1. I just found this post & I will definitely come back to it every once in a while to keep it fresh in my mind! Thank you for the great tips! I recently tried to giveaway a pair of earrings (you had to like & comment the photo) easy enough right? When I chose the winner…they did not either see it or just wouldn’t message me their address to mail them…tried to pick another winner a week later…same story…finally THIRD time’s the charm but I had to hunt down her email through FB then her blog…but I did get ahold of her 🙂 AND she did a little post immediately about winning & about my jewelry! I think I will try the raffle copter for my next FB giveaway & see if I have an easier time 🙂

    1. yay! i am so glad you found it helpful, Sandra!! 🙂 🙂 yeah – i would definitely use rafflecopter – a lot of businesses don’t know that the like, comment, share to enter is actually against facebook policy

  2. Thank you, Molly. This is really helpful. I do have a question…
    How do you do a third party app giveaway? Is there a place to find giveaways online? I’m not new to blogging, but am new to a lot of the things I should be doing, and that I’m trying to get the hang of.
    I looked over your coaching page–wishing I had the extra money right now-hopefully someday. =)
    Thanks for your help!

    1. Hey Josanne!! Thank you so much for your comment!! If you go to Rafflecopter.com and set up the giveaway through them, there’s an option at the end to add it to a Facebook page tab. I have found that this is the EASIEST way. you can also Google “Third-party Facebook Giveaway Application” but I definitely recommend Rafflecopter!

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  4. I am just getting my Here&Now facebook page up and running, and these tips HELP SO MUCH! I really like the idea of going back and sharing Instagram pictures later, and “Tagging” companies in you photos. Beautiful AND smart!? Girl you rock my socks off!

  5. Great post! I finally got a Facebook page for my blog a few months ago and I have to admit, I underutilized it. I think I’m afraid of posting a question and no one answers? Which is just so silly. I’ll never know if people want to engage unless I try. Thanks for the tips!

    Oh, and I’m so glad I stumbled across your blog!

  6. I love this! I’m already putting it into practice! How do you set up instagram or another app to automatically upload a pic from your phone to your facebook fan page instead of your personal page though?

    1. Thank you so much, Paige! I’m so glad those things are working for you! For Instagram, if you go into your “Share Settings” and select Facebook, you can set your Facebook to post to a page you manage rather than your personal account.

  7. I’m fairly new to blogging (since August) and I’ve only recently really tried to promote my blog more. I created a FB page not too long ago. It’s still very much in some sort of baby stage. I am so very glad you blogged about this today. It is really going to be helpful for me. A lot of this doesn’t just come naturally to me (like numbers do, go numbers! ha), but due to sheer determination I know I will get better with time.

    I don’t know if this is adding to what you said at all, but as a long time reader of blogs I know one great way to get a reader to like your FB page is to include it as a way to earn an entry in a giveaway. That’s how I initially started liking blog FB pages.

    Thanks Molly – these tips are really great!

  8. Really great read with some ROCKIN’ tips (pun intended there). I about did a jig in my seat when I read the first one. Could you hear me shouting “YES!” from Raleigh? 🙂

    Thanks for sharing your insights on an important subject about social media engagement that is still (unbelievably) new to some people/businesses. I hear the same question all the time and sometimes I feel like I’m a broken record repeating the same answers BUT then I realize it really is still so new for so many!

    Anyway, thanks for being the awesome social dynamo that you are. Appreciate it!

    1. Ah Lisa, Thank you SO much for your sweet comment!! Hahaha I thought I heard you yell, “YES!” from Raleigh. 🙂 🙂

      But in all seriousness – it’s SO true! Sometimes I feel the same way, like I’m saying the same things over and over again – but the truth is, there’s SO many people (especially a TON of bloggers) who just don’t know and need help! And so I figure, why keep all the info to ourselves, right? 🙂 🙂 But seriously! Thank you!

  9. This is unbelievably helpful! I just started up my Facebook page and I haven’t really had a lot of time to dedicate building it. I’m definitely taking this advice this weekend!

  10. Great tips Molly! I have a fan page for my blog, but I’m struggling with how to use it! Since I use Twitter I guess I don’t see the point to add Facebook to the mix. I’ll have to give your tips a try!

  11. I’ve been hesitant to make a fan page. Do you think it’s worth it? Like, does it actually bring people to your blog fresh or is it just an awesome extra for readers you already have? These tips are great though if I start one 🙂

    1. oh girl it’s TOTALLY worth it. I honestly think it’s a ton of fun – i LOVE managing my facebook page, but also it’s a HUGE traffic driver (I guess I should have made that more clear in the post) – one of the benefits to having a fan page is definitely traffic – in addition to engagement.

  12. I don’t have a facebook page since I’m lazy and uncool about stuff like that but every now and then I do check out other people pages and I just want to say thank you to number one! It drives me just a tiny bit crazy when someone’s facebook/tumbler/twitter/ect is just one big promotion for their blog, “new post! Giveway! Visit! Comment! New Post!” I love the idea of having it so interactive with your followers/readers and branching out a little bit like that with guest posters. Very cool and a big thumbs up for you my dear! However, I will mention that I really hate facebook only giveaways. I think they’re great as maybe additional entries, but there are still quite a few of us who don’t join facebook either out of security concerns or disagreements about facebook’s polices and sometimes we feel a little left out. (Which I know is like waah, poor us, first world problems.) But I’m easily bought off with a funny youtube video. 😉

    1. hahaha no worries, katie! not everyone has one and that’s totally okay – it’s really a “to each his/her own” thing. I like it because it’s fun for me, but it also is a great traffic driver. 🙂 and as far as the giveaways – oh i TOTALLY understand that there are people that can’t enter Facebook only giveaways because they don’t have Facebook – and that’s the one downside, which is why i don’t do that all the time. it’s just something nice / fun to do every once in a while to switch things up and keep it interesting. 🙂

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