Jul 2, 2015

Monetization Widgets On Your Website

The latest trend on the web are widgets that let you monetize your website. Examples include Widgetbucks and SmartLinks. Some of these services operate under a PPC scheme, others behave like
text link ads, others yet leverage affiliate links.

Widgets are useful applications that can be embedded on a webpage, blog, social media page, or any other site that allows for JavaScript or Flash. A common example of a widget that most of us run across almost every day are those Google advertisements.

 These ads are produced by placing a small piece of code on the web page. The hard part is choosing an advertisement that matches the content and displaying that ad -- is done by Google.

You can use dynamic widgets to add engagement to your site, aggregate your content, increase brand awareness, and grow your audience.

If you read blogs, you have probably run across a lot of widgets without even knowing it. Have you ever seen a "bookmark this with del.icio.us" link under a blog entry? That's a web widget. Or, you might have seen a "Digg it" button. That's another web widget.
If you write on your own blog, web widgets can be used to provide additional functionality. For example, Feedburner is a website that allows people to sign up for your RSS feed. 

They provide a widget that you can put on your blog to help people sign up. YouTube also provides a widget, allowing you to make a playlist of your favorite videos. And these are just two among many widgets that can be used in conjunction with your blog.

You can also create widgets to accomplish your business needs — lead generation, market research, and more. You can customize your own widget to display your company’s Facebook page wall posts, product demo videos on YouTube, RSS feeds, or engage your customers with a poll.

The beauty of widgets is that you don't need to know how to program to use them. Installing a web widget on your site, whether it be a personalized start page or a blog, is a simple matter of copying the code and pasting it into the appropriate place on your site.

Copying the code is often made simple by a walk-through that allows you to choose how you want the widget to look and act, and then creates the code for you. You can then highlight the code with your mouse and either choose edit-copy from your browser menu, or hold down the control key on your keyboard and type the letter 'C'.

Pasting the code is a little more difficult because you need to know where to go to paste it. If you use a popular blog host like Blogger or LiveJournal, you can search through their help documents and
frequently asked questions for information on where to go to install a widget. Or, you can search through this site for some of the articles I have provided on adding web widgets to blogs and
personalized start pages.

Once you know where to paste it, the hard part is over. Simply follow the instructions, and then choose edit-paste from your browser menu to paste the code. Alternatively, you can hold down the control key on your keyboard and type the letter 'V'.

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