November 29, 2009

Add Orkut Share Button To Your Blog - Promote Your Posts On Orkut For Free!

First things first: What is Orkut Promote?

* Orkut Promote lets you and your friends share YouTube videos, photos, or text with each other, so you can easily spread word of a funny video, a cool picture, or an upcoming event.
* You can reshare your friends promotions, and they can reshare yours, so the information can spread throughout orkut.
* Once you've promoted something, you can track how many people have seen your promotion, and how many of them have shared it with their friends or trashed it under the my promotions tab.
So basically Orkut promote lets you to advertise your blog posts/articles freely on Orkut (at least for a group of audience)...more on orkut promote here

Integrate Orkut Share with Your Blog - A Traffic Booster
Now this tutorial will help you to place orkut share buttons on your blog (similar to facebook and twitter buttons). When a visitor clicks on one of these buttons, s/he will be able to promote your posts through his/her orkut-promotions list.

Orkut ad replaced with a promotion event


UPDATE: As this tutorial requires you to add JavaScript to your blog, so an updated tutorial has been published on Blogger, to add exactly the same Orkut Share button without any Javascripts.

Instructions to follow:
STEP #1
Log in to Blogger -> Layout -> Edit HTML and click on the tick-box "Expand Widget Templates"

STEP #2
Find this code in the template:
</head>
And immediately ABOVE/BEFORE it, paste this code:
<!--ORKUT-STARTS-->
<script src='http://www.google.com/jsapi' type='text/javascript'/>
<script type='text/javascript'>
google.load(&#39;orkut.share&#39;, &#39;1&#39;);
google.setOnLoadCallback(function() {
var params = {};
params[google.orkut.share.Field.TITLE] = &#39;<data:blog.pageName/>&#39;;
params[google.orkut.share.Field.DESTINATION_URL] = &#39;<data:blog.url/>&#39;;
var connection = new google.orkut.share.Connection(params);
document.getElementById(&#39;orkut-share&#39;).onclick =
function(e) { connection.send(&#39;orkut.com&#39;, {}); };
}, true);
</script>
<!--ORKUT-STOPS-Blogger-Help-http://bloggerstop.net-->

Now search for this code:
<div class='post-header-line-1'/>
And immediately BELOW/AFTER it, paste this code:
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == "item"'>
<span id="orkut-share" style="cursor:pointer; border:1px solid black">
<img src="http://code.google.com/apis/orkut/docs/images/share.gif"/>
</span>
</b:if>
To change/modify the display button, simply upload your image to any image hosting website (recommended - tinypic.com) and replace the link in RED color with your new DIRECT LINK.
You may use any of these buttons too:

DIRECT-LINK: http://i50.tinypic.com/14mz4ac.jpg


DIRECT-LINK: http://i47.tinypic.com/35bba5e.jpg


DIRECT-LINK: http://i47.tinypic.com/2ccmbmo.jpg
Save the widget.

Now if someone clicks on the "Orkut Share" button, then a pop-up box will appear like this:


NOTE: One can delete or create promotions manually from orkut too...


This tutorial has been requested by Rajeswar Khan from Valobasi-Bangla
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November 28, 2009

Embed Global Stock Market Widgets In Your Blog

Here's a bunch of professional looking finance/money/stock market related widgets that you may freely add to your blog. All these widgets are frequently updated with latest news and current market information.

Sanebull is offering these widgets to bloggers/webmasters:

  • Commodities and Futures Widget
  • Portfolio Widget
  • United States Indices Widget
  • Stock Symbol Information Widget
  • Currency Monitor Widget
  • ETF Viewer Widget
  • Real-Time Stock Symbol News Widget
  • Real-Time Stock Market News Widget
  • United States Mortgage Monitor Widget
  • Crude Oil Futures Widget
  • Gold Contract Futures Widget
  • Real-Time Stock Market Tweets Widget
  • Real-Time Stock Symbol Tweets Widget
  • US Treasury Bonds and Notes Widget

Screenshots of some those widgets:

Instructions to add these widgets:
Simply select and click on the widget from the left-sidebar, click on "Get Widget" button, then in the new page, copy the selectspring widget code or the manual installation code.
Now log in to Blogger -> Layout -> Add a Widget and select it as HTML/JavaScipt and paste the code in to it. Drag and place this widget anywhere in your blog.
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November 27, 2009

Friday Blogger Backup #2

Get Blogger Into Your FolderBackups are boring if they are not automatic, but it is the best way to prevent the worst nightmare of a blogger.
This post is a part of our Friday Blogger Backups series, where all the readers of this blog are regularly reminded to take a complete bak up of their posts, comments and templates.

Quick Links:
1. Tutorial for blog posts and comments backup.



2. Tutorial for template and widgets backup (read the first 6 steps of the tutorial).

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November 26, 2009

The Best Widget To Greet Your Visitors [Greet Box]

The easiest way to turn your first time visitor in to a regular and returning visitor is to greet them personally. This widget shows a different greeting message to your visitors depending on their referrer url. You would have seen messages like these in many of the wordpress blogs (but may be not in Blogger blogs):


Live Demo (original WP style)


Live Demo (Bloggerized Widget)


Live Demo (Bloggerized Widget)


The purpose of adding this widget to your blog:
* Greet your visitors with a reference to the site from which they came
* Request them to subscribe for your blog
* Request them to stumble or tweet your post and invite them for a long term professional relationship

Instructions to add this widget:
The best position for this widget is just above your post-title. Log in to Blogger -> Layout -> Add a Gadget and select it as "HTML/JavaScipt"
Now paste this code in to it:
<script src="http://bloggergreetbox.googlecode.com/files/TextToBeDisplayedDiv-minv3.0.js"
type="text/javascript">
</script>
<div id="mainDisplayDiv" style="background:#F8F8FF;border:1px solid #B6AFA9;display:none">
<div style="float: right; margin-right: 5px; margin-top: 5px;">
<href a="#" onclick="closeGreetBox('7')"><img border="0" alt="x"
src="http://img214.imageshack.us/img214/9837/closebutton.gif"/>
</href></div>
<div id="dynamicContentDisplayed">
</div>
<script type="text/javascript">
// Give your feed url here
var feedURL = "http://feeds2.feedburner.com/bloggerstopnet";
var dynamicHTMLText = displayRequiredText(feedURL);
document.getElementById("dynamicContentDisplayed").innerHTML = dynamicHTMLText;
</script>
</div>
<script src="http://bloggergreetbox.googlecode.com/files/HideShowDiv-minv3.0.js"
type="text/javascript">
</script>
<script type="text/javascript">
showHideDiv();
</script>
NOTE: Before saving the widget, replace the link in RED with the feed url of your own blog.

Credits
Original WordPress plugin by Thaya Kareeson. Bloggerized by Classic Tutorials

Share you exerience with this widget here
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November 23, 2009

Free US $100 from PayPal To FaceBook Users!


This is NOT a joke...No catches and definitely it's not April 1st.

PayPal is giving away $1 just to add an app (a wishlist) to your facebook account (absolutely no purchase required).
Visit this page: PayPal WishList
Within a minute create a small wishlist of 5 items and save it. Now submit your paypal email-id in the top-left side of the same page... congratulations you just earned 1 USD. But as the post-title says you can make up to $100 through this offer, here's what you have to do; ask your friends to make similar wihlists and for each additional wishlist, along with your friends you will earn a US Dollar too. Nobody has to pay a single penny, simply refer your friends and celebrate the festive season with them!

NOTE: It is important that your paypal account is a verified account to participate in this offer.


This is what you have to create - takes no longer than a minute!


T&C (Don't worry nothing serious here, but read on...)
1. Offer ends at 23:59:59 SST on December 31st, 2009.

Eligibility:
  1. successfully complete registration for a new PayPal account within the Promotion Period or already have an existing PayPal account prior to the Promotion Period;
  2. submit to PayPal via the PayPal WishList and within the Promotion Period, the email address to which your PayPal account is linked;
  3. be at least of 18 years of age, and have a PayPal account with a valid registration address in relation thereto located in India, Thailand, Malaysia, Korea, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia or Singapore (“Eligible Countries”);
  4. have a PayPal account in Good Standing, with current contact information throughout the Promotion Period. In order for an account to be deemed in Good Standing as that term is used herein, the account must not have a hold status and/or be suspended or past due as of December 31st, 2009; and
  5. complete the downloading of the PayPal WishList, and use the same to create a PayPal WishList, within the Promotion Period.

Prizes:
You may receive up to the maximum total sum of $100 USD, through this Promotion.

PS: I love to hear from my readers, so please do share your experince here

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November 15, 2009

Sponsored Tweets vs Paid Links [LinkBee - Earn to Shorten and Share Links]


This post compares two famous services viz. LinkBee and SposoredTweets. Both of these services will help you to monetize your tweets, but in entirely different ways. According to their features, I found LinkBee way better than SponsoredTweets.

Along with its already famous (pay-to-blog) services SocialSpark and PayPerPost, Izea recently introduced SposoredTweets.com
As the domain-name says, it pays you to simply tweet. But these tweets are not your original opinion, rather they are given by some advertisers. To maintain at least some ethics in their system, the members are required to have a 100% disclosure in all their sponsored tweets. See this small video, how the system works:



Have a look on how frequently paid/sponsored tweets are being added (remember that although these tweets are disclosed by #ad, but there are several other disclosed/undisclosed paid tweets too): sponsored tweets @Twitter

BUT, there's a small catch in their service:
If your tweet does not reach a $1.50 CPC, it will be re-tweeted 48 hours later. You will be paid for this tweet as soon as it reaches a $1.50 CPC, or 2 hours after it is tweeted 3 times. You will still be paid the initial offer amount for all offers, but with this option enabled, you will be much more attractive to advertisers.
These repeated tweets (that too paid), may slowly bring down your authority and no. of followers.

So here's a better alternative to Sponsered Tweets: LinkBee [registration required]

Get paid to shorten and share links



What is LinkBee?
Similar to tinyurl, bit.ly, ow.ly and is.gd etc. this service will shorten any url. For ex:
http://linkbee.com/EEH4N will display http://bloggerstop.net
[but observe that the blog BloggerStop will be displayed within a frame provided by LinkBee with some ads at the top]

What's new in LinkBee?
Now here's the interesting part of LinkBee shortening service; in LinkBee you can shorten a url in 3 ways:

1. A standard short URL linking service with no advertisements, but this WILL NOT allow you to earn any revenues (just like other above listed services).

2. Other two options will allow you to earn revenue with your links;
(i) Interstitial Ads: An interstitial acts as a brief commercial between the transition of your link and will earn you top dollar.
(ii) Top Frame Banner Ads: The top frame banner is less intrusive and will display a banner at the top of the destinations page, earning you less then the interstitial.

How to use LinkBee?
While tweeting (your regular tweets) shorten all the links using the LinkBee service (select option 2 and 3), when someone clicks on the link, you will get paid (around $0.5/1000 impressions).
Moreover you can use this service in other sites like Facebook, Orkut, Stumbleupon etc. including your own blog.



Here are the Payout Rates.

Advantages of using LinkBee over SponsoredTweets:
1. All your tweets remain yours (so definitely it's the best ethical way of monetizing your tweets)
2. You do not have to wait for an advertiser to contact you with a sponsered tweet offer; Tweet as much as you can, with embedded informative (and sponsored) linkbee-links.
3. The tweets will be more interesting and therefore more chances of being clicked.
4. Your authority (or no. of followers) will not decrease, rather depending on the quality of your tweets, you can easily get more followers.
5. Other than using this service in Twitter, you can shorten other permanent links in your blog, which when clicked by readers, you will get paid.
6. You can use LinkBee to upload photos and share them in the same way.
7. You can track how well your links are doing by observing the statistics provided by them.

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November 14, 2009

FFF - Firefox Turned Five !

This great open source browser, is not just recommended to webmasters but to every Internet user. According to the global stats from Statcounter, the overall share of Internet Explorer is already down to around 50% (15% down from last year) and that of Firefox has increased to around 30% (20% growth from last year). Check out "The Story of FireFox" on Youtube.


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November 13, 2009

7 Blogger Gallery Templates - Showcase Your Images !

There are a number of photoblogs in the blogosphere. With less text and more images, these blogs mainly target the social networking sites over search engines for traffic. But that doesn't mean, you cannot expect huge traffic from Google or any other search engine if your blog is a photoblog. Some simple SEO tweaks to your images can bring hundreds and thousands of visitors to your blog everyday from Google Image Search. Remember that Google Image Search stands at #3 according to the traffic stats from Alexa among all the sub-domains of Google.
Traffic Distribution among various sub-domains of Google
Once you have optimized your images for search engines, next you should focus on the traffic coming from social networking sites and other referrals. This optimization simply aims to make your blog more attractive for your visitors, i.e. a creative and professional template:

1. PhotoPlus+
By Dante Araújo

2. PhotoPlus+ Light
By Dante Araújo

3. ShowCase
By Dante Araújo

4. Gallery (Updated)
By Blogger Themes

5. BloggerPress
By Insight

6. Hybrid Gallery
By Insight

7. sGallery
by Anshul

*Update

Monetization of your PhotoBlog


I think this is the correct time to introduce a relatively new type of advertising technique called In-Picture Advertising [By Image Space Media]. Similar to In-Text ads these ads are shown as overlay adverts when someone hover their mouse cursors over the images.
In-Picture Advertising

This service can be used in any blog, but will work best in blogs completely focused on images, like photoblogs.
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November 2, 2009

Add Facebook Buttons and Widgets To Your Blog


Facebook has already overtaken Yahoo according to the stats from Alexa. So along with search engine optimization, you should also try to bring some traffic from social networking sites like Facebook.

Add these buttons to your blog and help your visitors to share your articles easily on FB.
Instructions to follow:
Log in to Blogger -> Layout -> Edit HTML, and select the tickbox "Edit Widget Templates"
Now find this code in your template:
<div class='post-header-line-1'/>
Now immediately below it, paste the code for the facebook button (select the appropriate one for your blog).

As a link:
Add Facebook link to your blog
Code to paste:
<!--FB-BUTTON-STARTS--><b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == &quot;item&quot;'>
<span style="text-align: right;">
<a name="fb_share" type="icon_link" href="http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php">Share</a><script src="http://static.ak.fbcdn.net/connect.php/js/FB.Share" type="text/javascript"></script>
</span></b:if><!--FB-BUTTON-STOPS-->

Button #1
Add Facebook link to your blog
Code to paste:
<!--FB-BUTTON-STARTS--><b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == &quot;item&quot;'><span style="text-align: right;">
<a name="fb_share" type="button_count" href="http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php">Share</a><script src="http://static.ak.fbcdn.net/connect.php/js/FB.Share" type="text/javascript"></script>
</span></b:if><!--FB-BUTTON-STOPS-->

Button #2
Add Facebook link to your blog
Code to paste:
<!--FB-BUTTON-STARTS--><b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == &quot;item&quot;'><span style="text-align: right;">
<a name="fb_share" type="box_count" href="http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php">Share</a><script src="http://static.ak.fbcdn.net/connect.php/js/FB.Share" type="text/javascript"></script>
</span></b:if><!--FB-BUTTON-STOPS-->


Other Facebook Widgets you can display on your blog:
1. Facebook Profile Badge
2. Facebook Photo Badges
3. Live Stream Box (Just like the twitter widget):
Facebook Live Stream Box

4. And visit this page to add a Facebook Fan Box Widget to your blog.
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