Tools & Widgets for Websites & Blogs

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Thanks to Active Rain & I was up all night last night playing around with my ActiveRain blog. It got me to thinking - there are lot of cool tools out there we can use to jazz up our websites and/or blogs. As if I need something else to distract me!

  • - Thanks Brad, you inspired this post! Brad created a great tool that lets you customize the look of your ActiveRain blog.'s a secret ;)
  • - turn your blog into a feed machine! Now readers can grab your blog in any format they wish. Really, this tool is too easy to pass up.
  • - Create your own widget. Man, this is easy. Create a widget of your blogs headlines that you can put on any webpage - or offer to other websites and syndicate your content! Currently there are 275 Real Estate widgets on the site.
  • - a Yahoo widget that you can post on your site or blog that shows who has visited recently. Only shows members who have joined. Also lets them join your community.
  • - great review on the 6 essential elements of a website widget.
  • - another collection of great widgets. Check out the 10 Mortgage Calculator Widgets or the Real Estate Property Analyzer Widget
  • VFlyer widget - I found this one at but it caught my eye and deserves to be separated! This is a paid service - but it allows you to create a widget of your listings or other content that can be placed anywhere on the web.
  • - create unlimited polls for your site and show off the results!
  • - Last, but certainly not least. I liked this one so much - I implemented it immediately! Let viewers read your blog on their phone! How cool is that? And it's free! Ads will be placed at the beginning and end of the feed-but you share in the revenue. See the samples at WidgetBox, view the Blue60 Blog to see how it works (scroll down, on the lower right side) or visit on your phone or browser.

4/16/08 2:16PM CST - AGENT ALERT!!!  I just saw a blog by Ricky Khamis in Arizona where he posted his ePropertySites flyer on his blog.  WOW! this tool is awesome.  For $10 bucks it even comes with a .mobi version for consumers phones!  I rushed over to and checked it out!  I had to come back and post a note about this because I was so thrilled to find out about it! 



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Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699

Bo, what you did today was an act of true kindness. I know that each and everyone of the Tomato Bloggers thanks you. They are all going through a rough time right now and knowing that they have support from other bloggers will spur them on.

Thanks again for all your many comments.

Now, as far as all these wonderful fun things you can do with your Active Rain site...looks like you already got started and your looking good.

Have you joined any groups, yet? That will certainly take up some time! I know I moderate for 2 and there is just not enough time in the day for all the blogging and moderating.

Apr 16, 2008 09:55 AM #1
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

I've book marked this one, I knew of a few widgets, but I had no idea how many were really out there for real estate.

Apr 21, 2008 06:12 PM #2
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