12 No-crap Tools to Make Your Blog Better

Got a blog ? If so this post is for you: 12 truly useful tools and widgets that can make your blog better. All listed services work on any blog, whether it’s a WordPress, Typepad, or a hosted Blogger blog. Enjoy!

1. Amung.us – Amung.us is a tiny real-time traffic analytics widget for your blog. It tells you (and your readers) how many people are currently on the website, what pages they’re reading, where in the world they’re coming from, and more. See our Amung.us widget below:

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2. Conduit – Got a niche focused blog? If so, why not to offer a custom toolbar? Enable your readers to follow-up on latest posts, search your blog, have one click access to related resources/tools and more directly from the toolbar. I am not going to dwell much into it but this is definitely a must-have. It’s really hard to convince someone to get your toolbar but if you can implement it properly it can be a major plus. I am still working on our own, and I am quite sure it will be a big addition to MUO.

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3. MoFuse – Take your blog mobile. This free service lets you create mobile version of your website in a matter of minutes. All you need is a working RSS feed. Once created MoFuse can automatically detect and redirect mobile readers to a mobile version. [Demo Video]

4. SiteMeter – Comprehensive real-time website traffic counter and analytics. Follow-up on latest referrals, entry/exit pages, visitor details, visits/pageviews ratio, and a lot more. Check out MakeUseOf’s sitemeter counter here.

5. Google Analytics – Google Analytics will fill-in the parts that you won’t get with Sitemeter. It’s by far the best analytics program out there, and what’s even better is it’s free. It has everything: detailed referral reports, click heat maps, email alerts, individual page performance stats, user bounce rates, campaign tracking, and lots more. See full feature list here.

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6. BlogRush / AdGridWork – Both of these networks work as “ad exchange” programs where you can earn free promotion credits in exchange for displaying non-obtrusive relevant network ads on your own website (mostly as widgets). The more traffic your website gets the more credits and referrals you earn. [Demo Video]

7. PubMatic – PubMatic allows bloggers to make maximum off their website’s advertising space by automatically placing highest performing ad units on each page. It scans multiple ad networks (Google Adsense, YPN, ValieClick, etc.), diggs into ad performance reports and shows ad units with highest payout and performance. It’s completely free, there are no charges or commissions. [Demo Video]

8. MyBlogLog – High chance you already have this one, but in case you don’t, definitely get it. There are two ways you can learn about your loyal readers, one is comments, and the other is MyBlogLog. I learned about many MUO fans this way: zia, pax, pster, mklopez, … ;-). Btw, if you haven’t joined MakeUseOf community already, you can do so here.

9. FatFreeCart – Free shopping cart solution for your blog. It’s simple to implement (simply copy-paste) and works perfectly both with PayPal and Google Checkout.

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10. Kontactr / Contactify – Both services let you create secure online ‘contact’ forms and embed it on your own blog. Or just link it from your blog using “Ëścontact’ link.

11. AddThis / ShareThis (WordPress) / Madcast (Blogger, Typepad) – Let your visitors bookmark / save your posts to various social bookmarking sites, or forward as links via email.

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12. Web2PDF – Free HTML to PDF conversion service for your website. Allows your readers to instantly print and save any article as PDF file. We publish lots of lists on MUO so it’s not really that useful for us, but in case you got plenty of lengthy posts than this is something your readers should appreciate. Read more about it here

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That’s about it. Got anything to add? Let us know in comments.

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Allen Lew

ShareThis is a great tool. They also now have buttons for other web sites, besides WordPress powered ones.

Addthis also seems to be popular with other publishers for quick bookmarking buttons.

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hey you totally forgot entrecard!
entrecard.com is the best widget for blogs ever! I used it to buy a free ad on shoemoney and I got 200 visitors in one day!

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Rony John

I use most of them except contactify never heard of it..But, i go to take care of it.

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Tim Schigel

Thanks for mentioning ShareThis! Don’t forget ShareThis is the only app that lets users access any of their contacts in AIM, Email, Facebook, MySpace and even SMS.

Thanks again…Tim, Founder & CEO

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David Dunn

I agree with all of these you’ve added. Great post!

I have most of these running on my blog at the moment and I have got to say they are definitely beneficial to the average blogger!


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Nice Set tools, They were very helpful to me, Thanks!

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Enjoy, glad you could make use of them ;-)

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Thanks for the info, love you site.

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More to come… Stay tuned.

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Just found your site and I love it! So helpful to the “new blogger” in town!

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Don’t forget, a blog isn’t complete without a cartoon related to your topic. FREE cartoons (for personal blog use only) at pastexpiry.com

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Patti Davis

I was looking for things to make my blog better. Thanks so much!

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