MajikWidget is a new service for bloggers and website owners that want to enhance their visitors browsing experience by adding interactive widgets to their sites. It uses a unique credit system where you buy credits (you get 25 free at signup) to install and use a widget on your site. Each time you create a widget for your site, a single credit is debited from your account. It costs $25 dollars for 500 credits, although I’m sure it will take a while to get through all your 25 free credits.

MajikWidget currently allows you to pick from the following three widgets (there will be more soon): Star Ratings, Poll, and Links to New Browser Window. Star Rating Widget seems to be the highlight widget at this time where users can place a widget at the end of a post or site allowing their readers to rate the content or the subject of the content. The Poll Widget lets you create a poll with up to five answers, great for receiving more detailed feedback on a given subject. Lastly, the Links to New Browser Window Widget will make every link on your website open in a new browser window, which is a relatively simple script you can find at most Javascript resource sites. I know that both the Star Rating Widget and Poll Widget will subtract a credit on , meaning on any vote by a user, but I am not sure about the Links to New Window widget.

The MajikWidget Blog also stated in their monthly update to expect the following Widgets to be rolling out soon:

  • Standardized hit counters
  • Daily page view counters
  • Top 10 site referral widget
  • A few twists on the poll widget
  • Tag cloud widget

If you are not interested in the above selection, this may catch your interest. Anyone can request a widget to be made by MajikWidget. If MajikWidget likes your request, they may actually develop it for you so you can use it on your site. Furthermore, they incorporate a linkware type system to it where users can optionally have it display a link of credit to you. For example, Guy Kawasaki (review of MajikWidget) suggested the star rating and poll widgets to MajikWidget. These widgets then display, “Visit Guy’s Blog” at the bottom of them and users can optionally hide it when adding it to their site. Because the widget includes Guy’s link, he will now get some traffic, MajikWidget’s way of saying thanks to Guy for coming up with the idea. So, if you have a unique idea and it’s reasonable, go request it and maybe you’ll get some traffic sent your way.

I usually don’t review services such as MajikWidget, but simply put, I like MajikWidget because anyone can easily add a widget to any post on their blog without having to know any programming. It is as simple as copy and paste. I also like it for it’s unique credits system and how anyone can request a widget to be made, even though it will cost me after the 25 credits are used up (which will probably take me a long time).

TechCrunch reviewed dPolls a while back which is similar in that it allows users to easily create a poll and stick it on their site. The big difference here is that dPolls is restricted to polls while there is no telling what kind of widgets you will be able to add to your site with MajikWidget because users can request widgets.

Below are some example widgets. First is a star rating widget and second is a poll. (Note Feed Readers: If you are reading through a feed reader, you must come to the site to see the widgets. Thank you!)

Update: Removed Rating and Poll script for markup validation reasons with my website (XHTML Strict – iframes don’t play nice with the doc type).

View MajikWidget – Widgets for Blogs. (via nblog)


5 Comments on “MajikWidget – Widgets for Blogs”

  1. hAmid reZa says:

    Just a hint:
    I can see the widgets on your post using my feed reader (Netvibes) and didn’t need to come and vistit your post directly.

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  3. WidgetMaster says:

    Just a quick clarification… Credits are debited when you actually generate code and use a widget. Not each time a visitor interacts with the widget.

    Thanks for the post and feedback!

    MajikWidget WidgetMaster

  4. BillyWarhol says:

    Interesting how much activity has been going on recently in the Widget space! We’re still working feverishly on our Google AdSense Outlaw AdWidget for MySpace & All Blogs. Slowly but surely we’re finally getting there & it’s fantastic to see all the Buzz being created just before our immenent Launch from “stealth-mode”!! ;))

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