For anyone just entering the blogging world, Facebook groups are essential for growing your blog’s traffic. Even many well-established bloggers partake in Facebook groups because they understand the benefits of it. Facebook groups can bolster your site’s traffic, generate tons of followers for your social media accounts, and answer your questions when you are stuck. I have found a lot of success in using Facebook groups for my blog. But it wasn’t an instant success type of thing. In order to use Facebook groups successfully, you have to do it with a strategy. So I wanted to share with you some ways that you can do to make the most out of using Facebook groups and boost your blog’s traffic.
Interact with the prompts
Usually, the point of joining blogging Facebook group is to increase your blog’s traffic. The best way to do this is to interact with the prompts the admin posts. Whenever it is a Pinterest day, share your Pinterest. Whenever it is an Instagram day, share your Insta. Most importantly, when it is blog post day, jump on it and share your blog.
Follow the directions
Many admins are very strict about people following the rules. Many will delete you instantly if you stop following the instructions. Maybe the instructions on the prompt say to share your latest blog post and then comment on 5 others. The key is to make sure you actually comment on 5 other blog posts. It may be time-consuming, but it is good for your own blog. I am 1000 times more likely to check someone’s blog out if they leave a nice thoughtful comment on my blog. Follow the instructions to stay in good favor with the admins, as well as make better connections for your blog.
Be one of the first to comment on the prompts
I’ve found that the people who comment first on the prompts are consistently the ones with the most interaction. Those are the ones that are seen the most and interacted with the most. I’ve also noticed that the ones that comment last tend to get the least interaction with others. It’s important to be vigilant and jump on a prompt when the admin posts it.
Do not post when you are not supposed to
I have seen a lot of people get booted from groups for posting things at times they are not supposed to. The rules for the Facebook group are in the page’s description. It is important to adhere to them. Besides that, no one wants to interact with someone who is spamming the feed. Save your posts for the designated times and you will see much more success.
Pro Tip: Save the post and turn off commenting notifications
This may be one of the most important tips on here. I just figured this one out and it has helped to save my sanity a little. After you comment on a prompt at least another 30-40 people to comment and figure that you will get notifications for each of those comments. Now, multiply that times 10 Facebook groups, and it gets crazy. What I learned to do is just click on the three dots on the corner of the post, save the post and turn notifications off for this post. At the end of the day, you can go back to your saved post and complete all of the tasks for the prompts you shared on.
Make sure that you do go back and complete all of the tasks you are supposed to. A lot of groups will kick you out within the first three times you fail to reciprocate the correct amount. That’s why saving and keeping track is so important.
Ask questions when you are stuck
The main reasons you join a Facebook group for blogging is to increase your site’s traffic and get support from other bloggers. There is so much I don’t know about blogging. But at the same time, there is a lot that I know. I know next to nothing about coding. Yet, I know a lot about marketing strategies and know a lot about consumer behavior. Look for blog groups where you can post questions when you have them and get answers. In most cases, there will be someone in the group that has had the same struggle or is an expert in something that you are struggling with.
Interact on prompts that don’t ask you to share your work
This is isn’t mandatory, and it probably won’t even increase your blog’s traffic, but it is relieving to talk to make connections with other bloggers. And it can help with other things like if the prompt asks you to talk about something you are struggling with, it is a great opportunity to get support from others who probably have a lot more experience than you.
Always be constructive in your criticism
Often times you see people asking for feedback, or other people asking questions. Make sure that when you are giving advice or feedback you say positive things along with the advice of how to make things better.
Delete the groups that are not working
I’ve tried a lot of Facebook groups, and some of them are just not for me. Some don’t go well with my niche or don’t go well with my personality. Because of that they just don’t boost my blog’s traffic. You will inevitably run into the same thing when you are trying out different Facebook groups. If you are putting huge amounts of time into a group and aren’t getting anything out, get rid of it. If it’s just sitting there on your account without new prompts being posted, get rid of it. Or if there aren’t prompts being posted at least 3-4 times a week, that’s usually enough for me to delete it. Don’t let your clutter your account with things that don’t benefit you. Check out this post for a list of some great facebook groups to join. Also, don’t forget to join my facebook group.
Do you have any other tips about using facebook groups? Have you been using Facebook groups to boost your blog’s traffic?Share in the comments!