Do you want to get more traffic from Facebook and earn more money?
If your answer is yes, then today is your lucky day … keep reading … ..
Users like you who are super net savvy, do not have anything new to them.
FB Instant articles as a blogger and webmaster is also a boon and curse too. It’s a boon because it will give us more traffic than Facebook, but a curse at the same time also because you will not be able to show your email box and widgets as you can now.
Needless to say, the sooner you integrate the Facebook instant article, the better it will be.
I waited a lot before sharing this article with you because I wanted to share all the important details and guidelines with you that you can properly configure it for your website.
Today I am going to share a complete tutorial with you, so that you can easily set up Facebook Instant Article for your blog.
If you do not know about FB Instant Articles, then I’ll give you an overview of it and tell you why it matters.
What are Instant Articles?
Instant Articles is a feature by Facebook that resolves the problem of slow loading of articles. A quick article is an HTML5 document that is optimized for fast mobile performance, rich storytelling capabilities, branded design, and a customized visual display.
Once you enable instant articles for your blog or website, whenever your articles will be shared on Facebook, users who are surfing on you will see an icon of Instant article. This icon will represent that this article is a quick article which will open in just a few seconds.
Instant articles look like this:
I am sure that many of you have experienced Facebook instant articles while running Facebook with mobile app. If not, check ShoutMeHindi’s Facebook page and you will find out from your Facebook mobile app.
There are many pros and cons of using Facebook Instant articles. Instant articles Brazil, India, Philippines and many other countries are great for where connectivity is an issue.
How to setup Facebook Instant Articles on WordPress platform?
Follow the steps below and find out how you can setup Facebook Instant Articles for your self-hosted WordPress blog or website. You will have to take 15 minutes to do everything and you will be instantly instant live for your website in one day. So let’s start:
Login to your Facebook account
Go to Instant Articles signup page and then click on the sign up button.
- Clicking on this will take you to the next page where you can select the Facebook page for which you want to enable the instant articles tool.
- Select Page and then click on the button “Enable Instant Articles”.
- After enabling instant articles on your page, you will always be able to access the configuration page by visiting page settings> Instant Articles.
- Here we have to do the following things:
Claim your URL
Add RSS feed (for other platforms, you can use their APIs to set up Instant Articles and for them to be
Submit for review.
We will also configure the official Instant Articles WordPress plugin, which I have given below in detail. A common user who will know about basic computer skills will be able to follow this guide easily.
So let’s start:
Claim your URL:
Click on the “Claim your URL” button and you will get a meta tag which you have to add to your website head tag. You can also do this by editing your header.php file.
Next step is to set up RSS feed for instant articles which will be done using the official Facebook Instant Articles plugin for WordPress.
RSS Feed and Official Facebook Instant Articles plugin
Facebook has partnered with some publishing and analytics platforms so that bloggers have the ability to create and post instant articles.
Install the Official Facebook Instant Article WordPress plugin This plugin is created by Facebook, Automattic and some more developers. On activation of the plugin, an additional feed will be generated and you can check it by adding / feed / instant-articles to your domain name.
So in my case this was:
Go back to your Facebook page Instant Articles setting and add this RSS feed to the “Production RSS feed” area. (See the screenshot below)