If you use facebook occasionally, then you will find this pretty interesting. As we all know, facebook is 'free'. You can connect with friends, share photos and ideas, and hang out there without paying any fees. For the most part, any ads that appear on the site are small and limited to the right side of the page. In fact, until I really looked for them, I didn't even notice that facebook had advertising.
Beyond my personal facebook page, I have two business pages. One for "Samantha Conner Designs" and one for "Crafty Texas Girls". I like to post regularly to my Crafty Texas Girls facebook page because it is a great way to communicate with readers and share ideas that I don't neccessarily want to use for posts here. I also like it because I can share links from this blog when new posts are published.
I am not crazy about recruiting 'likes' for my pages. But I do make an effort to encourage readers to follow my blog either through facebook, an email subscription or programs like GFC. These avenues help readers stay in touch and read my blog regularly.
Recently on facebook, as I was posting a new link, I noticed that I could actually see how many fans were really given a chance to view my facebook posts. And out of 700 facebook followers, on average, only about 19% of them were ever seeing my posts in their news feeds. I wondered why? Hmmmm.....
I looked a little deeper and it turns out that facebook chooses the content you see in your news feed. The more you interact with a person or page, either through comments or likes, the more that type of 'story' will appear in your news feed.
So basically if you follow a page, but are the 'silent type' :) -- then you will no longer see that page's updates in your news feed. Because facebook has decided what it wants you to read.
Then I noticed on each of my page posts, a little box that said 'promote'. Facebook has been so kind to offer me the opportunity to pay for my readers, my fans to see my posts! What??!! I thought this site was free! The more I pay, the more people that my posts will actually reach.
If I choose not to pay, then readers who enjoy my posts, but don't feel the need to comment on everything they read, will not be able to see my content in their news feed.
That doesn't sit well with me. Yes I know facebook is 'free'. But remember this, facebook only exists because we (you and me) provide the content. We are the writers of facebook. Without us posting photos of our family vacations, updating our status, and re-posting links for articles we want to share, facebook would cease to exist. We are facebook. They NEED us to log on, they want us on their site as much as possible, for as long as possible. Can you imagine what would happen if everyone boycotted facebook for an entire day??
I am not sure the future of facebook. I will continue to use the site because there are parts of it I really enjoy. I like having all my favorite blogs in one place. I like seeing my friends and their kids. I like hearing about what my out-of-state family is up to. But you can be assured, I will not be paying for anyone to see my posts.
|Manually add a page to your news feed.|
1. Let my readers know that to see me on facebook, they need to interact. :)
2. Ask readers to manually add my page to their news feed.
(See the above graphic-- go to your favorite page, hover your cursor over the "like" button until a drop down menu appears. Then click "add to news feed".)
3. Encourage readers to follow along using other mediums. The easiest being an email subscription. (You can do this by entering your email address here.)
Other examples are to follow along via pinterest, twitter etc.
4. Promote my content by using other sites-- such as pinterest, twitter, linky parties etc.
(HootSuite is a good site for managing these.)
5. Remind readers they can create a facebook 'list' made up of pages they have liked. This list can be specifically for blogs/businesses/pages they enjoy following. Sometimes putting all your pages in one place will make them easier to locate and follow.
(Although it still won't show up higher in news feed without interaction or by manually adding the page to their news feed-- see #2)
**And in the end, remember-- do not worry. Good content will lead to loyal readers who share what they find helpful, creative, interesting, and fun!
What do you think about paid posts? Are you a fan of the facebook changes?
Interested in joining in on the conversation- pop on over to my facebook page and leave a comment. Or let your voice be heard right here!
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