Facebook Groups – Learning How To Play
I think most of us have heard about Facebook Groups, even if we don’t actually belong to any of them. Here are a few tips that can help to make the experience a little more pleasant.
Facebook Groups Etiquette
If you have been visiting my blog for a little while you probably notice that I write a lot about how we are to conduct ourselves as bloggers. Blogging is a contact sport so that is the first thing we need to always remember. In one article I discussed bloggers customer service, while in another, I talked about Reciprocation and the Art of Blog Commenting. Today I want to talk about some of the things that we need to think about as we work on Facebook groups. If you have the time, Facebook Groups are a wonderful way to meet new persons while building your business.
Check For Your Name
I don’t know how many persons have completed an entire thread only to note with horror that your name is not there. Yes, you heard me, you did not post to this thread. So you have wasted precious time, commenting and sharing and you did not even post to this thread. Raise your hand if this has even happened to you…..LOL…lesson learned and moving right along. Whenever I go to start nonreciprocating, I check to make sure that a post is there for me. As a precaution, may I suggest you do the same?
Follow Post Rules
This is the part that many of us have failed at, at least once. The first thing to remember is to read the rules for the group as well as for each post. There might be something specific for each post, so just glance over the rules before beginning. Ladies and gentlemen for heavens sake, if the rules states that you are to leave a post then please do not ask the bloggers to “select any post”. The blogger is not obligated to go and search your page for a post, so they are within their rights to move on to the next person. We are all pressed for time, so let us try not to give the bloggers additional work. Make a note of the date that the post is due and try your best to complete in the designated time. If you are not able to, then please contact the admins of the group. I am talking to all of us, including myself because sometimes we get bogged down with work, family or school; but we also have an obligation here.
Don’t Be Thin Skinned
Okay, I know you feel like your post is beyond reproach and the best thing since sliced bread, but let us not forget that people are people. If you are going to put your stuff out there and ask for persons to comment, there are times when you are not going to like the outcome. You can’t be all sensitive and thin skinned if you are going to be a successful blogger. People are not always going to respond the way you like, so prepare yourself for this and develop a way to deal with it. If the comment is offensive then you have a right to delete it, but if it is just a matter of opinion, then that is just a part of the trade. The last thing you want to do is get into an all out war on your page because people will want to avoid working with you. We are adults and we can resolve issues without alienating everyone who says something “negative” about something we have posted.
Posting Across Platforms -Mix It Up
When posting across platforms, it might help if you mix it up a bit if the blogger needs to leave a comment. If you need a comment for a post on Facebook as well as for a blog post, do not leave the same post. Give bloggers something new on each platform if you need a comment. When you have already commented on a blog post and then see the same thing on Facebook asking for another comment, it is not a very nice, nor easy thing to do. I try not to leave the same post across platforms (for the same group) whenever comments are a requirement. I urge you to also think about this as it will make the reciprocation experience a little easier for all of us. If you also chose to post the same thing week after week then please do not get offended when persons just pass it by. Just put yourself in the shoes of the other bloggers, think about how you feel when you encounter some of these things and act accordingly.
Make It Easy To Comment & Share
We are all busy and trying to cover all of the reciprocations we need to do. Make it easy for us to share and comment when we get to your blog. Sometimes it is not so obvious and it can be a tad frustrating. Some persons might even move on without sharing or commenting if they have to spend precious minutes trying to figure this out. If possible have a floating bar so persons can comment no matter where in the article they are.
Guys this is so not cool. There are persons who follow just to be followed then un-follow shortly afterwards. I would prefer if you did not bother to follow if that is your aim. I am not sure what is the rationale behind this practice but ladies and gentlemen, this is so unprofessional and unfair to the person who followed you. If you are not comfortable following a particular blog, then say that. At least the other person can make an informed decision whether they want to still support you, even though you are not supporting them.
It is better to finish late than not at all. I think we have all missed a post along the way, but when you find out about it…JUST DO IT
Facebook Groups have helped me a great deal to build my blog. If it is used in the right way it can help yours too. May we all try our best to follow the rules of the groups that we choose to be a part of.
What is your favorite Facebook Group and do you have any strategies to share with us?