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My First 2,000 Likes: A Beginner’s Journey with Facebook Fan PagesMichelle
If you’re just starting out in the world of Facebook Pages, how did it feel to hit your first 500 likes? What about 1,000?
My first fan Page just hit 2,000 Likes and I’m ecstatic! I have a community of 2,000 other people who get all my Friends jokes, who can’t help reacting to “We were on a break!” They love the show just as much as I do.
Let me back up and introduce myself before my Friends obsession scares you off. I’m Michelle, and I’ve been contributing to the FPTraffic blog from the beginning. But truthfully, my expertise lies in the blogging/writing aspect of marketing. I rely on Luke for all of the expert advice to effectively managing and monetizing Facebook Pages.
But as I began researching for the blog and learning more about how easy it is to create successful Facebook Pages, I wanted to get in on the fun too. I had been managing my Facebook Page for my freelance writing business with FPTraffic, but I became intrigued by all of the FPTraffic Facebook Group members who were doing so well with fan Pages.
Thus, I set to create a new Facebook Page. In just one month, my Page has gotten up to 2,400 Likes and the engagement continues to go up. I can’t believe how easy it was to get started, grow the Page and keep fans entertained!
If you’re thinking about creating a Facebook fan Page, don’t put it off any longer. The process is easier than you think, and the FPTraffic Fan Page email course is a great guide to follow. Here are some things that worked for me when creating my first Fan Page.
Don’t Overthink it
When I decided to create a Facebook fan Page, I knew I had to choose a niche I would love. That part was easy for me – I’m obsessed with the TV show Friends. I know the show so well that I could probably manually spit out quotes every day on my Page.
Since the show is such a classic, I figured there probably already was a fan Page or two out there. I thought about narrowing down to focus my Page on one character, like Luke did with his epic Page, Charlie Day Quotes. But when I looked into it, I saw that the existing Friends Pages weren’t posting regularly or hadn’t posted in a long time.
I went back and forth on this for a few days – do I go with a general “Friends TV Show Quotes” Page or a “Pheobe Buffay Quotes” Page? It’s easy to get caught up in these beginning decisions. Before you know it, you’ve talked yourself out of making a Page at all.
But here’s the thing – creating a Fan Page is free! You have nothing to lose. So, do a little research to see what already exists in your niche, determine whether there’s space for you, and if there is – jump on it! Don’t waste too much time worrying about what will be the best title or angle. You figure those things out as you go.
Choose Profile and Cover Photos Effectively
I started my Page with profile and cover photos that I thought were cute, but quickly learned that they weren’t as attention-grabbing when it came time to make an ad for the Page.
This image for my profile picture was hard to see in a News Feed and did not allow users to make an instant connection with the show. My new profile picture is bigger and shows more of one character’s face, allowing fans to connect the show with the post.
My initial cover image was a cute print of quotes from the show. I thought, how fitting, right?
Well, a cover photo containing only text is not nearly as attractive or appealing as the pretty faces of the Friends actors. I replaced it with a bigger image of the cast, which I think makes it more obvious that this Page contains quotes from the TV show rather than quotes about friendship.
The profile and cover images on your Page are static, so make them as strong and attractive as you can!
Create Your Post Schedule
In FPTraffic, you can create a post schedule to automatically post content to your Page at specific times without you having to do anything. I followed Luke’s advice of starting with 2 posts per day, at 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Now that the Page has been up and running for a month and has a solid fan base, I can start posting content when my fans are most likely to see it. Using Facebook Page Insights, I can see that the majority of my fans are online at 7:00 p.m. I’ll adjust my posting schedule and add a third daily post at 2:00 p.m. to keep attracting more users to the Page.
Start Finding Content
Now for the fun part – browsing Friends quotes! I used FPTraffic’s content sources to find high-quality images, videos and gifs all relating to my favorite TV show. There is a ton of content on Pinterest, and the FPTraffic Chrome Extension was awesome for scheduling images I found there.
You can quickly run out of fresh content if you type the same thing into search engines every time. To mix it up, I’ve been searching for specific character quotes and images. Check out this post for more ways to find new engaging content.
Get Likes to Your Page
Getting Page Likes is crucial to succeeding with your Facebook Page. If you hope to monetize your Page, you’ll obviously do better the more Likes you have.
You might think it’s impossible to get tons of people outside of your own friends to Like your Page, but it’s more achievable than you’d think. I had never messed with Facebook Ads before I created my Page. Honestly, it just seemed scary to me. I quickly saw that not only are Facebook Ads cheap and easy to set up, but they are so effective in driving traffic to your Page.
Facebook Ads for Likes are a budget-friendly way to get any Page up and running. News Feeds are overcrowded with content – ads give your Page a better chance of being seen by the right people.
With my reach and engagement growing, I started having fun with more FPTraffic features. I created a giveaway for a Friends coffee mug, and I’ve sprinkled in a few Amazon products. Unfortunately, I didn’t see a lot of engagement with either of those yet, but I’m still learning. As I continue to study Facebook Page marketing, I hope to learn how to be more effective with giveaways and monetization. I’m still adapting to my new Facebook popularity!
Going Forward with Friends
Now that I’ve seen what is capable in one month, I’m excited to keep building this Page. I love the freedom FPTraffic allows me by scheduling my content for me. Heck, I spent an entire week in Mexico this month without looking at the Page once. My fan base continued to grow and people engaged with the content that was posting multiple times a day, all while I was on a beach sipping margaritas.
That’s how easy it is. If a newbie like me can get a Page up and running fast, so can you! What’s your passion? Your favorite show, singer or sports team? Create a Page, and let’s figure this out together!
Beginners, what has helped you grow your Facebook Page? FPTraffic veterans, what did you struggle with in the beginning? Let us know by leaving a comment!