Don’t Count on Facebook’s Newsfeed to Notify You of Commuter Cruiser Posts

If you’re reading this, you probably know that Commuter Cruiser has over 700 practical posts including practical tips and free PDF checklists on everything from leaving the dock to leaving your boat for six months.  Many of you have also clicked “Like” on CC’s Facebook page so you’re notified in your newsfeed when there are new posts.  Unfortunately, Facebook has changed the rules and you likely won’t see new Commuter Cruiser posts.

Commuter Cruiser is me, writing about whatever I feel like writing about at the time.  The information is free, there’s no financial incentive involved.  I only hope someone finds it useful.   There is an Amazon affiliate box on the sidebar and occasionally if I’m using a particular product, I’ll link to it.  If you click on either the Amazon search box or the link and buy something, Commuter Cruiser makes a bit of cash – typically a few cents, not bucks.  This money is used to offset the costs of maintaining the website – i.e. hosting, domain renewal, etc.

Commuter Cruiser's Facebook Page.

Commuter Cruiser’s Facebook Page.

Social media has been a big help in sharing this information.  Unfortunately now Facebook has decided that I should pay to have Commuter Cruiser posts show up in your newsfeed (if you “liked” Commuter Cruiser on Facebook).  I guess that’s OK for someone who’s selling something, , but when you’re just giving away information, it’s not exactly fiscally responsible.   Especially if you’re retired and living on a mostly fixed income.

Facebook is free to run their business any way they want, but it doesn’t make sense for me to pay to give away free information about commuter cruising.  Commuter Cruiser’s Facebook page falls into the Facebook definition of a “business”, but not in my definition of business.

According to AdAge, Facebook said, “We expect organic distribution of an individual page’s posts to gradually decline over time…” And a Facebook spokesperson said, “the best way to get your stuff seen if you’re a business is to pay for it.”

The only way to be sure you’re notified when I add new information to commuterCRUISER.com is to sign up to be notified of new posts by e-mail.  Here’s how you do that:

1.  Go to commuterCRUISER.com – any post or page will have the header — here’s what you’ll see:

Here's the commuterCRUISER.com home page - look in the upper right hand corner of the top photo, See the icon that says

Here’s the commuterCRUISER.com home page – look in the upper right hand corner of the top photo, See the icon that says “Posts”?  Click on it.

2.  Click on the little icon in the upper right hand corner that says “Posts”.   Now you’ll get this screen offering you options to follow commuterCRUISER.com without me having to pay Facebook to let you know.

commuterCRUISER.com does not save your e-mail information, so your privacy is assured.

commuterCRUISER.com does not save your e-mail information, so your privacy is assured.

3.  On this screen, look at the box in the upper right hand corner that says “Subscribe”.  There are several options to have new commuterCRUISER posts included in your news reader – Yahoo or others as well as an option to subscribe to get a quick e-mail letting you know there’s a new post. Click on the link that says “Get Commuter Cruiser delivered by e-mail”  to be notified of new posts by e-mail.

Quick note from our sponsor — I am NOT collecting e-mail addresses, you will never get an e-mail from me except when the e-mail-bot automatically sends you a quick note letting you know there’s a new post.  At this point I have no newsletter or any other way to let you know.  Ideally, Facebook would let you know since many of you “Liked” commuterCRUISER’s Facebook Page, thinking you’d get notified in your newsfeed.  But I can’t afford to pay Facebook to let you know when there’s a new post.  🙁

4.  Type in your e-mail address and then the robot letters so there’s no spam.

EMail Subscription Request Screen Shot.

EMail Subscription Request Screen Shot.

5.  After you enter your e-mail address and spam-bot text click on “Complete Subscription Request”.  Then you’ll get an automatic e-mail asking you to click a link to confirm you really want to sign up to get a quick e-mail letting you know there’s a new post on commuterCRUISER.com.

The e-mail you'll receive to confirm you want to be notified whenever there's something new on commuterCRUISER.com.  Click on the link to confirm.

The e-mail you’ll receive to confirm you want to be notified whenever there’s something new on commuterCRUISER.com. Click on the link to confirm.

6.  Click on the link to confirm and you’ll get a Feedburner confirmation screen.  You’re done!

Keep in mind, you’ll only get confirmation of new posts.  If there’s nothing new that day, no e-mail for you.  🙂

And, heaven forbid, if tomorrow you decide you don’t want to get these notification e-mails anymore (did you sell the boat?), just unsubscribe with the link at the bottom of the e-mail.  I don’t want to bug anyone.

So there you have it.  Sorry for the promotional post, tomorrow we’ll be back to regularly scheduled commuterCRUISER programming!  Cheers!  Jan

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