Social networking can be a great way to connect with your people, distribute content, and even increase your search engine rankings. This is why it is imperative that you have an easy solution for making links to your various accounts, and for providing ways for visitors to link to your content. Here are a couple suggestions for taking care of both of these:

Use home page boxes to link to your accounts.

Many of the newer templates to which Finalweb customers have access contain content boxes on the homepage. These areas are great locations to highlight various features of your church website, including social networking accounts. If you are wanting to push members and visitors to view updated information on Facebook, then a linked icon in a box would be a great idea.

Use topbar images to direct visitors to your accounts.

Most new templates also allow for topbar image links. This means that you can create images that contain information about social networking sites, and then provide a link to that location. Use an image editor to space together some text and some images to create an attractive "advertisement" for the page.

Utilize the blog for links back to your site.

Finalweb's blogging tool automatically adds a heap of social networking bookmark options at the end of each blog post. If a visitor reads a post, the person can quickly like the content or create a tweet or link right from that page. The more backlinks that visitors generate, the more your content is distributed, and the more search engines will rank your church's website.

Embed a widget on the homepage.

Most of these social networking services provide source code for embedding updated content into a website. If you'd like to take advantage of this technology, you'll just need to be able to copy the HTML provided and paste into the Source view of any text editor. Check out our article on embedding HTML for more information.

Feel free to consult with our tech support team if you need any further assistance. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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