When I first started up FAN FILM FACTOR, I didn’t really feel the need to have a Facebook or Twitter or Instagram (or whatever else) presence online. Simply organizing a blog site, writing articles and interviews, and answering comments is more than enough work, thank you very much!
So why do I suddenly have a Facebook page? Funny you should ask…
At a Christmas party last Saturday night, I was chatting with a friend and playfully “bragging” about how my blog was now getting 500-3,000 views a day (sometimes more). I put “bragging” in quotation marks because now that I’ve got ads up, I’m raking in the big bucks to the tune of $1-$2 per day! Laundry money…yay!
My friend said, “You can do better…” and proceeded to give me a long list of stuff to do to bring in more traffic. Step 1: Facebook ads.
Oh, well, there goes the laundry money! But hey, worth a try for a week or two maybe?
So we got home from the party, Wendy and I put Jayden to bed, and I began following the White Rabbit down the hole that is the process of setting up a Facebook ad. I learned about how Facebook ads aren’t allowed to have very much text and–through lots of trial and error–ways to circumvent their auto text detector. I discovered that the minimum you can pay for a Facebook ad is $5/day (so I’m definitely kissing that laundry money goodbye!). And last but not least, I learned…
You can’t set up a Facebook ad without having a Facebook page for the thing you’re advertising!
And so, Fan Film Factor now has a Facebook page. Just like that. I worked for an hour creating a cover image from a photo I took with Rom and Nog in Las Vegas. And I even added a widget over there on the right column that allows people to LIKE my Facebook page from right here on my blog site…you don’t even have to visit Facebook! (Feel from to click “LIKE” by the way. As I type this, I’ve got just one “LIKE” so far…me.)
Obviously, I’ll populate the Facebook page with links to my blogs here on Fan Film Factor. But what else? I have no idea. In fact, if any of you reading this would like to help me out, I’d welcome it. When it comes to social media, I’m still mostly clueless. But I’m eager to learn!
So, yeah, if anyone out there has any ideas or wants to assist in getting the word out about Fan Film Factor, please shoot me a quick note via my “Contact Us” page. I really would like to spread the word about Star Trek fan films to a wider audience (and get my laundry money back!). And I’d love to have some help or even just some good advice.