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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