Widgets: How to Add Them to Your Blog

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Zillow - Nat'l Outreach Mgr & Dir. of Zillow Academy

 How do you add "Widgets" to your Active Rain Blog?  You can only add them to either your profile page, your posts, or in the right side column on your main Blog page.  These instructions are to add a Widget to your Blog under your photo, the same as you see on mine.

The first step is to select a "Widget" that you'd like to add to your blog.  All Widgets will require you to use the HTML code provided by that Widget, and then paste it into Active Rain.  If you would like to see some samples of the Widgets I have previously used, you can click here .  All these Widgets are FREE.  You just need to register with them to get the HTML codes.

***WARNING:  Be careful using too many Widgets, they can cause your Blog to load slower on older computers "Blogging them down", therefore, causing readers and members to not come back and view your posts.  Too many Widgets can do more harm than good.  See: "Widgets can be hazardous to YOU and your readers!"  DETAILS>>>


To add a Widget, I am going to use the TopBlogArea widget as a sample:  It looks like:     Real Estate blogs     This is a just a little Widget that is used to track your Blog, and see what position you are in on the web.  It's also known as a chicklet.


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STEP 1:   INSTRUCTIONS FOR  WIDGET REGISTRATION 

Go to the Widget Website TopBlogArea to sign up, register, and get the HTML code:
(open the link in a new window so you can still read these steps)

a. Click on "Register an Account" 

b.Add your information about you and your Blog

c.Complete other information IE: Blog Category, Blog Name, Blog URL, Blog Description etc.

*NOTE:(Your URL is http://activerain.com/blogs/YourUserNameHere ) Your RSS Feed will be the same.

d. Click on "Get HTML Code" It will look something like below:

Top Real Estate blogs

e. Highlight and select ALL the HTML code with your mouse, and then press  CTRL + C to copy.

Now you're ready to paste into your Active Rain Blog!

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STEP 2:  INSTRUCTIONS TO ADD YOUR WIDGET IN ACTIVE RAIN

Now that you have copied the HTML code, you need to paste it into the proper place on Active Rain.

a. Click on "My Profile" in Active Rain (that means your profile, not mine) LOL!

b. Next, Click on "My Settings"

c. Now paste the HTML code by using the CTRL + V on your keyboard in the "Blog Description" box just below the
Blog Title box as shown below:

 


                                           


d.
Now click on "My Blog" to review your Widget.  It should be on the right hand column, just under your photo.

THAT's IT! You're Done!   ~  Now you can use this same process to add "ANY" Widget to your Active Rain Blog. 

Here are some others "Widgets" and links you may be interested in:
GIZMOS  |  MYBLOGLOG  BLOGLINES   |  GRAZR  |  POLLDADDY  SLIDESHOW  |  JAXTR  |  MEEBO  |  CLUSTER MAPS  |  FEEDBLITZ  |  MEEZ AVATARS  |  WIDGET BOX  |  GCAST  |  WUNDERGROUND  |  TECHNORATI  |  BLOGFLUX  |  SONIFIC

For Hundreds of Widgets, GO TO WidgetWorld or WidgetBox.  See  Missy Caulk's  post: "Why I Love These Little Guys"

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*TIP:  You can adjust the sizes of your Widgets and graphics in the HTML code.  Height="350" and Width="500" can always be changed to any size you like.  Just change the number between the quotations "   ".  Be careful of the LARGE Widgets, they'll run your photo and Blog right off the screen. I use around "150" max width to be safe.

*TIP II:  If you want your Widgets to be centered, you'll need to use an HTML code

at the beginning and
at the end of your HTML code.  This will center ONLY the widget, and NOT everything else, like your links, your tags, or anything else above or below your widget. 

See the sample HTML below...

Top Real Estate blogs


You can also use Widgets on your profile page.
  If you do use Widgets, be selective.  They can be fun, cute and even entertaining, but they can also be distracting, annoying and irritating.  Always use moderation and good judgement.  Change them around and update them often.  There are some great Widgets out there and I am sure that with Apple leading the Widget and Gizmo way, there will soon be many more to choose from.  Good luck, and good Widgets! 

This post is for Seth Callen, a new member on Active Rain who specifically requested this.
Paying it forward, "Active Rain Style!"

 

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Rainer
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Pat Palmer
Forefront Real Estate/ Forefront Mortgage - Upland, CA
Realtor - Upland, CA 91786

Just when I think I've come across the most helpful blog of all time, I find another. This one is outstanding! I have one questions (it comes from that " A little knowledge is a dangerous thing" concept). How do I set my widgets to apprear where I want? In my case, it will generally be on the side bar.

Thanks very much.

Jul 01, 2009 02:04 PM #214
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Brad Andersohn
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Pat - any codes you cut and paste into the box is how they will appear.  In the order that you place the code.  Get use to using copy and paste alot when moving your widgets around.  haha...   You can also use the <center> tag to keep them aligned center. 

If you need help, you know where to find me.  :-))

Jul 01, 2009 02:33 PM #215
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Kent Anderson
Coldwell Banker Realty-Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint, Idaho - Sandpoint, ID
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Wow.  This is great.  I had no idea how to do this.  Thanks!

Jul 31, 2009 03:23 PM #216
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Al & Peggy Cunningham Brokers, Brampton Ontario Homes For Sale 905-450-5500
RE/MAX Realty Services Inc. - Brampton, ON

Thanks Brad, good information.

Maybe someday you can go through "Clicky" how to get it, put it on the blog, and how to interrupt it.

Aug 01, 2009 09:24 PM #217
Rainmaker
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Al & Peggy Cunningham Brokers, Brampton Ontario Homes For Sale 905-450-5500
RE/MAX Realty Services Inc. - Brampton, ON

Thanks Brad, good information.

Maybe someday you can go through "Clicky" how to get it, put it on the blog, and how to interrupt it.

Aug 01, 2009 09:25 PM #218
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Julianna Hind
John L. Scott - Maple Valley, WA

Brad, If we are adding a widget to our profile, do we just pick a section to add it? and also, I am having a hard time adding a zillow widget to profile. Is this common?

Nov 06, 2009 03:11 PM #219
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Julianna - you should be able to add your widget in any of the 3 sections of your profile page. Be sure to add it using the HTML tool located in the toolbar. They also have to be an approved widget of which I'm certain Zillow is.  Make sure you are adding a non javascript version if they have a choice available. :-)

Nov 06, 2009 06:21 PM #220
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Julianna Hind
John L. Scott - Maple Valley, WA

Ahhh. Perhaps it is a javascript issue.  In my past attempts, the widget displays nicely in a regular post, but is a bunch of muck on a profile section. Wondering if you had run into this before, and if there was a work-around, or if profile sections were more limited in the types of additional code that can be used -- by design. thanks for you quick response.

Nov 07, 2009 09:52 AM #221
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Julianna - you bring up a good point that I may have not recognized. Thanks.  I'm not sure if the profile sections have more limitations than a Blog post, and since I don't use that widget, I'm still not sure.  I'll have to check and see if the HTML tab on profiles allows the same HTML format that Blog posts do. I'll check with our programmers on Monday and see what I can find out.  I do know that most javascript widgets unless approved by AR won't work in either section. 

Nov 07, 2009 11:06 AM #222
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Sara Bonert
Zillow - Atlanta, GA
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I used to have a WidgetBox Twitter widget on my blog and then all of a sudden one day it just showed up as a black box?  Not sure if AR changed or Widgetbox changed thier code, but it looks like AR isn't able to handle it because it contains javascript. 

Do you have any suggestions? 

Mar 19, 2010 08:36 AM #224
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Brad Andersohn
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Hi Sara - some javascripts have been removed from AR, I would try one of the Twitter widgets provided by the Twitter site, I think that one of those will work fine for you. :-)

Mar 19, 2010 12:44 PM #225
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Jane Becker
Keller Williams Home Team AdvantEdge - Worcester, MA
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Wow, easy to follow and understand.  I wish you would post the three or four must have widgets.  The example one seems good, but I really don't know what else is out there.

Aug 01, 2010 01:59 PM #226
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Hi Jane - It would be hard to pick the best three or four because it depends on you and what you want to provide from your Blog. There are a variety of very cool and useful widgets out there depending on what you are looking to offer that will be beneficial and useful to your visitors and traffic.  If you'd like me to go over some options with you that might be good for you personally and your audience or targeted traffic, feel free to contact me and I'd be happy to help you customize your Blog with the most useful and powerful widgets.

There's a link to my contact info in the bottom of this comment if you need to reach me.  :-))

Aug 02, 2010 01:17 PM #227
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Gretchen Karr
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Lancaster, PA
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I have be wondering how to go about adding these fun widgets to my blog. Thank you for providing step by step instructions! Now I need to go and decide which ones I want... :)

Aug 27, 2010 08:41 AM #228
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Rosalind Nicholas
RE/MAX Condos Plus Corporation, Brokerage - Toronto, ON
Toronto Real Estate Agent, Toronto ON

Much appreciated by a non-techy. I tried it and it worked. Thank you

Oct 11, 2010 03:36 PM #229
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Caroline Gosselin
Prominent Properties Sotheby's International Realty - Short Hills, NJ

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I've seen this on profiles and have had this on my to do list for over 2 months...just didn't know how to do it! Love it when I can "check" something off my list.... will add the widget now!

Oct 24, 2010 08:55 AM #230
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Hi Caroline - I'm actually doing a FREE live webinar tomorrow on how to do this and some other stuff with widgets, see my most recent post here on AR if you want to join us. :-)

Oct 24, 2010 09:15 AM #231
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Lorraine or Loretta Kratz
Crescent Moon Realty, Inc. & Land N Sea Auctions. - San Marcos, CA
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Brad:

Had to go back to a previous post (this one) to understand the post that was featured today. I manage to get Google Voice installed. Yahoo.

Apr 13, 2011 03:38 PM #232
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Kim Higgins
Realty Executives SELA - Mandeville, LA
ABR, CRS, e-PRO

Thanks! I'm going to try this.  I tried it once but typed in a description beforehand so it didn't show up.  Maybe I'lll leave out the description and it will work?

 

May 21, 2014 10:56 AM #233
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Kim - a few things have changed since this post was created, still pretty much the same concept though. Let me know if you need any assistance. Thanks.  :-)

May 21, 2014 11:15 AM #234
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