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How to Promote your WordPress blog at Facebook

I am still using Facebook, not every single day, but I am still using it. Once in a while I get new friends and sometimes I even communicate with friends using Facebook. I still think that Facebook is one of the best social networks around.

… but should you use Facebook to promote your blog?

I am not sure, well, it all depends on what kind of blog you are writing. If it’s a blog where you are trying to earn money and sell various products, then Facebook might not be the place to promote it. The reason for this is that your friends on Facebook are also many of your real friends. At least I wouldn’t want to expose them to all sorts of marketing techniques in order for me to earn some extra cash. But this decisision is up to you.

If you want to use Facebook to promote your blog, you can use different “integrated” applications.

Just do a search for WordPress (if that’s the blogging platform you are using) and on the results you will see at the top a headline for applications. Just click on that one and you will get a list of the available applications for WordPress at Facebook.

If I was going to promote my blog this way, I would probably chose the application that will show my feeds inside Facebook. I think the application is called WordBook, it will show a mini-feed of your latest posts to all your Facebook friends.

If you have a lot of friends at Facebook, showing them your mini-feeds would probably be a great way to promote your blog. But again, I would only do it if I think my blog was of any interest to them.



13 responses to “How to Promote your WordPress blog at Facebook”

  1. Mark says:

    You get paid $0.50 per Digg or Stumble and 20% of what anyone you refer earns 🙂

  2. Mark says:

    Oh, one other thing from an “ethical” point of view. You say selling/buying stumbles maybe isn’t something you should do because it undermines web democracy.

    I can’t help your advertising text-link-ads – which sole purpose is to undermine the democracy of PageRank.

  3. Jens says:

    Hi Mark,

    Thank you for your comments. I can see your point, even though I don´t regard PageRank as having anything really to do with web democracy. PageRank is owned by Google, and nobody but Google knows the “codes” of PageRank.

    To me Text Link Ads is just another way of earning money from advertising, just like I would have been from AdSense. I have heard that using AdSense will not undermine the “democracy” of PageRank (why is that?), but I really don´t know much about this.

  4. Mark says:

    Although Google own the patent for “PageRank” and it is an abstract formula, it is based on the sound principle of web democracy.

    A PageRank score whittled down is the chance a websurfer will land on any given page – so this boils down to the page “popularity”. Page popularity is measured by volume and authority of links, the more popular the page, the more of these it should have it hence it rises up the rankings.

    The *only* reason people buy TLA links is so they can artificially boost this popularity – a metric used by Google. So you see, “Page Popularity” is not owned by Google, – only the way of measuring it, which is why people are trying to exploit it.

    The links on a page from Adsense are Javascript, search engines do not read/follow javascript or javascript links. Therefore no authority/popularity is passed and PageRank remains unaffected.

    -mark

  5. Jens says:

    Thanks again, I see your point. I am just not completely sure that Google’s patent really is the sound principle of web democracy (because Google is the only one that really knows the contents of PageRank). If it was a democracy, the code should have been open to all to see and understand what really happens. But that’s another story 🙂

    But when you say that Text Link Ads sole purpose is to boost this popularity, isn’t it like that with all link advertisements or is it just Text Link Ads that are different? When you want to advertise on other websites for a product or your blog, is it different if you use TLA or Adbrite or Bidvertiser when it comes to PageRank?

    I have always thought that the point of using these services was just like using AdWords and that was to increase the visibility of your ads and get clicks to your site.

    Thanks!

  6. Jens says:

    I didn’t know this. Thanks for the information Mark.

    My problem now is that I am actually earning money from TLA 🙂

  7. V. Neely says:

    Problem is, if it’s that easy, I wonder how long it’ll last…

  8. Mark says:

    Nothing lasts forever Neely, especially on the Internet.. The trick is to get in quick and make some $$ while the going’s good!

    -m

  9. TerryG says:

    I believe it. There are many secret groups out there, you know the ones, they go to your site and click an ad for you that returns a high cpc. Truthfully I cannot see the sense in this, having more visitors and paying to get them really defeats the purpose of starting a site. Although it is another way to make a few dollars on the web.

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