May 25, 2010

Facebook Like button on your Wordpress blog

Writing about web page http://ottopress.com/wordpress-plugins/simple-facebook-connect/

A couple of months ago, Facebook released new Facebook Social plugins that can be used on any website. The benefits of using these plugins includes: creating a stronger link with your Facebook fans, allowing your blog visitors to share stories, recommendations and anything with their friends or anyone they have added as friend on Facebook.

For marketing purposes and in order to grow your website/blog visitors and fans, it is really important to integrate some of these Facebook Social Plugins into your blog, to allow your blog visitors to easily share anything they like or comment or the various things on your blog.



Facebook Social Plugins for Wordpress

One of the plugins that I found very easy to use to integrate Facebook Social Plugins into your Wordpress blog is through the use of Simple Facebook Connect Plugin.

This Wordpress plugin is easy to use, and includes almost all the functionalities and plugins you might want to include in your blog (Comments box, activities, like, share, etc...).



Facebook Like Button in Simple Facebook Connect

Although the mentioned Wordpress plugin above allows you to add almost all the Facebook Social Plugins easily, there is a simple step that you can do to improve the Facebook Like button that comes with the same Simple Facebook Connect plugin.

While the Facebook Like button (Read here for what this plugin does) will work as it should after implementing the plugin, whenever someone presses the like button on an artcile on your blog, in their facebook account, it will show that they like your website while showing your website name.

While you do want others to see your website name, you wouldn't want it to show like this on anyone's Facebook profile. Simply because lets assume that a visitor likes 4 posts in your blog, and he goes on liking each one of them. After he's done, his Facebook profile will show 4 different lines saying the same thing that he he liked "This Blog", which is stupid and non-informative at all as to what he liked there...



Like button Additional information

The solution to this is very simple if you are using Wordpress, all you have to do is provide additional information (using Open Graph Protocol) in your Wordpress theme you are using, in the header file (usually header.php) in particular.

Open your theme's header file and anywhere between the <head> and </head> tags, use the code shown Here (Can't show within the post as it is HTML), then save.

After adding the header tags shown, visitors who like any post on your blog will have more meaningful information shown in their Facebook account as the post title will be shown, and whenever they like another post, a different title will be shown. Less repitition, More information and better for your SEO (i think)!


Now, go ahead and press on the like button in one of your posts and check your Facebook profile to see if this is working!


- 3 comments by 1 or more people Not publicly viewable

  1. Otto

    Your adjustments are unnecessary. Simple Facebook Connect adds that meta information automatically.

    01 Jun 2010, 18:43

  2. Abdulrahman Hariri

    Hello Otto,

    It wasn’t working with me for some reason and I had to do this to get it to work. Beofer that, as I explained, it was only showing the blog title and nothing more.

    Perhaps there are special tags that should be inplace in the Wordpress theme for it to funtion as normal?

    If Simple Facebook Connect is supposed to do that automatically then I love it even more. However, if someone finds that it’s not functioning as it supposed to be, then I guess this post will help a bit.

    Thanks for your comment!

    03 Jun 2010, 10:58

  3. Otto

    Make sure your theme has the wp_head() and wp_footer() codes in it. Other than that, not sure what you tell you. It definitely is supposed to add all the meta info automatically.

    12 Jun 2010, 18:26


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