I joined my first Facebook group a little over a year ago. Let me tell you, it has been amazing. You get to interact with some really amazing people who are just like you or want to help you find success. During my first month in Facebook Groups my traffic on my blog had gone up 1000x, I had increased my Instagram followers from 12 to 367 and I had increased my Twitter followers from 20 to 269.
That may not seem like a lot to those who have thousands of followers and page views, but as someone was just starting out, it was amazing to me. Now keep in mind, this was all purely promoting in my first few Facebook Groups, nowhere else. Since then I have joined a lot more groups. I love these groups!
However, I did have to learn the ropes, and I was booted from 1 or 2 groups because I hadn’t read the rules or I had gotten in over my head and was remiss on something.
So I’m here to share with you 5 tips for excelling in Facebook groups. I am by no means an expert, but I have learned quite a bit, and for this, I’ve seen progress, so I’m happy.
1. Read the group rules:
I can’t stress how important this is! Each group has their set of rules and are typically on the right side of the screen under “description.” Please read over them, if possible, read over them before you request to join the group so that you know what the group entails and can know if you have the time to devote to it. You don’t want to sign up for a group, only to realize that it is a lot more involved than you have time for. Facebook groups can be extremely helpful, but if you don’t take the time to understand how their group works, it can backfire.
2. Don’t post anything without planning on reciprocating:
You will see what each groups reciprocation policy is in the rules. Some groups are like for like, which means that when you post your share, you have to like every share that is posted and everyone will like yours. This takes time to complete. There have been some nights that I have spent a couple of hours just reciprocating likes, comments, and shares. If you don’t have the time to do this, then don’t post anything yourself. A. its rude and B. it will get you kicked out of that group.
Some groups only require that you check out a few others after you post your share, this is just common courtesy. Don’t just drop your link and run. Some groups frown on this and will kick you out of the group if they see this happen enough times. Also, the other bloggers are taking the time to look at your post and share or comment, the least you can do is the same for them. We are all part of this crazy blogging community and we need to support one another.
3. Make a list of your posts:
I am a part of a lot of groups, and it can be hard to remember where I’ve posted and what I’ve posted. So I’ve also included a Facebook Group Post Tracker. This nifty little spreadsheet will help you keep track of where you’ve posted and when. You should also write down what the reciprocation rules are so you can complete those too, in case you can’t do it all in one sitting.
4. Post several different promos:
Since I am in so many groups, I can bet that there are a lot of the same people in the same groups that I am in, so when I have 10 blog post promo threads that I can share to, I have recently started to share several posts split up over those threads. This way, I am not missing out on traffic because someone already visited my site from another promo thread.
For instance, I will do my “5 Times I Learned To Be a Kid With My Kid” post in 3 or 4 groups, then I do “5 Reason Why Your Child Should Set Goals” post in another 3 or 4 groups. I also do the same with my Instagram, Twitter, Pins, and Facebook posts promo threads. This way I can still get the traffic I want without having people skip over because the same post is in all the threads across the board.
5. Take time to thank all those who support you:
There are those group threads where they are like for like, but there are also threads that just require you check out promos that interest you. If someone likes your post or replies that they have shared or commented on it, take the time to reply to their comment and like it. This is common courtesy. It shows that you’ve acknowledged that they took the time to view your post, shared it and that you appreciate it.
Facebook Groups can be extremely beneficial when utilized correctly. You can’t just expect to promote your post and be done. There is reciprocation, there is interaction and being able to answer each others’ questions. It is a group; you are part of a team. Just remember that. They are there to support you and help you out, the least you can do is fully participate.