Monday, January 08, 2007
Something I've done on my last few blog redesigns is kill nearly all third party stuff. No chicklets, third party tracking, mapping things, widgets or any of that stuff. On a bad day I found those errant blog services could kill my blogs dead and cause lots of hangs and stuff. I got fed up and dropped the rows of coloured graphics and buttons in favour of a nice clean look.
Let's face it, some blogs have a gazillion plugins, you just don't know where to look. Forget the overhead of the loading times and that - the eyes can only take so much. If there's one thing we should thank Web 2.0 for, it's the nice clean pages with readable fonts you can actually look at without getting a migraine.
The Performancing thing was one step back down the widget road for me. Once again I'd seen it slow the loading of the page down and had it show how bereft of an audience I am - so it was time for a change. I think I have the Technorati code on the bottom as well. But that was it for third party (AdSense aand xtreme tracking excluded). I'm all into keeping it clean these days, except when it gets a bit dirty.
I've been seeing a proliferation of new plugins and buttons recently that have piqued my interest - partly because of the calibre of people using them and partly because there are some nice link and contact building opportunities going begging.
So, for not the first time in my web career, after a lot of friction and fighting it, I've decided to join the rest of the flock and plunged in with a new
parasitic SEO opportunity widget. In the place of the Performancing ad, I've gone and done the MyBlogLog thing.
Why I hear you ask? Well, seeing a few of my favourite SEO/SEM bloggers and WebMaster Radio regulars use it, I thought it was time to rub avatars with such favourites as Shoemoney, Gray Wolf, Danny Sullivan and many more. If it's good enough for them, it's good enough for me to
stalk them connect sociably and see who's dropped in here.
And let's not forget - with all that interconnectivity going on from all these high profile places, it'll be an authority domain
and spammed to bits before you know it.
Other blog meme widgets that have piqued my interest and are likely to get played with when I get a chance are LinkedIn and Tick Me. Must be a new me for 2007, what with trying all these fun 2.0 tools. Hell, at this rate, I may even go for a MySpace page that is actually me rather than the ones I have with all those fake pictures of lovely ladies on. But that's for another post...