100,000 Facebook Fans in 30 Days?
Have you read about the guy that got 100,000 Facebook Fans in 30 days? Here’s how I copied his Facebook News Tab app and created my own FanNewsCast alternative for free!
James Altucher is a blogger who has caused an internet stir with his TechCrunch article on Facebook Fan Page success. His formula is simple:
- Setup a news tab feed using FanNewsCast.com
- Drive targeted traffic to the page using Optim.al
- Get so much traffic that you have to use TheSocialPag.es for maintenance.
My first thought on reading the article is that this smells a lot like paid endorsements. After all, James was a pretty successful blogger with a rather large following before his facebook success. He’s a smart guy too. Is it possible that he concocted a plan to blow his facebook fan page up while name dropping for a few extra bucks or “services rendered”?
Maybe not. Hey.. I believe in aliens too, so being paranoid is part of who I am.
Let’s Contact Fan News Cast
After doing what thousands of people likely did when the article was released, I headed over to these “make money for you” sites that James so kindly promoted and I had a look. FanNewsCast has some published examples of what they do. What they don’t have is prices.
I emailed and we exchanged dialogue regarding what they do and how much they charge. Here’s the gist of what they told me:
For $50 – $100 a month, they will supply “custom content landing tabs” for your facebook page. As the examples show, these are simply news tabs that show the latest trending stories in a particular niche.
Hey wait a minute.. In the article, James mentions that FanNewsCast worked as an Admin on his Facebook page and came up with the ads to target his friends. I sent another email to inquire. Here’s the response I received:
“We will schedule a 1hour Webex session where we can help you with Facebook initial campaigns for free.”
Hmmm… not quite the “We’ll help you until you succeed” reply that James alluded to.
$50 a Month?! I’ll Build My Own!
I kicked around the idea “to trust in James” but on going back to view the example pages some more, it struck me that I could copy what Fan News Cast was doing and bypass the monthly fee. Let’s spend the extra money targeting people with Facebook Ads.
I headed over to CodeCanyon and found a nice “Sliding Tabs – jQuery Plugin“. I ripped the guts out of the horizontal demo and replaced it with a welcome page (complete with my custom aWeber horizontal Opt-In) and several tabs of my own php code. The code goes out and basically filters search results directly from the news search engines for a given keyword or phrase, displaying the results on my page.
I’ll admit it.. I’ve previously got myself in trouble coding in this way. I was featured in a TechCrunch article when I used a similar method to make a few extra thousand using a very popular classifieds site. But hey, it’s the search engines this time so let’s see what happens!
There’s one other nice advantage to this. Facebook fan page buttons are not that user friendly. You have to back out of a page and often click a drop-down to see the full list of buttons. This method allows one big landing tab button and then I can use the tabs to display as much as I like. No “backing out” for visitors to see what other content I have to offer.
Want one for your facebook fan page? Just contact me and I’ll set it up for you. Tell me what topics you would like for your news page tabs. I’ll create up to three tabs for anyone who request is free of charge.
Is FanNewsCast worth it? Is this custom content landing tabs alternative something that could be effective? Is this method of gaining Facebook fans even effective? I mean.. do people really take the time to explore the landing tabs before making a decision to like a fan page? Have we seen any FanNewsCast reviews?
FanNewsCast states on their website, ”Our demonstration sites achieved over 1.6 million fans without the use of promotions or incentives. The fans were acquired using our curated content solution”.
Hmmm.. the fan pages may have gained the said amount of fans, but did the “trending news landing tabs” really have anything to do with this or even help out that much?
I’m suspect, bordering on doubtful.
Lots of great question to answer. I’m going to create a new Facebook ad campaign and try it out. I’ll report back with the results!