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You know the power of Facebook.
Not only does it drive good traffic, it also allows you to interact with your loyal fans and customers (see how DIYthemes is it here).
The question is do you really want to spend time driving traffic to your site… just to send it off to Facebook?
So here are four great ways to build Facebook into your design without losing your readers.
1. Get More Facebook Likes With the Facebook Like Box
Yes, this isn’t a new tool… but it’s a great one.
The advantage of the Like box is this: people can like you without leaving your website.
To implement this on your site, just go to: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/reference/plugins/like-box and change the URL to your Facebook Page.
Then you can get a preview of how your Like Box will look after each setting adjustment. And when you get it the way you want it, click “Get Code.”
To get this into your blog, go to your Widgets section, add a new Text Box, and drop the code in the text box. It’s as easy as that, and people will be able to connect with you on Facebook without leaving your site.
Here’s an example of the Facebook Like Box creator on that link I shared:
2. The Facebook Like Button (and How It Drives Great Traffic)
Again, it’s not a super new tool, but you want to make sure you’re using it properly.
Here’s how it works:
When someone clicks the Like button, a story will show up in their news feed saying that they Liked your post or website. This is great for driving traffic, but they won’t be connected to you on Facebook. They’ll still have to Like your Facebook Page separately… so much Liking to be done!
When you use Thesis, you can add the Like button by clicking one of the above two tutorials, or if you don’t, you can simply go to the Facebook developers section.
Or, if you prefer to go the plugin route, you can add something like the Facebook Like Button Plugin that shows the Like at the bottom of every post (editor’s note: that’s not recommended because plugins can be inefficient, and become outdated):
Social media is here to stay. Use it well and it will serve you up some fantastic traffic. Just don’t send them away from your website in order to connect with you on your social media platforms.