Wow! I’m shocked, amazed and humbled all at the same time. I’ve been watching the numbers go up, up, up on my Facebook page for the last couple of months. I really don’t know why it all started—I mean who really understands edge rank and Algorithms? Just looking at MRL insights on facebook makes my head spin.
This was from November 3, 2013, 50,833
This is from December 10, 2013, when My Repurposed Life hit 100,000 likes on Facebook
Like I said, amazing. I’m so happy about this milestone that I’m having a giveaway on Facebook.
The Giveaway on Facebook:
What’s up for grabs? I’m spending my own money to give one winner a $50 egift card to Amazon.com, HomeDepot.com or Target.com. The winner will have their choice of one of those gift cards. I will email the winner the gift card code for online shopping. Giveaway ends on Tuesday, December 17, 2013. The winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter from all eligible entries. One winner will have 48 hours to respond, or an alternate winner will be chosen. Void where prohibited by law.
How to enter: “like” My Repurposed Life on facebook, and follow the directions on the Rafflecopter widget. You can earn more entries by tweeting and subscribing to MRL.
If you are not a social (media) butterfly, I’m sorry. The last time I had a Facebook giveaway I didn’t blog about it, but 100,000 likes is pretty darn spectacular, don’t you think?
If you have a Facebook page, and you are interested in growing your page, I’m going to give you my best tips, or at least the things that have seemed to help me.
Tips to Grow YOUR Biz page
- When you post a status update, or link to your blog, upload a picture. Don’t use the snippet that is brought up when entering the url.
- Speaking of urls, sign up and use a tracking service. I use https://bitly.com/. It shortens your link, and tracks your traffic. You can also customize your short links.
- Include a bitly link for your pinnable image. Those that are in a hurry can pin now, read later.
- Engage with your fans. After I read a comment on Facebook, I “like” it. I generally reply when someone asks a question, or tickles my funny bone.
- Don’t forget to read and reply to the comments left on your wall by others.
- Be sure to check your messages and respond to them.
- Did you know you can reposition your photos to highlight the portion you want to in your status? (they are full sized in the view, but on the status update, showoff the part you want to) while on your page, top right corner of your status there is a drop-down menu to “reposition the photo”
- I have paid FB to “boost” a post. The default amount grew, but I never paid more than $15, and generally paid 5-10. (btw the default amount currently is $1000—no way!) I’m always afraid I will click on it by mistake. yikes!
- I have started scheduling my status updates (blog post) to go live at 4:00 am EST on Facebook. As I ready my blog post, I choose a picture, create a bitly.com link, and write the status. The early bird gets the worm. By the time I arise and get moving in the morning and update Facebook, most people have already left for work.
- For the late crowd, I repost again in the very late evening, so that my status will show up in feeds as people are checking in before going to bed. Sometimes I use the same picture, sometimes I mix it up a little. This post usually isn’t scheduled, but done live by me when I think I think it’s a good time. I think I should start scheduling those also, and will probably have them go live about 9:00 pm EST.
- Ask your fans a question ever so often. People love sharing on facebook.
- Share! I try to share other bloggers projects every couple of days. Sharing helps you and others.
- Be genuine and sincere. I truly appreciate every “like”, comment and share!
- Host a giveaway on Facebook
- If you want clicks over to your blog, show the “before” picture. If you want a post to go viral, show the before and after—you will get a lot more “shares” and likes that way. I try to mix it up. * see the picture below
The reach on this status update — “220,480 people saw this post”, 7635 “likes” with 3,408 shares and 258 comments. This was the morning post.
This was the evening post. 73,504 people saw this post, 2,055 “likes” and 570 shares and 71 comments.
You can clearly see that scheduling my status update to go live early in the morning is very beneficial to the popularity of a post. What I must tell you is this post was extremely high in all the numbers due to the before and after. (stocking headboard)
This was one of my first really big reaches. Do you remember when I cleaned out the garage? I just clicked this with my phone and posted “Keep or toss? It’s about 32” tall. What would you do with it.” Look at the numbers! We love to give our opinion, so just ask your friends a simple question, try to include a picture. (to see the transformation of this cabinet see my post Repurposed Nightstand with Window)
Oh, and try not to get discourage by “unlikes”. I rarely look at insights, but as I was preparing for this post, I looked at mine to see when all this started happening. If you notice on the bottom you will see the “unlikes”. Do you see that big point right above the 0 in the watermark? I investigated, and found out that I got 150 unlikes on the day I posted about my heart cath! It was by far the most unlikes per day. The average is about 50-60—A DAY! But when I’m averaging 1k likes a day, I’m okay with that. The funny thing is… I never unlike a page, do YOU?
About a month ago, I noticed when I would post a status update on Facebook, my site would crash. Although people didn’t really know what was happening. I was getting a lot of comments on facebook about “broken links” and other random stuff. I had to upgrade my server on BlueHost, and pay more money per month for hosting in order for that to stop. So be warned, some of this comes with an actual “price”.
If you have any tips that have helped you, please leave them below in the comments to help us out. We’re all one big happy family and I want to share what I’ve learned with you, and I hope you’ll share also.