Add Facebook Plugins to your Blog – Quick Guide


facebookIf you have tried adding Facebook plugins to your website before but then skipped thinking the implementation was getting too geeky for you, I suggest that you explore the option again.

That’s because Facebook has now made it extremely easy for anyone to integrate Facebook social elements into their website or blog – just copy-paste a single line of HTML code and your site will instantly become Facebook-ready.

It all starts with a Like button that you need to add at the bottom of every post (or any other location) on your blog. Here’s the code:

If you are using WordPress software, open the single.php file and add the following code. You may change the height and width of the IFRAME as per your blog design.

<iframe src="http://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?href=<?php echo urlencode(get_permalink()); ?>&amp;layout=standard&amp;show-faces=true&amp;width=530&amp;height=60&amp;action=like&amp;colorscheme=light" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true" style="border:none; overflow:hidden; width:530px; height:60px"></iframe>

If you are using the classic template of Blogger, the code is:

<iframe src="http://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?href=<$BlogItemPermalinkUrl$>&amp;layout=standard&amp;show-faces=true&amp;width=530&amp;height=60&amp;action=like&amp;colorscheme=light" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true" style="border:none; overflow:hidden; width:530px; height:60px"></iframe>

And if you are running the modern version of Blogger, the code becomes:

<iframe src="http://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?href=data:post.url&amp;layout=standard&amp;show-faces=true&amp;width=530&amp;height=60&amp;action=like&amp;colorscheme=light" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true" style="border:none; overflow:hidden; width:530px; height:60px"></iframe>

A reader on your site, who is logged into her Facebook account, can now give your story a “Thumbs up” by simply clicking this Like button. She will also have to option to publish a snippet of your blog story on to her Facebook profile.

Then you have the Activity widget that shows in near real-time how people are interacting with your stories. If the user is logged into Facebook, the activity widget will show the activity of her friends on your web site else it’ll show everyone’s activity.

However, the most exciting social plugin for Facebook in the new recommendations engine. It shows a list of most popular stories on your blog as determined by the count of Facebook users who have “liked” that story.

Now that you have added all the necessary Facebook social widgets on your blog, it’s time for some reports.

There are tons of social sharing widgets around but Facebook is probably the only one that will give detailed and accurate demographics of people who are liking or sharing your content on the web.

Verify Domain in  Facebook To get started, go to facebook/insights and add your domain name to Facebook.

You basically need to verify that you are the actual owner of a domain and you can do this by simply adding a unique HTML META tag to your blog header.

Facebook will check the tag in your blog and once it’s verified, you can link the reports to either your Facebook profile or any Facebook page, if you own one.

Once everything is in place, you can revisit the Facebook Insights page to get detailed sharing stats of your blog pages. It will even tell you the top countries / cities of users who are interacting with your stories including the demographics.

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If you have a forum or a blog site that requires registration, you may also explore the Sign-on widget that will let user registers on your site using their Facebook ID. See that thing in action on digitalinspiration.com.

http://www.labnol.org/internet/add-facebook-plugins-to-website/13505/

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