I think gadgets are a great way to highlight the resources you have that might receive less action than they should. Instead of giving you only my kooky thoughts, I thought an example was in order…
There is a blog called SEOmoz (you might of heard of it). They have many great resources that people may not know of or are not taking advantage of. Lets make a Google gadget that highlights SEOmoz’s other stuff….
This gadget displays randomly SEOmoz’s Whiteboard Friday videos, it has another tab that will show random videos from Rand and other Mozzers, yet another tab will display YouMoz, the user generated blog featuring articles by SEOmoz members, and the final tab is just some links to SEOmoz content other than their blog (like their tools and articles).
This gadget is actually a test of sorts and is a pre-cursor to a SearchEngineLand gadget I want to create (it would also be cool for conference coverage… hmmm). I am experimenting with hosting gadgets on Google, rather that my own domains. This is the first gadget I have made that is hosted entirely on Google.
To add the SEOmoz gadget to your iGoogle page just click “+ Google” tab thing, or you can also add it here.
This gadget can also be customized and placed on a webpage or blog post (like it is above) by going here.