My first 1,000 FaceBook Group members, (for free).

by Chris-
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Hi all,

my aim for this thread is to build a new FaceBook Group, to 1,000 members, in 30 days, without spending any money on it.

My long-term aim is to build a mailing-list to promote high-converting MMO webinars (I already have a contact who can get me affiliate access to suitable webinars, and I already have the first one set-up for new list-members), so building a relevant FaceBook Group is one way to get the contact details of people interested in relevant subjects.

I've got the Group set up, with a decent header-image, one member (other than me), and some content (I've initially posted some posts of advanced SEO advice for the new member who wants to know about SEO for eComm).

I do have a small mailing-list already, but haven't mailed them much in the last couple of years, so will only mail those who opened my 3 posts a few weeks ago (which is less than 20 I think) so my deliverability doesn't decrease any more than it already has.

I've heard of people making big money from FaceBook Groups, such as a coach making $100k in the first 3 months, and others making various amounts, but don't know what results I can get from a MMO group. (I do have another Group on a different subject which I feel is easier to monetise, so if I can get members to this Group, but can't monetise effectively, I can apply the same approach to that other Group).

Most of the existing general MMO FaceBook Groups are mostly just ads and spam, with little or no real engagement (apart from engagement bait), and a lot of the members are from 3rd-world countries.

So I've made it clear that my Group will be moderated, and I've created some initial rules. It will be interesting to see if I can build a good group, with genuine discussion and people helping each other etc. (I do have 20 years experience moderating a great discussion group, on an unrelated subject, on a different platform).

Here's the Group, so you can check the number of members yourself if you want to as it grows, to see what results I am getting . . .

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Onli...tedDiscussion/

I'll post here as things develop.

Chris
#facebook #free #group #make money online #members
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris-
    First lesson . . . if you use the phrase "make money online" FaceBook labels your content as spam!

    I am a member of a few FB Groups for owners and admins of FB Groups, so was able to find out that people's common reaction is that anything using about that phrase "IS SPAM" !

    So I had to change the name of the group (I've updated the first post in this thread, above, to show the correct new URL).

    I am now working on the free gift to encourage people to join. I have the ebook nearly finished (just need to get a sales-page set up and include the link), so will be implementing that, hopefully later on today.

    Plus I just happen to be doing a training today by Caleb O'Dowd, where he says that, from results he is already getting, he estimates that his 12 day FaceBook Group Campaigns for just one of his products will make him $24 million in a year. So definitely good stuff to be learning about

    Chris
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris-
    The group is growing slightly . . .

    I have invited a few friends to the group, and also came across a few posts on author FB groups (my own webinar is on book writing profits) with people asking about aspects of marketing books, which I gave an informative reply to and invited them to my Group for more info, and each of them joined my Group.

    They are not my ideal members, because they might be more focused more on being an author than on online business in general, but I can certainly promote webinars to them, such as my own webinar which is on book writing profits, and other online business webinars which I can describe as ways to use online marketing methods to promote books effectively. So definitely worth getting them as members, plus, the more members I get, the more FaceBook will give me additional members for free.

    I am still waiting for the YouTube ads expert I am working with, to create the sales-page, which I need to include as a link in my free "Rapid Reselling Results" ebook which I will use as the free gift for getting people to join the FB Group. As soon as that is ready, there will be a lot of other ways I can promote the group.

    So, a little bit of progress so far, which is better than nothing

    Chris
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    Chris

    I clicked on your signature link and did not see any way to join your FB group from your site. that might be something to consider

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    • Profile picture of the author Chris-
      Very good point, thanks! (I'd actually done it, but forgot to delete the cache).

      Chris


      Originally Posted by agmccall View Post

      Chris

      I clicked on your signature link and did not see any way to join your FB group from your site. that might be something to consider

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  • Profile picture of the author Chris-
    Update . . .

    I've now added 2 free gifts for joining my FB Group, "Simple but effective SEO actions - essential checklist" and "Rapid Reselling Results".

    I wan't sure whether a 69-page detailed ebook would be what people wanted, or a short checklist, so I've added both. And I've put a link to the squeeze-page for each, in the Group Description, so that anyone looking at the group can get them, even if they choose not to join the Group.

    So now I can move ahead with a lot more promotions of the Group, to my very small mailing-list, past relevant groups I've owned (such as one for a WSO), and lots more.

    I have 18 members before doing this . . . hopefully this will grow significantly over the next few days.

    Chris
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    • Profile picture of the author tryinhere
      Originally Posted by Chris- View Post

      U
      I have 18 members before doing this . . . hopefully this will grow significantly over the next few days.
      Chris
      I am curious as to why you are going down the free route to gaining members? it costs nickels to get masses of traffic people to join your group and you could bang in your target tenfold in a quarter of the time if you wanted to?

      288 new likes/follows this week < this is one of my pages I run at $1 a day and that is just cruising along slow, chugging away every week at those numbers and they soon add up.

      if you wanted pump up the dollars you would reach your targets even quicker.

      Yes, you will also need a page for this to work so that you can run the engagement ads/likes campaign.

      probably one of the easiest and cheapest way to drive some targeted people to your group and while I do not run any groups at the moment I have in the past, but still run engagement campaigns and been doing this for a few years now with good outcomes.

      Just done a quck search and here is an article that covers it some more > here <

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  • Profile picture of the author Chris-
    Thanks Pete, I appreciate your comments.

    I had a look at that article, and will test the boosting approach, and see if I can get reasonable results at around $1 a day, that would be great !

    Thanks again !

    Chris
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    • Profile picture of the author tryinhere
      Originally Posted by Chris- View Post

      Thanks Pete, I appreciate your comments.

      I had a look at that article, and will test the boosting approach, and see if I can get reasonable results at around $1 a day, that would be great !

      Thanks again !

      Chris
      Chris, if you have skype and want to hit me up in PM I am happy to show you in real life how I have this setup, the article was something I found quickly just to outline.

      Boosting a post is a little different than running an engagement campaign/likes but they can work closely together.

      My engagements today are running at > 301 new likes this week < and I do have a Boost pushing traffic to one of my pages and that is running at >

      You've spent $3.00 over 3 days.
      Landing Page Views
      207
      People Reached
      3,929
      Cost per Link Click
      $0.01

      <

      That is based on 265 clicks and with the .01 is probably higher towards the .02 level

      To get people to your FB Group probably the engagements campaign will be the best starting point over and above a boost of a post.

      As above if you would like a look inside just for a PM, hope all goes well for you. Cheers.
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      • Profile picture of the author Chris-
        WOW, that's very much appreciated, thanks !!

        I've PMed you.

        Thanks !!

        Chris



        Originally Posted by tryinhere View Post

        Chris, if you have skype and want to hit me up in PM I am happy to show you in real life how I have this setup, the article was something I found quickly just to outline.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris-
    32 members so far, after promoting the group to my old relevant groups, and my tiny mailing-list. So a little bit of progress at least !

    I attempted to make a start on FB ads, by trying to Boost a Page post, but only got errors and problems so far. Will keep working at it

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      Originally Posted by Chris- View Post

      I attempted to make a start on FB ads, by trying to Boost a Page post, but only got errors and problems so far. Will keep working at it

      Chris
      Chris if you want to just reach out to me on skype and I will see if I can spot what may be going wrong with the ads and get you back on track if you want. cheers.
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      • Profile picture of the author Chris-
        Thanks . . . I'll give it another go over the next day or two, and if I still can't get things to work, I'll contact you.

        Chris



        Originally Posted by tryinhere View Post

        Chris if you want to just reach out to me on skype and I will see if I can spot what may be going wrong with the ads and get you back on track if you want. cheers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris-
    Progress . . . my FaceBook Boost (of a video which got the most engagements from my Page) is "in review" so hopefully, in a couple of days or so, it will go ahead and I'll see what the results are.

    My group currently has 39 members . . . I found a good group on a related topic, which I joined as my Page, where I could post lots of great info (sometimes with a link), and that worked OK . . . I got about 1 new member for every hour I put into that.

    I am posting at least one new post a day currently, giving valuable and relevant info, such as . . .

    SEO for eCommerce tips
    2 of the biggest mistakes in back-linking
    a method for getting a Wikipedia link to your site
    other SEO tips
    methods to get more time per visitor on your site (which is important for SEO)
    The 3 biggest mistakes in online business
    a big common mistake in affiliate marketing
    a quick book promotion idea
    a pro SEO tip about getting multiple rankings from a single article
    why it's important to think through the whole business system before taking much action
    approaches to hosting a video course
    how to use anchor-text effectively
    ways to do effective back-linking
    why quizzes or calculators help SEO
    a quick and easy SEO tip
    good things and bad things to buy in Fiverr
    how different marketing strategies can make a huge difference to profit
    how to test paid traffic for free
    how a press release can be used to promote a book
    2 pro FB ad tips
    a simple tip for improving website results
    a little known SEO strategy
    why buying emails is usually a bad idea
    a pro SEO tip to get lots of traffic and boost rankings, for free

    and plan to collect all the info from all the past posts and make it available as a PDF on my site, so new members can quickly grab all the info, which gives me another way to get my squeeze-pages in front of more people

    Chris
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    Eager to see what comes of this Chris. I'll definitely be following this post.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris-
    So far, 49 members, and 4 or 5 subscribers to my mailing-list. And I'm learning things, which is always good

    Chris
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    2 months of working on this FB Group, now.

    I have 83 members.

    Most of the members have joined due to me posting replies on related groups, giving some useful info and telling them they can join my Group to ask questions and get daily tips, and giving a link to my website, which also has links to the Group.

    About 4 or 5 have opted-in to my mailing-list so far.

    Chris
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    I have just launched a Give-away contest, on my FB Group, Page, and website etc.

    If I can get partners who want to build their IM list for free (in return for promoting the contest to their list and social-media), the results should be great, in terms of me growing my own list, as well as getting lots more Likes and Shares on social-media, and growing my Group as well.

    It will be interesting to see what the results are . . . I'll post here when I know more

    Chris
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    Update . . . the FB Group has 90 members currently . . .

    I have been focusing on getting partners for the list-building partnership (give-away contest) so far this month, and have 4 partners, with lists totalling over 12k, so should get some decent results.

    The contest will be open to entrants until the end of the month (and I'll probably do the same contest again for May, and hopefully find more partners, if I get reasonable results from the April contest).

    Chris
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    100 members now. That took me 3 and a half months.

    I'm getting a significant increase in the number of new membership requests recently. Not sure if the FB algorithm promotes a group more often once it has reached around 95 members, or if it's due to something else.

    Chris
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    How are you making out Chris ? Any updates it's been awhile since you last posted.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris-
    The results, as detailed in this thread, were enough for me to see that this method is very inefficient and not worth the time and effort.

    I did get advice from a few experts, but no-one was able to tell me anything that was significantly different from what I was already doing.

    I do know that some people are making big money from FB Groups, but I have not been able to find any free information which tells me what they are doing which makes the difference. There are courses on making money from FB Groups, but for now I am focusing on different list-building approaches.

    It's always good to learn what is not worth doing any more of

    Chris
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris-
    I'm re-starting this project . . . I've got a low-ticket launch coming up in 3 days time, and will use the FaceBook Group as a discussion forum for buyers, which will hopefully get plenty of interaction on the group.

    Which I'm hoping will grow it enough for FaceBook to continue sending me new members after that.

    I'll post updates here as things progress.

    Chris
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