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Facebook EdgeRank: The Key to Getting Your Posts Seen


28th June 2011 by Stephanie

   

The exact end goal of each Facebook business page varies but, in the end, the day-to-day goal is the same.  Each individual post should be seen by your fans.  Because of that, individual posts turn out to be a key component to a successful Facebook page.  Understanding EdgeRank, Facebook’s algorithm for ranking posts in news feeds, will make sure your posts aren’t lost in Facebook Deep Space.

 

To start, realize the Facebook news feed is the editorial gatekeeper.  If your post isn’t showing up on users’ news feeds, it’s the equivalent of the receptionist telling you they’ve taken a message and will- ahem- pass it along.  It’s not going anywhere.  Good news is, your EdgeRank score varies by person and post– just because your post doesn’t show up in one user’s news feed doesn’t mean it isn’t showing up on other news feeds.

How EdgeRank Works

What’s the secret?  Common sense really.  The more the user seems to like you, the more your posts show in their feed.  For all you mathematical geeks out there, the Facebook EdgeRank algorithm is below.

 

EdgeRank Algorithm

For those that get flashbacks of sororities and frats when they see a large Episilon,  we’ll break it down into non-Greek-Speak.  EdgeRank looks at 3 main things when deciding EdgeRank:

    1) (ue) = Affinity  

    How often do you and the user interact? The more interaction Facebook sees going on, the higher score they give your relationship.

    2) (we) = Weight

    Facebook is looking at how strong those interactions you had with the user were.  Did they comment, like, or post on your page?  While Facebook doesn’t tell which interaction they give more weight to, one can probably guess a comment has more weight than a like.

    3) (de) = Time Decay

    How long ago did you post?  Tick, tock. No matter how relevant your post to the user, the longer it’s been up, the less and less appealing it is to EdgeRank.

‘Top News’ vs. ‘Most Recent’ News Feeds

There are two different news feed choices- ‘Top News’ and ‘Most Recent’.  Much like Google with their PageRank, Facebook is pretty secretive about how they decide what shows up in your ‘Top News’ vs. ‘Most Recent’.

 

Most of your fans news feeds will be defaulted to ‘Top News’, which relies heavily on EdgeRank to decide what posts are shown.  The ‘Most Recent’ option is more chronologically focused.

Of course, it’d be too easy for the ‘Most Recent’ news feed to always be chronological so here’s the exception that Facebook openly notes.  For people that have more than 250 friends and pages they like, Facebook shows updates from ‘as many as 250 friends and Facebook Pages’.  Showing all your friends and page updates is an option but it must be manually done by scrolling to the bottom of your ‘Most Recent’ news feed and selecting to show posts from all of your friends and pages.

 

Truly Chronological Facebook News Feed

How do I make my Facebook Posts be Seen?

A couple tried and true methods will get you well on your way.  Beware, if you (or your page) is new to Facebook, it does take some serious work (and a few good power friends always helps) to help you build up your EdgeRank.  The Daily Beast has a great article that, among other things, addresses some of the challenges of being new to Facebook and gives some helpful tips.

So, what can you do to raise your EdgeRank?

    Respond back
    The more interactions, the higher your affinity score.  When users comment on your posts, drop a note back.  When they comment they love your picture, comment back. 

    Timing is Important
    You’ll hear a lot of statistics on when the ‘best’ time to post is.  Here’s my advice.  No one knows your audience better than you so experiment and see when they’re most active.  For our B2B page, I’ve found posting in the late afternoon gives the greatest number of responses and Fridays are like posting to an empty room so don’t even bother.  Getting your timing right when it comes to post will help your time decay score.

    Don’t forget the links, pictures, videos
    Posting only status updates gets boring.  Make sure to use polls, post up pictures and videos, link to your blog, and ask for user generated content to keep things fresh and appealing to a wide variety of audiences.

    Post frequently, by not too frequently
    You want your audience engaged and clicking on your posts.  Too many posts, you’ll be considered spam.  Too few posts, your audience never sees you.  Social media scientist Dan Zarella recommends posting every other day for maximum engagement.

Measuring your EdgeRank

As of now, there is no Facebook endorsed way to measure EdgeRank that I can find.  You may stumble across a site called EdgeRank Checker.  Problem is, it’s not entirely clear where they’re getting their score or what is done with the Facebook Insight information you upload.  For more in-depth reading on the pros/cons of the EdgeRank Checker, read Mari Smith’s article.
If you’re new to Facebook want to learn more about Facebook Marketing, check out our Facebook Marketing 101 webinar.

 


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