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Widgetbox
http://www.widgetbox.com
Widgetbox makes the complexities of sharing your ideas and experiences on the web simple.
We make it fun and easy for anyone to turn their content into dynamic web apps that can be shared on just about any website, including: Facebook, MySpace, Blogger, and iGoogle.
Widgets #widgets
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BlogShelf : Blog Aggregator for the iPad
http://appshopper.com/news/blogshelf
Blogshelf
While most news readers are complex and only suitable for power users, Blogshelf is designed with the casual user in mind – easy and logical to use to bring a reading experience that is, in a word, peaceful.
All you need to do is choose the blogs and feeds you want to read, and Blogshelf will take care of the rest.
This iPad App could be a useful way of keeping track of a classfull of Blogs ... i.e. a Blog Aggregator .. but does cost $5
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Google Launches Real-Time Blogger Stats (July 2010)
http://mashable.com/2010/07/02/google-blogger-stats
Google Launches Real-Time Blogger Stats
Google has introduced a full-featured stats dashboard for its free blogging service, Blogger.
Blogger Stats displays traffic and source info for individual posts, and it does it in near real time, keeping historical data as well. It also tracks popular search keywords that send visitors to your blog, and breaks down your traffic by country of origin, as well as web browser and the operating system your visitors are using.
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CMP.ly Simple Disclosure Solution
http://cmp.ly/
CMP.ly provides bloggers and advertisers with a simple disclosure solution.
We have created a set of easily identifiable disclosures and codes that can be used to identify any material connections in your blog posts, tweets or other communications. These disclosures give you flexible options and provide you with both short codes and full text disclosures that can be included in your posts.
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Introducing the Blogger Template Designer
http://bit.ly/aLkb6F
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Blog Pinging Tools- Multilanguage
http://www.blogbuzzer.com
BlogBuzzer allows blog authors to submit their blogs to the top search engines and blog directories.
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Audioboo : iPhone Audio Blogging
http://audioboo.fm
Audioboo ..... micro audio blogging ... or micro audio podcasting ... or micro audio Twittering ... and add a photo ... it is brilliant ... but I'm not really sure what to call this.
A (free) iPhone App that allows you to record audio and link to a photograph and send for hosting on the Audioboo website.
Amazingly simple to use and I suspect many educational uses will evolve.
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25 Great Blogger Widgets
http://mashable.com/2009/01/26/blogger-widgets/
25 Great Blogger Widgets
"Many people think that Blogger lacks in all of the extra goodies you can add to other platforms like WordPress, but it simply isn’t true. By using widgets you can customize your blog as much as you like by just adding little snippets of code to the sidebars."
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WordPress 2.7 Compatible Themes
http://mashable.com/2009/01/07/wordpress-2-7-themes/
10 of the Best WordPress 2.7 Compatible Themes
"Why not pick something radically different than the usual blog look? Not only can you have a blog that stands out, you can completely change the function of WordPress to be a photoblog or a CMS, the possibilities are pretty much limitless with this powerful program. Here are 10 of the best themes to choose from."
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10 Ways Twitter Will Change Blog Design in 2009
http://mashable.com/2009/01/04/twitter-blog-design/
10 Ways Twitter Will Change Blog Design in 2009
"In 2008, Twitter really started to hit the mainstream and bloggers began adding widgets to their sidebars to display their latest tweets.
In 2009, Twitter will become much more tightly integrated with the rest of the blog in a variety of ways - watch out for tweetbacks and tweetstats to make their debut, and tweet comments to TwitterRolls to start appearing on blogs.
Here are 10 ways Twitter will impact blogs this year."
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30+ Great Resources for Blogger Templates
http://mashable.com/2008/12/22/blogger-template-resources/
30+ Great Resources for Blogger Templates
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20+ Great WordPress 2.7 Compatible Plugins
http://mashable.com/2008/12/11/wordpress-27-plugins/
20+ Great WordPress 2.7 Compatible Plugins
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Zemanta
http://www.zemanta.com/
Zemanta
Any user-created text (a blog post, article or web page) is directly “read” by Zemanta, which recognizes all contextual content.
Zemanta then combs the web for the most relevant images, smart links, keywords and text, instantly serving these results to the user to enrich and inform their content.
What’s more, Zemanta can be deployed on all major content publishing platforms and web browsers through a simple plug-in.
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Turn Your iPhone into a Blogging Machine
http://mashable.com/2008/07/24/iphone-blogging/
13 Apps to Turn Your iPhone into a Blogging Machine
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Convert Your Blog Into a Podcast
http://tinyurl.com/57g3nh
HOW TO: Convert Your Blog Into a Podcast on iTunes for Free
Bloggers can now add text-to-speech capabilities to their site with new tools such as Odiogo, allowing readers to actually listen to blog posts on the website, and even on iTunes (as well as iPods and iPhones) as a podcast. While this is a cool feature for readers, it could be a very valuable tool for the visually impaired. These tools also provide benefits to readers with learning disabilities like Dyslexia.
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10 of the Best Mac Apps for Bloggers
http://mashable.com/2008/11/28/blogger-mac-apps/
10 of the Best Mac Apps for Bloggers
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MyBlogLog
http://www.mybloglog.com
MyBlogLog
Add community to your blog. Check your stats, see what people read and where they went next.
Play host to your most recent readers and the returning faithful.
As you visit MyBlogLog-enabled sites, your photo shows up on the widget - a virtual calling card. Clicking on your photo leads to your profile and all the stuff you share.
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Toksta
http://mashable.com/2008/09/05/toksta/
toksta brings IM and chat (text, voice, video) to social networks and websites. 100% free, hosting included + worldwide revenue share.
Review from Mashable
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Live YouTube Player
http://padmanijain.googlepages.com/myexperiments.html
Live Youtube Player
I have created a YouTube player using the YouTube's RSS APIs. It is developed as a Google Gadget. You can add this Youtube Player in any webpage.
This YouTube player will allow you to search YouTube's videos and play Youtube videos inline any web page.
Also see www.youtube.com/custom_player
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30+ Plugins to Make Your WordPress Blog More Social
http://mashable.com/2008/08/20/social-wordpress-blog-plugins/
30+ Plugins to Make Your WordPress Blog More Social
WordPress blogs are getting increasingly social, giving readers the ability to bookmark your site to a number of services, get to know you better in more ways than just your comments section (and vice versa), and view your activity on a variety of social sites.
We’ve compiled a list of more than 30 plugins that will let you make your WordPress blog more social.
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Google Gadgets (for the technical minded)
https://developers.google.com/gadgets/?csw=1
Google Gadgets .. write your own .. for the technical minded and programmers only
Gadgets are simple HTML and JavaScript applications that can be embedded in webpages and other apps.
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4 Tools For Improving Comments On Your Blog
http://mashable.com/2008/05/27/improving-blog-comments/
4 Tools For Improving Comments On Your Blog
Would you rather have a third party commenting tool running on your blog instead of your blog system’s default?
The main reasons why you want to do that would be because they enable you to manage comments with better features like IP banning, spam and troll filter.
You and your readers are able to create your own profiles and create a community around your blog. These tools also provide features like threaded commenting through which you can reply to individual comments.
Especially for Blogger blogs, these commenting tools can embed the comment box on the post page just like in Wordpress so that the readers don’t have to open a new window to leave a comment.
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Intense Debate
http://intensedebate.com/
“Replace your standard blog comment system with a completely new tool for conversation.”
Interested in the comments your friends make? What if there was a way to follow your friends and be notified when, where, and also what they comment? Intense Debate provides this functionality through RSS feeds for each user. Subscribers will be notified in their RSS readers with a direct link to view the context surrounding the comment as well. Give it a try!
Also, don't waste anymore time checking back in on a blog to see if anyone responded to your comment. Now you can get email notifications of replies to your comments, letting you know when the conversation continues while you're gone.
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Disqus
http://disqus.com/
Boost your blog community by installing the DISQUS comment system
Disqus makes your comments more interactive for readers and easier to manage for you — all while connecting your community with other blogs.
Produces threaded discussion to Blog postings across different Blog Platforms.
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Blogger Toolbox
http://mashable.com/2007/09/10/bloggercom-toolbox/
Blogger Toolbox
While Blogger may not be the most advanced blogging platform out there, it sure has plenty going for it. Its intuitive interface simplicity, and ease-of-use continually appeal to new bloggers, and even more experienced ones, who can’t seem to leave the platform. We’ve compiled over 30 Blogger templates, tools, and resources.
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70 Fresh And Modern Blogger Templates
http://mashable.com/2008/05/17/70-plus-new-and-beautiful-blogger-templates/
70 Fresh And Modern Blogger Templates
You can never have a too wide choice of templates for your blog, especially if you’re the experimenting type. Therefore, we started another round up of Blogger themes, this time focusing on fresh and modern designs, and came up with about 70 of them.
Please note that many of the template authors’ sites are not in English and you might want to run a Google Translate on them. Some of them might also require a free registration to download the templates.
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Outbrain
http://www.outbrain.com
Outbrain
We are committed to helping readers of blogs and news sites find the best content that is most relevant to them on a personal basis.
Add a widget for rating Blogs ... to your Blog
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10 Unique Blogger Templates
http://mashable.com/2008/04/12/10-unique-blogger-templates/
10 Unique Blogger Templates
For most bloggers, a hosted blogging platform like Blogger is a good choice, but there is no doubt that their selection of pre-built templates is lacking to say the least.
While there are tons of templates out there for the platform, a lot of them are the same thing over and over, barely remembering to change colors. We’ve found 10 that are at least a bit different from the “norm.”
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7 Tools For Blogging On Your Phone
http://mashable.com/2008/03/10/blogging-phone-tools/
7 Tools For Blogging On Your Phone
Sure, “moblogging” and “microblogging” is all the rage, but sometimes you get a great idea for a regular blog post while you’re out-and-about, you just have to put it on your regular blog as opposed to on some place special like Twitter. Well, no reason to wait until you get home and, as usual, forget what was on your mind: we’ve got 7 tools that’ll enable you to blog from just about anywhere.
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Widget Box
http://www.widgetbox.com/
Widget Box
Whatever you’re doing on the web - blogging, friending, or doing business - Widgetbox widgets make your site or profile more fun, friendly, and functional.
We have the web’s biggest selection of widgets for every purpose: games, calendars, news feeds, and every species of bling you can imagine.
And we make it easy for you to get those widgets, customize them, and put them into play, with just two clicks. No rocket science (or coding) required.
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Publish your blog into a book
http://asprise.com/product/blogcollector/
Publish your blog into a book
It's easy, and it's FREE!: You can use the Lite version FREE of charge.
Also you might want to upgrade to a higher version for more features.
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Blog Tools for those using Wordpress
http://alexking.org/projects/wordpress
Blog Tools for those using Wordpress
Please note: All of these plugins are officially unsupported. They worked for me on the version of WordPress I wrote them for. If you have any trouble with them, please post in the WordPress Support Forums http://wordpress.org/support where many nice people will be able to help you.
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Akismet : anti-spam (free for personal use)
http://akismet.com/
Automattic Kismet (Akismet for short) is a collaborative effort to make comment and trackback spam a non-issue and restore innocence to blogging, so you never have to worry about spam again.
In the spirit of helping the blogosphere as much as possible, we've decided to make Akismet free for as many people as possible. We have free API keys available for your personal blog.
"Before Akismet I was spending more time deleting spam than creating content. Now I can focus on actually blogging!" When a new comment, trackback, or pingback comes to your blog it is submitted to the Akismet web service which runs hundreds of tests on the comment and returns a thumbs up or thumbs down.
The Akismet API can be adapted for almost any application with submitted content, including forums, wikis, and contact forms.
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Blogs Trend Tool
http://www.icerocket.com/c?p=blogtools
Blogs Trend Tool
Create your own Trend Graphs with the IceRocket Trend Tool. Enter keywords to see mentions trended over time.
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Blog Tools listed at The Open Directory
http://www.dmoz.org/Computers/Internet/On_the_Web/Weblogs/Tools/
Blog Tools listed at The Open Directory
Recommended
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Blog Tools listed at ProBlogger
http://www.problogger.net/archives/2006/04/15/blog-tools/
Blog Tools listed at ProBlogger
A couple of months ago I asked readers to share which blogging tools they use the most in some of the following areas. The suggestions were a nice start but I’d like to see the list expand as I’m certain there are more blog tools and services out there.
Please note that I’ve decided not to add ‘hosting packages’ to this list and am attempting to keep it to products that directly help bloggers blogs improve rather than more general organizational/business products. Lastly I’m not including actual blogging platforms
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