Steal This Idea: Display Your Brand Name Mentions in Your Blog Sidebar

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Are you launching a new viral campaign or link bait? Sharing your results by displaying your brand name recent web mentions will work like wonders. By doing that you can:

  • Demonstrate to your visitors how much buzz your site, product or company generates;
  • Display live third-party testimonials;
  • Engage your visitors in your viral marketing campaign, etc.

1. MyBuzzMonitor

Customization3 stars
Sources customizationNone
Relevancy2 stars

MyBuzzMonitor allows to create a customizable widget to embed at your site or blog. To create the widget, you just need to provide the search term (your brand name) and select the color palette:

Data Source: N/A

+ Bolds the search term in the widget.

Links to the tool below the widget:

Buzz Monitor

2. SocialMention Widget

The widget displays the latest realtime buzz about you, your blog, brand, product, or company.

Customization3 stars
Sources customization4 stars
Relevancy5 stars

Data Sources: Twitter, Digg, Facebook, Google Blog search, Delicious, Friendfeed, Flickr, Identica, etc.

+ Bolds the search term;

+ Displays the links to social media profiles

The widget allows to customize:

  1. The search term (your brand name);
  2. The widget title;
  3. The widget sources;
  4. The widget height
  5. The widget look and feel (to display the profile images or not, items per page,

SocialMentions Widget

3. RSS Import WordPress Plugin

While there are many similar plugins, RSS Import seems the easiest to use and the most reliable of all.

Customization2 stars
Sources customization5 stars
Relevancy5 stars

With it, you can select the sources yourself, mash up RSS feeds (Twitter with Blog search, etc) and go as creative as you want. You can customize:

  • The RSS feed itself;
  • The widget title;
  • To display the item content;
  • To display the item author;
  • To display the item date.

Data sources: Any (that has data feed)

+ You have full control of e the data sources.


Ann Smarty
Ann Smarty is the blogger and community manager at Internet Marketing Ninjas. Ann's expertise in blogging and tools serve as a base for her writing, tutorials and her guest blogging project,
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  • Widemanalex

    I never knew these plugins existed! Thanks Ann, I'll have to try them out on my blog at some point.

  • wages

    Its not in my knowledge before reading your blog i was never use this.Thanks for the information now i will try this in my blog.

  • Moneymakerfl

    I've used plugins like this before and they do seem to work really well. I think people really like the idea of being able to see justhow much buzz your site is getting, it seems to make it more relavant – at least in their eyes. Nice post, I'll have to try this pluggin.

  • Mr.Ven

    This looks something different to me, it may work the best for well established blogs/brands

  • Joestatic

    awesome, thanks Ann, RssImport made my blog more Relevant 😀 ♥ ♥