motivation for readers.  These widgets can  make the reader experience more positive and pleasurable.  Widgets with messages related to a site is advised although many inspirational quotes are quite general in nature.

Most site owners endeavor to make a user experience a positive one.  Nothing can reflect positivism more than words and images that touch the heart, make a reader ponder, and create a reaction that makes him or her try to be the best that he or she can be.  When something motivates us to do better, that is what inspiration is all about.

It can be very hard to associate technology with inspiration especially of the spiritual kind.  Moving in a world that is highly technical and informal, inspirational quotes placed on blogs and sites provide a personality that cannot be mistaken for something other than human.  Most of the time, sites and blogs that appeal to human emotions and thinking while providing the required information get more readership than others who seem to be all-business.

It should not be forgotten that sites and blog cater to humans and not machines.  Providing relevant information is the main thing but providing a better learning experience  is preferred.  Inspirational quotes are probably the safest and simplest way to personalize a site as they provide words of encouragement and upliftment of the spirit without having to cross the usually complicated area of religious belief.  A reader who comes and leaves a site in positive spirit is one happy visitor indeed.

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Teresa is a researcher-writer who covers a wide range of topics in search of useful information.

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Related Post Widget

Written by + on January 31, 2013 under Widgets

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There is a smart way of leading readers around a blog in relation to finding related content.  This is through the Related-Post Widget which makes it possible to provide visibility to articles that may prove interesting to readers.  It is like providing a ready-made list to readers who may be looking for more information than what a single post can provide.

There is a big benefit in providing this widget in a blog.  Related articles can lengthen the time spent by readers on a blog.  It can also help increase page views as word-of-mouth or word-of-online share gets to more people because of satisfied readers.  Instructions for installing it are found online.

How does a Related-Post Widget help in lengthening the time spent by readers on a blog?  Quite simple really.  When readers continue to see something they like which is usually more relevant information, then bloggers can expect to enjoy lengthier visits from readers.  This is highly beneficial since this connotes a positive action of readers which search engines will categorize as something favorable thereby increasing the value of a site as a relevant source.

How does the same widget help increase page views  It achieves such feat through the simple and natural result of genuine sharing by people who saw something good in the site.  Satisfied readers are like marketing personnel that promotes the site.  The only difference is that they do not need to be paid to do it, just satisfied enough to do the sharing and the recommending on their own volition.  It is important that blogs contain related posts in spite of having several categories to give a semblance of cohesion.

 
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Teresa finds the related post widget very useful for her blogs.

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Social Network Widgets for Bloggers

Written by + on January 22, 2013 under Widgets

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Most online readers will be familiar with those small boxes with logos of the so-called proponents of social power over the Internet found on different pages of a blog.  These boxes are the key to effective interaction that can enable blogs to reach the masses.  Why would blogs want to do that?  Because this is where the blog’s potential audience exists and where the audience is, that is where success lies.

These social network widgets are driven by various platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Stumble Upon, Linkedin, and Pinterest, among so many.  These widgets when clicked connects the blog to the advantage of added exposure.  Success at present is all about influence.  When a blog is perceived as an influence by the reaction of the readers, more people will be paying attention to the blog thus further increasing readership.

How is influence determined by the action of readers in relation to social network buttons?  Liking a page through Facebook is tantamount to some sort of approval.  In the process, the information is shared within a reader’s circle of Facebook friends.  Clicking the buttons of other social network platforms will also result to the same scenario – that of sharing information, in this case to blog pages or the blog itself, to a wider circle of friends.

Social networking platforms have been tried and tested in their capacity and ability to make a particular information viral by the sheer number of users.  As the blog page is spread through the simple ripple principle of passing information, more possibilities are opened up for the blog.  Blog owners therefore cannot afford to ignore the power that lies beneath these small buttons.  They can serve as the critical link that encourages the much needed interaction that blogs need to be more visible to their desired audience.

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Nutrition Widgets for Blogs

Written by + on December 31, 2012 under Widgets

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Food and nutrition blogs should consider putting an appropriate nutrition widget on their site.  It does not only make the blog more informative but it also makes it more interactive and friendly to readers.  Primary targets of this type of widget are parents and their children who would like to make learning about nutrition more fun and exciting.

Nutrition widgets can come in the form of games, charts, daily tips, nutrition facts, and healthy recipes.  It is no secret that the road towards proper nutrition can be a tricky one among adults and children alike.  Nutrition widgets just make it a lot more convenient and fun to have access to relevant information.

One interesting nutrition widget is that which offers nutritional analysis for food.  This helps readers in determining what nutritional contents are being offered by the food they eat.  Knowing this simple yet important information can help in making wiser decisions regarding food intake.

Another interesting widget is one that offers meal planners.  This removes the guessing game in determining whether the food combination provided to a family is able to offer sufficient nutrients.  Complete meal planners ensure the family a balanced diet while providing for options if the recommended food is not preferred.

Nutrition widgets are ideal to share with family and friends.  They are useful, practical,   and rarely takes much space in one’s blog.  The animated and interactive games offered by most widgets provide the perfect online nutrition tool that can readily be appreciated by families.

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The Visitor Widget

Written by + on December 2, 2012 under Widgets

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Blogs and sites are always interested to know how many visitors are paying them a visit.  This is but natural since having access to statistics pertaining to visits can provide a clear basis for performance   Knowing this data can help sites improve their offering through the use of visitor widgets.

Visitor widgets does not only reveal the number of visits that happened.  The data they provide can also reveal the number of unique visitors,  the keyword used to find the site, the approximate physical location of the visitor and the number of pages visited in a site.  Co-relating these data makes it easier for site owners to determine their points of improvement in attracting visitors.

It is important to determine the uniqueness of visits so as not to inflate the actual number that may lead a site to falsely believe that it is getting such a number of visitors when the truth is that only one visitor has been making multiple visits. This is detected by the use of cookies which can detect if a visit is coming from the same IP address.  Although there are IP addresses that are dynamic and can change every time the user connects to the Internet, this is not as common as the permanent ones.

Site owners will just have to determine  what kind of widget will work best for them.  Would they want their visitor data displayed on public?  How much traffic tracking do they need?  The choice will actually depend on how a site would like to project the visitor data that it is getting.

 

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Finding the Best Android Widget

Written by + on November 14, 2012 under Widgets

The wide availability of widgets is one of the advantages of Android over IOS.  Users find these convenient and interesting because they allow a more interactive approach to communication, viewing and living in general.  Some can even be availed of for free.

There are widgets that provide attractive Android home screens.  With the great interest of people in beautiful and flashy gadgets, it is just expected that they would want widgets to personalize their home screens as well.  There are also either widgets that not only provide accurate information about temperature, precipitation, and sunrise or sunset times but are also presented in such pretty graphics.

Various widgets can transform a home screen into a virtual work of art with the vast range of design options.  Aside from beauty however, added functionality is always an attractive option for gadget users.  From convenient listening to music, more built-in controls, audio management, and taking down notes by picture or voice memo.

Information is another key feature of widgets for Android gadgets.  These would include sports, video, and scoring information, worldwide news, and dictionary access.  Communication is an obvious concern in relation to Android gadgets so there are many that answer to this.  These includes Twitter widgets, messenger widgets that get messages coming from different sources such as email, texts, Twitter, Facebook, and Gmail.  Widgets that allow users to avail of cheap international calls and free text messages such as those offered by Google Voice come in quite handy.  There is also a widget that allows users to monitor the data amount uses and what apps are causing such usage.

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