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Some company in my industry issued a highly technical and comprehensive report. I want to take that report, digest it, put the information in tables, and create a user-friendly widget where the user will just make a couple of selections, click find, and see a number. I think this would be a very useful widget that other webmasters will want to embed.
The thing is, I never used widgets and I know nothing about them. So, I would really appreciate some help.
Here are some questions that a newbie like me would find really useful:
* How much will it cost to develop a widget like this?
* Can I get anchor text links when somebody embeds my widget?
* Will the widget funnel PageRank?
First, I conducted a small test: I looked at Digg's web widget and saw anchor text "Powered by Digg's Users" So I typed this into the search engine and the first page that was returned was the same page that this anchor text is linking to. Now I have a proof that anchor text in widgets helps...I'm not very technical so I suspected that my test could be flawed, so...
I researched this topic a little more and found this: [seomoz.org...] which confirmed that they work. But It also mentions some websites that were penalized for spamming this technique, but I'm not gonna spam it. My widget is gonna be relevant to my topic and the anchor text definitely gonna be relevant to what I talk about in my website.