4 Facebook Plugins to Drive More Traffic to Your Content

social media toolsDo you want more of your content shared on Facebook?

Are you wondering how to make it easy for people to share your site or blog content on Facebook?

Which Facebook widgets are best?

Facebook recently introduced the Facebook Recommendations Bar—which is different from the Facebook Recommendations Box—and the Like Button and the Like Box.

But what are the differences and how do you decide what will work best for you? And then how do you install them?

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Similar to the Like Button, when people like an article using the Recommendations Bar, a story is published back to their Timeline and friends' news feeds.

We’ll dive deep into those questions in this article (hint: your best solution may be a combination of the options).

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How to Use the New Facebook WordPress Plugin: A Complete Guide

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Facebook has released a highly comprehensive plugin for WordPress.

With the new plugin, you can perform sophisticated auto-publishing to your Timeline and add many Facebook features to your self-hosted WordPress blog. (This plugin does not work on blogs hosted on WordPress.com.)

This makes advanced Facebook social sharing features accessible to everyone.

This detailed article tells you how to install and use this powerful plugin.

#1: Install the Facebook Plugin on Your Blog

From inside your WordPress admin dashboard, go to the Plugin section and search for “Facebook.” The Facebook plugin for WordPress should appear at the top of the search results.

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Search for the word "Facebook" and the right plugin will be the first to appear in the search results.

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10 Ways to Add Facebook Functionality to Your Website

social media how toIntegrating Facebook into your website is an easy and free way to include a social dimension with the rest of your website business activity.

Facebook provides a selection of free plugins.

By the time you’re finished reading this article, you’ll understand your options for turning your website into a social hub and how to get started.

Why Facebook on Your Website?

Facebook has a grand vision: to connect the entire Internet, and every website on it, with a layer of social integration. The social network behemoth has been developing tools to assist in the spread of this vision since the introduction of the Open Graph in 2009.

Now, with over 10 social plugins available to the public (and free of charge!), website owners need to decide how best to utilize the available tools for their businesses. The first question you’re probably asking is: Do they even work?

Let’s look at some of the stats from SearchEngineLand:

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3 Social Plugins for Customizing Facebook iFrame Tabs

social media toolsNow that Facebook is fully supporting custom iFrame tabs and phasing out FBML and the Static FBML support, many page admins are wondering how best to add functionality to their iFrame tabs.

For example, how do you add popular FBML tags that facilitated interaction on Facebook, such as Reveal/Fan-Gating, Multi-Friend Invite, Share button, Like button and Comments.

Facebook Social Plugins to the Rescue!

Fortunately, a subset of the XFBML tags (a.k.a. Social Plugins) intended for use on websites to integrate them into Facebook’s “social graph” also work great on iFrame tabs.

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8 Ways to Use Social Share Buttons on Your Blog

social media expert interviewAre you looking to maximize your social media exposure on your blog? Then be sure to watch this edition of Social Media Examiner TV with your host Mari Smith.

In this episode, Mari gives you some useful tips on how to increase your blog traffic with social media share buttons.

Social media share buttons are a great way to get your readers to share your content on their own social media profiles without leaving your website. Mari reviews the different social share buttons available today and gives her recommendations on how to use them on your blog or website.

Share your feedback, see the show notes and discover how you can be part of a future show below!

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How to Add a Like Button to Your Facebook Tabs

social media how toHave you ever wondered how certain Facebook pages add Like buttons to their custom tabs? Look no further.

Many have asked me how sites like Threadless are able to add multiple Like buttons and comments to their Fan page, allowing visitors to buy, Like and comment on any t-shirt on their Shop tab.

Well, it turns out it’s actually quite easy, using the fb:comments FBML tag.

Using fb:comments, you can add a Like button and comment boxes in multiple places on your Facebook tabs and, optionally, each can be accompanied by a user comments section. This provides more avenues for fans to interact with, and share, your content.

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3 Simple Ways to Rapidly Create Custom Facebook Landing Tabs

social media how toUnless you can get people to click your “Like” button, your Facebook strategy will be as limp and lifeless as Matt LeBlanc’s post-Friends career.

That’s because the vast majority of consumer Facebook interactions don’t occur on your fan page, but rather in the newsfeeds of your fans. In fact, research from Jeff Widman of Facebook fan page consultancy BrandGlue (and a presenter at Facebook Success Summit) estimates that 199 out of every 200 interactions (99.5%) come from the user’s wall (or newsfeeds). This means that almost nobody is coming back to your fan page after they visit it the first time.

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Introducing Social Media Examiner TV

social media expert interviewWelcome to the pilot episode of Social Media Examiner TV with our host Mari Smith!

In this episode, Mari reviews Flipboard—a hot new way to consume social media news from your Facebook and Twitter contacts—along with her thoughts on Facebook’s 500 million users and a look at how Foursquare could help your business.

Share your feedback, see the show notes and discover how you can be part of a future show below!

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10 Ways to Grow Your Facebook Page Following

social media how toHow can you quickly encourage people to become followers of your Facebook page?

This is the most common question I get from clients.  The truth is it takes time to build a new fan base from scratch.

From the day you set up a Facebook page, it does require an ongoing commitment to brand, monitor, and network with people who find interest in your product. Besides quality service, it’s important to build close-knit relationships with visitors.

How do you get people to like your Facebook page?  Here are 10 tips…

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