Sacramento Connect partners are independent and maintain their own blogs and websites. Posts and articles from our partners are pulled into Sacramento Connect via RSS feeds. These posts are sorted and organized in a customized WordPress system and are then integrated into Sacramentoconnect.com as well as into widgets on Sacbee.com and on the Sacramento Connect toolbar. Some of the organization is dynamically selected and some is managed by online editors.
Posts selected as “Editor’s Picks” are featured on the Sacramento Connect homepage and are also promoted via Twitter. Selected posts are also featured on several Facebook pages: Sacramento Connect, SacPaws, and SacMomsClub.
Partner content is also featured in selected sections of the print edition of The Sacramento Bee, such as food and wine, gardening, and opinion. These short excerpts are geared toward highlighting the blog’s unique contents and encouraging readers to discover the website online.
Widgets add Unique Local Content to Sacbee.com
Content from Sacramento Connect partners is featured in two types of widgets on The Sacramento Bee’s website, category widgets and Lingospot widgets.
Category-specific widgets use RSS feeds from the Sacramento Connect system. Examples of these widgets can be found on The Sacramento Bee’s website on Sac Paws, Sac Moms Club, Food & Wine, Cars, Sacramento Kings, and more. The widgets are updated automatically when new posts come in. These widgets pair partner content with Bee content and provide readers with unique local stories based on the topic they are currently reading.
A second type of widget found on Sacbee.com uses an algorithm to assess content from the entire partner network and match it to the story on the Sacbee.com page. These widgets allow for more creative matching than could be accomplished simply through category sorting, and offer up a wider assortment of articles that readers might be interested in.
In addition to appearing on article pages, these Sacramento Connect widgets also appear on a multitude of dynamically generated “Topic” pages, such as this Sacramento Topic page.
Sacramento Connect Toolbar
Sacramento Connect partners display a simple toolbar at the bottom of their blogs. The same toolbar is also found on The Sacramento Bee’s website.
The toolbar features one advertisement on the left plus a link to the Sacramento Connect homepage. Readers who do not wish to see the toolbar can hide it by clicking the small button on the far right.