Once you have set up a Facebook fan page, you might want to automatically post new updates to your fan page from your site. Or you may be a blogger who wants to automatically post new posts to the facebook fan page for the blog. NetworkedBlogs is a Facebook application that allows you to do just that and keep in touch with your Facebook community without much hassle.
In addition to the auto-post submissions to your fan page, networkedblogs application on facebook allows you to display you blog on your personal profile page on facebook. You can also post your posts to your wall and have them show up in the news feeds of your friends. In addition to this, by using networkedblogs application, your blog would be automatically recommended to people who are interested in blogs in the area.
This article takes you through the steps of using the networkedblogs application to ease postings to facebook fan pages:
Step 1: Adding the NetworkedBlogs app to your profile
In order to start using NetworkedBlogs application you would have to add the application first. This could be done by visiting NetworkedBlogs App. Once on the app page, just click on the “Go to Application” button in the left menu, just below the logo. The application will ask you to allow the app to access to pull your profile information, photos and other content necessary for the proper working of the application. Click on the “Allow” button to grant NetworkedBlogs access to your profile.
Step 2: Add your Blog to the NetworkedBlogs Application
Now that you have installed the application, you would have to add your blog to the NetworkedBlogs application. At this stage NetworkedBlogs asks you to select atleast five of your favorite blogs to follow, however this is an optional task. In order to add your blog to the NetworkedBlogs app, click on the Profile link in the top menu. This would take you to your profile page on the NetworkedBlogs application. The profile page would be similar to the image displayed below. On this page you would find a link “Add your blog”.
The “Add your blog” link is not visible in the image displayed above, since I have already added my blog to the NetworkedBlogs application. The blog that I have added is displayed under the heading “Blogs I Follow”. In your case, instead of this “Blogs I Follow” section you would see a welcome message and a link to “Add your blog”. Clicking on the “Add your blog” link would open up a form on which you would have to enter details about your blog. Once you are done with punching in these details, just click “Next”. The NetworkedBlogs app would ask you if you are the author of this blog. Off course we assume that you are the author of the blog, so click yes – and here you go. Your blog is now added to the NetworkedBlogs application.
Step 3: Verify the Ownership of the Blog
Once the blog has been added to the NetworkedBlogs app, the application would like you to verify your ownership. There are two possible options. The first one is to have invite atleast 10 of your friends to verify your claim. These friends would be invited using Facebook’s invite friends form. The other method is to use the NetworkedBlogs widget to verify your ownership. NetworkedBlogs will provide you with HTML code for their widget to be inserted in your blog. Once you have added the HTML code for the widget in the sidebar on your blog, you can come back to the page from where you got the widget code and click on the “Verify Widget” button. If you dont want to have the widget on your blog permanently, you can remove it immediately after the verification.
Step 4: Import your Blog Feed
Once your blog is added and verified you would have to import your your Blog’s RSS feed. This could be done by clicking on the “Feed Settings” link in the right menu on your main blog information page. The “Feed Settings” link is highlighted in the left menu bar in the image displayed below.
Once you click on the “Feed Settings” link you would be able to configure how to submit posts to your fan page and your personal wall. I have configured my settings to automatically publish new posts to the fan page of Startup Meme and also to my wall, so that they could appear in the news feeds of my friends as well.
You could test both the profile and fanpage settings by Publishing a Test Post to your profile or to your Fan page.
Although everything is done now, there is one final caveat. BlogNetworks pulls your feed after a specific time-period. The frequency of feed fetching depends upon the number of people who are following your blog on the NetworkedBlogs app. As of this writing, the feed pulling schedule adheres to the delay rules displayed below.
More information about the feed could be obtained from the Feed Faq. So although NetworkedBlogs is an application that automatically fetches your blog feed and publishes it to your Facebook fan page, it imposes certain publishing delays. The best way to overcome these delays is to invite your friends to follow your blog on the NetworkedBlogs application. However, till you have enough followers of your blog, you could work your way around by clicking the “Pull Now” link in the Blog Feed section of your main blog information page on NetworkedBlogs. The “Pull Now” is highlighted in the image displayed below.
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