Month: June 2007

9952 Google Gadgets

9952 Google Gadgets to add to your website – and counting These are a gadget lovers dream. Don’t worry I am not going to list them all. All Gadgets Categories of Gadgets: News Tools Communication Fun & Games Finance Sports Lifestyle Technology Here is my interpretation of what the categories should be; with a few examples: Useful – Blog Search Engine,Social Networking Search Informative – Wikapedia Search – in case what you write needs further explanation? Blog topic specific – Art of the Day, Stock Making the News Clever – San Francisco Web Cams Funny – Saving these for an SSS although I am very tempted to display one now Time Wasting – Four in a row,Lava Lamp Waste of Time – This or That Silly – Eye Tester Here is the Google Social Network Search...

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Website Grader

I have been using Website Grader for a couple of months now for checking statistical data on my web sites. Website Grader is a tool that helps measure the effectiveness of a website, from a marketing perspective. A big plus with the service is that it is very simple to use and simple to set up if you register. I also use Google Analytics and although it gives extremely useful information about your site, it is more complex to set up and use.It does not give you information on your visitors but there are many other services providing that. The site is quite new and a little short on details and help features as yet but it is in the process of being developed. Their blog does provide some details. It is not necessary to register to use this service. Free registration allows you to enter your details; which is handy if you are going to return again. One interesting feature is the ability to check the figures for any web site – good for seeing how your opposition is faring perhaps. This is a summary of the information provided by WebsiteGrader: Website Grade – Website Grader’s own figure. Google Page Rank Alexa Rank Technorati Rank Google Inbound Links – An important measure for a website is how many other sites are linking to it. The more links the...

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Blog ratings – Spotback

Spotback provides a tool that allows your readers to interact with your blog by rating your blog posts. There are many such services but this one is different in that you can choose from a variety of widgets and customize them to suit the look of your own blog. Widget Gallery Cut and paste codes are available for Blogger (new and old), WordPress and a generic one for other blog systems. My only concern with this sort of add-in is that commenting is the most valuable form of author/user interaction and they may deter readers from commenting; choosing to rate instead. I will leave the widget on my blog for a while so that you can see it in action. If by the time you read this it has gone, then here are some images showing you a selection of widgets available: widgets, Blog-Tools, sueblimely...

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Guest Blogger

What is Guest Blogging? Where blog publishes posts written by someone other than the blog’s author(s). How do you get a guest blogging spot? Through friends Through networking with fellow bloggers and developing contacts – people you develop relationships with by commenting/ content submission/email. This can be difficult especially if you are a new blogger. The new service offered by Guest Blogger can make it possible. Guest Blogger’s aim is to facilitate the connection between those who wish to find guest bloggers and those wishing to be the guest. The service is free and takes the form of a directory of blogs, split into categories, that are offering guest blogging opportunities. Potential guests can browse this directory, find a blog of interest and contact the author, giving details of why they wish to participate and why they believe they are suitable. Guest blogging can be advantageous for both parties. Some of the most popular bloggers host guest bloggers. Problogger: ProBlogger – Reflections on Guest Blogging John Chow – see John is Busy Slaying Pandas, I’m Filling In Advantages for the guest blogger: The advantages for the guest blogger can be invaluable, especially if the site you are posting on has a good readership and you are trying to increase your own. More people will get to know you and your writing. You can gain more respect and credibility. You...

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Sueblimely’s Silly Sunday (SSS) – 4

Things that tickled my fancy: Elgoog, the Google Mirror From the Odd Planet Blog – Tipping The Man From Life in the Fastlane- one of my favorite non-blogging blogs – The next-generation ideal blue collar worker A clever piece of animation: Poor Paris For those of you who have been following the trials and tribulations and trials of Paris Hilton, a tongue in cheek look at her reaction to being incarcerated. Please remember, you are welcome to submit content you think amusing by posting a comment to this post. If you are a blogger yourself, our senses of humor match and I write about it then I will include a link to your site in...

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Blog Toolbox 2 – Web Developer Toolbar

If you are a beginner with html and css styling, want to expand existing skills or learn new techniques, the Web Developer Toolbar is a valuable tool. You are able to view and work with the source code of sites that have elements you are interested in, and work with the generated content of xml or database created content. I used it extensively when I was learning web building and still use it regularly for such things as working on the styling of my beta blogger site. Main Features For editing Edit HTML – opens a small window at the bottom of your screen for you to edit the html while viewing the results in the top window. You can then save the html. View generated Source – opens up the page source code in a new window/tab. You can copy all or part of the code and paste it into another application to edit it or to practise styling before editing your css template. This is particularly useful for template based applications such as blog platforms or CMS programs where the html output is generated by xml or databases. View Source With – allows you to specify a program you wish to edit a page with – eg notepad, dreamweaver, photoshop. View and edit CSS and Style Information View JavaScript. Image tools Image Information – displays all the...

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