How to Put IM Chat Widgets on Your Website

Create Interactivity with Chat on Blogs, Personal Pages

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For anyone who owns a blog or a website, one of the most important keys to building a solid visitor base is interacting with your visitors. According to a 2007 study by Nielsen NetRatings, the fastest-growing web destinations almost unanimously included IM as a means of attracting repeat visitors to their site or blog.

But, how does the average person get IM on a personal site? It is not as technical as you might think. A little knowledge of coding and the desire to put an interactive element to your personal page is all that is needed to make it happen.

Check out these options for expanding your web presence with IM.

Create Your Own Standalone IM

Ever dream of operating your own IM client? You, too, can own your own client for your friends, co-workers, readers or complete strangers to use without having to build your IM from the ground up like most developers would! AjaxIM is an amazing, free client script you can modify for your own personal use. This powerful little IM is surprisingly versatile and very easy to use.

Use a Client Widget

An IM widget allows users to embed a small box or bar on their websites giving users immediate and anonymous access to you without you having to reveal your screenname publicly.

For an interactive experience, try Digsby IM widget to harness the power of live IM in a mini-chatroom right on your page. The Digsby is a favorite multi-protocol IM clients and the widget helps keep Digsby users connected to friends and fans on their own personal sites.