Facebook is one the largest Social Networks on the planet, earlier this year Facebook announced that they had just surpassed 1.1 billion users worldwide.

If you are not utilising Facebook as a platform to promote your website, you are losing out on a vast number of potential visitors.

This tutorial will show you how to set up a fan page for your site, and gather a following.

In this tutorial I will cover;

  • Creating a Facebook fan page for your site
  • Auto-posting your articles from WP to Facebook
  • Displaying a Facebook 'like' lightbox on your WP site

By using the methods I describe in this tutorial you will;

  • Increase your Facebook following
  • Get new website visitors
  • Get return website visitors
  • Build your website 'brand'


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MelaniLukito Premium
Can I use this steps for personal Facebook account ( not niche / fan page) ?
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MarkPerkins Premium
Don't see why not

Mark
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kasage00 Premium
I tried NextScrips but I couldn't get it to work, so I deactivated and deleted the plugin
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Mac01 Premium
Thank you for this, excellent lesson.
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helyearelyea Premium
is it just me or has facebook changed sense this was posted?

I don't know what "Select a platform to get started" to chose and none of them look like the tutorial.
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Kathy331 Premium
Facebook has changed quite a bit since 2013, this training is a bit more up to date and will hopefully help :)
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diondree Premium
If you guys want more likes for your Facebook page just add the link to this thread:
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tdmitchell Premium
Thank you for the tutorial. Great info!
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rufat Premium
Thank you for a great tutorial
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facebook won't allow me to submit my website link this is what it says The website URL you provided is invalid. Please enter a correct URL and try again. I have to have to siterubix in my URL right?
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Gary Sanders Premium
Hello. Just checking..... Did you add the "http://www" to the beginning?
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no, but ill try it with the www. I just copy/pasted the url from build my website page.
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CraigsList Premium
To easy great tutorial FM, I'm on my way to hopefully lots of likes..thankyou!
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zsavage03 Premium
Thanks man!!! That was great and Exactly what I was looking for!!!!
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DC574 Premium
I have a problem at the authorize stage, WP_error object! Http request failed, failed
To connect to (series of numbers apparently relates to ipv6 ) network is unreachable
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DC574 Premium
Apparently this is a server error, does WA allow this plugin?
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MargaretY Premium
Thanks for this tutorial, Paul. I have done Stage One, and copied the URL of my Facebook page. Questions :

1. During the process of this Stage One : No. 7 "Add to Favourites" never appeared. After uploading my logo and I clicked "next", a window popped up to ask me to spend US$ 10.00 per month, so I clicked "skip", and landed on a page which let me "add a cover", so I did that. So how have I missed the "Add to Favourites", and how do I go back to do this, please ?
2. What is a Facebook Developer ? Must I become one ?
3. If I didn’t set up Stage Two and Three, can I stop at Stage One, and then manually link my blog to Facebook each time I blog, as you advised Nancykaye in the comments below the tutorial ? You see, I am just like Nancy, I only set up my FB account last evening, and still trying to find my way around it, LOL.

Many thanks for your help in this, Paul. God bless.
Rgds
Margaret
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onmyownterms Premium
Original poster no longer active member.
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breadtalk Premium
Finally, finally FM, I mustered the courage to carefully work through each step. Thanks for your expert guidance. Now to cultivate my relationship skills...
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FMillionaire Premium
Well done Maria, I'm happy to hear my tutorial was useful to you. Thanks for your comments, Paul
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georama Premium
Great tutorial complex operation made easy. Tks
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breadtalk Premium
So good to have this tutorial, FMillionaire; something to put on my 'must-definitely-attempt' list.

I've long been wary of fb, considering all the bad rap. But, your point is too valid to ignore, especially in this time of social media. No point being online if you don't have an fb presence, i guess. Wish us old-timers luck :-).

And thank you so much!
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FMillionaire Premium
You're welcome Maria. From the comments Im getting it seems a lot of people feel the same as you about Facebook; they know it is something they should be doing, but didn't know how to get it setup. I'm glad I wrote the tutorial, hopefully lots of our members will benefit from it. Regards, Paul
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nancykaye Premium
Hi. I read through step 1 and started to read step 2. I think I'll do one at a time as step 2 looks hard, I think I can do step 1. I have no logo. Should I leave it blank or get one?

I just created a Facebook account ( my son did it for me) and I understand nothing of social media. I don't think I have any fans but do have some family on it.

Is it proper to just put them on as fans or should I kind of start by learning how it goes? I mean is there a certain etiquette? I would imagine so.
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FMillionaire Premium
Hi, you should create a logo really, try to keep a constant 'brand' between all your different online places. I wrote a blog post about logos recently, take a look at my blog on my profile here at WA, or type cooltext in the search bar at the top. Step 2 is a little complicated when you do it for the first time, hopefully just by following the steps in the tutorial it will work for you - the other option is to not have your blog posts automatically updating your Facebook page, and just copy the link across manually each time you write a new post. The Facebook 'Like' lightbox is easy enough to add, that's stage 4.

Any problems let me know,
Paul
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FMillionaire Premium
Oh, almost forgot.. It's not a problem asking your family and friends to like your page - as long as they don't mind getting your blog posts in their Facebook activity stream. All the best, Paul
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affiliatesun Premium
Excellent tutorial. And thank you very much.
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FMillionaire Premium
No problem, happy to help
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ShadowHimiko Premium
Thank you. Well i will try to . =)
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cena1975 Premium
Hi Pual I have follow all the step. Thanks for the training.
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ShadowHimiko Premium
Hi, Using the subdomain i got the button but when i try to click it , nothing happen. May i ask where i went wrong?
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FMillionaire Premium
Hi Shadow, I'll take a proper look at this later when I get home, if you figure it out in the meantime please let me know. Regards, Paul
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teambuild Premium
Great training Paul smooth as a whistle apart from one thing. If someone is already a developer tell them to skip Stage Two – Be a Facebook Developer...It threw me for a while because I wasn't getting the caption you are showing...lol

It wasn't till I scrolled down I saw "3. Fill in your App Name (You can use your Website name)"

Hey great stuff though thanks again
Mike
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FMillionaire Premium
Hi Mike, glad it all worked. I'll add the note to skip Stage 2 if already a developer as you suggest. thanks for your comment, Paul
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AnnieB Premium
Thanks Paul. I'm not ready for this yet, but I love the fact that you show the pictures of what to do. For some reason I find facebook a little scary. I have a chronically unusual surname, easy to find, so I am careful about posting it around. At the moment I am just getting used to using facebook slowly. Many thanks again for the tutorial.
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betcha Premium
Thanks for sharing, Paul. I used my siterubix.com to create apps as developer but it gave me an error. I guess it's time to have my own domain and be able to set this up soon -- got it in my "To Do" list now.
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cjmn1957 Premium
Great info. Will put this on my to do list as I am still setting up my site.
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FMillionaire Premium
Thanks, good luck with setting up your site, any problems give me a shout. Regards, Paul
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okydoky Premium
Thanks for the great tutorial. I've saved the bookmark for this post for when I will be setting up my website's Facebook page. Cheers.
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FMillionaire Premium
You are welcome, thanks for the comment. Regards, Paul
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PCRoger Premium
Excellent tutorial. Have you done any kind of testing to determine if the lightbox upsets any visitors making them leave? Thanks
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FMillionaire Premium
Hi Roger, not specifically no. I have this setup on some of my sites and haven't particularly noticed any change in bounce rates. It is easy enough for the visitor to click the X and dismiss the lightbox - I set it show them it only once every three days so it is not overly intrusive. I get your point though. Thanks for your comment, Paul
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