Once you’ve got your blog listed with NetworkedBlogs, here are some tips to help you leverage it to get more bang for your blog.
Anytime I mention the syndication page, here’s the link I’m referring to: http://w.networkedblogs.com/syndication
Send Your Posts to Twitter
You can use NetworkedBlogs to syndicate your posts to your Twitter accounts by following the steps at the end of yesterday’s tutorial. You may not want to do this if you’re already using Twitter Tools or a similar plugin, but it’s an option.
Promote Your Blog Posts on Groups and Fan Pages You Admin
From the same “Syndicate” space you can setup NetworkedBlogs to send your posts to groups and pages automatically. This will get your posts more exposure than if you only auto post to your profile.
Fill Out Your Profile Completely
As a blog author, you have a profile page. Fill out the details! http://apps.facebook.com/blognetworks/userpage.php You can add a short bio as well as multiple links.
Tell Your Readers They Can Follow You
Do your readers know how NetworkedBlogs works? Post about it and show them how they can follow you on Facebook using it.
You can do this by adding the NetworkedBlogs widget to your blog.
Use the Share Features
You can share your NetworkedBlogs listing on your profile page by clicking the “Share” button. And you can use the “Invite” link to invite friends to follow your blog. I don’t recommend inviting ALL of your friends, but do invite the ones you feel would be interested in your content.
Add a “Blog” Tab/Page to Your Fan Page
Have you seen the fan pages that have a special tab/page on their links showing their recent blog posts? It’s a great way to share your blog with your Facebook fans.
The good news is that it’s easy to add your own once you’ve got a Facebook fan page and your blog is listed with NetworkedBlogs.
Below is the step by step of how to get a “Blog” link and page on your fan page to share your most recent posts.
1) Go to your fan page and click the “Edit Page” button.
2) Click the “Apps” link on the left side of the page.
3) Find the “Browse more applications” link and click it.
4) Enter “Networked Blogs” in the search box and press Enter. Then click on “Networked Blogs” in the search results.
5) Next look for the “Add to My Page” link and click it.
6) In the pop up click the “Add to Page” button for the page that you want to add the blog page to.
7) Go back to your fan page and you’ll see the “Blog” link. Click it.
8) Now you need to tell NetworkedBlogs which blog to display. You’ll see a message like the one below. Click the “verify your settings” link.
9) You can choose your settings for your blog and fan page. If you want to publish it to your wall as well as to the page for your blog on your fan page, check the first box. If you want it to show only on your tab/page then click the second box. Scroll to the bottom of the page and save.
Why consider the second option? Facebook has been doing some crazy things with auto-published blog feeds for a while now. They’re not featuring them as visibly. So you might consider posting your newest blog links to your page by hand. Or doing both – allowing NetworkedBlogs to auto post but also adding it by hand a few hours later.
10) You’re all set! Now you’ve got a “Blog” link and page on your fan page.
Thank you again to Diana Simon for lending me her blog and page to create this tutorial.