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    Widgets
    I found some old threads relating to widgets but I was hoping to get some more recent input from you guys.
    Do you find them to be a useful tool from both the publisher and the merchant sides? What is your experience using widgets?
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    Widgets is a pretty broad term! Basically any "Webmasters add this ___ to your site" is a widget, which could be a weather report, update, ad, or virtually anything else. I use them, sparingly.

    Shareasale widgets are one that I use in a few places.

    Also put the Dilbert cartoon strip widget on a site. (Mostly so I can see the latest Dilbert cartoon!)

    Widgets add no search-able content. But also, they add no duplicated content.
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    yeah, I knew I was being vague, but figured it was worth a shot- just looking for some feedback
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    Any type of javascript add-on could be considered a "widget". For example, ebay and goldencan scripts. The nice thing about these scripts is that products are automatically updated.

    I use a fair number of the ebay scripts.
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    Hi Jason
    Quick answer cos in a hurry. Widgets are liked very much by some affiliates (can't speak for everybody but know I love em) as long as and this is a very big as long as. lol If ya read the SAS thread about the widgets you'll notice my posts. lol

    Merchants are the ones who have to keep the widgets updated. If the affiliates are able to customize the widgets regarding sizes, colors, etc. think most do like em. Problems in the past have been with widgets maybe bein gigantic in size, some not fitting onto blogs correctly, a site may be purple but if a widget is green....umm that doesn't look too nice (least not to the person with the purple site) Affiliates like to be able to customize them with the types of products they place on em, maybe if price, description is included or not, how many columns or rows, etc.

    My personal favorites are widgets that show the current coupons, sales, best deals, whatever. Others that may show the best sellers are good, too. Naturally a perfect widget would be one that's able to be indexed by the little spider fellas but most of em I don't think can.

    Could tell ya more, but gotta get back to my site. Hope that helps a little

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    Don't use widgets because you think they are cool or neat.
    Only use widgets if they add value to your site and for your visitors.
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    Thanks for your input, guys. I truly appreciate it.
    Would you think that informational widgets are useful? For example, links to articles on our products, etc...?
    What about video widgets- are they useful or distracting?
    What else has worked for you guys?
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    We're still working on our "widgets" project. Once completed a merchant will have the ability to create a widget that can be "subscribed to" by various affiliates. The merchant selects the products - each affiliate gets to fully customize their own look and feel. Fonts, borders, colors and sizes will be easily selectable. When the merchant changes the featured products, the affiliates' widgets automatically update, but the "skins" remain as the affiliates designed them to be. These can also be tabbed widgets.
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