Update February 2019:
Despite Facebook losing users due to last year’s data breaches, Facebook profits are soaring according to NBC. My point: I still recommend you join Facebook groups to promote your blog posts.
This post is uniquely different from all I’ve ever shared.
It’s not an article.
It’s not a list of tips.
It’s not a case study.
Today’s post is a list– a list of Facebook groups that allow you to promote your blog posts.
When I posted about a StumbleUpon group I am a member of, everyone thought it was my group.
There was much interest in joining that Facebook group. I know because readers thought it was my group and expressed great interest in joining.
In my article, This is How Facebook Can Always Help You Blog Better, I explained promoting in Facebooks groups is an effective way to grow your blog.
Today, I am posting all my Facebook groups that you can join that will allow you to leave a link and promote your blog posts.
This method is how I’ve grown my blog, and if you follow the strategies in this post, you can grow your blog this way as well.
The Value of Facebook Groups
- You get an instant connection to like-minded bloggers. – Jen
- Facebook groups have been a great help to me! Just about everyone wants to help promote others. – Vickie
Consider these comments posted in the Bloggers Mastermind Group:
I am really excited to say that I am officially launching my new lifestyle + design blog on January 2nd! Right now, I’m in the final stages of preparing for the launch, and I wanted to ask, what are your tips to having a really successful launch day, week, and month?
Thanks for any insights you bring.
Here is the answer the blogger was given by a member of the group:
I would get into all the blog promo groups.
Facebook groups have been an enormous asset in growing my blog.
Look at this screenshot:
As you can see, I received 115 page views coming to my blog from Facebook. Look at the three posts that each received over 100 views that day. I promoted all of them in Facebook groups that allow self-promotion.
My experience is not isolated. The Gay Dad blog reports the same success with Facebook groups.
I once tried recommending a blogger for a Facebook group. Here is what I was told:
I can’t add her without her knowledge. I had one before this from someone else, and it was embarrassing when she came into the group and said she didn’t want to be a member. Sorry, Janice, I know you had good intentions, but without her consent, I won’t add her.
Clearly, my days of recommending bloggers for Facebook groups are behind me. Now my readers will have to request joining the groups without my intervention.
You do have to make a request to join. Getting in is easy. I have never been turned down for a group I was trying to enter.
[Note: All I ask is that you right-click and open a new window or tab when you check out these wonderfully supportive groups. If you don’t, my bounce rate is going to plummet.]
Facebook Groups that Allow Self-Promotion
These Facebook groups allow self-promotion every day:
- For Bloggers by Bloggers
- Stumble and Pin Update: The group changed its name to Boost Your Social when StumbleUpon folded.
- Writing Blogs
- Blog Share
- Blogging Network
- Blog Promo Community
- Post Your Website or Blog Here
- Bloggers Gonna Blog
- Blogging Anarchy
- Writer’s Accountability Group
- The Writer’s Door
- Write It, Love It, Share It
- #Link Your Life Connection
- Share Your Website Posts
- Blogger’s Cafe
- Promote Your Posts
- The Women of Midlife
- Post and Share on Pinterest, Twitter, or Facebook
Additional Ways to Find Facebook Groups
- You can also go to the Facebook search bar. Type in the name of your niche + groups. Groups in your niche will come up. See if they allow self-promotion. Even if they don’t, you’ll meet like-minded bloggers. Comment on their blogs. If they return the favor, they could become new readers.
- Also, you can also go to the Facebook search bar, type your niche + group plus your location. I’m in a California group and a Southern California group since that’s where I live.
- Consider this comment from a blogger who discovered this is how I grew my readership:
Your FB method is amazing.
He then proceeded to interview me about my technique of growing my blog.
Here is an excerpt from the interview:
Do you target creating content for a certain number of groups or build a labyrinth of groups that are targeted to your niche?
The action is in groups. This is true in Google Plus and Linkedin, and on Group Boards on Pinterest. It’s true pretty much everywhere. Facebook has a very robust group culture. Find groups of interest or create a group.
- The Essential Website blog goes as far as to call joining Facebook groups “a craze” and adds this craze has been going on for a long time.
Concerns About Facebook Groups
- Promoting in Facebook groups can be time-consuming. In addition to posting your blog post link, you should write a short snippet of what your post is about to let other users of the Facebook groups know if your post is an article they’d want to read. Also, you shouldn’t just “link drop,” even if there are no rules saying you can’t. The appeal of Facebook groups goes beyond the potential for blog traffic. Facebook’s fun lies in connecting with other bloggers. For example, you can comment on their posts and share their writing on your social media.
The solution: You don’t have to post in all of them. Try promoting your posts in a few and see if they give you enough return on your time invested. Then, you can try others.
Also, if you join and post to the largest Facebook groups, you’ll get a higher return on your time invested (ROI) in promotion.
- Another concern stems from the rules some Facebook groups might have. Be aware of them before you apply to join the group or post there. These groups may have rules you must follow. For example, about half ask you to leave your link in a thread for that day. If you don’t, your post link could be deleted, and you might risk expulsion from the group. The Blogging Anarchy group actually boasts that it has no rules since so many Facebook groups do.
In closing, I have achieved great results following this method.
Promoting your posts in Facebook groups might be time-consuming, and there might be rules you have to follow. However, the potential for blog traffic is high. When it comes to engagement, Facebook can’t be beaten. You might go in looking for traffic, but, if you don’t just “link drop” and run, you will wind up making friends.
Bloggers, what Facebook groups that allow self-promotion can you recommend? I look forward to your links to groups you use for promotion in the comments section.