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Your Facebook Friends Groups

Have you ever wondered what your Facebook friends groups are? Perhaps you just want some new Facebook group suggestions but the generic suggestions tab just isn’t giving you something interesting?

Here is a super simple way to see what groups certain Facebook friends belong to (except Secret groups.)

Go to Facebook and in the search bar type:

Firstname Lastname Groups

The results will show you all the public and closed groups your friend belongs to along with the description of the group, how many members it has and will give you the ability to join right there. Also the avatars to the left of the group show 4 of your friends that are in the group (if there are more than that.)

After the screenshot I share reasons you may want to use this feature.

Finding Your Facebook Friends Groups

It’s a quick and easy thing to do.

When you might want to use this feature:

  1. Search a friend who has similar interests to you to find groups on that interest
  2. Search a friend who has more business authority to you see where they hang out
  3. Search a friend who has a similar health problem to you to see if they are a member of any related health groups
  4. Search a newer friend to learn more about them based on the groups they have joined

Just be warned: You’ll probably end up a member of a lot of new groups.

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How To: Basic Facebook SEO

How To: Basic Facebook SEO

SEO or Search Engine Optimization is almost as important on Facebook as it is on your blog. Facebook pages show up in search as well as in Facebook Graph Search. If someone is searching for a topic you cover, you want your page to show up.

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Basic Facebook SEO

1. Pick a good name

You want your Facebook fan page to have a good name with your keyword in it if possible and you want to make sure it’s something that will stay permanent as you can’t easily change your name.  It’s the same with choosing your blog name and domain. You don’t want to have to change it, it’s a lot harder than it sounds.

2. Customize your URL

Which do you think will show up in Facebook Graph search more?

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Biannual-Blogathon-Bash/260551190785913 ?

or

https://www.facebook.com/BiannualBlogathonBash ?

After you have 25 or so fans you can change your URL by going to http://www.facebook.com/username

Be careful! After you set it, you can only change it ONCE! This is why you want a keyword in your name if possible because you can’t just stuff your url with keywords, it should represent who you are.

3. Edit your About Section

For starters, don’t just put your URL to your blog or website in the URL section. Also put it in your About section. Only 140 of the 250 available characters will automatically show on the main page so make sure you include your keywords, very short about and url in that 140 characters.

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Fill out as much of the other fields as makes sense for your website. There is a section to go more in depth as to what you are all about and a spot for your start date. Make sure you include keywords here too.

4. Optimize your posts.

Use your keywords in your Facebook posts too. For example a keyword for this page is social media. So when I share this post on my Facebook page, I will preface it with:

{Social Media Tip} How To: Basic Facebook SEO

I can also include some appropriate hashtags. #socialmedia #Facebook. If you choose to use hashtags, stick with 1-3.

5. Optimize Your Photos

When you upload a new photo, add a description that explains the photo and ideally, has a keyword. Sometimes you can’t add a description when you upload the photo but after it’s live, you can click on it to add one.

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How to Create and Run a Facebook Group for Bloggers

How to Create and Run a Facebook Group for Bloggers

blogathonwinter180This is a mini challenge for the Biannual Blogathon Bash. Anyone is welcome to read and use this information but blogathon participants may be eligible for prizes. It’s not too late to join!

If you’ve been thinking of starting a Facebook group for bloggers or you already have one but feel you need some direction in taking the lead, this post is for you. You may already have a Facebook page for your blog and that is great. Facebook pages are a great way to connect with fans and share your latest thoughts and blog posts. If you have a very dedicated fan base, you might even want to have a Facebook group for fans so they are better able to see what’s new with the blog and discuss the posts there. There are lots of Facebook features you may or may not already be using but today I want to talk about using groups for fellow bloggers.

Types of Groups

There are all kinds of groups on Facebook for bloggers and they don’t all serve the same purpose. Some are connected to a specific event or a group that runs events like the Blogathon FB group. It’s for those who participate in the events to stay up to date on event news and connect with other participants. There are groups which are for connecting certain types of bloggers such as Canadian bloggers or Fashion bloggers or book bloggers. There are groups for connecting those different types of bloggers together and talking about blogging in general such as Bloggers Building Bridges. There are groups that are designed for helping other bloggers to promote their blog posts as well.

There Are So Many

There are a LOT of groups on Facebook for bloggers but that doesn’t necessarily mean there isn’t room for more. Many are very inactive or the group leaders may decide they don’t want to run it anymore or perhaps the members aren’t happy there. Bloggers who use Facebook groups are always looking for new groups.

How to Create and Run a Facebook Group for Bloggers

How to Create and Run a Facebook Group for Bloggers

Step One: Make a Plan

What is your focus for the group? Who is the group for and what will they get out of it? Where do you see the group in 6 months? 1 year? Brainstorm some ideas of how your group will be different or unique or well loved. You will also need to decide if you will be keeping membership limited (only a certain number of members or only personally invited members) or if anyone can join. Can anyone post to the group or only admin? Will posts go live immediately or do they have to be approved by admin first? Will you admin the group yourself or do you have a co-admin in mind?

Step Two: Pick a Name and Create the Group

Come up with a great name for your group so that it’s clear what the group is about (if possible.) Search Facebook to see if the name is already taken. Go to Facebook Groups and click Create to start a new Facebook group. To make a group, you must add at least one other person. It’s best not to add people without their knowledge so you might want to ask a friend or family member for permission to add them to the group so it will let you create it. They can always leave the group afterwards. Do NOT invite anyone else right now. Only the obligatory one person.

Step Three: Set Up the Group

Look over the options for your group and make sure they are set the way you want them. You can make the group Open, Closed or Secret. You can also set if you want posts to be approved before they go live and if new members have to be approved or not. In the settings is a spot to set up the group email. By doing that, you can change your group’s URL from a random string of numbers to the name of your group. So set that up.

Facebook groups come in three types: Public, Closed and Secret.
Public – Anyone can join, find the group in search, see all the posts even without being a member and posts from it show up in the newsfeed.
Closed – Anyone can request to join but they must be approved by admin. Anyone can find the group in search and see who is a member but only members can see posts or see it in their newsfeed.
Secret – You must be invited or added by a current member and the group does not show up in search. Only members can see it in the newsfeed or see who else is a member

This distinction is often confused. A few times I’ve seen mention on Facebook that a friend of mine has recently joined a group about a topic I’m not sure they wanted everyone to know they were interested in. A closed group doesn’t mean private. You can read more about the different levels in Facebook help. NOTE: If you have less than 250 members, you can change the privacy settings of you group at any time in any way. After 250 members, you can only make the group MORE restrictive.

Create your own or find a graphic you can use legally for the cover image. Use picmonkey.com to create a simple one with the group name and perhaps a tagline or description on it. Edit the about section to explain what the group is about. If the group is tied into a website, include the url in the first paragraph of the about section so it will show up without anyone having to click more.

Decide on some basic rules or guidelines for your group and create a doc/file in the group with them to direct new members to. Include things such as what members are and are not allowed to post (newest posts, giveaway, affiliate links, questions, opportunities etc), who to contact if they have an issue (who is the admin and how do you want to be contacted) what the reason for the group is and what will happen if rules are not followed (tagged in the rules file, privately messaged, banned.) Some groups will only need 1-3 basic rules such as respect or posting certain types of things while others might need a long list of rules.

Add some discussions so that when members join, they will see the group is trying to be active and will have a discussion to jump into.

Step Four: Keeping it Going

Now you are ready to invite other people BUT please keep these common courtesies in mind:

  • It’s not a good idea to add people to a group without their permission. Instead, message them a link to the group and a description of it and let them decide if they want to join. The add people to group option doesn’t send them an invite, it automatically adds them. If you know their email, you can use the invite by email option.
  • Do not post about your group in other people’s groups asking people to join you. At the least it’s tacky and rude and at the most you could get yourself banned from that group. This would be like standing in Walmart’s parking lot handing out flyers for Target. Messaging everyone on the other groups members list is also wrong.
  • Do not spam every blogger email you can find or private messaging every blogger you see to invite them.
  • DO reach out to specific blogger friends to tell them about your group.
  • DO post about your group on social media or your website (unless it’s for a specific audience.) How to Run a Facebook Group for Bloggers - Leadership Quote

Your group will grow slowly at first but if you run a good group, members will tell other people about it and it will show up under suggested groups and you will gain members.

Start new discussions daily for the first little while. It will be quiet at first as you will have small numbers but keep coming up with interesting things to discuss and soon people will join in. People like to talk about themselves, especially if it’s something they are passionate about. Ask them to introduce themselves and where they blog or answer a question about how they do things. Invite them to share a recent post. If your group is going to have sharing threads, make the rules clear and make sure you follow through with what you promise (e.g. if you say a new thread will go up daily, put it up daily.)

Keep your group drama free. I feel every group should have the rule about respect and a drama free zone. Keep a close eye on what is going on in your group and delete posts that are not respectful or are spammy or are just there to create drama. If you don’t catch these and get rid of them quickly, people will leave your group in a hurry. It’s up to you if you message a warning first or kick the member right out but however you plan to handle it, it should be laid out in the rules.

Mini Challenge

Do step one  – make a plan for a possible Facebook group. Share some details of it in the comments if you want, in the Facebook group or if you want private feedback, you can email me.

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Using Interest Lists on Facebook

Using Interest Lists on Facebook

Using Interest Lists on Facebook: A Tutorial

Interest lists are used to group pages on Facebook (not personal profiles or groups, just pages) by topic. There are some premade interest lists you can follow or you can create your own. When you are viewing an interest list, you are seeing a feed of most recent updates from the Facebook pages that are on that list. After you’ve created one though, you need to remember to check it. This tutorial is about finding your interest lists and adding them to your favourites list.

Using Interest Lists

This tutorial isn’t about making interest lists but about accessing and using them afterwards. See my post about 10 Facebook Features You Might Not Know About to learn more about interest lists and your favourites section.

Step One – Find Interests in Facebook Sidebar

It’s near the bottom so keep scrolling, past groups and apps. Hover next to the word Interests and the word more will show up. Click on that so see a list of ALL your interests (only some are shown in the sidebar.)

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Step Two – Pick What Interests You Want in Favourites

Here you can see all your interest lists. You can also add a premade list from here. Just like with Facebook groups, you can see how much new activity there has been since your list visit. The little wheel on the right is where you can make changes. Click on that for options.

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Step Three – Add to Favourites

Simply click add to favorites and it will be added to your favourites.

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Step Four – Rearrange Favourites

If you want to rearrange everything in your favourites section (what shows in the sidebar on Facebook) then you can follow these steps as well. On anything in the favourites section, if you hover over it, the option wheel appears. Click on it and choose rearrange.

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Everything in the list will become draggable and you can move things into whatever order you want. My favourites list includes Facebook groups and interest lists I use the most as well as quick links to my own Facebook pages and groups that I run. I group them according to frequency of use and type.

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When you have it the way you want, make sure you click done at the bottom of the favourites list to save changes.

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That’s it! Now you can see in your sidebar when you are on Facebook if there is something new in your interest list. You can also easily click on it anytime to view the feed.

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