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Essential Bloging Tools

1. Feedburner – It generates an RSS feed for you for free like my feed. Remember, Blogger gives you an atom feed only. It allows you to put these nifty buttons which you see on the right side of this blog. It gives you a button for XML, Add to yahoo, Add to Newsgator, Add to MSN. Read about how their single feed policy can benefit you.

It can give you a beautiful button to show how many readers are using your feed to read your blog. It also gives you a nifty tool called headline animator which you can attach to your blog to display the recent 5 posts in a nice animated fashion. You can get an authentic Creative Common license, get a browser friendly RSS feed, Splice photos and links and more…

2. Haloscan – Trackback is an essential component of blogging these days. Haloscan provides you with a seamless way to integrate free trackback in your blog by adding a small code.

3. Imageshack – Dont you want to fill your blog with images without hassles of registration. Imageshack provides an excellent interface to take care of your free image hosting needs. Maybe it is this the fastest way to host an image on the web. Allows lots of image format, hotlinking, transloading from other sites. Its a good idea to register to keep track of all your images in one place. It is much convenient than the proposed Hello and Picassa options…

Update: Blogger enabled hosting of images on its own webspace making it easier to host images in your posts. But you cannot manage or edit / delete your blogger images in any way

4. Technorati – Create and add a technorati profile. It allows you to claim your blog in this huge blogosphere. It allows you to put an excellent technorati search on your blog. The best part is that whenever someone mentions or links to any page of your blog, technorati knows and a search for your blog on technorati shows exactly how many sites link to which pages of your blog and when they were added with a small description.

5 – Sitemeter – Just takes 5 minutes to get a free tracker which gives you realtime statistics to check the quantity and quality of your site traffic with detailed referrer and geographic data. I have checked out several other tracking sites, but this one seems the best. Although you need to keep a counter visible (as a logo, visitor counter) and the statistics can be made privtae too. I found StatCounter which gives much more detailed statistics and the counter is totally invisible and free totally till you start getting large traffic, when you need to pay. But the disadvantage is that both of these track the last 100 visitors only, while another free service Extreme Tracking tracks them all… but you statistis cannot be made private.

6. Feedblitz – It quickly allows your blog visitors to subscribe to your new posts. They just have to enter their email. You decide which page opens after they press Subscribe. A quick confirmatory email to them and they get 1 email daily with all your new posts. You can decide if you want to send the full post or short posts with defined number of characters. Very good to keep your subscribers informed of new posts. It allows them to unsubscribe easily also.

7. My Blog Log – Tracks outgoing links to let you know where your traffic is going. The free limited version data is not in much detail, yet provides a good idea. You can also add a Top 5 Our Links module to your web site.

8 AudioBlogger– Audioblogger allows free unlimited audio posts from any phone to your Blogger blog. You call the number (Currently a US phone number), record a post, then your blog is updated with an audioblogger icon and a link to your recorded audio.

9. w.bloggar – It is a Post and Template editor, with several features and resources that the browser based blog editors do not offer. It enables users to have only one interface to several accounts hosted on several different sites, using different publishing systems. Helps to manage multiple blogs. You can also use Qumana, Blogjet to create and post to your blogs.

10 Blogger Mobile – opens a new concept of Moblogging i.e. blogging by your mobile phone. When you send text or photos from your mobile device to automatically posted to your new blog page.

11. Blogexplosion – helps you get confirmed traffic to your blog. The principle is simple, you visit other peoples blogs and they visit yours. For every 2 blogs you visit, one visitor comes to you. This is very good if you are new blogger and have hardly any traffic. Definitely try the Rent a Blog advertising swap service.

12. Pingoat – Pinging lets dozens of blogging services know you’ve updated your site and increases traffic to your blog. Just enter your blog name and blog home page, check the blogging services you want to ping, just click ‘Submit Pings’ and in one click it pings all of them. Pingoat offers a wide variety of such services and is fast too.

13. Creative Commons – It offers a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors and artists. They have built upon the “all rights reserved

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