After taking the course Strategies Worth Sharing I am growing my Facebook following & engagement to new & exciting levels! I highly recommend this course & I hope that through this course we can grow our Facebook pages together!
I had no idea what was going to happen when I first started this journey. I wasn’t planning on writing this post, I didn’t dare hope my followers would increase, & I had no idea I would be able to triple my facebook followers in two months!
Yes, you read that right! I tripled my facebook followers in just two months! I’m still in a bit of shock. I mean I went from 976 followers (the day before I started) on February 15 to almost 3000 on April 15.
So before I share with you how I did this I must start off by saying I have been a fool of a blogger. When I first purchased my Domestically Blissful url & started working with wordpress.org at the end of May in 2013 I didn’t tell anyone. I played around with it for a few months while I tried to get the hang of things – I am not a tech savvy diva in any way! – & by August of 2013 I decided to share my meek little blog with my family & friends. For the next year & a half I tried to grow my blog on my own. Yes, a few of my posts got up on some websites that made little me really excited, but I never really connected with any bloggers. I didn’t want to. I was even against it!
Seriously though, feel free to gasp, shake your head, or even laugh. What blogger in their right mind thinks this?
For some reason I thought that by connecting with other bloggers, i.e. following them on facebook & vice versa, my followers would be distant, uninvolved, or not count because they were just a bunch of bloggers.
Seriously, if you haven’t gasped yet, you really should.
I mean how hypocritical could I get? I am a blogger & I am totally a real person & not a mind dulling robot!
In my January & February Traffic & Income Reports I wrote about how I wanted to start growing my social media accounts, but I really wasn’t sure how I was going to do this. Then on February 16 something amazing happened. I decided to connect with bloggers on Facebook. I’m not sure if a coconut hit me in the head or if being sick on the couch drove me to desperation for connection, but either way I am so happy I stopped being a crazy self-focused blogger.
PS if we are new friends via the internet I am so sorry I did not connect sooner!
So how did I grow my Domestically Blissful facebook account organically (aka no paid advertisements or followers)?
Stay active with relevant content. Nobody wants to follow a blogger who never posts or who shares articles on topics that are completely irrelevant to their niche (ps. you will never see an article about sumo wrestling or dog sledding on my blog – unless of course I pick up sumo wrestling on the side).
I have started sharing each new blog post 3 times on Facebook. The first time in the morning when the blog post goes live, the second time in the evening when more people are on facebook, & finally exactly a week later around noon. Since not everyone will see my post the first time I share it on Facebook, multiple posts will increase the chances of more of my readers seeing my new blog post. I also try to make sure that I don’t have 2 posts to the same link in a row. So for example on my Facebook page today you will see a post about this article at around 7 or 8 am, than a random post (like an Instagram picture or a link to a round-up Domestically Blissful is being featured in), than finally another post about this article around 7:30 pm central time.
Host a giveaway. Allow your followers a chance to interact & a reason to share your page with their friends.
Remind your readers on your blog that they can follow you on Facebook.
Every once in a blue moon I like to invite my Twitter followers to follow Domestically Blissful on Facebook – or visa versa.
The best way to grow your own Facebook account is by sharing the love & growing other bloggers facebook accounts of course!
(ps. By following from a personal account you get a numerical “like/follow” from me rather than from my blog account which won’t add to your numbers or allow us to stay connected)
I have made so many new friends – & met a few kindred spirits – just by reaching out to other bloggers & following them on their blog’s facebook account.
At first I was just hitting the like button & leaving a comment on their facebook page letting them know that I am a new follower from Domestically Blissful (I do so from my personal account so it counts as a “like” for them & then tag my Domestically Blissful facebook page). But over the last two months it has grown into something so much more meaningful. I now like to stick around, like a picture, & a post or two. By doing so I have gotten to know so many beautiful hearts & have made so many new friends & I can’t help but feel a renewing sense of love for blogging.
I will never ask or demand that you follow my page or my blog (mini pet peeve) & I won’t unfollow you if you don’t follow me. I followed you for a reason. I try to only follow bloggers who I have some sort of connection with so that I do not become some kind of robot follower who will never like, comment, or interact with you & your blog. If your post shows up on my timeline, & I can relate, I will most definitely like or comment on your post.
I also will never ask you to do a share4share (another mini pet peeve, I won’t get into here). Yes I will tag my DB facebook page so that you will know I am a blogger too, so that we can connect if you like what you see, but no I won’t spam your page with things from my page (how rude!).
Please don’t hate me for this. I just want to be your friend, give you a new like, & hopefully connect in some way.
If I am following you on facebook I just want you to know that you inspire me! I have loved seeing your posts show up on my timeline. I have been inspired by your words of encouragement to myself & women like me. I have felt a deeper calling to my blog, as well as a renewed desire each day to connect with more women in their life’s journey on & off their blog.
If you are a new or seasoned blogger I want to encourage you to connect with bloggers in & outside of your specific niche. It is amazing all of the beauty & inspiration you can find from women just within the four corners of your computer screen.
With love, G
ps. If anyone is interested in knowing how I grew my Domestically Blissful Instagram account feel free to let me know & I’ll write a new blog post!
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