Does anyone find Facebook useful? I reactivated my account a week ago and it drew a few visits to my articles. But not enough to justify the amount of time that I spent on it. I find Facebook is such a thief of my time that I deactivated it again.
I'm not on FB anymore but people do post my articles, which is lovely. However, traffic is usually fast and fleeting. Nice while it lasts, but gone after 24-36 hours.
Depends on how you do it. If you start a group on facebook focusing on your niche, then you can drive some traffic. Just make sure you don't only post your articles, but other relevant articles as well. Nothing especially significant, but a nice little traffic boost when the article is first published.
Edit: Just note that it will take time to gain followers, unless you aggressively market with FB ads.
I asked a similar question a few months back, when talking to fellow hubbers. The response I got was that it probably wasn't, but Pinterest was suggested.
I get steady traffic from both Pinterest and FB. I pin my hubs when I publish them. For FB, I keep an editorial calendar, noting which hubs I will be featuring each month. I post hubs to FB Monday through Friday. The traffic is not huge, but every little bit helps.
I've had the opposite experience... I had absolutely no luck getting traffic from Pinterest (in fact I gave up trying quite a while ago) but I do pretty well via Facebook. It does tend to be fast/fleeting, as theraggededge sez, but when it works, I can get a few hundred extra hits a day.
I write mostly about hard rock/metal music, so I belong to a whooooole lot of Facebook Groups devoted to that topic, adding new groups to the list all the time.
I keep a calendar in a notebook in which I keep track of dates that pertain to the bands/etc. that I've written about - album release dates, birth and/or death dates of musicians, etc. So a couple of times a month I'm able to "share" a relevant article to those groups using those bits of trivia (i.e. "Happy birthday to so-and-so of such-and-such band, who turns (age) today" or "(Name of album) was released on this date in 1994," etc.)
It's not a guaranteed method for success -- some days I strike out, but on other days I get a nice boost. I don't devote too much time to it -- just a few minutes at the start of the day. Sometimes I stagger it and post in a bunch of groups early in the day and then in another batch later in the same day.
I've found that for whatever reason, death dates seem to translate into the most page views. Every year on the anniversary of a certain musician's death, I can share my article about him and it'll get almost a thousand hits in a day. I guess it's true what they say -- death sells.
I probably get about 6 views per day from Facebook after lots of posting on my personal page and groups. Sometimes Facebook bribe us with $10 to promote our posts. This probably draws in 50 or more views over a week. Maybe in the long term it could draw users to a page.
I find that any traffic from FB is quick and not long lasting.
If you aren't using Facebook, no one is watching your Facebook feed... so no traffic. It doesn't matter how many friends you have if there is no history or traffic that the watch and engage with, Facebook stops showing your stuff to anyone.
Of course if you do have people looking at your Facebook feed, you can only post stuff they might like--it has to fit in with the rest of your account.
I get bursts of traffic from Facebook and I don't have a FB account. A couple of days ago one of my articles got 500 extra views. But, fleeting, like frost in sunshine.
At the moment, FB views stand at 112 over the last 24 hrs.
Not much. I focus on Pinterest instead of Facebook because when done right the traffic is much more sustainable. A good pin can get hundreds of visitors per day for years.
I no longer use Facebook for anything anymore. But that is more of a personal decision. I focus more on Twitter and Reddit.
I get traffic from Pin and FB. It is decent, and it goes in spurts. Google is the best so far.
I belong to several groups on FB that pertain to my niche articles. When a question or comment arises from the group, and it relates an article, I link it, soft sell.
Facebook is definitely useful when you post useful and interesting articles.
Choose your groups accordingly your interest, post the articles there and people will respond.
by Srikanth R 20 months ago
Please share your experience.
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