I know I haven’t finished the Begin to Blog series. So many things have gotten my attention. But, I have had so many people ask about creating Facebook Fan Pages. They are really simple to create, but there are several steps involved in the process. Unfortunately, I haven’t found one post that explains each step to create a Facebook Fan Page…until now!
Sign into your Facebook Account and follow the steps below to Create a Facebook Fan Page!
Create Networked Blog
In order to have an automatic feed make updates to your Facebook Fan Page wall from your blog posts, you will need to create a Networked Blog. If you want to manually update your Fan Page yourself, you can skip this step. Although, I would highly encourage you do this because it leaves you less work to do your own updates.
You will be required to verify you are the networked blog owner. I believe you must have 10 people verify before your feed will pull to the networked blog you just created.
Once you are verified, you will see the big red box above on your Networked Blog Page. Follow the prompts to update as follows:
Now you’re ready to create a Fan Page!
Create Fan Page
Once your page has been created, you can now set up the auto-feed from your networked blog.
Setting up Auto-Feed to Fan Page
Your networked blog feed will post to your Facebook Fan Page Wall and Personal Profile Wall Updates automatically with these steps:
Finally, make sure the update you just made took effect with the Application Settings by going back to:
Your networked blog feed should now publish automatically to your walls.
Removing Auto-Feed from Personal Page
I don’t have my networked blog updates show on my Personal Facebook page. I like to keep them separate. If you want to keep your updates on your Fan Page only, follow these steps:
By doing this your auto-updates will now only show on your Fan Page.
Now Start Getting Fans!
When you have 25 Fans and you can get a Vanity URL, which is essentially a URL that you can name whatever you want. For example, my vanity url is: http://savingslifestyle.com/Facebook. To create your own go to:
Manual Fan Page Wall Updates
You can still create manual fan page updates. Just take the link to whatever post or site you want to share and manually update your Fan Page (in your “What’s On Your Mind” section). It’s a great way to share something quickly and not doing an official post. It’s also another way to cross promote other blogs and continue to build our community!
Manually Pulling Networked Blog Feeds
Sometimes it takes a while for the updates to show up on your Networked Blog and Fan Page. You can manually pull the feed to have posts show sooner on your Networked Blog Page.
There have been times I have received error messages stating the manual pull wasn’t successful, so I just try again. It always works. This may be beneficial to do when you have a timely offer that you want your readers to see.
Note Updates versus Feed Updates
I see several people have a Notes update in Facebook rather than a Networked Blog Feed Update. This is fine if you’re not concerned about getting a click over/traffic to your site. As a blogger, I would encourage you to try to get traffic to your site and not a micro-site (like the Notes application).
If you have a Networked Blog, I would highly suggest you update as shared above to get your auto-updates on your Wall. If you want to remove the Notes feature from your Personal Wall, simply:
If you already have a Fan page and you have Notes publishing to it, you will need to follow these steps to remove them:
Your Notes should be removed now, and hopefully you set up the Networked Blog feed to have auto-updates take effect and get traffic to your site!
UPDATE: A great post about the difference between a Facebook Group Page and a Fan Page written by PR Professional, @JennaSnacks.
Leave comments/questions if you have them!
If you have questions on other Blogging Tips, check out the Begin to Blog posts to see if something has already been answered :)