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For the longest time, I just sort of gave Facebook a miss. Of course, I posted stuff on there, but it was via my personal account. Yet even with near-total neglect, my Facebook Page is starting to pants my Google+ efforts, as I wrote about yesterday. So I’m changing things up a bit to give Facebook a bit more of a push. Here’s the current plan.

First, I checked to see when I was already receiving the most visitors from Facebook to my blog. I created a custom Google Analytics report that broke out times of day for me and got a reasonably good estimate. For those of you who are premium subscribers to my newsletter, you’ll get a copy of this report that you can install into your own Google Analytics accounts in this week’s newsletter.

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Turns out that the morning is generally when folks stop by from Facebook, so I’ll be using Buffer to queue up content for that period of time. Since Facebook is a long-form content network, I’ll also be using the Google+ versions of #the5 on there to see if that spurs additional discussion and commentary.

I’ll be sharing more stuff as I figure out for myself what’s most effective and what’s not. For now, I’m looking at what content on my site is most popular with the Facebook crowd, and a lot of it is the how-to stuff. (Google Analytics will tell you this, just create a custom traffic segment for Facebook) That’ll be another testing point to see if that’s true or not.

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Because my Facebook Page is more or less a personality page, as opposed to a corporation or a product, I don’t plan on running any contests, coupons, PPC ads, or promotions just yet, though I’d certainly love to hear if you are doing that for a personality-based page with any level of success.

What’s working for you on your Facebook Page that I should add to my list of things to test out? What hasn’t worked? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

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