8 Facebook Hacks for Bloggers

Facebook terrifies me.

All those algorithm changes and dings for not doing something right.

To me, Facebook feels like childhood, where you don’t know what you’re doing and any mistake can cost you. What do I do with my fear? Eat it for lunch and share my lunch with all of you.

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8 Facebook Hacks for Bloggers. Why should you have to scour the interwebs for blogger hacks that can help you engage with your fans on Facebook? Let me do it for you! @faithfulsocial

With stats like these from Post Planner? I have to:

  • 1.39 billion active users
  • half of users log in daily
  • 5 profiles are created every second!
  • 30 million business have fan pages
  • $234 million dollars in virtual goods & gifts were purchased in Q2 of 2014
  • 1 billion searches every day

I compiled a list of Facebook hacks just for bloggers that I’ve implemented and knew you’d like in one handy place. Why should you scour? I can do it for you!

Boost a Facebook post that’s already doing well

This would have to mean that you’re looking at Facebook insights on your page. You are, aren’t you? All you need to do is:

  1. Go to your insights (at the top of your Facebook fan page)
  2. Sort “All Posts Published” by Reach (the other options you’ll see are “Type”, “Targeting” and “Engagement”)
  3. Check out the posts you’ve shared of your content that are performing well.
  4. Click on “Boost Post” to see this screen below. You can use the default settings, but why would you? Why not target your audience to your target market. In this example, I use social media, blogging, marketing, blogging tips and others.

8 Facebook Hacks for Bloggers. Why should you have to scour the interwebs for blogger hacks that can help you engage with your fans on Facebook? Let me do it for you! @faithfulsocial

5. Further customize by loacation and age group. Don’t know where to start on this? Check your analytics, where are most of your viewers coming from? If from the US, why would you want to target people from other countries?

8 Facebook Hacks for Bloggers. Why should you have to scour the interwebs for blogger hacks that can help you engage with your fans on Facebook? Let me do it for you! @faithfulsocial

6. Add your total budget (don’t get crazy, just use $5)

7. You can adjust how long you want it to run. But again, can you skip a latte and do this for a day? Make the money work?

8. Click boost, then sit back and bite your nails. Why? That’s what I did.

There are so many customizations including coupons, including payment methods and the like. Read all about How to Boost Posts on Your Facebook Page here.

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Use one liners

One liners work in a bar, if they’re done right. You know how I feel about social media and bars, right? Well, try it with Facebook. People love it because it’s quick and they get to put their two cents in. Case in point:

My favorite cartoon growing up was _________.

Posted by Faithfully Social on Friday, July 10, 2015

Who doesn’t like to remember childhood cartoons? Pick something quick and easy – but make it open ended. You don’t want to have a “yes” or “no” response set up. The conversation has no place to go, unless you resurrect it – and sometimes, that can be awkward.

Use first names when responding to Facebook posts

If you see the threaded comments, I tried to use people’s first names when responding. I had to make the tough choice of responding timely, or waiting till I got back in front of a laptop, to properly tag them. If you can, you’ll always want to tag the person you’re responding to and Facebook allows it, if they’ve commented on your post. When you tag the person in a response, they are more likely to reply back to you. Why? People want to be courteous, they don’t want to leave you hangin’!

Share your Facebook post more than once

You know my schedule for blog post promotion. For Facebook specifically, just because you’ve shared it, doesn’t mean it’s the equivalent of a red carpet Oscar dress (as in, never to be seen again). Share it monthly.

How can you do this easily? I use Buffer and schedule them all the way out to the end of the year. Wouldn’t a recurring feature be lovely here?

Don’t lose your following, merge

When I was rebranding, I thought I would have to start a completely new Facebook page under the new name. In fact, I did. A friend of mine asked me why I didn’t merge my pages. Merge my what? Here’s the form on Facebook to request a merge of duplicate pages.

The pages must be about the same topic. At most you’ll wait 7 days, but mine was approved faster than that. I kept all of my followers and the new name transition was seamless.

Use hashtags

Facebook likes 2-3 hashtags at most. I try not to use them at all, unless it’s for something like #amazonprimeday or #happyfriday. I keep it fun and interesting but keeping within the Facebook theme of sharing, community and being real.

Here’s an extra tip – if you cross post from Instagram to Facebook, keep your hashtags to two or three in the post description, then go back and add all of your relevant Instagram hashtags in the first comment. This way, you play fair on Facebook and Instagram. I’ve said it before, but it definitely bears repeating.

Don’t know what to share? Save yourself some time and use the save feature

I love this feature and have TONS saved.

8 Facebook Hacks for Bloggers. Why should you have to scour the interwebs for blogger hacks that can help you engage with your fans on Facebook? Let me do it for you! @faithfulsocial

When you come across something you love, scrolling personally, for your blog or small business, just click on that down arrow and you can save the link for later.

8 Facebook Hacks for Bloggers. Why should you have to scour the interwebs for blogger hacks that can help you engage with your fans on Facebook? Let me do it for you! @faithfulsocial

Scroll down in your Facebook homepage and there are all of your links saved and ready to share when you want to.

And yes, those are all the Facebook Communities I belong to, but you already knew most of them, right?

Add Facebook links in emails you send to your subscriber list in a non-spammy way

Why not share an email to your subscribers asking them to chime in on a Facebook post?

It’s super simple to do. Head to the Facebook post you reference in your email, and click on the date. It’s a URL. All you need to do, is right click on that date link, copy and embed in an email

Why not try it with a “One Liner” this week. If your email subscribers haven’t followed you on Facebook yet, this could be a really “soft-sell” way to remind them “Hey, follow on on Facebook!! It’s fun times”.

If you’re looking for more Facebook hacks for bloggers, head here for The Ultimate List of Facebook Hacks (they are 5 SUPER meaty ones) that I shared on The SITS Girls today.

P.S. What do you think of the new graphics? I am kinda digging flat design.

8 Facebook Hacks for Bloggers. Why should you have to scour the interwebs for blogger hacks that can help you engage with your fans on Facebook? Let me do it for you! @faithfulsocial

How To Inexpensively Rock Social Media Like The Pros

Are you a baller on a budget? What I mean is, do you have limited time + money to put into blogging and social media? Me too. You’ve seen all of the available automation and scheduling applications and maybe our head spins at all the options, or maybe you just don’t know where to put your money for fear of not looking like a pro out there. In this post, I’ll share with you how I run my blog and social media using a strategic combination of free and paid apps totaling just $50 per month.

How to Inexpensively Rock Social Media Like the Pros. Sharing how I spend my money on a monthly basis using a strategic combination of paid and free apps by @fillpraycloset

Thinking strategically, it’s best to go with what works, tweaking as needed. Why re-create the wheel, right? 

I thought about where I like to spend most of my social media time + how my content can be displayed and shared in a way that would bring traffic back to my blog. This is the foundation on which I make most of my purchasing decisions.

Then I looked at my bank account. By that, I mean how much am I making from my blog. At the the time, (February 2015) zilch, to be exact. I don’t mind investing in my blog, I have plans, you see *insert evil laugh here*. Let’s rock social media like pro’s shall we?

Squarespace Price $20/month. Moving over to Squarespace costs me a lot of the $50 pie, but for me, it’s worth it. I just don’t have the time to deal with “under the hood stuff”. I could have saved $4 and get billed annually, but I’m a month-to-month gal. I love the ease of use, ability to add scripts for certain social sharing apps and the customer service is excellent. Just because they treat me like I am an expert “under the hood stuff” blogger.

SumoMe Price $0/month. Notice when you hover over images you are prompted to share it to Pinterest, Facebook or Twitter? Or maybe you’ve noticed that if you highlight any text, you can also share to Twitter or Facebook? Hello scroll box for new subscribers and how are you social sharing buttons scrolling with you as you read? Yep, SumoMe does all of that for me with no money spent. That’s wassup.

Feedly Price $5/month. I curate and share content for myself and others and wanted all the bells and whistles that came with. My husband reads up on current events and politics in the morning, and I’m reading the latest in social media, marketing, advertising, blogging + design at night. Feeds with the upgraded plan refresh faster than unpaid, and I can easily share from my Feedly to other social media apps like Hootsuite, Buffer, IFTTT, Pinterest and Pocket.

Canva Price $0/month. I use my own images, or those you can find on Unsplash, MorgueFile, Wikipedia Public Domain Art, and even directly in Canva. I use this to create all of my branded images, with my style guide of fonts, colors, elements + image filters so I am literally making images for this blog in under 3 minutes. You can purchase premium elements at $1/element and I’ll do that very rarely. A dollar is a dollar.

Tailwind Price $15/month. Pinterest has always been a high referrer for me. Maybe it’s because I started this blog after being a secret Pinterest junkie for almost a year. A story for another time. Tailwind is a Pinterest scheduling tool with the most crazy analytics that when used with my social spreadsheet gets me to really dig deep and repin what works, and cut what isn’t working. I still use Pinterest without Tailwind because it will always be my favorite social platform, and there’s nothing like finding a gem in real time to pin!

Tailwind even spent a half hour on the phone with me (on the phone!) to ask me how I was liking their app, what I was struggling with and how I was using it <— see, right there, I knew that was the basis of their call. They get information from bloggers and tweak their product based on an aggregate compilation of data from users! But because I share everything, I told them about my crazy spreadsheet and Pinterest strategy from the Pinning Perfect class I just took that increased my referral traffic 10-15%! They actually said I was the most organized pinner they’d spoken to (little do they know.)

But because I shared, they enrolled me in a Beta test for a new feature + I got a tip that I’ll share with you. If you’re using Tailwind, you may have a hard time wrapping your head around how to ensure your current posts are shared to your boards and group boards upon publish. Manually schedule your blog posts pins on the day you need them, and then use the Tailwind extension to schedule anything else that you want to pin. This way when you use the “shuffle queue” feature, your scheduled content stays as you’ve scheduled it (kinda like Buffer and Hootsuite). Another sweet tip: You can make your pins inside the app because it’s integrated with Canva! Like a cherry on a sundae!

Hootsuite Price $0/month. We know that Hootsuite is my strong, burly, no funny business social media husband. He does all the heavy lifting as far as others content is concerned. Since I only get 100 posts for Buffer, my money is better spent sharing my own content there. I use Feedly as I am reading through pieces of content I think my Twitter audience would love and don’t have a limit as to how much I get to share. Combine that with the auto scheduling feature where it knows just the right time to share posts for maximum impact, and I’m golden.

Buffer Price $10/month. With the new scheduling feature I found, I am literally sharing my blog content within milliseconds according to my schedule (upon publish, 2 hours after, the next day, the next week and the next month). Not to mention, their suggested content is great. I know I can always scroll through there and find a good read. I also have a recipe set up with IFFFT to push all of my tweets into a Google spreadsheet. This means, I can extract those tweets that worked and push them back through (inspirational quotes, evergreen content, you get the drill). 

Pocket Price $0/month. When I find a piece of content that I know I will use later for a guest post, or to send to a client, I save it to Pocket and tag it. It’s so easy to forget that last bit, but it’s very important. I have links in there that I refer to all the time to include relevant data, quotes and methods. 

Co-Schedule Title Analyzer Price $0/month. Did you think that just because I wasn’t on WordPress, I wasn’t going to take advantage of all the freebies around their massively easy and integrated social sharing/blogging app?! Everyone is all cuckoo for cocoa puffs over the Emotional Marketing Value Headline Analyzer, even Co-Scheduler mentions it on this app (page? I can’t tell). What I love about this is I can plug in a title and get instant feedback on why it works, how to make it better and what it looks like in a Google Search. Hook your readers with your title, the rest will follow.

True, I can spend loads of time coming up with the perfect A+ title and I do, but there’s just something about getting a good grade that piques the eternal student in me. Go ahead, test my title. A+, baby.

Iconosquare Price $0/month I am able to comment, like and follow new people on Instagram from this desktop application. The statistics tab is shares charts and graphs of my most liked images, top tags, and even compares them to the ones I use, best times to post based on engagement, and best image filters for my audience. Now that I share my blog posts to Instagram, this is a super win-win. My audience likes the Amaro filter, are crazy for me when I post on Thursdays between 5PM – 9PM and should work more on getting comments so that means better call to action captions on my part. Who knew?

Want more analytics? Simply Measured gives you serious scoop on your Google+ profile page, Facebook Fan Page, Instagram, Twitter, Vine and even social sharing back to your blog. Totally free, you just have to share a little blurb on your social media about them. Which is worth it (and I think that’s how they know it’s really you asking for all of this top secret information). These reports are not for the faint hearted or weak eyed, so don’t do what I did and try to glean information from your smart phone. Get up off the couch and check out your reports from your laptop.  If you don’t measure it, you can’t improve it.

Could I have added more to this list? Sure, we all know about IFTTT, TwitterFeed + JustUnfollow but I wanted to share new stuff. Will I consider adding more to my blog + social media budget? Of course and that’s always in the works, but for now, this works for me, your favorite baller on a budget. If you’re a baller on a budget, let me know!

How do you spend your money on social and blogging? I would love to hear how you make it happen on a shoestring in the comments.

How to Inexpensively Rock Social Media Like the Pros. Sharing how I spend my money on a monthly basis using a strategic combination of paid and free apps by @fillpraycloset

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How To Easily Improve Your Social Media Sharing

That’s right, I am in love with an app. I guarantee you, that if you’re a blogger, this one thing will create instant butterflies in your stomach too.

How To Easily Improve Your Social Media Sharing using a scheduling tool. Or how I cheat on Hootsuite with Buffer to achieve awesome social media sharing results by @faithfulsocial

I am a Hootsuite gal. I’ve always been a Hootsuite gal. To me, it looked old school, and I liked that. I use scheduling tools to manage social media for Real Housekeeping, to keep up with my Pinterest account – Tailwind, I am so sorry to cheat on you. You’re still my sweet thang. Sorry, Tailwind was looking at me a little sideways from the sidebar. He knows he has a post coming up soon.

I have columns set up for mentions, messages, notifications whenever my blog is mentioned and keywords that I search regularly to join in on Twitter conversations. I have a set up for my Facebook profile and Fan page so I can keep up with that as well. I even have a column to check Instagram and use Just Unfollow there to keep up on follow-runs. You know, those people who follow, wait for you to follow back and then dump you? 

Basically, I followed “A Beginner’s Guide to Hootsuite” to the letter Hootsuite was my man, the stud of my social media scheduling. But managing my accounts and Real Housekeeping’s accounts were getting to be a bit hairy. I couldn’t schedule content through Hootsuite on Facebook and have the large, pretty image I wanted. Besides, I’m not completely convinced that Facebook’s Edgerank prefers that you use Facebook to schedule content and not third party apps, like Hootsuite and Buffer (give us the truth, Markee Z. <– has he ever been called that?) To play it safe, I would only schedule content direct to Facebook for RH, two weeks at a time.

Using Feedly, I created an “RH Curation” list based on categories that they wrote about {finances, recipes, DIY, home decor, crafts, family, organization, etc}. Every night, I would check my Feedly for my personal categories to schedule on social media, and I would bypass the RH list because I only checked it when I needed to schedule for them. Whipping out my trusty Erin Condren planner, I used the full month spread to keep track of the last scheduling session. Three – four little dots a day vertically aligned and spaced within each little date box. I set up a key for myself, this time, not color coded:

“I” stands for inspirational
“RH” stands for new + / or old content from the site
“N” stands for niche content

I batch schedule all of the Tweets, easy peasy, in Hootsuite. I manually schedule each day’s content in Facebook for two weeks at a time and place a check mark beside the dot in my calendar when I do so. But Cristina, you can schedule a month’s worth! Of course you can, but, I keep track of enough. Since Hootsuite gives you suggested content for two weeks that I use in conjunction with the links I find, that’s the timeline I use across the board. 

Enter in Buffer, because I like to test and test and test. 

So how does a newbie host a #twitter chat? How does she do it for an account with 41k+ followers? I'll tell you because I did it!

A photo posted by ➳ Cristina 💟 (@fillpraycloset) on

How To Easily Improve Your Social Media Sharing using a scheduling tool. Or how I cheat on Hootsuite with Buffer to achieve awesome social media sharing results by @fillpraycloset

I knew the “free” account wasn’t going to get me anywhere and the paid version aka Awesome for $10/month was something I could handle for one month to test and incorporate any findings. I was the guinea pig, even though I’d added Real Housekeeping’s profiles to it as well.

It’s very user friendly and intuitive. I was going to give you a step by step of how to connect your accounts, add rss feeds for personalized content to choose from, check your analytics and use that to push content to other platforms, but there are plenty of that out there for you to read through, not to mention Buffer has their own blog which is all that and a bag of chips + a dill pickle. 

What I am going to share with you is something that made me do a double take. It made me search and search and search to figure out how to do it. When I finally figured out how easy it was, I was able to get some sleep. Stuff like that keeps me up at night. 

I am all for Guy Kawasaki + Peg Fitzpatrick, as you know. When they pushed sharing your blog posts multiple times to get the most bang for your buck in their book The Art of Social, I was happy they put it in print! Tweets lasts only 18 minutes and who knows if your audience is online, paying attention or even has your profile set to receive notifications every time you post (yes, I do that and read the content when I have a minute —> usually on my way to scan something or make tea). 

That said, in Hootsuite, I manually did this just as Guy + Peg suggest with a twist, I used Co-Schedule’s little visual for how often to publish posts. I even have it saved to my smartphone just in case I need to re-check. I actually have a template I use where I list out all of my posts with little boxes to check off:

Shared on Facebook 0 0 0 0 0 
Shared on Google+ 0 0 0 0 0
Shared on Twitter 0 0 0 0 0 0

You guessed it, those “0” are for the repeated blog posts that I schedule on various platforms, and there are more than just Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

If you’d like to have this sheet I created to ensure that I’m consistent with blog post promotion every time, subscribe and / or click here, for my template for your personal use. Because <3

How To Easily Improve Your Social Media Sharing using a scheduling tool. Or how I cheat on Hootsuite with Buffer to achieve awesome social media sharing results by @fillpraycloset

I do this for every one of my posts. Like I said, I keep track of a lot so the last thing I need to do is try to remember all of the blog post promotion steps.

Using the Chrome browser, because I have a Chromebook, I downloaded the Buffer extension, like I do with all of my social platforms. I figured it worked just like any other social media extension. When I came across something I wanted to share, I could just click on the icon and schedule it. I was reading Social Media Examiner, like I always do over tea time, and saw that Ian Cleary of Razor Social wrote a post on 8 Ways to Improve Social Shares for Your Blog <—showing all my nerdiness.

Here was my internal chatter: “Yadda yadda, meta data, I know, I know. Optimize for mobile, yep, got that. Create tweetable content, yep check, got that, reshare content…nothing new here, ok.” I’m a quick reader and scroller. “Buffer features a scheduler, which allows you to specify when you want to send out your content and on what channels. For example, share your blog post to Twitter when it goes live, then again in 8 hours, a day, a week and some custom time in the future. Also, vary your timing when you share posts to other channels, yeah yeah…wait. WHAT!!??

You mean, all that manual scheduling of posts next week, next month, and all the nexts can be done in a few less clicks? I must have this. At first I thought this was just for people who purchased the next level of Buffer, the big kids, you know. And I couldn’t figure it out. I searched all kinds of ways on Google to see how to get’er done and I just didn’t see it. 

Enter in, this Google+ post:  

How To Easily Improve Your Social Media Sharing using a scheduling tool. Or how I cheat on Hootsuite with Buffer to achieve awesome social media sharing results by @fillpraycloset

Indeed, sir Thomas E. Hanna of BlogPhoto.TV, this is huge. Now I can easily go to the post I just published, and schedule my face off forever and ever, Amen!

How To Easily Improve Your Social Media Sharing using a scheduling tool. Or how I cheat on Hootsuite with Buffer to achieve awesome social media sharing results by @fillpraycloset

When you have that Chrome extension, you head over to your post, or any message you’d like to repeat, and instead of using the default “simple composer”, click on the “power scheduler” tab and choose the days, times and months, whatever you’d like to schedule and across whatever platforms you have connected to Buffer. 

Now, that’s wassup.

Not to mention, this awesome IFTTT recipe to turn your entire Buffer schedule into a visual Google Calendar!

IFTTT Recipe: A Google Calendar view of my Buffer schedule connects buffer to google-calendar

Got any more Buffer tips for this newbie? It’s Friday and I’m thinking comment gifts?!

P.S. I’ve only had Buffer for about a couple of weeks, so I’m still learning. This development was released back in the deezy of October 2014, but back then, Hootsuite was still my best thing, and when I learn something, I share it with you, so be happy for us, will ya?

For more social media goodness, you know where to go:

How To Easily Improve Your Social Media Sharing using a scheduling tool. Or how I cheat on Hootsuite with Buffer to achieve awesome social media sharing results by @faithfulsocial

4 More Ways to Maximize Your Time on Social Media

Today, I am sharing tons of social media tips. Not just here, but over at SITS as well because if we’re going to use social media, we should get the most bang for our buck!

We all know I love social media + I love sharing what I learn with others, so let’s not waste anymore time!

4 More Ways to Maximize Your Time on Social Media with tips for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest by @faithfulsocial

1. Cross post your Pinterest pins all over Facebook

I am sure you knew that you could share your Pinterest pins to your Facebook wall, but did you also know you could share your pins on your Facebook fan page, a group you manage or a group that you’re a part of? What a great way to cross-promote your pins, posts + multiple platforms.

4 Ways to Maximize Your Time on Social Media Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest tips by @fillpraycloset

2. Cross post from Instagram to Facebook, and Twitter – the right way

Sticking with Facebook, why not post your Instagram images to Facebook when you’re capturing the perfect lighting on a sweet daffodil? There is an option to share to Twitter as well, but I wouldn’t do it. When you post to Twitter from Instagram, your followers only see a link.

Who cares about that, right? You probably won’t get much engagement because as we all know, visuals rule (move over, will ya content?). Set up a recipe in IFTTT to share all Instagram images to Twitter as a native image and you’ll increase engagement.

If This Then That is a wonderful tool to make it seem like you are everywhere at once (especially when you’re sleeping). My favorites are:

Sharing Instagram posts to Twitter as native images.

IFTTT Recipe: Post your Instagram photos as native Twitter photos connects instagram to twitter

Pushing posts that I “save for later” on Feedly to Buffer

IFTTT Recipe: Feedly to Buffer connects feedly to buffer

My favorite bloggers posts shared to my Twitter timeline when they publish a post! When I share posts, I like to let the author know that I am mentioning them, think of it as a virtual high five. Automated “@” mentions are discouraged by Twitter’s terms, but there’s a work around. I only recommend this for bloggers you trust – like your mastermind group, or trusted influencers you follow.

IFTTT Recipe: RSS to Buffer (Twitter) connects feed to buffer

Saving all of my tweets to a spreadsheet on Google spreadsheet

IFTTT Recipe: All your tweets in a Google Spreadsheet connects twitter to google-drive

Don’t sleep on that last one! Think of all the time you spend looking for content to tweet. Some of that is evergreen content that you could reshare (inspirational quotes, anyone?). Keeping that spreadsheet can be used to bulk upload in Hootsuite (or BulkBuffer a free, third party bulk upload feature for Buffer) . Talk about leveraging social media to work for you!? IFFT is a great free tool and it’s so fun to use, I was sad when I ran out of recipes. So maybe I’ll try these.

Before we move on to the next tip, I’ll ask that you really consider the Instagram to Twitter recipe. This will keep you on point and accountable to yourself for staying on brand with what you share on Instagram. You’ll pause just a millisecond before sharing because you know it’s going on Twitter, too. I don’t know about you, but for me, Twitter is my serious business platform because of the easy access to profiles, content and influencers. I feel like Instagram is going in that direction as well (if it isn’t there already) so I want to stay consistent on all of my platforms and be sure to post on brand all the time.

3. Create an Instagram landing page

I’ve been waiting to share this with you since I shared how to start sharing your blog posts on Instagram. I figured out an easier way to share your posts on Instagram cutting out a step. Instead of grabbing a unique bit.ly link for each post, why not create a landing page as I’ve done with my Archives page? For now, it’s doing double duty acting as a landing page for my Instagram posts + an archive page for those people who wander over to my blog organically. Not to mention, Instagrammers who stop by, may want to read something else *wink*,

Be sure to leave a warm welcome for your Instagrammers and let them know that you were totally expecting them. Your blog is like a second home, always make your readers feel welcome. Tea anyone?

4. Instagram push notifications

The latest update of Instagram brought push notifications. I love this! There are people that I love to follow on Instagram (potential post coming on that? Hmmm…) and sometimes, I don’t catch them in my feed in real time. I end up having to scroll for their profile. I imagine they see serial <3’s from me because I want to support them and like their images sorry, Katie. I show an example of how you can find it with Pauline Cabrera of TwelveSkip below.


4 More Ways to Maximize Your Time on Social Media with tips for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest by @fillpraycloset


When you’re in the profile of the person you want to receive notifications for, click on the three vertically aligned dots in the upper right hand corner. That window with the option for “Turn on Post Notifications” will show up, click and done. 

Now, I receive a notification whenever Pauline posts. How does this help? Think of the influencers you follow. If you are interested in getting noticed, in a non-creepy way of course, receiving notifications means you can be the first to like their image.  At some point maybe even build up the courage to leave a super witty comment (#introvertsunite). The only way you’re going to grow beyond yourself is to reach out, so I say, why not!?

What about your tips to get the most out of social media? Are you curious as to what I shared over at SITS? Here are 5 more ways you can get results from the time you spend on social media.

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4 More Ways to Maximize Your Time on Social Media with tips for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest by @faithfulsocial

My Social Media Report for March

“I made $7,000 last month from my blog.” “I made 6,200 last month from my blog.””Check my income report!”

You’ve seen these, right?  Passive income is the sweet spot for blogging, internet marketing, and consulting. I’m not there, yet. No where near. In fact, I’ve made $10.85 cents so far this month, and that’s not even paid out yet.

I read this post about building trust, and not traffic.  I love this post. The message was so powerful, I instantly downloaded the book The Content Code by Mark W. Schaefer to sink my teeth into his thought process around content and social media. 

Social Media Report with Tips for March with social media tips and tricks I used within the month by @faithfulsocial

In the article, Schaefer says “…building trust instead of traffic takes time, a new mindset, a new commitment, and perhaps even a leap into the unfamiliar.”

Money is important, I’m not completely naive. But, what’s more important to me is building trust, connections and networks. I thrive on the interaction and sharing of information that I can give and receive on social media. It’s a really great resource to find like minded people, or even people you don’t have a lot in common with personally, but really want to learn from.

I’ve been tracking my social media platforms. It’s been simple, I’m not tracking goals or conversions for you google analytics nerds (I’m getting there) or even social media ROI, yet (you all confused yet?).  If you want to grab a copy of my social media spreadsheet you can, just look out for the button at the end of this post.

I’m starting where I’m at. That means noting how many people I had when I started tracking on February 24th and how many people follow me as of March 24th. Why February 24th? That’s when I started a Facebook blog page. No big secret there. 

I’ll share the before and after numbers, along with what I did differently to get that increase.



Before: 1,657 followers

After: 1,750 followers, that’s a +93

What did I do?

  • Every week, on Thursdays I use Tweepi per Melissa’s post to find people on Twitter. Because there are a few steps, I created a spreadsheet (told you I love them) where I track her suggestions putting an X when I’ve followed someone’s followers for example.
  • The highlight here? I followed some of Regina‘s followers, Erika Madden of Olyvia Media. She noticed and retweeted a post of mine, Regina picked up on it again (because she was mentioned) and it was retweeted all over again! Cool huh?
  • I also use twitterfeed to push those blogs that I love to my feed automatically. For example, I love This Felicitous Life, you know this. So every time she posts something, I get it pushed to my Twitter time line with her twitter handle. For those niche blogs, I include a relevant hashtag too. I don’t just drop them, I check my Feedly in the evenings to read the links that twitterfeed has pushed for me so I’m always in the loop. 
  • I participated in two twitter chats. One for #SITSblogging on a Saturday morning and the other for design #ellechat They were super fun and I highly suggest attending a twitter chat if you haven’t already done so.



Before: 485

After: 535, that’s a +50

What did I do?

  • I shared my blog posts to Instagram. I can show you how to do that too!
  • I began to participate in linkups and challenges. 
  • I started looking at Instagram feeds a little differently, I would search for topics I was interested in via hashtags and like photos I saw in that feed, while also doing the same within my own “home” feed.
  • I downloaded the Unfollow app and cleaned up my followers. Those followers that weren’t following me, I gave a week and liked posts of theirs, or commented. If after that engagement, they didn’t follow back, I deleted them. Why? I only want people who engage with me on social media. Follows are great, but we’re building trust, right? 



Before: 1,206

After: 1,465, that’s a +259 <– yikes! Can I share a secret? My goal this year was to hit 1,500. 

What did I do?

  • I took a Pinterest course, Pinning Perfect that I LOVED. I also signed up for a pin scheduling app called Tailwind. With these two investments, I learned how to create a branded pin, craft keyword rich descriptions, work with contributor boards and schedule pins to post during optimal times based on when my Pinterest peeps were on and pinning, to name but a few changes. 
  • In the class we received a checklist for max return on Pinterest investment of your time. Of course, I turned that in to a spreadsheet that I check daily. It’s color coded, so I know what to do each day, each week and monthly.



Before: 0

After: 166, that’s a … you know what that is. 

What did I do?

  • I started a Facebook page! I knew I wanted to get beyond my friends and family likes, so I began to look for opportunities to network.
  • SITS has a Facebook group where they have Facebook Fan page love days. Generally, I try to like between 3-5 Facebook posts for every link I drop.
  • Kim Garst has a #FanPageFriday where you drop your page on the thread and like others that you find interesting. 

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Before: 3,060

After: 3,346, that’s a +286

What did I do? 

  • Honestly, nothing different than my usual. I post the way I usually do (there’s a way to do it). I always tell this to people who ask, don’t go crazy with all the platforms at all times. Focus on a few, and when they’re under your belt, move on to the next. When you’re confident with those platforms, cycle out again, and so on.
  • But the hightlight? Dustin W. Stout, a self proclaimed creative lunatic and social strategist with 48,170 followers commented on my google+ post of my epic Instagram post and thought it was “Awesome Stuff!!” Wahoo and cha-ching! 
  • How’s this, here’s what I would like to incorporate going forward. More +1’s, more information sharing on my part to those groups that I admin to get the conversation going and being more thoughtful about sharing content from others to my stream. I’ll let you know how I make out in a future post. 


E-mail subscribers

Before: 102

After: 120, that’s +18

What did I do?

  • Well, here’s a bigger picture. As of 2/4 when I made the move to Squarespace, I had 42 email subscribers. I began to create freebies for those people who subscribed on a Freebie page. I am currently at 3 freebies and it’s a mix of faith related content to social media tips and tricks. I have some plans in the works to add more printouts and info for my subscribers
  • I added a subscriber bar at the top of my site.
  • I added a scroll box to capture subscribers from SumoMe just this week.



Before: 72

After: 91, that’s +19

What did I do?

  • I participated in a follow thread within a Facebook group I admin. 
  • I began liking other bloggers on Bloglovin’
  • I also saved my own stuff! This way when people come over to your profile, they can see your lovely posts, along with others you’ve liked. 
  • I added a button just beneath my social links for people to easily find and follow me.

I would say before anything, start a content or editorial calendar. I just started using Trello for this and I LOVE it, but I’ll always have my spreadsheets. In it, I have the dates on the left and have the following columns:

  1. Blog post title
  2. Social media push
  3. All of the tracking I note in #1-7 of this post.
  4. Color key to let me know what I have to do when.

It takes a little bit of time to set up, but after the initial creation of it, you’re golden.

I wanted to share with you a great nugget of wisdom gleaned from a podcast I can’t stop raving about, Hack the Entrepreneur. The host, Jon, was interviewing Brian Kurtz. Brian mentioned a way of thinking called the Entrepreneurial Gap. Brian explained that if you try to walk toward the horizon to meet it, you’ll never get there. 

The Entrepreneurial Gap is this:

The gap is what’s between today’s goal and the horizon, and if you live in there, all the time without having one goal achieved and then turning back around and looking back and where you were and where you’ve been and where you are now, you’ll stay out of the gap.

So here’s to the horizon and my looking back at what I’ve done, what I’ve achieved. Here’s to staying focused and meeting my goals, celebrating them and then making more goals.

There’s always the horizon to get to, so I’ll keep moving, but I won’t forget to look back and take stock in how far I’ve come. You don’t either.

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Social Media Report with Tips for March with social media tips and tricks I used within the month by @faithfulsocial