When I first joined Facebook and groups became a thing, I joined a few without much thought. I particularly joined ones that included people from my high school or home town, or ones that had people with similar interests as myself. I quickly started to loathe those groups and eventually removed myself from them all. But, as a blogger and entrepreneur, Facebook Groups are an absolute must. It took me nearly three years of blogging to realize how crucial those groups would be to my success.
Facebook groups when chosen correctly, allows you to make vital connections, gain invaluable knowledge, increase your page views and engagement, and grow your business.
I've joined a couple of different groups for different reasons, and participate within each in different ways. There are four groups that I've found most helpful and participate in regularly:
I've joined these two groups to help increase traffic, followers and engagement to my site. These groups post a daily thread for each social media account that allows you to provide a link to a particular post, tweet, pin, etc. that you'd like interaction on. There's also a thread for blog comments. Typically, to participate, you'll leave your link and must comment, retweet, like, pin, etc. at least five other participants that left a link within the thread. Head over to one of the groups to get a better idea of what I mean. These groups not only allow for traffic to come my way but they also force me to take time to read, comment, and share the work of other bloggers, which is so important as a blogger. You must take time to read and comment and engage with others to be successful, and these groups are a constant reminder of that.
Quick Tip - A virtual assistant could help you manage your presence in groups of this nature.
This group is what keeps me on Blogger. I often contemplate switching to Wordpress, but the members within this group continually encourage and remind its members why those on Blogger are and can be successful. It's definitely a myth to think that you can't be taken seriously or viewed as a professional blogger just because you're on the Blogger platform. There's also tons of information provided on how to do some unimaginable things with the look and functionality of your site. Blogger is such an easy platform to provide themes and designs for and have the ability to look like a self-hosted site (such as Wordpress, if that's the look you're going for). Since I sometimes like to design my own site and occasionally design Blogger sites for others, I really love the information this group has provided thus far to take my designs to the next level.
There are extremely knowledgeable bloggers in the BLM group. Everyone is so helpful and don't mind sharing tips and tricks to being a successful blogger. I'm learning a lot about how to treat my blog as a business, different things to do to continually monetize my site, and how to build multiple income streams. I'm almost overwhelmed at times by the amount of information that floods my timeline from this group, and that's not at all a bad thing. I've been putting different things in motion and becoming more confident in what I have to offer to brands as a blogger, thanks to this group. I admire so many of the ladies in this group and have loved learning from the veterans, and watching the up-and-coming (including myself) take the blogosphere by storm!
I can't encourage you enough to find and join the right Facebook groups. Since I've joined these groups at the beginning of the year my traffic to this site has doubled. Seriously! For someone who knows the value of networking, I truly undervalued it in regards to using Facebook Groups to my advantage to network and grow. I suggest looking into and joining no more than a handful of groups that you can actively participate in, and watch your site (confidence and creativity) flourish!
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