Summer is the perfect time to work on your blog (or start a new one!). Most teachers are off for the summer and have extra time to browse blogs, network, and file away ideas for next year. Whether you’re starting a brand new blog or just looking for ways to spruce up and promote the one you already have, I’m starting a weekly summer series here on Ms. Fultz’s Corner just for you. I have several ideas already in mind for things I want to share with you, but you can also leave requests in the comments that I’ll try my best to work on too. First up… Facebook Fan Gates for Fan Only Freebies!
A fan gate is a tab on your blog that holds a freebie (or coupon, or whatever) that only people who “like” your page can see. Nonfans will be prompted to like your page before they can grab your content.
Installing a fan gate is easy, promise! I previously used Short Stack for mine, but it is only free for up to 2,000 fans so I’m recommending Woo Box now. You can use Woo Box in two ways, for your own single fan freebie or for a larger freebie hop that you coordinate with other bloggers. You might have seen the hop on my Facebook page this weekend, which was hosted through Woo Box.
To make it really easy for you, I did a quick video. The first three minutes show you how to do the Facebook hop on your own page only (no html code needed!) and the rest of the video will walk you through setting up a chain of freebies in a hop with other bloggers. You will need to do some code for that, but it will vary based on your image size. If it’s something many of you are interested in, I can work on making a generic template that you can all use when I get back from the beach.
**Update** to add more than one freebie to your fan gate, select the “html” option and paste this code in:
<a href=”GOOGLE LINK”><img src=”PHOTOBUCKET PICTURE”></a>
Then just copy that as many times as you need for each freebie. =)
I’ll be back next Wednesday for another Work Your Blog tip. Until then, you can visit my You Tube channel for several more blogger tutorials.
If you’re looking for a complete blog design, I do that too over at Design by Christi.
Is there something you’d like to see on an upcoming Work Your Blog Wednesday? Leave a comment and let me know because I’d love to help!