Googlify your Movable Type Blog

With the recent release of the new version of Google’s toolbar for Internet Explorer on Windows, it’s now possible to make your own custom buttons for the popular browser extension. Once installed, the button gives you easy access to your most recent entries and provides you with a simple way to search your site for a word or phrase you highlight on any web page.
 
In addition to just being a cool feature for your own personal use, by providing it to your visitors, it’s also a great vehicle for promoting and increasing traffic to your Movable Type-powered blog.
 
Creating a Google Toolbar button for your site
So how do you do it? Easy. You can just make use of the template that Niall Kennedy created, which uses the power of Movable Type’s publishing engine to automatically generate the code for the button.
 
First, create a new index template. You might want to name it "Google Toolbar Button" and then set the Output File to toolbar_button.xml. Then, copy the following text and paste it in as the body of the template.
 
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<custombuttons xmlns="http://toolbar.google.com/custombuttons/">
  <button>
    <title><$MTBlogName remove_html="1" encode_xml="1"$></title>
    <description><$MTBlogDescription remove_html="1" encode_xml="1"$></description>
    <site><$MTBlogURL$></site>
    <search><$MTCGIPath$><$MTSearchScript$>?search={query}&IncludeBlogs=<$MTBlogID$></search>
    <send><$MTCGIPath$><$MTSearchScript$>?search={selection}&IncludeBlogs=<$MTBlogID$></send>
    <feed refresh-interval="3600"><$MTBlogURL$>atom.xml</feed>
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  </button>
</custombuttons>

Save the template, rebuild it (if necessary), and your new button code should be all set. By default, your output should look something like this. Then, your last step is to make a simple link to your new file. That should look like:

 <a href="http://toolbar.google.com/buttons/add?url=[your blog URL]toolbar_button.xml">Add to Google Toolbar</a>

The results will give you a link that says Add to Google Toolbar. So what are you waiting for? Click the button! Then you’ll have a new toolbar button updating you on the latest Movable Type news, along with a new search function that lets you have direct access to the Movable Type knowledge base and help documentation. Then be sure to post your own button link on your blog.

Still not appeased the Googlebot enough? Be sure to check out Niall’s Sitemap instructions, which let you simply and easily make a Google Sitemap XML file, which lets you instruct Google’s spiders on how to crawl your site, while letting you as the site owner have access to more statistics and information about your site.

If you want to make your site as reader-friendly (and Google-friendly) as possible, it’s easy to start with Movable Type today and you’ll be button-making, sitemapping and blogging in no time.

 

 

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