Check Out My New Giveaway Countdown Widget! WordPress Plug-in Review

by Rachel on January 13, 2012

in Giveaways

I’ve been hard at work reorganizing bits and pieces of my blog, and today I’ve been focusing on my sidebar on the right.  If you’re a blogger, it’s easy to let your blog space get cluttered and overly busy with badges, links, buttons, advertising etc. so I tidied things up a bit.

I wanted to draw your attention to the new Giveaway Countdown Widget.  This replaces the boring list of text links where I used to list my giveaways, and now each giveaway has a thumbnail photo preview and tells you how many days are left to enter.

What do you guys think of the new format?

If you’re a giveaway blogger and are interested in adding this to your own blog, it’s a premium WordPress plug-in created by a giveaway blogger’s husband specifically for giveaway bloggers. It costs $15 and is available as a download at the site linked above.

This is a little embarrassing, but I actually downloaded this back in October (!) and because the directions were a little complicated and I was so busy at the time, I put off adding this. I sat down with it today and it’s not too bad. You will need to create a separate category label for active giveaways you want listed in the widget, and you must add some custom fields to your giveaway posts and always designate a thumbnail for it to pull a picture (I easily learned how to do this using google). It probably took me about 30 minutes to activate and format my existing giveaways to show up correctly.

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Donna B. January 13, 2012 at 10:26 pm

I like the new format ;)

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Rachel January 14, 2012 at 7:34 am
courtney b January 14, 2012 at 11:07 am

cool! can’t wait!

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MSRheinlander January 14, 2012 at 1:28 pm

I think it looks great : )
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Bonnie P January 14, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Any way to add (how many entries) ?

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liliana standey January 15, 2012 at 2:21 am

sounds awesome :)

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Angela Michels January 15, 2012 at 6:19 pm

It’s VERY cool! I like it a lot! Also am in love with your blog colors! :)
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Sarah L January 17, 2012 at 11:46 pm

I really, really like it. Makes it so much easier to see what you have.

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Rebecca Xavier January 26, 2012 at 12:06 pm

This definitely helps your fans to find items easier:)

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Kim @ LiaH December 17, 2012 at 4:59 pm

By any chance do you know if there is a version available for Blogger-based blogs?
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