Facebook page for your writings: Good idea or not?

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  1. NateB11 profile image88
    NateB11posted 10 years ago

    Facebook page for your writings: Good idea or not?

    I'm not talking about your regular profile on FB, I'm referring to a page specific for your writings, like a fan page. I've had minimal success with it. I've had more success posting to FB groups that are relevant to certain Hubs I write; there is a significant number of people interested in such Hubs in certain FB groups, and it's not spammy, because the people there are genuinely interested and I don't over-do it. But the FB fan page thing I'm not certain about; even HP suggests it's not an entirely good idea (I read it in the Learning Center or FAQ, can't remember which one). What say ye?

  2. johndnathan profile image76
    johndnathanposted 10 years ago

    It really depends on your level of fame already.  if you have published some books, made some music albums for sale, or are generally at least semi-famous already then it's a good idea.  People looking for you will find your page to subscribe.

    But you can't just post links to your hubs all the time.  Like your personal Facebook page it requires diversity to keep it interesting.  If fans took the time out to find you then they want to know more about the artist.  So you'll need to make daily updates with general thoughts, links to other people's works, relevant videos, and other things to keep your fans' attention.

    1. NateB11 profile image88
      NateB11posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Really good ideas there. I've thought about that. I'm not too active on my page, which is part of the problem; I ought to post some thoughts, videos, etc periodically. I also like your insight about already being famous, makes sense.

  3. janshares profile image97
    jansharesposted 10 years ago

    Hi Nate,
    Is the fan page the same as the business page? I have a fb business page, not a regular profile where you "friend" people, interact, and share personal stuff with friends and family. It's a page purely for promoting your business. I post hub links there and it seems to be working ok. The "fans" who "like" my page also share with others. I can't say it's bursting with a lot of activity but it's a good way to get your stuff out there to the public through people who already know you.

    1. NateB11 profile image88
      NateB11posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, that's the kind of page I'm talking about. I agree, mine too has some success but not too lively. Thanks for sharing your experience, I am curious what are people's experiences with FB pages.

  4. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image83
    Wesman Todd Shawposted 10 years ago

    Putting a link here or there on Facebook is always a good idea - but my own experience is that when I do get a lot of traffic from Facebook....it just happens, and I have not a single solitary clue who the people are who are mailing my hubs to each other, or are sharing them on their walls...those things just happen sometimes...with "luck."

    1. NateB11 profile image88
      NateB11posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, I've had some experience like that; often it takes me by surprise what people show interest in and what of my posts they will share.

    2. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image83
      Wesman Todd Shawposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      It all leads back to good content.

      You won't generate traffic by sharing links anywhere nearly so well as you will by creating the best content you can possibly make.

  5. Sapper profile image67
    Sapperposted 10 years ago

    If you only write with HP, it's pretty much a waste of time. If you have a blog or write ebooks, it is a very good idea and can be an awesome tool if used correctly.

    1. NateB11 profile image88
      NateB11posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, I've been thinking more and more about getting my own site. Really seems like a good idea the more I hear about it. Also been thinking about publishing an ebook. Thanks for your thoughts on this matter.

    2. Sapper profile image67
      Sapperposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I would recommend both, especially if you want to turn writing online into a job instead of hobby.

  6. chef-de-jour profile image96
    chef-de-jourposted 10 years ago

    If you create a specific FB page for your hubs then you'd need to add more stuff to make it worthwhile for readers and friends and whoever. That can take time and effort - if you set up a blog and linked to others of a similar nature then that would help you diversify.
    I found FB quite useful for some of my sports hubs back in the summer. I posted hubs to various countries and got a good response - the only drawback was the tremendous drop in traffic once the tournament ended. That's a risk I took. I have managed to turn these hubs around over time by changing titles and content so I didn't have to delete any!!

    Perhaps you need to give your FB page a wee bit more time to grow?

  7. multiculturalsoul profile image74
    multiculturalsoulposted 10 years ago

    A former friend set up a fan page for me--what a mess. I have no control over it, and that irks me. I doubt he's done a thing with it in three years. I suppose that if I had originally set it up, I might have made it work.

    I do have a FB account for my pseudonym, and that's been doing well. I have been spending more time at Goodreads.com with my actual writing and use links on FB to direct potential readers there and to my website.


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