Facebook Resources That Are VERY Handy! – Some Free!

Randy’s Ramblings 1st February 2012

In this Post
* Catch Up 
* Facebook Resources That Are VERY Handy
* Reminder, Meet Up – Sat 4th Feb!
* Sign Off

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* Catch Up

Hi Everyone :)
Not much of a catch up this week as I’ve had a lot of time off dealing with some family ‘stuff’
I’m so glad I’m an internet marketer and can take time out whenever I feel like it :)

I’ve got my meet up this Saturday, and a few bits to catch up on myself over the next couple of days, and then next weke I should be back into full swing :)

One thing I did notice while working less – was how often I would check into facebook from my iPhone!
Even with them constantly changing things – It does seem like the site isn’t going anywhere… So I’ve prepared an article to hopefully help anyone who has yet to increase their exposure on facebook.
(see below)

Well that was a brief catch up wasn’t it…lol

Chat soon
Randy
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* Facebook Resources That Are VERY Handy

OK – so we’ve all heard of facebook, and hopefully most of us have a profile for ourselves?
Mine is http://www.facebook.com/RandolfSmith

Personal profiles are where everyone starts, and to a degree you can post links as well as the usual jokes and funny pics and videos – which all lead to more exposure of your profile and hence your sites (provided you’ve added them to your profile)….
BUT – if you want to get more and more links and visits back to your sites from Facebook – then you’ll find using some tools and getting some like pages built can really help.
I have various like pages for different sites that I promote (not all finished yet ) so to give you some ideas here are mine:
Randy Smith page – a personal page promoting me and anything I want to link to
Northallerton Meet Up page – just promoting my monthly meet ups
WizardWebServices page – for my offline local service promotions
Internet Marketing Apprentice page – set up initially to promote IMA
KrystalsCraftCorner Community page – a page for Rachel to eventually sell her craft items

So as you can see – you can build pages for all sorts of opportunitys.
How – you might ask…..lol
Well I’ve used a range of tools to get mine built….
For my own page I used John Thornhill & Dave Nicholsons ‘Like Page Builder‘ – which is one of the easiest tools I’ve used due to their step by step videos :)
(they also have the pages hosted on a secure server with an SSL certificate – so there are no challenges with favebook showing the page since their last rule changes!)

I got a little more complex with the WizardWebServices one – as I own an SSL certificate for that domain…. But what a chew on that is! Getting the ceretificate is one thing, invloving a cost and a few emails back and forth, and then understanding all the techy aspects was enough to put me off doing that again… haha
Craig my partner in IMA sorted the IMA one, so I’m not sure how he went about that. And the Northallerton Meet Up Page was a gift from the lovely Sally Neill – who used a program she pays for monthly at a higher rate than Like Page Builder.- I like the wso pricing for the pro version of like page builder – as it includes a developer license as well as the SSL, so you could even build these for other people and charge for the service :)

The one for Rachel was totally unique, in that she wanted her page to do so much more in the future, so I used a blog theme that also reduces the pages to facebook and mobile sizes, then I needed to find a way to get past the SSL certification and have facebook show the page!
That was a challenge easily met by using a free service that I found on facebook!
Social Server have a page you can go to on facebook, like it and add your name and email to use their FREE adapter!
This then allows you to add your non-secure page into their system and they give you a secure link that shows your pages on facebook!

This was a great find for doing Rachels pages, as it meant I could add any content she wanted to her blog, and then onto the facebook page by using social server to adapt it into a secure page!
So once she has some better photos, she’ll be able to actually list items for sale on facebook … but do so on her like page and community, thereby getting others who visit to share the links and attract even more traffic for her.

And at the end of the day – if we’re in business online – we do want to use facebook for traffic don’t we?… It’s not just for fun videos and pictures, or letting people know what the weather is like in our part of the world…lol
In fact – with new software coming out all the time, it’s getting easier to run a business and have facebook as a major part of the traffic generation, tools like reward/reveal widgets and like page builders, as well as other sites that link our posts from blogs and twitter to facebook walls too (I covered that in an earlier post with a video for twitterfeed), mean we can even make a full time living helping local business as well as building our own sites.

Before long if you do start seeing results from facebook, you may well want to consider social media marketing as a serious part of your online efforts. That could even lead to using other services both on and off facebook.

I’ve seen people go to fiverr and pay for a certain number of ‘likes’ or ‘comments’ on their pages. Which can help you look more professional but doesn’t really bring in hoards of traffic.
Other avenues to consider are facebook advertising, which unlike the big G, can still be bought very very cheaply.
This would get you real and targeted visitors to your pages, and many people use these ads to drive traffic that is highly targeted yet inexpensive to pages or offers they have on their facebook like pages!
I have to admit it’s something I’ve discussed with people doing it, but not yet tried myself due to a bad experience with Google ads once, where I went way over budget in a matter of just a couple of hours…lol – That said in the past year alone the amount of active users of facebook has shot up to over 700 million, generating over 100 BILLION hits per day!
With at least 50% of these users logging in on a daily basis. Therefore it’s obvious that there is a huge amount of traffic available using Facebook Ads!
Although if I was going to be building and managing more sites for local small business as well as my own, I might well consider using a broker who could guide me in the right direction and make sure I didn’t spend more than I budgeted for. – Especially with so many small businesses now using facebook for business,  It’s something I believe we’ll all need to check out at some point.

And from figures I’ve had shared with me by people using facebook for business, It does seem to be the easiest way to get some guaranteed traffic to your facebook pages and offers.
Even simple ads saying things along the lines of - “If you love babies – click like” seem to get a very targeted response from young mums liking and thereby sharing the page with their lists of friends – who in turn pop along to check what their friend has liked and see all the goodies on offer!
Another method would be using a like/reward feature, where the new prospect clicks like and then automatically adds a post to their wall saying something along the line of “I just got a great freebie from xyz site” – this allows them to get the freebie, cost you just one advert – but potentially goes viral as more and more of their friends visit to grab the freebie!

So feel free to take another look at facebook and ‘like’ pages, and do consider using facebook ads if you have a good broker or resource to refer to, as it’s certainly getting me more and more traffic from my own efforts and I still have more methods to implement yet!

I hope this revisit and the resource links help :)

Randy
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* Reminder, Meet Up – Sat 4th Feb

Last Reminder – Here are the details for our next meet up

1pm til around 5pm, Saturday 4th February 2012:
http://www.randysmith.co.uk/NorthallertonMeets/booking.html

Venue:
The Oddfellows Arms
251 High Street,
Northallerton,
DL7 8DJ
Tel:    (01609) 773018

Chips and Sandwiches for our consumption.

There will be a charge of around £25 per person to cover the costs.
Any issue – give me a shout:
http://www.RandolfSmith.com/support
Or Skype – randolf.smith

Get your ticket booked here
http://www.randysmith.co.uk/NorthallertonMeets/booking.html

You can find the dates etc. on the Facebook page at
http://www.facebook.com/NorthallertonMarketingMeetup

Cheers
Randy
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* Sign Off

****As ever – only spend your ca$h on things that WILL help you
(Not the stuff that Might One Day!)****

Til next time
To You and Yours,

Here’s hoping you’re
Loving Life, Living it with Passion, And Passing it on!

Warm Regards
Randy


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39 Responses to “Facebook Resources That Are VERY Handy! – Some Free!”

  1. Note to self – Must use facebook more for business than reading Jokes and watching funny videos….lol
    (But hey – there are so many great links…lol)

    Randy
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  2. Its been a long time since my last visit to your site Randy, to be honest I totally agree with you face-book are usually use for business, not just for fun,and watching some annoying videos. the post you have shared is worth to read, cause it proves that face-book is a great tool for marketing our business.

  3. Great post Randy ..Facebook is really an asset to social media network but there are people to spoil its name .and whatever happens Facebook is still in its heights ..never the less for any network.. ..It plays a vital role by socially and economically

  4. Barry Wells says:

    Hi Randy,

    I know exactly what you mean about things taking you off line and being in a position that it doesn’t really hurt for a short time. I was only telling igor about this during our interview last night.

    Thanks for all the info on Facebook pages, I do have one for Treble Blog Traffic and now that I have finished my product I aim to create more for other areas of my online activities. I’ll return here to check out all of the sites you’ve mentioned :D

    igor and I also discussed your meet ups briefly as he’s coming this Saturday. I do intend on attending one myself this year and once I have the transport sorted will doing just that.

    Thanks Randy, catch up again soon mate

    Barry
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  5. Hi Randy,
    I think I need to do a bit more marketing with Facebook. I don’t seem to have much success at the moment but then again I probably don’t do enough of it.

    I was going to go on another time management course but I can’t seem to find the time. :)

    Dave
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  6. Dee Ann Rice says:

    Randy,

    Facebook is really a gold mine just waiting to be used at this point. I can see more and more uses for it all of the time.

    Right now I am not using it to its fullest at all. I need to get a Facebook page up for my blog that I am doing right now.

    Sometimes it just seems so overwhelming to do some of these things on Facebook because of all the changes that have gone on lately. I just figure something out, it all changes and I have to figure it all out again.

    After reading your post thought I think I am going to go and do more with Facebook in the near future.

    Dee Ann Rice
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  7. Des says:

    Hey Randy,

    I’m probably one of the few on the planet that doesn’t really use Facebook that much.

    I’ll be honest, I’m getting really stuck into Google+ at them moment and much prefer the overall layout.

    From a personal perspective, I can see how valuable Facebook is in people’s lives. After all, it’s a place where all your friends and family reside. However, I think Google+ is gonna gain a bit of traction on the business front (which is my real interest) since it now make up part of the Google algorithm for search (sorry to get nerdy on your blog post).

    Won’t be able to make this month’s meetup due to work commitments I’m afraid, but I wish you all a safe journey and a good meeting.

    I really enjoyed the December meetup and hope to see you at the next meeting :)
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  8. Dee says:

    Hi Randy
    Know the catch up thing. Had no laptop for nearly a week. It got hacked and infected with Security Shield and had to be taken apart and sorted. Fortunately I have a great IT guy who put it all back together. Lost some data including an ebook so have a lot of catching up to do.
    I don’t relally use Facebook cos my personal page and like page get mixed up. I don’t use Twitter as much as I should or Google+ either. Guess I need to sort it.
    Dee
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  9. Scott M says:

    Randy – great rambling today… facebook is a largey untapped marketing juggernaut in my opinion. Google should be concerned. Like you, I haven’t personally used social media for advertising much… twitter and facebook seem to be gaining steam in that area and I feel I should start learning and jump on the bandwagon soon ;-)
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  10. Patricia says:

    I agree that Facebook is really a great help when it comes to marketing your products or services. I use it once for selling online stuff but got tired of it. After playing those Facebook games, I got tired that I only visit my page once or twice a day for just a few minutes. I don’t know but I don’t like Facebook-ing nowadays, I got tired reading updates, viewing pictures, etc. Aside from that I realized that it isn’t safe at all unlike in the old times but I guess that’s technology, we have to keep up to keep updated :)

  11. Will be interesting to see what changes to fb wil be made now that they’ve sold out to investors. I imagine more ads. Still the platform is par none the best thing out there.

    -Chris

  12. Cheers as always for the comments guys (&Gals)
    Sitting here freezing and hoping the snow holds off for tomorrows meet up :)
    (I’ll call you guys who have booked in the morning if it’s looking bad!)

    Randy
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  13. Facebook is a tool, it’s a tool for communication like the telephone (on steroids) and very useful for business. What do you think about the future of Facebook and competitive or complimentary services like Google+ and Pintrest?
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  14. Like so many of your readers I have not taken advantage of what Facebook has to offer business. Great idea on the freebie theme. Easy way to grow if have the right something for the give away. With photographs and images being allowed perhaps be a good way to reach out socially when doing something charitable as well.

  15. Hi Randy,

    Nice article about the usefullness of Facebook for growing your business.I believe Facebook has great potential and will keep growing fast attracting more users and investors now that it is a PLC.

  16. Hi Randy
    thanks for this post I am using Facebook as a personal page at the moment as as much as I try to introduce some of business links etc into it. I know the next step is a Fan Page or Like Page not sure which is the correct name now lol
    You have given me some great tips and I will check out the sites you mentioned.
    Regards
    Pauline
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  17. I use Facebook for both personal and business reasons. I have to say though that the method I see many people using to promote their business can sometimes seem annoying or spam-ish. However, others I see promoting brands on Facebook do it very well with a subtle approach. I think it is a good idea to take time to browse random brands on Facebook and monitor how each differs in the ways they promote themselves and then look to see who appears to have more apparent engagement with their fans. Thanks for taking the time to share this nice article !
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  18. Thanks for the fantastic post Randy. I know the strength of social media in popularizing the website and exposing the services/product to the targeted customers.I think 2012 will be all about this platform.You provided an excellent resource to make best of it.

  19. Social media marketing and using Facebook for marketing can bring enormous amount of traffic if done right, however it takes time to build targeted fans on Facebook. I feel twitter is better than Facebook and we can reach our target audience quickly. Still whichever site we are using, we should always add value.

  20. erwin says:

    Hey Randy,

    Great post I don’t use facebook a lot for business allthough i created an other account for market on facebook
    as you want to seperate private from business.

    So i have created an erwinensingonline id for business as I don’t want to expose my affiliate links to my old school mates. lol :) they only interested in fun and entertaining.

    All though being fun and entertaining isnt wrong people will follow you and see you more personal and sometimes show a look at this now => link post is a good way to market on facebook.

    As you mention here as well i am more into facebook pages with like / reveal option

    Facebook ads is also a great way to market your product to potential buyers

    Cheers,

    Erwin
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  21. henry says:

    face-book is a great tool for marketing our businesses, unfortunately it may seem annoying or spam like but using Facebook for marketing can bring a lot of traffic in

  22. zora says:

    Hi Randy.

    Thanks for all the imformation on the like pages.I think would like to try to build one .How many more people did you add with the pages i sure did well.
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  23. Randy,

    Great tips and lots of useful information :) I learn something new everyday. I LOVE IT! :)
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  24. Jim Jenks says:

    Thanks Randy, it’s always helpful for me to learn more about Facebook and how it can be a better resource for me.

  25. Farrel says:

    Facebook is a great tool in marketing some of our products. Not just for fun or doing such good things. I find Facebook as a reliable source for introducing new products and to be more closed to your clients. I do agree on your statement. Lots of individual nowadays making fun in Facebook and lots of its users are doing marketing. Thanks for sharing this productive source of information Randy and I find it very useful.
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  26. Randy-

    Sorry about the late response. Great overview of some of the tools and uses of facebook. You are right it’s not just a social network. It’s being used by all marketing professionals and businesses.

    Great Information!

    Thanks

    sean
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  27. Using Facebook nowadays is really a great help for marketers out there to promote their products. It is very beneficial because they don’t have to pay more just for advertisements. They can always hire someone to do the marketing and only pay less but the traffic is great. Unfortunately, I don’t like what Facebook is turning now because it is like a classified ads site now not a social website for friends and family.

  28. chanikacha says:

    I do agree with this article. Facebook is very popular nowadays and it also helps us to promote our products and websites. I had just created my first fan page on facebook and as we all know facebook is one of the social media that has a billion users. We often use facebook for marketing or communicating with others.
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  29. Great! Using Facebook nowadays is really a great help for marketers out there to promote their products. I’ll be honest, I’m getting really stuck into Google+ at them moment and much prefer the overall layout. Anyway, thanks for sharing.
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  30. I got your point Randy. Although Facebook hasn’t been much explored for business users the way Twitter and other social networking sites have been used.
    Everytime you open Facebook and there is interesting stuff posted by your friends and we start wasting our time on that.
    But looking at your Facebook profile pages, I definitely got the idea.
    Thanks!!

  31. Avatar says:

    Face book now, plays a vital role in online business entrepreneur. It is one of the big assets to all social media network. Simply from using my face book account, my business is quite going up

  32. Shirley J. Williams says:

    Hi Randy,

    Great review about FB. Well we all know that we can used facebook to earn money not only for fun. But what caught my attention is when you said that ” As ever – only spend your ca$h on things that WILL help you
    (Not the stuff that Might One Day!)” I have been spending money for things that I ended up throwing. But thanks for the reminder I really love it.
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  33. Hi!! I like your article. You were right about this thing, facebook now is one of the most popular social network in the web. And since it’s popular, we can use facebook in business. And you are the guide to all of us on how a business process in fast transaction. Thanks for the post…Very, very NICE …….good work!!!!!

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  34. Pete Goumas says:

    Hi Randy,
    I am happy to visit this post. You have shared good facebook resources and I am always wish to get the most of facebook.Thanks for sharing this post.
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  35. Elena Anne says:

    Hi Randy,
    Facebook is one of the most important social media website for network marketers. Thanks for sharing Facebook resources and I think this post is important for many network marketers.
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  36. Hi Randy
    I have like page builder and love it. I didnt know there was such an issue over SSL certificates though. Do you think the like page builder will updated to accomodate the new timeline thingy?

    Best wishes

    Clive

  37. Cool tips here. My main problem is deviating from what I set out to do. End up looking at funny pictures and videos that my friends have posted! It’s supposed to be work guys, damnit! ; )
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  38. I do have Facebook but I never used it for anything else other than to keep i touch with my family and friends. Now that I’ve read your article, this definitely gave me some ideas on how I can use it promote a product or maybe my blog which I’ve been planning to set up. Thanks for sharing!

  39. Hi Randy,

    This is an eye opener but, I thought Facebook frowned on having more than one page, or will using the Like Page Builder get you around that. I never really used facebook for my business except to put my links on my page. I will have to look into this.

    Dennis
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