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Top 3 Items Your Blog Should Have in the Sidebar

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Blogs are an essential element of social media and content marketing, conveying messages to targeted consumers.  Blogs address several purposes for any brand, including driving traffic to the brand, answering consumer questions, and offering information on how to purchase sought services and products.

What’s the intention of the next visitor to your blog?  You can leverage metrics to gain a better understanding, but brands can’t exactly predict consumer behavior yet may prepare for on-site visits to the blog.

There are a number of sidebar widgets available to blog owners.  Widgets allow readers access to other posts, sign up for newsletters, follow brands on other social media networks and more.  What should your sidebar feature? Read More

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5 Fun Halloween Widgets for your Blog

Halloween will fall on a spooky Wednesday this year, so get your terrifyingly terrific costumes ready for some nonstop partying! For bloggers wanting to savor the Halloween experience, maybe a countdown plugin is in order, so why not put one of these Halloween widgets on your site and just count the days until fuzzy bats, ghouls and monsters will rule the night.


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Magic 8 Ball and More Cool Blog Widgets

Who doesn’t love the classic Magic 8-Ball toy?  Did you know you can add one to your blog?

It’s true!  There are tons of free widgets that you can add to your blog to make it fun, interactive, and even more useful.  Listed below are several sites where you can find free widgets that you can install on your blog right now.

Some widgets will display on your blog with ad content, but some widget directory sites offer an option to pay for a pro account and remove the ads from the widgets.

Keep in mind, not all widgets are created equal.  Read the reviews, check the star-ratings, and be prepared to delete the widget if you don’t like it or it doesn’t function properly once you install it on your blog.

Most importantly, make sure the widgets you choose to use on your blog match your blog’s topic, tone and your audience’s expectations.  For example, if you write a blog about finance and investing, the Magic 8-Ball widget (like the one shown in the image at the beginning of this post) might not be appropriate, unless your audience knows you for having a sarcastic tone or sense of humor.

Check out these sites and browse around the widgets available.  From countdown clocks to Etch-a-Sketches, there is a widget for everyone!

1. Widgetbox

Widgetbox offers a huge selection of widgets and several different types of accounts with varying price tags and features.  The basic account is free, and a free 7-day trial offer is available for the pro account.  You can follow the link to see current Widgetbox fees.

2. SpringWidgets

SpringWidgets is owned by Fox Interactive Media and offers a directory that includes tens of thousands of free widgets that you can add to your blog by simply copying and pasting specific share code.

3. Widgipedia

Widgipedia is owned by Vendio Services, Inc. and aims to be the ultimate widgets resource.  Widgipedia is free and you don’t need an account unless you plan to create and upload new widgets to the directory.

What do you think?  Are you going to spice up your blog with a widget?  Can you resist the mysterious allure of the Magic 8-Ball?

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