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Facebook: The Final Guide to Boost Your Profile and Get More Likes

Updated on August 31, 2016
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Facebook is the most popular social network in the world. There are people who use it just in order to stay in touch with distant friends and other ones who also care about posting statuses and becoming popular among their contacts. Some users get hundreds of likes to their statuses and photos, other ones get only few interactions. Being attractive and writing interesting content are two essential requirements in order to become popular on Facebook, however that's not enough: also understanding how the social network's algorithm shows your posts to friends and followers is useful in order to definitely boost their visibility. In this article I will list some good practices you should follow when posting something to your profile.

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How Many Posts You Should Publish Every Day

When you are trying to become popular on a social network it is essential to be active and keep your profile constantly updated, by posting statuses and photos. At the same time, you should avoid over-posting: one-two statuses a day is the best compromise: if you post too much you don't give your older statuses enough time to get likes, while if you stop posting for long periods, you will start to decrease in the 500 friends' rank, as you are not getting interactions with your contacts (each Facebook user only sees posts from the first 500 friends who had interactions with him, so statuses published by the other ones are not shown on his timeline).

Examples of Friends to Remove:

  • Your ex boyfriend / girlfriend (unless you maintained a good friendship with him/her)
  • Your ex-friends who made something wrong to you
  • People you don't know and who are against your opinions (if you are an animalist, you won't keep hunters on your friends' list)
  • Fake profiles (a good way to check if a profile is fake is by searching their photos on Google Images)
  • People who spam and who seem to be on Facebook only to get likes

Cleaning Your Friends List

When you publish a status update or a photo, your friends start seeing it. Yes, even your ex or people you hate but you still keep among your Facebook friends. All those people are generating views for your posts, without engaging with them (I don't think people who hate you are going to like your statuses). So your posts get more views and less likes, so that they may be considered "less interesting" by Facebook algorythm. Getting more likes, comparing to views, is very important. That's why it's better to clean up your Facebook friends list, by removing all people who are in a bad relationship with you. At the end, our contacts on Facebook are called "friends": while it may be good to keep also people who are not our close friends in the real life, it has no sense to have our "enemies" among our Facebook contacts.

Engaging With Other Users

Engaging with other users is also very important: not only because you are emerging in the first 500 friends' list of your contacts, but also because people (especially the ones who don't know you) are more willing to interact with your posts if they see you are returning like for like. Becoming popular on Facebook without spending some time to appreciate what our friends post is not easily possible (and it would be also unfair: why do you want to get likes from your friends without returning them back?).

Writing at the Right Times

If you post your status updates and your photos in specific periods, you are going to get more likes. Generally, if you are a teen, posting something just after school is good (as students are all going to check Facebook before having launch). In general, also posting something before afternoon, or in the evening (around 8-9 p.m.) is good, as most people are returning home, they are going to have dinner, and also to check Facebook. Posting content in night or early morning hours is not a good idea: people are generally sleeping or they are going to the disco, only few of your friends may be connected to the social network.

By following all these advices you will be able to increase your posts' performances, but remember being "nice" to Facebook algorithm is nothing if you are not nice to your friends: if you post boring content (or too serious stuff) and if you are not attractive in photos, you are not going to become popular on the social network.

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© 2016 Alessio Ganci


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      Alessio Ganci 20 months ago from Italy

      That's surely true. My posts usually get 50 to 200 likes, but when I got engaged, I easily hit 400 likes (only one of my profile photos got over 300, but never 400).

      It all depends also on how much your family and your friends scroll their news feed... there are many variables... and then yes, there are also tricky Facebook algorithms

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      Greg Nowak 20 months ago from Fargo, ND

      Posts that generate a great number of likes usually include life changes and/or celebrations – birthdays, engagements, weddings, getting pregnant, and childbirth to name a few. Only in rare circumstances do family and friends appreciate random posts. So, it is definitely a case of hit and miss.