27 January 2011

Linkwithin Related Post Widget Review

As any other blogger, I have explored several ways to install random or relevant articles widgets on this blog, trying to attract the readers not just with the information, they came for through the search engine, but also offering them a chance to stumble on some of my older posts. Until recently, I could not find one, which really made impact on my stats…

Before I installed LinkWithin widget… I tried it on one of the blogs, then on other… The results of the investigation were quite positive. From a technical standpoint, the widgets are working flawlessly on all of blogs, I have embedded them to.  And now I would definitely recommend them for anyone who has been blogging long enough to build a decent collection of articles.

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LinkWithin is blog widget that creates 3-5 links to your related older posts from your blog, looking for appropriate titles, keywords, and text, which matches more or less your recent publication. It puts a thumbnail picture under your posts or just plain text links, if the adequate posts with images could not be located on your blog. So by putting LinkWithin in your blog, you encourage your reader to see some of your blog posts, they would most likely miss without this hint. This is the known SEO (Search Engine Optimization) approach of interlinking your posts.

The main features of the LinkWithin widget:

  1. It's Free.
  2. No Sign-up required.
  3. No Advertisement Included.
  4. Fast to install (less than 5 minutes)
  5. Good SEO tactic.
  6. Simple and Elegant Design.
  7. Works fine, with no glitches.

The plugin is available for Wordpress, Typepad, and Blogger platforms. The instructions for installing the widget on Blogger were nice and clear. There are also instructions which tailor it to different types of platforms. Note that you are provided clear instructions only when you provide email address and blog web address. You have also options to mark if you have a dark text on light background, or light text on dark background, so that will help to match widget appearance to your blog theme.
Actually, you can see the possible output at the bottom of this and any other posts on this page.

Highly Recommended!

18 January 2011

Freeware Google PageRank Checker

Google is the most popular search engine, and there is a common consensus that Google PageRank is one of the most important characteristics of the website or blog in relation to the ability to drive quality traffic.

07 Google PageRank Checker is free software that will allow you to monitor Google PageRank on all your websites and on any other competitive websites, allowing you to make prompt adjustments to your strategy. The software allows to checks Google PageRank on multiple websites at the same time. It will automatically access Google Search engine datacenter to query PageRank. There is no need to install Google Toolbar to use the software.

OS Requirements: Windows 98/2000/2003/XP or later.

12 January 2011

Free High Resolution Images on your Blog

In some cases, you may need to use large scale and high resolution images to explain better the material you are presenting in your post. However, you have certain limitation on the images size, resolution, and format, you may upload or embed. The new service Zoom.It will allow you to bypass any limitations, and you can present image of any size or complexity.

Zoom.it is a free service for viewing and sharing high-resolution imagery. You give us the link to any image on the web, and we give you a beautiful new way to experience it — along with a nice short URL.

How it works

Zoom.it converts your image to the Deep Zoom format, which lets you smoothly and efficiently explore the whole image, no matter how large is it. Zoom.it runs on Windows Azure and enhances the experience with Microsoft Silverlight when available.

How to use

  1. Upload image you like to share on any online file storage site. Save the link to the image for future use. Note that you can actually provide also links to PDFs, SVGs and even regular webpages.
  2. Paste the link into the textbox on the page http://zoom.it/pages/create and hit "Create" button.
  3. Wait for rendering completion, and you can view instantly the resulting Zoom.it image, which you can share with anyone through short URL, or by embedding the viewer directly onto your own blog.

05 January 2011

Saving your Blog Post as PDF

One of the ways to treat your readers is giving them an easy ability to download your posts as PDF files with a single click. The PDF outcome files are free of any advertising and you also can get full access to your stats so you know what articles downloaded most, etc.

The site, giving this nice option is Web2PDF Online.

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  1. Join the site through the following link: http://web2.pdfonline.com/pdfonline/web/signup.asp
  2. The next step after you sign up is to set the Conversion Options for your "Save page as PDF" button.

Paper Orientation: Portrait or Landscape

Paper Margins (Top, Bottom, Left, Right): Specify the paper margins in inches

To see how the PDF is going to look like, simply type the URL of your web page and click on the "Convert to PDF" button.

Tip: You can always use this feature to convert any web page into PDF for any other purposes.

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  1. Next, click on the "Generate the JavaScript" button to generate the JavaScript necessary to embed the "Save page as PDF" button in your website.

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  1. The last step is to copy-and-paste the JavaScript within the body tags of your web page(s), exactly where you want the button to show up.

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