For those of you who are not yet aware of the most recent change, let us fill you in. Facebook (the same website that said they would NEVER charge) has now gone back on their word. While it’s true that it doesn’t cost anything to open an account (YET), Facebook has rolled out some new changes that will make it almost impossible to interact on there, unless you pay up.
For us bloggers, this is a HUGE deal! We spend thousands of dollars hosting giveaways, and advertising ourselves, in order to bring in more people. A large majority of us focus on Facebook as a main source of interaction. Heck, almost everyone has a Facebook account so it just made sense. Sadly, the money we’ve invested and the time we’ve invested, now seems to be moot.
Take a look at the screen cap in the post. This is what we (as admins) see on our Facebook page. There are several things I want to point out. The first, is the most obvious – the charges. As of right now, the large majority of our Facebook fans are NOT seeing what we post. This started a few months back when Facebook first introduced timeline. It’s evident that they planned this out for a while. That’s when you started noticing that pages you “liked” were no longer showing on your news feed. After all, Facebook knows what’s best. They know what it is that you want and when you want it (**rolling my eyes**).
Back to the charges. Those various fee’s you see in the photo – those are the prices they want us to pay, just so more people (who already “like” our page) can see our posts. We have over 22,000 Facebook fans. If we want a shot at everyone seeing what we post, it’ll cost us $100 per POST! Remember, this is also on top of the money we spent just to get our name out there, and gain those “likes”. Just like the screen cap says, we can “get more people who like our page, to see that post”.
Now look at the photo again, but take a peek at the people reached (bottom of the pic). Only 6% are able to see what we post. Six percent of 22,000+. This is a HUGE issue… and it doesn’t just effect us.
See, we’re able to hold giveaways, because companies want us to help them get their product in front of the general public. Be it a new website, kids toys, baby gear and more. That is an investment for them. They provide us with giveaway items for all of you (like the $150 Amazon Gift Card giveaway we’re doing), so you’re aware of their new products, and to generate interest. Makes sense, right?
Well… if you don’t see our updates, you don’t visit our blog. If you don’t visit our blog, our traffic rankings drop. If our traffic rankings drop, companies don’t want to sponsor giveaways. If they don’t sponsor giveaways…. no more awesome (and high dollar) freebies for you!!
So you see… this is the start of something terrible. It’s not just us. It’s all bloggers. Not even just the bloggers. It’s ALL businesses that rely on Facebook for fan interaction.
In an effort to make sure you guys are still seeing our posts, please subscribe to our once daily email. This will ensure you see all the new posts, each day. Additionally, those who subscribe to our blog email and click the links to view our posts… will be entered to win a FREE Amazon gift card. There will be 5 winners each month. All eligible winners will be put into a random drawing (to be held on the 25th of each month, starting June 25th 2012) and notified within 3 days. It’s as simple as that!
Have a toddler or know someone who does? You might be interested in this giveaway!! Hurry over and “Like” Nuby USA on Facebook and then take their survey for your chance to win 1 of 1000 Nuby No-Spill Hard Spout Cups!! That’s right, 1000 fans will win one!! Wishing everyone tons of luck, be sure to let us know if you become a winner!
When you get to the Facebook App, click “like” in the upper right corner. You’ll then see a form to fill out. Make sure you enter your name and email address that’s associated with your Facebook Account. If not, you won’t get your credits. Once you’ve submitted your form, a popup will appear saying you just earned15 FREE Facebook Credits. You are NOT required to share the post – your credits have already been applied to your account by the time you see the popup. To check to make sure you got credited, check your Account Payment Section. This is a limited time offer, so don’t miss out! This offer is for U.S. residents only. Let us know if you grab this one!
I can’t tell you how many times I forget to wish someone “Happy Birthday” on Facebook. I’m usually on Facebook most of the day, but I stay on our Fan Page so I can respond to questions and comments from all of you. It’s rare for me to be on my “Home Screen”, which means I miss the notifications about some of my friends birthdays. Now obviously I don’t forget my immediate family’s birthdays or my very close friends…but I’m sure some of you out there can relate.
I was super excited to hear about the birthdayFB.com app! It’s FREE to use and very handy for those of us who are busy and don’t want to forget a birthday. Schedule all your birthday messages ahead of time and it will automatically post them for you when their birthday comes up!!
Simply log in with facebook and allow the app to get started. You’ll then be brought to a list of everyone and their birthdays. You can click the little downward arrow to write a birthday message or hide a friend. Super easy! And it’s still personalized and showing you care, just scheduled ahead of time!!
I signed up and plan on scheduling some messages this evening. What about you??
So many of us include Facebook in our daily lives. Like it or not, it’s a fact for most of us (especially most of you who visit our site). With all of the changes Facebook is constantly making, some of you may not be seeing as many of our posts as you would like. You might be missing out on awesome goodies! We don’t want that, do we? Heck no!
There’s an easy way to make sure you’re seeing the posts of your favorite pages (even favorite friends). We’ve created a video with screenshots and step by step instructions to show you how to easily create your own list. You can make a list for your favorite coupon pages, favorite deal pages, favorite all-around pages….you name it! Even family and friends. Create specific lists for co-workers, immediate family, extended family, friends, and the list can go on and on! However you want to do it, there’s no limit.
Just follow the simple steps in the video to get started. If you include us in one of your lists, you’ll easily make sure you’re seeing ALL of our posts and not only getting one here and there.
Steps to Creating a Facebook List:
Go to your ‘Home’ Page Newsfeed and click ‘More’ on the left side of your screen. You may have to scroll down a bit to see it.
You should now see ‘Interests’. Click ‘Add Interest‘.
You’ll see a popup. They have other interests you can subscribe to if you want, and you can also create lists here. Click on ‘Create a List’ to make your own.
On the left side you can sort by Pages, Friends, or Subscriptions. Click on Pages to make a list for our page.
In the top right, there’s a search bar. Simply type the name of the page you are wanting to add to your list (example: The Daily Goodie Bag) and it should pop up in the area below.
Click on the desired page to select it.
Continue to add pages to your list (if you would like)
When you are finished adding pages (or friends, family, etc – depending on your list), click ‘Next’.
You’ll now see all your pages listed on the right and an area to select your list settings.
Name your List accordingly (I named mine “Deal Pages”) and select your desired privacy for your list (privacy settings can be viewable by Public, Friends, or Only You).
When you’ve named your list & set the privacy, simply click ‘Done’.
You’ll be brought to your newsfeed for your newly created list! You’ll see all the pages posts you specified in your list and no others! You can add to your list from this page (now that it’s created), manage the list, see suggestions, and more.
These lists are super handy with all the changes. Never worry about missing posts you want to see again! Let us know if you found this helpful by clicking ‘Like’ below. Let your friends in on the secret by clicking ‘Share’! 🙂