Let’s Talk Facebook

by Alli

I’ve seen many bloggers griping and complaining about Facebook, even more so in the last few months, and I completely understand the frustration.  Facebook is constantly changing its algorithms and, to be frank, it messes with a blogger’s head when we see our posts not being seen by the loyal people that follow us.  Just in case you’re not following me, you can do so here!

Some bloggers have loudly screamed, “It’s not fair!”  Others have begged their followers to make sure they tick all the boxes so that they will see their posts.  I completely understand.

Me?  I’ve just watched and listened and tried to make sense of it all and haven’t really voiced my opinion.

Why?  Facebook is still #1 when it comes to driving traffic to my website.  Well, it bounces back and forth between Pinterest, but you know what I mean.  So, let’s talk Facebook!

Every once in a while, when I just know that I know that a post is going to be a little more popular than others (desserts), I’ll boost it.  Huh?  What’s that?  I’ll pay a little money so that the post will be seen by more people.  I have one rule:  I never pay more than five bucks.  That’s my limit!  And I don’t pay for all posts, just the ones that I have a feeling are going to do very well.

Five bucks will usually show my post to about 800 – 1,000 people.  However, sometimes it goes wild.  Readers of my page will share it with their friends and their friends will share and so on.  Last week my cookie dough truffles received 21,000 (and growing) views on Facebook.  Yes, just on Facebook.  Did I pay for 20,000+ views?  Nope.  Shares, likes and comments shot that post way past my all time high of 15,000+ views.

Let's Talk Facebook

Do I post every hour?  Nope.  That’s just not me.  To be frank, sometimes I just post once a day.  Gasp!

Let’s get real. I firmly believe in being real!   Do you really want to see a post from someone every hour on the hour?  I don’t!  I recently deleted a big-name blogger who posts about great sales and deals.   It got to the point that she was taking up way too much of my newsfeed.  Enough is enough!  (And the sales weren’t all that, either!)

To sum it all up, I’m still in love with Facebook.  Do I ever get fed up with them?  Yes!  Do I ever wish they would do things “my” way?  Of course!  It’s not a marriage made in heaven, but Facebook feeds readers to my blog and for that, I’m thankful!

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17 comments

Kita October 25, 2014 - 8:08 pm

I never paid for it and I have been on the fence about it for a while but I think sticking to 5 bucks is a great idea. I do think FB still brings in traffic especially if people share your page to their friends.

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Alli October 27, 2014 - 3:57 am

I look at it this way, for the price of a cup of coffee, I can boost my very favorite posts considering Facebook is always in my top 3 traffic sources.

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All that's Jas October 26, 2014 - 5:39 pm

never thought of paying to bust a post…..but I think I’ll change that. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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Crystal October 26, 2014 - 9:40 pm

I’m not a blogger, but I appreciate that you don’t post every hour 🙂

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Alli October 27, 2014 - 3:54 am

Thanks, Crystal! I knew someone else would get it! I always like to see a little variety in my newsfeed – not just me! 🙂

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MJ @ Daisy & June October 27, 2014 - 1:13 pm

I have been considering boosting my posts – Im super nervous to do it though and which posts do you decide to boost you know?

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Alli October 27, 2014 - 4:49 pm

It’s a lot to consider. Every time I boost a post, I also get more likes on my FB page, more shares, usually more comments and more readers of my blog. I never boost ads that I’m getting paid to promote or link parties, giveaways, etc. – just my stuff . . . sometimes. 🙂

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Anna @ Northern Homestead October 27, 2014 - 1:51 pm

Like you I do not post every hour and also like you I un-follow those bloges who do. But, I never ever pay for facebook. It is just not me. And do my post get popular sometimes anyways? Yes they do. So to speak I have saved some money ;).

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Alli October 27, 2014 - 4:51 pm

We all have our own way of doing things, I guess. A lot of big time bloggers post constantly and say it’s the way to go. We just have to do what’s in our heart to do. I’m making a lot more in sponsored posts now, so I don’t mind spending $5.00 here and there. 🙂

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Kristen from The Road to Domestication October 27, 2014 - 11:32 pm

Great post! I’m gonna have to check out the class – I’m all about learning, especially when it comes to blogging!

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Alli October 28, 2014 - 5:42 am

The class has been fun and has featured some firsts for me. I’ve participated in a daily Instagram challenge (I didn’t make it every day this month) and my first twitter party. Am I the only one who had never been to a twitter party? And I’ve learned a little more about Stumble Upon. It’s quickly becoming a favorite!

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Kelly | Typically Simple October 31, 2014 - 1:33 pm

I’m so with you on not posting all. the. time. on facebook – I’ve also unliked quite a few blogs because they were posting way too often and that’s all I would see in the newsfeed…no thanks!

I might have to try the boost post just to see where it takes me! Thanks for the tip!

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Alli October 31, 2014 - 2:54 pm

I’ve watched videos and read tutorials on how to grow your blog and I’ve heard several bloggers say that you need to post every hour using the 20/80 rule (20% of mine and 80% of other stuff) but I do think I would get sick of my own self! Who even has time for that? People have a life outside of my blog and so do I. 🙂

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Kim @ Life is a Lullaby October 31, 2014 - 2:27 pm

I’m still a newbie and have a smaller following right now so not sure how I feel about paying to boost a post, but maybe I’ll test it out for $1-$3 and see what kind of difference it makes. Facebook and Search are still my #1 and #2 referrals. Pinterest is starting to grow.

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Alli October 31, 2014 - 2:51 pm

I completely understand! Like I said in the post, I don’t pay to boost them all, but every once in a while I do. The first time I boosted a post, I just checked “friends of friends.” It wasn’t even worth my time or money. Then I added my own demographics by country and narrowed it down more by adding a few interests. I’ve had to play with it and it definitely isn’t for everyone. More people see the post and I always get lots of new likes for my FB page and more visits to my blog. I hate that it has come to that, but sometimes only 100 fans out of over 7,000 see my post on FB. 🙁 I would definitely start small.

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Denise Gabbard November 1, 2014 - 8:47 pm

Facebook still garners the lion’s share of social media followers– so it is a necessary evil for people that want to have their site seen. The last stats I saw show Facebook drives at least ten times more traffic than any other social media platform. It is worth putting up with some nonsense for that kind of payback, and yes, even throwing a threw bucks out there now and then.

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