How to Use Facebook to Explode Your Traffic and Become an Authority in Your Niche
Facebook is the largest social network on the planet and the second most visited website on the net after Google. There are huge marketing opportunities here and especially if you attempt to use the site’s purpose-built advertising platform.
How Facebook Ads Work
Facebook advertising is a form of PPC advertising. This means ‘Pay Per Click’, so advertisers (you) only pay when someone actually clicks on one of the ads, taking them to your website.
You set the amount you’re willing to pay (your CPC – Cost Per Click) by ‘bidding’. The higher your bid, the more often your ad will be shown, leading to more potential traffic to your site.
As an added measure, you can also set a maximum budget which is the most that you’re willing to pay over a set period. This makes Facebook advertising particularly flexible to suit a variety of budgets.
Facebook is also very powerful for its ability to target. It allows you to select who sees your ads based on:
- Relationship status
- Job title
You can also target your users by ‘behavior’ which can be useful for particular industries.
Types of Facebook Ad
There are a lot of different types of Facebook ad.
Domain Ad: These appear only in the right column and link out externally to other websites.
Page Post Links: These are promoted posts from your Facebook page. They will appear in the homefeed normally (though they can appear in the right hand column) and they feature a large, HD image.
Multi-Product: These ads scroll through products, effectively allowing you to show off multiple items with a single ad. Page Like: These are used to help you generate more page likes.
Page Post Photo: Like Page Post Links but for images rather than links.
Page Post Videos: For using videos to promote a Facebook page.
Page Post Text: Really these have very little advantage over Page Post Photos.
Other types include Events, Offers, Mobile Apps and Desktop Apps (for promoting apps for mobile devices and Facebook respectively).
CPA means ‘Cost Per Action’. When you use CPA, this means you’ll only be charged if someone completes a target ‘action’. These can include downloading apps, redeeming offers or liking a Facebook page. These types of ad can provide great ROI because you don’t pay for clicks that don’t lead anywhere.
Tips for More Effective Facebook Ads
Here are some tips that can help you to get even more from your Facebook ads:
- Try Facebook Power Editor – this is a powerful tool for advertisers with large numbers of ads
- Use split testing – this means comparing slightly different versions of your ad campaign to see which is most successful
- Think about your title – a good title grabs attention and promotes your value proposition. But if you are paying per click, you also want to try and filter people who will click.
- Think about what makes people click ‘like’. Normally this is about expressing yourself or about communication.