learn how to add fun and functionality to your blogs.|
|Pump up your website or blog with a few add-ons that will help you get under its bonnet, add functionality or just provide a bit of fun. You won't need a degree in HTML coding to install any of these little helpers: cutting and pasting is as technical as it gets.
Statistics counters help track the number of site hits, unique visitors and returnees your site receives, and tell you whether your readers are from the US or Ulhasnagar, how long they browse your site, what browser and operating system they use, and whether they take one lump or two.
StatCounter (statcounter.com), Sitemeter (sitemeter.com), and eXTReMe Tracker (extremetracking. com) are options that offer basic free version and paid-for upgrades.
A tagboard is a message box. Readers leave notes here, which encourage conversation and a healthy feedback.
Different from a comments box, the tagboards run throughout your whole blog. One could check out TagBoard (www.tagboard.com) and Chatterbox (chatter-flooble.com) that are popular and free. Add a poll and ask readers to vote on issue of the day or issues blog. Go to www.freepolls.com or www.pollhost.com for the free tools you need.
Use Skype Me
If you use Skype (www.skype.com), the free internet telephony software, add a Skype Me button. Readers, friends and colleagues can call you straight from your site to tell you what a great post you just made, so long as they also have Skype installed. See www.skype.com/community/s kypemebuttons.html.
Live message alerts
Let your readers know in real time when you update your blog. Live Message Alerts! www.messagecast.net) is free. Add the icon to your site and readers can opt to receive alerts by email, desktop alert, mobile phone, or PDA. Readers receive a clickable link to read your new post.
License your work
Adding a Creative Commons licence (creativecommons.org) lets everybody know what they can and cannot beg, borrow or steal from your blog. You choose whether your stuff is available for commercial purposes.
A blog is incomplete without a RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed. Adding a Bloglines (www. bloglines.com) or a Newsgator (www. newsgator.com) feed to your site allows readers to sign up quickly by hitting the icon you install and adding your feed to their RSS reader or online Bloglines account.
The Truth Laid Bear Ecosytem (www.truthlaid- bear.com/ecosystem.php) will let you know your ranking in Blogdom. Let the narcissist in you take over and add the 'Who links to me' code (wholinkstome.com) and it tells you what it says it will. Technorati (www.technorati.com) offers a similar, more sophisticated service. Add a clock with www.clocklink.com. Use the Flickr (www.flickr.com) photo-sharing service? A Zeitgeist from www.flickr.com/ fun/ Zeitgeist, displays a patchwork of pictures for your sidebar.
Foil the spam robots crawling your blog for email addresses with SpamPoison: www.spam poison.com. And one blog is never enough. With sideblog.com you can add a small separate blog to the side of your main blog. It is useful for keeping link lists or guest bloggers apart from your main blog.