Do You Know This Simple Facebook Trick?

Facebook is the most popular social networking site worldwide. With 2.1 billion active daily users, the site has been a great way for authors and publishers to connect with their audience. Sadly, that is changing.

Mark Zukerman, the founder of Facebook, has announced that he is changing Facebook’s algorithm to show more posts from family and friends in individual’s News Feeds, and to give preference to posts that get the most engagement (comments).

This is bad news for authors and publishers who have a Facebook Page (not a personal profile) for their fans to follow and engage with them on the social site. This change means that the already shrinking exposure for any given Facebook Page post will continue to shrink. Currently, less than 10% of the people who follow your Facebook page see any given information you post. This means that if you have 500 followers on Facebook, less than 50 of them will see anything you post.

Facebook has been decreasing the exposure for Facebook Pages for a couple years as they try to push you to spend money to get your information seen. You can pay to Boost a Post to all your followers and beyond, and you can pay to place ads on Facebook so more people are exposed to you and your books.

If you have put a lot of effort into building up your following on Facebook, this news can be very discouraging. After all, Facebook does provide a valuable avenue to connect with masses of people.

Don’t despair. I have a simple trick that you can use and you can get your followers to use so that you can stay in contact with them through Facebook. If you follow any Pages on Facebook, you can use this simple procedure to make sure you still see the information that these authors, musicians, and businesses post. You can also encourage your Facebook Page’s followers to implement this simple move so that they don’t miss any posts from you.

Here is the trick in three simple steps:

  1. Go to any Facebook Page you follow.
  2. Click on the down arrow next to “Following”.
  3. Then click “See First” under “In Your News Feed”.

Doing this ensures that anything this Facebook Page posts will show up in your News Feed. That way, you won’t miss anything from that Page.

If you follow Christian Small Publishers Association’s (CSPA) Facebook Page, I encourage you to enable the “See First” option so you don’t miss any of the great information we post there on a daily basis.

Just go to https://www.facebook.com/ChristianSmallPublishers and complete the three steps listed above. If you don’t yet follow CSPA on Facebook, I encourage you to do so and then enable the “See First” option.

This little Facebook trick can help you and all your fans stay abreast of all the great information your favorite Facebook Pages post.

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Facebook: Powerful Social Networking

Facebook recently surpassed Google as the most visited website in the United States. That is rather big news and ties in with current predictions about the changing nature of the Internet.

For years website owners have worked hard to make their web page rank high on search engines for given search terms. Now the landscaping is shifting.

Here is what this shift means for you as an author or publisher:

1. Your social networking reach is becoming more important than your search engine rank.

Marketing specialists are predicting that connections on social network sites will eventually take the place of search engines. Instead of asking a search engine to find websites on various topics, people will ask their friends on their social networking sites which websites they recommend on a given topic. The importance of a visible social networking presence is increasing.

2. Facebook should be an integral part of your marketing plan for a book.

Facebook is the number one social networking site on the Internet. Facebook should now be an integral part of any marketing plan for a book. Authors and publishers should be using this tool to reach potential customers and stay in contact with fans. It’s the easiest place to reach the most people in one swoop.

3. It will take more work to get noticed.

The busier a website is, the more people you have vying for attention. It’s hard to be seen and heard above all the noise. The busier Facebook gets the more creative you will have to be to get noticed and keep your message in front of consumers. Many businesses are using applications, surveys, and Facebook exclusive coupons or specials to combat the noise and be noticed. Mashable describes five businesses that have created great fan pages and used them very successfully. You can read the five case studies by clicking here.

If you are not yet on Facebook, I challenge you to tackle that task today.

Christian Small Publishers Association only recently made the leap and created a Facebook page. I invite you to become a fan of (or rather now Facebook has changed it to “like”)  Christian Small Publishers Association. If you have a personal profile on Facebook, just click here to become a fan (like us).

See you on Facebook!


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