Sunday

8

Facebook Recommendations Bar, How To Add?

  • Sunday
  • Andy Law
  • Facebook launched Facebook Recommendations Bar (FRB) in July 2012 to engage readers browse more articles in your blog by suggesting what articles Facebook friends explicitly liked and shared. It entices readers to read more, and spend more time on your blog. This makes viewers more likely to click on the recommended articles/posts as they were liked or shared by other; which means they are worth to read. More pages being viewed, more engaged visitors become. And they will more likely subscribe your blog. Another thing to consider is, the readers will create more impresions to your blog as they are surfing around the site, thus create more cost per thousand impressions (CPM), and potentially more cost per click (CPC).

    Facebook Recommendations Bar suggests additional articles as soon as visitors finish reading the blog post, after sometimes, or after readers reach a specific location on your blog. The Facebook Recommendations Bar consists of the Like button, and post/article recommendations. And it only displays posts/articles already being shared and recommended by others on Facebook. It will pop up at the bottom right corner, the same as Facebook chat box, and users can miminize it. Very user friendly, right?. That's why many popular bloggers have implemented FRB in their blog, such as Mashable..etc.

    How Facebook Recommendations Bar works?

    When viewers concentrate on reading a post/article, or almost finish reading it, FRB pops up, annoys, and reminds readers the existence of Facebook which they may forget. FRB recommends the other posts/articles visitors should read as these articles were likes and shared by Facebook friends, as well as, prompts to like the blog post. If the reader liked the article, it would be seen in his or her timeline, and appeared in his or her friends' feeds. We can say this is a more invasive versioin of the like button, and recommendations box of Facebook. So, this is a must-have plug-in for any bloggers, right?

    How to add Facebook Recommendations Bar to your blog?

    Follow the simple steps below, and you'll have the most powerful widget of Facebook available at this date and age.

    Step 1: Add this code After/Below <head> tag

    <!-- Begin Open Graph metadata -->
    <b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == &quot;item&quot;'>
    <meta content='article' property='og:type'/>
    <meta expr:content='data:blog.title' property='og:site_name'/>
    <meta expr:content='data:blog.pageName' property='og:title'/>
    <b:if cond='data:blog.postImageThumbnailUrl'>
    <meta expr:content='data:blog.postImageThumbnailUrl' property='og:image'/>
    </b:if>
    <b:else/>
    <meta expr:content='data:blog.title' property='og:title'/>
    <meta content='website' property='og:type'/>
    </b:if>

    <meta expr:content='&quot;en_US&quot;' property='og:locale'/>
    <meta expr:content='data:blog.canonicalUrl' property='og:url'/>
    <!-- End Open Graph metadata -->
    Step 2: Go to Facebook Recommendations Bar Official Page

    Step 3: Scroll down to the middle of the page, you will see something like this



    Step 4: Click Get Code => Create a new app

    Step 5: Enter your blog name and blog URL, then click Continue => Submit.

    Step 6: Click Get Code again

    Step 7: Copy the code in the first box ( you will paste this code into your template )

    Step 8: Go to Template => Edit HTML => Proceed => Tick Expand Template Widgets box

    Step 9: Paste the code you copied in Step 7, After/Below <body> tag.

    Step 10: Save template
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    Friday

    6

    Adding social bookmarking sharing

  • Friday
  • Andy Law
  • Now, there are so many options for bloggers, like you and me when it comes to ulitizing social bookmarking sharing widget. And, the fixed social bookmarking sharing buttons which I'm about to show you is one on them.

    It looks something like this, placing on the top of every blog post.



    Similar to the floating social media widget, but it is displayed horizontally. And it stays visible to readers while they are scrolling to the bottom of the blog post. It's cool, right!.

    How to integrate this social bookmarking sharing widget to your blog

    Step 1: Go to Template >>> Edit HTML >>> Proceed >>> Tick Expand Template Widget box

    Step 2: Add this code Before/Above </head> tag (Press Ctrl + F to find </head> )
    <script type="text/javascript" src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.7.2/jquery.js"></script>
    <b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == &quot;item&quot;'>
    <style type='text/css'>
    /*<![CDATA[*/
    	#w2bSocialFloat {clear:both;padding: 6px 0;display:block;background:#FFFFFF;}
    	#w2bSocialFloat td{padding:4px;margin:0;border:none;}
    	#w2bSocialFloat td iframe{max-width:82px;width:82px !important;}
    	#w2bSocialFloat.w2bFloatSocial{position: fixed;top:0;z-index:9999999;border-bottom:1px solid #ccc;-webkit-box-shadow:0 1px 1px rgba(0,0,0,0.15);-moz-box-shadow:0 1px 1px rgba(0,0,0,0.15);box-shadow:0 1px 1px rgba(0,0,0,0.15);}
    /*]]>*/
    </style>
    <script type="text/javascript">
    /*<![CDATA[*/
    // Set the Top Offset
    $theOffset = 0;
    
    jQuery(document).ready(function(b){var a=b("#w2bSocialFloat");a.wrap('<div id="w2bSocialPlaceholder"></div>').closest("#w2bSocialPlaceholder").height(a.outerHeight());a.width(a.outerWidth());e=a.offset().top-$theOffset;b("#w2bSocialFloat iframe[src*=plusone]").closest("div").css("max-width","82px");b(window).scroll(function(){d=b(this).scrollTop();d>=e?a.addClass("w2bFloatSocial"):a.removeClass("w2bFloatSocial");f=b(".post");if(f.length!=0){c=f.outerHeight()+f.offset().top;d>=c?a.stop().animate({top:"-150px"}):a.stop().animate({top:$theOffset+"px"})}else d>=e?a.css("top",$theOffset+"px"):a.css("top","0")})});
    /*]]>*/
    </script>
    <script type="text/javascript" src="http://bloggerblogwidgets.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/w2b_blogger_pinit.js"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript">
    /*<![CDATA[*/
    	// Twitter
    	(function(a,b,c){var d=a.getElementsByTagName(b)[0];if(!a.getElementById(c)){a=a.createElement(b);a.id=c;a.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";d.parentNode.insertBefore(a,d)}})(document,"script","twitter-wjs");
    	// Google + (plus)
    	(function(){var a=document.createElement("script");a.type="text/javascript";a.async=true;a.src="https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js";var b=document.getElementsByTagName("script")[0];b.parentNode.insertBefore(a,b)})();
    	// Stumbleupon
    	(function(){var a=document.createElement("script");a.type="text/javascript";a.async=true;a.src="https://platform.stumbleupon.com/1/widgets.js";var b=document.getElementsByTagName("script")[0];b.parentNode.insertBefore(a,b)})();
    	// Digg
    	(function(){var a=document.createElement("SCRIPT"),b=document.getElementsByTagName("SCRIPT")[0];a.type="text/javascript";a.async=true;a.src="http://widgets.digg.com/buttons.js";b.parentNode.insertBefore(a,b)})();
    /*]]>*/
    </script>
    </b:if>
    
    Step 3: Add this code Before/Above <data:post.body/> tag.
    <b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == &quot;item&quot;'>
    <div id="w2bSocialFloat" class="w2bSocialFloat">
    <table  width="100%" class="w2bSocialFloat">
    	<tr>
    		<td>
    			<a href="https://twitter.com/share" class="twitter-share-button" expr:data-url="data:post.url" expr:data-text="data:post.title">Tweet</a>
    		</td>
    		<td>
    			<iframe expr:src="&quot;//www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?href=&quot; + data:post.url + &quot;&amp;send=false&amp;layout=button_count&amp;width=80&amp;show_faces=false&amp;action=like&amp;colorscheme=light&amp;font&amp;height=21&quot;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="border:none; overflow:hidden; width:80px; height:21px;" allowTransparency="true"></iframe>
    		</td>
    		<td>
    			<div expr:id="&quot;w2bPinit-&quot; + data:post.id" style="display: none;visibility: hidden;height: 0;width:0;overflow: hidden;" class="w2bPinitButton"> 
    				<data:post.body/>
    				<script type="text/javascript">
    					w2bPinItButton({ 
    						url:"<data:post.url/>", 
    						thumb: "<data:post.thumbnailUrl/>", 
    						id: "<data:post.id/>", 
    						defaultThumb: "http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-YZe-IcKvGRA/T8op1FIjwYI/AAAAAAAABg4/j-38UjGnQ-Q/s1600/w2b-no-thumbnail.jpg", 
    						pincount: "horizontal" 
    					}); 
    				</script> 
    			</div>
    		</td>
    		<td>
    			<div class="g-plusone" data-size="medium" expr:data-href="data:post.url"></div>
    		</td>
    		<td>
    			<su:badge layout="1" expr:location="data:post.url"></su:badge>
    		</td>
    		<td>
    			<a class="DiggThisButton DiggCompact"></a>
    		</td>
    	</tr>
    </table>
    </div>
    </b:if>
    
    Step 4: Save Template

    *Note: If you're using Read More function in your blog, paste the code in step 3 in the middle of this 2 lines
    <b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == &quot;item&quot;'>
    <data:post.body/> 
    
    You might be interested in my other post on how to add floating social bookmarking sharing here.
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    3

    How to delete a blog on blogspot

  • Andy Law
  • Some people have asked me about how to delete a blog on blogspot or blogger. There are some reasons that make them want to delete a blog on blogspot, such as they don't want to blog anymore, or they just want to switch to another popular services like Wordpress, Tumblr, TypePad, and so on. However, some people don't know much about the benefits that Blogger provides, particularly you can make real money while expressing your interests. Anyway, the main topic I am going to talk about today is how to delete a blog on blogspot. To do that, you need to follow these steps:

    1. In draft.blogger.com/home, click on the blog you want to delete
    2. Click on Settings
    3. Click on Other, and you will see something like this
    4. Click on Delete blog

    It's done !
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    Thursday

    0

    How to add post title under newer and older links

  • Thursday
  • Andy Law
  • Sometimes you need to show your readers what are your next or previous posts in your blog. In this casse, the readers will more likely to click on you newer or older post links, and thus you will gain more page views for your blog, more visits, and better rank on Google. How does that sound? It's great, right!. So how do you do it. It's simple, just follow the steps below.

    Make sure you back up your template before making any changes.

    Step 1: Go to Template => Edit HTML => Proceed => Click Expand Widget Templates box.

    Step 2: Paste this code Above/Before </head> tag. (Press Ctrl + F to find </head>)

    <script src='http://code.jquery.com/jquery-latest.js' type='text/javascript'/>

    Step 3: Place this code Above/Before </body> tag.

    <!--Start post title code http://www.blogonblogspot.com --> <b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == &quot;item&quot;'> <script type='text/javascript'> // Post titles to Older Post and Newer Post links (without stats skew) // by MS-potilas 2012. See http://yabtb.blogspot.com/2012/01/add-post-titles-to-older-and-newer-post.html //<![CDATA[ var urlToNavTitle = {}; function getTitlesForNav(json) { for(var i=0 ; i < json.feed.entry.length ; i++) { var entry = json.feed.entry[i]; var href = ""; for (var k=0; k<entry.link.length; k++) { if (entry.link[k].rel == 'alternate') { href = entry.link[k].href; break; } } if(href!="") urlToNavTitle[href]=entry.title.$t; } } document.write('<script type="text/javascript" src="http://'+window.location.hostname+'/feeds/posts/summary?redirect=false&max-results=500&alt=json-in-script&callback=getTitlesForNav"></'+'script>'); function urlToPseudoTitle(href) { var title=href.match(/\/([^\/_]+)(_.*)?\.html/); if(title) { title=title[1].replace(/-/g," "); title=title[0].toUpperCase() + title.slice(1); if(title.length > 28) title=title.replace(/ [^ ]+$/, "...") } return title; } $(window).load(function() { window.setTimeout(function() { var href = $("a.blog-pager-newer-link").attr("href"); if(href) { href = href.replace(/\.blogspot\.[^/]+\//, ".blogspot.com/"); var title=urlToNavTitle[href]; if(!title) title=urlToPseudoTitle(href); if(title) $("a.blog-pager-newer-link").html("&lt;&lt; Newer Post<br />" + title); } href = $("a.blog-pager-older-link").attr("href"); if(href) { href = href.replace(/\.blogspot\.[^/]+\//, ".blogspot.com/"); var title=urlToNavTitle[href]; if(!title) title=urlToPseudoTitle(href); if(title) $("a.blog-pager-older-link").html("Older Post &gt;&gt;<br />" + title); } }, 500); }); //]]> </script> </b:if><a href="http://www.blogonblogspot.com/">Gadgets By Blog on Blogspot</a><!--End post title code http://www.blogonblogspot.com -->

    Step 4: Place this code Above/Before ]]></b:skin> tag.

    .blog-pager-newer-link {background-color:transparent !important;padding: 0 !important;} .blog-pager-older-link {background-color:transparent !important;padding: 0 !important;} #blog-pager-newer-link {padding:5px;font-size:90%;width:200px;text-align:left;} #blog-pager-older-link {padding:5px;font-size:90%;width:200px;text-align:right;}

    Step 5: Save Template
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    Wednesday

    25

    How to make money with Adsense

  • Wednesday
  • Andy Law
  • Since Google AdSense was launched by Google in 2003, it has been vastly adopted by thousands of bloggers, and integrated in their blogs or websites. This phenomenon has driven advertisers spending more and more funds for their ads with Google AdSense. This means Google AdSense would also give you an opportunity to monetize, too. It sounds great, right?

    So, how are you going to make money out of this?
    The concept of this is you will have to create a site or blog that you are familiar with and even expert at, then you generate rich contents consistently over time. This will help you from getting traffic coming into your blog, and you will make money from it.

    How much will you make? 

    Publishers don’t know how much per click they are paid, only Google knows it, as advertisers pay for different prices for different ads; sometimes it’s only $0.02 per click, but sometimes it could be $1 or $2 per click. It depends on different keywords being advertised. That is the more competitive the keywords are the more rewards it has to offer publishers. Keywords, like making money online, trading etc., are very competitive; therefore, you will get paid more if they are offered.

    How do you start?

    Given that you don’t have any blogs, or you have already had a blog, this will make no difference if you want to make reasonable income from AdSense. What you need is “traffic”, the most important thing that all bloggers and marketers are always after. Years of rich content and everyday communication with hundreds to thousands of readers would be a must if you’re lucky to have them as your subscribers. It requires so much efforts and timing, isn’t it?

    But, don’t worry; there is another way for you. Site Build It (SBI) will solve your difficulty as it will provide you everything you would need, from registration, web hosting, website builder, to marketing help. And even if you’re a beginner, SBI’s got a simple-to-follow video action guide which will walk you step-by-step until your pocket being filled full of cash. SBI advises you on your contents using its keyword analytics and other techniques. More importantly, it will help you boost traffic in a pace that you wouldn’t believe.

    Let’s see how it works for other people, and it will work for you, too.





    How to join Google AdSense? 

    To join Google AdSense, visit http://adsense.google.com/ and Apply
    To create ads, visit http://support.google.com/adsense/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=179887 and follow the steps in there and you can launch your first campaign with Google AdSense
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    Tuesday

    30

    How to add facebook widget to blogger

  • Tuesday
  • Andy Law
  • As you know, Facebook has been implemented by most of bloggers, and Facebook has created a great oportunity for us to increase number of loyal readers just by one click. So, have you got a cool Facebook fan page widget? If not, this tutorial would be for you. I will show you how to add facebook widget to blogger in a absolutely cool way with hover effect. You can see the demo here. And you can implement it for your blog also. What you need to do is following exactly the steps below:







    Step 1: Add Jquery Javascripts plugin (if your blog is already added this plugin, you can skip this step)
    1. Go to Design / Templates  >>  Edit Templates  >>  Tick the expand widget templates box
    2. Find the tag </head>  (Press Ctrl + F to find it)
    3. Place this code right above the tag </head>
    4. <script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.6.1/jquery.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
    5. SAVE the templates
    Step 2: Add Facebook widget code to blogger
    1. Go to Page Elements / Layout  >>  Add a Gadget  >>  HTML/Javascripts
    2. Place the code below into the content box
      1. <script type="text/javascript">
        //<!--
        $(document).ready(function() {$(".w2bslikebox").hover(function() {$(this).stop().animate({right: "0"}, "medium");}, function() {$(this).stop().animate({right: "-250"}, "medium");}, 500);});
        //-->
        </script>
        <style type="text/css">
        .w2bslikebox{background: url("http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--tscpVzcBjo/TdUarKtcAlI/AAAAAAAAA3I/qVkypiYO9rc/s150/w2b_facebookbadge.pn") no-repeat scroll left center transparent !important;display: block;float: right;height: 270px;padding: 0 5px 0 46px;width: 245px;z-index: 99999;position:fixed;right:-250px;top:20%;}
        .w2bslikebox div{border:none;position:relative;display:block;}
        .w2bslikebox span{bottom: 12px;font: 8px "lucida grande",tahoma,verdana,arial,sans-serif;position: absolute;right: 6px;text-align: right;z-index: 99999;}
        .w2bslikebox span a{color: #808080;text-decoration:none;}
        .w2bslikebox span a:hover{text-decoration:underline;}
        </style><div class="w2bslikebox" style=""><div><iframe src="http://www.facebook.com/plugins/likebox.php?href=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fpages%2FBlog-On-Blogspot%2F114178088675094&amp;width=245&amp;colorscheme=light&amp;show_faces=true&amp;connections=9&amp;stream=false&amp;header=false&amp;height=270" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="border: medium none; overflow: hidden; height: 270px; width: 245px;background:#fff;"></iframe><span>/ <a href="http://www.blogonblogspot.com/">+Gadget</a></span></div></div>
    3. SAVE

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      Saturday

      3

      Adding animated twitter bird

    4. Saturday
    5. Andy Law
    6. In this blog tutorial, I will show you how to add animated twitter bird to blogger. This is a very interesting thing that you should implement it for your blog. By implemeting the animated twitter bird, you would likely get more followers and posts being shared as the flying bird can generate more impressions. See demo here . You need to follow the steps below:
      1. Go to Design / Template  >>  Edit Templates  >> Tick the Expand Widgets box
      2. Find the tag </body>
      3. Place this code right above the </body>
      4. <!-- Twitter Bird Widget for Blogger--> <script src='http://bloggerblogwidgets.googlecode.com/files/way2blogging.org-tripleflap.js' type='text/javascript'> </script> <script type='text/javascript'> var twitterAccount = &quot;Blog_onBlogspot&quot;; var tweetThisText = &quot; <data:blog.pageTitle/> : <data:blog.url/> &quot;; tripleflapInit(); </script> <a href='http://blogonblogspot.com' target='_blank' title='Blog On Blogspot'><span style='color:#fff;font-size:11px;position:absolute;'>Gadget</span></a> <!-- Twitter Bird Widget for Blogger-->
      5. SAVE the Template
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      Wednesday

      9

      Animation for Recent Post Gadget

    7. Wednesday
    8. Andy Law
    9. In this tutorial, we will learn how to make an animation for the Recent Post gadget. As you can see an example here, it looks quite attractive, isn't it?. When the recent posts keep changing the positions, it can actually draw attention from visitors, thus more posts will be read, and visitors will probably stay longer on your site. You can see the instruction below:







      1. Go to Page Elements / Layout  >>  Add a Gadget  >>  HTML/Javascripts
      2. Place this code into the content box
      3. <style type="text/css"> #rp_plus_img{height:377px;} #rp_plus_img li {height:60px;padding:5px;list-style:none; background-color:#ffffff; border:solid 1px #000000;} #rp_plus_img a{color:#00000;} #rp_plus_img .news-title{display:block;font-weight:bold ;margin-bottom:4px;font-size:11px; text-align:justify; -moz-border-radius: 5px;} #rp_plus_img img{float:left;margin-right:14px;padding:4px;border:solid 1px #00000;width:55px;height:55px;} </style> <script type="text/javascript" src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.4.2/jquery.min.js"></script> <script type="text/javascript" src="https://sites.google.com/site/unwanted86/javascript/recentpost.js"></script> <script type="text/javascript"> var speed = 1500; var pause = 3500; $(document).ready(function(){ rpnewsticker(); interval = setInterval(rpnewsticker, pause); }); </script> <ul id="rp_plus_img"> <script style="text/javascript"> var numposts = 5; var numchars = 0; </script> <script src="/feeds/posts/default?orderby=published&alt=json-in-script&callback=rpthumbnt"></script> </ul><small><a href="http://www.blogonblogspot.com/" target="_blank"><span style="color:#fff;">get this widget here</span></a></small>
      4. SAVE
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      Monday

      12

      How to add Twitter button to blogger

    10. Monday
    11. Andy Law
    12. Twitter has become so popular with more than 200 million users, and about 350 million tweets per day. This trend has made most of bloggers approaching Twitter to gain more loyal readers by adding Twitter share button, and Twitter following button. Therefore, in this tutorial, I will share the tip about Twitter buttons for blogger. That is how to add a Twitter button to Blogger. You can follow some steps below:

           1.  Go to Layout / Page Elements  >>  Add a Gadget  >>  HTML/Javascripts (if you don't know how to add a gadget, you can see addind gadget to Blogger)

           2.  Copy and paste this code into the content box:
      <a href='http://twitter.com/USERNAME' title='Follow me on Twitter'><img alt='Follow me on Twitter' src='your twitter icon URL' /></a>
           3.  Change the red code to your Twitter username ; and blue code to your Twitter button image.

           4.  Save


        There are some Twitter button examples here, you can use them if you'd like to.


        https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_qf2_jbv7m4k/TdtSbcSMaQI/AAAAAAAAAGM/Vp43oTj-1Cg/110835_27721_128_twitter_icon.png


        http://www.805county.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/twitter-icon.png




        You have learned how to add Twitter button to Blogger, and you may also like to learn how to add floating share button to blogger if you want drive even more traffic generated by your readers. Or just simply return to Blog On Blogspot to get the latest tips.

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        Sunday

        3

        How to remove Subscribe to: Posts (Atom)

      1. Sunday
      2. Andy Law
      3. Sometime, Subscribe to: Posts (Atom) are quite annoying to you if you never need it. So, you want to get rid of this as soon as possible. I support you because I don't have to use it also. Now, I will show you how to remove Subscribe to: Posts (Atom). This tip is very simple, and it takes no more than a minute to accomplish as long as you follow correctly the steps below:

        1. Go to Layout / Template (for new blogger) >> Edit Template >> Tick on the Expand Widget Templates box (remember to back up your template first)
        2. If you just want the Subsribe to: Posts (Atom) disappear for sometime, add this code just above the   ]]></b:skin>     :
        3. .feed-links { display:none; } 
        4. If you want to get rid of it forever, find this code , then delete it
        5. <b:include data='feedLinks' name='feedLinksBody'/>
          OR
          <b:include name='feedLinks'/>
        6. SAVE the template

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