Why Must You Experience Facebook Instant Articles at least Once in Your Blogging Career

How to Setup Facebook Instant Articles for WordPress

You might hear about Instant Articles by Facebook if not then Instant Article is the new feature of Facebook which allows your article loads up 10 times faster than a web page of your website. That’s cool, right? If you are a blogger or news/media channel then this is the good option for you. So, stick with this article & I’ll share you some great things about Facebook Instant Articles with its pros and cons & how you can set up Facebook Instant Articles for your WordPress website.

What is Facebook Instant Articles?

Facebook Instant Articles is the feature of Facebook that allows your article loads up 10 times faster by using customized mobile format. It loads up 10 times faster than a normal web page. So, your readers can easily read your article without going to your website. Overall it provides better user experience. There are many popular websites using Facebook Instant Articles on their website. Like TechCrunch, BuzzFeed, Mashable etc. So, it’s a good option for them who write their own articles. If you are following these website’s Facebook page then you might have seen lighting icon at the upper right corner of the article. If you press that icon then the article converts into the customized mobile format and then you can easily read that article.

Pros & Cons of Facebook Instant Articles

All the good thing in the world have pros & cons then why not for Facebook Instant Articles? And you should know about it before applying for the Facebook Instant Articles.

Pros:

  • If your content loads up fast then the readers can easily read your content. So, it gives better user experience.
  • Your article loads up fast so the readers can easily share it on their groups or to their friends. So, you will get more exposure.
  • More than 3 Billion people are using Facebook, so if your article is great and people will love it then you will get a high amount of referral traffic to your website from Facebook.
  • If you are sharing one of your article on your Facebook page then chances of getting more reach to your article & your Facebook page are high.
  • Now, Facebook started its own monetization platform which is called Audience Network. So, your content is advertisers friendly or provide high value to the readers then you can monetize your page and earn money from it.
  • If you are living at those places where internet connectivity is weak compared to other cities then you don’t need a good internet connection to read these articles.

Cons:

  • Your Ads [Google Adsense & other publishers ads] can’t be seen by people on Facebook Instant Articles. It is the biggest con of Facebook Instant Articles.
  • People can only see the article, not sidebar, header & footer. So, if you place any newsletter signup box or featured articles or something that is important to you will not see by people.
  • If you are serving tutorials or step-by-step method article then this is not for you because Facebook doesn’t allow videos or photos in Facebook Instant Articles.
  • If you are using shortcodes to generate sign up form, content form or something then this will not be displayed in the article.

So, these are some pros and cons. Now, it’s upon you to choose this Facebook Instant Articles or not. If you are the blog then you should consider using this in your WordPress website.

Requirements for Setting up Facebook Instant Articles:

There are 7 things you should have to use Facebook Instant Articles which are given below;

  • More than 10 Article on Your Website/Blog
  • Facebook Page for Your WordPress website
  • Create Facebook Page App [Optional]
  • Instant Articles for WP Plugin
  • Payment Details [Optional]
  • Submit for Review
  • Insert Ads into Instant Articles

Now, you are ready to apply for Facebook Instant Articles.

Sign up for Facebook Instant Articles:

facebook instant articlesYou should visit the Facebook Instant Articles & click on Sign up to create an account. The new page will open in the new tab. Now select your WordPress website page and then agree with the Instant Articles terms. Now, choose Access Instant Articles Tools.

facebook instant articlesYou will see the publishing tools tab of your Facebook Page & new section called Instant Articles added. Now, 1st thing you have to do is prove the ownership of your website by choosing to Authorise Your Site. Click on Authorise Your Site & copy that code into the head section of your website.

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Login to your WordPress dashboard. You should use Insert Header and Footer plugin to add HTML code into your website. Paste the code into the head section and Save Changes. Again goto the publishing tools of your Facebook page & paste your website URL. Now, click on Claim URL. If you get the confirmation that means you claim the ownership of the domain/website. And If you don’t then try again in after some time.

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Now, you should add an Instant Articles RSS Feed for your website. For that, you have to log in again to your WordPress dashboard. Install & activate Instant Articles for WP plugin. After activation of the plugin, you should just copy /feed/instant-articles and the URL of your website URL. i.e http://lokesharyan.com/feed/instant-articles

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Now, copy your new URL and open publishing tools of your Facebook page and paste it into Production RSS Feed & Save. Once you get the successful message that means your RSS Feed URL is added and It will refresh automatically every hour.

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Setting up Facebook Instant Articles WordPress Plugin

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In the last step, we instant Instant Articles for WP plugin and generate RSS Feed URL. Now, you should set up Facebook Instant Articles plugin. For that go to the Plugins section and find the Instant Articles for WP and go to the Settings. Now, you will see this plugin needs the Facebook Page ID. You can copy from Tools – Connect Your Site – Facebook Page ID. Save Changes and you were done with Instant Articles for WP plugin!

Read More: 23 Best WordPress Plugins for 2017

How to Create Facebook App for Your Page?

This is an optional step but in the last update of Instant Articles for WP plugin, You need App Key & Secret Key to verify your plugin. But in this update, you only need Facebook Page ID to verify. If you want to create Facebook App for more functionality then you should create otherwise when you apply for Facebook Audience Network program then they automatically create Facebook App for your page. You only need to add some details and add payment method in it. So, the choice is yours!

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1st of all you should visit, Facebook For Developers and Add a New App. Or you can create from the My App drop-down menu. Enter the Display name & Contact email & Create an App ID. facebook instant articlesNow, your Facebook Page App is created. Go to the Dashboard where you will find Facebook App ID & Secret Key. Please do not share this information with anyone. Click on the Settings and choose Apps for Pages in category & Save Changes.

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Before you copy these keys, 1st of all you have to make this app live. For that go to the App Review at the left side. Now, make your app live by toggle the button. You will get the message like your app is live. Now, you are ready to copy those keys and paste into Instant Articles for WP plugin.

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Setup Style for Your Instant Articles

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Go to the publishing tools of your Facebook page. Select Styles and you will see Facebook provides a default style for your website. Click on default to see it. facebook instant articlesIf you like the default then Save otherwise customise it. You can add the logo, background color, title, subtitle and much more. Once you did with customizing then Save. Now you are ready to submit your Instant Article Feed for review.

Read More: Embed Facebook Messenger Widget in Your Website

How to Submit Instant Articles Feed for Review?

As I said earlier, you need at least 10 article in your feed before submitting Instant Articles Feed for review. If you have 10 articles then go to the Step 2 and click on Submit for Review button. facebook instant articlesBut if it shows you don’t have an article in your feed then login to your WordPress dashboard and update your articles. Now, again goto Facebook Instant Articles and refresh the page and you will see, now you can submit articles for review. The Facebook team needs 3-5 days to reviewing and approving your articles. And after that Instant Articles will available for your website. But before submitting, you should set up Facebook Audience Network.

How to Set up Facebook Audience Network?facebook instant articles

For that, you should go to the publisher tools of your Facebook Page – Instant Articles – Configuration – Tools – Audience Network. Agree the Facebook Audience Network’s terms and condition & Get Started. facebook instant articles

Now, pop up will open at the bottom left corner of the page, click on it and a new window will open. Click on Start Tour. facebook instant articles

1st of all go to the Dashboard and add the display name. Now click on App Review and make your app live! Once your app is live go to the Audience Network. Click on Payout & Create/Select Payout. facebook instant articles

Choose to Create New Account. Fill all the details and Next. Now, after adding details you will reach to Add Payment Method. facebook instant articles

There 2 options, 1st is you can transfer your earnings into your bank account & 2nd is PayPal. Enter your bank details & you can also add more than one account.

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Once you did with Facebook Audience Network then you can submit your articles now. For that go to publishing tools & click on Submit For Review. Now you are ready to go!

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After successful submission of the articles, you have to wait for review which is taken by the Facebook team. Is there any corrections, then you have to update your articles and again submit it. facebook instant articles

Once your articles are approved then you can publish it. For that, select the articles which you want to make life and select publish under Action drop-down menu. Now, you can see, all selected articles are live now.

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How to Insert Ads into the Facebook Instant Articles?

Make sure you can insert ads into the Facebook Instant Articles only when your articles are published. Now, login to Facebook For Developers and open your app. facebook instant articles

Select Audience Network under Products. Click on Placements and Create Ad Placement. Enter the name of the ad and Save. Now, you have 2 choices, 1st is copied the Placement ID and paste it into WordPress plugin but for that, you should have the WordPress website otherwise 2nd method is to click on Get Code and paste it into each article manually. facebook instant articles

But I have WordPress website then I should prefer the simplest way, Copy the Placement ID and login to your WordPress dashboard. Go to the Instant Articles and find Ads.facebook instant articles

1st is Ad Type, choose Facebook Audience Network. Paste your Placement ID into the next tab & choose the Ad Dimensions. Once you were done click on Save and that’s it! If you are using other platforms then copy that Ad Code and go to the Instant Articles – Configuration – Production Articles. Now, choose any articles (for example) and Edit. It will open something like coding but don’t worry paste that code wherever you want & Save. That’s it. It takes 24 hours to live.

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4 Secrets About How To Monitor Social Media Apps That Nobody Will Tell You

How to Monitor Social Media Apps

This is a guest post written by Angela Smith. The opinions expressed in this post are the Author’s own.

What comes to your mind when you think about the social media apps? Your answer would be the same as I am expecting; these are the tools to use for the interaction with the whole world. Yes, it is true, but not for all.

People use these social media apps for too many reasons. Such as chatting with the family and friends online, making friends online, for the promotion of your business etc. Even for passing a quality time when anyone has nothing to do! Everyone has smartphones and they use social messaging apps no time ever before.

Besides the users those use those instant messengers for some meaningful purpose, there are plenty of peoples who use these platforms negatively. Like cheat young users, do cyberbully, stalking, sexual encounters and for plenty of others dark motives.

That’s why sometimes parents have to monitor these apps on young kids and teens for their protection. Let’s discuss how to monitor instant messaging apps on the smartphones.

The user can monitor all the trendy instant messaging apps, but the question has arisen, how is it possible? It is possible with the use of cell phone monitoring software. It will enable a user to get their hands on the social messaging apps logs.

The only thing needs to do by the person who is willing to monitor messengers should install the mobile phone spy app on the target cell phone device.

Once a user has successfully installed the tracking software for mobile on the device, it will enable a user to do the job done. There are following tools for the monitoring app for smartphone that is best in the business of monitoring social media apps.

Track IM’s through Keylogger

It would be one of the best ways to monitor social messaging apps in order to protect kids and teens by using the keylogger of a smartphone. Install the monitoring app on phones and get your hands on all the keystrokes applied to the target smartphone.

You will be able to get keystrokes such as password keystrokes, messenger keystrokes, email keystrokes and SMS keystrokes. The user can get access to the messenger by using the instant messenger keystrokes and get to know each everything happening on the target cell phone messaging apps.

Monitor Instant messenger on IM’s social media

You can use IM’s social media of the surveillance software in order to view IM’s logs. IM’s conversations and media sharing files on the facebook messenger. It enables a user to have all the information regarding activities performed on the particular messaging app by the target phone user.

It empowers a user to listen to all VOIP calls on the instant messaging applications. The user can get all the information by getting access to the web portal of the mobile phone tracking app.

Spy social apps with Screen recording

If you want to monitor the social messaging apps along with the proof then you should use the screen recording feature of the phone spy app. It enables a user to make back to back short videos of smartphone screen when any activity is being performed on the cell phone screen.

It allows users to make back to back short videos of the IM’s social media apps running on the device screen. Then the user will come to know that what sort of messages target user sending and receiving. And what sort of chat conversations a target phone user is doing? You can even monitor the media files he/she is sharing the messenger such as photos and videos.

On another hand, it further enables a user to do the screen recording other than the social messaging apps. Such as chrome recording, YouTube recording, SMS recording, Gmail recording etc. And on-demand recording allows you to do the screen recording of multiple instant messengers. Such as Facebook, Tinder, line, Vine, Whatsapp, Yahoo, Zalo, IMO and many others alike.

Monitor social media apps with screenshots

The best part of screenshot tool is accuracy and efficiency. The user can get screenshots of all the activities happen on the cell phone device. Which include the multiple social media networking apps.

When you are planning to spy on anyone’s social media apps, then you should install the cell phone tracking app on the target phone. Then you will be able to get screenshots of every single activity happens on the cell phone when a social media apps running on the target device.

The user can get screenshots of messaging, chat conversations, and share media files such as photos and videos. Parents can protect kids and teens from all online dangers which they are facing on instant messaging apps. The cell phone spy app is the ultimate and reliable tool to monitor all trendy social messaging apps.

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Angela is serving as senior editor and analyst at TheOneSpy monitoring app. She has tremendous expertise in kids monitoring, employee monitoring, business management, and business security. The series of published articles on global forums are the testimonies that she is expressive and can naturally convince readers through her creative works.