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How to create a Facebook page for your blog

Posted by on 11th Aug 2009 | 16 comments

FacebookFacebook is the most popular social networking website in the world. Millions use it daily and millions more are becoming active members every month. What many of you might not know is that Facebook makes it incredibly easy for bloggers to connect to their readers and lets you update their profiles with your latest posts.

There are 2 ways you can do this. You can either connect to your readers by asking them to befriend you via your personal account or you can create a fan page for your blog and connect to users through that. In my opinion the latter is a better method, particularly if you don’t want lots of people you have never met seeing your personal details via your personal Facebook account.

How To Add The Latest Posts From Your Blog To Your Personal Account

If you only run one blog then you might want to connect to your readers using your regular Facebook account. You can connect with your blog readers by doing this but you can also promote your blog by placing your latest blog posts through your account.

Note, Facebook only allows you to add one RSS feed to your account and all posts are added using the Notes application.

Here is a step by step guide showing which shows you how you add an RSS feed to your Facebook profile:

  1. Login to your Facebook account (you will need to register if you are not already a member).
  2. Scroll up to the Settings tab at the top of the page and then select Application Settings from the drop down menu.
    Application Settings
  3. Scroll down to the Notes Application link and click on it.
    Notes Application
  4. You will be taken to the Notes page. On the right hand side you will see the Note Settings box. Click on the Import a blog link.
    Note Settings
  5. You will then be taken to the Import an External Blog page. Simply enter your blogs URL here.
    Import an External Blog
  6. You will then see a preview of your blogs feed.
    Blog Feed Preview
    If you scroll down to the bottom of the preview page you will see the button to confirm the import of your feed. Click the Confirm button.
    Click on confirm
  7. Any new posts will now be added to your profile wall. Below is an example of how posts from my personal blog appear on my Facebook account.
    Blog Posts added to your Facebook profile

And that is all there is to it. All you need to do now is give your readers details of how they can add you to Facebook.

One way to promote your Facebook account is to create a Facebook Badge and place it on your blog footer or sidebar.

Create a Facebook Badge

How to create a Facebook fan page for your blog

Although friending your blog readers directly is one way to connect with them, a much more suitable way to connect with readers and promote your blog is by creating a fan page. The fan page is a great Facebook feature which allows you to create a group on just about any subject. It also allows fans of your blog to create their own discussions amongst themselves using the Discussions tab.

I encourage you all to create a Facebook fan page for your blog as it’s easy way to promote your blog at no extra cost; all it takes is 5 minutes of your time!

Here is a step by step guide showing which shows you how you can create a fan page for your blog.

  1. Login to your Facebook account (you will need to register if you are not already a member).
  2. Go to the ‘Create New Facebook Page‘.
  3. You will be presented with 3 options. Click on the middle box which says Brand, Product, or Organization and select Website from the drop down list. Then enter the name of your fan page, tick that you are authorised to create this page and enter your name in the Electronic Signature box.
    Create New Facebook Page

Congratulations, you have just created your blogs fan page! Your new fan page will be completely blank so you will need to enter some details and set some things up.

First thing I recommend doing is adding a logo to your fan page. For BloggingTips I chose to use the Blogging Tips logo however you could use your blogs icon or something else which is related to your blog.

To add your default image you must first click on the photos tab. After you upload your image you will see a box at the right hand side of the page which has a link to Make Profile Picture For Page.

Make Profile Picture For Page

Next thing I recommend doing is updating the general info of your fan page. To do this simply click on the Info tab and click on the Edit Information tab.

Edit Information

Last but not least, you need to import posts from your blog.

  1. Click on the + symbol at the end of your navigation tabs. a drop down list will appear. Click on the Notes tab.
    Add the Notes tab to your fan page.
  2. Click on the Write a new note button.
    Write a new note
  3. On the next page you will see a list of icons at the top of the page. Click on the icon which looks like a notepad. This brings you to the Notes settings page.
    Notes Settings
  4. You should now see Notes Setting box at the side of the page. Click on the import a blog link which is in this box.
    Import a blog
  5. From here you can add your blog details to your fan page. Please refer to the tutorial at the start of this article if you are unsure of this stage.

Some people may choose to view your posts via Facebook instead of your live blog but this is no different from people viewing your blog via their newsreader.

Ways to promote your blogs Facebook fan page

Now that your blogs fan page is set up on Facebook, you just need to promote it to your readers on your blog. I chose to promote the Blogging Tips Face Book page by placing a Facebook icon at the top of the sidebar.

You could also use a Facebook Badge to promote your fan page. You will see a link to get your badge in the Edit Page of your fan page. It’s located at the bottom of the sidebar on the right hand side of the page.

Blogging Tips
Blogging Tips

At the top left hand side of your page you should also see a link to add a fan box to your site. The fan box is more interactive than your badge and can show the latest entries to your fan page wall and your fans. Here is an example of a fan box:

Fan Box

Overview

I encourage you all to set up a fan page for your blog on Facebook. It’s free and only takes a few minutes to set up. Not only is it a great way to connect to your readers and extend your community, it also allows readers to read your blog posts within Facebook. This will undoubtedly promote your blog to Facebook users who do not actively use RSS newsreaders.

If you are unsure about any stage of this tutorial please let me know and I will clarify it for you :)

Good luck

Kevin


Kevin Muldoon is a professional blogger with a love of travel. He writes regularly about topics such as WordPress, Blogging, Productivity and Social Media on his personal blog and provides support to bloggers at Rise Forums. He can also be found on Twitter @KevinMuldoon and .

16 comments - Leave a reply
  • Posted by Stefano on 11th Aug 2009

    I didn't know about using Facebook "Notes" to connect to your wall. Seems like a great idea. Thank you for sharing!

  • Posted by MusicVl on 11th Aug 2009

    What a co-incidence, i was spending my last hours to develop a facebook page for my blog and when i was done, i got your post on the first place on my Reading list of Blogger Dashboard. Although i had completed all of my steps, i had no idea of importing my posts via that notes section and this was really a new concept and also important for me to take my page to one step further.

    But after doing that i have a question.. As the notes section is importing the whole post, will it affect in cases of duplicate content or something related to page rank cases? (as the same content is being available in that notes section).. I would be grateful if you could justify that.

  • Posted by Kevin Muldoon on 11th Aug 2009

    You should have more incoming links to your blog post urls so duplicate content shouldn't be an issue. If you are concerned about that though, you can always set the group to private instead of public.

    :)

  • Posted by Chris Wysocki on 11th Aug 2009

    I have been using the Networked Blogs Facebook app. It's very convenient.

    Using Notes gives you almost no control over how your posts are formatted in the news feed. Networked Blogs culls out your pics and logos and displays then alongside the post. And it also allows non-friends to "fan" your blog so they can see your posts and comment on them too.

    For an example here is my blog's page.

  • Posted by Blogging on 11th Aug 2009

    Thanks, very informative, a Blogging must have item. Keep up the good work all, Will return shortly for your latest updates. Cheers…

  • Posted by kp on 11th Aug 2009

    I've been meaning to set up a Facebook fan page since I launched my blog two months ago. I always end up putting it off since I always manage to get disoriented trying to dealing with facebook's navigation. Thanks for the reminder, and easy to follow tutorial. It got me to get my butt in gear and actually make the page.

  • Posted by kejal on 12th Aug 2009

    well i have added facebook fan page for my blog website http://www.webprogrammingscripts.blogspot.com but the main problem is that only 3 to 4 posts have came on the wall and not all the post of my website, dont no where i m going wrong, please if someone could check and guide me out of this i will be grateful to him. reply soon

  • Posted by Patti Stafford on 12th Aug 2009

    I've been thinking of creating a Facebook page too; separate from my personal site. Thanks for the great How-To!

  • Posted by Kevin Muldoon on 12th Aug 2009

    Chris – The networked blogs app looks interesting. Though I'm not too keen on having to follow other blogs just to use it. The page seems to be presented in a different way than a fan page too.

    Kejal – Not sure what is going wrong there.

    Glad you all found the article useful :)

  • Posted by kejal on 12th Aug 2009

    well i have just created a fan page for my blog site http://www.webprogrammingscripts.blogspot.com site on facebook, kevin would u please check and review my fan page on facebook. i m lot nervous whether it is made proper or not, can we place our own website link on the wall in the facebook fan page describing about our site or it is not allowed. please check it and help me out

  • Posted by Web Designing Compan on 17th Aug 2009

    Nice post on using facebook. It really helps to newbie who are trying to use facebook. Thanks for useful post

  • Posted by Create a Website on 18th Aug 2009

    Excellent article.

  • Posted by Bryan Farris on 20th Aug 2009

    I've searched far and wide for tips on how to get the blog imported into a Facebook PAGE not just the PROFILE. You're the best. Thanks for a great post!

  • Posted by amswagger on 26th Sep 2010

    Great tips. Now I created a fanpage!! But I have a problem. Can i link the "likes" of the fanpage to the 'likes' of the blog?

  • Posted by Alex Whinfield on 7th Oct 2010

    Thanks Kevin. I'd love to see more tutorials and articles about Facebook marketing.
    My recent post 5 Steps to Making Money Online with Yahoo Answers

  • Posted by harry on 20th Apr 2011

    Very nice article.I was looking on Google for help on how to create Facebook fan page and I arrived here.My search completed with this article.Thanks for useful information
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