26 July 2010

How to Add an Online Image Editor to Your Website?

If you have a website which works with images (for example, lets users upload images or share images on your website to their social media networking accounts) then it would be a great idea to provide your site visitors with the option to edit images online. If a person wants to set his profile picture on your site, he can upload the original photo and then edit it in the online editor (available on your site) then put up the resultant image as the picture. Similarly if you have a funny picture up on your site which users can share on Facebook, enabling them to edit it online makes things more convenient in case they want to crop the image.

You do not need to do anything extremely fancy with you site’s code to add an online image editor on your website; all you need is Picmeleo.

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Picmeleo is a free online photo editor that any third-party developers can integrate to their website. To use the service, click on the blue SIGN UP BUTTON on the homepage and create an account by entering yours and your website’s details.

After signing into your account, you can obtain the code for the editor; all you will need to do now is embed this code into your site and you will have given your site visitors an online image editor.

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You can also preview the editor before actually pasting the code on your blog. The loading process may take a little whole so give it some time. Here’s how it looks

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Some of the tools this editor contains are Crop, Scale, Rotate, Auto-fix, and Filters. If you do not want your users to be able to extensively edit the image on your site, you can choose to exclude some tools which Picmeleo offers in its editor. This is a unique feature of this online image editor.

Overall the easy integration of Picmeleo into your website is what makes it so special.

Recently, Picmeleo have launched a new photo tagging tool called Picmeleo Alive (Beta) that allows you to tag photos with mouseover bubbles. Bubbles appear only if you move your mouse over the photo so they don't affect your original photo. Tagged photos can be embedded to blogs or shared with a permanent URL.

18 July 2010

Discover income potential for your blog with AdGenta

AdGenta is an easy and powerful way for you to unlock the revenue potential of your website or blog. It offers you an opportunity to embed ads anywhere you can place a picture – in your blog post, on your website, in your RSS feed. Because you choose the keywords for your post, you are in a better control of the ad your website visitors see – it is no longer bound to the content, but to your knowledge of your readers and what you are writing.

AdGenta is a powerful way for you to monetize your content – you are free to choose when and where your ads are placed, what they look like, and what ad is displayed. You can use them as little or as much as you want.

What is AdGenta?

AdGenta is an advertising network that frees writers from traditional constraints in advertising. It delivers relevant advertising, based on user defined keywords, as image based text ads that can then be used on websites, in blog posts, and in RSS feeds.

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Signing up is easy 
  1. Fill out the form here
  2. You get a confirmation email, than just follow instructions to confirm your email address address.
  3. Start placing ads!
Customize AdGenta

You can customize the appearance of your ads, choosing from a wide range of colors, sizes, and formats. The default ad performs highly on all blog types, but you are in full control to customize your ads.

Choose when & where
AdGenta is not a program you turn on or off for your entire site. AdGenta lets you insert keyword-driven advertisements when and where you want. You can choose to put it in all your posts, or only a few. Each time you insert an ad, you have the option to change how it looks.

You can place the ads anywhere you like in your post, allowing you to decide how things look. The ads are totally flexible because they are images.

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Comparing Keyword vs. Contextual Advertising

Keyword advertising focuses on the human brain - what a person really thinks about what they've written, and how they think readers will interact with that. Many bloggers will describe their posts in specific terms, often using the same words to tag a post, but some bloggers choose complimentary words - those words that may appeal to the readers, even if not specifically mentioned in the post.

Advertising options

  • Aside from keyword vs. contextual, you have the option as well of image/banner vs. text ads. Each has shown to be effective in certain situations, but text ads perform overall far better
  • Text ads have the advantage of looking like content, and seamlessly integrating with it.
  • Ads placed close to, or within, content perform better
  • Ads that can be formatted to alter size, color, etc to customize to blog features will outperform those that cannot
  • Putting ads in blogs can be post- or blog-centric
Post-centric vs. blog-centric or feed-centric advertising

  • Advertising on blogs can be focused on the blog itself, the feed, or on the post.
  • Blog-centric advertising treats the blog as the main element for revenue. The concept behind this is to capture people who physically go to the website to see the ads. This usually requires placing the ad code into the blog template, and knowledge of HTML at minimum.
  • Feed-centric advertising is designed to attract people to ads in RSS feeds. These ads are not visible on the blog/website, and are only visible through RSS readers to the blog subscribers.
  • Post-centric advertising is focused on a combination approach that will captivate attention from people at the site, as well as subscribers to the RSS feed. Ads are placed within the blog posts individually, and these ads will flow through to the RSS feed where they can also be seen.

10 July 2010

RSS Graffiti – Automatic Updates of your Facebook Wall with your Blog Posts

The popularity of Facebook has skyrocketed over the past few years, making it a valuable tool both for friends and families who want to stay in touch and businesses who want to market their products on social media sites. One great way to do either of these things is to set up an RSS feed on Facebook.

Using these steps, you can have your personal blog post automatically to your Facebook news feed, so your friends and family can keep up with what you are doing. You can even post your Twitter updates to your Facebook wall, and even make your Twitter status become your Facebook status.

For businesses, posting the company blog on Facebook can be a great way to keep customers informed. You can even post an RSS feed to a Facebook fan page. Setting up an RSS feed on Facebook can also do wonders for writers who want to promote their writing on the web.

To publish your blog posts to your Facebook profile or fan page automatically you need to add an application to your Facebok account first. There are many RSS applications to auto publish your blog’s content. These apps adds your RSS feeds, monitors for any update and publish it automatically to your Facebook profile and/or fan page so you don’t have to share your blog posts manually to your Facebook friends, every time you update your blog.

RSS Graffiti is one of the apps for this purpose I personally use and recommend to fellow bloggers.  

This RSS feed application is simple enough to set up in a few minutes, yet offers enough customization that you can really make your RSS feed appear the way you want it to look.

Some things RSS Graffiti can do:
1) Display your articles with or without the associated images.
2) Append a prefix to your article posts.
3) Display Twitter tweets in a short format.
4) Convert Twitter status updates to Facebook status updates.

How to install?

1. Sign in to Facebook.com
3. Choose your profile and/or fan page from left column and click green
+Add Feed” button on the right.
4. Put in your blog’s feed URL and make other changes below that.
Click Preview to confirm the link and to view how it will look like as an update status.
5. Hit “Save” and that’s it.

Developers’ website: http://www.rssgraffiti.com/

04 July 2010

Better Post Preview in Blogger

Many bloggers are previewing their posts multiple times before they are satisfied with them for public viewing. Blogger in Draft now supports a new, improved preview feature that allows you to see how your post will actually look to your readers.

On the New Post page, click on the Preview button (this is a new button that we’ve just added), and you will see a new window open with the WYSIWYG preview of the post. This is how your blog post will appear to your readers when you hit publish, with the same format and style of your current Blogger theme.

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Please note that the preview page does not automatically update as the contents of the post changes. To make sure the post looks OK after you've done further editing, you can refresh the preview page manually, or click the Preview button again.


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