NetworkedBlogs is an application available for use on Facebook that allows you to pull in your blog posts so that you can share with your FB friends and fans. It is also a nice way to promote your blog and discover other blogs that are a part of the network. I have discovered many great blogs and bloggers using this app.
I’ve been using this for most of the year now and find it a really handy tool for promoting. You must have a Facebook account to use this and here is what you do.
For the sake of this post, I’ve set up a secondary account to illustrate how this works. FB can be a little fickle at times, so I did not want to disturb my settings.
Go to NetworkedBlogs.com and add your blog to the application. You will sign-in using your FB credentials and this will in turn add the application to your FB account.
Once inside you will be asked to select a few blogs to follow. After the selection process (optional) you will find a link to the NetworkedBlogs home page. You can add or delete blogs at any time, so do not worry over selections too much at this point.
Click the “Register a new blog” button near the top right of the page. Answer a few questions, follow the instructions and find yourself on the verification of ownership page, where there are two options.
- Ask friends to verify you (which takes time)
- Use the Facebook widget (enter some code into your blog site)
Here you can choose to install a widget in the right sidebar or a name badge is available for WordPress.com users. This can be removed immediately after verification if you desire.
Installing the widget is a simple cut and paste operation. Within your WordPress Dashboard, you will drag a text widget to your right sidebar and paste in the code provided by NetworkedBlogs. Code shy? Have someone do this for you or go with option 1 above.
Once installed, you will return to the NetworkedBlogs page and click the “verify widget” button.
If done properly you will see the image below.
Click “Next” and you are all set. Go back to your blog and remove the widget if you choose, it is no longer a requirement. Or you can leave it in place so that your readers may follow your blog from the site widget itself. This is a nice way to build a community, as each new follower’s image will appear in the widget, giving each of them a little play as well.
Inside of your FB application, click on the “Applications” tab at the lower left of the page, then click on “NetworkedBlogs”. The application tab will open, showing a long list of apps. I’ve cropped the image below to only show what matters here.
This will land you on the NetworkedBlogs home page within Facebook. Click on the “Profile” link.
Once on your profile page look down the page a bit and find “Blogs I Author” and click on the title of your blog, which takes you to a page similar to this.
Now click on the “Pull Now” link and you can import your latest post or series of posts. Once they are imported, you will have the option to publish them and share them with your friends or the world, depending on how you have your privacy settings configured.
This process can be automated but I prefer this manual method because I do not want every single post entered into the news stream of FB. Doing it this way keeps me in control of what gets posted and when that post occurs.
Using NetworkedBlogs opens another wide avenue of networking opportunities for you. The blogs and bloggers discovered will broaden your knowledge base and expose your blog to more eyes, which translates into more traffic.
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