Promoting Hubs And Blogs

Do you ever start to feel a bit socially networked out? Do your friends and family mostly use Facebook as a place to post family pictures, and to play a truckload of games? There is nothing wrong with this if you are simply using Facebook for entertainment and amusement purposes, but if you want to get the most out of Facebook as a writer, artist or a business, then I would recommend starting a Facebook fan page. Have you been wondering how you can do that? This hub will teach you how to create a Facebook fan page in conjunction with NetworkedBlogs, which will then automatically post your blog updates to your fan page.

However, before you start let me share a word of caution. I have noticed that my posts for my main arts and crafts website, Sweetbearies Art Tips, only sporadically post to my fan page via NetworkedBlogs, but my posts on blogger.com are far more consistent. Actually, most of my blog posts on blogger.com post to my Facebook fan page within a minute of hitting publish. I have seen a few hubbers use NetworkedBlogs to pull the feed from their hubs, but I am not at all sure how that works since I have never tried that. You are welcome to follow my directions for creating a Facebook fan page to experiment with your hubs, but as I said, I have learned from my experience, that blogger.com works best. I am the type of person who loves to figure out how things work, so what I am sharing here is simply my own experiences.


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Why Create A Facebook Fan Page?

Why not just post everything to your wall! Well, I no longer do that because I did not find this to be the most effective way to promote my writing via Facebook. One day when I was over on the eXaminer Facebook fan page, I learned that many writers are doing this to promote their online articles. Facebook fan pages come up in search engine traffic, which will bring more traffic to your blogs. Since I do not post my hubs via NetworkedBlogs, I simply manually post hub URLs on my fan page. Also, I have a widget for my hubs on my blogger.com and my sweetbearies.com art site, which are all backlinks to my hubs.

Another reason I decided to create a Facebook fan page was that I grew tired of posting everything to my wall, which was not bringing that much traffic anyway. My traffic via Facebook has actually gone up since I created a fan page for my websites. So let me explain how to do this so you can create your own fan page, and then promote it via NetworkedBlogs.  Doing this will give you the option of having blog posts automatically post to your page without even having to log into Facebook each time to do it.  How great is that?


Make A Facebook Fan Page, And Use NetworkedBlogs To Post To Your Wall

Step 1

Log out of your Facebook account.

Step 2

Scroll down to the link “Create a Page” at the bottom of the Facebook sign-in page. Click on this!

Step 3

Select the type of official Facebook page you would like to create. I decided to create “Artist, band, or public figure,” page because I am a writer and an artist. You could also create a page for your business.

Step 4

Create a name for your Facebook fan page. I decided to name my latest Facebook fan page “The Pedestrian Walking Life,” because this page is going to promote my blog about pedestrianism and all things walking related.

Step 5

Make sure to check the box letting Facebook know you are the official representative of the business, or website you will be promoting. Do not start a page for someone else because Facebook will shut that down! Only start a page about your own website or business.

Step 6
Click the button “Create Official Page” once you are finished with the above steps.

Step 7

When the screen goes to “Create a Facebook Account,” select the option that lets Facebook know you already have an account. I like to have my regular Facebook account linked to my fan pages, so I can manually post things to the latter when I am logged in. This eliminate the hassle of having log in and out between accounts.

Step 8

Click the “like” button on your new Facebook fan page, which will show up on your main profile feed. This lets all your family and friends know you have created a new page. Some of your friends and family might even be intrigued enough to stop playing games to come look and see what you are up too.

Step 9

Upload a picture to your Facebook fan page so it is not so boring! Make sure you own the copyright to any pictures you will be uploading to this page.

Step 10

Post a link to your blog or hub so visitors will have something to look if they happen to come to your page before you can add anything intriguing.

Step 11

Click on the “info” tab on your Facebook fan page, and add your website’s URL and biographical information.

Step 12

Go up to the Facebook search box and type in “NetworkedBlogs,” which will take you that page’s Facebook application.

Step 13

Click the button “Register a Blog” to submit your blog’s feed to NetworkedBlogs, which will now be able to post to your Facebook page and/or Facebook fan page. As I said I only like to post my blog's feed to the Facebook fan page, which is crawled by the search engines.

Step 14

Set up your blog’s name and description with NetworkedBlogs, and then click on next.

Step 15

Click the “yes” button to let NetworkedBlogs know you are the author of the blog you are submitting.

Step 16

Select the widget so you can embed the HTML code for NetworkedBlogs on your website.

Step 17

Paste the HTML code for the widget on the desired part of your website. Personally, I prefer to put the widget at the bottom, but you can do this however you like!


Step 18

Select “Verify” to let NetworkedBlogs know you have pasted their widget on your site.

Step 19

Click on “Next,” which will take you to the syndication button for posting your blog’s feed from NetworkedBlogs to your Facebook fan page. Now if you post on blogger.com then your blog posts there should automatically post to your fan page without you having to do anything else. I still recommend manually posting hubs to you Facebook fan page as I have not played around with that feature.

Step 20

Go to each NetworkedBlogs blogger page and select "Add Facebook Target" to select which blogs are supposed to post to which Facebook fan pages. Otherwise, all of your blog posts could be posting to all of your pages!  It might be a good idea to start several different fan pages if your articles and hubs cover various niche topics.

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Minnetonka Twin profile image

Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

Awesome information. There is so much to learn on-line. I am not on face-book but could I still have just a fan page on it? I have a blog too on blogspot.com.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi there Minnetonka Twin! You can have a Facebook page, and just use it for creating a fan page. It is up to you. Take a look at Facebook and see if it is something you would like to investigate.


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agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia

Very useful tips. With million of people networking in facebook, it has big potential as a media for promotion.


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Very helpful, Sweetipie. I just learned about Network blogs. I would love to create a fan page at some point, but, I wonder how some fan pages attract fans besides our family, friends and fans from Hubpages; I really don't know that many people or have a large family. I am a friend of this guy called Grant Blessings and he has nearly 5,000 fans, which is the maximum in FB, and its a non commercial page, simply filled with beautiful messages written by him.

I am tempted to try the fan page anyway, soon, so thanks again for this!


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amybradley77 5 years ago

Voted up! Thanks for all the good advise, you have been so helpful here. I feel very fortunate to have you here on my journey's through HubPages writing. Thanks again. A.B.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California

I really like this, but I'll have to reread it over and over to get the hang of it. I can tell that it can be very useful, that's why I voted it up.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

agusfanani,

Glad you enjoyed it!

amybradley,

Thanks.

VioletSun,

Even if hundreds of people do not join your fan page, having one will bring more search engine traffic to your page. I learned this tip over on the eXaminer page from someone whose traffic from Facebook went up when she started doing this. When you post things on your main facebook wall only friends and family usually will see this, but links and posts on a fan page come up in the search engines. For me this is another way to promote my writing, and I do not need someone to fan the page to get what I am looking for :). Oh and many more people can be fans of a fan page than 5,000. Big Love's fan page has 43,000, and Barack Obama a million.

Fastfreta,

Thanks!


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

This is wonderful hub and so helpful. Very well written. Thank you.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Glad you enjoyed it Hello, Hello!


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ftclick 5 years ago

Great instructions. I wasn't sure that if a FB fan page brought in traffic.


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lxxy 5 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

Very informative! How about some visual aids? Just a suggestion. :)

Thank you for sharing your expertise with us!


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

ftclick,

I find that my fan pages on Facebook bring more traffic than just posting a link on my wall, which can only be seen by my friends.

lxxy,

Is a good idea, but I do not usually include pictures unless they are ones I take myself. Maybe you can write a similar hub and include a few :).


SirDent 5 years ago

This is something I never thought of. Way to go Sweetie!!! I have been [osting links to my wall for a while now and traffic is very light from FB.

Thanks for posting this.


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Sweetiepie, thanks again for the additional info, wow, I wasn't aware of how a fan page can help with rankings; will be creating one, thanks to you! I am interested in promoting my website and writings as well. Makes sense what you wrote about the links and Google. Good to know that more than 5,000 can join a fan page, just so I have the right information.


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Lady Guinevere 5 years ago from West Virginia

Wow what a great way to get more visitors. I will try this later today.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Sirdent,

I think a fan page would be a great way for your to promote your niches.

VioletSun,

Well I had never heard of the 5,000 people limit, but maybe that is for a personal page rather than a fan page? I am just curious because I had never heard of it. Sorry if I sounded like I was saying you did not have the right info, I was just wondering if this writer you knew had a personal page rather than a fan or website one.

Lady G,

You and sirdent both have several niche topics you write about, so fan pages would be a good way to promote these. The best part of using these in conjunction with NetworkedBlogs is that your posts automatically show up on your Facebook fan page without even having to log into Facebook. I have also discovered that using NetworkedBlogs in conjunction with Hubpages works consistently as it does with blogger.com


SirDent 5 years ago

If I recall correctly the 5000 limit is for friends on your friend list. Of course, I may be wrong about that.


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Aya Katz 5 years ago from The Ozarks

SweetiePie, thanks so much for writing this! It is a very big help. I've read it once through, but will come back tomorrow to see if I really understand all the directions, before attempting to do this.

Can I set up more than one such page? I think it would be nice to have one for my publishing business, one for Project Bow, and maybe a third one as an author page. Is there a limit to the number of such pages we can open?

Thanks again for writing this hub!


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Sirdent,

I wanted to know what the 5,000 number pertained to, so I did some research and you are right, you can only have that many friends. However, the number of people who can "like" your fan page is unlimited as is seen with the celebrity, brand name, and popular website fan pages. Some of those rank from 400,000 to a million.

Hi Aya,

I read the Facebook Help section today, and it tells us there is no limit to the number of fan pages you can start. You can open as many as you wish.


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa

Thank you so much for this helpful Hub. I have followed your advice and set up a faqn page for my Hub writing. Will do the same for my Blogger page soon.

Love and peace

Tony


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

I heard the limit was for a personal page now that I come to think of it. No offense taken at all, and I don't mind if someone gives me accurate information about anything, I am always happy to learn more. Once again thanks for the helpful replies!

Off to create my fan page as I see Tony already followed your advice. :)


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Shalini Kagal 5 years ago from India

Thank you SweetiePie - that's so very useful. Somehow, I've never thought of using FB to promote my sites except to announce a hub on the status bar. Very helpful!


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks for all the great comments everyone! Feel free to share links to your Facebook fan pages here, so I can follow you!


Aya Katz profile image

Aya Katz 5 years ago from The Ozarks

I wanted to put a link here to the Project Bow Fan Page, but it didn't quite work. Can you help me do this, SweetiePie?


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Aya Katz 5 years ago from The Ozarks

Okay, I think the link works now.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Project-Bow-Fan-Page...

Thanks for letting me post it here, SweetiePie!


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Lady Guinevere 5 years ago from West Virginia

Okay I am having a hard time naming mine before I even begin. Any help would be appreciated. Oh and I don't really have a blog, just Hubpages. Does that work with the Network thingy?


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Aya,

I joined your page. I hope the link is now posting. The links post automatically from NetworkedBlogs if you go to your page and add the Facebook target. You want to tell it which blog should automatically post to your page.

Hi Lady G,

You could make your fan page about Hubpages, and name it Lady Guinevere on Hubpages. The hubs do post to the fan pages via NetworkedBlogs, or you can post links to your page manually.


UrsulaRose 5 years ago

Thanks SweetiePie for a well written informative Hub article.

Something else to add to my already bulging "To Do List".


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Lady Guinevere 5 years ago from West Virginia

Would something like this be more effective in getting views: The Happy Homemaker

I would have to manually add all the hubs I already write is that correct?


Wooded 5 years ago

Wow, this is really great information. I have a lot of homework to do on this. Thank you very much!


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

UrsulaRose,

I hope this works out for you if you decide to try this.

Lady G,

Actually, I discovered that if you use NetwrokedBlogs that your hubs will automatically post to your wall. However, you do have to go into your fan page and set the Facebook target for it. I think The Happy Homemaker is a great name.

Thanks Wooded!


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Lady Guinevere 5 years ago from West Virginia

Then that's what it will be. Now after I put dinner in the oven I will make my fanpage. Thanks sweetiePie! Thanks alot!


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Lady Guinevere 5 years ago from West Virginia

I got to the net blog app and can

t find the [lace to register--only to join others


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Lady G,

To add your blog to NetworkedBlogs you go to the top right hand corner and click on register a blog. I joined your fan page by the way!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Thanks for writing this. Very informative and useful for us. I usually post by manual on Facebook. I learn much from you about this topic. I hope we got nice traffic. I'll bookmark this one and I try to practice soon. Vote up. Love and peace!

Prasetio


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Lady Guinevere 5 years ago from West Virginia

Thanks SweetiePie.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Glad everyone enjoyed this tutorial on how to create a fan page for your website.


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The-BestMouseTrap 4 years ago from The heartland, USA

I wish I would have thought to come here first so you could hold my hand! I started trying this one on my own. If you have not done this before, it can be quite confusing, and I consider myself very nerdy. But do it once, its not bad. Great information and well written.


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi BestMouseTrap,

I have been doing this stuff for a few years, so I finally figured it out, and I am still learning. You sound like you know your way around the net, as well.

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