is a great free service from yahoo that can bring you a lot of visitors for free. Although you will have to gradually build up your audience base by contributing to the community, by sharing your knowledge in a Question/Answer format and by participating in the discussions you can "earn points" and move to next "level". Each level will give you more powers to interact with the community, However be careful to respect the Community Guidelines
If you try to spam the forum, you will get banned and all your efforts will be wasted, so don't break the rules.
Check your broadband speed with this free tool and add it to your blog in style, so that your visitors can check their speed stats without leaving your blog. This cool service is brought to you by http://www.broadbandspeedchecker.co.uk
Add this Widget to your blog using the button below
The IP to Location widget, tries to predict the geographical location of the visitor using the IP address, the service is free and no signup is required.
There are different phrases that you can select
from in their homepage, or Add the widget shown above to your blog using the button below
We had to do this post, when we came across some nice blogs with good content but badly done header graphics, If you have some photoshop skills it could take a few minutes to make a goo header image for your blog an for the rest, here's a selection of online tools which can be used to generate free header image for your blog.
A professional header image in our opinion would have clean graphics and hopefully consist of stylized text. Here are our top choices :
#1 Xara3D Heading Maker : The widget below generates a 3D header for your blog, however we admit that choices are somewhat limited.
#2 Flaming Text
: Lot's of styles and options, Do check this out.
: This header logo is specially selected for ladies and female bloggers. Also has some cool fonts for use and download.
How could anyone actually advice “YOU” what are the things that “YOU” should blog about? Perhaps you have seen those articles where they would list some vague topics and categories that “THEY” have handpicked for “YOU” and everyone else who manages to reach their page.
Here, we are taking a different approach and instead of spelling out the topics for you, we will guide you through a general approach to overcome this “writer’s block” and brainstorm yourself with new blog ideas.
Don’t just passionately write about something, step up and turn your passion into an income source.
There is a strategy that you will have to follow – find the keywords that are related to your niche.
Eg: “free templates” is a quite vague keyword, it could attract traffic that are looking for “free templates for wordpress”, “free templates for website”, “free templates for word 2007” etc. as you can see there could be billions of blogs competing for that particular keyword and therefore your article would rank so far down in the search engine that nobody would be able to reach it.
On the other hand if you be more specific like “free templates for blogspot with floating sidebar and blue background”, the likelyhood of such a term being searched is very low, that’s why blogger’s need to know the basics of keyword research( the first lesson of Search Engine Optimization),
We use Google’s Keyword Tool
, but you can use any other tool as well, If you can afford a paid tool, you could use WordTracker
as well. Generate a list of keywords by using the main categories of keyword that you can think about writing.
Once you have a list of keywords, shortlist those topics based on the competition. Analyze the search results of the short listed keywords (it is time consuming), ideally you wouldn’t want to compete against sites which are already big players in that niche(e.g.: a site with High Google PageRank and domain name with all the keywords).
It does take time, but once you have decided on a niche, you can breathe a little easy. After a deep breath, you do some research(research is also a major part of blogging) and then start building your content around the keywords related to your niche, you will soon find out that getting the keywords is the easy part, writing great content based on these keywords requires another level of skill altogether.
To write search engine optimized pages, make sure you target different keywords on different posts, (at least you should group your keywords to a main group),
Make sure your keywords are in
- the title tag of the page
- the name of the page(or permanent link to the page)
- the header, preferably the H1 tags
- the name & alt attribute of your images
So, we’ll conclude by saying.. “make pages for people, not search engines”, however do optimize your pages for search engines.
provides free analysis for your blog/website, It's interesting to look at the stats generated as it could be helpful for SEO analysis. On top of that there are many widgets that can be used on your blog, There is even a rating given by the site for each blog/website.
Blog Health Widget
PageRank, Alexa Rank & Blog Worth Widget
Web Reputation Widget
, and if you prefer to keep things to be simple and easy, just use the widget that we have created to add the twitter count widget to your blog.
Daily Bible Verse is a free widget by ChristNotes.org
for christian blogs and websites, It has a customizable page that can be used to customize most of the things on the widget, Down below is a preview of the widget that we were able to customize for use. You can add this widget from the ChristNotes.org Daily Bible Verse Customization Page
or use the "add to blogger" button to add it to your blog quickly with default options.
This is a very popular widget that shows related posts with thumbnails below each of your posts, this service is brought to you by LinkWithin.com
. All you have to do is go to their homepage and generate a blog specific code for your blog and will generate a blogger widget.
Preview of the "related posts" widget :