Tuesday, November 13, 2007

100+ Free Blogger Addons & Widgets

Widgets are a handy, easy and simple way to add some flare to your blog. Whether you’d like to display the number of currently online visitors to your site or simply the weather report for Los Angeles, you can do it with widgets.

Blogs that are on Blogger, WordPress or TypePad can now add the wonderful outbrain star ratings widget to their blog posts. By adding the outbrain rating widget you will get immediate feedback from your readers, and they will get easy and quick access to your best content.

Blog Ratings Widget - http://www.outbrain.com/new/pages/get_ratings.html

3Bubbles, a chat tool for blogs

Adam Kalsey's Button Maker, add a button to your blog

Babel Fish, add a translation tool to your blog

WikiSeek - search Wikipedia with this simple widget.

FeedCount - show off the number of visitors to your blog with this handy little button.

Technorati Link Count - display the number of links your website has from one of the biggest blog authorities - Technorati.

MyPageRank - another good way to show how “big” your blog is is to show off your Google PageRank.

CheckPageRank - in addition to showing your PageRank, this widget also shows your Alexa ranking.

BlinkxIt - embed a link to related videos directly into your website.

Skype button - display your Skype online/offline status on your blog.

RockYou Horoscope - not something I would personally use, but some people are into horoscope. Hell, most people are into horoscope. Anyway, this widget shows horoscope (doh!) and does it in a nicely designed colorful box

bLaugh, add a blog-related comic to your blog

Blog Hot or Not, add a Blog Hot or Not rating bar to your blog.

Blog in Space, feed your blog into outer space

Blogcartoons, Free cartoons to post on your blog

BlogRolling.com, add a Blogroll to your blog

Blogthings.com, add quiz results to your blog

Blue-Blooded Blogger badge, get a badge for your blog that shows your passion for blogging

Brilliant Button Maker, add a button to your blog

Bunchball, add Flash games to your blog

Cafepress, add a store with your logo or designs to your blog

ClockLink.com, add a clock to your blog

Del.icio.us, add a link roll to your blog

Emoticons4u.com, put emoticons and smileys on your blog

Feedjit, web traffic and visitor map widgets

Flickr.com, add photos to your blog

Frappr, add a Frappr map to your blog

Gabbly, a chat tool for blogs

Gapingvoid Widget, add a gapingvoid cartoon on your blog

Glassy Buttons, add a button to your blog

Google Gadgets, thousands of different add-ons for your blog or website

Gravatar.com, get a Gravatar to identify yourself when you post comments on a blog that accepts gravatars.

Haloscan.com, add comments and trackbacks to your blog

Hello, post images to your blog. Works with Blogger

How Much is My Blog Worth, add a ridiculous button that shows how much your blog is worth to your blog

ImageShack, host images for your blog

iMood.com, put your mood on your blog

Kineda Blogger Ranking Widget, determine whether your blog is an A-list, B-list, C-list or D-list blog

Meez, add a 3D avatar to your blog

Mobber, a chat tool for blogs

Moodsticker, a Moodsticker tracks the current mood of LiveJournal users

MusicVideoCodes.com, put music videos on your blog

MyBlogLog, add a community to your blog

MyChingo, add voice comments to your blog

Online Button Maker, add a button to your blog

Photobucket.com, host images for your blog

MyBlogLog’s Recent Readers - this widget can easily be called a hit amongst blog owners; its popularity even managed to convince Yahoo into buying MyBlogLog. The widget lets you see the avatars of recent visitors to your blog, provided they’re also members of MyBlogLog.

Flickr Flash Photo Stream Badge - display images from your Flickr profile with a handy Flash photo stream.

Preview Anywhere - see a live preview of outgoing links in a small popup which activates on mouseover. Some find this annoying, while others might find it useful.

Twitter Badge - if your life is so interesting that everyone must know what you’re up to all the time, then a Twitter badge is the ideal counterpart to your blog. It’ll proudly displays your recent tweets.

Digg News - display the latest Digg links on your blog. Themeable and fully customizable.

FEEDJIT - real time traffic data directly in your blog’s sidebar.

LineBuzz - inline comments for your blog. Very handy for blogs with frequent lively discussions.

Flixn - display a stream directly from your webcam, so your blog visitors can always see what you’re up to.

Pingoat Blog Worth Calculator, calculate the value of your blog

Google Map Widget - display a searchable Google Map on your website.

Google Video Search - add a video search form and selected videos to your web site.

Odeo player - display an Odeo player for and podcast right there in your sidebar.

PollHost.com, put polls on your blog

Quizilla, add quizzes to your blog

Sideblog, add a small, seperate sideblog to your blog

Site Meter, add a counter and/or get web traffic measurement for your blog

SketchPlanet, add sketches to your blog

StikIt, StikIt from Opinmind allows bloggers to insert bloggers' opinions about a subject or keyword into their blog.

Street Sign Generator, make a street sign for your blog

Tag-Board, add discussion to your blog

TagCloud, show your blog's most popular tags on your blog

del.icio.us Tagometer - display how many times have del.icio.us users saved your page.

del.icio.us Linkrolls - this badge shows your latest bookmarks from del.icio.us.

Timelines - need to create a timeline? Seek no further. This widget makes it really easy.

PollDaddy - PollDaddy lets you create beautiful polls in no time, and display them at your blog.

Vizu - another poll-making widget, compatible with all major blog platforms.

AnswerTips - display definitions from Answers.com for various terms on your blog. The definitions are shown in bubbles which are activated on doubleclick.

AnswerBoxes - give your visitors a chance to enter a term themselves, and get a definition from Answers.com

Now Playing - if you got to share your current playlist contents with the world, Sigamp will do the trick. Works with most popular music players, including Foobar, Winamp, iTunes and others.

BuzzBoost - display headlines from your RSS feed on any website.

LibraryThing - show off the latest books you’ve been reading.

Plaxo Address Book - let your most faithful visitors access their address books direclty from your site

Technorati Profiles, add a profile and search box to your blog

Wanabo.com, let others tag your blog

Warning Label Generator, make a warning label for your blog

We Love Widgets, add a horoscope widget to your blog

WebSmileys.com, put animated emoticons on your blog

Wunderground.com Weather Stickers, add a weather sticker to your blog

3Jam - lets your visitors send messages to your mobile phone, without them knowing your phone number.

Jaxtr - with Jaxtr, your visitors can actually call you to your mobile phone; again, your number stays private.

LinkedInABox - show off your LinkedIn profile. Perfect for personal blogs.

Box Widget - enable visitors to use box.net’s online storage directly on your web site.

Price of gas - displaying gas prices on your blog might seem unnecessary to some, but it’s cool if you have a traffic/travel related blog.

iBegin Weather Widget - Display weather information in your sidebar. Just like with Price of Gas, works great with travel-related blogs.

ClockLink - display time in various time zones with these nifty Flash clocks.

Film Loops - display the latest loops from your FilmLoops account.

Daily Painters - display paintings from famous painters on your blog.

WhoLinked - show your visitors which sites have recently linked to your web site. Works with all major blog platforms.

AuctionAds - a widget that displays auctioned items on eBay, and gives you a percentage of the price paid when sometimes buys an item.

aStore - similar to AuctionAds, only for Amazon. Create a mini-store on your site and receive profit when someone buys an item through your store.

Plazes - show your current location on a Plazes map.

Stockalicious - track your portfolio with this widget, and share it with others. Let everyone know how much money you’ve lost.

Yahoo! For Good - create a charity badge and ask for donations for a worthy cause.

Giftspace - your friends never know what to buy you for birthday? Let them know what you really want with this nifty widget.

MixMap - see where are the visitors to your MySpace profile from on a map.

Criteo AutoRoll - displays links to blogs similar to your blog.

Bitty Browser - embed a cute, fully functional mini web browser to your blog.

Leafletter - create a mini website and embed it into your blog

Adsense Ads Inside Blogger Posts
This is perhaps the most easy way:-). All what you have to do is to parse your code.If you want to save your time , An online parser is available . All you have to do is to parse it there and then paste it into your blog template.

More details can be found at Adsense between blogger posts

Label Cloud In Blogger
Turn your boring list of labels into a label cloud easily.Follow the instructions here

Setup and configuration for New Blogger Tag Cloud / Label Cloud

source: metasquad

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Free Page Rank display button for your blog

Many blogs and websites show off their Page Rank with a button like this:

Google Page Rank Checker

Display Google Page Rank

You can use this free tool to generate your own PageRank button display which updates dynamically each time your PageRank is updated, so you can always be sure that your correct ranking is displayed.

To use this free tool, simply enter the full URL of your blog and click "Check PR. Your blog's current PageRank will be displayed, along with a selection of buttons you can choose from to display in your site. When you click on a button style, the code will be generated for you to copy and paste in your blog where you would like the PageRank display button to appear.


You will get result both for www. as well as without www. cases.

Domain name:

What is Page Rank?

PageRank is one of the methods Google uses to determine a page's relevance or importance. Pagerank fraud is becoming a serious problem. It is achieved when offending webistes use a 301 or 302 redirects that point their sites to sites with a high Pagerank.

Google PageRank results from a "ballot" among all the other pages on the World Wide Web about how important a page is on a scale of 0-10. A website or blog with a high PageRank is considered more important than one with a lower PageRank. Read more about PageRank on this post.

(At present, Blogger Buster does not yet have a PageRank. This is because I created the Blogger Buster domain just after the last PageRank update. Hopefully this will soon change!)

Please leave your comments and suggestions below.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Will Google PageRank be updated soon?

If you use the Google Toolbar, you may well be familiar with Google PageRank as you can see the rank of any site in your toolbar. The toolbar PageRank was usually updated every three months, but we have not yet seen an update since April-almost five months ago now!

For many newer sites, this has been rather disappointing (here at Blogger Buster, for example, we still have a PageRank of 0, despite efforts to improve this). So why is this update taking so long, and when can we expect to see an update?

PageRank is the status given to sites by Google which can help web-users understand their importance. Rank is determined on a scale of 0-10 with a rank of ten being attained only by sites such as Google Yahoo and MSN. IOt has long been understood that if you can acquire backlinks from high ranking sites, your own site's PR will in turn be improved, since effectively the higher PR site will be "endorsing" the content of your own.

However, many services have taken this too far, offering paid backlinks which have no real relevance to the quality of a site's content. Of course, Google do not like this as it means bad quality (and even spam) websites could achieve a much higher PageRank than they really deserve.

So, for this PageRank update, Google seem to be making changes to the algorythms used in deciding PageRank in order to be fair to the sites which deserve it, and lowering the PR of sites which use paid links or attempt to cheat the system.
Here's the good news

Although we are only able to see changes in PageRank using the Google Toolbar (or sites such as the BB Tools PR Checker), PageRank is updated very frequently indeed. This is altered in Googles internal PageRank system, and can be reflected in the search results pages when doing a Google search.

Sites which previously had a PR of "n/a" because they were so new may now have a PR of 0 instead, which usually means that they will be given a more appropriate PageRank in an imminent update.

The general consensus of sites I have read when researching this post is that the next PR update will happen rather soon, though it's anyone's guess when a subsequent update will happen.

In the long run, I'm sure that the updates to the existing PR allocation system will work better for us all: quality content-driven sites will be awarded a higher PageRank than those which don't deserve a second glance!

For those of you who are (like me) impatient to see a PageRank update, I found a useful PageRank prediction tool over at iwebtool.com. This uses the number of backlinks to your site to provide a prediction of your PageRank for the next Google update. Unlike other similar tools, this one does not require that you already have a PageRank to offer a prediction, and also offers a percentage of accuracy for the prediction. Blogger Buster, for example, has been predicted to have a PageRank of 3-4 with a percentage accuracy of 86%.

Have a try with your own blog URLs and let me know what you think. I will of course post when Google do finally update PageRank, and will continue to twiddle my thumbs until then!

source: blogger buster

Saturday, September 15, 2007

PPP blogs suffer the greatest Google slap yet!

Today it seems almost all blogs which use Pay Per Post have been reduced to a PageRank of ZERO!

I could hardly believe Google would stoop so very low as to punish bloggers in this way when I first heard the news this morning. After the recent lowering of PR for blogs which use Text-Link-Ads and the like, it seems to me that Google are punishing anyone and everyone who uses an alternative (and dare I say, better paid) alternative to AdSense monetization in their blogs!

For those of you who do use Pay-Per-Post, please don't worry too much. From what I read in the forums over there, PPP are looking into alternative methods of ranking blogs for paid posts. You can check out this thread for information on this subject.

Thankfully I don't feature any paid posts on this site, so my PR has remained stable. I am so sorry for all of you whose PageRank has been reduced to zero. I don't yet know for certain if the strange Pagerank behavior is a temporary glitch or an all round slap for paid bloggers, but you can be sure that once I know more about this, I will be sure to post the info here for you all.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Google dictate "no-follow" for ALL links from compensated content?

If you're at all concerned about Google's "punishment" to bloggers who post sponsored content, you really need to read this post by Ted Murphy on the Izea blog (Izea owns Pay Per Post). In this post, Ted explains the discussion he had with Google's Matt Cutts earlier this month at PubCon, where they talked about using "no-follow" tags for links in sponsored content.

Although Izea how now decided to require "no-follow" for all links to an advertiser in posts made through SocialSpark. However:

Matt commended the decision, but then added ALL links inside of any sponsored post should carry the no-follow tag period, regardless of whether they are required, not required or even link to the advertiser paying for the post. (Ted Murphy)

Yikes, Google really are getting serious about this now!

Andy Beard has followed up on this post with a really great article about the ramifications of Google's decision, which I strongly suggest you read if you have any concern about paid content and the perils of followed links.

While I do no sponsored posts here at Blogger Buster (or indeed any of my blogs), I am now rather concerned that any advertising I choose to feature in my blog may eventually subject me to Google's wrath, as I'm sure many other bloggers are too. Does this mean that all bloggers who receive any sort of compensation from their blogs should insert "no-follow" on all outgoing links to be absolutely certain that we don't incur Google's wrath?

I certainly hope not! For me, this would undermine one of the core principles of blogging: the ability to link to between blogs, create dynamic content and a generate a sense of community which the search engines pick up on and deliver to the internet as a whole.

As Andy rightly puts forth:

This really is looking less and less about the quality of search results, and more about the failings of Google's algorithms.

I sincerely hope that Google's Webmaster guidelines are soon updated to include a clear and concise explanation of the way Google expects us to link to other content in our blogs without fear of losing PageRank and search results status!

I know that many of you believe that links in paid posts should not be followed by search engines, but I honestly believe that such drastic restrictions on links which can or can't be followed will eventually affect any blogger who has ads or is somehow compensated to blog. Please do let me know your opinions on this matter by leaving your comments below.

source: Blogger Buster

Friday, June 29, 2007

What is Google Page Rank, and how can I improve my ranking?

Google uses its Page Rank (PR) system to determine how sites rank, and in which order, in their search results; so, the higher a web site's page rank, the higher it will feature in search results.

The page rank system is based on an equation which looks something like this:

PR(A) = (1-d) + d(PR(t1)/C(t1) + ... + PR(tn)/C(tn))

Quite confusing, isn't it? However, we can think of it in a simpler way: Page Rank = 0.15 + 0.85 * (a "share" of the page rank of every page which links to it). Of course, the real equation is Google's secret formula, developed so that it cannot be "cheated" by spammers!

Here's how Google describe their Page Rank system:

In essence, Google interprets a link from page A to page B as a vote, by page A, for page B. But, Google looks at considerably more than the sheer volume of votes, or links a page receives; for example, it also analyzes the page that casts the vote. Votes cast by pages that are themselves "important" weigh more heavily and help to make other pages important." Using these and other factors, Google provides its views on pages' relative importance. (Source: Google)

So does this mean that the more sites link to your blog, the better your page rank will be? Possibly, but in reality a blog's authority will depend much more heavily on the quality of writing, and accessibility of information. The best way to improve your page rank is to provide quality information in your posts in a manner which is easy for search engines to read.

How do I check my page rank?

There are many online services available which you can use to check your Page Rank, such as:

These are very simple to use: simply enter the URL of your blog and submit; your page ranking should follow, possibly with explanations of how other factors (such as DMOZ inclusion) affect this. Do be aware that if your blog is relatively new (under a few months old), your page rank may not yet be available.

How can I improve my page rank?

Believe it or not, as a blogger you are well on your way to improving your page rank already, simply by updating your blog on a regular basis, creating topical content and linking to your blogging friends! To help get the ball rolling a little faster, here are some more tips:

  • Write great content! This is probably the most important thing any blogger can do to improve their page rank. If your posts are good to read and contain useful information, it's more likely that people will link back to you, thus ensuring "votes" from across the bloggosphere for your blog!
  • Use "post pages": that is, ensure each post has it's own page. This increases the size of your blog and helps search engines find the information faster.
  • Be smart with your use of "keywords": try to focus on keywords which adequately describe the content of your posts; have these in the title of your post, especially in the first few words, as these will be picked up from the URL of your post pages.

Jim Durbin at 5 Minutes forMom has written a great post about blogs and Page Ranking, which is well worth a look if you're relatively new to the subject!

Finally, don't be too concerned about your page rank! It can take months, and even years for a blog to become well established, and worrying about how well your blog ranks in search engines can only distract you from the reason you started blogging in the first place: to write well and have your voice heard (or should I say, "read"?).

As I mentioned earlier, a blog's authority is much more dependent on the quality of writing than how many people link to it! If the latter was the case, then sneaky spammers would have a higher page ranking than Google themselves! Writing great content will always develop your readership, so ensure this is your first priority!

source: blogger buster