Blogger is a very feature rich and at the same time simple to use platform. It can be extended via various widgets and hacks. Here are 15 most useful hacks for Blogger (Blogspot.)
- PostRank Popular Posts: Post Rank Widget is most in-depth Popular Posts widget available today. Engagement data sources like Digg, Twitter, Delicious, Furl, Number of Comments, Views and many others are considered and the final outcome is a list that has most popular articles ranked by data from around the web. The problem? Widget may look alien as there are limited options to customize and blend with your theme.
- Most Commented Posts: If you are not happy with the look of the PostRank widget in your sidebar, this widget can serve as a good "Popular posts" Widget for you.
- Recent Posts Widget: You can display recent posts in Blogger using feeds but they are limited to five posts. This widget lets you add more than five posts to the list.
- Recent Comments Widget: Lets you display recent comments in sidebar or footer.
- Top Commentators Widget: Lets you reward top commentators by automatically linking to their sites.
- Tabbed Widget: This widget has Recent Posts, Categories and Archives which users can easily switch through. You save plenty of space by having three widgets in one spot.
- Related Posts: Displaying related posts after a post makes readers hang out for more time on your blog. This hack displays a custom number of posts from same tag.
- Post and Comment Count: A little bragging never hurts. So, why not show total number of posts and comments in your sidebar? It will also serve as social-proof to new visitors!
- FeedFlare: You can activate Feedflare from within the “Optimize” tab of your FeedBurner account. It displays text links below your posts to let users share items. You can customize it to display the number of comments and the number of blogs that link to each post.
- ShareThis: For those who don't like text links, ShareThis is a cool widget with a drop down menu for sharing content.
- Twitter Badge: You can not ignore Twitter as a social and promotional medium. This widget displays information about you and your recent tweets.
- Tweet This: Adds a button to your blog that lets readers share posts with a single click. (Our Tweet This button also does the same thing! Try it out!)
- DISQUS Comment System: Blogger's default comment system is a bit featureless and sometimes irritating (Because of Google's old love for Firefox, I face many problems with my Opera browser!). As a third party alternative, DISQUS has threaded comments, comment moderation through their control panel and many other features. It will simplify commenting for your readers.
- Intense Debate Comment System: Another alternative comment system for Blogspot blogs. Further Reading: How to Install Intense Debate Comments in Blogger.
- Comment Luv: Encourages your visitors to comment. It displays latest post from commentator's blog thus giving some search engine love.
These were 15 of the most useful widgets and hacks for blogspot blogs. Do you have any suggestion? Do not forget to tell us through comments!