Larry BraunerHow much do you know about website widgets?

Last week, in Website Widgets and Ads Raise Security and Privacy Issues, I shared my concerns about security and privacy issues connected with the use of widgets on a blog or other website.

I concluded, “You are responsible as a blogger or website owner to protect the privacy of your visitors as best you can. Use widgets from reputable sources and banner ads, too.”

Today, I list 10 types of website widgets that can enhance your site:

  1. Community Building Widgets - I use both Google Friend Connect and Facebook fan page widgets here on Online Social Networking. They work on blogs, as well as other websites, and I like them very much. Make sure you enable and use the Google Friend Connect newsletter feature.
  2. Subscription Widgets - I use RSS and NetworkedBlogs widgets, which are suitable for blogs, and I also use an email subscription widget that works with any website.
  3. Tracking Widgets - In addition to embedding Google Analytics internally on every page of this blog, I use Get Clicky, Alexa, Page Rank Checker, Website Grader and Flag Counter widgets to acquire a broad range of additional statistics.
  4. Social Networking Widgets - Social network widgets encourage visitors to connect with you on Twitter, Facebook, BlogCatalog, MyBlogLog and other key social bookmarking and social networking sites. An Entrecard widget enables me to network and expose my blog to thousands of bloggers.
  5. Polls and Survey Widgets - I use the interests and comments features of Google Friend Connect to obtain feedback and preferences from my GFC community.
  6. Content Sharing Widgets - The Add This widget at the end of each article makes it very easy (hint, hint) for you to share content with friends in your networks.
  7. Advertising Widgets - Ad widgets from Google Adwords, ad networks and retailers such as Amazon help you generate income from your blog or other website.
  8. Syndication Widgets - Display news, other information, YouTube videos and Flickr pics on your site.
  9. Widget Bars - Here’s an example of a page with a Digg toolbar widget (hint, hint again). Widget bars are becoming more and more common.
  10. Widget Gadgets - See Google Gadgets for everything else under the sun.

My favorite website widgets are community building widgets, subscription widgets, tracking widgets and social networking widgets. In a subsequent article, I’ll provide useful tips for using widgets. :-)

However, one more thing before you leave. What types of widgets do you use? What are examples of each?

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27 Responses to “10 Types of Widgets for Your Blog or Website”

  1. Greg Sanders on February 15th, 2010 12:06 am

    Nice top 10 Larry. I will be anxious to read the usage article. There are tons of applications out there…always interesting to see how people are using them. Thanks again.

  2. Stocks on Wall Street on February 15th, 2010 3:16 am

    Thanks for the tips Larry, will implement these into my website.

  3. Alba on February 15th, 2010 10:59 am

    Thank Larry, very useful as usual. Have a great day.

  4. Kris Olin on February 15th, 2010 8:52 pm

    Good set of tolls here. My personal favorite are the Add This -button and the Facebook Fan widget. What makes the Facebook Fan widget handy is that you can have people become your fans straight from the widget without having to visit the page first.


  5. Darnell Baker on February 15th, 2010 9:03 pm

    Hi, I find myself coming back to you site thru your tweets regularly. Great information here. Thanks

  6. Larry Brauner on February 15th, 2010 10:01 pm

    Thanks everyone.

    @Kris And with one click, if they’re logged in. :)

  7. Neil Shah on February 16th, 2010 12:21 am

    Nice collection of tools mentioned. Integrating Twitter and LinkedIn would be really useful if a person were trying to expand his or her professional network.

  8. Jacqueline on February 17th, 2010 7:32 am

    Polls and surveys will be my next adventure. Thanks for the tips.

  9. Sheila Sultani on February 19th, 2010 6:37 pm

    This is a great list. There are so many widgets out there you really have to be careful what you put up - lots of scammers out there.

  10. Peg Corwin on February 20th, 2010 10:18 am

    And Google Buzz, Larry? What’s your take?

  11. Larry Brauner on February 21st, 2010 1:26 am

    Hi Peg,

    Google Buzz is too new to get my attention, especially after all the hype about Google Wave. I’m happy to wait and see how it shakes out over the next few months.

  12. Marg on February 22nd, 2010 9:29 am

    This is super information. I do have a question. That is something like 10 widgets and my question is which ones do you put on the top of the column? I see you have your Facebook one on top.

  13. Larry Brauner on February 22nd, 2010 12:15 pm

    Hi Marg,

    Each website widget performs it’s own function. You need to decide which ones are the most important for you, and place those widgets near the top.

    Please read 7 Tips for Utilizing Blog and Website Widgets.

  14. Dawn Robuck on February 22nd, 2010 5:50 pm

    Great list - found some new things here. I really liked Clicky as it is hard to explain to clients what Google Analytics is reporting. Perhaps just because of the interface. Clicky is more visually understandable to an average user. I also find Google Analytics slows page load time often. What stats does Analytics offer you over Clicky that you find essential?

  15. Larry Brauner on February 22nd, 2010 8:35 pm

    I like Google Analytics more for custom segmentation and long-term trending.

  16. Steve on February 25th, 2010 10:05 pm

    Great list. I’ll have to add some of these to my blog to spice it up a bit.

  17. Ryan on March 4th, 2010 7:53 pm

    Thanks for the list, I need to start adding some widgets to improve my site.

  18. Anne on April 14th, 2010 7:29 pm


    Thanks for the great tips…I need to implement some of these. Have a great day.


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  20. comments system on July 31st, 2010 4:02 am

    Thank you Larry ! The list is pretty good. I have just made my blog and I will try to implement every widget for my blog and try to find out the benefits of each widget.

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  22. Edward Rhidwan on March 2nd, 2011 9:08 am

    Nice info. Thank you Larry.

    I’ll try using it.

  23. Blog Hitech on March 26th, 2011 11:24 am

    Nice tips. I will try to insert more social networks widgets, but for my small blog it’s hard to use all these kinds of widgets.

  24. Surrey Wedding Photographer on April 5th, 2011 4:35 pm

    It’s got to be the social networking widgets - they’re fab for expanding awareness of your brand and are in effect another way to hook someone in so that you can keep them updated about you, and your services/products.

    Social networking is such a major player and a powerful marketing tool, you’d be silly not to integrate these into your site and why not make life easier by using such a widget!?

  25. Derek on April 6th, 2011 4:38 pm

    Larry, I use Google analytics, but found that your top 10 list gave me food for thought. Do you use all 10 on every site you have?

  26. Larry Brauner on April 6th, 2011 8:41 pm

    Hi Derek. I only use those that make sense for the site but initially, they’re all up for grabs.

  27. Tayna Waegner on May 1st, 2011 1:47 pm

    I use a few of these but can see there is more that I can do using widgets to improve my sites. I like the “content sharing” widget. I see you are using it. :)

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