Facebook Page Automation Tips and Tools
One problem with social media is that it can be a real time sucker. How many times have you told yourself you’re just going to get on Facebook for a couple of minutes to post some information for your friends only to have five hours pass you by as if it is only five minutes? One answer to this problem is to automate many of the tasks associated with having a Facebook Page such as:
- Posting links to new posts – Networked blogs is a great way to update your friends with new blog posts and content. You set it up once and forget about it.
- Getting new “likes” — Visitors to your site can “like” and thus share your posts and content on their wall. You can use it as well to share to your own wall if you want to, automatically. Another good plugin to get new likes is Facebook Members. This plug in allows you to get “likes” right on your WordPress website.
- Sharing awesome information — You can help your post visitors share to Facebook by adding this plugin. You can choose which social media you want your visitors to be able to share with.
- Adding links — You can let the plugin work for you by adding links to posts or pages on your Facebook wall. Set it up once and then it will do the rest. Make sure your theme supports featured images for this plugin to work properly.
- Simple Facebook Connect — With this plugin system you can post either to a Facebook profile wall or a page wall. In addition it provides a Facebook auto login feature. You need to follow the instructions exactly to accomplish this but while it’s not the easiest system to install and set up it works great with many themes. You will need an API key. You can watch this video to find out how to get one.
These plugins can help automate some of the process of using Facebook. They will update your friends and likes about your new blog posts, your new content, and allow your clients and potential clients to share and like to their hearts content your content right on your website which will further share your information with people on Facebook.
After you choose a plugin to help with automation your next step is to create schedules and rules about when and how you use Facebook. For instance, give yourself a rule that you must create a certain amount of billed work before you allow yourself to socialize on Facebook. Then set a timer and stop when the timer goes off. Once you get used to the new plan you’ll become better at dealing with it.
Another way to deal with Facebook is to turn it off when you’re not actually using it. Turn off your notifications on your mobile, close the webpage when you’re working, and stop looking at it every ten minutes. By creating a plan and standard operating procedure surrounding your social media you will go far in not only eliminating time wasting, but you’ll actually save time.