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Why “Buying Fans” & “Liker Ladders” Could Damage Your Facebook Business Page {and Tips to Build your FanBase without them}


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Earlier this week, some of my Clients and Fans were offered massive amounts of “Liker Ladders” from a company that is doing regular shout-outs on Facebook. For 2-3 shout-outs per day, for a period of 3 months, the cost being offered is a once-off payment of $20. Sounds like a bargain right? Unfortunately not. One of my clients texted me early Monday morning and by the time I wrote back to her by midday advising against entering into this $20 deal (high-finance, I know), she had already done the deal. Some of my other Fans that also signed up said “it was a limited time deal, only available for the next 5-minutes, I couldn’t resist the allure of gaining more Fans without working for it!” Others inboxed me saying “I saw an opportunity to grow my Fan base real quick, and went for it, but have I done the right thing?” These reactions are fair enough. Who doesn’t want loads of new Fans on their Page, yesterday? But guess who is the only company benefiting from these schemes? Not yours.

There are two activities raging through Facebook at the moment which I would like to draw your attention to, if you are not aware of them already. The first is “Liker Ladders”. And the second is “Buying Facebook Fans”. Both are as soul-less and futile as the other. I will explain why both are not going to help build your brand on Facebook, and how both can be potentially detrimental to your brand, in a cataclysmic way.

Firstly, “Liker Ladders”….

This is where, for a limited time only (eg “for the next half an hour“) someone hosts a “Liker Ladder” on their Facebook Business Page. The sum total of this activity involves one company declaring a “Like event” on their page and everyone rushing to their Page to Like all the pages that leave a comment on their Page. It is basically on “online Like party”. At the surface it sounds as though this sort of reciprocal love would be nourishing for your Facebook Business Page, right? Wrong. The problem with this is that only a tiny amount (if any) of the Fans that will like your Page during one of these “blitz” events, will ever be in your demographic. Therefore only a minuscule number of these Fans (or none) will generate any engagement on your Page. So how many of these Fans do you think will buy from you in the future? Zip. So don’t expect big love from any of these Fans that you have picked up during a “Liker Ladder” event. I explained to my clients that…..

“Liker Ladders” is like “rent a crowd” for your party, there is never going to be any love in the room with this sort of event

So why is everyone doing it? Short answer. To shortcut the work involved in building their Fanbase. Long answer. Sorry peeps, there is no shortcut. If there was, I’d be doing it. A “Liker Ladder” will definitely increase the number of Fans on your Page, but it will decrease the love (Engagement) on your page too. You don’t want to lose your Engagement level as this affects your ranking in the News Feed (see my post about EdgeRank to learn more about this). More importantly, the only company a “Liker Ladder” event is helping, is the host company itself. THEY get loads of engagement by everyone hitting their Page all at once, Facebook thinks “Phoaw, this Page is popular!” and gives them more EdgeRank points.  So you ARE helping somebody get better Engagement, but that “somebody” is not your FanPage.

The Social Media strategy I advise my clients is primarily based on Engagement (love) not prowess (bigger/better). The size of your FanBase is secondary if you are not engaging your Fans….

If all you want to do is grow the number of Fans on your Page, then you are missing half the picture. Yes growing your FanBase is important, but Engagement is the other half of the story that can’t be ignored and it is the more important half. Ignore Engagement and your Facebook for Business Page is doomed to fail.

The ONLY time I would say that a “Liker Ladder” blitz event is worth your $20, is, if, AND ONLY IF, the “Liker Ladder” team was in a very targeted market that was very aligned with your business. And this is a big if. Therefore if you are synergistic with the Liker Ladder “host” company, then go for it, and see how it works for you…..  If however the audience of the “Liker Ladder” host party is very general or the FanBase has nothing to do with your market, then your $20 is better spent on two tubs of good quality ice cream to share at your next dinner party where your real friends do turn up to.

So in a nutshell, “Liker Ladders” are short sighted at best, and in the long run, the Fans you’ve won via any dial-a-rent-a-crowd-scheme, will become a noose around your neck –> you will never be able to hit any high Engagement notes with these empty fans that won’t love you back (because they won’t engage with you). Your Page will eventually drop in ranking (EdgeRank) and your Page will grow at a slower and slower pace in the future until it grinds to a halt. Sad story, but so true. I’ve seen many folks use “Liker Ladders” to give them instant speed & satisfaction, and then come to me for help to “fix” their Pages once the damage is done. It is repairable, but we’re basically back-to-the-drawing board, building their FanBase from scratch. So why waste this precious time in the first place?

I advise a slow burn is a better strategy in the long run. In my view, the turtle wins the (Social Media) race, every time. So if you’re tempted to enter a “Liker ladder”, if you find them irresistible, then you need to ask yourself “which race am I running? Speed to reach a certain number of Fans by a certain deadline or Quality of your FanBase? PLUS remember that the rented crowd will never buy from you. AND they will “Unlike” your Facebook Page at some point in the future because they were never really interested your business in the first place.

The second of the “empty joys” is “Buying Facebook Fans”….

Oy vey, I get “deals” like this offered to me every day! The going rate is about $500 per few thousand Fans. My emphatic advice, don’t be tempted. Here’s why….

Issue#1.  Illegal on Facebook Business Pages. It’s against Facebook Terms & Conditions to “buy” Fans. “Buying Fans” is Facebook Black Market on steroids. And Facebook actively shuts down 20,000 accounts a day that it’s suss about, for whatever reason. So imagine all your hard work to date, thrown out the window. Pfffft. Gone forever. And there’s no Facebook Court, there’s no getting your Page back. Once a Facebook Business Page goes to the Sin-Bin, it rarely comes back.

Issue #2. Loss of Engagement. There’s the “No Love” problem (no engagement) for all the reasons above.

Issue #3. Integrity. When I see really big fan counts or Fan Counts that jump up really quickly, I’m already suss about it. Any big Fan Count can be faked by buying Fans. If someone has a really big Fan count, I am already questioning the Integrity of the business. Guilty before proven innocent, Your Honour. And it is only because I know for a fact that this sort of “Buying Fans” racket is so rampant that I jump to this conclusion. So to separate the Good Pages (the Pages I want to trust) from the Bad Pages (the Pages I don’t want to follow), I always look at the “number of people talking about this”…. if the Fan count is huge but the engagement is low, I know there’s a good chance the business bought their fans….. That doesn’t impress me, so I don’t follow them – I can’t trust a business  that needs to “fake” their FanBase! (Because it’s hard not to jump to the next conclusion, what else are they faking? A natural conclusion, right?)

But if a Page has a huge Fan count AND a big “talking about this”, then I’m uber impressed. That’s why “super engagement” is so great to see on a Business Page, you have to be really rocking to be “super engaged” and it’s reasonably rare. (You can read more about super engagement here). Anyone that has a “super-engaged” Page is a Rockstar, in my opinion, at least Online….

My TOP TIPS to grow your FanBase on your Facebook Business Page

There are lots of actions you can take to increase your FanBase on Facebook. Keeping in mind that your Fan count will increase naturally over time with everything you do. The primary strategy is to be active.  If you choose to increase your Fan count with any of the “rent-a-crowd” schemes (which is what “Liker Ladders” and “Buy Fans” are essentially), this defeats the purpose of having {love + soul} on your Page. I understand most folks feel the pressure to get a gazillion more Fans in a hurry, but it will happen. It took me 3 years to organically build a 2,000 strong FanBase on the SummerHills Retreat Byron Bay Page (my other business). I am not saying that it will take you this long (I had no-one to help or teach me, that’s why I share my successful strategy, to help other small business owners also achieve success with their online marketing)…. Therefore I’m a big believer in a “soulful marketing” strategy that will ensure you build a FanBase that is….

  1. within the Facebook Business Page guidelines
  2. attracting love on your Page
  3. converting Fans to Sales
  4. building a Page that also builds Integrity and Trust for your business

Here’s my Top Tips on how to increase your FanBase organically, without the aide of Buying Fans or Liker Ladder schemes…..

1.       Keep active on FaceBook. Keep a consistent (daily) approach with your Social Media

2.       “Like” other businesses that are synergistic with your business

3.       Shout-out regularly with “mentions” and “tags” on your own Business Page. Share the love and you will get the love back

4.       “Share” posts from other businesses whose Fans are in your target market (this will reveal your business to their FanBase)

5.       Identify who are your peers, advocates, industry leaders, and….

6.       …..Leave posts on their business pages (this will put you in front of the fan base that is the right demographic for your business)….

7.      There are loads more steps you can take, which are all outlined in detail in the second half of my book “Novice2Ninja – Facebook for Business”.

8.      Rather than posting randomly, establish a clear  “Facebook for Business” strategy, which is half about Engagement and half about building your FanBase. Both halves of this strategy are shared in full in my book, including case studies and worksheets. (And if you are currently posting “randomly” with no strategy, read here why you need to remedy this STAT).

The main thing to remember is that once you establish a clear Social Media Strategy, be consistent with your Social Media. KEEP IT UP. Over time, you will develop a “Unique Voice” on your Page which will pay off in the future, when your dozens of Fans turn into hundreds, and your hundreds turn into thousands. And once you’re staring at multiple thousands of Fans, you will be wondering what all the fuss was about, a few thousand Fans ago.

My final thought to leave you with today is….

Liker-Ladder and Buy-Fans “schemes” are like “white-bread” = Full of empty calories. You are better off reaching for the multi-grain and establishing a solid Social Media strategy that will nourish your Page. Don’t be soul-less on your Page, be prepared to “turn up” for your customers by engaging with them online. If you connect with your Fans both online + offline PLUS deliver a great product to your customers once you do win their business, you have a winning formula.

Are you ready to build a clear and solid strategy for your business on Facebook? If so, sign up for my upcoming Facebook For Business Workshop where we build your Facebook for Business strategy from scratch. Or come along to the next Social Media Club where we brainstorm different authentic & soulful online marketing strategies every month. All this helps to support and grow your brand online in a positive way. Are you ready to kick-off your business year for 2013 ? If you need some direction, I’m here to support you, my 1-on-1 mentoring sessions could also help.

Buy “Novice2Ninja – Facebook for Business” , eBook or Printed, here Request a Call-Back to chat about a 1-on-1 Session with Francesca Grab your seat to the upcoming Facebook Business Workshop here Join us at “The Social Media Club” here

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With Gratitude
Francesca Esposito-Rose B.Inf.Tech.
Business Mentor, Online Strategist, Author, Speaker & Social Media Business Specialist

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How to Change How Often Facebook Emails you (and Save your Sanity)

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Have you ever felt like you could scream at your PC with the number of emails you get about friends tagging other friends, friends checking in to a cafe, friends of friends of friends commenting on your next door neighbours daughter’s best friends cat? You’re running a business right? And all this is just cluttering your inbox (and driving you insane……)

Here’s the steps to turn your email frequency to “important updates only” rather than getting an email for every-single-individual-goddam-freakin-thing-that-ever-happens-to-your-friends-on-Facebook……..  here’s the steps to your saving grace before you kill someone….

  1. In your personal profile
  2. Click the down triangle (top right hand corner)
  3. Select “Account Settings”
  4. Click “Notifications” on the LHS menu
  5. On the top right hand corner, tick the “email frequency”. By ticking this box, you get important updates only and your sanity back. By leaving this box unticked, you get individual emails and you slowly write your ticket to a mental assylum or kill your friends, whichever happens first…

Simple solution. DONE.

Facebook is a revolutionary tool for business but now you can have your sanity back too. THANKYOU AMEN Hallelujah brother

For this and other great ways to optimise your Facebook for Business Page for your business success, get my book. Or if 1-on-1 is more your style, I am available for personal sessions in person, over the phone, over email or let’s chat over skype in our pyjamas (that’s how serious business is done these days)….

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With Gratitude

Francesca Esposito-Rose B.Inf.Tech.

FaceBook Business Specialist

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The Benefits of Entering Your Street Address: Tips to Optimizing your Facebook Business Page

Optimise Facebook Business PageAlot of my clients have been asking me lately whether they should add their real street address to Business Pages? Short Answer YES! Long answer, there are many  benefits in doing this. In this post I explain the two top reasons why adding your street address will greatly improve the performance of your Page. I also explain the steps to do this….

Most folks are concerned about privacy on their personal Facebook Profiles, but there are some great benefits that go along with adding your street address to your Business Page. So business owners, I would be adding my street address pronto if you haven’t already done so….

Here are two great reasons why you need to add a real street address to your Facebook Business Page right now….

1. Subcategory. There are 3 x new fields that Facebook magically opens up for you once you add yuor street address. These 3 fields are “subcategory”. Besides your major category which your overall “type” of business, the “subcategory” allows you to refine what you do a little more. Once you add your street address, you are allwoed to add three x subcategories to your Business Page. The super-duper benefit of this that once you do this, anyone looking for your type of service in your local area, will find your Business Page as matching the type of product they are looking for. For example, if you are a Retail Store and your category is “Shop”. Once you add your street address, you can now also add more of a description of what type of “Retail Store” you are. So say you are vintage. You may be able to add “Vintage”, “Antiques” and “Second hand” as your 3 x subcategories. I have just made these up, but you get the general idea. THEN, when someone is searching for “Vintage” or “Antique” or “Second Hand” on Facebook, in your local area, your business will come up when it would not have previously come up before in a customer search.

2. Map. The 2nd major benefit of adding your street address to your Business Page, is that once you do this, your business now comes up ON THE MAP. On the Facebook  Map I mean (which is in fact a Bing map, Facebook use Bing maps. not Google Maps). So without an address, you simply don’t appear on the Facebook map. Again, it is very powerful to be able to display a map on your Business Page, it also ranks you in Facebook searches. Having a Facebook Map also helps with your SEO or Search Engine Optimization, but that’s a whole other post….

And what if you don’t have a shop you cry? What if you run an online business? If you are not a bricks & mortar business, do not fear, you can also use a PO BOX as your “street address” so go out and grab one today…..

How to add your street address….

  1.  Simply click on the About Box underneath your Cover photo
  2. You can enter your street address there
  3. Once you have entered this, Facebook may take 1 minute or 1 month to process your address. If the “subcategory” field and map do not appear within a few minutes, make a note to come back to this later. You will need to come back to this screen to physically type in your “subcategories” – Facebook will not fill this in for you….

For this and other great ways to optimise your Facebook for Business Page for your business success, get my book. Or if 1-on-1 is more your style, I am available for personal sessions in person, over the phone, over email or over skype….

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Francesca Esposito-Rose B.Inf.Tech.

FaceBook Business Specialist

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Isaac’s Live Lip-Dub Proposal – The Power of YouTube for your Business Marketing

This is a video blog post, you can watch this video here or there is a full transcript below…..

Hi, I’m Francesca and I’m your Facebook Business Specialist. And I’m super excited today. I’ve just watched Isaac propose to Amy on YouTube along with 7 million other people around the world. Absolutely brilliant, original, clever, fun. This video really warmed my heart, it made me cry actually. And it got me thinking as well about how business can leverage and harness the power of YouTube to help them build their business. I’m always talking about business building with all of my clients. YouTube is a really important business builder. I thought I’d record a very quick video today to have this conversation with you. I recommend clicking pause on this and going to watch Isaac’s proposal on YouTube if you missed it the last few days. I’ve also included a link below. So I recommend pausing, watching it and coming back, and let’s have a chat about it…..

Isaac’s Live Lip Dub Proposal to Amy

 

So what did you think? Pretty fantastic huh? And for anyone that’s thinking of proposing to their partner any time soon, I know it sets the bar really high. But in terms of a video, it has not only gone viral over the internet over the last 3 or 4 days, it’s also dominated news and morning and evening shows, and it’s also dominated conversations on the street. In terms of a video, it’s really showing that it’s very important for businesses to harness the power of YouTube. For two main reasons. Number one, YouTube, is the second biggest search engine in the world. This means that when a customer is looking for a product or service, they’re going to go to YouTube as one of the biggest platforms to search online. It’s really important therefore to have some video content, so that your business can be discovered, your business can be found easily online. The second reason why it’s absolutely crucial to have some video content for your business, is because video content actually generates fantastic link juice, or SEO (Search Engine Optimisation/Optimization) for your website and your Facebook Business page. So by having some videos linked from your website and your Facebook page, your website and Business Facebook Page will rank higher just by the very fact that you’ve got some video clips linked from them.

It’s really important to start generating some video content for your business. It’s a great opportunity for you to be yourself, show your customers the human side of your business, make your videos fun and engaging, generate some great content and give your customers some important information. So that’s also another fantastic reason to have some YouTube content linked to your website and Facebook for Business fan page.

Now I’m just holding a mirror up to my camcorder, I just bought this a couple of weeks ago. I just wanted to show you that this is a very simple setup, so I’m just holding up a mirror just to show you how I’m recording this.

This little setup has cost me under a couple hundred dollars, it doesn’t need to be expensive.  You can actually set yourself up quite inexpensively. It’s really worth doing though, you can also record with your iPhone or SmartPhone. It’s just really important to start recording some video content for your business. If you’re used to taking photos, or writing blogs or articles or any other way that you generate content, it’s just important to start adding some video content to your business stream as well. and you will benefit from not only in the SEO (Search Engine Optimisation/Optimization) but you’ll also benefit from the fact that the discovery of your product will be a lot more readily available and that will drive sales to your door. So it’s really important to start getting some video content happening. It also allows you to engage your customers and provide some useful information to your fans. So I definitely recommend checking out my channel on YouTube called thelikeffect. Especially my first two videos are a great example of what not to do! My first couple of videos are very grainy and very poor lighting. But they’re great learning examples  of how not to shoot a video, but hey, I’m on a steep learning curve here  too guys. I’ve only just got this Camcorder and I’m also learning about video recording which I’ve never done before, so this is a new area for me too. But it’s definitely worth learning and definitely worth generating some video content.

And remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect, YouTube is not about perfection . It’s more important to have some content and to have some YouTube clips recorded than not having any at all. The benefits in SEO and all the other benefits I’ve talked about far outweigh being perfect. So don’t worry about perfection. Don’t be self conscious about it. Just launch it. It’s better to have some content than not to have any content. So stay tuned to my channel, I will be filming alot more now that I’ve got this wonderful toy to play with and I look forward to connecting with you soon. Oh, and please do leave me a comment in the box below, like my Facebook page and I look forward to talking with you again soon.

The 7 Tweaks Every Business Needs to Apply to their Facebook Page

If you already have a Facebook Business Page, you may be missing out on some vital data. In this post Francesca shares the 7 optimisations (optimizations) every business needs to apply to their Facebook Business Page to ensure they are getting the most out of their Fan Page. You can watch this video here or read the transcript below….

Here’s a transcript of this video here….

Hi, I’m Francesca and I’m your Facebook Business Specialist. I’m at my Retreat in the beautiful Byron Bay hinterland and a lot of my clients lately have been asking me how to best optimise (optimize) their Facebook pages since the new timelines were released on 31st march.

Now, a Facebook Page is very easy to setup but what my clients are finding tricky is knowing what to do to best optimise their Pages so that search engines can easily find their businesses.

I’d like to share with you today my Top 7 Tips on how to best optimise (optimize) your Facebook Business Timeline. This is also called “SEO” or (Search Engine Optimistion” for your Business Facebook Page.

Firstly, the Cover Photo. Facebook has been very generous and the Cover Photo is the whole width of the page. My tip is ==> go crazy! Don’t hold back! Choose the most beautiful photo that represents your business. Choose the most appealing photo – it is the 1st thing that a new visitor will see. So make sure you capture the attention of a new visitor enough so that they feel compelled to click the Like button on your Page. Make sure it’s a high quality, high resolution photo and just remember, it can’t be a promotional photo or anything salesy so choose a fantastic photo that really represents your business overall.

My second tip is for the Profile Photo and Facebook allows 180×180 pixels for your Profile Photo. Most people use their logo or another great high quality photo here but my tip is to check how this photo actually looks when it’s used a thumbnail which is only 32×32 pixels, because it is this Profile Photo that is reduced down to a mini size as a thumbnail which is propagated all over Facebook when you leave a comment on another Page. So my tip is to check the thumbnail and if it looks squashed or strange or cropped in a weird way, then you can resize this photo to make it look good in both sizes. Get familiar with a photo editing program like PhotoShop or get a friend to do this for you. It is important to get this photo resized and uploaded so that it looks good in both sizes both as a Profile Photo and also as a small mini thumbnail size.

My third tip is about the Application Boxes. There are 4 of these that you can see straight away on the right hand side but you can actually have up to 12 of these if you click the triangular button on the right. The first application box must be your photos and you can’t change this. I do recommend your 2nd box to be your Likers. It is nice for a new visitor to see how many Likers you have, it is something that a new visitor will naturally look for. Now your App Boxes are meant to be a channel or view of your business. So my recommendation for App Boxes is to set up your 3rd box as a video channel. And I’ll tell you why. It’s because YouTube is the 2nd biggest search engine in the world. And a lot of people don’t know this, but YouTube is a very common place these days where customers are searching for products and services. YouTube is not only a place to find videos, customers are also now using it as a search engine like Google or Yahoo. My advice is to make sure that a customer can find your business on YouTube. This means you need to get some videos happening! Record them on your SmartPhone or check your digital camera as a lot of them will have a video recording function. Or perhaps you own a camcorder or can borrow one from a friend? But I will talk alot more about how to choose topics to video that are relevant for your business in another video. But if you’re stuck for ideas to record, then why not create a how-to series on a topic related to your business? That’s always a good place to start. Either way, it is important for you start generating some video content that you can upload into this 3rd App Box on your Facebook Business Page. Also so that you can load these videos into YouTube because by having some YouTube videos, this will start to generate a lot of link juice for the search engine optimisation (SEO) of your Facebook Page. Your website will also start to rank higher in all the search engines too. Simply having a presence on YouTube will have positive search engine impact for your business. Videos are really great content to have on your Facebook Page.

My fourth tip is about your vanity URL. This is the nice neat short link into your Facebook Page. When you first setup your Page, Facebook assigns a name that has lots of letters and numbers and it’s really long and quite unattractive. I do recommend applying for your nice and tidy Facebook vanity name so that you have an appealing short name that you can use on your business cards and also to link from your website. To do this just go to facebook.com/username and you can apply for your vanity URL there.

My fifth tip I’d like to share with you today is about the Description box, also called the About box. I see a lot of great descriptions on Facebook. You actually have 2 sentences to play with here so you need to describe your business as best you can and make this your best BIO ever.  But I see 2 things missing time and time again from many About boxes and one of those things is keywords. Make sure you include the core keywords that will link to your business in your About box. This will trigger a search not only in Facebook but also in other search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing. This is so that when a customer is looking for a product or service that you offer, the keywords in your About Description will actually make your Facebook Page come up in their search when they type in those keywords. By including keywords in your About Box, you’re making your Facebook Page more easily found both in search engines and also within Facebook itself.

The 2nd thing I see missing a lot from the About Box is the URL that links back to the company’s main website. It’s really important to include the www. FullDomainName that links back to your primary website. Make sure it also includes the http:// at the start of the website name. The reason I recommend this, is because this makes your Facebook Page friendly to search engines so that they can more easily find you. This also ranks your primary website higher. So by including Keywords and a Hyperlink back to your main website from your About Box you will be generating quite a lot of search engine juice or Search engines optimisation (optimization) for your business. I talk lot about tips like this on how to optimise (optimize) your Facebook Page so that it’s more easily found in search engines, in my book. So it is important to setup your Facebook Page so that when a customer is searching for a product or service that you offer, that your business comes up first at the top of the list so that any new customer can easily find your business. Being optimised and having a Facebook Page that is search engine friendly is a great way to bring new business to your door.

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My sixth tip is about Highlights, Milestones and Pin Posts. One thing I found myself talking about with one of my clients this week is why it’s important to use the different types of posts in the course of a week. I do recommend mixing this up and using a variety of different posts during the course of a week simply to make your Page interesting enough so that a new visitor will more likely Like your Page. By mixing up the different types of posts, this also makes your Page engaging so that a Fan will visit your Page again. One of my clients also thought she could only pin a post that was recent. A lot of people don’t know that the pin posts that you can feature at the top of your page for 7 days, can actually be any posts from last week, last month or last year, so I just wanted to share with you that you can actually pin a post from the past. This means that if you have a successful post, one that attracted a lot of comments or Likes, why not run it again and feature it at the top of your page for 7 days? This will hopefully attract more Likes and more comments from new visitors since the post was successful before, so why not run it again?

My seventh tip is about the Friend Activity area. A lot of people haven’t noticed this yet but it’s on the right hand side in the middle of your new Timeline. This area shows the Friends that have Liked the business and Friends that have commented on your Page. The most important tip for this area is that it’s not only important to collect Likes, it’s also important to collect comments. So what I mean by this is, if a Fan leaves a comment on your page, make sure you respond to them within 24 hours. And keep the conversation rolling, because comments are 4-5 times more highly valued by Facebook than a Fan that only clicks Like on your post. Lots of comments on your Page show Facebook that people are actually interacting with your Page because Facebook knows that it’s harder to engage a Fan in a conversation than it is to just Like a post. It’s really important for you as a business to really cherish these comments, really engage your Followers. Because it’s one thing to have Likes and Likers, but the more highly commented your Page is, the higher your Facebook Business Page will rank in both Facebook searches and also in search engines. I know this sounds very interesting! But it’s also a proven fact. Again, we’re talking about really tweaking and optimising your Page here to get the best results so that your Facebook Page is as friendly as it can be to search engines. You really want your Facebook Page to rank as high as possible so that your business is more easily found by a customer that is searching for a product that you sell, so that you can be generating more sales.

So these are my top 7 tips to optimise your Facebook Business Timeline and I do I talk about lots and lots of these sorts of tips and tricks in my book so that you can best optimise (optimize) your Facebook Business Page for best results. So grab a copy if you’d love to read the juiciest information and the best methods to help you optimise (optimize) your Facebook Page to be more easily found both in Facebook and also on search engines. My book is called “Facebook Business Success in 10 minutes a day” and you can purchase this for $39.95 at this link here  and I promise you it will be the best 40 dollars you will ever spend…. and of course it’s tax deductible.

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My main message to you today is that it’s not only important to have a Facebook Page setup for your business so that you can keep social in this new online economy, but it’s also really important that you know how to setup your Facebook Page so that it has the most search engine juice that will allow your business to be easily found by customers. So you’re looking for tweaks and optimisations (optimizations) that will give you the best SEO.

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