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Display Your IZEA Rank with a Badge

Posted in web by Joe Colburn on the January 16th, 2008

After writing the article about IZEA Rank launching, I decided to play with the API key they gave me and see if I could make an IZEA Rank badge maker and guess what. I created it.

IZEA Ranks Badge

That’s my rank. It shows as a zero right now, because I’m so new in their system, but here’s the best part. It updates automatically. Of course, I don’t want to lose my API key, so I am caching the API call result for 1 day. It only updates once per day anyway, I think.

Go get your own IZEA Rank badge code. Just remember to remove “yourdomain-com” and replace that with your actual domain name.

If you like it, please use it on your site. If you would like to see different badge sizes, let me know and I’ll make them.

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  1. Simple Mindz said,

    on January 16th, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Ooooooo…I like that badge! Thanks!

    Simple Mindz’s last blog post..My baby Bigfoot…

  2. joe said,

    on January 16th, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Thanks. It looks better when it has a real rank like http://www.joetech.com/izearank/rankimg.php?site=everybodygoto-com

  3. jessie said,

    on January 16th, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    joe,

    it’s only now that i’ve known of IZEA ranks and the badge. thanks for the info. really appreciate it.


  4. on January 16th, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    Thanks!

    Laura @ Laura Williams’ Musings’s last blog post..Winner of the book, The Geography of Bliss

  5. joe said,

    on January 16th, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Aww.. You took my link out of the code. That’s ok, though. I’m just glad people find it useful.

  6. Turnip said,

    on January 16th, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    I know nothing of izea, but I’m going to check it out.


  7. on January 16th, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    cool.. I’d put it on my blog.. thanks Joe :)

    Slot80: News and media blogs.’s last blog post..HTML Purifier

  8. Nhuong Son said,

    on January 17th, 2008 at 7:33 am

    Izea? Man there is alot that I have to learn about in the world of blogging. Thanks for the info.

    Nhuong Son’s last blog post..Is There Still a Market for “Make Money Online” Websites/Blogs?

  9. Saphrym said,

    on January 17th, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    I’m using it on my about page at the bottom until I decide where I really want to put it. ;) Thanks for this.

    Saphrym’s last blog post..The Daily Read – Turnip of Power

  10. joe said,

    on January 17th, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Saphyrym: Good to hear it. I emailed IZEA yesterday to make sure they were OK with how I chose to use their API and they’re happy with it, so I will move forward this week with more button sizes/configurations.

    I’m also stealing your “recent Entrecards” idea , but I’ll turn it into a nice widget, I think.

  11. Drew said,

    on January 17th, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Great coding my friend. I am using the widget on many of my blogs. It was working great on http://www.benspark.com (I have a real rank of 849) and then it stopped working great and showed 849849 as my real rank, putting my real rank twice next to itself. Odd. Just through you should know and I also added the widget to http://www.wiredkayaker.com, benspark.blogspot.com and flat-water.blogspot.com. Great widget, thanks so much, and I kept your link of course.

    Drew’s last blog post..New blog Addition

  12. joe said,

    on January 17th, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Ben: Thanks for keeping the link in. I deleted the cache for the one. It does that to mine, too. It checks for the cache file and writes it if it’s not found, so I think what happens is that the hour goes by since it was cached and then it tries to rewrite without removing the old file. I’ll fix that now.

  13. Drew said,

    on January 18th, 2008 at 4:59 am

    Thanks Joe,

    Now they say 0. It looks like that is something wrong on the IZEA end though as I have their real rank display kit on 2 of my other blogs. And they are just blank now.

    Drew’s last blog post..New blog Addition

  14. Elizabeth said,

    on January 18th, 2008 at 7:07 am

    Joe, you ROCK! Thanks so much!

    Elizabeth’s last blog post..Win a $50 Target Gift Card and learn about Capessa

  15. joe said,

    on January 18th, 2008 at 7:31 am

    Drew: Looks like it’s working again, and IZEA linked to this post from their blog! Nice!

  16. joe said,

    on January 18th, 2008 at 7:36 am

    Elizabeth: Thanks. Feel free to tell everyone you know about it.


  17. on January 26th, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    Joe,

    I’m using your badge on my blog now, link and all. I couldn’t get the one IZEA offers to display no matter what I tried, so the credit is due to you for coming up with one that does display!

    I keep getting a 404 page when I try to click through to the IZEA Ranks website from my blog though. Is this something that works itself out within 24 hours?

    Paul E. Zimmerman’s last blog post..Now We Know Why McCain Won S. Carolina

  18. joe said,

    on January 26th, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Paul: I see that you’ve fixed the link. I emailed IZEA about that, but they didn’t have a badge out until after I did, so it might take them a little time to fix that. Your image is still showing zero because your image code points to http://www.joetech.com/izearank/rankimg.php?site=yourdomain-com when it should really point to http://www.joetech.com/izearank/rankimg.php?site=paulezimmerman-com

    I’ve noticed this with a few others, though, so I’ve changed the code to fix this for you.

    Thanks for the credit. I’m probably going to change the code so that I have more control over it. That way, if IZEA something that breaks the badge, I can fix it right away. I’ll contact everyone individually if that’s the case.


  19. on January 26th, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Ah crap, I see what I missed now. I realize the error when I viewed my own profile on IZEA Ranks (I used .com instead of -com), but I didn’t realize I had to change that in two places in the code on my blog. Oh well. Thanks for the fix!

    Paul E. Zimmerman’s last blog post..Now We Know Why McCain Won S. Carolina


  20. on January 27th, 2008 at 2:47 am

    […] of course, I couldn’t stay away. Within the hour, I released the first self-updating, hosted IZEA Real Rank badge. If you don’t know what that is, just go read the post and check it […]


  21. on January 27th, 2008 at 2:48 am

    […] of course, I couldn’t stay away. Within the hour, I released the first self-updating, hosted IZEA Real Rank badge. If you don’t know what that is, just go read the post and check it […]


  22. on January 30th, 2008 at 1:16 am

    […] http://www.joetech.com/2008/01/16/display-your-izea-rank-with-a-badge/ […]

  23. Precious said,

    on February 5th, 2008 at 8:07 am

    Bunch of thanks! widget is pretty and working good.

    Precious’s last blog post..Blog Ranks

  24. Beth said,

    on February 6th, 2008 at 11:45 am

    I receive a 404 page when I click through to Izea from Joe’s badge and mine hasn’t updated in days- it should read 42. Any ideas?

    Beth’s last blog post..Hair Color Update: We Don’t Know What Color It Is.

  25. Beth said,

    on February 7th, 2008 at 5:48 am

    Update-

    Joe if you are reading any of these comments, I have figured out why some of us are not updating and are receiving 404 Error pages from Izea. Instead of using, as an example my url, “afrogtokiss.net”, Izea is adding a dash instead of the period. So if you are using Joe’s badge, change your url to look like this, “yourdomain-com”

    Beth’s last blog post..Hair Color Update: We Don’t Know What Color It Is.

  26. joe said,

    on February 7th, 2008 at 9:00 am

    Beth,

    I mentioned that to IZEA and I updated my code to fix the rank, but I can’t do much about the linking as each webmaster will need to correct their link. Hopefully they’ll get it figured out. It’s like 1 line of code.

  27. Drew said,

    on February 22nd, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    Joe,

    The ranks on your widget are doing the double up thing again. And in the case of mine it had a rank from a few weeks ago. I removed the code but am going to add it back in. IS there any reason why the doubling still happens?

    Drew’s last blog post..New & Old… PAD# 1049

  28. joe said,

    on February 23rd, 2008 at 12:24 am

    Drew:

    I believe the reason that happens is that two people hit your site at the same time when your score isn’t cached and the rank tries to write twice at the same time. The rank caches for only an hour, so after an hour, it should clear itself up. If not, let me know.

  29. Carol said,

    on March 4th, 2008 at 6:24 am

    Hi Joe,

    I added your badge with hopes that my rank would show with yours since it does not show using the badge from Izea but it doesn’t either. Yours gives me a 0 and thiers gives me N/A I ahve all up to date codes in place for the itk and still nada. any suggestions?

    Carol’s last blog post..Email recieved Airborne Consumer Settlement – I’m kinda pissed about this

  30. Carol said,

    on March 4th, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    Well nevermind :) I noticed after I posted this last night everyones said 0 but now they are all correct :D thanks for making it so I can show my rank :)

    Carol’s last blog post..Oysters, tasty morsels

  31. joe said,

    on March 4th, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    Carol: I’m glad to hear it works for you now. Sometimes the system has glitches, I guess.

  32. Kimberly said,

    on April 7th, 2008 at 9:05 am

    Thanks so much for this great badge. I had tried a few times to use the one on the izea website to no avail. Yours worked like a charm on the first try.

    Kimberly’s last blog post..DWTS Cheryl Burke Opening Her Own Dance Studio

  33. joe said,

    on April 7th, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Kimberly: You’re quite welcome.


  34. on April 22nd, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    […] their badge if you don’t know what I am talking about. Even Joe Tech used their API to create his own badge I’m beginning to see […]


  35. on April 30th, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    […] their badge if you don’t know what I am talking about. Even Joe Tech used their API to create his own badge I’m beginning to see […]

  36. Sergio Alex said,

    on May 8th, 2008 at 8:55 am

    Hi,
    I’m using your great badge on my blog too.

    Cheers!

    Sergio Alex’s last blog post..Frontier(s) Movie Trailer

  37. joe said,

    on May 8th, 2008 at 9:01 am

    Sergio Alex: Good to hear it. Let me know if you want other image sizes, etc.

    Scrap for Dollars: Thanks for the link love.

  38. ghie said,

    on May 12th, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    tnx! i pasted it on my page. =)

    ghie’s last blog post..Can you relate?

  39. kuE said,

    on July 29th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    wow!!! this is kewl… am gonna paste it in my blog. thanks to you… mwahhh…

    kuE’s last blog post..jom! churp churp…


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