Blog Homework: Day 8

I’m away from technology for a couple of weeks, but I didn’t want to leave you hanging. So for 14 days, I’m issuing you some homework. That’s right — you get to work while I get to relax. You can follow all of the assignments here. If you have questions, feel free to post in the comments…It may take me a while to respond, but I’ll be reading everything when I return!

Over the 14 days, I’m going to assign you some tasks that I think will help you streamline, organize, market and ENJOY your blog a little more. For the first five assignments, you’ll be asked to review your blog itself. You’ll get the weekend off, then five more assignments that are focused on helping you build your readership and social media community.

It’s hard to write anything about using Facebook to improve your blog, because it changes from day to day. The tools may get facelifts and upgrades, but the basics don’t change.

(So excited about Timeline!)

And Facebook truly can be the best driver of traffic that you’ve ever had — if you use it correctly.

Oh, and guess what? I don’t think all bloggers need fan pages. In fact, I wish more bloggers would think hard before just throwing something up there. Because a well-administered Facebook page gets love and attention every single day. It features content not seen on the blog. It encourages comments, stirs up debate, serves as a behind-the-scenes look at the site and more.

But page or not, there’s a lot you can do you get a lot of bang for your Facebook buck.


And the thing is — with Facebook…there are nearly 1 billion people using the platform. If you can find just a small section of that space, and use the tools that are available, Facebook can quickly become one of your biggest traffic referrals. Cool, huh?

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Homework is assigned — your task is to go hang out on Facebook!

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  1. says

    I have a facebook fan page but it’s mostly used for friends of mine who aren’t big blog readers. They’ll see the update in their newsfeed and remember to read.

  2. says

    I love this post because it forces me to ask the hard question and to give an honest answer: “Why do I want a Facebook fan page?” “Because everyone else has one.” I linked this post to another that I wrote but I realized that you’re right on so many different levels. This should be standard fare on FB for anyone wanting to open up a page, they should have to read this article by you. I don’t have enough content yet to necessitate using a fan page, and I think I’m one of those rare people that is doing fine already just with Twitter driving my marketing. Excellent post. It’s like if people are looking for good blogging advice they should come here first.

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