So you’ve started a blog and you are trying so hard to just keep up with everyone’s advice. One of which will be that you need to be on Facebook. You think no problem, I am on it. Then you hear you need to be in FaceBook Groups. You have never heard of them and don’t have a clue how to get in them, let alone what they are or why you need to do it.
This is the First in my Series: FaceBook for Beginners, FaceBook Groups Demystified. It wasn’t that long ago that I was in your exact situation and every article that I could read on different aspects of blogging was so encouraging and helpful. What I did discover however, are there are some things that seem perhaps so simple that a lot of bloggers assume everyone knows these things and I was one who didn’t. For the longest time I would read about someone saying they used Screenshot or when answering a question could I send them a Screenshot. I had no idea what it was. So thankfully Google guided me to the answer. And if you don’t know, I will be including that in an upcoming post as well.
Here are some of the things you may have read or heard at this point.
Post 4 times a day. Do FaceBook Live. Use the 80/20 rule regarding posting content. Best times of the day for posting should not be ignored. Use a certain size image for posting in Facebook. Schedule from Facebook. Check your insights…what are insights? What are newsfeeds? YIKES!!!
Don’t Give Up, Please Don’t Quit!
I’ve been there. Really everyone who is blogging has been in your shoes. No one was born knowing what FaceBook is capable of, except maybe its founder and they change it to improve it’s capabilities constantly, so you will never have it conquered.
I also understand that it isn’t just FaceBook. It is Pinterest, Instagram, learning all about blogging, plugins, opt-ins, email lists, landing pages, affiliates and on and on and on.
Truly being in the blogging world is like going to school. The wealth of information that I have consumed and put into practice and some that I have totally forgotten is frankly more than I ever learned in the same amount of time in University.
My husband recently joined Facebook for the first time ever. It was amazing realizing that the internet platforms really have their own language and it is truly foreign to those just jumping on board. From “notifications” to “liking” there is so much a new user has never done before and it can become overwhelming trying to understand it all.
I was a very infrequent user of Facebook over the past 5 years. In fact I was on it so little that I lost my email that logged me on and had to start a new account. So this is not for the user who just wants to get on and interact with friends and family. I wrote this truly for a new blogger looking for opportunities to network with other bloggers in your niche or building relationships in groups for support, study, and almost anything.
What are FaceBook Groups?
FaceBook Groups are like little clubs. Remember in high school there was the Drama Club and the French Club? That really is the best way I can think of to explain what they are.
Anyone can start a group….yes, even you!
Types of FaceBook Groups
There are currently 3 different types of FaceBook Groups.
- Public. Anyone can see the Group Name, its Members and its Posts. Anyone can join!
- Closed. Anyone can see the Group Name and its Members. The Posts are private and can only be seen by members, both current and former. An Administrator will need to accept you into the group.
- Secret. The Group Name, its Members and its Posts are private to be seen by its current and former members. You cannot even find this group without being invited to join it.
How To Find Groups
You can find a Public FaceBook Group and a Closed Facebook Group by searching through “Groups” which is on the Left Side Bar of your Home Page in FaceBook. After clicking on the “Groups” link, it will open to:
“Groups” and “Discover”
There are 3 Categories below that heading:
“Favorites”, “Groups You Manage”, and “Your Groups”
So if you are a member of any groups, you will find them listed here. You can designate a group as a Favorite and it will be listed in both “Favorites” and “Your Groups.”
“Groups You Manage” will list any groups that you have created. We will explore that in an upcoming post in this series, Creating Your Own FaceBook Group.
But we will assume that since you don’t know what a FaceBook Group is that you will have nothing listed. So you need to click on “Discover.”
Once you have clicked on Discover you will see a long bar of categories (see above). There is also a carrot on the right side that will show you even more categories.
For the purpose of demonstration, I selected Food. The next page that opens has “Top Suggestions” of groups, then local groups and it goes on and on. You can dig deeper into Food as you see yet another long thread of categories within Food. Each time you click on a category it will open another and another until it has exhausted all of the possibilities!
If you find one listed that you would like to join. Simply click on the button to the Right where it shows + Join.
What is the Purpose of FaceBook Groups?
This is the general mission of FaceBook and if you have been on FaceBook for any time at all you can see that it isn’t super easy to connect actually with all of your friends without using Messenger. We will explore Messenger in an upcoming post.
FaceBook Groups are more personal. There are members, just like you have friends on FaceBook. You do not need to be Friends with all or any of the members in the FaceBook Groups that you join. Unlike your FaceBook Home Page, there are no News Feeds. It is simply posts and comments. You can easily Scroll through the past several days to see all posts and read or comment.
Their purpose is to bring you into community with others that have similar interests or interests that you want to learn more about.
Administrators run the groups. They may have rules for participation, what you may or may not post, and have the power to delete any posts or remove any members.
As a new Blogger the benefit to you is to join in a small community of people who know more than you, who are at your same level, who are perhaps in the same niche, who are coaching on a particular topic, etc.
Making connections and building a network of blogging friends is truly key to your success in this endeavor. When you have questions, have things go terribly wrong with plugins or some other tech issue, these people are your team!
You are not alone!
Joining FaceBook Groups is like going to the corner coffee shop to meet your friends. Bloggers are really nice people! Furthermore, they support you and answer questions, they join you in Link Parties and Round Ups. I have even had these wonderful people pray for my family members during extremely difficult times. Rather than fold up my laptop and call it quits, I have been bolstered up and reminded not to compare myself to others and to keep pressing on.
So one of the best ways for a new blogger to connect and truly get something out of that connection is to find and join FaceBook Groups that are of interest to you and your blog or business.
If you have questions, I will do my best to answer. I am not an expert by any means, but I do manage a few FaceBook Groups and I am an active participant in several others.
If you would like to join any of the Facebook Groups I manage you can view them here:
The Party Bloggers This a group that creates, hosts and participates in Link Parties. I started this because I wanted to attend some link parties that weren’t 5 pages long where no one will see you. We have small numbers but we are growing. The majority of our group have been blogging less than a year. So we welcome new bloggers!
Home Tours Planning Center This is a brand new group as of September 2016. I wanted to be a part of a Home Tour and again I was not seeing any out there asking for people to join in, so I decided to do the asking. We had well over 27 sign up but only 11 ended up making it into the Festive Fall Home Tour but we will have far more for our Christmas Sparkle Home Tour. I plan to keep this Planning Center up for Holidays, Celebrations, etc so our group can continue to network as decorators.
Blogging School This was sort of an accident. I was telling someone on a group page that I was going to put myself into my own study program and was getting feedback on what I should study first. Then someone asked if she could join me. We were going to do it just the two of us, but it was out there….our conversation and the next thing you know people started asking to join. Well, after a while you notice a lot of people are joiners but they don’t participate and that is not helpful in a group page. So I now regularly open it up for new people to join. This is a STUDY group. So we pretty much post what we are working on, any webinars, books, great posts we have read etc. It is a great connecting place for bloggers who are constantly learning and going on to the next hurdle.
Blogger’s Promote & Share This is the newest, only 11 members as of today. It is really a place to promote your products, books, posts, etc and share them with each other. Most Group Pages do not allow for this sort of thing and it is very hard to be able to get people to know you have a product when you aren’t allowed to share it, so that is all this is. I hope one day it will have at least 300 members who are actively writing e-books, doing podcasts, etc and sharing it all here.
I hope this was a great and thorough introduction about Facebook Groups. My next post on this subject will be on Creating Your Own Facebook Group. Hope you will follow my blog so you won’t miss it when it comes out!