July 22, 2009
If you’d like to bring the content of your WordPress blog into your Facebook notes stream, this quick tutorial will show you how.
Michael Pick 114
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Not that at 0:30 in this video you have to tick a tick box that states:-
“By entering a URL, you represent that you have the right to permit us to reproduce this content on the Facebook site and that the content is not obscene or illegal.”
Make sure you understand this FULLY before proceeding.
It seems to have trouble bringing the photos over. Anyone else have this problem?
I’m currently using the feature as well and it is pulling in my gallery thumbnails without any trouble and even preserving the links to the big versions. They don’t show in my profile view, but they show if I go to Notes or look at the individual Notes entries.
I haven’t tried this yet due to lack of time, but I have a question. Does anyone know if you can import ANY blog into facebook? I have wordpress installed on my hosting acct and was curious if this would work also, or if it had to be from an actual wordpress blog.
The Notes Import feature will work with the RSS feed of any blog, including self-hosted WordPress.
Reuben, I use the NetworkedBlogs app to import blog posts and it seems to pull pictures in “ok”.
@reuben257: I have the same problem. No photos…
It seemed to work fine for me. I use plugins called zemanta and amazon reloaded to add most of my images.
i already imported my wp blogs content to FB (see atmonadi.com). Using Wp-plurk plugin you can also ditribute the content link (just only title) into Plurk, and from here redistribute to FB, Twitter, MP, and Tumblr. My Blog also installed mobile wp plugins, with thi pludinso i can post from my handphone (this is simple hp nexian ng-800 model) to myblog for short message (120 chars) and can be view on FB also.
and… since i started using it at my profile and sharing “with everyone” my traffic dropped by 25% :s
This is great! Thanks man!
Oh! Exciting! I will check it out tomorrow. Does anyone know if it’s okay to drop an ‘f’ bomb on facebook? Not that I do it very often…..:)
i’ve installed my blog into facebook with networkedblog app
I have a blog imported using Facebook notes but I would like to remove it. Is this possible to do?
If you follow the instructions in the video, when you get to the point where you would normally be adding the feed, you’ll instead see a button that says “Stop Importing”. That should do the trick.
Is there an option to show only EXCERPTS on facebook, coz if ur using adsense on ur blog… this procedure will kill ur revenue… no one will visit the blog…..
I haven’t been able to test this myself, but have you tried setting your RSS feed from your site to summaries only?
Whether you’re using self-hosted WordPress or WordPress.com, the option to do so is in the same place. You can find instructions on the option here.
I’ve released a WordPress plugin for doing just this: http://www.keyvan.net/code/feed-facebook-leave-facebook/
It leaves you main feed intact, but allows you to give Facebook another URL with excerpts only and a custom message with a link to your blog post (for people who miss the tiny link in the bottom).
michael, what application did you use to build that demo? i like it very much and want to use it myself.
thanks – CO
Hi chozenone – I recorded the tutorial with ScreenFlow, edited in Final Cut Pro, recorded audio with Soundtrack Pro, and do titles etc. in After Effects. However, most of that could be done right from within ScreenFlow (on a mac) or Camtasia (on Windows). Hope that helps!
very cool video post – I’ve been playing around and looking for a solution like this for a while…
also thanks for the heads up on the video – I have to second @chozenone with the compliments!
This would be good, let me try it.
This is awesome feature.I like it ,I’ll import my blog to facebook soon.
anyone know where I can get this theme?
I’ve been trying to import my blog into my business page on Facebook, but it keeps showing up on my personal page. Anyone have any suggestions?
Same issue here. I haven’t been able to find anything to do this.
Has anyone answered imdave’s question about importing the wordpress blog into the business page and not the personal page? I’m trying to do the same thing.
I haven’t found any answer for this. I’m thinking I will need a new FaceBook account just for the business to separate it from the personal page.
Use networkedblog – then you chose which blog that should publish on which site.
Also works if you’re a IT -consultant, you have access to the blog and the fb page – and can let the customer’s blog publish on the customer’s fb page.
It doesn’t look like anyone has responded yet, but you can definitely just import it to your Business Fan page. This is what I did for my EthicalBusinessBuilder.com blog:
In FB, bring up your Fan Page (click on Ads and Pages in the bottom left)
On the Edit Page screen, scroll down to Notes and click Edit
This will bring up the Notes Tab JUST for your Fan Page.
Carry on from about 0:15 from there.
If you don’t have a Notes Tab on your Fan Page, view the Page and click on the big + sign where Wall, Info, Photos, Discussion, Etc. are located to add a Notes Tab.
Hope that helps.
I have done this several times and it keeps showing up in my personal FaceBook page, not the business page. I know the process, it just isn’t working. Everything looks correct, but it still shows up on the personal page.
Dave, The only other issue I had was that since I imported my blog into my personal page first, I had to remove that import from the Notes area. Then I deleted every blog that I imported one-by-one by going to each individual Note and clicking Remove.
That removed the blogs that I imported to my personal page and they haven’t shown up since however they are working perfectly with my business page.
Sorry if that doesn’t provide any more help. That’s just my experience.
I will try it that way and see if it works out. Thanks.
No good.It didn’t bring my audio files. I am not sure if Notes in faceboook could work with audio. copy and pase of a WP address doesn’t work in the posts on facebook. That is a WP problem, you got to get the shortlink
Does anyone know if this will keep streaming new entries to FB notes or do you have to import each time you want to update this? I’ve never had much success getting each post to import automatically and it’s occurred to me that maybe this feature doesn’t do that. Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Nope, it doesn’t auto update for me either. And on the initial import, all my blog entries carry the date of the import, not the date of the post. ugh!!
For your questions related to the Facebook Notes application, please keep in mind also that Facebook maintains a help page for that application here:
Whether you’re using self-hosted WordPress or WordPress.com, the option to do so is in the same place.
Hello! WordPress is excellent! I would like to import my blogg into a facebook group. Does anyone know how to do this?
Hey! Does anyone know how (did anyone try) to synchronize the comments in the blog with the one on Facebook? (specifically – export the comments from FB to the WP blog?) Thanks!
Really helpful piece. Similar to Hanna’s question, is there anyway to do the same thing for a FB FAN PAGE as opposed to an individual’s FB page?
Thanks guys. This alleviates a lot things and it really works
How do you do this for a page rather than a personal profile?
i have a problem with this.. it used to be working but when i tried to import my blog again it says :
We couldn’t find a feed using the URL you provided.
the url is definitely correct but it seems it can’t read the url or something..
i’ve also tried to import from blog/rss import, guess what.. failed again.
“The blog/rss url you entered is not valid. Please verify and try again.”
I have the same problem. Is there a solution(s) already besides using external softwares/programs?
We’ve seen a few people ask about this recently, which is a bit strange given that it’s just an RSS reader. Have you checked with Facebook since it’s their application?
This program http://nowsci.com/wordpress2facebook/ was able to automatically put my posts into Facebook page wall with images.
this is so helpful. thanks.
The new facebook doesn’t show the “import a blog” under notes..
Anyone know where its gone to?
Exactly what I wanted to do.
Thank you for this tutorial.
I have the same problem as carol and dslevy, it never updates beyond the initial import. Help?
Have you looked into the new option for Publicize to post to your Facebook account? It might be a good alternative if the Notes feature isn’t working for you.
Thank you very much.
Very nice tutorial. Very useful.
Thank you! Very helpful!
Thank you for easy and simple video. Very helpful.
The only way I could get the import to work was to specify the rss2 address. So for example my import address would be:
thanks Mike, very usefull.
I keep getting an Failed error even though a url/rss validator approved that it was valid… Suggestions?
If this function isn’t working and your feed properly validates, please double-check the values you’ve entered. If they are correct, you should contact Facebook and ask them what’s up.
Oh thank you! This was very helpful.
Added this to my Facebook but doesn’t seem to be streaming in my recent posts. Only my ones prior to adding?
I believe that’s correct; it will only trigger when you create new posts.
Thank you; I was having trouble with importing WordPress to Facebook with Wordbooker, however this tutorial has solved my issues.
I keep getting the message Import Failed
We couldn’t find a feed using the URL you provided. I tried the message about the rss feed, but do I have to create and rss on wordpress first, if so, how? Sorry if I am missing the obvious.
Is it possible to show the posts on a Facebook page-not account(e.g.: Fan page…)?
For all of you guys wondering what’s going on with this terribly broken Facebook feature, I’ll explain it to you… IT’S BROKEN.
Most of the time you have to stop importing notes, then reimport a blog, and on other occasions, Facebook Notes doesn’t even recognize the feed.
Check out this discussion forum on Facebook to witness the rant of angry users: http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=2347471856&topic=11280
Not working for me; I changed every privacy setting that I could think of to ‘everyone’, too. FEED Validator says that my RSS URL is valid. I contacted FB, who knows if they will contact me back?
I keep getting the error:
We couldn’t find a feed using the URL you provided.
Took a couple of tries to get it rolling but we are finally getting my blog to import to my Facebook Fan Page. They don’t make it easy or straight forward that is for sure!
I finally got it to work. A few posts were automatically imported and then…nothing. It just stopped. Eff this, I will just do it manually!
i don’t know how to make this work with the new facebook layout. can anyone help me out??
Will be attempting this right now!
Thanks guys, great post.
As of September 30th 2011, this function has been removed.
Wow…Great video and powerful knowledge…Love the accent too! Appreciate you showing me how to import my WordPress blog into my Facebook account…This is all so scary and new to me, but you made it much easier than I could imagine…thanks again..Hope to get more help from you in the future. I should be good to go now!
wow…where have I been? Who KNEW??? I’m off to try it out! Thanks for this.
Unfortunately, you can’t do this anymore, facebook have withdrawn the facility. I am currently experimenting with the woodbooker plugin. It works, although it’s complicated to set up, and I haven’t done it to my own satisfaction yet, and handily it also imports facebook comments to the blog as well.
Hope this will help someone.
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