The Blog Juice Calculator is a neat tool provided by Text Link Ads which calculates the relative value of your blog or site compared to others in your field.

However, the site doesn’t currently provide a way to show an up-to-date rating on your own blog. So, as vanity requires, I’ve created yet another WordPress plugin to provide this up-to-the-minute information direct on your blog.

The plugin updates your Blog Juice weekly so as not to over-burden the Blog Juice Calculator servers. More configuration and output options are planned for the next release.

Download the latest version here [2].

Installation Instructions (Widget)

As a widget, installation couldn’t be much easier:

  • Unzip the downloaded package and drop the Blog-Juice folder in your WordPress plugins folder
  • Log into your WordPress admin panel
  • Go to Plugins and “Activate” the plugin
  • Go to Presentation, Sidebar Widgets
  • Drag the Blog Juice widget to the sidebar
  • Click the Widget-Options button (small blue-topped square)
  • Enter the title you want to use for the widget (e.g. “Blog Juice”)
  • Return to the Widget panel and click “Save changes »”
  • Check your blog to see if it’s working!

Installation Instructions (Plugin)

If you prefer not to use the widgeting system, you can also install the Blog Juice the normal way. To do so, follow these steps:

  • Unzip the downloaded package and drop the Blog-Juice folder in your WordPress plugins folder
  • Log into your WordPress admin panel
  • Go to Plugins and “Activate” the plugin
  • Add <?php blogjuice(); ?> to your WordPress theme source where you want the info to appear in your blog (sidebar.php is recommended).
  • Check your blog to make sure it’s working!

Please note that the plugin “degrades” gracefully between Widget & non-widget support. It’s up to you.

Releases

  • v0.5 March 2nd 2007 (Latest) [2]
    • Bugfix release.
  • v0.2 Feb 22nd 2007
    • Now displays additional information, including Alexa rank and Technorati Links.
    • Bugfix release.
  • v0.1 Feb 21st 2007
    • Initial release.

Help & Support

If you have tried getting it to work and the plugin still doesn’t work post details below. Comments, suggestions & feedback all appreciated.

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4 Responses to “Blog Juice Calculator”

  1. suleiman said

    I get this error:

    Fatal error: Call to undefined function: fetch_url() in /home/suleiman/public_html/wp-content/plugins/widgets/blog-juice.php on line 53

  2. suleiman: Argh. Stupid programming on my part – it’s a function that’s available in another of my plugins which I was referencing without thinking. I get to thinking they’re standard WordPress functions…

    I’ve updated a new version (v0.3) which is available for download. Please check it out & let me know how you get on.

    Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated.

  3. suleiman said

    martin, this is using version 3.0 now:

    Fatal error: Call to undefined function: fetch_url() in /home/…/public_html/wp-content/mu-plugins/widgets/blog-juice.php on line 45

  4. suleiman: I’ll upload the fix tonight. My local version doesn’t have this problem – unfortunately I thought I’d uploaded the updated one. Check tonight ~2000 GMT. Thanks for letting me know about the error.

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