The Winner of Vintage Chic…

Is Juliet at SixCatsFun Vintage!  Congratulations to Juliet, and a big thank you to all who entered.

I do have another giveaway coming right up as I have now passed the 500 mark on Facebook followers.  Actually, I have mixed feelings about using Facebook.  I opened an account just so I could have a page for The Vintage Traveler.  I rarely, if ever post to my “personal” page, and honestly, never post anything other than vintage or fashion related things.  I only keep that account because I believe that some people keep track of my new blog posts that way.  But to be honest, I’m finding Facebook to be less and less useful.  It seems like the more people who like my page, the less it is posted.

At the present time, most of my posts are seen by only 10 to 20% of the people who “like”the page.  I realize the Facebook powers are wanting me to pay to have my posts seen by more people, but this blog is not a money-making enterprise and I have no advertising budget.

The way I see it, this is what is keeping Facebook from being the really great useful tool that it has the potential to be.   Many people who signed up to see my posts can’t see them, and the reverse is also true.  I can’t see the posts of companies and organizations that I want to see.  If Facebook was doing its job well, then people could truly connect with the groups that interest them, but instead we get a half-baked site that everyone loves to hate.  I’ve read all the posts about hovering and clicking in order to see a page’s posts, but I honestly can’t accomplish this simple task.  It’s almost as if the site does not want people to have any control over which pages they see.

I realize that Facebook has the right to make even more billions for Zuckerberg.  My guess is that if Facebook actually allowed the useful things it has the potential for, then most users would be willing to actually pay a small fee.  And at close to a billion users, that should be enough to keep the owners in hoodies for a while.

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24 responses to “The Winner of Vintage Chic…

  1. Lisa

    Hi LIzzie- Check this out: This new fb option will assure page likers that they get all the news a page posts. But yeah, as the page owner you have to get your likers to adjust their preferences. http://www.insidefacebook.com/2012/10/31/facebook-rolls-out-option-for-fans-to-receive-notifications-about-page-posts/

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    • Lisa, thanks for the link. That will solve the problem of me getting to see the posts of my favorites, but you are right – you can’t make your likers do this. If people are like me they “like” you and then promptly forget about you, expecting Facebook to automatically post your stuff.

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  2. Hi Traveler….I agree with your facebook comments. I am 81 and am enjoying the old photos you display and remembering my own old days gone by….thanks for the memories. Marge at http://www.crunkleton.com

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  3. Yeah, I’m with you on the whole Facebook thing. I set up a Facebook page for my business (I didn’t even bother with the personal page – just the business page) and I only did it because I knew that some of my blog followers prefer to have my posts show up in their newsfeed instead of in their email box. But it’s true that it is really up to your “likers” to set their preferences to see you (afterall, some people are “serial likers” and just have to click every like button they see).

    I love that all the ladies in the photo you posted above are wearing cross-strap shoes. And it is really nice how all the dresses are so different (border print, all-over print, solid, and stripe) – it looks like a costumer dressed them! Such a great photo!

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  4. I’ve been feeling the same way about Facebook. It has been the man source of traffic for my website. Since the new policies changes with promotions, my traffic has dwindled significantly. I’m hoping that it also has something to do with December and the holidays . . . but only time will tell. Don’t worry – the proof is in the pudding. You’ve got great content and the readers that know and love you will spread the word. Facebook is always changing, so perhaps this is something that will change, too. And there is always twitter 😀

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  5. So with you in finding Facebook difficult. I was so irritated by all the “Click this to make sure you get my posts” posts (though I understand why people felt it necessary), and then was annoyed with myself for feeling the need to make the same post, and have now reached the pinnacle in annoyance as it seems to have made no difference. Very few people seem to see my posts. Yet…I feel like I need to keep up a Facebook page for the business. Meh.

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  6. Christine

    Lizzie,
    I love this photo. It almost looks like a fashion shoot at the boardwalk but the women don’t look like models. I wonder if the woman on the left is African-American or just has a dark tan; interesting if she isn’t white. Love their different heights and fetching poses.
    I hate Facebook. I’ve opened an account twice at the encouragement of friends and after a few months become so irritated by it’s content that I close it. Of course I don’t have a blog or business online but I increasingly see FB intruding in websites where the most efficient way to access something is through your FB account. Yuck.

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    • In order to post comments on the website of my local newspaper you have to post through a Facebook account. They did it to cut down on anonymous posters, but the end result is that many people now cannot comment because they do not have a FB account.

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  7. Can you elaborate as to why people can’t see your posts? I’m now getting worried because I too have a FB page. Don’t people in your group get notified if someone posts?

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    • Even if you like a page or if you are friends with someone, Facebook does not automatically put all their posts on your home page.The reason sometimes given is that the volume of posts is just too high to post everything everywhere. And they now have a scheme where people with pages, and business too, can pay to have their posts more widely seen.

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  8. Oh wait….I just realized that there is a $5 extra charge for promoting posts. Is that what you are talking about?

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  9. Omg, that’s disgusting!! Mine is only $5 but that’s really expensive for me-I’m just a grad student! Wow I am so stunned right now. So even if I write an article, my followers won’t see it unless I pay??

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  10. They won’t see it in their timeline, that is…

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    • Some of them will see it. I know I am following you and I’ve seen your posts. It just depends on the whims of FB.

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      • I’m doing an experiment today. I went ahead and paid the $5 to promote one of my posts. I want to see how much more traffic I get to my blog because of this. I will keep you updated!

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        • Yes, let us know if you note a difference in your views.

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        • Hi Listen and Lizzie! So I tried it yesterday. I have 502 followers on my fb page. ( I have gotten all my followers organically;; that is, friends and customers in my store. Never asked or pleaded for followers, that is, since the initial set up 3+ yrs ago.) Yesterday (22 hours ago as I write this) I posted a link to my usually quiet blog, to test out the promotion. Specifically: I posted a fresh blog post, then paid fb $5 to promote the link on my shop’s fb page. It “reached” 50 followers in the first hour, better than when I usually post a random pic, I think. By the end of the day it reached about 150 of the likers. I can only assume that the other 350 likers just aren’t active on facebook anymore? I don’t know. I checked my blog’s analytics this morning, the fb post got 17 of the people to click on the link and actually look at my blog, and spend an average of an entire minute looking at the pictures…. 🙂
          So there you have it. I am very interested in your experiences and whether this is all worth it.
          Lisa

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        • That is interesting. Since I have similar numbers, I can say that 150 people seeing the post is very good, especially in so short of a time. In a day’s time, I usually have around 10 people who click through to my blog from facebook. So it does work, but $5 for every post would get to be a bit pricy.

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        • So I got the results of my facebook promotion, and it resulted in like, 1 page click and two likes. However, when I went on my blog, it said I got quite a few views through Facebook. So I’m not really sure what effect the promotion had. I DO know that when I posted an article on a Facebook page that shares other people’s websites and FB pages, I got a bunch of followers that week. So my general thought is, it’s probably better to spend time instead of money promoting your work, if you want to go that route. Connecting to other bloggers, sharing your links via twitter and on FB pages, that to me is the best route. Because really, how many ads do you see a day, and how many do you click on?

          That said, if there is a post I really want to share with people, then I might consider paying to promote it. But it’s too expensive to do for every post….

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  11. Lizzie, it gets worse than this! Most people aren’t aware that Facebook won’t forward blog posts made on Blogger (blogspot.com) because it is a Google product. At one time they did do that. For me, this means that my readers can no longer read my blog there on Facebook. I have to post a link back to my blog for each post. Like Monica, I have noticed a dramatic decrease in readers who forward on to my blog or shops. At one time this was a huge, significant number, but Facebook is nearly useless now to me. I keep it up as entertainment to the few readers who still get my posts.
    BTW, I am encouraging readers to join http://www.bloglovin.com/, and get all their blog posts from there. At least they won’t miss anything!

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    • Hey Jen O-I signed up for Blogloving but am a bit confused by it…can you actually put your blog posts on there? Is it different from your wordpress blog?

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      • When you have a Bloglovin account, you link your blog to your account, and the top photos and the first so many words of the post are posted on bloglovin. There is then a link to your blog and the entire post.

        People “like” you there, and so all your posts appear in their reader. It’s quite similar to how tumblr works.

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        • Thanks Liz! I was thinking of expanding to tumblr, but my friend doesn’t think it is a good idea. She just thinks that will confuse people. It seems that bloglovin’ is a bit more clear with being a site where you organize your blog, but tumblr seems like it would be a ‘separate’ blog and people just wouldn’t know which one is ‘really’ my blog. But I don’t know…

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