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Offline profnexus Reading David Gemmell - Druss The Legend
05 Sep 2014, 02:06 PM | Post: #31

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RE: Would I like your Facebook author page?

(05 Sep 2014 01:41 AM)Jennie Lee Wrote: Wrote:  
(04 Sep 2014 06:52 PM)profnexus Wrote: Wrote:  However as a 'newie' to Facebook could you please explain why the number of 'likes' is so important and how do I ask folk to like my pages?
Rick, Facebook limits the number of people who see your posts unless you pay them! I believe the more Likes you have, the higher the visibility - but I'm not absolutely sure on that one. What I am sure of is that the more your Likers like your posts, the more they will interact, and interaction gets you more noticed. That's why I think it's important to share interesting and humourous stuff related to writing, not just tell people about your latest book. I block people who post nothing but "buy my book" ads. I'm still a Liker of their page, but I don't have to see their advertising clogging up my newsfeed.

I don't use my author page that much and haven't actively gone looking for Likers. It's on my "Do it!" list though. Probably the best way to get Likers would be to send requests to your personal FB friends - if you have a personal page, as well.
Thanks Jennie, Fb is still a bit of a minefield for me but it is working. I took note of a comment that posting pictures gives interest and I have followed that advice. Your points are equally valid because it is a social network so it makes sense to be sociable. Apparently there is a way to ask folk to like your page so I'll ask my sons. Take care and thanks again.
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05 Sep 2014, 02:26 PM | Post: #32

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RE: Would I like your Facebook author page?

(05 Sep 2014 01:41 AM)Jennie Lee Wrote: Wrote:  
(04 Sep 2014 06:52 PM)profnexus Wrote: Wrote:  However as a 'newie' to Facebook could you please explain why the number of 'likes' is so important and how do I ask folk to like my pages?
Rick, Facebook limits the number of people who see your posts unless you pay them! I believe the more Likes you have, the higher the visibility - but I'm not absolutely sure on that one. What I am sure of is that the more your Likers like your posts, the more they will interact, and interaction gets you more noticed. That's why I think it's important to share interesting and humourous stuff related to writing, not just tell people about your latest book. I block people who post nothing but "buy my book" ads. I'm still a Liker of their page, but I don't have to see their advertising clogging up my newsfeed.

I don't use my author page that much and haven't actively gone looking for Likers. It's on my "Do it!" list though. Probably the best way to get Likers would be to send requests to your personal FB friends - if you have a personal page, as well.

Interesting Jennie... so what you post on a personal page goes into people's newsfeeds (a bit like Twitter only bigger)? And what you post on an author/book page doesn't get seen by anyone unless they actually go over there... or does it?

I must admit I'm still a bit bemused by Facebook, having only joined it this summer. If I am clogging up people's newsfeeds with stuff I should really be putting elsewhere, please feel free to leave a comment and tell me Blush
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05 Sep 2014, 02:39 PM | Post: #33

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RE: Would I like your Facebook author page?

Let's be clear about one thing — the same algorithms also apply to personal profiles. That's how the News Feed works. It curates a feed of material the user is likely to be interested in, based on the profiles or pages they have interacted with.

There's a myth going around that personal profiles are more 'effective' than pages in this respect, but that isn't necessarily the case — you just don't get the "this page was served to xx people" notice for each post.
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05 Sep 2014, 03:36 PM | Post: #34

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RE: Would I like your Facebook author page?

I'm pretty sure there's little difference between a page and a personal profile in terms of how many people a post gets served up to. If I have a post I definitely want more people to see (cos it's book related, usually), I'll share it to my personal profile as well (or vice versa sometimes). In terms of number of likes, there's little between them, BUT sending the post to both might get 10 likes whereas just one might only get 5.

This is why it's important for people to like, share and comment on posts - the more that people interact with it, the more people will see it. Just reading/looking at it does nothing. But like it, share it, comment on it, and it gets a little boost each time. It's exactly the same principle as your book rankings on Amazon...
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RE: Would I like your Facebook author page?

(05 Sep 2014 01:25 AM)Jennie Lee Wrote:  Scibs, you have a personal fb account rather than an author page. Therefore, the option is to become friends with you rather than like your page. I have sent you a friend request but let us know if you ever set up an author page. ...btw, there was a bit of duck in the last cane toad pie I sent. Sorry - didn't mean to turn you into a cannibal Blush
It wasn't until very recently that I found out my Facebook thingy wasn't an author page! It was Ava who told me, until then I was blissfully unaware! I think it might be best just to stick with what I've got! Pondering
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06 Sep 2014, 01:57 AM | Post: #36

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RE: Would I like your Facebook author page?

(05 Sep 2014 03:36 PM)Tim_A Wrote: Wrote:  This is why it's important for people to like, share and comment on posts - the more that people interact with it, the more people will see it. Just reading/looking at it does nothing. But like it, share it, comment on it, and it gets a little boost each time. It's exactly the same principle as your book rankings on Amazon...
That's true, Tim. I put a post on my personal page a while back and it just sat there for a few days. Then one person commented on it, which led to someone else and someone else ... suddenly it was a big conversation.  So yes, everyone should like, share, and comment to boost visibility for their friends.

(05 Sep 2014 05:52 PM)Scribbler Wrote: Wrote:  It wasn't until very recently that I found out my Facebook thingy wasn't an author page! It was Ava who told me, until then I was blissfully unaware! I think it might be best just to stick with what I've got! Pondering
Nothing wrong with that, Scribs. I interact more on my personal page, which has 649 friends as opposed to 85 likers on my author page. Authors are welcome to promote their books on my author page but not on my personal page. Of course, fewer of my people will see the book promo, but if I allowed promotion on my personal page I would find myself unfriended (or blocked - which I wouldn't know about) left, right, and centre. While authors and readers are more than welcome on my personal page, that area is principally for discussions about all kinds of things in life and for funny or inspirational pics, videos, quotes 'n' stuff.
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06 Sep 2014, 05:53 AM | Post: #37

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RE: Would I like your Facebook author page?

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That's true, Tim. I put a post on my personal page a while back and it just sat there for a few days. Then one person commented on it, which led to someone else and someone else ... suddenly it was a big conversation.  So yes, everyone should like, share, and comment to boost visibility for their friends.
Nothing wrong with that, Scribs. I interact more on my personal page, which has 649 friends as opposed to 85 likers on my author page. Authors are welcome to promote their books on my author page but not on my personal page. Of course, fewer of my people will see the book promo, but if I allowed promotion on my personal page I would find myself unfriended (or blocked - which I wouldn't know about) left, right, and centre. While authors and readers are more than welcome on my personal page, that area is principally for discussions about all kinds of things in life and for funny or inspirational pics, videos, quotes 'n' stuff.

I would tend to be the same. I post my drabbles on my author page and a few other bits but use my personal page more often.
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06 Sep 2014, 08:01 AM | Post: #38

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RE: Would I like your Facebook author page?

I have some overlap between people who have liked my author page and 'friends' on my personal page, but I don't indiscriminately accept friend requests - I need to at least "know you from somewhere" Whereas anyone can like my author page.

I also have a page for my main character - https://www.facebook.com/KingsmenFlick which does tend to be more sporadic, but gets "leaks" and behind the scenes stuff that doesn't appear on my main page.
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06 Sep 2014, 09:04 AM | Post: #39

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RE: Would I like your Facebook author page?

I've got a slightly scary friend request waiting on my personal page just now which I happen to know is from a journalist - I'm not sure why she thinks it would be useful to her to see pictures of my cats and interesting stations I've just visited, but I am certainly not going to expose my FB friends to her.
Thanks anyone who liked my writer page. I had a rather traumatic day yesterday waiting for the results of tests on one of my cats, but it ended happily when everything came back normal. One good thing was that I was writing most of the day as I waited, and another good thing was seeing the 'likes' increasing!
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RE: Would I like your Facebook author page?

Has anyone ever gone to their Facebook private message inbox and clicked on 'other'?  I'd never noticed it until someone pointed it out recently.  It's full of people wanting a relationship!  Thank goodness Facebook are doing some kind of filtering - they may be targeting messages that begin with "hello dear". Omg Or maybe they filter out messages from non-friends.
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