Guidelines for participation in FB Challenges, Groups, ETC


Guidelines for participation in FB Challenges, Groups, ETC

When we go online we may see Challenges of different kinds. We will see groups and others all meant to create communities of like minded persons. Often persons do not understand how to operate and either end up being kicked out of the group, off the Challenge and so on, mainly because the rules are not followed and secondly infuriation of the other members who are making significant contributions to the community. So listed below are some guidelines to follow to enrich your presence as well as the other members’ in these online gatherings, especially FB Challenge.

FB Challenges

What is a Challenge?
The word challenge as used here is a verb and means to invite someone to engage in a contest. Obviously, there are different types of challenges but for this purpose we are dealing with FB Challenge, organized by a FB user. So we are really dealing with those that invite you to increase your engagements on your fan page.

The reason for setting up the challenge in the first place is to assist like minded individuals (business persons, marketers) to get engagements on their FB pages, meaning the number of persons who like, comment and share content on the pages. This is the general principle governing this activity.

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The person who sets up the challenge will set the rules which will be clearly outlined. All persons joining the challenge must read, agree and abide by these rules laid down (not just some persons, all persons).
For example, if you are asked to tag your page in the comment section then that is what is required and not your link which would bring up the image of the page and makes the comment thread appears messy.

What is Engagement?
Usually this takes place in three ways – like, comment, share and these buttons are found under each piece of content. Simply put, this is when you ‘like’ a page, an image, a post or other content. When you make a comment on someone’s content (image, quote, video, etc) it’s another form of engagement. When you share content, meaning sending the content to your timeline, your fan page, to a group or to a friend’s timeline, you have shared the content. All the activities described are called engagements.

This is how you are going to engage with the contents on the pages on the Challenge:

Make sure you have a page that is up-to-date with images and text or video so that other members can view, like, comment and share.
Add a message in the comment section and then tag your page to the message. Example, “Hi everyone, it’s good to be here @1sureprofit” (@1sureprofit is the tag for the FB page and when moused over brings up the image of the page). From here the other members can click on the tag which takes them straight to the page.

When you have entered your tagged message, there will be others below you depending on the time of day that you begin to participate (there are different time zones). Read the other messages, ‘like’ them if you find them interesting. However, the easiest way is to do it one at a time.

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Go to the message below yours. Click on the page tag. This will take you to the person’s page. When you get there, you can do a number of things. If you have not yet done so, you may click on their ‘like’ button to like the page. If allowed, you can then write a message which in most cases will be posted to the left hand sidebar. This message could be “new like on your page @1sureprofit”. When the page owner or administrator sees this they will ‘return’ the like by clicking on the @1sureprofit tag and ‘like’ that page. Now, if within a few days, you do not see a return like to your page, you may send the page owner or administrator a message to remind them that you have liked their page (it is impolite to ask for a like in return but some persons do).

While still on the page, you can ‘like’ whatever image appeals to you, whatever written content appeals to you or whatever videos appeal to you. You would also do the same with the comments. Usually we ask for quality comments but here it depends on the content before you. It would be polite to leave a comment on the content you have viewed on the page. Next is sharing. If the content is compelling to you or interests you enough, you can share it. The page owner would be most grateful for this. You can share the content in a group, on your own page(s), on your own timeline, on a friend’s timeline, in a private message. Do as many of these activities as possible, on the page.

When you have done this, go back to the Challenge and click on the ‘reply’ button and say exactly what you did on the page you have just left. Example – “new like on your page, commented and shared @1sureprofit”. Notice that the comments you make in the reply section are also tagged. In this way, the page owner will we able to click the tag and go to your page and do like what you have done on their page (reciprocate). Get it now?

The next thing you are going to do is to click on the next tagged page and do the engagements as described above, then go back to the Challenge and click the reply button on the tagged page you have just engaged with. Comment as shown in the example above.

You will do this for each page in the comment thread and bear in mind at all times, the rules laid down. If this is followed correctly and each person plays their part consistently there will be a noticeable difference with the engagements on each other’s page. This is why it is important to be honest, consistent and reliable.

Now it is important to pay attention to the notices on your page. Facebook will notify you of who has liked, commented and shared your content. The first thing you would want to do is to thank persons for liking your content (if you are allowed to do so). Next, respond to those who have made comments and thank those who have shared the content.

A lot of persons ignore this part of the process. However, it is crucial that this be done as it is critical to engagements that you seek. Persons will feel more appreciated when they are engaged with in this manner as they know that their content is providing value to someone. In the comments, it would be a good idea to ask open ended questions and leave open ended statements so that others may join in the conversation or the owner can respond to you more than once, extending the conversation thread. This is enriched engagements on your page and is very valuable to attract more likes, sign ups, optins and leads. Remember always that this is a numbers game and the greater the number, the greater is the possibility for conversion (whatever that is to you) and ROI. So you want to pay attention to this part and follow up with your followers who have made comments.

Remember, this is not a Fan Page Friday. You must engage with quality content so you can grow online. You are a part of a community from which you learn as well as share with each other. You develop friendships with meaningful friends. These persons become your go to persons when you have difficulties because you are in a place with different types of persons from different back grounds and with varying levels of experience, exposure and success. You don’t want to waste an opportunity like this now do you? It would be a courtesy to the other community members if you would let them know when you are going to be away for extended periods of time such as hospital, vacation and so on. This would be appreciated.

Why are the Engagements Important to Your Page?

• You want to grow your business using Facebook
• You feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start
• Your Facebook likes are growing slowly, if not at all
• You don’t know what to post in order to get the right results
• You don’t know how to build up that much needed level of engagement with your audience

How Should You Treat With “Older” Members of the Challenge? (Those members who have started with the Challenge)

Many persons would want to believe that the persons who have been engaging with their content everyday and remain in the FB Challenge after each ‘cycle’ are “old” members and therefore might want to pay scant regard to them. This is very wrong and a wrong premise to develop. The “older” members of the Challenge are the foundation of the event and provide a stabilizing force. Without the “older” members, newer ones can get the impression that the Challenge is not successful, it is stale, it is irrelevant. Therefore, you would want to encourage and motivate the “older” ones as you would do for the newer ones. What I am saying is to treat all members with the same level of courtesy and respect!

The newer members provide new blood, new thinking and increase the level of participation thereby increasing the level of engagements which benefits everyone. They are to be courted and trained by the administrator of the Challenge as well as the more experienced members. This is a numbers game, remember this always.

Facebook Groups

This is a space which makes it easy to connect with specific sets of persons, such as family, team members, co-workers, like minded individuals. Groups are dedicated to spaces where you can share updates, photos or documents and message other group members. You can also select one of three privacy options for each group created – public, closed or secret.

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Again, if you are a member of a group, you need to follow the rules laid down. Depending on the nature of the group, there might be postings from the administrator only, providing updates to the general membership. This is sometimes pinned to the top of the page. The comment section below this post is to facilitate feedback and general discussion based on the post. It is therefore not recommended to post your links in the comment thread.

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Ace Group - Barrie
If the group is a general one which facilitates promotion of your business then post your links and images but at the same time you do not want to annoy the other members by being ‘spammy’. The best suggestion here is to post three times for the day and not in succession either. Depending on the amount of members and the level of activity taking place your post gets shifted down with each new post so this is why you need to post more than once so that it can be seen by being at the top. For further guidelines on using FB Groups, go here.

If it is a group that you just joined, it would be a good idea to become familiar with the other members, develop relationships with them by engaging with their content so that your content can be similarly treated. You should be at a level where you become concerned if you have not seen any engagements from a particular member for a couple of days. Contact the member privately and inquire why this is so. Some members really appreciate this as it informs them that persons are really interested in their content.

Facebook Fan Page Friday

What is This?

It is simply a way of getting persons to share a link to their business page or other page that they would recommend, with others who may be interested in “liking” that particular page. It is also useful for persons who might want to follow other businesses.

This works by a business page posting on a Friday morning, inviting others to share a link to their fan page, usually from their profile and not from their business page. The comment thread would be extended and enable persons to share their Facebook page and see what others are posting. You can then check them out and “like” the ones in which you are interested.

There are rules here as well and these are simple and laid out on the top of the page itself.
• Usually you are asked to post from your personal profile and not from your business. The reason for this is to allow for persons to see the person behind the business, leading to a deeper connection.

• You are required to post your link only once!

• This is optional. You can write a little about what you do and what can be expected from your updates
For more information on Facebook Fan Page Friday, go here.

So there you have it. Hope that this helps in some ways to improve participation in the FB Challenges, especially. Please share your comments with me. If there is anything you don’t agree with, please let me know as well as share other insights that you might have in approaching these community events on Facebook and which might help to update this post.

Thanks for reading.


58 thoughts on “Guidelines for participation in FB Challenges, Groups, ETC

  1. Hi Vinton ,
    you did a really comprehensive description here
    about Facebook challenges . I know it is a great
    tool to increase engagement and it works .It needs
    time to do it but I think the new rotator for facebook
    in PAC is something good and makes it easier.
    Thank you

    • Hi Erika,
      Thanks for stopping by and for the comments. yes, I am aware of the Rotator and I am on it. This post was done before that came into existence.
      Thanks very much.

  2. Excellent post Vinton with some great advice. I love being involved in a challenge. A couple of years back I was in a blogging challenge and it is surprising how it bumps up your Alexa rankings. Really must get back to it again !!

    • Hey Merle,
      Thanks for your comments. It is indeed to get involved in challenges as it introduces you to new people from from whom you can network and well as learn new information.

      All the best.

  3. Hi Vinton,
    What an informative post! I think this is just another example of people, friends, bloggers, helping one another to get exposure. Your post is so informative and the challenges you highlighted are just a few of many.. wonderful shout-out! Great to be visiting you too ..

    • Hey Lesley,
      Thanks most kindly for the visit and for the comments. I am aware of the challenges and this post was to address just one. Hopefully it will make a difference.
      Kind regards

  4. I tell folks, Vinton, that their primary relationship vehicle is their email list.

    There’s 2 ways to build that list… paid methods and free.

    I always recommend you do both, simultaneously.

    That said, I think the Facebook group activities and challenges you talk about in this post, are one of the very best ways to connect with people who you ultimately want on your email list.

    You’ve given great methods for doing this the right way and, yes, it’s a bit of a gruel, and consistency is absolutely essential.

    While you can get people on your list faster with paid methods, few can rival the type of approach you suggest here in terms of depth and loyalty.

    Thanks for the thorough treatment of this subject, Vinton.

    I hope many folks actually implement the things you have recommended here.

    • Hi David,
      So good to hear from you. Yes, I do believe that education can go a far way in changing behavior and the post was written with that in mind. Many persons are participating in challenges for example, but don’t have a clue as to what is expected nor what the outcome should be. You would have seen how many times I made the point that Facebook Fanpage Friday and Facebook Challenge are not the same. Let’s hope for the best.

  5. Thanks for the post Vinton! Challenges can be helpful in boosting our engagement IF everyone plays fairly. I know for me it has been challenging to keep up with the posts as well as ban users from my page who take advantage of getting new likes and never return the engagement. What folks need to remember is that it is a commitment and we are all striving for the same goal: To increase engagement. I will keep posting my challenge in hopes that we all can get closer to our goals!

    Sherrie James
    Success 365 NOW

    • Hi Sherrie,
      Thanks for the response to the post. Really appreciate it. We just have to keep trying. The thing is that there are many new challengers who don’t have a clue as to what is expected (though it’s part of the rules which are ignored) and education is the best method.

  6. Wow, Vinton!

    You really gave a great deal of information in this post! It is full of ideas, guidelines, and best practices for engaging people on Facebook… the right way.

    You also gave people some good ideas of where to find quality people to engage with. I know each person and Networkingsuperstars are great sources to learn from, engage with, and build lasting relationships.

    Well done my friend!


    • Hi Deborah,
      Thanks for the comments. I wrote the post in the hope that there can be a difference on the challenges, especially.
      People are participating but it apparently does not occur to some of them that they need to ‘reciprocate’. That’s the aim
      of increasing engagements, it cannot be one way. Hopefully this will make a difference.

  7. Hey Vinton, I’ve actually moved away from trying to get engagement on my fanpage, it’s far easier on my personal page. Let’s say, it totally depends on your strategy, I don’t rely on engagement to get leads and sales.

    • Hi Andrea,
      Thanks for the comments. Sad to hear that you have moved away from getting engagements on your fanpage to your personal page. Can you give me some ideas how this works?

  8. Hello Vinton!

    FanPage Challenged can be very good…
    PPC can be very good…
    Solo ad’s can be good…

    The biggest problem with all of these things is you need to interact with every single interaction you have.. You need to fully engage with your audience.. If you miss this for even a day.. Or miss a few interactions then people NOTICE.. they notice 10x more what you DO NOT DO vs what you DO.

    I love the idea and concept… They can be great.. If you work on the constantly.

    Never stop learning.

    Thank you for your post. William

    • Hi William,
      Thanks for the response. The integration can be great when everyone is playing their part but sadly this has not been the case and which is the reason the post was done in the first place. Thanks for the insights.


  9. Hi Vinton,

    Great post. Thanks for sharing the many different blog challenge sites you are aware of.

    It is very important, as you have to remind people that some groups have different rules to follow and it’s not a good idea to just assume they are the same.

    Thanks again.

  10. Hi Vinton,

    Great post. Thanks for sharing the many different blog challenge sites you are aware of.

    It is very important, as you have to remind people that some groups have different rules to follow and it’s not a good idea to just assume they are the same.

    Thanks again.

  11. Facebook challenges… hmm..

    These can help and drive engagement providing you do it regularly and use you FAN page… That’s the secret. If your going to start something like this you MUST see it through and you must be fast to react.. The faster you react the quicker and faster your stats will grow.


    • Hi William,
      Thanks very much for stopping by. Your comments are much appreciated and yes, I agree with you entirely that a quick response brings more engagements leading to quicker growth.
      Thanks again and come back soon.

  12. Hi Vinton, Great job on this post. It’s very helpful to clearly define the rules and what is expected of everyone. And of course, all group will have different guidelines so we need to check often for updates. Helping each other is what it’s all about. Thank you for keeping us updated.

    • Hey BG,
      Thanks for this, really makes a difference. I found it necessary to write the post because of the behavior of some challengers on FB and in some of the groups. I hope it will help to make a difference. Thanks for the comments.

  13. Vinton, Great post and great advice. Some really good information on some of these groups. Do you feedback on how successful each one is? Just curious as there are so many out there now, you really want to hit the ones with serious people who will help grow your engagement.



    • Hey Andy,
      Thanks for stopping by and for the comments. No, I have not done a feedback but that’s a very good suggestion you have made. I will be sure to look into doing so soon.
      Thanks again

  14. Hello Vinton,

    These were great descriptions of how FB challenges work. I wasn’t aware of a couple of them so that’s good to know. No one likes spammy comments and such so I’m glad you covered the etiquette for FB groups.

    Thanks for sharing,

    • Hi Lillian,
      Thanks kindly for stopping by and for the comments made.
      The etiquette for groups and other communities on FB
      especially is atrocious. I hope that the article I wrote
      can somehow makes a difference.
      Thanks Again.

    • Hi Dr Elise,
      Thanks for the comments made and for sharing the post. I hope that the article I wrote will make a difference especially to newbies.
      I read your post as well and found it quite interesting and shared it as well.
      All the best.

  15. Great to see you spreading the word about Group etiquette!
    Facebook challenges are indeed a great way to boost the action on your page which is good for stats and also has the added bonus of meeting new people, and you have shared many useful tips for new starters!
    Regular participation is definitely a good thing, and thank you for the mention in your selection of places for people to find where to Share their profiles.
    I appreciate you being a regular contributor Vinton 🙂

  16. Hi VInton again. Liked your article on the ways to improve participation in the FB Challenges.Yes I do see you on the new PAC facebook challenge using the new Rotator. It’s working well. THanks again for listing all the other places to share with. Have saved the url to refer to.

    • Hi Kathryn,
      Thank you kindly for visiting again. I am glad that you liked the post about behavior in the challenges. I am hoping that it will make a difference in the way new challengers behave.


  17. Yes Vinton this is a good article on Facebook posting challenges and Facebook engagement!

    It is amazing to me how many people want engagement but do nothing to make their Facebook pages engaging.

    Not only must the visitors work in a Challenge but I believe ALL challengers should prep their pages so that when visitors get there they are encouraged by the content to spend some time!

    • Hi Mary,
      Thanks for the comments. Yes, I do agree with you that challengers must prepare their pages with quality and engaging content. This is not always the case. Sometimes there is no new content to be engaged with.


  18. You’ve explained this very well, Vinton, thank you. A benefit of taking part in this sort of challenge is finding people to engage with, who share your same interests, and reading new, interesting content. I found you through Jacs Social Superstars Tribe.

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  20. Thank you Vinton Great article on fan page challenges.
    You have given excellent information here and how to use these groups effectively. It is a way to reach out to others.
    Welcome to the new PAC Fan page challenge that is just starting.

    • Hi Kathryn,
      Thank you for the sentiments expressed. I will be a part of the challenge and as you might have noticed I am a member of PAC so I will be on the blog roll as well. This articles was done to guide persons in challenges, how to behave so that they get maximum benefit from being a participant and the responsibilities that come with that.

  21. This was a great post Vinton, full of a lot of information!

    Great to know for challenges of all sorts A lot of time people just don’t know.

    It was also a great round-up of places you can go to look for interactivity!

    I’m trying to think of some way to replicate the recommendations in a more concise way so I can use it with my Friday Fanpage Parties!

    • Hi Mary,
      Thanks for stopping by. This was a needed document as persons do not know what to do on the challenges to benefit themselves and by extension their fellow participants. So I hope going forward those of us who are having these challenges, etc would point out these guidelines as a part of the education for their participants. You may use the article in whichever way that can benefit your participants.
      All the best!

  22. Hi Vinton,

    I just love how you did this round up of all the places we can go for Facebook Challenges and groups.

    You have giving excellent information here to follow those rules and how to use these groups effectively. It is always best practice to reach out to others. Reciprocity is the name of the game.


    • Hi Donna,
      Thanks for the comments. Much appreciated.
      I hope that this will make a difference with
      the engagements being received on the

      • Hi Vinton,

        I’m sure it will make a difference! This post is well constructed and as we share it around the social media sites, I’m sure it will move people to understand the concept of how powerful groups are.


  23. Vinton, you really got to the nitty gritty here. Thanks for sharing all the valuable information. You really laid out the specifics and how to go about it. Keep it coming.

    • Hi David,
      Thanks very much for your comments. It really means a lot to me.
      I will be putting out how-to posts from time to time and will let
      you know as soon as they are posted.

      Kind regards

    • Hi Pankaj,
      Thanks for the comments and the complements.
      Please check back from time to time and participate
      in the comments.

      Thanks very much

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