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Facebook has now become a really important platform and social media site for WordPress bloggers to expand their networking and get quality incoming traffics.
It is because, rather just having personal Facebook profile, we can also make a fan page for our WordPress blog which our readers can join and interact with us. Therefore, instead of mixing fans from different sites to one personal Facebook profile, we can separate them up into groups based on interest.
So, it would be easy for us to build relationship and post something which will only suit our Facebook fan’s interest and needs.
Make full use of Facebook fan page
Due to the flexibility that Facebook offers through the development of applications, we can expand our Facebook fan page towards different kind of directions. For this post, I will guide you how you can use one of its application i.e Facebook Static FBML to build a landing page for your Facebook fan page.
For those who never use this application, this application will let you to bring html element into your Facebook fan page. Therefore, you can put in images, forms and links into the fan page which is the important elements of good landing page.
By having landing page, you can easily ‘influence’ your readers to subscribe your blog or newsletters, promote the best sections of your WordPress blog and promote them to join you in other social networking sites such as Twitter.
With this tutorial, I am going to show you how can you let the landing page to appear first instead of the fan page’s wall when someone comes from your fan page’s link. To give you rough overview, image below is my landing page for my latest project – Kissing Crust’s fan page.
The steps are…
Actually the steps that you have to take to create landing page for your Facebook is simple. You just need to follow below steps.
First, after you have formed your Facebook page, you have to go to its “Edit Page” section to install the Facebook Static FBML application.
Then, you have to go straight to the end of the page and you will find ‘More applications’ section which will recommend to you application that you will probably interested with. Usually, there will be Facebook Static FBML application.
Then, click on it.
You will be directed to the application page. At the side of the application’s page, you have to click on the ‘Add to my Page’ to install the Facebook Static FBML application into your fan page.
After you have installed the application, you need to edit the application and put in your html code for your landing page. You can find the edit link in the ‘Edit Page” section.
For me, for the image that I put in the FBML page I designed using free open source editing software – GIMP and then, I uploaded them into my WordPress’s blog.
For the arrangement, I simply use table function in the ‘Add new post’ page. In case you don’t have the table function, you probably have not install TinyMCE Advanced plugin in your WordPress blog.
After you satisfy with its arrangement and design, you just need to simply copy the html and paste it into the FBML box.
After you have decided the name and saved the changes that you have made in the Static FBML page, you need to head to ‘Edit Page’ section again but for the last time. Click on the Wall settings and change the ‘View Settings’ for ‘Default Landing Tab for Everyone Else’.
There will a drop down menu that lists all of your Facebook fan page’s tabs. You have to select the tab that have the name of your Static FBML page that you named earlier on.
By selecting that page, the Static FBML page will be the first that appears in your Facebook Fan Page instead of your wall.
And now, you have your own landing page for your WordPress blog’s fan Page. The steps are easy and straight forward right?
Your thoughts and opinions…
Do you have Facebook fan page for your WordPress blog? Does it help you to build closer relationship with your readers?
And what do you think about this tutorial? It is important for WordPress bloggers to know it?
Feel free to share thoughts and opinions. I am eager to know more about it.
Rather just being only WordPress blogger, some of us have gone further up by becoming freelancer after gathering enough skills and knowledge on the topic that they are blogging about.
They are also WordPress bloggers who take WordPress project as they are have familiar enough with WordPress and believe that they have enough knowledge to take up simple WordPress project at early stage.
What is the best pricing approach?
However, it is crucial for us to know what is the hourly rate that we should charge on any project that we are going to take. It is because we must balance up between profits that we decide to earn and the customer’s bargaining power as there are probably a lot of people out there that offers same service at cheaper price.
We should think what is the reason customer will choose us as compared to others and priced our service accordingly.
Freelance Swith Calculator – Simple tool for freelancer
FreelanceSwitch is a site that is specifically being set up for freelancers which has blog, forum, job board and freelancing resources. Among the freelancing sources that it has is tool that can give freelancer rough estimate on hourly rate that freelancer should charge.
The tool is called FreelanceSwitch Hourly Rate Calculator.
This is the quote from the tool page:
We have developed this hourly rate calculator to give you a guide based on your costs, number of billable hours and desired profit. It is a simple tool for you to play with.
The way how it calculates the hourly rate is consisted of four elements which is business cost, personal cost, number of hours we can actually bill and amount of profit we would like to have.
What you should know about this tool is you will only you the benchmark i.e. rough idea on hourly rate that you should charge your client. The rate should be adjusted accordingly depends on market demand and complexity of the project for example.
Personally I think this is a great tool as rather just take only business cost into account, it also takes into consideration the personal cost that we incur which we should considered before taken any freelanced project. I also love for the fact that it will give us two final hourly rate figures which are ideal hourly rate and hourly rate to breakeven i.e. cost equal to revenue.
Few screenshots of the tool:
What do you think?
Have you used this tool before? What d you think about it? Does it help you to get rough idea on the hourly rate that you charge your client? I am eager to know more about it.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) has a special place in the development of WordPress blog as if it is succeed, you can help us in generating huge incoming traffics from search engines. Without knowing the basic idea of SEO, it can be pretty tough for our WordPress blog to get the traffics that it deserves.
Keywords – Key of search engine optimization (SEO)
As most of us know, the best way to ‘SEO’ing our blog post is by inserting keywords that not only related to our WordPress blog but has huge users/searchers that attached on the particular keywords.
It is because in general point of view, by taking into account both aspects, it will bring our whole blog further up in the search engine results as the same keyword will be repeated in every blog posts which therefore give strong ‘relationship’ between our WordPress blog and the keywords that we decide to use.
In more specific point of view, by using keywords that have high search volume, it can help our blog post to have better rank in the search engine result and therefore bring huge incoming traffics on that post.
However, it is important for you to know that the keywords that we have chosen suit our readers and search engine such as Google i.e. well blended into the blog post as if not, it will highly likely irritate your readers and do not stuff in the keywords which make it looks like you are spamming your own blog.
How can you know high volume keywords?
There are a lot of tools out there, free and paid that offer the service of providing you the figure of search volume on any keywords that we would like to know.
However, not each of them can give you accurate and user friendly data.
One of the tools that I find helpful for our WordPress blog is Google AdWords Keywords Tool. I have used it for quite some time and personally, I feel that this tool is user friendly and can give rough idea on which keywords should we use and consider. Plus, it is free!
Rather simply giving you only search volume for the keyword that you have chosen, this tool will give you two groups of figure – global search volume and local search volume which you change base on your target audience.This is definitely handy for those who only target their local audience due to for example language barrier and suitability of product that they are blogging about.
What else Google Adwords Keywords Tool offers?
This tool will also provide you more detailed figures that you can use to consider other related keywords. They are:
- Keywords related to term(s) entered - Add (s) on keyword that Google feels relevant
- Additional keywords to consider – Give you list of related keywords that are within your keywords area
With the help of this tool, you can know roughly how many search volume that the selected keyword has and give you suggestion on other related keywords.
Therefore, if the first keyword has low search volume, you can replace it with other related keyword which has higher search volume but will not affect the blog post’s quality directly.
What do you think?
Have you use Google AdWords Keywords Tool before? What do you think? Does it work great for you in terms of incoming traffics from search engine? Feel free to share your experience and opinions on this tool.
For the past 5 months, Huzzer Magazine has provided you with all articles about WordPress from WordPress news, themes, plugins, tools and tips. There are basically 72 published post that I have specifically made for WordPress communities since I launched Huzzer Magazine on 6th August 2009.
If you are interested in knowing all of the post that I have published, you can head to the archives page through the link below the header.
Good bye 2009. Welcome 2010
After 5 months, Huzzer Magazine has reached to the level that I have not expected as it has grown extensively. The major reason behind this success is due to the support and contribution from the readers and commentators which I really appreciate.
So, before 2009 closes its stage, I would like to share best resources for WordPress blog that you may have missed and hopefully by knowing those resources, you can improve your WordPress further.
Best WordPress Resources are…
If you are looking for screencast software, this post will be handy. Screenr is online screencast software which can help you to produce HD screencast video out of it.
Now, you can have perfect video tutorial for your WordPress blog’s readers.
Tweaking the styling of our WordPress can be hard for us who does not have any programming skills or background. With CommentBits, it let you to have customized styling for your WordPress blog’s comment section.
CommentBits helps you to have better looking and structure of comment section at low cost. Check it out – you will probably love it.
Having testimonial can boost our credibility as a blogger as It will show what others think about us from their experience with us. In this post, I am sharing about testimonial plugin that can help you out to integrate testimonial section into your WordPress blog.
Meebo Bar will help you to integrate social networking sites in more sophisticated way. With Meebo Bar, it will integrate the Mashable’s “Drag and Share” feature and footer bar which have social media sites button and chat box by Meebo.
It has just been opened for public download. So, give it a try because I really love it.
It is important for WordPress bloggers especially for those who use their blogs to share knowledge and skills to have FAQ system. It is because rather have to wait for blog post t solve their problem, your readers can simply use the FAQ system to help them to get some assistance.
This post will share what plugin you can use to set up your very own FAQ system in your WordPress blog.
Tips on the process that you can use to find and get hundreds dollar sponsorship for your blog contest. Therefore, you can make the process of organizing contest easy; it will also make it more attractive for your readers.
Hacks on how you can tweak your WordPress blog to make it to be more appealing for your readers and make the monetization process of your WordPress blog to be more effective. Sometimes it is hard of doing something without knowing proper methods right?
If that is the case, this article can be handy for you.
Sometimes, among us have spent a lot of money on advertising campaign but unfortunately, the results i.e. the incoming traffics can be dreadful. This article can help you by giving you the idea on what may have gone wrong and what is actually to hold an advertising campaign for our WordPress blog.
Perfect timing in publishing article for our WordPress blog can play a crucial role in getting huge traffics and buzz in the social media sites. This article is base on the method that I’m using at the moment in knowing roughly what the busiest period which is the best time to publish our article within one particular day .
Logo is the most important tool for our WordPress blog’s branding. Without having suitable logo, the process can be slow and maybe ineffective. The article is being made base on my observation on top blog’s logo such Shoemoney, JohnChow and Problogger.
Getting fresh and new idea for our WordPress blog is important to ensure that our blog can, not only maintain the current readers but attract new readers. This post will give you the guidance on how to get fresh idea for your WordPress article that everybody will love.
What is your say?
Which post that you think the best article so far? Do you other article that I have published in your mind?
Feel free to share thoughts and opinion. I am eager to know more about it.
Couple weeks before, I have shared with all of you about how can you have Mashable’s ‘drag and share’ feature in your WordPress blog. In case you have missed the post, below link can be handy for you.
For your information, the developer behind Mashable’s ‘drag and share’ feature is Meebo.
What is Meebo?
In case you have no clue at all what Meebo actually is, basically Meebo lets users gather their friends on a single buddy list where they can talk and share content in real-time across different IM platforms, communities, and traditional social networks.
Previously, Meebo’s main focus is providing online chatting platform for major chatting services such as Yahoo Messenger, Gmail and MSN. For you information, there are about 100 million people sharing over 6 billion messages and 75 million links every month through Meebo which have made Meebo as Web’s fastest growing social media companies.
Meebo Bar – Latest Awesome Tool from Meebo
This tool has been put into testing in Mashable in since early September this year which since then it is not opened for public use yet. However, this tool has just recently opened for public use.
By installing this tool into our WordPress blog, your readers can easily share your blog post by dragging any pictures in the blog post.
Unfortunately, Meebo Bar only allows you to drag blog post’s picture and share it to limited sites which are Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo! Updates and Email. There is no option which allows you to other social media sites such as Digg, Del.ic.ous or Reddit.
What Else Meebo Bar Offers?
Besides the “Drag and Share” feature, Meebo Bar also offers two other features. It will definitely make your WordPress blog as a great place for your readers to gain new knowledge and interact with you and other readers with the same interests.
Along the ‘Drag and Share’ feature, Meebo Bar also comes with footer bar which will always appear in your WordPress blog regardless your readers scroll up or down your WordPress blog’s page.
With this bar, it complements the weakness the ‘drag and share’ feature. You can add the button of StumbleUpon, Digg, Flickr and YouTube which your readers can make full use of them. You can also add your Facebook Fan Page in the footer bar which makes the interactions between you and your fans easier.
Meebo Bar also integrate its chatting service into the footer bar. With the chatting service in the footer bar, you and your readers can chat with friends and the best thing is you can use the ‘drag and share’ feature with it. Users just need to drag blog post’s image into the pop up chat box if you want to share blog post with their readers.
What do you think?
When the first time I heard about Meebo bar is open to public, I straight away installed it into Huzzer Magazine as I find it great.
How about you? Are you feel the same thing or have the opposite view? It would be great to know your opinions from your own point of view.
I am eager to know your feedback.
P/s it would be great if you can add me as your Meebo’s friends so that we can be closer and interact in better ways. Plus, what do you think with Huzzer Magazine’s new footer bar?