One of my favorite blogs to read over the last few years is Viperchill by Glen Alsopp.
I’ve bought a couple of his products (OptinSkin and Backlinks XXX) and he’s one of the few marketers I’m still subscribed to over email. He always writes epically long blog posts, filled with amazing content and his SEO case studies where he takes on Google are especially fun reads.
Recently, Glen published two new posts on his blog.
The first is called How to Build a Profitable Website in 2015 in the Best Niche Online where he demonstrates some unique ways on how to do research on the web for a niche you are passionate about.
And his most recent post is titled The $1,000 Facebook Guide: How I Advertise to People You Can’t…Yet. This is the first post in his series on getting the most out of Facebook Ads.
One of the tactics Glen describes in these two posts is his method to find similar pages on Facebook. By doing this he can find relevant pages in his niche and use them to help get cheap clicks with Facebook ads.
I’m going to summarize the two methods below, but all credit for these techniques go to Glen.
The “Hard” Way
Lets say I want to find more bloggers like my friend Ileane Smith of Basic Blog Tips. Her facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/BasicBlogTips.
Notice that when you Like a page on Facebook, a little window appears giving you a list of suggestions of other pages you might like as well.
Clicking on the See More Suggestions link will take you to a page with a full list of similar pages. This is what we want.
If you are doing research with your primary Facebook account though, you don’t necessarily want to be sharing all your Likes with your friends. Plus it takes multiple clicks to get the data you need.
This makes this method a no-go for many people.
The “Slightly” Better Way
Instead of liking pages on FB, there is another way to get these similar pages.
Every page on Facebook has an ID associated with it.
To figure this out, take the original facebook page url (https://www.facebook.com/BasicBlogTips) and change it to https://graph.facebook.com/BasicBlogTips.
It will take you to a page like this where I’ve highlighted the ID.
Now take that ID and and add it to the end of this url:
So to continue our example, it would be https://www.facebook.com/pages/?frompageid=154536617925808
While you don’t need to Like pages anymore, it’s still a 3-step process and a hassle to do if you are going through a lot of pages.
The “One Click” Way
When I saw Glen’s method above, my first thought was, “this is pretty damn cool… but it still is a lot of trouble to do”.
What if I could automate this process and simplify it into a single click?
I thought about it a bit, and I decided this might be the perfect candidate for a Google Chrome extension.
While I had no experience creating Chrome extensions, it turned out to be a simple challenge to accomplish. I read a couple of tutorials online and I was able to develop a simple proof of concept in a couple of hours.
The result is new Chrome extension called Find Similar FB Pages which is now live on the Chrome App Store.
After installing this extension, whenever you are on a Facebook page, you will now see an icon in your Chrome address bar.
Click it, and it will automatically show you the similar pages for that page. That’s it!
This should make researching relevant Facebook pages in your niche much, much easier.
It’s a super simple extension, but I think you will find it useful.
Ready to give it a spin? Here is the link to install it.
I’ve also made the source code publicly available on GitHub, so feel free to suggest or make improvements there.
They are long posts, but well worth the read and if you aren’t following Glen now, I know you will be after reading them.
But don’t just read these posts. Take some action.
And to do that, you should install my Find Similar FB Pages Chrome extension.
Try it out and see if you can put it to good use. And if it works for you, please leave a review on the Chrome store. :)