HOW TO: Create Welcome Tab For Facebook Fan Page Within 2 Minutes

If you have a business with an online presence, you cannot ignore Facebook. Your target audience is on Facebook and you cannot miss a chance to ignore them there. Lots of people obsessed with Facebook these days.

So one fine day you go to Facebook and create a Facebook page for yourself. It was easy; but as you can see your page is still missing something. Yes, the welcome tab or Facebook landing page. Most of the brand pages that you come across on Facebook have attractive looking Facebook landing pages.

Only if I too could have paid a fortune to some agency, you think.

Very true. Agencies charge exorbitantly for doing this kind of a page. It’s fair. They will do design and development for you, which is costly.

But here I am going to tell you a way by which you can do a Facebook welcome tab in less than 2 minutes and with no extra cost. All you need is a website. Going to be very helpful for small business and bloggers who would like to showcase their blog.

Almost always marketers are looking for ways to drive people to their website. Through this way, you can put your entire website on Facebook. You don’t have to share links to new content that is a practice disliked by users and fans. New content is visible automatically on your Facebook page. Also users don’t have to leave Facebook to check your website. And best of all, these visits through Facebook will be counted as referral traffic in your Google Analytics, so don’t be concerned about missing valuable traffic for your website. Also change Facebook fanpage vanity URL to suit your brand.

Check out the steps below:

Step 1: Go to http://www.facebook.com/developers

(If you are not registered here with your mobile number, it will require you to do the registration first. Once registered, click on “Set up new app”.

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Step 2:  It asks you to give your app a name. Give it a name. I gave the name “testingagain”.  Agree to Facebook’s terms and conditions and fill the CAPTCHA and you are brought to thispage. This is the page about the application. You can write a short description of this app and also put a logo. However this is optional.

Step 3: I simply go to Facebook Integration on the left tab. Here’s what you will need to put in the different boxes:

Canvas Page: Your unique app name.

Canvas URL: I have put my blog here. You can put any link of your choice here.

Tab Name: Put a good name as this is what is visible on your fan page.

Tab URL: Same as Canvas URL.

If you want scroll-bars (Recommended), select it. Or else click on Auto-resize. Click on Enabled on Social Discovery.

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Step 4: Now click on Save. It will bring you to this page:

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Step 5: To check your application if it’s working fine, go to “application profile page” and then “go to app”. This shows your application.

Step 6: However, we are still not done. We have to add this application to your page. Once again go back to “Application profile page”. There on the left hand side navigation, find a “Add to page”.

Click on it and it will show the pages that you want to add this application to. Select your page from this list. Now you are done. Just one step more.

Step 7: Go to your page and click on “Edit info”. Click on “Apps” on the left navigation.

Step 8: Find for your app here. I search for “testingagain”. Once you find it click on “Edit settings”. It asks you to add to tab. Click on Add and you are done.

Check your Facebook page now. Your website is visible on one of the tabs on the left side navigation. Now you can make it a welcome tab if you want by altering fan page settings.

So did you find it easy? Please revert back with your comments and if you got stuck somewhere.

Note: If you find that your entire page is not visible (the max width is 520 pixels), go create a page with a width of 520 pixels and replace it with the link above.  If you can create a mobile site, you can also create a Facebook friendly website.

This article is written by Aditya. He blogs at Ityaadi. If you wish to write for us, kindly check this.

3 Effective Ways Facebookers Can Use Google Calendar

Google Calendar is one of the tools I decided to use this year — since I was practicing time management. Other tools I found useful recently are Google Reader, Google Toolbar and Dropbox. Here I have mentioned 3 effective ways Facebook Users (or Facebookers) can use Google Calender.

#1 – Setup Birthday Reminders for Your Facebook Friends

Do you want to track your Facebook friends Birthdays but you rarely visit Facebook since they blocked it in your college or office. Now you can setup birthday reminders for your Facebook friends using Google Calendar and you don’t need to visit Facebook every time. You can import those birthdays into Google Calendar, where you can then setup reminders.

Go to Facebook and click Events on the left menu and go to Birthdays.

Events > Birthdays

Now go to Export Birthdays link, which you can find at the bottom of the page.

Export Birthday

Now you will get a popup kinda dialog box with an URL, just copy that one!

Now go to Google Calendar, under the Other Calendars box use the Add by URL function.

Add By URL - Google Calender

Paste in the URL from Facebook.

Add URL - GC

Click on the small arrow next to the appropriate calendar from the My Calendars (present in left panel) and choose Notifications.

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Note : You can also use the drop down menu to add SMS or email reminders before a set number of days/weeks.

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#2 – Add (Embed) Google Calendar To Your Facebook Fan Page

Adding Google Calendar to your Facebook Fan page can help your fans to know about specific and special events easily.

FB Fan page Google Cal

Step 1 : Create an iFrame tab app for your Facebook Fan Page.

You can better refer this tutorial for creating an iFrame tab app.

Step 2 : Get your Google Calendar code

Go to Google Calendar, click Calendar settings now click the Calendar tab.

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Then click the required calendar you want to embed. Now you can see the embed code for that specific calendar.

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Step 3 :

Here is the sample full embedded code – you can replace the Google Calendar iFrame script in this code with yours.


#3 – Sync Facebook Events

This one is quite similar to the Birthday Reminders for Your Facebook Friends. Go to Events and at the bottom of the page you will find a link – Export Events. Use that and get the URL

Facebook Export Events

Now go to Google Calendar, under the Other Calendars box use the Add by URL function.

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That’s it. Now your Google calendar will update automatically every time you accept or decline an event in Facebook.

Do you know any other way Facebookers can use Google Calendar? Kindly share them in the comments.

HOW TO: Change The Facebook Fan Page Name

Finally Facebook added a new feature for Fan page owners/admins. Now you have the ability to change the Facebook Fan Page Name, but unfortunately the fans should be below 100 and should not exceed it. This is a good news for Facebookers, since almost everyone has fan pages & now they can change misspelled Facebook fan page name.

Facebook made this limitation to prevent the buying and selling of fan pages. We already shared a tutorial for Changing Facebook Fanpage Vanity URL In Just 6 Steps.

Change Facebook Fan Page Name [The Steps]

#1 – Go to Manage Facebook Pages section.

Change FB Fan Page Name

#2 – Choose the page for which you want to change, and then select “Edit page”.

Tip : In case you have few more fans, you can delete some & go ahead.

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