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How to Use a Facebook Tab to Send People to Your Own Website

One of the challenges for small businesses in using Facebook for marketing is driving readers to their regular website. Often they will be just as content to follow you on Facebook, read your interesting updates and maybe interact with your most compelling posts, but forget that you exist outside of Facebook! Having an easy way to let your Facebook visitors go to your website is a must.

The Static iFrame Tab application from Woobox is great for this. Woobox has many many useful apps to add to business Pages (aka Fan Pages) so do check them all out sometime. Today we will focus on one, an “HTML Fangate” style application. But to simplify things for the average user, we will focus on the redirect function. Creating a tab/app on your business Page (those little boxes under your cover image) can be accomplished in a few simple steps.

Note: If at any time you are asked to Authorize App or click a green button to go ahead and allow Woobox access to your Facebook or your email address, go ahead and agree. This needs to be done in order for Woobox to have permission to operate on your Page. I’ve been using this app for years without problems so it is OK to authorize!

Let’s get started!

1. Visit Woobox.com and click on Get Started for Free

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2. You will first be asked to authorize your Page by name – click the name of  your Page in the drop down menu and then you will be brought to this panel. (NEW!) Visit the Static Tabs tab at the top of the page. Then select HTML Fangate Tabs and then click on Add HTML Fangate Tab to start a new tab.

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3. The next panel will default to a blank HTML space, but change the Page Source to Redirect instead. Then in the resulting http:// box, enter your website address you would like this tab to redirect to. Then Save at the bottom. Leave everything else alone. 🙂

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4. If you click on Tab Settings on the left you can also change the image shown to something you create on your own. It must measure 111 x 74 pixels. Try taking a snapshot of your site and resizing it, or creating something else with picmonkey or another program. The default title of the tab is WELCOME but you can change that here as well, such as Shop My Site, or whatever your link will be pointing to.

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5. Once you have it how you want it, visit your Page on Facebook (it is easiest to just open a new window and go there manually) and look for the little down arrow to the right of your existing tab/apps (yours may have a # or not) and click it. This opens up all your apps (if any others) as well as the way to make your new redirect app Live.

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6. Find the nearest blank box that has a plus + sign in the right corner and click the + sign.

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7. Once you’ve clicked the + sign you will get a list of any apps you’ve previously added to your “favorites” which show on your Page. Scroll to the bottom of the list and click on Static HTML iFrame Tab by Woobox – and voila! Your new redirect tab will appear in the blank box’s place.

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8. Once it is “live” it will likely be buried under that little down arrow we talked about above, and you will want to move it up to make it more visible. To move it’s position, click the little pencil to the top right of the app image and find the other app you want to “swap positions with” such as your Like count or your Events page. You cannot swap with the Photos tab but anything else can be moved around. You may need to swap others out with something to get the arrangement the way you would like, if you’ve added other apps.

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9. Now reload your Page to check it out! You should see your new tab where you want it. If you click on it, the app will ask if you want to (as the admin) redirect the way they customers would, to your website. If you click this you will be taken to the website you indicated in the Redirect box. If you click CANCEL you will be taken to the admin panel for this app, which is where you set the URL or can adjust the app title or image.

This app is not perfect – sometimes I’ve used it in the exact sequence above that usually works, and something does not “stick” such as the app image or title. Just try again if you run into trouble. You can also adjust the app settings by clicking that little down arrow net to your top row of apps and then clicking the pencil icon on the app image itself and click on Edit Settings. Another way to adjust it is by going to your Page’s Admin Panel, then click on Edit Page, and then click the More… tab on top and find Apps. From there all the apps your Page is using will be listed and you can adjust it’s settings there. Or, reach out to my by leaving a comment here and I will do my best to help!

Good luck and enjoy! Having this redirect app will make it easy for your fans to do business with you! You can create as many as you like for free, so try creating a new one for your Business Opportunity, or your Hostess Rewards or other special offer. I move them around from time to time depending on what I wan to emphasize. Have fun!
Karen

 

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  1. Lorna Boryski on August 12, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Thanks for this…have set up two tabs and am looking at various other options!!

  2. Lisa Mallis on August 13, 2013 at 6:22 am

    Karen

    YEAH!! I’ve wondered how people do this on their Facebook pages! Thanks for the easy to follow step by step instructions! I’m sending this info over to my VA right now! 🙂

    Lisa

    • Karen Clark
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      on September 10, 2013 at 10:23 pm

      Fabulous! I hope it is working out for you!

  3. L. Olson on August 13, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Love your great step-by-step directions – thanks for the tips!

  4. Marynda Anderson on August 13, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Thank You SO much!!!! It works great!!

  5. Lady Akosua on August 13, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    works very well!! I love it. Thank you much.

  6. Kirstin McCann on August 15, 2013 at 10:58 am

    This is great! Just having some trouble finding the “pencil” to edit the position of my tab. It does not seem to show when I “hover” over the tab. Thanks so much!

    • Karen Clark
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      on September 10, 2013 at 10:23 pm

      You need to first click the little down arrow on the far right to reveal all the other boxes below (even if you haven’t added any) and that makes each one editable. Have fun!

  7. Justin Mills on November 12, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    I was wondering if you know of a setting to set-up the redirect where it will open in a new tab. I want them to stay on my facebook page as well.

    • Karen Clark
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      on November 12, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      Great question and one I wish there were an easy answer to. There are no apps that I’ve found that do this. You would think that FB would really want people to keep the FB window open! But alas, nothing I see does that automatically. 🙁 You could choose to have the website open WITHIN the tab page, or create a new page on your site that is the right width so it looks nice embedded within the tab – choose URL as source instead of redirect – and that is the next best thing I guess.

  8. allanic on November 27, 2013 at 5:09 am

    Woobow is a great app for us. Thx u

    • Karen Clark
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      on December 19, 2013 at 10:56 am

      Yes there is actually a lot you can do with it! I love it!

  9. Nataliya on November 27, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    thank you so much! it worked great!

    • Karen Clark
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      on December 19, 2013 at 10:55 am

      Fabulous!

  10. Arthur on December 18, 2013 at 5:37 am

    That´s amazing! Solved my problem.

    Thank You.

    • Karen Clark
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      on December 19, 2013 at 10:55 am

      Wonderful! You are welcome!

  11. John on January 7, 2014 at 9:51 am

    When redirecting, users are prompted for permission to redirect. Is there a way to skip that?

    • Karen Clark
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      on January 7, 2014 at 10:58 am

      You are only seeing that prompt as the Admin – it is letting you say no in case you simply wanted to edit the page. Your visitors are not prompted. Unless something’s changed! Ask a friend or try from someone else’s account.

  12. Fraser on January 9, 2014 at 4:16 am

    Thanks for sharing in such detail. When I click the tab to redirect and I got the admin asking if I wanted to leave. I was concerned all my cur=stomers would see the same message ..but your detailed article clarified that it would just be me as an admin.
    Many thanks
    Fraser

    • Karen Clark
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      on January 9, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      Great I am glad that was helpful!

  13. Louise Venison on February 6, 2014 at 2:24 am

    Thank you for the very clear and easy to follow instructions. The layout of some of the pages at Woobox has changed slightly since you wrote the post, but it was still very straightforward, and has helped me to do something that’s been bothering me for some time.

    • Karen Clark
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      on February 6, 2014 at 8:41 am

      Yes it’s tough to keep up with these things! I will do an update soon. Thanks for commenting, I am glad it helped!

  14. Amy Wilkins on February 27, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Thank you so much, Karen, for the clear instructions. You’ve helped me set up my facebook business page today just the way I had hoped. I wanted to include a link to my Etsy site but wasn’t fond of any of the applications that stage a ‘version’ of the Etsy store within the facebook page. I’m grateful to have a method for simply creating a straightforward link, via a tab. So happy to have come across your website!

    • Karen Clark
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      on March 4, 2014 at 8:17 pm

      Fantastic! Glad it helped!

  15. Melinda on March 3, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Has Woodbox.com gone away. Trying to find them to give this a try and all I get is an advertisement page. Do you have another company that does this? Thanks for any help.
    Melinda

    • Karen Clark
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      on March 4, 2014 at 8:16 pm

      Melinda it is woobox.com (without the d) Try again?

  16. Debz on March 4, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    I have tried to followed these directions but I can’t see the HTML Fangate option to click on – is it now not available?

  17. Carole Dawes on April 19, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Thanks for this post. It’s been absolutely brilliant and so easy to follow. I set a link up to my website within an hour and it works which for me is incredible 🙂

    • Karen Clark
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      on April 22, 2014 at 8:16 pm

      Fabulous! Check out the other things Woobox has, they’re pretty cool!

  18. Julie Tucker on May 1, 2014 at 10:58 am

    I have several of these tabs, (5 total on 2 different pages) but now I want to add another tab and facebook is saying I’m not an authorized user on this account. I think the “program” wants me to pay. A box also pops up when I try to join the “free” option and it says that~”If you choose the FREE package any active offers will be set to preview mode. Proceed?” What does this mean? Will my current tabs be “lost” in “preview mode”? Thanks for your help.

    • Karen Clark
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      on May 14, 2014 at 10:05 am

      I do not know as I have NEVER seen anything like this and I’ve added these tabs multiple times. I would contact the app company.

  19. AHN on December 12, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    how to bypass that popup? i want my visitors to click on the tab and redirect them to my website without a confirmation. any help?

    • Karen Clark
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      on December 17, 2014 at 10:27 am

      You are only getting that confirmation because you are the Admin and it is checking to see if you want to be redirected or go to the settings – others do not see that.

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