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Get Facebook Fans for Free

Updated on May 2, 2012
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What is a Facebook Fanpage?

A Facebook Fanpage is a social marketing page representing a business, organization or cause. Its primary function is to capture the attention of potential customers-- or readers-- who are interested in the product associated with it. The page also serves to create a sense of community among others who share this similar interest.

Fans merely have to "like" your page with one click and they're in! From there on, they will receive your posts in the feed on their personal Facebook page. In most cases, fanpages do not eliminate the need to develop an email marketing list. They are simply one more way --a powerful tool for connecting you with readers and potential customers.

Benefits of Having a Facebook Fanpage

Unlike having a personal Facebook account where you can connect with friends and keep up with each other's activities, a Facebook Fanpage allows writers and businesses to promote themselves to people interested in their particular niche.

How it works: Let's say you sell vintage sports car memorabilia. Collectors who are also passionate about vintage sports cars will gladly become a fan! You talk about what they love! Your page offers tips to great opportunities that they could miss if they don't keep in touch with you. Your fan-base will grow, and so will your business, just by maintaining a healthy Facebook fanpage.

Paid Advertising: Though you can purchase further advertising through Facebook to promote your business, it is very possible to cultivate a healthy following without the added expense. For many businesses this has become a valuable part of their marketing strategy.


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The Incredible Coca-Cola Fanpage Story

Coca-Cola's Accidental Fanpage

What does Coca-Cola® know that we don't know? They know that the power of the fanpage is greater than copyright privileges!

Yes, purely accidental as their success may be, two of Coca-Cola's greatest fans started their own Facebook page. They had the common love for the same soft drink and wanted to share it! When they started the page, they had no idea how it would take off. At the writing of this article, the page has over 41,500,000 fans! It is the largest product-based fanpage on Facebook. Check it out: Coca Cola's Facebook Fanpage.

These two fun-loving Coca-Cola® fanatics- Dusty Sorg and Michael Jedrzejewski- started the page just to pay tribute to the soft drink they love, and Coca Cola discovered it. Rather than asking them to step aside, buying them out or creating a corporate page to compete with them, they enlisted their enthusiastic momentum and joined forces to create the huge site that it is today.

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How to Get New Fans for Free

Gaining fans who are interested in what your site has to offer can be tricky. It takes patience. It takes work. It takes tending. But the rewards can be great, if you stick with it.

  1. First, set up a personal Facebook page. Invite people that you know to be your friend and accept their invitation to do the same. Keep a healthy, friendly non-business relationship with them on a regular basis. Take a genuine interest in their lives. Build your friends-base to hundreds of people you know or kind-of know.
  2. Now, set up an attractive Facebook Fanpage. This page is designed to advertise your blog or your business. Be sure to keep it stocked with interesting content that those in your niche will enjoy.
  3. Next, invite a select list of your personal friends to "like" your page. Reach out to them individually, not as a group. The goal is to establish a handful of first-followers to show that people are hopping on board. When you reach a number that you are satisfied with (10-50 would be reasonable) then put the call out to all the rest of your Facebook friends from your personal Facebook page to "like" your page. Some will do it.
  4. Continue to post great links to your own content and other valuable sites. Keep it alive.
  5. Start visiting other websites in your niche. Find the really good ones, especially those with many more followers that you have. Become a complimentary commentor with a sincere interest in what they do. "Like" their fanpage. Write meaningful comments about their posts on their website and on their Facebook page. Occasionally promote one of their great posts to your own fans. Be willing to share the spotlight.

Now, for a really great way to gain more Facebook fans...

Two Really Great Ways to Get Free Facebook Fans

Facebook has created a way to "tag" a page with a link to your own Facebook page. Now, let this be very clear. Though this method has been made possible by Facebook, SPAMMING is an absolute no-no in Facebook World and spammers can lose their page forever. No messing around.

Here is the right way to do it: When you find a site that you really appreciate in your niche, compliment them. But don't compliment them as yourself (unless you ARE your product). Compliment them as your Facebook Fanpage.

1. In the upper right corner of your fanpage, click on the drop-down arrow in the far upper right of the screen and select "use Facebook as..." and pick the icon that represents your business. In my case, my blog is called Ducks 'n a Row and that is also the title of my Facebook Fanpage. So, after I have clicked on that, I can go to a fellow blogger's site that I truly admire, such as Laura from Organizing Junkie, and make a nice comment about a recent post.

Since I am commenting as Ducks 'n a Row, the link that appears won't be my own name but it will be a live link to my Ducks 'n a Row Facebook Fanpage. It takes them right there. Anyone clicking on it may very well decide to "like" my page. Afterall, I also write about topics that her readers will love. Likewise, sometime Laura may want to do the same thing and comment on mine.

2. A similar method would be to share the link to a great post from someone else's site on your own fanpage page. When you do so, instead of simply naming the site, first type the "@" sign and then their website's name. Assuming they have a fanpage, that name will automatically fill in as a link. By doing this your comment with link will not only appear in the Facebook feed of all of your fans but will also appear on their page to their fans.

Here is an example of what this might look like, before you post it:

"Hey guys...have you taken on the Great Garage Cleanout Challenge on @I'm An Organizing Junkie? Check it out!" Now, the "@" sign will disappear as her fanpage name becomes a link. I just left it here for you to refer to as an example.

When her readers see it, they will see that it came from my fanpage, along with a live link to my page, too. Everyone benefits!

So, there are some ways to increase your Facebook Fanpage following, for free. To keep those fans, always give them good stuff!

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Where credit is due...

Much thanks to Brian Moran from Get 10,000 Fans for being a great teacher. He is the Facebook Fanpage expert, in my estimation.

Note: this author is not an affiliate of Get 10,000 Fans nor does she benefit financially in referring people to them.

About the Author...

Sinea Pies is a freelance writer for a popular parent magazine, HubPages writer and professional blogger.

Visit her blog at Ducks 'n a Row, "like" her Facebook Fanpage and read more of her work here: Sinea's profile.

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  • Sinea Pies profile imageAUTHOR

    Sinea Pies 

    5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Just posted a link on the FB fanpage for my blog that links A Dime At A Time with a great giveaway for a free magazine subscription. Couldn't be easier. My readers can get a free subscription. Dime at a Time gets a link on my fanpage AND because I used the tips in my hub above, Dime At A Time's fans get a link back to my page. Win, win. It does open the door to new fans signing up....it really does!

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    Karina 

    6 years ago from Edinburgh

    That is really great advice. I'm going to try it:)

  • Sinea Pies profile imageAUTHOR

    Sinea Pies 

    6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    You're right, Relationshipc...it would be like living in a fairytale. A cyber fairytale, that is! :)

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    Kari 

    6 years ago from Alberta, Canada

    Very interesting about the coca-cola page. I can just imagine what it felt like when that all took for them. You just never know what is going to happen when you start something, eh?

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    Sinea Pies 

    6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks so much Rebecca E. for the kind comments!

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    Rebecca E. 

    6 years ago from Canada

    This is a good hub, and I found it interesting, I am not a big fan of facebook, but I use it on occasion. Excellent read-- much thanks to you!

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    Sinea Pies 

    6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    You are so welcome, KarenCreftor. Thanks for the big votes and share!

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    Sinea Pies 

    6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks so much Angelo52 for the vote up and share!

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    Sinea Pies 

    6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks, ChristyWrites, for the big votes and share!

    We're all learning something new. Today's the day for my FB Fanpage. You may have heard, FB introduced the "timeline" a few months back. Time to learn about how to post my new header.

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    Karen Creftor 

    6 years ago from Kent, UK

    Useful information, thanks Sinea! I keep forgetting to be active 'as' my page, I will make more effort :D

    Voted Up, Useful and shared

    ~Kaz x

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    Angelo52 

    6 years ago from Central Florida

    Thanks for all the tips on growing a fan base using the facebook fan page. Shared and voted up +

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    Distant Mind 

    6 years ago

    Useful information. I will try some of this despite my dislike for social networks.

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    Christy Birmingham 

    6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    What a useful hub for anyone who has a FB Fan Page (on the to-do list). I vote up, useful, and sharing as well.

  • Sinea Pies profile imageAUTHOR

    Sinea Pies 

    6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks SGBrown. Took me a while to understand the benefits of having a fanpage. They are fun, too. You'll enjoy meeting new people and they all are interested in what you have to say We writers love that. :)

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    Mary Craig 

    6 years ago from New York

    I stopped by earlier but evidently forgot to hit the post comment button yet another time. This was good information Sinea, something I would never have thought of. Like Brett, since being on hub pages my FB account gets neglected but I do stop by occasionally.

    To echo Aufait, your hubs are always useful and educational, everyone should be reading them.

    Voted this up, useful and interesting!

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    Sinea Pies 

    6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    You're welcome, Rajan Jolly.

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    Sinea Pies 

    6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Brett, you're right. Chit-chatty Facebooking is fun but it can suck up valuable writing time. I love it for my business, though. Get to know my readers better and share great content as well.

    BTW...your Webanswers hub has helped me SO much. Thanks again.

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    Mary Craig 

    6 years ago from New York

    After reading your hub I'm thinking I might need to start a FB fan page. I'd never really thought about it before but you make so many good points and have such good advice! It is so good of you to share your expertise with us.

    Voted up, useful, and interesting and shared with my followers.

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    Sheila Brown 

    6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

    Great information! I didn't really understand what the FaceBook Fan Page was until now. I will have to set one up for myself. Thanks for the tips! Voted up and useful. Have a wonderful day!

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 

    6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Lots of useful info here Sinea. I always wondered about the fan page benefits. Thanks to you I now know.

    Voted up & useful.

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    Brett Caulton 

    6 years ago from Thailand

    Sounds interesting. I have to confess that I don't play with Facebook that much anymore, as lost hours and hours before! lol. However, this could be useful for my Facebook business pages.

    Thanks for SHARING, up and useful.

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    Sinea Pies 

    6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    The more fans (friends) the better! Coca-Cola has a zillion of them! thanks so much for the vote UP and useful, alocsin. It's appreciated.

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    alocsin 

    6 years ago from Orange County, CA

    I think one of the most useful aspects of the fan page is that you can have more than the 5,000 friends that you're limited to with regular pages. Voting this Up and Useful.

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    Sinea Pies 

    6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks so much for the vote up and kind words, myownlife. :)

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    myownlife 

    6 years ago from london

    Awesome information, Thanks for sharing the tips. Voted up.

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    Sinea Pies 

    6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Matt, thank you so much for the huge Kudos...and thanks for upward votes and sharing. I appreciate it.

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    mattdigiulio 

    6 years ago

    Hey there Sinea,

    VERY useful, this one. Great tips, an awesome compendium for anyone looking to figure out a new, useable facebook fan page. Voting up, sharing. Best, Matt

  • Sinea Pies profile imageAUTHOR

    Sinea Pies 

    6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks Maralexa. I think you'll find it fun to develop and it can definitely help build traffic to your hubs and other work.

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    Marilyn Alexander 

    6 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

    Your article inspires me to finally make a Facebook fanpage! Thanks, excellent hub!

  • Sinea Pies profile imageAUTHOR

    Sinea Pies 

    6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks Rebecca E.

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    Rebecca E. 

    6 years ago from Canada

    well said, I've found facebook to be an ever changing place, but you've once again made it simple well done!

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    Sinea Pies 

    6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks so much, Cookware bliss.

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    Sinea Pies 

    6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks markbennis! Have a great day.

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    Sinea Pies 

    6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    You are very welcome ytsenoh.

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    CookwareBliss 

    6 years ago from Winneconne, WI

    Great information, will try some of your tips with my own fanpage:)

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    markbennis 

    6 years ago

    Some great tips here so thanks...

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    Cathy 

    6 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

    Sharing. This is really a great idea. Thumbs up and thanks much for this idea.

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    Sinea Pies 

    6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Teaches12345, it's all about relationships and introducing yourself to new people. Take a sincere interest in their site and most people will be happy for your attention. I would be! :)

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 

    6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Sinea, excellent information here! I learned so much. This needs sharing so its going to be shared. voted up, useful & awesome too.

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    Sinea Pies 

    6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks so much Frank for your nice comment.

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    Dianna Mendez 

    6 years ago

    I will have to look into this option. Thanks for posting this information, it is very interesting and your directions are clearly written.

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    Sinea Pies 

    6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    MsDora, you are so very welcome.

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    Frank Atanacio 

    6 years ago from Shelton

    hmm.. very good share.. virtual friends on facebook.. yeah I can see that and do that thanks for the read

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    Dora Weithers 

    6 years ago from The Caribbean

    Thanks for the lesson on FB Fanpage. I really appreciate this hub.

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    yvonne16 

    6 years ago from Phillipines

    @Sinea, always welcome. I like reading and following really valuable and informative hubs cause it gives me so much ideas and great advice to follow. looking forward to getting more from your hubs...thanks!

  • Sinea Pies profile imageAUTHOR

    Sinea Pies 

    6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks so much, yvonne16. So great to have a pro comment on my hubs!

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    yvonne16 

    6 years ago from Phillipines

    really nice have and well-written. I am actually taking care of my company's FB fan page and you just don't know how this hub will help me get more likes! i am keeping you on my following lists as well and will definitely follow this hub too...

  • Sinea Pies profile imageAUTHOR

    Sinea Pies 

    6 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Au fait, if I ever am having a bad day I am going to come back and read this comment! Talk about uplifting! I am supremely complimented. Thank you so much.

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    C E Clark 

    6 years ago from North Texas

    This a great hub for people who aren't familiar with FB or who may not know all the ins and outs. I always read all of your how-tos because they are so helpful. Invariably I find something useful and helpful in them. Any newby out there should be bookmarking and following you because you will save them a lot of frustration when they start having questions about how to do this or that.

    You have no idea how much I appreciate all the help you've given me. You have your very own file folder on my desk top!

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