What Is A Facebook Badge?
Facebook is a very popular social network site. If you are one of the millions of users who want to make a statement, it will be a good idea to create a badge.
The badge is actually a box that contains your profile image, the last status statement, and other pieces of information. If you have a blog page, placing an FB badge can help you attract more friends. You too can create your own Facebook badge.
You can easily create profile badges for your site or blog. A typical badge can in include one or a combination of the following – profile picture, name, email, networks, birthday, websites, mobile number, status updates, upcoming events, and recent pics, notes, or posts.
An HTML is supplied with the badge so you can embed it. You can also choose between a vertical or horizontal layout. A great advantage of the Facebook badge is that it updates automatically as you make changes/updates in your profile.
Facebook Badge for Blogs
If you have a WordPress blog, you can add a Facebook badge by simply following the steps below.
A code can be obtained from Facebook. Scroll down from the homepage of your FB profile and at the left side you can find the link that read ‘create a profile badge’. Once you click the link, you will be directed to a page where you can choose among several options.
The options include the following – profile badge, like badge, photo badge, and page badge. Once you’ve chosen the Facebook badge, you need to follow the instructions as provided and you will get a code snippet. Copy the code. You have to check if the badge is working properly. Make sure that you copy the code as is, and save it.
A Facebook badge sample is provided and inside the box is the HTML. There are also choices for TypePad, MySpace, and Blogger when you get the code. At the page’s top right, you can find the ‘edit’ button. By clicking this button, you can already choose the layout and your preferred features. After you’ve finished, you can click the ‘save’ button.
Check the HTML box once more, and copy the code. You can add the Facebook badge in any WordPress blog as a widget. You will usually see the Facebook badge at the template’s right column. If you have a WordPress blog, you need to log in to admin and find ‘design’ or ‘appearance’. Choose Widgets, then Text, and Add. To the bottom right of the widget column is the Text bar.
On the Text bar, locate ‘edit’ and click it. You can now paste the code inside the box and click the ‘change’ button. To make sure that the Facebook badge is readily visible, you have to drag the box to the widget’s top list. Finally, click ‘save changes’.
When you check out your blog, you will see the badge at the front page!
The picture above is a great example of Facebook badges.
Promoting your page is very easy when you have a badge. Through this feature, you can also link your blog with social networks like Facebook. To better understand how badges work, you should know the difference between profiles, pages, and groups.
Profiles refer to individual accounts while pages are for organizations, brands, and websites. On the other hand, groups are organizations with individual members. To promote profiles, pages, and groups, there are different tools offered by Facebook.
Badge for Facebook Page
As stated, badges can be used for promoting blogs and for page promotions, as well. To promote a page in Facebook, you will need a personal account, and you have to log in to proceed. You should have administrator rights; otherwise, you can’t add a badge.
At the left sidebar, you can find the link to ‘pages’. There you can see all the pages. To choose a page, all you have to do is click on the name. Find the link ‘edit info’ and start editing the basic info about the page. You can find the button ‘edit’ on the screen’s right side.
Locate the tab where ‘resources’ is placed, and this is usually on the left-hand menu. Under the category ‘Connect with People’, you can see Social Plugins, and from there, you can click on the Like box.
From here, you have to set the item’s options for page URL, width, show faces or header and show stream. You have to change the page URL, and you can customize it if you have over 25 fans. However, if your fans are less than twenty five, the social network will provide the URL, and you can copy it.
Based on the template’s space, you can pick a given value for the width. You also need to choose the options to show faces or header to suit the blog template or page purpose.
You can get the code if you are already contented with your selections. You need to copy the code and install it to your blog. Installing HTML come with several options and the one you choose should depend on where the badge is placed.
When someone visits your blog, a Facebook area or box will be displayed on the page, and it will contain pieces of information you’ve included in the badge, including the Like button. The badge is one of the best tools you can use. Always keep in mind that if someone clicks on the Like button, he/she likes the Facebook page and not your blog. ‘
You should provide another option for online users to like your blog posts. Another issue that you may encounter is reading the blogs through feed readers or through email subscription. There are times when these people can’t see the Facebook badge or area.
As you continue to use the badge on your blog, you can also edit the height and width of the Facebook area.
There are many things that you can do as a Facebook member. Having your own page and blog is truly an advantage and by adding badges, you can easily attract a lot of people.