Testing the new Triggit Sitebar

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Before the end of last year I had started playing with a cool new piece of technology called Triggit that made adding advertising and affiliate links easy to do without spamming them all over the place. As my blogging decreased towards the end of the year, I was mainly focused on quick pieces and didn’t touch Triggit.

You may have noticed the blue search bar at the top of my site (if it’s loaded yet, I need to track down what’s been slowing my load times lately) That is called the Sitebar and Triggit has switched gears and is focusing on this new tool. What does it do? Well, right now it only searches but I’ve boon told to expect more functionality soon, I’ll update more as I get the information :-)

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Recommending a Page and a Product Together?

Does Amazon‘s new Page Recommendation and Product Reccomendation in one widget make sense?  I see the logic from the programmer’s point of view, both processes have the same first steps – scan the text and check for relevance with another data source.  As a blogger and reader I’m not as sure there’s a connection at all.  This is a common programming pitfall.  When you are deciding on features and design you have to remove yourself from the backend of the program as much as possible and focus on what makes sense from the users perspective.  This may mean separating features that have a lot in common programmatically into different parts of the interface.

I’ve installed the widget and we’ll see if it adds value or not, having the ability to tweak the results would be nice as I can certainly see the value in recommending books with a similar subject matter.  If the widget trys to sell me some Roomba filters and printer ink then it won’t be adding value to my site, it’ll just be trying to sell something and what does that have to do with page recommendations?

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Triggit WordPress Plugin

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I first learned of Triggit due to their selection as a finalist in the 2008 Web 2.0 Launchpad event. I’m really impressed with the service, it’s like Zemanta for advertising! I’ll write more on it later but for know I wanted to announce that I threw together a quick plugin for self-hosted WordPress users who feel more comfortable adding a plugin then editing their theme files. This is also useful if you don’t want to have to re-add the code every time you change your theme.

-= Download the Triggit WordPress Plugin Here =-

To use this plugin download and unzip it and place the file into your WordPress plugin folder. Activate the plugin and go to the Settings Triggit screen and add your Triggit User ID.

This plugin requires your theme to have the wp-footer hook, if you it doesn’t seem to work that’s the most likely reason and you’d have to edit your theme’s footer file and add <?php wp_footer(); ?> before the /body tag (or just paste your Triggit code since you’re there anyway). If that wp-footer code is there and it’s still not working then leave me a comment and I’ll try to help.

I’ll pretty it up a touch later so check back for updates!

Customized Gift Cards

Gift Card Labs popped up on Comission Junction and it seems pretty interesting, you can make a Visa gift card with your picture on it and a personalized message. Here’s their marketing description:

Gift Card Lab provides photo Visa Gift cards – an industry-first product. Customized Visa Gift Cards are the ideal way to send the right gift every time. They’re completely hassle free, fully customizable, and they’re accepted at millions of locations worldwide – anywhere in the U.S. Visa debit cards are accepted. Visa Gift Cards can be selected from our online catalog or designed to meet every gift card need. Gift cards are available in various denominations: $10 to $250. GiftCardLab.com offers Web access for cardholders to check their balance and see transactions. The turn-around time is 5 business days.

Something to think about as an alternative to the store specific gift cards that often don’t get fully used, and a little more thoughtful than a wad of cash.

iPod PreOrder Store – Order iPods now!

I put together a quick Amazon aStore with the new iPods. Amazon is selling them first come first serve to get your order in NOW!