is currently beta testing a new full featured widget. It’s pretty well rounded and provides tons of information. Basically, the widget extends and gives your site visitors access to the RateItAll system without ever leaving your site.
About RateItAll (from the widget):
“RateItAll is a distributed rating network that allows you to quickly and easily add consumer ratings and community to your blog or website.”
See right for our RateItAll Site Review widget. Feel free to rate us and provide written reviews.
The widget provides you with a way to let your site/blog visitors review/rate or obtain reviews/ratings from others. On load, the widget provides the visitor with the rating form (stars) and text field for a written review. If the visitor is already a RateItAll member, upon login, the rating and review will be submitted. Otherwise, the visitor can create an account right from within the widget.
Along the bottom of the widget there are a couple of additional features. Clicking the “Community” button will present the list of people who have provided a rating and what their rating was. “Reviews” will display the latest user review and you can page through the available written reviews and ratings.
The widget can be used to rate and review the site it’s on, a topic being discussed or a specific product. In short, anything that can be reviewed.
At any time, visitors can click through the ratings and reviews to the RateItAll site for more information and additional features. As it stands, the widget itself provides most of the RateItAll platform that is immediately relevant to the visitor. This strikes a nice balance of providing the site/blog owner with added value without steering visitors away. All too often we see widgets that add no value and pull visitors away. This is not the case here and on the contrary it may actually drive traffic to your site.
Since the widget is driven by the RateItAll system, all information is pushed back to RateItAll. What this means is that your site/blog will now be exposed to the traffic and users of RateItAll, without any additional work. RateItAll claims they are currently at about 800K monthly uniques. In addition to the features already discussed above, this is a nice added bonus.
If you are interested in beta testing this widget, you can get on the list here.
This post is getting a bit long so we will spare you from the analysis of how this widget benefits RateItAll and its business.
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