This past Saturday Cristina, Cathleen, and I held our biweekly Twitter chat and it was all about creating meaningful with other bloggers and creatives and I couldn’t help but notice how few people take advantage of Facebook groups. I can’t remember the exact way I discovered that there were indeed Facebook groups out there for bloggers to meet other bloggers, find out about events, share their content among other things but I’ve been utilizing these groups for almost a year now, and it seriously has been the best experience.
So, how exactly do these Facebook groups work? How can you benefit from them? Are they going to make a difference in your blogging?
Join the right groups for YOU
When someone creates a Facebook group, there is a description box for them to fill out so that others know what the group is about. If you’re joining a good Facebook group, they will have this description mastered – they’ll tell you what the group is about, who it’s for, how to join, and any rules or additional information they would like you to consider. Before you request to join any groups, be sure to read these description boxes to make sure the group is a good fit for you (& your blog!).
Depending on the group(s) you are apart of, the admins of the group will most likely have a set schedule about what days they have promotion threads on the group dash. Before you even think about sharing your content, have it all ready! There’s nothing worse than scrambling to get the links to your most recent blog post, social media accounts, or a link to your most recent posted photo on Instagram. I typically open each of these in a new browser in various tabs so that I can easily copy & paste my links into the necessary threads.
Tip: After you post a comment/content in any of the threads, click the upside down carrot at the top of the thread and click “turn off notifications” so that you don’t get a Facebook notification for each comment made on the thread!
Follow the rules
When you’re first accepted into a Facebook group, the admins make it a point to make sure you have access to the rules of the group. The rules vary from group to group, but the basic concept of most rules is to participate and to share the love. The admins of these groups created these groups and allow you to be in them with the expectation that you can share your content, but you can’t just take, you need to give the love to others as well. If you comment on a thread with your latest blog post and you’re supposed to comment on three other blog posts and ‘like’ their comment once you’ve done so, do it! Not only are you sharing the love with them, but commenting on their posts can help increase traffic on your blog, too!
Comment, comment, comment
If someone asks a question in the group and you know the answer, comment on their post and help them out. If someone posts a blogging win, congratulate them. If you have a question, ask it. No question is a stupid question, and even if you can’t help someone out completely, try your best! When you interact with the other members of the group, you have the opportunity to network with other bloggers, increase traffic to your site, and the ability to learn new things.
Tip: Don’t be shy! If you can’t troubleshoot something on your blog, there is a 95% chance that one of the members of the group can help you out or at least steer you in the right direction. There’s nothing better than having an excessive amount of bloggers at your finger tips – pick away at their brains!