For nearly a year, ResearchBlogging.org posts have been shared via a widget on ScienceBlogs.com, directing over 150,000 visitors to our member blogs’ posts. Now nearly all of our registered users can place a customized version of the widget like this one on their own blogs (Not registered yet? If you blog about peer-reviewed research, sign up here). We’re thrilled to offer this exciting feature that many of our bloggers have asked for.
As a blogger, you can specify which category of posts you’d like to display: Just “Neuroscience” and “Psychology,” everything on our site, or any other combination you can think of. Even if you haven’t had a chance to write something recently, your readers will still find something new every time they visit your blog.
How to set up your widget
- Login to your ResearchBlogging.org account, edit your blog settings, and click “Enable widget” at the top of the page.
- Scroll down to the bottom, and you’ll see an area labeled “widget settings.” Select the tags you want (make sure you don’t select from the “tags” section for your blog itself). You can pick whichever categories you’d like to show up in your widget on your blog.
- Copy the code from the “embed HTML” box.
- Save the changes (you can change these categories at any time and your blog will automatically be updated).
- Login to your blog and paste the widget settings in your sidebar. Here are some tips for how to do this on Blogger and Wordpress.org blogs.
For most Wordpress blogs, you’ll need to use the “text” widget. Just copy the code from ResearchBlogging.org, then login to your blog and click on “widgets” under “appearance.” Click on a text widget to add, click on Edit, and paste your code in. Save the changes. Note: WordPress.com policy does not allow widgets like ours on their free blogs. You can use the widget on the downloadable version from WordPress.org that you host using your own ISP
Frequently asked questions:
1. Can I use the widget on any blog?
We’ve tested the widget on many platforms, including Movable Type, Blogger, and WordPress. However, due to Wordpress.com policy prohibiting external advertising, it won’t work on free WordPress.com blogs (we haven’t tested it, but it may work on some paid “professional” packages). If you host your own Wordpress blog on your own ISP (which you download from wordpress.org rather than wordpress.com), it should work fine.
2. What are the benefits of using the widget?
The widget offers a customized stream of posts on the topics you specify, so readers visiting your blog will always find something new. In addition, your posts appear on the widget on other ResearchBlogging.org users’ blogs, so your headlines have the potential to be seen by hundreds of thousands of readers.
3. Will there be ads on the widget?
There is a small space for advertising at the bottom of the widget. Right now it’s just a placeholder, but eventually these ads will be customized to the content on your blog, much like Google ads. We hope these ads will ultimately cover most of the administrative costs of ResearchBlogging.org. We have no plans for additional ads on ResearchBlogging.org.
4. Can I change the categories that are displayed on my widget?
Yes, you can change the categories at any time on your “Edit blog settings” page. There is no need to re-insert the code on your blog; the new categories will be displayed automatically.
5. Can I specify the language of posts on the widget?
Currently the widget only displays English-language posts. We plan to offer a language setting in the future.
6. Can I place the widget anywhere? Can I share the code with my friends?
Currently the widget is only offered to registered bloggers with ResearchBlogging.org. (If you blog about peer-reviewed research, you can register here)
If you have any problems with or questions about the widget, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments, or send us an email at email@example.com.