Note: this article is based on a presentation I did for Social Fresh Tampa earlier this week. Check out the slides and resources here.
What is “News Feed Optimization”?
The news feed is the #1 most visible real estate on Facebook. It is customized to each user based on their network and their patterns of activity, like which of their friends they interact with the most. The news feed shows the top posts from a user’s network, filtering out more than 99% of content. So, the question is, how do you make sure your content makes it into that <1% of content securing real estate in the news feed?
Facebook’s Algorithm: EdgeRank
Facebook, unlike the super-secret Google, has shared their algorithm for ranking content on Facebook and filtering what appears in the news feed. The algorithm consists of three components:
1. Affinity – the number of times 2 people (or a person and a page) have interacted
2. Weight – the number of times users have interacted (commented, liked) with the content in question
3. Recency – the time since the content was posted, note that Facebook moves and changes very quickly, and my news feed, for example, never has content more than 24 hours old.
20 Tips to Get Your Content Seen on Facebook
With the understanding of how Facebook ranks and filters content, what can you do to make sure your content makes the cut? Here are 20 ideas.
- Post a variety of content to attract interactions from a higher percentage of your users, raising your affinity score.
- Focus on positive and fun content on Facebook. Sex sells.*
- Talk about Facebook – Facebook is the number one most shareable topic on Facebook.*
- Respond to comments that your fans post on your content to increase the number of interactions per post.
- Respond to comments that your fans post on your wall to increase your affinity score.
- Experiment with targeting posts to get a higher feedback score (percentage of impressions that turn into interactions).
- Post regularly, but not too frequently (more than once a day) to give each post a good chance of gaining traction.*
- Post content outside of main work hours – Facebook users interact more when they’re off the clock.*
- Include images on blog posts you publish to create a more eye-catching post.
Read more: 20 tips to get your content seen on Facebook
Kelsi Guidry is the founder of MyWants and the SocialWants website. Kelsi’s extensive background in social media has given him the opportunity to provide business owners, companies, and entrepreneurs with the skills and knowledge of all available social media products and services. You can check out more of his stuff at http://KelsiGuidry.com