Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Communicate with CircleUp

You have a website and you keep in touch with your audience through regular newsletters on their emails.Now a big question is how do you get a feedback from your audience on a particular topic,product or service in an efficient manner.You can create a list of all registrants to your website to communicate but getting response from them on your email will be a real tedious task to manage.Recently I stumbled upon this website called CircleUp which takes all your woes away in a real cool fashion.The respondents need not register,simply answer the query posed my you and you get a response in single,consolidated and summarized fashion.

You can create group of your contacts, which you can import from your existing address book from GMail,Yahoo,Hotmail,Outlook and more. CircleUp gives an easy way to ask questions of any community you belong to and get back a single organized result to use and share instead of a hassles of emails and instant messages.

Moreover you get a cool widget from them which you can integrate in your website.It enables your visitors and members to use CircleUp right from your site or blog,adding a great value for your visitors and increase site traffic and loyalty.

Excelling In Google Analytics

Google Analytics not only allows you to know about your visitors in details but also helps you achieve your goals from your website by analysis various reports.Not so long ago,Google Analytics was given a new touch and new way of presenting reports(Release2.0).

Google Analytics gives you insight on:

- Knowing your audience and helping you in enhancing their experience
- Increasing your ROI on Website
- Increasing conversions
- Tracking performance of your marketing campaign like AdWords campaigns, email campaigns, or any other advertising program
- Google Analytics has been fully integrated with AdWords so AdWords users will keep themselves abreast with latest developments with their ad campaign

Recenlty found an excellent video from Beth's blog which tells you how effective one can reap the benefits of Google Analytics. Watch and learn...



Thursday, June 21, 2007

Wigets From Grazr

Another cool widget generation from Grazr which is a free publishing tool for feeds. It lets you quickly and easily display RSS, RDF, Atom, and OPML files on any Web page so they can be viewed by any visitor to the site.

Grazr is written in Javascript, so no software download or installation is necessary for someone to view it in a browser. As long as Javascript is enabled, it can be used in any modern Web browser.This Javascript feature limits to show this widget in a Blogger post.

I have created a Widget for one of my blogs, the result of the same can be seen by clicking the widget shown below:

Open Grazr

Enjoy feed grazing with Grazr...and share this with world!!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Cool Widgets

Recently I have found out few websites which provide you widgets to be incorporated into your website or blog.These widgets make your blogd/website equipped with new features and attract cross website/blog promotion.The features like showing photos as slides,world time,weather info,pregnancy counter,news ticker,showing your recent post list,games like Tetris,Sudoku,Jokes and many more are most sought after amongst publisher community.
The interesting part to this story is that there are some online widget publishing websites where you can use several widgets to publicize your products/services/information.These widgets created by you can be used by anyone,so you create and share it with world.Isn't that interesting and good for your blog/website promotion.It is easy and fun making one.
These widgets providing websites provide you a flexibility of automatically adding these widgets to Blogger, MySpace,WordPress, FaceBook, Netvibes, Google IG, PageFlakes or other accounts.
Some of my favorite widget providing website are:

Opera Widgets
Yahoo Widget Gallery
Widgetbox
YourMinis RSS Widget

YourMinis helps you create Flash based widgets to spice-up your website and takes RSS feed for doing that.

I have posted one of many widgets I have created,here below.And this one is for this blog as an example to demonstrate how well they can assist you to build a wide exposure to your website/blog,as others, if found your Widget useful, would embed in their website/blog.Moreover I see already, this widget being subscribed by few of netizens...:-)



I created a widget on YourMinis for my 'Interview Questions on Java and Java EE' blog and this is how it looks:



I have already posted it on few of my Social networking websites to get more traffic to my blog.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Create Banners/Logos For Your Website/Blogs

Creating Banners and Logos for one's website or blog helps to great extent for self promotion.There are lot of online resources that will help you out in creating them.The following points should be kept in mind while creating them:

-Your headers, banners, logos and buttons should look the same on every page to maintain the consistency through out.
-Animated or Adobe Flash banners are very catchy but usually Google neglects them while indexing, though there are mixed opinions on them.
- Submit your banners to free banner posting websites to promote your brand.
- While posting your blogs to various blog promotion websites and directories they ask for your banner URL in prescribed width and height dimensions.Create banners as per details asked and then upload them on a web-directory(Google pages or Tripod).Get the URL for the banner and post it while promoting your website.
-On-line sites you can use to create free headers, banners, buttons and logos are listed below:

3D Text Maker
Animated-Banner Creation.
Acme Label.
Banner Creator.
Banner Generator .
Button Maker
Cool Text(My Favorite)
Cool Buttons.
Free Web buttons and menus
GIFWorks
iqAuto 3D text generator
Logo Generator
Logo Maker
Media Builder
MyImager

-Submit your created banners here.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Why Firefox And Not IE

Why people are fedup of IE and looking for alternative web browsers? Ask IE users about their pains. And the best alternative is FIREFOX. The ten reasons why you must have Firefox :
  1. Tabbed browsing: It makes surfing easy and faster.You can open as many site as you would like in adajacent tabs which are easier to manage than opening too many windows for doing continuous,smooth and hassel-free surfing.
  2. Popup blocking: Firefox blocks all those annoying popups which keep bothering you so much.You get a beeper/icon in the status bar showing all popups blcoked.So Firefox makes your surfing convenient and peaceful.
  3. Downlaod Management:A built in Download Manager helps in managing all downloads in an efficient manner.You have complete control over all finished or unfinished downloads.
  4. Opesnsource: Firefox is an opensource and free.It has world beating support for W3C standards like CSS, DOM, etc. Where browsers like Opera or IE may fail on a dynamic page, Firefox usually succeeds.
  5. Better Bookmarks and History:Firefox makes it easier to organize your Bookmark collection with its handy Bookmarks manager (Bookmarks, Manage Bookmarks... menu item). Create folders to group similar items, and add annotations to remind yourself of why you bookmarked a particular item later,sorting are few of featurs. Both Bookmarks and History are available as convenient Side Bar panels for quick access. Simply hit Ctrl+B for Bookmarks, and Ctrl+H for History. Links open with a click.
  6. Accessible, Intelligent, Responsive : The set of shortcuts make accesibility to various features of Firefox faster.Ctrl+T opens new tab, Ctrl+K opens Google bar, Ctrl+L puts focus on location bar and Ctrl+S saves the currently open web page.
    It remembers what you've filled in web forms, to make searching for things again, or filling out things like your name and address a simple process. Firefox also features a handy Password Manager that automatically fills out user-name/password fields on sites that require you to log in.
    Firefox feels more responsive, pages appear on screen sooner, and there are fewer annoying lock ups. The effect is a browser that feels faster.
  7. Customizable and Extendable: With Firefox, one can make customizable toolbars and developers can extend Firefox's UI by using XML,JavaScript, CSS etc.
  8. Find Stuff Easier: In Firefox just say Ctrl+K which opens Google bar and searching is made easier than before.
  9. Simplified Privacy / Annoyance Eliminator: One can easily delete the stuff one has punched in various forms and sites, temporary files,downloaded stuff and cookies.If you're using a public or shared computer, you can also instantly clear all stored information with a single click.
  10. KISS (Keep It Simple and Straight-Forward): Firefox is a browser that works in the simplest and most straight-forward way out of the box. Defaults have been carefully chosen so you don't need to spend time setting up the browser. Menus and dialog boxes are kept clean and free of options that only a marginal number of people use. More Space for Pages.A great deal of importance on space for web pages in Firefox has been kept. That's why our browser has more space devoted to web pages than Internet Explorer, Opera, or Mozilla. Firefox offers 2% more space to web pages than Mozilla, 4% more than Internet Explorer, and a whopping 10% more than Opera.