How to Grow to 3,000 Facebook Likes in 6 Months

I created my Facebook Page on November 2, 2011. Six months later, I am quickly approaching 3,000 Likes.

I’m often asked how I did it. There may not be a magic bullet, but I got here strategically and intentionally. I did it ethically and with a very tight budget. The fan base that I have created is highly engaged and relevant.

Here’s how I did it and how you can grow from nothing to 3,000 Likes in six months, too…

Make an Announcement

Don’t be bashful, people. Tell everyone you know to like your Page. I assume that your Facebook friends are your greatest advocates. You want these people to form the base of your Page’s fans. So announce your new Page to your friends. Write a public post, explaining what you’re doing and why they should like it. Also consider inviting people individually through the Page and even send emails to anyone you may have missed.

I probably annoyed the hell out of my friends in the beginning, but it’s okay to annoy the people who care about you when the source of that annoyance is something that is important to your well-being. Be courteous and grateful.

Of course, there are limits to this. If you aren’t close to some of your Facebook friends, consider targeting only those who would want to help you (and who would have interest in what you’re doing). Even in the beginning, you want to avoid padding numbers with “fans” who are going to completely ignore what you do. This will not help you, and it will even hurt your ability to reach more people.

If you already have an established customer base, invite these people, too. I didn’t since I was starting fresh, but you should if such a list is available.

Strategic Management of Facebook

An entire blog post (or an entire series of blog posts) can be written on this one, but I’ll try to keep it simple. Have a strategic vision of how you will manage your Facebook Page. You should be focused on value, consistency, diversity and originality.

Value: Your focus should be on your fans, not on you. Almost every post I write is an attempt to answer a question, solve the problems of my target audience or provide some sort of value. It’s not to tell them to buy something. There needs to be a reason these people read your content, and it comes primarily in value.

Consistency: I post something on my Facebook Page every weekday. My fans can count on that. They also know what type of content, tone and quality they can expect.

Diversity: But don’t be so consistent that you’re boring and predictable. I make sure to share links, video, photos and status updates. I also will occasionally share the content of others or use the Facebook Questions application. Being diverse not only keeps your content interesting, but it helps you understand what your fans like.

Originality: Don’t be boring. Have some personality. Create original content that your fans can’t get anywhere else. Provide exclusive content or deals. Have contests to keep them engaged. Show a human side of your brand. I’ll occasionally share stories about my kids that are related to business, and these are often some of my most commented on pieces of content.

Facebook Ads

During the past six months, I’ve “spent” about $350 on Facebook ads. I use quotation marks because about $250 of that was in the form of Facebook ad coupons. I’m cheap, and I hate spending money. So I’ve gotten an enormous bang for my buck with ads.

Unfortunately, Facebook Insights won’t go back more than 89 days to tell me just how many likes I generated with ads. But it’s likely in the neighborhood of 750.

While I’ll occasionally use Facebook ads to drive engagement with my current fans, I use them most for finding new fans. And you have to get creative here. I tried many variations of ads, images, copy and destinations to find the magic bullet that brought most of the new fans.

The main key is to provide exclusive value. The carrot I offered was free access to my Facebook Marketing eBook. It doesn’t have to be an eBook, but offer something of value for joining your community.

Website Content

A very large chunk of my new fans come from my website. I’m sure you can be successful running your business only on Facebook, but you’re making it more difficult for yourself. Do not separate a website from your Facebook strategy. The two are integrated.

I write a ton of blog content that is relevant to my Facebook community. I then share that content with them, driving them to my site. This is good for my traffic.

But it works the other way, too. Most people find me first at my website. They find me there because I write a lot of valuable content and Google now tends to dig what I write. So I have a high number of Google referrals that come to my site. These people like what they read and then like my Facebook Page.

You can’t have a static website and expect that it will drive new fans to your Facebook Page. You need to constantly update new content that attracts new readers, thereby driving new people to your Page.

Website Plugins

This seems obvious, but too many sites neglect it. You can write the greatest content in the world, but if you don’t have the necessary Facebook plugins, readers aren’t going to like your Facebook Page.

Yes, you need a Facebook Like button (and other social share buttons). I use the Digg Digg plugin that you see to the left.

But that drives traffic to your site more than it does new fans. You also need a Facebook Like Box like I have on the right that allows readers to seamlessly like your page without leaving your site.

I also have buttons scattered across the site to follow me on Facebook and other social networks. Finding out how to connect with me off of the website should not be buried, but it often is on websites.

During the past three months, I’ve generated 1,183 new Facebook fans. Only 38 of them came from ads (most of my advertising was in the early going). A whopping 556 of them came directly through a Facebook plugin.

Important? Absolutely.

Email Newsletter

My newsletter through AWeber is still relatively new, and my subscriber base is approaching 1,000. It’s important to remember that many of these people found me here first and not on my Facebook Page. So I’ll often refer and link to my Facebook Page or sometimes I’ll put a signature in the bottom to drive them there.

Overall, a weekly newsletter is a great way to remind readers to return to your website or Facebook Page or whatever content you have to offer. Use it!

That’s Me

Strategies will vary depending on your industry, company and target audience. But this is how I did it, and you can certainly apply many of these strategies. How do you uncover new fans?

If you’re still struggling, I encourage you to like my Page and subscribe to my newsletter below!

  • Tracy The UnCoordinated Mommy

    “Your focus should be on your fans, not on you.”

    I almost get no comments on my posts, I don’t have a lot of fans yet, but after reading this I posted a question “what is or was your least favorite part of pregnancy?” and voila! There’s a whole conversation going on now! :) thanks!!

    • Jon Loomer

      That’s great, Tracy! I tell ya, even when you focus on your fans in the early going, it can be tough. When you have fewer than 100 fans, for example, you need the perfect combination of enough people being online at the time and content that inspires a response to really generate a conversation.

      Looks like you found the magic combination! That will help you grow.

  • Huyen Truong

    Hi Jon, Thanks for sharing your experience, just have a question regarding Facebook ads, how do you set your budget, says how much for a number of days to reach an ideal point of frequency and efficiency? some source says it has to be at least $100 to $200/day which I find abit unaffordable? your thoughts please? Thanks in advance!

    • Jon Loomer

      Anyone who tells you that you have to spend $100 to $200 per day is nuts. The truth is that you’ll naturally lose effectiveness as you hit the same people multiple times and they still don’t click. So that’s relative to size of the audience you’re hitting, not a set dollar amount.

      This kind of talk is what scares off small businesses. You can be effective with $25. If you spend $200/day, I guarantee you’ll be less efficient, but you’ll certainly also be more effective overall.

      In terms of number of days, I’ve heard anywhere from three to 10, but this is not a hard and fast rule either. I’ve found ads that are effective and take much longer to lose effectiveness. In fact, once they slow down, I’ll simply give them a rest and then start them back up again a few weeks later. It’s all trial and error, and I highly recommend micromanaging your ads to find out what works best for you.

  • Huyen Truong

    and what days of the weeks when FB ads work best? thanks

    • White Label SEO

      I think that would depend on your target audience. If you’re going to set up some Facebook ads, I do think that the best day to put them up is on a day when there are a lot of traffic to your site coming from Facebook, or when there’s that much activity happening in your Facebook page.

      = Gerald Martin =

  • Justine

    For all the effort you have and continue to put in, you deserve every Like on your page, Jon. You totally get social media marketing and watching you grow like that is inspiring! And the fact that you share your “secrets” – even better, but that’s the crux of this platform isn’t it?

    May you have many, many successes in your future.

    • Jon Loomer

      Aw, man, thanks so much for the kind words, Justine! Now if I could only figure out how to properly monetize…

  • Kimberly

    What ever you do, do NOT buy likes! It’s not legal. Here’s a great tip for ya’ll. This site called LikesPro (
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  • Matt Heinricy

     Wow, really great stuff!  I have been using FB for a little over a year now and have had moderate success with it. However your tips will really help fine tune my efforts. 

    Thanks so much!

    • Jon Loomer

      Glad to help, Matt! Just keep plugging away and constantly aim for incremental improvement. Celebrate the little victories. Before you know it, you’ll be surprised what you have!

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  • Antonio Calero

    Thank you for the tips. I currently find myself in a similar situation as you were 6 months ago, and I know the process is long and hard… But reading your post has given me new hopes…and quite a few ideas.

    • Jon Loomer

      Awesome, Antonio, glad to help. Good luck to you!

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  • Dionne

    Hmmm very nice article, I hate spending money as well so I will go with the organic way to grow my FB page.

  • CrAzY1201

    Wow you spent 300+$. Just WOW. I have awesome viral page that is new and already has 3.000 fan page likes :) WITHOUT invested. Your page must be not interesting.