Google Blogging Tip # 102: Adding a Rating System Gadget to Your Blog (This Replaces Tip # 93).

Important Widget Change

Originally on Tip # 93, Adding a Rating System Gadget to Your Blog or Website.
Found at: http://blogsfollowme.blogspot.com/2009/12/google-blogging-tip-93-adding-rating.html
I suggested using Blogorator. For awhile this worked well. Then several people last week complained it failed to work and Blogorator lost their files. This also happened on my Blog, Blogs I am Following, and Blogorator failed to fix the issue after 5-days even though I notified them.
Note: It is important to remember that these 'Widgets' may not keep up with the latest technology by Blogs such as Google, Wordpress, etc. They are Third Party Program Designs.
Originally I selected this Rating System because it worked on both Blogs and Websites and rated the over all page (Blog or Site) versus the individual posting.
I am no longer endorsing Blogorator.
Website Users, Designers, Programmers, Administrators, and Blog Owners should avoid installing the Widget from Blogorator.

New Blog Rating Widget Tool

Click on the LINK:
Adding a Rating System to Your Blog
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Before Starting please note that this Widget does not work on Websites / Web Pages.
If after registering the Widget and you are unable to go to 'Setting's to remove the 'Recommendations' remove the Widget from your Blog, sign-out and try installing the Widget later on.
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Follow these step by step instructions.
Note - Pay close attention, don't miss any steps.
Open the following and leave open till finished:
- Your email account for your Blog.
- Open Outbrain Website.
- When Outbrain loads your Blog, leave that open as well.

Step # 1:
You are at the 'Outbrain' Homepage. In the upper right corner, click on 'Register.'
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Step # 2:
Once you click on register 'Outbrain' you will get a new window. Fill in the required information.
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Step # 3:
to your Blog Account, shown here is Google...
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Step # 4:
After signing into your Blog, you will see this....
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Step # 5:
Here all I did was 'Change' the title, I recommend you do this, but it is not necessary.
Leave the other settings alone, just click on 'Add Widget.'
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Step # 6:
If you have a Google Blog (blogspot) 'Outbrain' set-up will take you to this location in Layouts. If you have a different type of Blog such as Wordpress it should take you to something similar. Just simply ignore this, and go to your Blog's main display page.
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Step # 7:
Initial installation produces this. The following steps will remove all the links beneath your Blog Rating. If you want these here, Stop, do not proceed any further. I recommend, you not have these on your Blog Postings, and continue with the complete set-up of the 'Outbrain Rating System.'
Note: I have blacked out those that appeared on my Blog.
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Step # 8:
Respond to Outbrain in your email and verify your 'outbrain' account....
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Step # 9:
In this step you will see a message that looks like this...
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Step # 10:
In this step you should get a message that Outbrain has verified your email. Click on the setting, 'Manage Blogs', to the upper left to continue....
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Step # 11:
In this step you should see your Blog's URL Address.
Next to the URL you should see, 'Settings' click on it.
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Step # 12:
Change the 'Settings' exactly as shown.
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Step # 13:
When the Widget has been installed, and the setting changed, the 'Rating' should now look like this...
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Step # 14:
After you have completed installing the widget go back to your email, and there should be an explanation of how the Rating System works, part will look like this...
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Step # 15:
Now sign out of-
Your Blog.
Your Email Account.
View your Blog without signing in.
Test the Rating System.
Refresh your page, look and see if the rating worked on your Blog.

Step # 16:
To See this work on my Blog, Click on the LINK:
Testing Google Blogs

Step # 17:
If you have multiple Blogs under on email account, you can sign back into 'Outbrain' and select the ones that you want added to have a Rating applied. Remember, this Rating Widget (gadget) rates each individual Posting, not the entire Blog.

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1 comment:

Cartoon Daily said...

Hello Mr Blog Guy,

Hey I just installed this on my Site, Cartoon Daily.

Thanks for all the advice, people like you dont get enough credit for helping people for free.
I follow you and use your recommendations.
I suggest others do the same.