One great thing about Google's free blog hosting site, Blogger, is it allows you a lot of power to customise the look of your blog. You can tweak colours, fonts, background images and what information appears in your sidebar -- as well as how it appears. If you're an active Amazon shopper and have a wishlist on the site, you can even display that wishlist somewhere conspicuous on your blog.
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Amazon Wishlist Widget
Amazon's own website features a special Wishlist Widget builder that generates a widget for any publicly available Amazon wishlist, including your own. All you have to do is input the email address you use for your Amazon account, so Amazon can access the wishlist in question. If your wishlist isn't currently publicly viewable, log into your Amazon account and make it public. You can then copy and paste the widget's code directly into the HTML for your blog on Blogger.
If you don't like the way the official Amazon widget looks or behaves, third-party developers like web consultant Pete Freitag have created badge generators that offer different looks for your wishlist. These generators access publicly available Amazon wishlists, just like Amazon's own widget does, then take that information and format it differently. Think about it like applying different templates to your blog to customise its look. If you don't have the time or desire to code a badge yourself, third-party applications like these give you additional room to express your own style on your Blogger site.
If you don't like any of the wishlist options available, and you've got the skills and time, create your own custom badge or widget that fits in perfectly with your Blogger page -- or have a skilled friend do it, especially if that friend owes you a favour. If a friend or family member's birthday is coming up, and they don't read your blog, you can also post that person's Amazon wishlist -- as long as it's publicly available.
Before utilising codes from any third-party site, do research to make sure the code works properly, and doesn't do something nefarious -- like send your blog visitors to a phishing site. It's a good policy for any code you copy and paste into the source code of your Blogger site, not just this wishlist. There are awesome developers who want nothing more than to make nice tools that help people build beautiful blogs, but unfortunately, some people aren't quite so nice. Keep yourself informed and you'll get great results embedding your Amazon wishlist -- and creating a good blog on Blogger.
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