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Boost your Blog’s Popularity with Romlet

31 August 2007 No Comment

Romlet is a simple, lovely widget that boasts your “best site stats” and incentives for visitors to boost your popularity. This simple but powerful widget is a brag badge, bookmarking tool and stats counter all rolled into one. Romlet is continually updated to display current on-site information to you and your readers.

Here’s an interview with the founder of Romlet:

ROMlet Why you Boast and Boost Blog Popularity with Romlet

Halil: What is Romlet and what´s the difference opposite to other widgets?

ROMlet: Romlet is a widget designed to boast and boost a blog’s popularity. It is a stats badge, bookmarking tool and analytics counter all rolled into one.

It is similar to but different from other currently poplar blog widgets. Like AddThis, it displays buttons that allow readers to bookmark blog posts. Unlike AddThis, however, Romlet automatically provides buttons that are up-to-date and relevant each time a visitor sees it.

Like a FeedBurner readership badge, Romlet shows information about incoming visitors. However, a FeedBurner badge only shows one kind of statistic: number of feed readers. This isn’t always a helpful number for newer bloggers to display. Romlet shows off the best statistics by displaying top referers at any given time.

Like a MyBlogLog widget, Romlet gives information about current visitors. However Romlet encourages people to link to your blog in order to appear as a top referer. This brings in both traffic and PageRank to a site. Romlet is, in a way, a complementary widget to the MyBlogLog recent refers one: MBL displays recent visitors, and Romlet displays recent traffic sources.

Halil: How did you come up with the idea for the Romlet widget?

ROMlet: To be honest, this is something that arose out of a personal desire to have a widget like Romlet on our own sites. We have all had mixed experiences with adding tons of blog widgets. Too many widgets mean clutter, and clutter seems unprofessional and confuses visitors. Also, there were simply things that other widgets didn’t do that we wanted to have. The best part so far, to be honest, has been getting to use Romlet on our own pages! Of course, it has also been exciting to see pre-beta users create custom Romlets for their sites as well!

Halil: Who are the people behind romlet?

ROMlet: There are currently four primary contributors to Romlet. Two are brothers, one of whom has worked for successful startups like Orbitz and Neoglyphics, while the other is a preofessional blogger with a masters degree in architecture. We also have an veteran blogger with extensive web development experience and an internet marketing expert on board who provide valuable industry expertise. We all know one another, and are all in this for the joy of developing something new and interesting that we each plan to use ourselves.

Halil: All around the web are a lot of people who are building widgets, why did you guys plan to run into this market and what do you think about the future of this market?

ROMlet: Again, this comes down to what multiple people saw as a common problem – a gaping void in the existing capability of available widgets. There are plenty of widgets that do different things, but few are as versatile, customizable and ideally suited to blogs of all kinds as Romlet. As to the future of widgets: it is our belief that those widgets which perform the most diverse and useful functions all-in-one will survive any collapse in the overall widget market.

Halil: Why should people use Romlet?

ROMlet: Romlet is useful to both a blogger and their blog readers in multiple ways, despite the deceptive simplicity of the widget itself. Romlet helps a blogger quickly assess their own daily statistics and see their refering sources without logging into an analytics account. In turn, Romlet shows a blog’s reader the best buttons for bookmarking and supporting a blog. It also encourages readers to return to a site, out of curiosity bout refering sources.

Moreover, the Romlet widget is just the start. Romlet.com will have additional community features that will spotlight and link to active community members and send them even more referal traffic. What is starting as a widget will become the bais for much more – with the feedback of users like you!

ROMlet’s Page Authors Page: Halil
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