How to import a blog into a Facebook fan page

Categories: How To

11 June, 2009

Updated – 2012

Facebook have once again changed this completely, so these instructions no longer apply.  There are apparently third party apps that will do it for you, but I’ve read research that suggests that Facebook will place externally imported content well behind content generated inside Facebook.  Automating your RSS feed into your Facebook page may be counter productive, and it seems like manual pasting is the best way at the moment to ensure your content is seen by the maximum number of people. If anyone has any recommendations, please put them in the comment box below.  Thanks!

Updated – Apr 2011

Facebook have changed this yet again. The steps are:

  1. Access your Page manager here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/manage/
  2. Go to your Page and click “Edit Page” beneath the Page profile picture.
  3. Select “Applications” and next to “Notes” please click “Go to Application.”
  4. On the bottom left hand side of the page select “Edit Import Settings”

However. Lots of people (myself included) have had problems with this function. Facebook is returning an error message that feeds are invalid. I have been experiencing this problem with a feed that I know is valid, because it’s working on another Facebook page.  Sigh.

Original Instructions

In a few simple steps, here’s how you can import your blog (using the RSS feed) into a Facebook page (rather than profile).

How is it done?

  1. Go to your Facebook page (or create a new one here)
  2. Click on the Notes tab in the top left hand corner (you  may have to click on the plus sign to display it)
  3. Select ‘Write a new note’
  4. Once you’re in this window, you can access the Notes settings.
    facebook-edit-notes
  5. On the right-hand side of the Notes area, you can choose to import a blog.
    facebook-import-blog
  6. Copy and paste the location of your blog’s RSS feed.
  7. The page will then import your blog.  After you have posted to your blog, the post will show up a little later in your Facebook page.

Updated – Dec 2009

Facebook changed this option slightly after I wrote this post, and many commenters ran into problems with their feed appearing on their personal page instead of on their fan page.  Big thanks to commenter Leela Robinson who identified the correct way to do this. In short – use the Notes tab at the top of the page, not the one at the bottom right.

Facebook page?

A Facebook page is different to a Facebook profile: a profile is a personal account and must be linked to an identifiable individual, whereas a page can be set up by an individual to promote a brand, product or service.   The advantage of a page is that people can become fans of that page and can be contacted en masse, sent updates, use discussion boards, upload photos, etc.  Updates to your page will then appear on their Facebook homepage.

Why import a feed?

If you are creating a Facebook page to promote your blog, importing the blog to the page means that all your blog posts will automatically appear on your Facebook page.

What’s difficult about it?

Facebook is strangely user-unfriendly when it comes to setting up and editing pages, groups, etc.  The process is a bit counter-intuitive, as you can see above.

Lots of blogs give pointers on how to import a feed into your profile, but I had trouble finding one that gave instructions specifically for a fan page.  So I noted down the instructions here in a rare fit of helpfulness.

Some of my Facebook pages:

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135 Comments

  1. Abdeel says:

    Just an FYI, ping.fm has an option to feed into facebook pages. It’s really simple, and while you are there, you can have it feed into over 30 other social networks.

  2. Alex says:

    thanks for the good tutorial! worked first time – just a note if you have more than one fan page per account – make sure you access the notes tab directly from the fan page you want to import to. Else it will import to wrong page (if you have more than one)

  3. Katie says:

    Thank you very much. I always have trouble finding things in Facebook but your post is bang on target. Wanted to fetch my site RSS in facebook fan page.

  4. Jake says:

    Excellent info Jean. However I just had a question.

    Is there anyway to import an RSS feed onto a Facebook page, so that when the user clicks on it, they are redirected back to a website, instead of a note?

    Also, when you import an RSS feed onto a page, does it show up on a Fans news feed?

  5. Shravan says:

    you are right and your step by step procedure is absolutely right. But still i can not import my blog post. I have another fan page for my another blog http://keep2enjoy.blogspot.com. For this blog it is completely working but in this blog it is not working.If any one know how solve it then please mail me from my blog.

  6. Thanks so much for posting this — so much more convenient than using one of the RSS import apps! It would be nice if FB made this a bit easier, y’know?

  7. sysblaze says:

    thanx its working..

  8. This post helped out immensely. I was able to import my blog RSS with no problem. Thank you.

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  10. Wendy says:

    Hello! Thanks for making this soooo easy!

    Wendy

  11. Anna says:

    Thank you, very helpful!

  12. Norman says:

    When I followed your directions, I found I was able to get my blog and Twitter feeds to post of my Facebook page, which was great. But the blogs and Tweets are also appearing on my personal page, which I’d rather it not do. Can you provide more details on how to get this done? Thanks!

  13. you are the shit!!! thanks a million!

  14. Jon says:

    Worked great! Thanks for the help.

  15. Emily says:

    Hi,
    I’m having a bit of trouble with this tutorial. After clicking ‘edit import settings,’ inserting the url, and clicking ‘start importing,’ I am prompted to create a personal profile. I don’t understand why its asking me to do this, because I want to import a blog into a public profile. Please help!

  16. I have a similar problem like Camilla Saulsbury.
    After importing the blog, the feed posts to my profile on facebook, but not to my fan page.

    Help.
    Angie

  17. Katie says:

    Thanks, i was lost in facebook and then i have to search in google. Thanks a million.

  18. dotJenna says:

    Facebook has changed this and now requires you to post 1 blog first before giving the option to “Import.”

  19. In Him says:

    Hi,
    We followed your steps, and we get the following error when putting: http://www.inhim.wordpress.com/feed.xml in to the edit box:
    Import Failed

    We couldn’t find a feed using the URL you provided

    We validated the above URL with the 2 validation sites you mentioned in comment 94 on April 22, and they both said it is valid.
    Any ideas?
    Thanks, and have a great week!

    Andy and Miranda – In Him

  20. Mike says:

    Hello,
    I try to get RSS code to my page, but I’m lost at step 4 – I can’t see the icons in notes – see screen picture: http://www.bastleni.eu/upload/soubory/fb-screen-page.jpg

    What’s wrong?

  21. Mike says:

    I have installed RSS Graffiti application to page, added RSS link in it and now it is OK :)

  22. arnel says:

    very helpful but unfortunately my rss feed failed. I code my feed using classic asp with an w/ an extension of .asp. It works on feedburner but i don’t know why it doesn’t work on facebook.

    My feed: http://www.asmsite.net/sundayschool_xml.asp

  23. I have heard that we can import blog but don’t know exactly how to import it, but after reading this it is very easy to import blog on Facebook Page. Thanks for the info !

  24. Thanks, worked like a charm!

  25. It looks like Facebook changed the way to do it again… too bad :(

  26. I think a lot of problems have cropped up since the major redesign to Facebook pages on March 11th. I was fiddling around with this and temporarily removed my blog feed – big mistake! Now Facebook won’t let me re-enter it. Says that it cannot find a proper feed, although I’ve tried URL’s for RSS, Atom, Feedburner, and even the Validator that FB recommends.

    I ended up trying the RSS Graffiti app mentioned by Mike on October 4th. Rated as 4 stars. Seems pretty functional so far, so I’d recommend giving it a shot. Here’s the link:

    http://apps.facebook.com/rssgraffiti/

  27. RebeccaWho says:

    I’ve tried importing the RSS feeds of several blogs to several different fan pages and it always says:

    “Import Failed
    We couldn’t find a feed using the URL you provided.”

    I’ve tried using the RSS URL and feedburner. ie:
    http://feeds.feedburner.com/PushonlineMarketing

    Any ideas?

  28. visy says:

    you can link a post from rss on facebook back to your blog by creatind a jump
    read article
    http://buzz.blogger.com/2009/09/you-might-as-well-jump.html

  29. Vixxan says:

    It worked like a charm. Thanks a million!!!

  30. Juli L. says:

    Thank you! This worked great! I saw it on another fan page and was hoping to add it to mine, but I thought it would end up taking me hours to figure out…thanks again!

  31. Annie says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial! :-D It was easy and worked first time!

  32. shruthi says:

    The first import from RSS feed works fine. All the posts appeared on the Fb page. But the page is not updated with the recent blog posts even after 48 hours. The RSS feed is validated using a feed validator .Could you Please let me know how to get the posts on fan page atleast after 3-4 hours of blog update as claimed by FB.

  33. cristina says:

    thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

  34. Sara-Linnéa says:

    Thanks a million! I’m impressed how they manage to hide stuff so well…

    I had trouble at first so I’d like to point out (and maybe help someone) that you need to use Facebook _as yourself_ to be able to do this. If you have switched to use facebook as your page, it doesn’t work. For what reason, ask the mysterious facebook gods…

    Thanks again.

  35. You can use: http://www.myfbfanpage.com – insert your blog into your facebook fan page