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Content is King and Social Media His Queen – Boost your Blog #BB100

This is the last post in the Boost your Blog with Facebook series. I have really enjoyed researching my topics, pulling together my thoughts, creating outlines and presenting my challenges and suggestions to you.  I hope they have been beneficial and worth your time and energy in reading these articles and completing the challenges. As I close out this series, I really want to encourage you to continue to focus on content.  Because content is still king and social media is his queen.

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If you don’t have fantastic content, you can push it out all day through every social media channel out there and you still will not get the desired result.  You may get page views for that article, but they will not translate into followers, loyal readers and certainly not tribe members. So we have to remember that only content that is relevant to our audience will actually build our following.

That being said, if you have fantastic content, but nobody knows about it, you still are not getting the desired results. It takes the combination of both of them to really grow your following.

Your content can change and evolve as you do. You will lose some audience members… and that is okay! The ones that stay are the ones that are really your tribe anyway! I know we have spent a ton of time this week analyzing data and crunching numbers… but in the end, it still boils down to writing great articles that people want to read and pushing them out through social media. With the goal being two-fold:

(1). To feed your tribe. Those that are loyal readers that immediately click when they see that you have a new post up. And that is the most important segment of your audience (in my humble opinion).

(2). Reach new readers. Hopefully your new readers are coming from not just your social media pushes, but also from your tribe sharing your content. Be sure to ask them to!!

The Final Challenge

So the final challenge is focus on content. You should have a pretty good idea of what your audience loves and is hungry for. Write the content they want to read. Be fantastic in your niche. Own it… and they will come!

I wish you all the best with your blogs and writing!  I hope you will consider sharing my series if you found it to be beneficial.  And leave me feedback if you see areas that could be improved. We are all still growing and learning …. it is a life long endeavor here at Live and Learn Farm!

Be sure to read the other posts in this series:

Be sure to visit the other co-hosts and do their challenges as well!

  • Lisa from Squishable Baby wrote a series on Giveaways
  • Michelle from Simplify, Live, Love wrote a series on Grammar
  • Thaleia from Something 2 Offer wrote a series on Blog Photos and one on Commenting
  • Martiel from Amazing Success Academy wrote a series on SEO and one on Blog Titles and Topics
  • Honey from Honey’s Life wrote a series on Twitter

Until next time…

Start a Group on Facebook – Boost your Blog #BB100

Well, this series on using Facebook to Boost your Blog is coming to a close. This is the next to the last post I’ll be writing in this series. As we all have been working through how to overcome the dramatic changes that Facebook has made to business pages, I have one more suggestion. This is one that will take time to develop and grow, and it still subject to the whims of Facebook… so I’m not saying it is the silver bullet.  I am saying, at this point, it is the best alternative I have found and the surest way to reach our followers: Start a group on Facebook.

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As with all the suggestions I have made thus far, we have done this very thing.  Right at three weeks ago we started Hip Homeschool Moms Community, a closed group on Facebook.  As I write this article, it has over 1,600 members already.  That is nowhere near what our Facebook Page has, which is over 45,000 followers.  However, our Page has been up for three years.  If you divide that 45,000 by 36 months, it is 1,250 per month. We have already topped that in the group in two weeks!

I have to tell you… this group is much more than getting our posts back in front of our followers though. It really is creating community in a big way! It is an environment where mentoring new homeschool moms is taking place and all of us are supporting each other walking out the homeschool lifestyle. Almost from the moment I bought into Hip Homeschool Moms, we have been talking about creating a community. We always thought it would be off Facebook. I’m not sure what direction we will take in the future regarding moving off Facebook, but I can tell you creating the group on Facebook was the right step at this time. We get positive comments from the members almost everyday about how much they appreciate and love this group.

Today’s Challenge

Start a group! Even if you don’t tell anyone about it and you keep it secret at this point, you can grab the name for your community (before someone else does). If you are not familiar with how to create a group, you can learn how here.  Maybe you have it for a specific aspect of your blog, a challenge, a subset of the followers, etc. I hope you will seriously consider this avenue and see if it is right for your followers.

Be sure to read the other posts in this series:

Day one:  Know your Audience
Day two:  Know your Competition
Day three:  The Goal of Social Media
Day four:  Turn Off the Autofeeds
Day five:  Methodically Test Your Posts
Day six:  Testing Which Posts Work
Day seven:  Pay to Play
Day eight:  Be Prepared to Change
Day nine:  Start a Group 
Day ten:  Content is King and Social Media His Queen

Be sure to visit the other co-hosts and do their challenges as well!

  • Lisa from Squishable Baby wrote a series on Giveaways
  • Michelle from Simplify, Live, Love wrote a series on Grammar
  • Thaleia from Something 2 Offer wrote a series on Blog Photos and one on Commenting
  • Martiel from Amazing Success Academy wrote a series onSEO and one on Blog Titles and Topics
  • Honey from Honey’s Life wrote a series on Twitter

Until next time…

 

With Facebook Be Prepared to Change – Boost your Blog #BB100

Well, we are about to close out this series and I am looking back over what I’ve shared. When I was first talking about participating in this challenge, Facebook had not made their big change. So, when it happened, I requested to be on the back-end of the series so I could analyze what was happening and make more informed suggestions. The one take away I have from all this is … with Facebook be prepared to change.

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I have been one of the Facebook page owners that was not in the least bit happy. I also have been one of the Facebook page owners that realizes that Facebook is a business. So, I’ve really tried to look at it from a business perspective. Taking all the emotion out of the equation. Just looking at it strictly from their perspective… all these changes are based on business. They have shareholders that expect a return on their investment. And who can blame them?  So, we have to accept that this is the new reality of using Facebook. It is not going to be a free ride any longer.

Today’s Challenge

So today’s challenge is stop being emotional about Facebook and the changes being made. It is their business and we have been using it for free. Many businesses have been made due to Facebook. I would continue to use it like I do all the social media outlets. But I would also expect that it will continue to evolve. If you are not good with that, go ahead and leave now. You will save yourself a lot of heartache and headaches.

I now look at this evolution as a game. I am Type A enough to think I can somehow master this game and actually win at it. So, I will continue to treat Facebook as an experiment. Testing, documenting and evaluating. Continually tweaking stuff to see if it is working. If you can make a game out of it, I think it will make this ride far more tolerable!

Be sure to read the other posts in this series:

Day one:  Know your Audience
Day two:  Know your Competition
Day three:  The Goal of Social Media
Day four:  Turn Off the Autofeeds
Day five:  Methodically Test Your Posts
Day six:  Testing Which Posts Work
Day seven:  Pay to Play
Day eight:  Be Prepared to Change
Day nine:  Start a Group 
Day ten:  Content is King and Social Media His Queen

Be sure to visit the other co-hosts and do their challenges as well!

  • Lisa from Squishable Baby wrote a series on Giveaways
  • Michelle from Simplify, Live, Love wrote a series on Grammar
  • Thaleia from Something 2 Offer wrote a series on Blog Photos and one on Commenting
  • Martiel from Amazing Success Academy wrote a series onSEO and one on Blog Titles and Topics
  • Honey from Honey’s Life wrote a series on Twitter

Until next time…

Pay to Play on Facebook – Boost Your Blog #BB100

How are you doing thus far with your Facebook Challenge?  I hope it has been beneficial and that you are learning a lot!  As we all know Facebook is a business and as such, has stockholders to answer to.  They have a need to make money just like other businesses, which is understandable. So one of the biggest questions I hear is should we pay to play on Facebook?  Well, I will share two posts and let you make up your own mind.

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We have experimented a little with paying to boost posts on Facebook. Not enough to recommend one way or the other yet. More experimenting is required! I can tell you I have listened to and watched some of the arguments for and against and I’ll share them with you to make your own decisions!

Facebook Fraud

This is probably the most popular video on the against side of pay to play on Facebook.  It is by Veritasium and he gives reasons, examples, and lots of data about experiments he implemented personally (and from others experiments) to test if you should spend money to boost pages and posts on Facebook. I agree with him on the Boost your PAGE perspective. Getting more likes on your page may even actually work against you because I think Facebook is targeting the larger pages to pay for the boosts.  It’s been viewed 2.3 million times (yes, million) and it’s not 10 minutes long. Invest the time to watch his video.

Jon Loomer Responds

Jon provides a well researched and seasoned response to the Facebook Fraud video. And I agree with some of his assertions as well.  He takes the time to work through each example and assertion that is posed in the Facebook Fraud video. And I’ll just tell you, Jon disagrees with the conclusion of the Facebook Fraud video.

Other Voices Share on the Pay to Play Issue

 

Today’s Challenge

Make a decision regarding if you are going to test boosting posts. If you do decide to boost, track the views, time, cost, clicks that end up visiting your website, etc.

Be sure to read the other posts in this series:

Day one:  Know your Audience
Day two:  Know your Competition
Day three:  The Goal of Social Media
Day four:  Turn Off the Autofeeds
Day five:  Methodically Test Your Posts
Day six:  Testing Which Posts Work
Day seven:  Pay to Play
Day eight:  Be Prepared to Change
Day nine:  Start a Group 
Day ten:  Content is King and Social Media His Queen

Be sure to visit the other co-hosts and do their challenges as well!

  • Lisa from Squishable Baby wrote a series on Giveaways
  • Michelle from Simplify, Live, Love wrote a series on Grammar
  • Thaleia from Something 2 Offer wrote a series on Blog Photos and one on Commenting
  • Martiel from Amazing Success Academy wrote a series onSEO and one on Blog Titles and Topics
  • Honey from Honey’s Life wrote a series on Twitter

Until next time…

Boost Your Blog in 100 Days Challenge

Boost Your Blog in 100 Days Challenge

How exciting!  I am taking part in a fantastic challenge for the next 100 days,  if you are a blogger interested in growing your blog, I hope you will join us! It is an opportunity to work together to learn how to grow your blog with social media channels like Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram.  I’m sure you have heard as many times as I have, content is king … and, to be honest, it is true.  Content IS king!  But we all know that getting the content in front of people who actually want to read it is just as important. So, meet the Queen of the Kingdom, Social Media. Once you are being just plain great with fantastic content, it’s time to start sharing  it with the world. But for many of us, Social Media is not so easy to manage.  It can become the highway to a-maz-ing growth, or it can be become the dam that literally prevents you from having time to write that fantastic content.  So, like most queens, she has to be managed 🙂 !  Honey and her friends had the idea to help others grow their blogs and I just happened to jump in on the tail-end! But, seriously, I’m excited to be a part of this wonderful group of women and look forward to learning way more than I contribute 🙂 So, without further adieu, let’s get to Boost Your Blog in 100 Days (or #BB100 ) and meet the hostesses.
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The series will cover multiple 10-day series like such as:

  • Topics to blog about
  • Twitter
  • SEO/Keywords
  • Pinterest
  • Growing Facebook Followers 
  • Getting more traffic.

Be sure to sign up to receive the emails so you don’t miss anything! Join us and let’s learn to grow our blogs with the Boost Your Blog in 100 Days Challenge #BB100!

Remember, anyone can participate.  You can do one or all 10 challenges at your own pace or follow along with us… whatever works best for you and your blogging needs.

Meet the Hostesses:

honey 400Honey Rowland, blogs at Honey’s Life about homeschooling, family life and green living.  With a passion for self-sufficiency and natural, special needs parenting you’ll learn about everything from natural, local foods to essential oils and homeopathy to gardening and farm life. Honey has also turned the constant ‘talks too much’ report card comments into a home business. She runs social media while obtaining new sponsors and advertisers for herself and other bloggers. So whether you’re curious about chickens or children, ask…’cause she’s dabbled and babbled in just about everything.

Michelle Simplify Live loveMichelle Marine blogs at Simplify, Live, Love where she shares down to earth tips for the thoughtful mama. Michelle. along with her husband, 4 kids and a bunch of animals, lives sustainably in barn on 5 acres in rural Eastern Iowa. Michelle is an avid gardener and from-scratch cook of real food; she cans produce, homeschools, and teaches community college classes in addition to blogging. Her husband is building their forever home to the German Passive House standards and they plan to live off grid yet still enjoy modern conveniences. Simplify, Live, Love chronicles their attempts to live sustainably and strives to remind people to live simply and frugally yet still enjoy life.

MartielMartiel Beatty from Amazing Success Academy specializes in helping artists build online businesses and blogs. She is a fiber artist, expert blogger, author of Blog Notes, and GIMP Wizard. She is also the founder of Sewmantra and started the Academy because she couldn’t find an affordable, knowledgeable and effective program that supported handmade, indie-artists. Find out how she can help you build your business today. 

lisa familyLisa Nelson from The Squishable Baby focuses on creating positive learning experiences through everyday life. I believe that learning about – and respecting diversity, different religions, other cultures, charity, and our environment – through play, through crafts, through lessons, through giving – will not only produce more empathetic children and adults – but will put a child on a path to a love of lifelong learning.

Thaleia 300 lightThaleia Maher blogs at Something 2 Offer where she is generous in giving advice and helping others find free resources that meet their needs; be it for homeschool or life! She is a BIG researcher who wants to encourage families on their homeschool journey. Wife to high school sweetheart. Mother of four (including 2 little reds!), Sister, Daughter, Christ-Follower, Talkative, Creative. Hoping to figure this whole life, blogger, social media thing out! So be sure to keep tabs on her journey of life.

Trish CorlewAnd finally, me, I’m Trish Corlew and I blog at Live and Learn Farm and am one of the co-owners of Hip Homeschool Moms. I primarily run the marketing and advertising of Hip Homeschool Moms as well as our Social Media. Oh, and by the way, this picture is FOUR years old now. Maybe one of our team members should write about using current pictures so folks can recognize you if they bump into you at a conference or something 🙂 I have been married for 17 years and have three sons (14, 12 and 10 years old) and we live in West Tennessee on a 40+ acre farm. In my spare time, I love to help homeschooling moms figure out how to best homeschool their families! I love to work in our vegetable garden and can regularly be found trying to learn something new, modeling that learning is indeed a life-long endeavor!

So here is the current schedule:

Days 1-10: Leave 100 Comments with Thaleia begins Feb 15.

Days 11-20: Grammar Mistakes Bloggers Make with Michelle.

Days 21-30: Using Twitter with Honey.

Days 31-40: Topics for 100 Blog Posts with Martiel.

Days 41-50: Figuring out your Followers on Facebook with me, Trish.

Ready to boost your blog #BB100? Join the 100 day challenge and we will get this party started! 

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