can serve unlimited purposes--clocks, calendars, comic strips, notepads,
etc.--and thousands exist for free use by users. Widget code is created by the software
used and is immediately ready for embedding into you website.
authors use the widget to link their readers to a purchase site that has been
set up on some affiliate program or their own website. The code created for your widget will be
small and easily implanted into any website, blog, social profile, etc. Anyone
can grab the widget code and place it on their desktop or spread it elsewhere
on the web. It's a great promotional tool simply because of its "copy and
paste" nature, which is convenient to the author and the readership.
Linking to Your Book
- Visitors to your website can add your book to their Goodreads shelf with one easy click. To create this widget, simply replace
their example ISBN with the ISBN of your book within the code. Then, copy & paste the code into
Displaying Your Latest Reads:
To get this widget, log in to your Goodreads
account, select “Edit Profile,” go to the “Widgets” tab, decide what display
options you want, then copy & paste the code they generate into the HTML of
: If you tweet
frequently, make sure you embed your Twitter timeline on your website using
this handy widget:
website visitors will see the very latest from you and feel encouraged to
great for encouraging people to like your Facebook page- all while staying on
If you simply
LINK them to your Facebook page, they leave your site, get distracted by their
Facebook notifications, and forget to buy your book.
a pretty extensive
selection of widgets to create fun connections between your site and Amazon’s
If you’re part
of the Amazon Affiliate network, make sure you set up your widgets to get the
commissions from the traffic you drive to their site.
important event coming up, you can build excitement for it by having your
website count down the days, hours, and seconds.
How to Make A
Customized Widget: If you want
to customize a widget even more, that’s possible too. Try the WordPress
custom widget builder. https://managewp.com/how-to-create-wordpress-widgets-widget-builder.
- Set up the interface you want to create by
working with the widget templates available. They are heavily customizable, so
find a style that you're happy with and go for it.
- Most widgets offer the option to show links to
your website, purchase sites, social network profiles, etc. so have in mind
what links you want to provide to your readers.
- You'll end up putting information into the
widget, but it's most likely on hand. Information such as book marketing copy
and author blurbs go here.
- Load it on your website or through the website
that your widget application was created on. 47 -Spread it around! Put it on
your profiles and websites and allow others to link to it from your emails.
How Much: The
services vary from free to cheap. Most
are free for the basic services and charge less than $10 a month for the more