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Friday, May 7, 2010

CONVERT YOUR BLOG AS A WIDGET

Want to convert your blog into a widget and give as a gift to your readers? You can use this widget to promote your blog in your friends blog and also in your other blogs. Here in this post, I will explain some methods to make  a widget from your blog. Some of these methods are paid services, which is optional for the users. We will discus some free widget services that is available in internet.

CONVERT YOUR BLOG INTO A WIDGET USING WIDGETBOX

WIDGETBOX Widgetbox is a free service that allows you to make a widget from your blog posts. This service is free of cost and very easy to configure. You can select colors and styles according to your need and make widgets from your blog, Twitter, Facebook and even make a slideshow widget.

All that you need is the Feed address of your blog or twitter or facebook. The disadvantage of this free service is that, it will start random display of advertisements after installation. If you buy a premium service (pro) then you can stop the display of advertisements from Widgetbox. There is another option to install your own Adsense Publisher Id  in the widget box. That means another way of monetizing your blog. Nice isn’t it?

View our Widget for DEMO: (If you like it, grab the code and install it in your blog)

CONVERT YOUR BLOG INTO A WIDGET USING FEEDBURNER ( FREE OF COST )

STEP A

Follow the below given steps to create a Feedburner account and syndicate your feed. If you already created a Feed Burner account, then please proceed to STEP B

  1. Go to www.feedburner.com, login with your Google ID and password.
  2. Enter your blog's web address( URL) in the "Burn a feed right this instant?" form found on FeedBurner homepage after your login.If you like to publish a podcast with your Blogger feed, check the "I am a podcaster" box. Click Next».                                                       
  3. Then the Original feeds of your blog will be identified and provided to select. Usually two original feeds are given. You may select any one of these, and click “Next»
  4. Next page, you can see a welcome, where the “Feed Title”  and “Feed Address”  are given. You may change both according to your ways. Please note down the feed address as hereafter this will be your main Feed address. Click on Next» Your feed address will look like this

          http://feeds.feedburner.com/YOUR FEEDNAME

Now you have successfully configured your Feed. In  next steps, you may customize the applied FeedBurner services to provide a more detailed podcast listing at iTunes&Yahoo! search and  additional free FeedBurner Stats options for a more richly detailed view of your feed readership. After configuration simply click Next», till you get a message “You have successfully updated the feed”.

STEP B

Look to the header portion, where you can see a tab called “PUBLICIZE”, Click on that where you will reach a page to avail free services from feed burner to convert your blog into a widget.

  1. HEADLINE ANIMATOR WIDGET – You can create and customize more than one animated banner that cycles through your feed's most recent items. It's an easy way to promote your content anywhere in blogosphere by placing snippet. Customize it according to your publishing options. Then Activate, Copy the HTML, Login to Blogger, go to Dashboard, Layout, Page Elements, Add a Gadget and HTML/JavaScript. Now Paste the copied script in this and Save. A headline animator will appear with your recent posts. The advantage of this widget is that we can place it with our own background image. The major disadvantage is that, we can display only the Title of the post.
  2. BUZZBOOST WIDGET - Buzzboost help you to republish your recent contents as a widget. This is very useful if we want to cross promote your blog on another site you manage. Customize it according to your publishing options. Then Activate, Copy the HTML, Login to Blogger, go to Dashboard, Layout, Page Elements, Add a Gadget and HTML/JavaScript. Now Paste the copied script in this and Save.
    The major advantage of this widget is that we can add details like few words from the posts, date of publishing, author name etc.
  • You can copy the Code and provide it to your readers to display in their blogs.

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2 comments:

reetha said...

Dear Tomas, That wont hurt......u can use it with all braveness

Tomas said...

Thank you for the information and step by step gui... Thank you for the information and step by step guidance on how to make our blogs more attractive and share them with our readers.
I would like to ask just one. What impact does the widget do on the blog speed? Would my blog Art by Tomas‘ art slow down in speed in case I would use the Headline Animator Widget?

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