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Post Your FASO blog to Facebook the Right Way


UPDATE:  Facebook Killed RSS Imports in November 2011.  This entire blog post is now obsolete.  FASO implemented a new blog sharing feature that is available to all FASO members.  The new feature uses the Facebook API instead of RSS.

Special FASO Tool to Publish Your Blog to Facebook

 

For FASO customers we've created a special RSS feed for you to post your blog to Facebook, the right way.  

 

Here's how you do it:

 

1.  Login to your FASO account

 

2.  Click the "Facebook Integration" link  (in the left hand column)

 

3.  Scroll to the section called "How to Import your FASO blog to Facebook"

 

4.  Copy the link for the special blog feed.  (It will look  similar to this: http://feeds.faso.com/13722/blog2fb )

 

5.  Login to Facebook

 

6.  Click "Profile" (upper right)  to see your profile

 

7.  On the left hand side of your profile, click "Notes" (You might have to click "more" if you don't see it)

 

8.  At the bottom of the left hand column, click "Edit Import Settings" (you may have to click on a note first if you already have some)

 

9.  Post the blog feed url you copied in step for into the box for Web URL

 

10.  Check the checkbox to indicate this feed is yours

 

11.  Click the "Start Importing" button

 

12.  Click the "Confirm"

 

At this point your blog feed should import to Facebook and you should be able to see the posts (if you have any recent ones) on your profile.  Be aware that when you post to your blog (after the initial import), it can take Facebook several hours to notice that you've made a post and add it to your wall.  Facebook says that they check every couple of hours.  In practice I've seen it happen in as little as 1 hour and I've seen it take as long as 15 hours.  So if you are posting something that is very timely, you might want to post it manually by clicking the "Like" button on your blog and forcing an immediate post.

 

32 Responses to Post Your FASO blog to Facebook the Right Way

Gayle Faucette Wisbon
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Works great, Clint! Thank you!

George De Chiara
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Once again, you guys rock! I've been using network blogs to do this and couldn't wait to drop them in favor of this method.



Clint Watson
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George - great. The only issue I've seen with our method is the delay at times since it relies on Facebook to pull the feed. I don't know how network blogs works.

FOr the "next step" I'm considering adding a Facebook app that when you publish the blog would give you the option to "push" to facebook.....although you could essentially do the same thing with a bit more work with the "Like" button.

Gayle Faucette Wisbon
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When I tried it, my last 4 blog posts appeared on Facebook immediately on both my profile and page. I deleted them because I had already shared them through Networked Blogs recently. For me, Networked Blogs rarely posts immediately, unless you do it manually. Lately I've been getting an error message from them about a feed issue.

George De Chiara
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Clint,
I did a test blog post after I got it up and running. The test posted quickly, maybe 5 minutes after I published it. Maybe I just lucked out with the timing of things. Network blogs had a delay of anywhere from an hour to 12 hours. It also seems to break a lot.

It would be really nice to have a way to push the blog posts to FB when you publish them on the blog. Maybe have it as a check box option where all of the other blog information is located (Author, email, related topics, etc). It would be just one less thing we would need to do rather then go like the blog post afterwards.


Clint Watson
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Gayle - when you import the feed, Facebook does pull it immediately. What I meant was after the initial import, when you make another blog entry (say the next day for example), I've seen Facebook take anywhere from 2-15 hours to pull the next entry. There documentation says up to 3 hours but I've seen it take longer.

Leslie Nutting
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Thank you so much for this information.
I had recently imported my blog via Facebook, and will now redo it this way. You are right - it's much better to get people back to our sites where we run the show!
I really appreciate all your hard work making FASO great.
Leslie Nutting

Kathryn Willis
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Clint, I followed all of these steps, however, I can only get this to import to my personal facebook profile where I do not want to show my regular posts. I do not see a way to import to my Facebook Page. I generally just copy the url of my blog post and paste it on my Facebook Page.
Also, I still don't understand how to do a partial feed.
Thanks for your help

Kathy Chin
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Hi Clint,

Great article and you included info on what we're granting FB in terms of our images...things i didn't know.
How do we use this technique if we want to start this from now, instead of from earlier posts? (I want to start fresh)
Thanks again!

Marian Fortunati
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Clint... I love the way you are always trying to help us learn to better market our work ... and our thoughts!!
THANKS!

Teresa Beyer
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Only some of my blogs reposted on my personal page (Teresa Beyer) and not at all on my business/page (Teresa Beyer Fine Art) where I wanted it to go as well. HELP ME PLEASE!

Clint Watson
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Teresa, it will only publish recent blog posts, that's how rss works with facebook. To be honest I haven't even tried to do it on a page only on a personal profile. I'm not sure you can import a blog in the same way on a page.

Teresa Beyer
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First off - I am so impressed with how quickly you responded, thank you. The reposting of my blog to FB skipped my most recent blog and posted the next two. Weird.

Gayle Faucette Wisbon
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You can publish it to your page and the set up is the same as the profile.

Teresa Beyer
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Hi Gayle, Thanks for your help, I did go to my page and looked for a "Notes" and didn't see one. Is there something else I can click on? I looked for something that might look like or sound like the "Import Settings."


Gayle Faucette Wisbon
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Hi Teresa,

If you've written notes on your page before, it should appear as a tab on the left side. If not, if you click on "Edit Info" at the top, you should find the notes listed in the Apps section.

Gayle




Teresa Beyer
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Gayle - You have made me very happy. Thank you so much for walking me through this, and for your time.

Tuva Stephens
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Thank you Clint for this valuable and helpful information about the correct way to post a blog from FASO! I had written a blog honoring my mother and her contribution to me becoming an art instructor and professional artist. Just this week I was thinking I wish I could post it on FB by Mother's Day!
A Happy Customer.

Olivia Alexander
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That's great Clint! I've put all the info on FB but then it came up with an error message and to try again later. Pretty typical! I'll do it again and see what happens.
thanks for the work you put it to make life easier for us artists :)

Teresa Beyer
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Thank you so much for keeping us on the cutting edge. I am so grateful for all the wealth of information you provide on a regular bases.


Poppy Balser
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Hi Olivia, I got a similar error message. Did you have any luck with yours getting through the second time?

Hi Clint, this is great as it will save me a step once i do a blog post. I often forget to post a "like" to facebook, so this way I will not have to remember. Keep up the great work.


Deborah Angilletta
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Hi Olivia and Poppy, Any luck yet? I am also getting an error message to try again. I am wondering if it has to do with whether or not you have a username selected with your FB page?

This will be so great if I can get it to work.

Clint I brag on how great the websites are to my friends every day. You make it easy to look professional.

Poppy Balser
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Deborah, I just tried it again (17 hours after my last attempt) and am still getting the error message. It is after I hit "confirm" that the error message appears.

Clint, should I ask the support team for help or just be patient?

Thanks again for everything that you do!

Clint Watson
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Poppy - I just ran your feed through a validator - it is a valid RSS feed, not sure why there is an error. Does facebook give you any specific details about the error?

Olivia Alexander
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Hi Poppy, no , I still can't get mine to go through. Like you, when I click on the 'confirm' button it comes up with an 'sorry something went wrong' message. No more info than that.
I have tried several times. I know the link is correct so I have no idea what the matter is.

perhaps tech support will come up with the answer soon.


Poppy Balser
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Clint,

I just tried it again and all I get is the following:

"Sorry, something went wrong.

We're working on getting this fixed as soon as we can.

Go Back

Facebook © 2011 · Help"

Not much to go on there, is there? I figured it was not a problem on your end, as my feed comes up below the "confirm" button, showing all my recent blog posts.

I appreciate what you do for us. I am very pleased with FASO service. Thanks for your help!



Deborah Angilletta
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Clint,

I am getting the exact same thing as Poppy. It's strange because the feed comes up with the confirm button as Poppy said and it looks fine. I have a facebook page (with a username) not a profile page maybe that is the problem ?

Thanks for working on this.

Olivia Alexander
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Hi Poppy and Deborah,
I still can't get my blog on to FB. Same as you, no indication as to why.
I have a FB page and a profile page. doesn't seem to make any difference. It did seem to want to download a lot of my blogs; maybe too many?
Maybe we will get an answer soon.

George De Chiara
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Is this still working for anyone? My feed stopped a few weeks ago. I re-did it and it worked for a day and then stopped again. It's says I'm following the correct url, it just doesn't pull any of my blog posts any longer. Worked great for a while...



Clint Watson
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George - it's very sporadic for me too - Facebook doesn't seem to put much priority on checking the rss feeds. We publish multiple stories daily and sometimes Facebook doesn't check the feed for a day or two.

In short, it is still working - it doesn't work as well as I wanted because FAcebook doesn't poll the feed enough.

I have another solution in mind though.......

George De Chiara
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Thanks Clint. I knew you guys would be up to something to get around facebooks lack of... well, anything useful. Can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve.



Spencer Meagher
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Clint,
30 seconds and it showed up. Thanks for the help.









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