Essential Widgets for Your Blog
Blogs are all about content, but they’re also about engagement. The longer you can keep your reader on the page, the more invested he / she is in your blog. Blog widgets help do this by driving complementary content to your blog.
These are what I consider to be the 10 “essential” blog widgets to use for a successful business, analyst, or industry blog.
- Facebook Widgets
Connect your blog or website with your Facebook Account using these powerful widgets.
- Currently Online Readers Widget
A small widget which display how many users are currently online. The widget also indicates which pages are currently being looked at.
- Contact Admin Widget
Let your users stay in touch with you with this contact form.
- Post Ratings by Outbrain
Let your users give your post a star rating from one to five.
- Social Bookmarking Widget
This widget lets your users to easily bookmark your blog posts at the bottom of each post.
- PageRank Buttons
Showoff your blog’s Google PageRank with this small widget.
- WordPress Chat
This plugin will let visitors to your web page chat with you.
- Twitter Widget Tools
A great post containg 502 twitter widget tools, buttons, and icons for Engaging your followers.
- PayPal Donation Button
If you’ve got a loyal reader community that might be willing to sponsor you as a blogger, this would be the way.
- Google Buzz Share Button
Another way to share your content across a great social network.