Posted on January 26, 2014

How to Get More Engagement on Facebook

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facebook how to get engagement
 
As I explained in my last post, since Facebook changed it’s algorithm, many page owners have seen a decline in their Facebook reach. I’m going to share some tips on how to use Facebook to better your user engagement following these changes. I was going to leave this until later in the week, as I didn’t want my blog turn into a how-to blog but I’ve had a few tweets and comments about some of you waiting for this post. So, here ya go.
-there's no elevator to sucess. you have to take the stairs.- (9)
 
Use link share, instead of posting the URL in a status. 

I’ve entered the URL and pressed submit in the first image. This is an example of a status with a link embedded.

Facebook has found that these types of posts from Pages do not get as much engagement as from friends, therefore will be filtering less of these types of posts from pages into News Feeds. Facebook then explained that other story posts may prove to have an increase in reach. 

They went on to suggest that sharing links in Facebook would get a higher reach than the way above.

If you wait a few seconds before submitting your post – Facebook automatically pulls in a picture and some text from the website you are linking. This is now a ‘link share’.

This is how you want to be sharing your content to get it out to more readers.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
So that’s how to get your posts ‘out’ to your actually followers, now lets talk about how we are going to get them to engage in your content.
 
 

Edit your ‘link share’ post.

I have ‘link shared’ the post to the left, but did a bit of editing before I submitted it.

According to Facebook, it will get more engagement than if I didn’t edit it. This is because it is more visually engaging to users and doesn’t have the clunky looking URL like in my example above.




You can edit the post in various ways:

  1. You can add a description/text where the URL originally was.
  2. You can upload you own image to replace the one automatically ‘pulled’
  3. You can edit the text highlighted in blue by clicking it.
Add text to your images.
If you are going to upload your own image, it’s a good idea to add text to the image to attract more attention. Most people are more likely to read the text on an image than the text over or above it. You can use picmonkey if you don’t have editing software. 
 
The text you select will depend on your niche and your post. Examples could be:
  1. How to dress for valentines date.
  2. The new shoe collection at New Look
  3. See what I bought from Primark!
You get the idea.
 
Use your page insights.
Facebook offers a whole new set of stats (or insights) for you to obsess over analyse.
The information is split into two categories:
 
1. User Insights (demographics, daily active users, daily likes/unlikes etc)
 
2. Interaction insights (post likes, reach, comments etc)
 




There are a tonnes of statistics to measure and track. Which ones you want to use depends on you, but the two I find most useful are:
‘When Your Fans Are Online’. This is a good indicator of what time on what day you should post content, as more people are more likely to see it.
 
‘Post Reach’. This tells you how many impressions each posts has, which is again a good indication of what type of posts are going into your fans News Feeds and also which ones they are engaging with more.
Engage with your fans.
 
Engagement is key. To keep people interacting on your page, you need to respond to comments. Also asking questions in an informal way is a great way to encourage comments.
 
Give content that isn’t on your blog.
 
If you are just posting links to your blog posts (which I am guilty of), then you are probably not going to get much engagement – post things that your followers won’t see on your blog. Like random photos, share a new pair of shoes you’ve seen, or an article you like. You can even give updates of what you are up to, ask opinions or add a poll. People on Facebook LOVE to share opinions!
 
I started writing the post with the intention of helping you gain a higher reach and more engagement through your blogs Facebook page, but I’ve actually ended up find out information to help myself too. I’m very good at engaging and interacting over on my twitter page, but my Facebook page is a whole different story. I’m going to make a few changes to how I use my own page from now on, I hope you found this little article helpful – if you use any of these tips, please let me know how you get on and if you have any more, please feel free to leave them in the comment section below.

Useful tip from Twitter: 

.@bloggerforums Also, did you know that by tagging a brand in your post it may appear in their followers feeds. #BlogHour
— Ashton Lee Hudson (@AshtonLeeHudson) March 11, 2014


Since implementing these changes, I’ve started seeing traffic come from my Facebook page to this blog. It might not be loads, but to say I was getting no traffic from Facebook most days, it’s a massive improvement!

 
How much user engagement do you get on your Facebook?

47 Comments

  • Reply Lulu G January 26, 2014 at 10:09 am

    That’s really useful, thanks! Have a great day. x

    Louisa @ My Family & Abruzzo

  • Reply Contes de la beauté January 26, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Great tips, thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Jackie Harrison January 26, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Great information for FB followers. No new post today just visiting.
    http://tifi11.blogspot.com

  • Reply Alicia Mackin January 26, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Great post so much of information with detail, thanks for posting!!

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
    allienyc.com

  • Reply Debbie Stinedurf January 26, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    I only recently set up a Facebook page for my blog….thanks so much for the tips!
    Debbie
    http://www.fashionfairydust.blogspot.com

  • Reply Paula Kemp January 26, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Do you know if it would change the engagement if you used a url shortener like bit.ly? Great post!

    Paula at Beauty Lover xx

  • Reply Hannah Layford January 26, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    brilliant post! I’m definitely guilty of not giving my Facebook page as much attention as I should.. although I’ve started sharing photos and trying to encourage interaction a little more and i have noticed a big difference!

    Hannah xx

  • Reply Tallia January 26, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    This is interesting and definitely helpful!

    ❤Tallia
    Trending In Fashion

  • Reply Ina R. January 26, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Wow thanks, this post is awesome! There are lots of things I didn’t know about! 🙂

  • Reply Lauren January 26, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    This is really useful information! I need to work on my facebook page!

    Lauren,
    http://www.atouchofsoutherngrace.com/

  • Reply Julie Chagas January 26, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Great tips!

    http://www.juliechagas.com/

  • Reply Kashaya January 26, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Useful tips.=)

  • Reply Naville January 26, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    thanks for the tips! 🙂
    i think i need to share more content that’s not from my blog

    xo

    Inspirations Have I None

  • Reply Maripiliyrebeca Cortés Romeo January 26, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Bonitas imagenes y consejos!!
    Bss
    http://unvestidorconideas.blogspot.com.es/

  • Reply Mª Pilar Domínguez January 26, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Interesting tips, Corinne. I usually read blogs by Bloglovin because I haven´t got time to pass by Facebook. But I try to follow all your new posts. Kisses:)

  • Reply Melissa January 26, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Useful 🙂

  • Reply Marta January 26, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Hello from Spain: thanks for your instructions. I do not have Facebook. I prefer the blog. Keep in touch

  • Reply Carrie F January 26, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    This is so useful! Thanks for sharing. I’ve joined facebook relatively recently and am never really sure how to use it, I will make sure to try out these tricks though, thanks!
    Carrie xx

    carriebrighton

  • Reply Cristina - The froggie touch January 26, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    Ohh thanks you!!

    I have just made a Facebook page for my blog and all advice are wellcome.

    Hugs!!

  • Reply Maja eM January 27, 2014 at 10:44 am

    That’s really helpful, If I ever dare to start my fb fanpage I would use those guidelines!
    xoxo
    http://pandamone.blogspot.com/2014/01/lady-in-red.html

  • Reply saralookbook* January 27, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    great ! 🙂

    saralookbook.blogspot.com

  • Reply Natalia | Fashioned by Love January 27, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Seriously I learnt so much by reading this post! I had no idea. Thankyou! x

  • Reply Style and Paper January 27, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Great post!!! Thanks for sharing!!

    xoxo

    Style and Paper
    Bloglovin
    Facebook

  • Reply Michelle Outside London January 27, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Gawd bless Facebook, they’re a fussy bunch! Thanks for the tips, jolly helpful.
    M x Life Outside London

  • Reply Bárbara Marques January 27, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    This really is so helpful. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    http://mykindofjoy.blogspot.pt/

  • Reply Elisabeth Sedlachek January 27, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    I haven’t got my blog’s Facebook page as I don’t like the idea of it linking to my private account. Or maybe I’m wrong. Great tips, Corrine. They got me thinking about setting up a page. Thank you! x

    http://www.todaymyway.com

    • Reply Corinne January 28, 2014 at 12:33 am

      I had the same fear, but when you start your page it doesn’t link it on your profile. You can even chose to comment under your page name, rather than real name. That’s what I do and nobody has ever found my blogs page through my profile!

  • Reply Sam January 27, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    This was well research and very informative, I am not a member of FB but I can see how it helps. I enjoyed reading your thoughts on my last post, thank you!

  • Reply Noor January 27, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Seriously , SO many awesome tips . I am keeping a Facebook page as a fancy formality but now I think , I’ll be trying to conquer it a BIT!
    Noor @ Noor’s Place

  • Reply Marlen January 27, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    woah this was crazy informative, thank you so much for taking the time to put it all together! i had no idea such little tweaks can help you reach more people, and i was definitely doing it wrong haha. this post definitely helped 🙂

    xo marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

  • Reply Let's talk about everything January 27, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Very very informative post!! thanks!!
    Neha
    Let’s talk about everything

  • Reply Keisi Methoxha January 27, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    thank you for these tips 😀

    http://cassie2fashion.blogspot.com/

  • Reply Coco Colo January 27, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Interesting and really informing post 🙂

    http://coco-colo.blogspot.de/

  • Reply Krysten Gautreaux January 27, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Interesting…. thanks for the tips, I’m going to try these out and see how it goes.

  • Reply polishedcouture January 27, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    such a great post! thanks for the tips they will come in useful xx

  • Reply ellie balangue January 28, 2014 at 12:18 am

    thank you! this is really helpful!

    Keep in touch!

    xx
    ellie
    chasingculprit.blogspot.com

  • Reply Who is that Girl Mo? January 28, 2014 at 12:28 am

    I don’t get much user engagement so this post is really helpful. 🙂 Thanks!

    Mo

  • Reply Kim Alston January 28, 2014 at 4:02 am

    These are excellent tips Corinne! I’m definitely going to make some changes. Thanks girl! Woot Woot
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

  • Reply StyleByDeb January 28, 2014 at 4:36 am

    Thanks for sharing this useful information! I read your previous post about this subject and both have good information! In my blog’s FB page I share my latest posts and some random pics as you suggested. It’s a good way to keep your page “alive” in people’s eyes 🙂 I’m also on Twitter (@StyleByDeb)! Would you like to follow each other there?
    xx

    http://www.stylebydeb.com

  • Reply Rebeca Muñoz López January 28, 2014 at 5:49 am

    Thanks for sharing these tips with us your readers, and I have also fanpage and use Bitly for links, I have a return regular to my blog readers of my facebook fanpage.

    http://www.urbanikamoda.blogspotc.om

  • Reply Saniya Bhatnagar January 28, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    I am def trying these tips!! Brilliant post hun 🙂

    M following ya..Hoping a follow back 🙂 <3
    xoxo
    http://www.beautynbuzz.com

  • Reply Dana Wozenilek January 29, 2014 at 3:47 am

    I’m so happy you wrote this post and shared it with my on Twitter! You’re the best!

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    I always find this post so interesting. http://thisischarley.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/liebster-award-time-you-enjoy-wasting.html

  • Reply Jodi January 31, 2014 at 2:35 am

    Thanks for this! I love it when someone else does my homework for me 😉

  • Reply Roxanne February 5, 2014 at 10:20 am

    I seriously love you for this post! Thanks a ton!
    xox
    http://www.head2heels.co

  • Reply Secret Style File December 15, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Thanks for sharing these tips! x

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