How To Add Facebook Widgets To Your Active Rain Blog

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How To Add Facebook Widgets To Your Active Rain Blog

Most of us are now using Facebook in some fashion or another.  We KNOW it's part of social media strategy and until something better comes along, seems like Facebook is still the 800 lb gorilla and we better feed it some bananas!

Did you know you can link your Facebook page with your Active Rain blog?  Take a look at our right sidebar a couple of inches below our photo and you'll find a "Find us on Facebook" widget.  You can add that with just a few clicks and keystrokes in the right place and we're going to give you the step by step on how to do the same for yourself!

First, go to your Facebook Fan page and navigate to your admin menu (click Edit Page and Update Info for instance). 

You'll see the following on your left sidebar:
Facebook Admin Menu

Select "Resources" and that will lead to this:


Facebook Admin Menu














Select "Use social plugins" to get to this:
Facebook widget selections

That leads to an entire menu of options to getting the code strictly for a Like button, to Recommendations, Comment stream boxes and a bunch more.  Personally, we went for the "Like Box".  So basically pick the style you want and click it.  If you click "Like Box" you'll get the following:

Facebook code form
You're going to edit the fields (hover over the question marks if you're not sure what the field is about).  Copy your Facebook page web address into the top box.  You can edit width and height to find what works for your page.  You can select light or dark for color scheme (click it, but we've yet to see anyone select DARK).  You can choose several other options, even type in a border color.  Just try selecting and unselecting the boxes and you'll get a live simulation on the right so you can see what your final product format will be.  Once you've worked through your options, click the "Get Code" button at the bottom.

Now you'll see something that looks like this:
Facebook widget code
Note there's THREE language formats across the top.  As you click each one the code will change.  Some are dependent on Java, so we opted for the IFRAME solution.  The YELLOW highlighted code is code specific to our settings, so don't copy and put that on your blog unless you want to advertise for us!  NOTE:  There seems to be a glitch with the FB code generator.  Manually insert http: just prior to //www.facebook.com in the first line of code before copying and pasting the code.

So once you've got the code in the format you want, highlight the code and copy.  Now go to your Active Rain My Home Page.  On the Left Sidebar select "Settings" and then click "Blog Settings".

Paste the code into the "Blog Description" box.  And you CAN have plain text or other widgets before or after, your call.  Once you've copied in the code, don't forget to hit the UPDATE button!

Now give it a couple of minutes to refresh, but you should now have a Facebook widget on your main Active Rain Blog.

Any questions, just let us know!

Keep on Blogging,
Liz and Bill aka BLiz

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Rainer
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Michelle Rosser
Maximum One Realty - Fayetteville, GA
GA Realtor ~ Atlanta Real Estate-Fayette & Clayton

Thank you so much! It worked! I am starting again with this real estate journey and I am so thankful for all of the giving people on active rain!

Jun 22, 2012 09:02 AM #33
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Travis, Here's the code that works, just tried and confirmed on my page.  You can change width/height by typing in different numbers before copying.

 

<iframe src="http://www.facebook.com/plugins/likebox.php?href=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fpages%2FThe-SOLD-Man%2F118723134839081&amp;width=210&amp;height=590&amp;colorscheme=light&amp;show_faces=true&amp;border_color&amp;stream=true&amp;header=true" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="border:none; overflow:hidden; width:210px; height:590px;" allowTransparency="true"></iframe>

Jun 22, 2012 10:35 AM #34
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Okay, we're totally out of whack responding, so here goes:

 

Margaret, Glad to help!

Travis, See above, some pages are harder to do that others.  Had to drop back to the original code generator to get it done, but the code above in #34 worked on our page.

Amanda, Hope it worked, if not, let us know!

Tom, Good luck!  Like the others, if you have trouble let us know!

Michelle, This place is absolutely fantastic for helping each other out!

Jun 22, 2012 10:53 AM #35
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Christine Hart Howlett
Painesville and Eastern Lake County - Painesville, OH
Keller Williams Greater Cleveland NE

Thank you for the great information.  I need all the help I can get when it comes to social media.  The first thing I have to do is get a good business page going and then I'll work on the widgets.

 

Jun 22, 2012 07:02 PM #36
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Christine, Sounds like a plan!  You can bookmark the post so you'll be ready when you need it!

Jun 22, 2012 07:37 PM #37
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Cyndi Carver
John L Scott, Inc. - Issaquah, WA
Issaquah & Bellevue Specialist

Thanks so much for the great information!

Jun 22, 2012 08:26 PM #38
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Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I'm working on my AR blog site and Facebook upgrades are coming.  I will hang onto this.

Jun 22, 2012 08:30 PM #39
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Cyndi, You're welcome!

Gene, Glad to help!  Wouldn't expect this to change too much while you're working your upgrades.

Jun 22, 2012 08:38 PM #40
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Morgan Evans
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON

Did not see this post until now, this Facebook widget tutorial is very helpful, will work on this. Thanks!

 

Jun 23, 2012 09:36 AM #41
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Stephanie/Bob The Ruiz/Miller Team
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
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Hi Liz and Bill thanks for the FB trick and widget idea!

Jun 23, 2012 01:26 PM #42
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Morgan, Good luck!  If any trouble just let us know!

Bob, Glad to help!

Jun 23, 2012 08:31 PM #43
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Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

This is something I definitely need to do. Thanks for procedurizing it.

Jun 24, 2012 11:54 AM #44
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Dave, Figured a step by step we could reference would come in handy the next time the question comes up :)

Jun 24, 2012 02:03 PM #45
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Paula McDonald
Chevaux Group, PLLC - The Woodlands, TX
CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279

An excellent tutorial that I will bookmark.  Thank you for the excellent information.

Jun 25, 2012 04:52 AM #46
Rainer
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San Antonio Texas New Homes for Sale
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Hi Liz and Bill...  I've been thinking about FB Icons and you just posted this article ...!!

 

Thank You

Jun 25, 2012 04:54 AM #47
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Paula, You're welcome!  We'd had someone ask us how to do it and this was the easiest way to get through the process.

Robert, Glad to help!  Sometimes what we need pops up at just the right time.

Jun 25, 2012 05:21 AM #48
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DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas

Liz and Bill,

Thanks so much for the tip about the glitch.  I was really struggling with that and finally searched for a solution here on AR.  Liz and Bill to the rescue again!!!!

Sep 29, 2012 08:29 PM #49
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DeeDee, It threw us too when we first tried to do it!  After a bit realized it was missing the http section and problem solved :)

Sep 30, 2012 04:44 AM #50
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Kela Caspillo
Kauai Dreams Realty - Kapaa, HI
Kela Caspillo

Oldie but a goodie! Facebook totally changed their settings and their is no resources button but I still found out how to do it thanks to your blog! yay

Nov 22, 2013 04:32 PM #51
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Kela, Glad it was able to help you!  I saw the email notification pop up with the title and I thought the same as you, that's an OLD post :)

Nov 22, 2013 04:37 PM #52
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