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Yes, You Can Import Your Blog to Your Notes on Facebook

by Kayla on February 22, 2011 in facebook tutorials,tutorials

I have written a few tutorials on how to import your blog posts into Facebook, however, one of them {here} is outdated. The other two tutorials were on using the RSS Graffiti App to import your blog posts directly onto your wall and onto your page’s wall.

Personally, I prefer to use the RSS Graffiti App to pull in my blog posts, but it has been brought to my attention that some people still prefer posting their blog posts to their Notes. Those same people are trying to figure out if Facebook even allows this function anymore.

Yes, this function does still exist in Facebook – it’s just harder to find than before. If you’re wanting Facebook to automatically post your blog posts in your Notes section, this tutorial is for you. {Please note: This tutorial is for adding blog posts to your personal Notes section. Please see Ken’s comment below on the steps for importing your posts to your page’s notes.}

Start at your Facebook home page

Look in your left sidebar for "Notes", if you don't see it, click on "More".

Click on "Notes".

At the top of the middle column, you'll see "Write a Note" - click on it.

Look in the left sidebar for "My Notes" - click on it.

Look in the left sidebar again, you should see "Edit import settings" - click on it.

Now you will need to enter your blog URL/address or your feed address. I recommend using a feedburner address. Check the box next to the permission statement - read it first. And then click "Start Importing".

If everything goes well, you'll receive this preview message of the imported blog. If you get an "Import Failed" message, scroll down to see what you should do. Otherwise, if everything looks okay click "Confirm".

Congratulations, your blog posts have been imported to your "Notes". Your "Notes" should look similar to this photo.

Hopefully, your importing went as smoothly as outlined in this tutorial. However, if it didn’t go smoothly and you received this error instead:

There are a couple different options for you.

  • Keep trying: It took me 3 days to do this tutorial because I received this “Import Failed” message for the first 2 days. Finally, on the third day (today), I received the “Notes” preview message.
  • Check validation of feed & contact Facebook: Enter your feed address at http://www.feedvalidator.org/ or http://validator.w3.org/feed/ to make sure it’s a valid feed. If it is, tell Facebook you’re having trouble at their “My Notes Won’t Import” form.

I do know that there used to be a lag time with how long it would take for your blog posts to show up in your Facebook notes. Sometimes it would take hours, days, or even weeks. I read on Facebook’s FAQ page for importing/exporting notes that it can take up to a few hours to import new posts. If your import is taking longer, contact Facebook. After my previous issues with the Notes app, I chose to go with RSS Graffiti, and I’m very happy with that app. However, for those of you who prefer posting to “Notes”, now you know that it’s still possible & how to set it up.

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1 Ken February 22, 2011 at 4:59 pm

This works, but not the way you posted. After you click Notes then Write a Note, you don’t want to click My Notes, or it will put you on your personal profile Notes page (not your fan page Notes page). At this point, you want to click on (Your Page Name) Notes, which is on the top of the left-hand column, up above My Notes. Then, you can follow the rest of the steps as you’ve listed in this DIY. Today, mine worked instantly, bringing all my blog posts into my Notes immediately. Wow. The other day, it wouldn’t work at tall, and I was doing this the same way. Btw, the format for entering your blog feed address is typically: http://yourblogname.nameofblogsite.com/feeds/posts/default.

Question: do you know if now that I’ve made this link, FB Notes will continue to automatically import any new blogs I write on my blogsite, or do I have to go through this process each time? Also, if I do this again, will it copy over all my blogs and duplicate what is already in Notes, or will it only copy over the new blog post(s)? Thanks for doing these guides, btw!

The reason I don’t like RSS Graffiti is that it only posts to walls, not notes, so there is no way to keep an organized archive of just notes, and the reader has to scroll back over miles of walls to find note postings. There is another product called Networked Blogs, which supposedly does both. I’ve tried it, and the limitation I’ve found is that it creates a separate tab called Blog that some viewers might not find or be looking for, then it only seems to import the 10 most recent blog posts into that tab. Older posts can only be accessed by going to the blog site directly.

This application, however, the one in your DIY here, it imported ALL my blogs into my fan page Notes, which makes me very happy. Now, I just have to make sure it automatically updates when I post new blog entries, or whether it has to be manually updated each time. If you can help me figure that out, it would be great! :)

2 Kayla February 22, 2011 at 5:18 pm

@Ken Yes, the above tutorial was only for importing blog posts to your personal notes. {Sorry for not clarifying that in the post, I’ll go ahead and add that.} I did take screenshots of adding it to a page’s notes, but was going to save that for another day. Thank you for providing the steps to adding the posts to a page’s notes in your comment – you just saved me from writing a post! :)

Yes, the Notes application should automatically update with your new post entries. I did read on Facebook’s site that there may be a delay with the import, up to a few hours. If your imports are taking longer, Facebook wants you to contact them HERE.

I would like to add if someone is on a self-hosted WordPress blog, the feed address is usually: http://www.nameofsite.com/feed or http://www.nameofsite.com/blogdirectory/feed

The reason I usually recommend going through Feedburner is because then the feed will display in any browser in a readable format. Some browsers, like Google Chrome, don’t have a feed reader built in, so if you try to look at a feed in that browser, it just comes up as a bunch of text/code that runs together. Plus, with Feedburner, you can set it up so people can subscribe via email to the feed.

3 Ken February 22, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Thanks, Kayla! Looks like I can remove the Networked Blogs app and just keep things simple! :)

4 Fashionista622 March 28, 2011 at 6:54 pm

Hello,
Recently I created a Facebook fanpage & imported my blog newsfeed in my notes page. However, everytime I update my newsfeed my posts are coming up double in my notes page. How can I get this fixed. I’ve reached out to FB help twice & no one gets back to me.

Thank you!!

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7 Carleton Blenk May 29, 2011 at 4:05 pm

The reason I don’t like RSS Graffiti is that it only posts to walls, not notes, so there is no way to keep an organized archive of just notes, and the reader has to scroll back over miles of walls to find note postings. There is another product called Networked Blogs, which supposedly does both. I’ve tried it, and the limitation I’ve found is that it creates a separate tab called Blog that some viewers might not find or be looking for, then it only seems to import the 10 most recent blog posts into that tab. Older posts can only be accessed by going to the blog site directly.
+1

8 Deepali Jain June 7, 2011 at 11:01 pm

For the last 15 days, I’m trying to import my WP blog to FB fan page using notes. Everytime I do that it’s only importing my comments/feeds from the post and not the whole post.

Can you please help me in this regard?

9 Kayla August 16, 2011 at 1:07 am

@Deepali Jain: Are you using the url for the feed with whole posts? There can be feeds for excerpts, feeds for just comments, feeds for just certain categories, etc. Make sure the url you are using is for a feed with posts in entirety. Also, make sure there is nothing tacked onto/into the feed address. {Like the word comments.}

I just looked at your blog, and you have 2 feeds in your sidebar. One is the comments feed: http://confusioncook.wordpress.com/comments/feed/ – and the other is your post feed:http://confusioncook.wordpress.com/feed/. If you are trying to use either of these at facebook, that is where your problem is coming from. The comments feed will only have your comments. And the post feed is only showing excerpts {they all say “Continue Reading”}.

In your WordPress.com blog’s dashboard, look in left sidebar under “Settings” → “Reading” & check the section that says “For each article in a feed, show” – the radio button next to “Full text” should be marked. If “Summary” is marked, select “Full text” and “Save Changes” — Your post feed {http://confusioncook.wordpress.com/feed/} should then show full posts {instead of excerpts}. If the feed is showing full posts, then try using that url as your blog’s feed address to import posts to facebook.

10 Wy September 7, 2011 at 9:57 am

Hi, I wanted to ask–

Facebook did successfully import my blog, but it only imported the most recent entries. Would you know how I can import the entire blog (with entries from June 2011)?

Thanks so much.

11 Judi romaine June 22, 2012 at 10:02 am

I’ve spent two hours trying to get the notes to allow me to edit – per your instructions – under My Notes – there is no left side bar to edit or say import blog – please advise. I finally got my RSS fed working from Blogspot to FB but this notes thing is annoying – since my notes page under add notes and my notes does not have a left sidebar.

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