An RSS feed is one of the most versatile tools for presenting a regularly-updated content stream online.
In a recent post, we shared some powerful ways to use your auto-generated Expert Author RSS feeds (aka Really Simple Syndication) for your benefit.
The flexibility of RSS makes it perfect for sharing your articles on your own website. Plus, you can also input an RSS feed URL into an RSS reader to follow the published works of a single person or an entire niche.
One of the things we skimmed over in that post and want to revisit now is how easy it is to incorporate your Expert Author feed into other sites, like Facebook. We want to revisit it because it can help you reach an audience that you may have overlooked, and it’s pretty simple.
There are a few options when it comes to posting your Expert Author feed to your personal/business Facebook page. The first option, which we use for the EzineArticles Blog RSS feed on Facebook, involves adding an RSS application to your account to automatically post a status update when new articles or posts are added to the feed. Another option is to import the RSS feed through the “Notes” feature. We’ll cover both in this post.
RSS App for Facebook*
You have the option to use an RSS App to display your Expert Author feed on Facebook. This process automatically updates your Facebook status with the details of your new posts. Here are a few apps we’ve found that work to this end:
- RSS Graffiti
- Social RSS
- Simply RSS
To find these Facebook Applications, type them in the top search bar on Facebook and select them from the dropdown box. The set-up process for each varies, but be sure to have your Expert Author feed URL handy. That will certainly be required to set up each of them.
Importing External RSS to a Note*
With the “Notes” application, you can quickly and easily import an external feed that automatically updates in the form of notes on your wall. Instead of using an app created by an outside group, this process pulls the feed into the “Notes” app. To set this up for your personal Facebook profile:
- Go to the “Notes” application page on Facebook. (Must be logged in.)
- From here, you’ll see a list of notes written by you and others in chronological order.
- On the left side of the page under Subscribe, click the “Edit import settings” link.
- Access your Expert Author feed through your Expert Author Bio and enter it in the “Web URL” entry box.
- Click the “Start Importing” button.
If you have any questions or problems with this process, visit the Facebook Help Center. One point to remember: this is for personal Facebook profiles only. The Facebook Fan Page set-up is longer and details can be viewed here.
*NOTE: Adding an RSS App to your Facebook account requires is an intermediate-to-advanced article promotion strategy and may be challenging for beginners. EzineArticles Member Support does not provide support for RSS feed implementation.