Do you feel your website is not getting much traffic from Facebook because of many changes in Facebook Newsfeed algorithms recently? Now, you could bring your traffic from Facebook back. Because Facebook has once again come up with a new feature. Facebook’s unique feature is its Instant Articles.
Facebook Instant articles are accessible only from mobile devices. Since mobile traffic is increasing exponentially in recent years, every website owner needs to target mobile users.
The main aim of Facebook instant articles was to prevent users from moving out of Facebook. If you see a link on Facebook and an instant article, when you click it, it’s going to open in the same app with just one click. At the same time, many of the bloggers are benefited from this.
You could have probably seen this while browsing the OnlineRockersHub Facebook page through your Facebook app. The instant articles will look like this.
Setting up Facebook instant articles for your WordPress blog is pretty straightforward. This is because of the official WordPress plugin. You don’t need to be an expert to make this conversion. With easy and simple steps, you can attract traffic from Facebook.
Setup Instant Articles For Your WordPress Website
In this tutorial, I will explain to you in detail about setting up instant articles for your WordPress blog. Before getting into the tutorial, you will need the following stuff to go on with the tutorial.
- Facebook page
- Self Hosted WordPress site
Install The Facebook Instant Articles plugin
First, you will have to install the official Facebook instant articles plugin. Here is a link to the official Facebook instant articles plugin.
Once you have installed and activated the plugin, click the ” Get Started ” button.
Create a Facebook App
To connect your Facebook page to your WordPress blog, you need to get an App Id and App Secret code from Facebook. To get the credentials, just click the ” Get App ID” button.
Now, you will be taken to the App Developers page. Click the ” Add a New App ” button.
As soon as you click, a dialog box pops up various options to choose the platform you want. Just click the” basic setup ” hyperlink at the end of the dialog box.
In the Next dialog box, you need to fill up the details of the New App Id. Enter the name of your app. Try giving a meaningful name. Since this is just a tutorial, I have used the phrase ” Online Rockers Hub website demo.”
And enter your email address in the Contact email box. In the categories dropdown box, select the category of your app. Since we are creating this app for our Facebook page, choose “Apps for Pages.” Now click ” Create App Id.”
Add Your Domain To The App
Click the ” + Add Platform ” button visible at the end of the page.
Now, you will have to select the platform where the app is gonna be used. We are using this App for our website. Hence select “Website.”
Now, you will have to enter your domain in the app domains box.
Note: While entering the App domains box, enter your domain without www. and http:// . If you are inserting them, you will face some errors later in this tutorial.
And then enter your website address as you like in the URL box and then click ” Save Changes.” That’s it, now the app has been created.
Verify Your App Credentials and Facebook Account
The next step is to copy and paste the App Id and App secret code and paste them into the Facebook Instant Articles dashboard.
Click ” Log in. “ The plugin will verify the app details.
If you have entered the details ideally, you will be asked to ” Login with Facebook. “ Facebook will now ask permission to verify your Facebook account.
If you followed the steps correctly so far, you would not find any error in logging in to your Facebook. Else, you will find some mistakes. Don’t panic. Facebook will also give you the reasons why that error has occurred. You can solve it very quickly.
Customizing Facebook Instant Articles
Return to Facebook Instant articles plugin page. It will display all the Facebook pages in your account. Select the page for which you want instant articles. Note, the page you are selecting is where you can access all facebook instant article tools.
Once you selected the page, click the ” Select” button.
The following process is to customize the style of instant articles for your domain. Just click the ” Customize ” button, and you will be taken to the Facebook instant articles configuration page, where you get the opportunity to edit the styles. You can edit the default style or just create a new one.
This style option allows you to add a header logo for each and every instant article that belongs to your domain. And you can set up the fonts for your instant articles.
Once you have done save the styles and return to the Facebook instant articles plugin page and click ” Next.”
Instant Articles Review
Now, you will have to submit your content for review. Once you click the ” Submit for Review” button, you can send 5 articles for review.
You will see Facebook instant articles only after the review process.
If your application gets rejected, no worry. They would have sent the reason why it was denied. It’s usually an easy process to solve them. I, too, got my instant articles only after 2-3 reviews. Just mail me at email@example.com. I will help you solve them.
After a successful review, you can check your website posts shared on Facebook in your mobile app. They would have been transformed into instant articles. Just click them, your article will open in the same app without moving out of Facebook.
If you need any help in between, just feel free to comment here or connect with me through the contact form. I will probably reply to every email within 24 business hours.
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