Top 5 Contact Widgets for Blogs and Websites

Reblogger Cheryl Ritchie
Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Leading Edge 71785

I love to pass out good tech tips when I find them. I have Google Voice and really appreciate the transcription aspect. I  asked Sheldon Neal to explain the "let me google that for you" product again when I noticed it on his site. He posted a great video on this product this week. The text widget is a good idea, too. Enjoy these!

Original content by Brad Andersohn

Creating great content for your subscribers and readers, (and the search engines) is one of the most important things you can do to be successful with your blogs and websites.  It may not be the most important though...  One of the other major components is the "Call To Action" or the "Opportunity To Connect" buttons.  At the end of the day, aren't you trying to "connect" with your target audience?

I've discovered that if your great content cultivates eyeballs and traffic, but you have no way to capture and convert those inquiring visitors, then not all but much is lost.  That's why I'm sharing these Top 5 contact Widgets and tools.  I've researched and used these and know they can increase your chances or at least the potential of capturing connecting with those whom you're trying to reach. 

#1 - Google Voice

Google voice allows visitors to contact you over the phone and for FREE.  If you miss their call, the message is conveniently converted to text and sent to your mobile device via email if you choose to set it up that way.  The voice-mail recordings can be forwarded quickly to expedite specific requests, and multiple phone lines can all lead into one easy to use FREE phone number.  I Love Google voice and I really love that potential clients can call you from their computer screen.

#2 - SMS Text Widget

RETechBlog has one of the greatest text widgets I've ever seen.  This allows your readers and visitors to text you right from the sidebar of your Blog or website.  Heck, you can place this little widget just about anywhere and start receiving text messages before you even have the chance to save it to your site.  When I had this installed on my AR Blog, the first day I received hundreds of text messages from members and had to take it down. (I know others who experienced this as well...)

#3 - Zopim Chat

Now chat might seem like a thing of the past to some of you, but having access to a real person when you need one can be priceless.  The larger companies online these days offer this service to their customers because they know the importance of getting their clients the answers they need in a more than just timely manner.  Customers want it NOW, and they want it from experienced and real people.  I installed this "Chat" for my webinars and it has worked wonders and provided great value to those visiting or just stopping by to check in.

#4 - Contact Me Form

Zillow's "contact me" form/widget can be totally customized and personalized to tap into your target or niche audiences' needs.  Try adding a bit of emotion or something that truly creates a significant call to action, something that your reader can really relate to and you'll be surprised how often this old fashioned but classic form of contact will work for them and for you.  Out of the 30 or so widgets available on the site, this is one of my favorite and most powerful in my opinion.  (my opinion is subject to change everytime a new one comes )

#5 - Google Me

Now this one is a little tricky but VERY cool. 

Google me is simply a link to any graphic or image that intrigues your reader enough to click on the image. Everything else happens automatically.  There is a site known as "Let Me Google That For You" which you'll find at  Just type in your name, specific keywords, or a phrase where you show up at the top of Google, and watch the magic work.  This is also very useful when you don't want your competition to show up anywhere on the Google search results page. 

  • Go ahead, click on the card above and see what happens???


Would you keep on fishing in a lake if you only had bait
but no hooks to catch the fish?  You may be #1 on Google, you may get 1000 views on your site per day, but if you're not making a few trips to the bank once in a while, you may want to consider adding some tools like these to your tackle box.  Contact Widgets really are the unsung heroes and they can pack a pretty powerful punch. I hope these will bring you closer to that trip to the bank.


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James Loftis
Real Estate 911 Inc - West Palm Beach, FL
Real Estate 911 Inc

Great information to know, thanks for sharing.

Apr 13, 2011 02:47 PM #1
Tommy Taylor
Taylor Properties & - Kerrville, TX
CNE- Texas Hill Country Realtor

Cheryl- Thanks for sharing these widgets. It is always nice to see what has worked well for others before we try it out for ourselves.

Apr 13, 2011 02:50 PM #2
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas

Hi Cheryll,

Brad is so awesome.  Great reblog!!  I just need to find the time to add some of these widgets.  I love the "Contact Me"  and am really intrigued by the "Google Me."

Apr 13, 2011 04:57 PM #3
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
Thanks, I love to reblog good tech posts!
Apr 13, 2011 05:43 PM #4
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Real Estate Cafe LLC - Bend, OR
Curator of Happy Endings

Cool widgets Cheryl... and thanks for the tutorial... I will check them out ;)

Apr 13, 2011 06:10 PM #5
Peter Pfann @ Fair Realty Victoria, BC, Canada. Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986.
Fair Realty, Victoria BC - Victoria, BC
Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490

Hi Cheryl,

Thanks for the reminder, and reblog,  the tips are very cool and we need to spend more time on implementing them (except for zillow as it does not operate in Canada)

thanks for sharing

Apr 13, 2011 06:12 PM #6
Dick and Dixie Sells
Sells Real Estate, LLC - Trinity, FL
Realtors, Tampa Bay Florida Homes For Sale

Cheryl  thanks for this great google voice post! It is amazing all the tools Google has for us and they are FREE as well.  I  just bookmarked this one so I can go back and learn all the details.

Thanks again!

Apr 14, 2011 12:58 AM #7
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

I missed this post. . .thank you for re-blogging it

Apr 14, 2011 01:51 AM #8
Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast

Cheryl, Thanks for the reblog from Brad. I missed this one the first time around. Good information here.

Apr 18, 2011 11:19 AM #9
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