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If you follow me on Twitter, occasionally you’ll see my mini rants about being fed up with Facebook and their constantly-changing algorithms. I had started a Page for The Native New Yawker on Facebook back in June hadn’t had much growth since then. For months, my number of likes remained within the 80’s. Now the low numbers are mostly, if not all.. because of me.

The goal of the Facebook Page is to share design articles, products + useful tidbits, as well as the latest happenings in New York, with my readers. Sometimes I come across awesome things & don’t want to write a full post to share the info. But I wasn’t posting frequently, nor was I promoting the actual page.

Not ready to divorce Facebook just yet, I decided to try a slight change that ended up bumping up my Facebook Likes 17% last week. Finally hit that 100 Like milestone on my Page that was taking me months to achieve. How did I do this? I said, screw design for a second and used the actual Facebook Like Box Social Plugin.

how to increase facebook likes | The Native New Yawker

The problem with my designed Facebook button is that it opens up the Facebook Page in a new tab, forcing my reader to get off my page–even if it’s for a second. By including the Facebook Like Box, you allow your readers to like your Page without having to leave your site, plus they’re able to see if any of their friends are fans of your page as well.

Some may be like “Uh, duh..” but I was against using the Social Plugin for aesthetic reasons for the longest. Sometimes.. and only sometimes.. you just have to be like, screw the look if it’s for a functional purpose.

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  • I’ve been debating on this back and forth in my head. I don’t really promote my Facebook page much right now, but I feel like when I get the page cleaned up I’m probably going to put the like box on my blog. It may not look beautiful but it’s the most effective way to get likes. Thanks for sharing!

    • L.

      Yeaaa, it’s more effective than beautiful. But it works. Especially for readers viewing the site from their phones. It just makes it easier to Like & keep it moving!

  • LeSha Brewer

    Thanks for the tip! Awesome 🙂

    • L.

      No problem! 😉

  • C.D. Beatrice Clay

    Coolio. Now how do I make the FB box pretty and work with my blog color scheme LOL. Gonna try it anyway 🙂 Thaaaaaaanks

    • L.

      I’m still trying to figure that out. It would be nice if Facebook let you customize your colors somewhat. Can a sista get some B+W up in here?

  • C.D. Beatrice Clay

    Ok I did it. It doesn’t look bad at all. Let’s see if I can reach my goal of 500 by December 31st. ***Come on sweet baby Jesus*** LOL I kid.

    • L.

      I’m rooting for you. All things are possible!

  • Good stuff! I will try that once I get my fan page up. I don’t know if I should do one now because I’m still a newbie and haven’t up on my blogging game lately like I should but I’ve been so busy lately.

    • L.

      If you’ve been busy, don’t give yourself additional work. Build your blog for a few weeks & then decide if Facebook is for you.

  • Kia Perry | Girly+Inspired

    Def trying this!!

    • L.

      Let me know how this works out!

  • dasheve

    I have the iframe with just the ‘Like’ button. Do you think that’s as effective?

    • L.

      I think you’ll be fine with just the ‘Like’ button. Once again, the main purpose is not to drive your reader off your page. So if they can just click ‘Like’ and instantly like your Page without having to leave your site, you’re good!

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  • I am SO late to the party – love your blog!
    Just noticed they’ve added a “dark” Colour Scheme option, and a show/hide header option. Hallelujah!

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