Way back when having a published book was still a dream, I started a Facebook “fan” Page. I didn’t really know what to do with it, but a few of you LIKED it because I asked you to. Since then, I’ve been sharing my blog posts to my Page and even remembering to write witty and/or informative updates—occasionally. And my number of LIKES has grown, which means I’m interacting with a lot more “fans.” Right? I don’t think so.
After Facebook went public, changes were made to insure more profit for its shareholders. If you had a Page, you noticed that Facebook began showing you the number of people who saw each update in their feed. They also offered you the ability to “boost” your updates so more people would see them. You have to pay for these boosts, of course. So what happens if you don’t boost your updates? Only a small percentage of the people who’ve LIKED your Page will ever see what you share with them.
Think about all the Pages you’ve LIKED on Facebook. Remember how you saw updates from them—for a while? If you regularly visit those pages or interact with their updates, you’ll continue seeing those updates. But if you haven’t visited those Pages recently, you’ve probably forgotten you ever clicked that LIKE button—unless those Pages are “owned” by a company or person who can afford to boost their updates. (And even those boosted updates will reach only a percentage of the Facebook users who wanted to see them.)
In short, if you don’t pay to boost, you’ll become invisible to the majority of the people who wanted to see what you say on Facebook.
For example, 299 people have chosen to LIKE my Facebook Page. How many of them saw my last update? Only 23—and that took three days! In part, I believe, that was because it contained a link to my last blog post. I’ve noticed that when I publish a status update that doesn’t contain a link, the percentage of people who see it in their feed is larger—and they see it faster. My last update without a link appeared in 20 of my followers’ feeds within one hour.
My conclusion: Facebook doesn’t want our Pages to be a successful use of our time and effort unless we pay for that privilege. Great for the Facebook shareholders. Not good for poor writers like me trying to communicate through their Facebook Pages.
So, do yourselves and those you LIKE a favor. Go to your Facebook account today. Click on your Likes and visit the Pages of those you really want to keep up to date on. Better yet, interact by clicking Like or Share on a status update on that Page—and then continue doing that when you see their updates in your feed. That way you’ll never miss out on what’s happening on the Pages you so kindly LIKED.
6 thoughts on “Why Your Facebook Page Might Not Be Working for You”
I only have about 18 likes on the ‘fan’ page for my blog, as I only really post what I’ve posted on my blog, so it’s a bit depressing to think even that may only be reaching like one person. Thanks for bringing up the issue!!
Yes, Mandii, it’s depressing. I don’t really know of an alternative though, so I’ll keep my Page for now.
That explains a lot. Make you wonder if it is worth it. Not many of us can afford to pay for ads.
No, we can’t, Darlene. Yet, I can’t give up on my Page just yet. I just wish I could think of entertaining things to say there.
Hi Linda, I finally made it to your blog, and am catching up on some of your posts! I’ve been thinking of you since I’m reading “An Illusion of Trust,” at the moment! I, too, have noticed that Facebook obviously wants us to boost our posts. Seems unfortunate. I’m pretty sure I’ll never pay for that. I wanted to mention (and I haven’t tired this) what someone told me. They write a status and then post the link to their blog in the comments, letting their readers know that the link can be found there. I haven’t yet tried it. One thing I will say is when I posted a photo of my books when they first arrived it was apparently seen by over 1100 people which totally shocked me at the time. I guess it was because a lot of people I knew shared it. I’m not sure how or if they helped sales any, but at least it put my book out there in front of people. But I’ve had some posts shown to as little as 12. A little discouraging. Like you, I’m not ready to abandon my page yet.
Hi, Laura. Thank you for taking the time to read my book. 🙂 Best wishes on your new book!
I did try the Facebook “trick” you mentioned. It confused people because unless they clicked to see the comments, all they saw was the photo I pulled from my post. I’ve thought about trying again and adding text to the photo, something like “New post! Link in comments.”