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Blogger Widgets and Gadgets

  • Sep 19, 2010
This is my list of must-have widgets and gadgets; probably none on this list are new to you Bloggers, but I wanted to share the ones I can't do without.  These are listed in no particular order.

If there are any on this list you are not familiar with, you can check them out in action on my main blog http://brendaspspdesignsandtuts.blogspot.com
Because I am running a blog that offers digital scrapping freebies, I really want to know where my visitors have come from as far as another blog, site, search engine, etc. E-Referrer is a list on your blog that automatically keeps up with how many visitors came from what site. It tells you what site, search engine or blog a visitor came from and also totals the amount of people that came from that particular site. For example, I have friends who have my link banner on their blog, and when someone clicks that link, it shows in my list the blog they came from. This is an extremely useful tool for me.

If you want to check this handy tool out, just type E-Referrer in your browser.  It is very simple to set up, and of course it is free.
Link Within Feature
I wrote a review on this feature, and I simply can not do without it! So simple to set up; just go to Link Within in your browser, and follow the instructions to add the gadget below your post area on your Page Elements. Every post you make will automatically show other related posts you have made. Another good thing about it is that you never get the same related posts every time; it differs to give your readers more to look at. This is especially handy if you have hundreds of posts; your viewers will always be kept in the loop! Link Within links will also show up in the E-Referrer list gadget.
See the full review, "Running 2 blogs, this Link Within Widget has been truly productive".
Twitter Roll
There are hundreds of Twitter icons and feeds gadgets out there. Follow Me On Twitter icons are easy to come by, but finding an actual feed that worked well and looked attractive on my blogs was another thing altogether. I finally came across a good functional one at Tweetburn.  It is a Tweetroll that you can easily customize to suit your blog colors, and it shows your recent tweets, icons of your followers, and tells others how many followers and friends you have.  There is also a Follow Me on the top of the gadget.  You can choose how many tweets you want to show.  It looks good, it's easy to configure, and it's free.

Type in Tweetburn in your browser and get your gadget!
Recent Posts and Recent Posts Advanced
You get this gadget right from your Gadget List on Blogger. The regular Recent Posts will show snippets (if you have images on your posts, this is great) and you can configure how much of a post you want to show. This list appears so that others can see your most recent posts without having to actually look through your Tags or Categories. The Recent Posts Advanced is great if you have more than one blog; on blog number 1, show your most recent posts from blog number 2; this attracts many to click on those posts, therefore getting more traffic.
I saw this cute little animated gadget on a friend's blog and I had to have it. It is small and fits wonderfully in your sidebar. There are literally hundreds to choose from - depending on what color you want and how many levels of information you want. It tracks how many visits per day, how many pages were viewed, how many are online, etc. Go to HiStats.com and just sign in.  The good thing is you can add as many sites or blogs as you want - you have a Control Panel on your account so every time you log in, you can add, delete and change your gadget as often as you want.  This is great for me because I am forever changing my blog layouts and colors, so I can always find a great Stat Counter to match my blog.
Google Translator
A translator is nothing new, but many people fail to stick one on their blog. If your blog has lots of text in it, make it easy for anyone to be able to read it! I like the regular Google Translator as it is small and has a drop down list; it doesn't take up hardly any space in your sidebar.

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September 20, 2010
Hmm....I am learning a lot here. :)
September 20, 2010
Oh good - blogging is just too cool! Thanks for reading Woo....
September 19, 2010
I can't even get Google Analytics' counter to work, nor can my wife on her blog despite having had them work before. So, are any of the alternatives you suggest recommended? I tend to like a cleaner, less cluttered blog, and I am envious of my colleagues who use WordPress, but it seems too late, years in, to change, given Google's search engine preferences-- or so I've been told. Any suggestions. Thanks for a helpful list, for as you can tell, many of us bloggers are more "tech-challenged."
September 20, 2010
If you are talking about the regular Google Analytics that you can apply for through Google, I have not had much luck with that either. I have however found that meta tags on the html portion of your template works wonders; and really quick also! I will be writing a review later today on adding meta tags not only to the blog, but to individual blog posts that will automatically show up when someone Googles. Within a few hours (I kid you not) of putting these meta tags on, I have search engines look me up! It is the best way yet I have found for Search Engine Optimization. Please look for the review later today. And if I misread your question about the Analytics, please correct me!  And by the way, I tried WordPress - the unhosted one at WordPress.com, and I got no traffic whatsoever.  I found that Blogger is better, or in my opinion anyway!
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