Facebook cover image

Adventures In Facebook #3 – Sally Vs The Facebook Cover

I’ve taken a little longer than I intended getting part #3 of my Facebook page adventures out…

It’s mostly because I’m having way too much fun posting to my page and also finding it impossible to make a decision about the right images to use in my advertising…

But more about that another time…

If you remember from last time, I’d chosen a niche and set up a page – which I’m keeping under wraps. For now…

If you missed the first 2 parts you can click here to start with part #1

There’s a link to part #2 from there

The time had now come (the walrus said ;-)) to choose a cover image.

I wanted something fairly original, but I didn’t really want to pay for a cover to be created until I was sure that my idea was a winner.

It was also important to find something that wasn’t copyrighted, so I searched Google for images which are free “even for commercial use”

You can do this from the advanced image search.

And here’s a good article which lists 12 places to get copyright free images

I spent a good deal longer than planned scouring the internet for images and came up with a few possibilities, but nothing really stood out.

In the end I picked an image from Shutterstock that fit my personality and felt right for me.

I had a few credits remaining from my last launch so it was effectively freeee! πŸ™‚

(It’s Β£29 for 5 downloads over 12 months, which is pretty reasonable I think)

I did a bit of tweaking in Photoshop and added some text – just the name of the page for now. Later I will add the website address. (You could use PicMonkey or Gimp)

Feeling pretty pleased with myself, I added the cover to my page…

But it turns out I was not nearly as clever as I thought…

An important part of the bottom left of image was covered by the profile pic! Doh!

So more tweaking was necessary…

Eventually figured out that if I added extra space to the left edge of the canvas, it shifted the image over just enough so that the important bottom left area was no longer hidden.

Eh voila! A “perfect” Facebook cover… Yay me! πŸ˜‰

If you’re making a facebook cover you might find these links useful:

Guide to Facebook cover sizes

Facebook cover template

Oh and I also installed a little add-on to Firefox called MeasureIt which helped me figure out how much to increase the canvas…

It basically allows you to measure the pixel width of various elements in your browser. Very handy! πŸ™‚

If the page takes off then I’ll get a custom graphic created.

Apparently a montage of images works well to capture attention.

Next time we’ll get into building an irresistible page by posting great content.

So, look out for Adventures in Facebook #4, which will most likely arrive early next week due to a weekend of gallivanting, Doctor Who & Harry Potter πŸ™‚

Sally “I have 9 page likes” Lazarus

Oh and if you’re wondering what course I’m following to set up my page and my marketing, it’s a mixture of Reverse Blogging and FB Dynamo by Mark Thompson and Peter van Zijl.

Both are stand up marketers and very good at answering all your questions. Plus the FB Dynamo Facebook group is pretty helpful too πŸ™‚