Facebook is still the most popular social network in the World. On February 4th this year they celebrated their 10th birthday with roughly 1.23 billion active monthly users, which means 1 of every 6 people worldwide IS on Facebook. About 6 out of 10 of them log into their accounts every single day. Americans are the most active; the average U.S. user is 41 years old and has 228 friends. For more data check the CNN’s infographic made for the occasion, and watch the video below of the new tool that Facebook launched that day called A Look Back.
Social media is now crucial part of any blog’s success, – watch how you promote your Facebook page, make sure it is well optimized for search. There are great social plugins, widgets, links and badges that bloggers can use to make it easier for their readers to like and share their great content, blog information and business, and this way reach out to a wider audience within the Facebook community. Following are a bunch of them that I hope you’ll find useful to add to your blogs. Tell us if you already have some of them…
Like Button. It lets people ‘like’ your posts directly from the blog and shares that information on their personal profiles.
Share Button. If you add the Share Button next to the Like Button your readers can also include a personalized message and decide who they want to share the link with.
Send Button. This button lets people share your blog content, but privately, – in a message, to an email address, or with a Facebook group.
Embedded Posts. When you embed a post from your blog’s Facebook page for example into your content (like below) readers can directly like your page, the post, add comments, and see basic information about your blog and business. Only public posts can be embedded.
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Follow Button. People who follow your Facebook page receive your daily public updates in their feeds.
Comments. With the Comments box installed your readers can comment on your blog using their Facebook accounts. This activity is directly shown in their friends and followers’ news feeds, helping to further spread your top quality content to more new people.
Activity Feed. The Activity Feed shows your blog readers what their Facebook friends like and comment on, on your site. It only displays their most recent actions.
Recommendations Feed. Here readers can see the most recommended content on your blog that their friends have liked or commented on.
Recommendations Bar. The Recommendations Bar provides people with personalized suggestions for good pages to visit.
Like Box. The social plugin is specifically designed for promoting Facebook pages, embedding simple piece of content from a page to a blog or website. There’s also floating Like Box which hoovers over your blog someplace where it’s not interrupting reading, and a popup Like Box which helps bring attention to your Facebook page to new blog visitors.
Facepile. It shows profile pictures of people who have liked your blog’s page on Facebook or connected with your app.
Profile Badges. You can share certain profile information creating a Profile Badge and let readers easily connect with you to follow or add you as a friend.
Page Badges. The first is for Facebook personal accounts, and the Page Badge shares and promotes users’ connection with Facebook pages.
Photo Badges. You can even share your public Facebook photos with your blog readers creating a Photo Badge. It can be vertical, horizontal, in two columns, with up to eight photos.
Twitter Link. This is an awesome widget that lets you update your Facebook friends and Twitter followers all at the same time. Only public posts are automatically shared on your Twitter profile, and you can also select the type of posts that you want to tweet.