I have been blogging now for almost 4 full months. There has been a lot to learn, plus great learnings to share. What I have been most surprised about is what a positive experience many blogging Facebook groups have been. I have discovered so many bloggers that inspire me both on a personal and a career level. It’s a community that works HARD and sticks together, helping one another to achieve great things.
With that said I wanted to share the ins and outs of how to get the most of blogging Facebook groups, so you can grow your social media exposure and garner strong relationships.
Before I get into the how, here are the top Facebook groups I use. I have recommended these groups as they are key traffic drivers for my blog and have also taught me a ton about the blogging world.
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Made up of bloggers from various niches, this group has to be my personal favourite. It’s full of smart bloggers that are extremely helpful. Blogging with Heart has multiple daily threads to support all social channels. Since this group is all about heart, the members do truly support one another in a way I haven’t seen in other groups.
I joined this group recently after completing the Become a Pinterest Ninja eCourse, from Megan Johnson at LoveFamilyHealth.com. Pinterest Ninjas Facebook group has daily threads that support social channels as well as promotion of new content. This group is created for those who’ve completed the Pinterest Ninja course.
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This Facebook groups is focused 100% on Pinterest (hence the name)! I have found this group to be great source of growing my pinterest traffic as I get a lot of engagement on all my pins. There is a daily thread – even on weekends.
This is another group dedicated to all things Pinterest. On top of having a daily Pinterest thread, there is also a weekly follow 10, weekly comment on 10, plus a weekly group Pinterest board thread for those looking to contribute to boards or get new contributors to their own boards.
This is a larger group with 17,000+ members. What I like about this group is most of the engagement is asking/answering questions. This is a great way to gain knowledge and share what you’ve learned. There is also a couple of all group threads a few times a week.
Now that you have some great groups to get you started, here’s some useful information for you.
How to Benefit from Facebook Groups. Tips to Help You Succeed:
1. Post Early. If you are contributing to a Facebook group thread, post your content as early as possible. By being one of the first to post in a thread will give you more views and higher chances of your post being shared or engaged with. Basically, by posting early you’ll notice your content is being shared more.
2. Save Each Thread. If you are part of multiple Facebook groups you may have a hard time remembering what you need to complete. Each group will have it’s own set of rules which you must follow in order to stay in the group. To avoid forgetting what threads you’ve contributed to, save each thread and then unsave once completed.
4. Think of Each Group as Your Target Audience. Once you start contributing to different groups, you’ll start to notice what kind of content the members like (and share). In order to increase engagement only post content the members of the group would be happy to share/like/engage with.
5. Be a GOOD Group Member. Don’t just drop a link to your site/post and leave. You’ll notice it won’t get you far and you’ll eventually get removed from a group. Facebook blogging groups are all about helping other bloggers and in exchange they will help you. Be genuine and you’ll get the same back.
6. Ask Questions, but also Answer Them. Relationships go BOTH ways. If you have a question about Wordpress or Google Analytics or anything, it feels great to get legitimate responses back, that actually help you. I have been amazed just how helpful most people are in FB groups. So, if you see someone else post a question, take the time to help them if you can. They will appreciate it immensely and it feels good to share your skills.
7. Make Connections. Genuinely follow and engage with bloggers you love. Build a relationship with likeminded bloggers. Find ways to collaborate with them and share their content. Blogging is a like an online family and once you’ve been doing it a while you will rely on some select bloggers who will happily give you feedback and work with you.
8. Keep Track. Take note of how helpful each group is. Do you find your content is being engaged with? Are people answering your questions? Are you getting out as much as you are putting in? If the answer is no, then leave the unhelpful groups and try out some new groups.
I personally find that the extremely large groups are harder to engage with as SO many people are contributing content that it makes it next to impossible to garner a relationship with anyone. See what types of groups work for you and commit to them.
There you have it! This is how I use Facebook groups. Do you have any other recommendations to make the most of Facebook groups which help you and your blog succeed? If yes, leave a note in the comments section below.
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