Without Facebook, none of my success would have been possible.
In this post, I want to show you how I grew my Facebook community to more than 5,000 fans in less than a year. With the support of these fans, I was able to turn a profit with my blog. I hope that my experiences will be able to help lots of people—not just travel bloggers—grow their projects.
In addition to the Facebook Like Box, I encourage my readers to follow me on Facebook at the end of every blog post: "Did you like this post? Please follow me on Facebook for more updates..."
The first blog post I wrote was called 10 Reasons Why You Should Travel to the Philippines. At that time, I barely had any fans and could count my readers on one hand.
I needed someone to promote me. After I published the post, I looked for Facebook pages that were related to my post. You can do the same! Ask yourself: Who would share my post? Who has a fan base that would benefit from it?
With keywords related to my article I found some interesting pages on Facebook with thousands of followers. I sent them an email, asking them in a polite way if they might be interested in sharing my link. I told them why it would be interesting for their readership. If you do this, make sure to like the page you're contacting!
More than half of the pages I approached replied to me in a positive way. They liked my post and promised to share it. Some of these pages were huge—one had more than 1 million fans. After they shared my post on Facebook, I gained hundreds of new Facebook fans overnight.
The post itself went viral, eventually getting more than 11,000 Facebook Likes.
It's important to share more than just links to your blog posts on your Facebook page. Now and then, share a photo and include links in the text. Photos appear more often in people's news streams and can grab attention. You can get a lot more clicks, likes, comments, and shares with photo posts. Try it!
No matter what your niche is, you should be getting in touch with other people and develop connections with them.
Definitely don't share only your own posts. Share anything that is valuable content and related to your niche.
If you don’t post regularly, you won’t be seen in the news feed. All your posts are public. Whenever someone likes or comments on your stuff, the friends of your fans will see that too. So go and post more!
Building Facebook Fans takes time, but even more it takes consistency. Make sure to dedicate enough time and effort in your Facebook page and provide value to your fans.
Don't give up! It's not too hard and I'm sure you can do it. Be patient and your hard work will pay off.
Thanks for reading. You can find more posts by me on my blog, Just One Way Ticket.
Travel Blogger at JustOneWayTicket
Sabrina is the founder of JustOneWayTicket.com, an inspiring travel blog focused on her experiences (and disasters). She's half-German Italian and has visited more than 50 countries around the world. She’s a talented photographer and web designer, whose blog posts and photos keep visitors coming back day in and day out. If you’re ever on the road, she’s probably somewhere close by.