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How To Use Your Facebook Page To Increase Engagement – 5 Top Tips

Facebook is the most popular social media platform that people use. If you are a fiction writer, blogger, or product creator, it makes sense to harness its power to try and engage with those who are interested in what do. You can do this by setting up a Facebook Page.

How to use Facebook Pages to increase engagementCreating your own Facebook Page can be a very useful marketing and branding tool and the great news is that you can do this for free. Once you have set up your page, it can help you to:

  • Let people know more about you
  • Get more visitors to your blog
  • Get subscribers to your mailing list

5 Ways To Increase Engagement on Facebook

I did a little bit of research and found that there are 5 top things you should do that will help to increase engagement. These tips would be suitable for all types of Facebook Pages and they are really easy to implement.

  1. Share Relevant Photos
  2. Ask Simple Questions
  3. Add Your Facebook Page Link Everywhere
  4. Like Similar Facebook Pages in Your Genre
  5. Promote Your Book / Products

#1 – Share Relevant Photos

A great way to show your personal side is to share photos on your page. You can choose to use your own pictures or you can buy them. Add a quote that is relevant to your niche. You can even take a look at pictures from other people’s Facebook Pages and share them on yours.

#2 – Ask Simple Questions

You can encourage interaction on your page by asking a question. Think about questions that are easy to answer so that people do not have to think too hard. There is a reason why people love the Thumbs Up buttons on Facebook. It is a quick and easy way to leave a response. Pose fun questions that require either a yes or no answer or something like who is your favourite author or what is your favourite chocolate bar. Easy to answer questions can bring a some traction to your page.

#3 – Add Your Facebook Page Link Everywhere

If you have a Facebook Page, you want people to be able to join it quite easily so take the hard work out of it by adding your Page Link to your blog. You can add it to the sidebar of your website too.

You should also add the link to the bottom of your emails and newsletters so that people can go to it straight away. Mention the link and ask people to Like the page.

Other places to add your Page link are the confirmation page when people sign up to your mailing list and you can also add the link inside your books.

Hey! Click Here To Follow Me on Facebook! See what I did there ;)

#4 – Like Similar Facebook Pages in Your Genre

It might take a little research but you should find a selection of Facebook Pages that are in your genre or niche. Visit the page and use your Facebook Page Profile to Like these pages. You should always interact on these pages by leaving relevant comments and liking relevant posts. Don’t go overboard or you will look like a spammer.

#5 – Promote Your Books / Products

A Facebook Page is a great tool to help promote your books or products. You can write blog posts and add the link to your page. You can use your Amazon affiliate links to add your books too.

If you are interested in using Facebook’s advertising service, you will need to have a Facebook Page in order to make use of that service. Advertising on Facebook has helped many authors rake in the cash but there is a learning curve as you have to figure out how to set well targeted ads.

I will be looking into doing this sometime in the future.

What I Will Be Doing With My Facebook Pages

I have two main Facebook Pages set up. One is called Victoria Virgo – Writer. This page is related to this blog.

Click Here to Follow Me on Facebook

The other Facebook Page is Audra Bell Writes, which is connected to my author website.

I need to go and add my links to the places I mentioned above and I have set out a schedule of things I will post on a daily and weekly basis. This should lead to increased engagement, which I hope will lead to people being interested in taking a look at my blog (s) and deciding to become a subscriber to my list.

I will make a note of some statistics now and I will then come back to do a follow up post to see if there has been any difference. That’s all for now folks :)

*The Pic? Me in Cuba – Oct 2016

Have Your Say: What do you think of Facebook Pages? Have you set one up for your own blog or business? I would love for you to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

My January Highlights – Harry Potter Rocks!

If you want to ensure that you are living the life of your dreams, you have to take action. You have to make plans in order to get things done. I set out some monthly goals for January that were do to with working on creating an online income from my writing. I will publish my January Review post next week.

My January Highlights 2017What I Got Up to in January

This post focuses on the personal and fun side of things. One way to make sure that you are leading a life that you actually enjoy is to reflect on the things that you have achieved and then make more plans for more fun stuff. Here are some of the fun things that I got up to in January 2017.

My January Highlights

  • I celebrated New Year’s Day in Spain
  • I took 3 bags of clothes to the charity shop
  • I visited The Harry Potter Studios in London
  • I purchased a brand new electric toothbrush. Oh what sweet heaven this is :)
  • I watched the hilarious theatre production of Peter Pan Goes Wrong

I Read The Following Books:

  • Wildflower Bay by Rachel Lucas
  • One Week in December (4 short stories)
  • His Sweetest Christmas by Holly Blair
  • The Year of Saying Yes by Hannah Doyle
  • A Year of Doing Good by Judith O’Reilly
  • Once Upon a Setup by Kait Nolan

I wrote something in my journal everyday for the whole month

My Fun Plans for February

I already have a couple of things pencilled in my diary for February which I think are very exciting.

I will continue to write in my journal. I tend to focus on something positive that happened during the day. It is nice to write something on a daily basis. It gives me a chance to reflect on the good that has happened and to practise my writing skills.

I also hope to get some work done on my home. More news on that next month.

Have Your Say: What were the non-work related highlights for you in January? How did it make you feel? I would love for you to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

My Goals for January 2017

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We have now entered a brand new year and as always, it feels like a fresh new start and a brand new beginning. That is how I am viewing this month. I have lots of things that I want to get done and I am excited to get down to some serious work.

My aim for the year is to build up a full-time income from my writing and blogging endeavours. Here are 5 goals that I will be working on this month and how I intend to achieve them.

What I Aim To Achieve in January 2017

#1 – To Add 100 New Subscribers to This Blog’s Email List

#2 – To Add 100 New Subscribers to My Author Email List

#3 – To Publish 1 Post Per Week on This Blog

#4 – To Publish a New Short Story on Amazon

#5 – To Write and Complete a New Short Story

How Will I Achieve These Goals?

#1 – To Add 100 New Subscribers to This Blog’s Email List

I will publish and promote the 4 new blog posts that I add here. I will create an opt-in offer that people will be interested in seeing. I will comment on other blogs which will help to bring traffic here. I will increase my use of social media.

#2 – To Add 100 New Subscribers to My Author Email List

I will sign up to at least two different promotion sites to promote the free book in the series, which should get good download numbers. I will add a free book download offer at the front and back of this book.

#3 – To Publish 1 Post Per Week on This Blog

I already had a brainstorming session to figure out the type of posts I wanted to write. So now I have a list to choose from. I will draft my posts in good time and schedule them in good time too. This should keep me on track and prevent panic and last minute publishing nightmares.

#4 – To Publish a New Short Story on Amazon

I have a couple of short stories that need to be edited. I want to complete the edit for at least one of them and get it published before the month is over.

#5 – To Write and Complete a New Short Story

I will continue to write short stories for my Pen Name. I already have the outline. It is just a matter of sitting down and doing the work. At the moment I write during my lunch break and am able to produce around 1000 – 1500 words at a time. I know I can do it. I just have to get on and DO IT!!

What Do You Think?

It will be interesting to report back on these 5 goals. I already know that I have a few days where I will not be able to do any writing work. That means I have to organise my time and work on a plan to ensure that I get stuff done in good time. Gaining 100 subscribers is a very lofty goal and the number actually scares me. But, what is that saying, “Go big or Go Home!” Something like that. Hehehehe :)

Interested in My 2016 Income Report?

I thought it would be interesting to look at how and where I made money online during 2016. I say that this is interesting because I earned money from 4 different areas where I hardly did any work. These earnings came from the work I had already done in the previous years.

I also earned some cash from my short stories, again, with very little promotion. I thought I would do a short summary so that I would be able to compare the results of 2016 to 2017. I have added this post to my Resources Page.

PLEASE NOTE: if you are on my email list – the link is in the email I sent :)

Interested? Simply subscribe on the Resources Page and I will send you the link to that post.

That’s It for Now

If you have decided to make 2017 the best year ever, I wish you all the luck in the world. It’s gonna take some work but I know that we can do it if we make a plan, stay motivated and enjoy the process.

*The pic is me in Cuba last year. One goal I was finally able to tick off my list :)

Have Your Say: Have you set yourself some goals for January 2017? Do you know how you are going to achieve them? I would love to hear about your own plans for your life and business. Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

10 Inspirational Books to Read in 2017

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10 Inspirational Books for 2017

One way to help movtiate me to do more and to make 2017 my best year ever is to be inspired by others. There are plenty of books out there that have been written where the author has recorded the lessons they have learned which have provided them with a better understanding of the world around them and led them to a better, more fulfilling life.

This is a list of 10 books that I purchased over the last few months. I wanted to gain extra strength and new ideas about how to push forward and create the life that I truly want to live. This eclectic mix of books offer different ways of facing everday trials and tribulations.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

A Year of Doing Good, One Woman, One New Year’s Resolution, 365 Good Deeds by Judith O’Reilly

How to Change Your Live: One Day at A Time by Stuart Young

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

52 Small Changes of The Mind by Brett Blumenthal

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

Small Move, Big Change: Using Microsolutions to Transform Your Life Permanently by Caroline L Arnold

Reading Feeds the Mind

I am still making my way through these books. They are either sitting on my desk or are beside my bed, ready and waiting to be opened. I have taken to underlining certain lines which ready stand out for me. Here are a few examples for you.

“Whatever you fear most has no power – it is your fear that has the power.” pg 104

What I know for Sure – Oprah Winfrey

“Good deed no.55: donated £1 at a till of an organic shop to Whole Planet Foundation, which provides micro-credit loans to impoverished women.” pg 58

A Year of Doing Good – Judith O’Reilly

“[The company/Your Workplace] would never stop making demands on our time so it was up to us to decide what we were willing to do. It was our responsibility to draw the line.” pg 127

Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg

“The deepest human need is the need to feel appreciated.” pg 46

The Five Love Languages – Gary Chapman

“Happiness comes from living as you need to, as you want to.” pg 286

Year of Yes – Shonda Rhimes

Time to Read

I look forward to delving deeper into these books over the coming months. If any of these books pique your interest, just click on one of the links above and place an order with Amazon today. Happy Reading :)

Have Your Say: Is there a book listed above that you are interested in or that you have already read? Do you have any other books that you would recommend? I would love to know what you think. Share your thoughts in the comments section below.