Fanpage Challenge – Results After Week 2

Fanpage Challenge – Results After Week 2

First off, I'd like to update everyone on my results of week two of Sue Worthington's Fanpage challenge. My time has been cut short by a few problems in my “real life” work, but even so, I'm impressed with my improvements. Today's results are:

Increase in “Likes” to one of my Facebook pages from 167 to 179, which is almost double the likes I had before the challenge started, and those had taken months to build up. Excellent! Those people who have had more time to devote to the challenge have been getting even better results.

It's not just about “likes” of course. It's about making contacts and sharing each others' content. I'm starting to narrow down to interacting with a few people in a similar niche to my own, so that we can share relevant content to our readers. This will be the long-term legacy.

As well as learning from Sue's daily tasks, I'm also picking up lots of tips and information from working with others in this group. Thanks Sue!

Google Authorship

Another challenge this week was establishing Google Authorship. Quoting from the blog of my friend Jan Kearney:

Authorship is a way for Google to know who you are and what content you have published around the web.

I had a go at doing this a few weeks ago, exhausted myself, thought I'd done it but didn't manage to achieve the desired effect. The visible evidence of success is when your picture appears against your site's results in a Google search. I'd quietly (deliberately LOL) forgotten about it when Jan's post hit my inbox and, because her instructions are so clear to follow, I had another go.

I won't say any more about the procedure other than to refer you to Jan's post on Google Authorship for the benefits of doing this and – more importantly – her easy-to-follow instructions. I did it for my blogs and also for my websites. Woohoo! Thanks Jan! (Jan is a lady I met through one of Sue Worthington's groups and I've had no end of help from reading Jan's blog.)

Exit Pop-ups

The only other big project I've started this week was putting onto another coplementary therapy site exit pop-ups offering readers my free ebook in return for their contact details going onto my list. As you'll realize, I'm trying to increase my list building efforts.

I'm personally not a fan of pop-ups, I find them intrusive – especially when I haven't read enough of a site to decide if I want to hear from them again! But at least with an exit pop-up someone was just about to leave the site anyway. So it's a last ditch attempt to give them my free ebook – or let them escape, which is what they were doing anyway.

The plug-in I'm using was recommended by a trusted colleague who has used it himself. I'm not going to name it yet because – err – I've not got it working properly!! The problem at the moment lies with the split testing routines. (You can let it display different wording / webforms to see which convert best.)

At the moment I've seen ONE form once and never again. SIGH. The plugin lets you choose the number of days before the pop-up will pop-up again, which is controlled by a cookie. In theory I've cleared the cookie (so that I should be able to test the different windows), but nothing is popping up still. I have an open question at the support desk, so hope to have an answer soon. Once it's working, I'll probably tell the window to only open every ……….. days.  Well, what do you think? Should the exit pop-up appear weekly, daily, fortnightly? I'd really value your opinions in the comment box below.

Thanks for listening to my summary of the week, and catch up again soon!

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Pauline - April 30, 2013

Hi Joy
I must admit I have fallen way behind on Sue’s challenge 🙁 so I need to get caught up as it seems many people are having some great results.
I have been going through a bad time again and had become de-motivated so I sat myself down and gave myself a good taking to LOL and now I am back! so I will be catching up with lots of stuff this week, I also have lots of new ideas going around in my head so I maybe need to slow down and make a plan…
Have a great week

    Joy Healey - April 30, 2013

    Hi Pauline

    Good to “see” you again. Yes, it’s tough keeping up with the challenge. I slipped behind too, but managed to get back on top of it.

    Sorry about your bad time recently. We all get them. What matters is doing what you did, and getting back on track.

    Good luck with all your new ideas. Look forward to reading about them.


Daniel - April 30, 2013

Not like popup plugin, believe me if someone wants to subscribe they will look for feedburner or whatever you have.Best regards from I. C. Daniel – Romania

    Joy Healey - April 30, 2013

    Hi Daniel

    Thanks for your thoughts. I’m not altogether sure I agree for my niche, because they may not be very Internet savvy. I only found out about feedburner a few months ago!

    Also, I may have misled you, because I am talking about getting people to download a free ebook in return for getting onto my list. My sales message is more detailed in the ebook and gives them the info they need to buy the service.

    Glad to hear your opinion, though. Joy

Wendy Bottrell - April 30, 2013

Very good! Thanks for the week in review, very helpful and will check out the link you provided! Thanks Joy. Best Regards, Wendy

    Joy Healey - April 30, 2013

    Thanks for dropping by and your kind words Wendy – and congratulations on completing your challenge! Joy

Angela McCall - April 30, 2013

Hi Joy,

I’m not a big fan of pop up menu, I find it unnerving at times when all I wanna do is read the blog. I believe Enstine have this. It pops up asking if you wanna buy his book. I find it annoying! But if you’re gonna put this at the end AFTER someone’s read your blog and commented your blog may not be a bad idea.

As far as Fan Page Challenge is concerned I’ve been pretty happy since I joined them. Thanks to you! Not only my likes increased from 122 to 194, it also increased my Email Newsletter subscriber. And so Sue is doing a great job helping us to in increase our FB likes!

Also I bought one of her affiliate product called “WP Security Decoded” protecting your blog from hackers. Just moments ago, I read Hostgator’s blog saying that hackers were able to get in your blog by the W3 Total Cache and WP Super Cache leaks. 19,000 accounts were affected by hackers from different hosting services.


WP Super Cache updated their plugin and they should be okay now. I like this plugin better that W3 TC–this plugin is super confusing to me. Whenever I update my blog I can’t see the updates unless I clear the cache. Dunno how to do that on W3 TC. But WP Super Cache is EASIER to use!! And so I deleted W3 TC. No need to have 2. Btw…Andy Bailey, author of CommentLuv, said to delete W3 TC and that you only need the WP Super Cache to do the job.

Until then,

    Joy Healey - May 2, 2013

    Hi Angela

    Glad to see you here. And pleased Sue’s challenge has helped you as much as it’s helped me.

    I’m getting used to seeing the pop-up on my other blog now, and at least it’s a free offer, and just as people are leaving.

    Once I’ve tested it better, I’ll make it appear less frequently, so my friends here see it less often.

    Not convinced about these Caching plugins at all! I swear they slow my blog down. Someone told me to take them off and I noticed no difference, but more people say to use them than not. So I have an unholy mix of different plugins and even none at all. I wish I knew the real answer, but so many different opinions and I am NO expert on that!


Ginny Carter - May 2, 2013

It’s interesting to see your dilemma with your pop up Joy, I’m sure others feel the same. It seems like you came up with a solution you felt happy with. I know what I’ve seen others do is a pop up that comes up from the bottom of the screen which is less intrusive, seems to work well.

    Joy Healey - May 2, 2013

    Thanks for the suggestion Ginny. There are various options I can select on the plugin, so once I get the basics going, I’ll experiment!


Dean Thompson - May 2, 2013

Hi Joy,

The Fan Page Challenge is certainly a great course to be following. I knew very little about fan pages until I decided to take the challenge. In fact I didn’t even have a page until the first day of the course.

I’m glad to hear that your page is growing quickly and you can connect with more targeted businesses.

Keep up the good work Joy, keep working hard and success will come your way 🙂


    Joy Healey - May 4, 2013

    Hi Dean

    I’m glad you’re finding the Fanpage Challenge good too.

    I’d had fanpages before, but – err – very few fans! So I was just posting into a void.

    Sue has helped me focus on one main page and showed me many ways to make it less labor intensive. Finding other people’s content to share has helped enormously.

    Well, I’ll be posting soon about being half-way through, so – yes – we’ll both keep powering on!

    Thanks for popping by and hope to catch up in the Challenge too.

    Good luck, Joy

Web Development - May 7, 2013

I must admit that I got held up with Sue’s challenge I need to caught up as many people have great challenge.

    Joy Healey - May 19, 2013

    Yes, it’s hard to keep up with the challenge. But it’s worth the effort!

Debra Moser - May 7, 2013

Hi Joy, thanks for the review and congrats on your stats for the challenge! I’m very pleased with mine as well. I’m a little late in commenting and this is day 17 of the challenge. I’ve gone from 53 likes to 159 woohoo! I have to agree with the other comments not too fond of pop-ups, I find them annoying.
Enjoy your week!

    Joy Healey - May 14, 2013

    Hi Debra

    Congratulations on such a great increase in your stats.

    Really very rewarding, and we’ve learned to much too.


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