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facebook :: import your blog posts

by Kayla on May 27, 2010 in facebook tutorials,tutorials

UPDATE: This tutorial is no longer current. When Facebook recently updated their site, they removed the options that are shown in this tutorial (probably because their blog import system didn’t work consistently). So if you are interested in importing your blog posts into Facebook automatically, I recommend the RSS Graffiti application. You can read a tutorial for setting up blog importing to your wall HERE & how to import to your posts to your facebook page HERE. If you want to set up your Facebook Notes to pull in your blog posts, read my updated tutorial HERE

I have wanted to add tutorials to my blog for some time now, and today I’m going to do just that. [Please bear with me, it is my first public tutorial.]

I’ve had a lot of requests lately for importing blog posts to Facebook pages and profiles. Today, I’m going to show you how to import your blog posts to your facebook notes.

On your profile page, click on "Options".

When you click on "Options", it is replaced by "Settings". Now click on "Settings".

Then click on "Blog/RSS".

Type in your rss feed address & click on "Import".

That's it! Now your blog posts will be imported to your Facebook Notes.

Facebook will automatically check your RSS feed & import new posts when they are published. It is important to note that sometimes there is a delay {sometimes even a few days} with Facebook actually checking and pulling in the content. If you notice this, you can just wait for Facebook to do it’s thing, or you can manually update the notes. Here’s how:

First, make sure you are on your profile page & follow the steps above to click on “Options” → “Settings” → “Blog/RSS” and then:

Click on "Update Now".

Before I wrap up this tutorial, there is one more thing I want to share with you. By default, when you set up to import blog posts to your Facebook Notes, it will automatically publish new posts to your wall {so they’ll show up in your friends’ news feeds}. However, since there can be a delay from when you publish your blog posts {on your blog} to when they appear in your FB {Facebook} Notes, I prefer to use RSS Grafitti to publish blog posts to FB pages and walls.

RSS Grafitti is an awesome FB application that you can easily set up to check your blog every 30 minutes. It will check your blog every 30 minutes {or whatever time range you select}, and publish your new blog posts to your wall or FB page.

Now, if you’re like me and choose to set up RSS Grafitti, each blog post will post twice to your wall {whenever FB gets around to updating your imported Notes}. If you don’t like the duplicate wall content, you can set FB Notes to not publish to your wall. Here’s how:

Click on "Account" and then "Application Settings".

Look for Notes in your list of applications. Click on the "Edit Settings" for Notes.

Click on the "Additional Permissions" tab. Click on the checkbox that is checked for "Publish Content to My Wall" (so make sure it is unchecked as pictured). Then click "Okay".

So there it is, my first official tutorial. Since I’m planning on adding more tutorials on various topics, I’d greatly appreciate your honest feedback. Afterall, I do want these to be helpful. Also, let me know if you prefer written tutorials {like this one} or video tutorials {with text/audio/both?}.

If, after reading this tutorial, you’d just rather donate to my coffee fund & have me set up your Blog→FB importing, you can contact me here. Thanks!

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1 estelito June 12, 2010 at 10:16 pm

many thanks for such a helpful tutorial! was getting frustrated at the update times of the import blog function in FB and googling led me here.

2 Fiona O Neill June 16, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Hi there, Thank you so much for this tutorial. I’ve been going crazy for the past 2 weeks trying to discover why my blog doesn’t import to Facebook immediately. Your tutorial has put me at ease with the fact that Facebook imports may take a few days. Thank you for your help and know-how!

3 Jeff Coles June 20, 2010 at 9:59 am

This is a great tutorial, but I want my posts to automatically go to my FaceBook Business Page, not to my user profile where my personal friends are. Can you share how to do that? Thanks!

4 Michael June 24, 2010 at 12:00 am

Great tutorial, BUT…. (there’s always a but, isn’t there?) My FB wall was working reasonably well (beyond the lengthy delay for FB to realize I had a new post on my blog). However, now when I enter the feed address (http://mike-reich.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default), FB is insisting that the URL is invalid. Instead of displaying the summary of the most recent post, FB is displaying the following: “The blog/rss url you entered is not valid. Please verify and try again.” Any suggestions?

5 Kayla July 7, 2010 at 9:34 am

@estelito & @Fiona I’m glad this helped you!

@Jeff I’m working on a tutorial for importing posts to FB business pages. I’ll let you know when it is up!

@Michael A lot of people seem to be having this problem. I’d try yours again, as I just tried it & I didn’t receive an error message, which isn’t to say that you won’t ever see the error again (you probably will). If you still see “The blog/rss url you entered is not valid. Please verify and try again.” error, there are a couple of things you can do. First, enter your feed address here & make sure your feed is valid. If your feed is valid, then you can let facebook know you’re getting the error here.

6 Kayla July 8, 2010 at 7:40 am
7 Tony LaRocca August 18, 2010 at 7:53 pm

This tip was a godsend a few months ago when fb’s blog importing suddenly became unreliable and didn’t update for days. However, it seems that just to be ****s, they’ve disabled this workaround. Way to make fb just a little bit more miserable.

8 Kayla December 14, 2010 at 11:08 pm

@Tony
Yes, it appears that Facebook did remove this feature (and workaround) when they did their site updates. I imagine it is because there were too many problems with how they imported blog posts into Facebook. Fortunately, there is a Facebook application – RSS Graffiti – you can use to import blog posts automatically. I do have a tutorial on setting up RSS Graffiti. Several of my clients use it, and I personally use it, and none of us have had any issues with it.

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17 Ken Pataky February 17, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Are we saying that FB will no longer allow importing blogs into Notes? My issue w/Graffiti is that it only imports to Walls, not Notes, which is where I want the feeds to go. Who wants to scroll through miles of Wall to focus on just informative Notes? Ugh.

18 Kayla February 22, 2011 at 3:13 pm

@Ken Yes, FB still allows you to import blogs into Notes – I posted a new tutorial here.

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