Facebook offers tremendous opportunities to affiliates and marketers. Here is a guest post by tijn who blogs at imrat.com about making a living online with Facebook, Affiliate Marketing and PPV. He’s best known for the indepth blog posts about some of the more technical topics like jquery, scraping and now – Facebook iFramed pages.
The one thing with Facebook that is consistent is change. One such change went live a couple of days ago on 10 March 2011.
FBML was discontinued and replaced by a younger, faster and more capable iFrames Page Tab.
Bye Bye…Static FBML
With FBML, you can (or should I say could) embed some of Facebook’s features in your own Facebook pages, like show certain content only to people that liked your page. A little app known as Static FBML allowed you to embed basic HTML into your Page Tabs as well.
Static FBML, great for building simple landing pages right within Facebook, was one popular little application:
110 million active monthly users
As of this week, you can no longer create new pages and page tabs using FBML. Existing ones will work for a bit, but who knows for how long.
Does that mean the end of Landing Pages on Facebook?
Ive spend countless hours over the last month peering over the Facebook API documentation and forums.
iFrames for Facebook Pages are great news. You will be able to do a lot more and there are some really exciting opportunities for your Facebook Landing Pages.
There is a downside though.
I’ll use an example to explain it.
The Ethical Bribe – Like To Reveal
One of the most popular features of Static FBML was the “Like to Reveal” feature.
What this did was basically “force” users to Like a page before they could get access to some ‘special’ video or content.
Kind of like using an ‘ethical bribe’ on your squeeze pages.
In FBML, doing this was relatively easy.
But, don’t worry, I’ve gone through the trouble for you to find a simple solution so you don’t need to.
TabEdit was Born
After spending a couple of days looking around facebook to find a Static FBML replacement I gave up. The only ones I could find required a paid subscription. There’s a couple more around now, but none of them gave me the things I was looking for:
- Visual editing / WYSIWYG support
- Easy to use interface
- Ability as a page admin to view the page as a guest or as a fan
- Free to manage multiple pages
- Hosted on Amazon S3 + Cloudfront
So when I have an itch – i scratch it.
I spend the last couple of days coding my own solution. I would really welcome your views, suggestions and feature requests.
You can signup with the app and install it onto your pages on the Facebook TabEdit page. Just connect with the app, install to your page, and edit.
Once you have had a chance to try it out, post your feature suggestions and comments on the TabEdit forum.