Facebook: New Changes and Creating a Blog List

I want to start off by saying that I am very thankful to Facebook for currently not charging for Fan Pages. Just like the Personal Pages, the Fan Pages are Free to have and operate. They are actually helping several blogs/sites/businesses grow their readership and “advertise” their products, recipes and articles at no cost to those sites. While their constant updates and changes drive me bonkers, I know that their intent is usually to help make things easier somehow. Though, that doesn’t stop me from grumbling sometimes when the changes happen due to time-constraints at figuring things out and adapting–and I usually like things simple and basic. But I appreciate Facebook as a tool to reach out to those of you that are “fans” of Coupon Geek and I have fun chatting with you.

I try to keep the Coupon Geek Facebook Page just like I am in person. Sometimes I’m chatty and post personal pictures, stories or things that I like. And other times, I am quiet. I try not to abuse my fan page by forcing any posts just to get a bunch of “Likes” or acquire new readers. While some may think this hurts fan page growth, I believe in keeping things real and I trust in my readers that they’ll share about Coupon Geek if they truly do like me as a blogger and a person. It’s never been about “numbers/traffic” for me but just about having a place that’s fun to come to and save money and chat, etc.

I do like to keep you updated on Facebook changes because if you are like me, you have little to no time to figure this stuff out. Facebook recently decided to allow page owners to pay to “promote” their posts. You can pay an amount to allow your post to “reach” more fans. Page owners will get a menu like this on each post:

While I don’t have the budget to do this, I understand that they are a business and just trying to make a little money on what is usually free to all of us. I’m OK with whatever “reach” the posts get on their own but I do worry that some of you that tend to follow Coupon Geek exclusively on Facebook, might miss out on some savings. One way to try to prevent that is to create a “List.” You can create one or several and categorize the pages you follow in any way that makes it easy for you to understand. Here’s just one way–by creating a Blog List of your faves that you follow. I’d be honored if you’d add me to it but in the end, you’ll probably want to keep them simple and not clutter them with a lot of blogs as you know we as bloggers tend to post a lot each day. :) Here’s a way to create one: (You may need to click on the pictures directly if they are too small to read clearly.)

1) Go to a Page and “Like” them. Under the “Liked” button, if you hover your mouse over it, a dropdown menu will appear and you’ll see the term “New List.” Click there.

2) The next screen will have the icon of the page you “Liked” and you can click on “Pages” in the left sidebar to add more of your favorites. Click on next when you are done.

3) You’ll then need to name your list and decide who will have access to view your lists. Click on done when it’s the way you want it.

4) Now any time you are on a page and you want to add it to that list you created, just hover over that “Liked” button and click on the list name and it will add a little check mark next to it. You’ll be able to access your lists from your “Home” page as they will be listed in the left sidebar. (You may need to click that “More” button to see them, though.)

This is a quick way to follow your favorites. You’ll also have a better chance of seeing your faves in your feed if you interact with them more by flipping a “Like” or commenting, etc. I try to watch the number of “Likes” on my postings to see what appears to be useful to my readers so I can find more of those deals for them. Not to mention, it gives me that warm and fuzzy feeling to see that there truly are readers out there. :)

So this is the latest Facebook change. Remember if you aren’t a big Facebook person that I do have a Newsletter that you can subscribe to that is only issued once a day on the days when I add new posts. I keep my newsletter ad-free to keep it easier for you to read.

Hoping that you are able to keep easily following your favorite blogs one way or another so you can continue to save money and find inspiring new ideas.