Time to reevaluate Lijit

Today at the BlogWorldExpo show I went to a session called Power Widgets to Amp Your Blog. I don't know exactly what I was expecting when went to it, but I ended up hearing about 4 different blog widgets. 2 of which I had heard of, 2 were brand new.

The one that stuck out most for me was Lijit.com. I had first heard about Lijit at last year's BlogWorldExpo and right after that show I checked it out but it didn't really take me by storm. When Micah took the podium and started showing it off, I thought I knew all there was to know about it. I'm glad I didn't stop listening, because I was dead wrong.

Most bloggers don't just blog. They create content all over the web. They upload videos to youtube, they add images to flickr, they may be on myspace, twitter, etc… Now, when somebody is on your blog and they do a search, Lijit gives you the power to return not only your blog post content, but a list of relevant videos, images and whatever other content you create across all your content streams. Plus, you can add in other blogs that you want to be part of your search base.

I've set up an account and will be updating my site to use the new search feature. I'm going to give it a much closer look this time around.

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  1. Trisha Lyn Fawver on September 20, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    I missed that panel in favor of some on the monetization track, but I've been a fan of Lijit for awhile and made sure to grab some stickers for my laptop 😀

    Did you check out Zemanta in the expo? They have a pretty interesting blog service (not really a widget, it's a Firefox add on) that makes adding content pretty easy. I'm considering trying it out on a secondary blog of mine.

  2. John on September 20, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    @Trisha Thanks for stopping by! Yep, I checked out Zemanta as well. I plan on writing a post about the expo floor tomorrow night and they'll definitely be part of it.

  3. Barney Moran on September 21, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    Hi John,Publishers Union of Bloggers currently advise Publishers hold off installing any Lijit Software on their blogs pending both Lijit’s promised upcoming transparency from Lijit concerning revenue and Lijit's current 'terms of use' which gives Lijit free reign concerning use of your content once our Publishers install Lijit Software into their blog.Any thoughts on these critical issues for Pub's, pass it on, all appreciate it.BarneyFounder, P.U.B.

  4. John Hawkins on September 22, 2008 at 7:08 am

    @Barney. Thank you very much for the comment. I am currently trying to get in touch with 2 of the people from Lijit who I met over the weekend while at BlogWorld to see if they care to comment on this.

  5. toddvernon on September 22, 2008 at 9:35 am

    John,Thanks for the Lijit review. Glad you are trying the service out and we welcome your comments. For statements regarding Barney Moran, P.U.B, and it’s motivations I need to refer you to our blog. http://www.lijit.com/blog/2008/09/22/statements…..Please email me if you have any other comments!

  6. John Hawkins on September 22, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    @Todd I appreciate the follow-up. Interesting situation there. Best of luck.

  7. tarable on September 23, 2008 at 4:43 am

    John, it was wonderful meeting you in Vegas this past weekend. I'm going to shoot you an email with more details concerning the conversation we had but I'm glad that we were able to convince you to give us a second look.Feel free to send feedback and questions my way. I'm tara at lijit dot com.

  8. John Hawkins on September 23, 2008 at 5:07 am

    @tarable It was great meeting both you and Micah at the show. I'm thrilled to see how far Lijit has come along over the past year.Another claim to fame for Lijit, yours is the only company that I was willing to take a shirt from. Thanks again for the comfy shirt!

  9. micah on September 23, 2008 at 7:38 am

    John, since Tara and Todd responded (Re: your tweet), but I must say, it always a win in our minds when someone likes what we are doing. There are more interesting things coming in the future, and I look forward to continuing to stay in touch so that we can continue to get your feedback.

  10. John Hawkins on September 23, 2008 at 7:47 am

    @Micah – First thing I should say is that I was walking in the grocery store with the wife. I was reading some tweets and laughed OUT LOUD at one of yours having to do with having somebody's camera and taking some, er, questionable, photo with it.I plan on doing a follow-up post after I get 30 or 45 days of data in my lijit stats. See if I can make heads or tails of the data. Keep up the good work over there. Looking forward to the new features, whatever they may be.Cheers.