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There’s some pretty neat “social” widgets available for blogs now, the “visitors” widgets from BlogCatalog and MyBlogLog are perfect examples.

My video post yesterday covered MyBlogLog, so today I’m going to show you how to add your blog to BlogCatalog and how to add their “Recent Visitors” widget to your site.

this widget will display the “avatars” of all the recent visitors to your blog who are also members of BlogCatalog.

this allows you to see who’s visited your blog, and you might just be surprised at who’s dropped by, it’s a real blast when you recognize someone..

but, like the MyBlogLog widget, it also adds an element of “social proof” (see yesterdays post) to your blog, giving it a “community” feel and encouraging visitors to come back again.

Here’s a quick video showing how easy it is to add your blog to BlogCatalog, as well as how to add their “recent visitors” widget to your blog, don’t worry, it doesn’t require any “Techie” skills.

Adding your blog to BlogCatalog will also give your blog another valuable backlink from an “authority” site and can also bring you targeted visitors, so the 5-10 minutes needed to get it all done is a pretty good investment of time for your blog.

Note: once you’ve added the widget it may not be showing any visitors, but you can get some “visitors” to appear by spending some time browsing other peoples profiles in BlogCatalog, checking out their blogs and then posting a friendly comment to encourage them to do the same with your blog.

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2 Comments

Comment by brian
2008-03-07 17:58:23

Hey, do you know a “recent viewers widget” for adult sites? A service like mybloglog but for adult websites?
Would be great if you could email me if you knew any, thx 😉

 
Comment by admin
2008-03-07 18:03:49

Hi Brian,

nope, afraid not, sorry.

Mattg

 

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