Alert! Move Your Facebook Tabs to Secure Hosting Required by Facebook

In May, Facebook said: October 1, 2011: All Canvas apps must process signed_request (fb_sig will be removed) and obtain an SSL certificate (unless you are in Sandbox mode). This will ensure that users browsing Facebook over HTTPS will have a great experience over a secure connection.

READ: Developer Roadmap Update: Moving to OAuth 2.0 + HTTPS

Cat Lee commented that content won’t be accessible for user with secure browsing turned on.

Solution?

Page administrators need to find a secure hosting solution for their tabs, and I have some choices for this. You’ll find these two companies can give you secure hosting, and they’re budget-friendly.

Web Hosts That are Budget Friendly and Secure Hosting

wordpress-hostgatorHostGator: You’ve probably seen this logo everywhere, that’s because HostGator is really one of the most popular hosting companies that’s been around the block for a while. They’re “Hatching” Plan begins at $3.96/mo. and the “Baby” Plan is only $6.36/mo.

  • Minimum for secure hosting: Only $3.96/mo. with shared SSL
  • Business Plan includes unique IP and private SSL for only $10.36/mo
  • Unlimited bandwidth and disk space
  • Phone and Chat support everyday-allday
  • Click to compare hosting plans here 
dreamhostDreamHost: Is another well known company but doesn’t offer shared SSL, and their customer support is not up to HostGator’s level, plus it cost extra. One thing I can say is that their dashboard is clean and easy to navigate.
  • Minimum secure hosting is $14.15/mo. (hosting and private SSL included)
  • Unlimited bandwidth and disk space.
  • For an extra $9.95/mo. you can call them three times a months and get unlimited live chat.
  • Click to compare hosting plan here
BlueHost: Over 20,000 new customer per month. Offers a variety of hosting plans. When it comes to shared SSL there’s a limit on the file size on each page of 100KB per included file, they warn you “any embedded date larger than 100KB will be truncated.” This might not be what you’re looking for.
  • Minimum secure hosting is only $5.95/mo with shared SSL
  • Minimum private SSL is $12.20/mo with hosting and private SSL included plus unique IP
  • Unlimited bandwidth and disk space
  • Support 24/7/365
  • Click to compare hosting plan here

Things to Consider when Choosing a Hosting Service

  • The number of domains that you can host under one account. Nowadays they all offer unlimited but not always. Verify they do
  • Free domain registration. Again most do, but there are some that still don’t
  • Support. Not every company thinks customer experience matters most. I’d suggest you find a hosting service that can offer you the best support you can get
  • Bandwidth and disk space. In this case the more the better. The majority you’ll find offer unlimited
  • How do different plans compare? Go through each company’s comparison page and analyze them carefully

Should you get secure browsing? Should you go with shared SSL or Private SSL? Leave a comment!

Hot Links Friday: Facebook, Instagram, Extra Money with Social Media…

calls-to-actionI know some of you been begin for the Hot Links Friday post, my bad guys too much stuff going on, [no no no Wilson, no excuses please–you say]. And I agree with you, so here they are.

20 ways to promote your Facebook page

Okay, so you have a Facebook page locked & loaded, but you’re not sure why nobody is liking your page. Problem solved. Justin Wise posted a great article to help you spread the word 20 different ways. This should help increase conversion and growth of your Facebook page.

How to: Use your Social Media Skills to Earn Extra Money

Even with all those professionals, who call themselves “social media experts or gurus”, there’s still demand for social media services. If you have some skills, but you haven’t monetized them, this short post can give you a head-start to start earning an extra income on the side.

How to Use Instagram to Tell the Story of Your Business

When I first bought an iPhone I used it to make phone calls, text and browse the web a lot, then Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ showed up and my eyeballs were glued to it (Hey don’t look at me like I’m the only one doing it). Anyways, these other applications have taught me more ways to leverage the web and make tons of connections. Now there’s a new tool you can use, it’s Instagram, and this post explains 5 tactics for brands to leverage Instagram.

Are you ready to be a Social Business? 10 tips for a Zoom Start!

You know you want to be a social business, but you’re not sure if your business really needs to be social. Pam Moore wrote down ten questions that I believe every business should be asking themselves before they jump in the social bandwagon.

Facebook “Lists” and The New “subscribe” Button Explained

Facebook and Google are going at it as we speak for the best features in a social network, it seems. It’s obvious that Google is no contender yet. Everything Google odes from now on seems like Facebook has to go and make their own version of it. I think Facebook is scared, I mean where is the originality? Anyway, Francisco broke these two new features apart, and shared his thoughts about why they might not be as popular as we might think they’ll be.

Location-Based Marketing: What’s in it for me?

How does a business get started with a location-based marketing campaign? In this post Mike Schneider and Aaron Strout made a simple list for businesses that are interested in doing it themselves. Once you get started people can really dig in and reap the benefits using services like Foursquare, Yelp, Scvngr, and Gowalla.

How to Choose the Perfect Topic for your Next Blog & How to Find a Great Domain Name for a New Blog and Set it Up in 15 Minutes

One of my favorite blogs to follow is thinktraffic.net because of all their epic shit they put on the web. Corbett Barr and his team really know how to build a thriving audience, and this new challenge is going to change a lot of people’s lives. They’re literally taking everyone from their hand and walking them step-by-step to success. In 15 minutes you have a domain picked out and your blog hosting set up ready to go.

There you go, another week of Hot Links Friday. I know that you won’t read all of these, but I’m sure that you’ll click on the one that most interests you. Whichever you decide to read, you’ll learn something useful that you can maybe apply next week to your business online.

Facebook Pages vs Facebook Groups: What Should I Use?

What is a Facebook group?

Some of you might know the difference between the two, but since some of you asked me, I’m going to explain it as simply as possible.

First I’d like to begin with Facebook groups. I participate in a lot of groups and have created one myself. To create a group you can go to facebook.com/groups and then begin the filling in the information about your particular group. You can make your Facebook groups private or public. Make it so that only people can join by requesting permission or just let anyone join your group.

The person who usually open up the group is in charge of administering the group, but sometimes it can be shared with other users, For example, if there’s more than one leader in the group.

Here’s an example of the three different types (secret, closed, open) of privacy settings that you can have:

Facebook-groups-sharing-settings

What is a Facebook page?

This is what they say a Facebook page is…

“Pages are for organizations, businesses, celebrities, and bands to broadcast great information in an official, public manner to people who choose to connect with them. Similar to profiles, Pages can be enhanced with applications that help the entity communicate and engage with their audiences, and capture new audiences virally through friend recommendations, News Feed stories, Facebook events, and beyond.”

Anytime we like or become a fan of a company, movie, band, product, brand or a person, it’s immediately posted on your own profile wall, and whoever follows you knows this (can you see the power of social now). And vice-versa you can do the same with the people you’re friends with.

If want to create a Facebook page this is what you’ll see:

Facebook-Page

It’s really easy to create one now, Facebook is doing a great job at making it really easy for businesses to create an account. A great resource I found useful to my business was http://www.facebook.com/business. They pretty much help you get started and guide you through out the whole process if you’re just getting started for the first time.

With Facebook for business you can start taking advantage of Pages, Ads, and Sponsered Stories and Platform. These four tools allow you to take your business to a-whole-another level in social.

Who to Choose: Facebook Page or Group

You’re probably still wondering which one should I use, because they are slightly different and a number of factors can help us pick the correct one for you.

Are you a person or a corporation?

The thing with groups is that they’re targeted more for a small group of people. They are set up for a more personal interaction. Groups let you share things with people that you care and have some sort of connection with. In a group you can decide who sees what you share.

On the other hand, pages don’t list you as an administrator, and they’re thought of as an individual, like a business is considered a ‘person’ under the law.

Anytime you post in a group it appears as coming from you and it’s combined with your personal profile. In a page the content created doesn’t have to be linked to you whatsoever.

A big benefit for a business to use Pages vs. Groups is that, pages are actually indexed by search engines while groups are not.

Emails or Updates?

With groups you’re aloud to send email messages of up to 5000 members. Pages don’t have a limit on the amount of fans you want to send an update to, or how many fans you can have.

Control and Privacy

Because with groups you can control who sees your message it might be more beneficial if you only have a group of people you want to share information with. In the permission setting you can manage access and restrict it also. A group is more like your private club only you and your buddies get to participate in.

Applications

Pages can host applications, so a Page can essentially be more personalized and show more content. Groups can’t do this.

Spam Control

You can have content removed in case members decide to spam your feed.

Creating Events and Marketing

You can create events on both sides. You can also advertise your groups or pages. Now there’s a new way to do it in Pages with ‘Sponsored Stories‘.

Final Thoughts

Don’t think that I’m suggesting you use one over the other. I think both tools have their plus’s and minus’s. Groups are great on a smaller scale, and  more personal level interactions.

Pages are better when you’re trying to promote a product, company, or brand that want to connect with their fans or customers through social media and don’t want to be connected with a personal account.

Are You Ready to Market Your Company on Facebook?

Last month was a great month for the blog, I saw some growth in traffic and was glad to see more people sign up for updates.

This month I have one goal: to help you integrate Facebook into marketing mix, so you can grow your fans and turn them into customers.

I’ve studying Facebook in my free time and seeing some mind-blowing stats, that are just hard to ignore. It’s pretty obvious that big companies are beginning to use it and they are starting to understand the power of social media they ignored for so long.

Are you ready for Facebook

You know that if Facebook were a country it’d be the third largest in the world? What’s so awesome is that you can get in front of a big chunk of “the Facebook country” for free! It’s an opportunity many are taking advantage of, especially–great marketers and others.

It really doesn’t matter who you are, a B2B (business-to-business) service provider, consultant, or a small business, it’s becoming the fastest important part of a company’s marketing mix.

The good news is that Facebook isn’t just a social network; it’s growing their presence to company’s websites (e.g Gap, NYtimes.com, Levi’s jeans, Southwest) by using their social-plugins that let’s you leave comments on those sites and spread the word. Why this is good? It creates engagement with the brand.

Now you’re thinking that just because the companies I mentioned are giant brands you can’t get in the game. Wrong, you can also benefit from these features just like a billion dollar company can. There’s tons of different ways small and big companies are using Facebook creatively.

The growth of Facebook has been incredible, the closest another company to their numbers is Twitter and they’re close to 600 million users away and Linkedin is below 200 users. I’m not taking any points away from these two companies, I’m just trying to show you Facebook’s scale.

Although some might think it’s just a fad, I disagree and I think Facebook is democratizing advertising and marketing.

 

Final thoughts

This month, I’m going to do my best to help you utilize Facebook as a marketing channel for your business. I’ll explain the way that I’ve put together a marketing plan and why you need to create a Facebook Page for your business. Later this month we’ll look into the tools that are going to help us measure the results of our efforts.