Facebook Like

You’ve probably noticed by now that we recently added Facebook Like buttons to Bandcamp-powered pages, just beneath the album art. For some (particularly the many who requested it), the reasons for adding Like may be self-evident. However, if you’re wondering why in tarrrrnation the whippersnappers slapped that newfangled gewgaw on yer internet pages, or even if you just want to learn a little more about about what Like does and why it’s a great thing for artists (regardless of your own feelings about Facebook), then read on.

A few months back, Facebook bumped search out of its reigning spot as the #1 source of traffic to Bandcamp. Put another way, the number of fans coming to your pages by clicking links on Facebook surpassed the combined referral traffic of Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc. This didn’t happen because search traffic has weakened, but rather because Facebook has simply grown faster (Twitter, by the way, is a distant third – for all that tweeting and retweeting, Facebook sends six times more fans your way). It wasn’t until Facebook hit this milestone that we decided to set aside our near-pathological aversion to placing anything even remotely branded on Bandcamp pages and instead embrace the logical next step, which is of course to pour gasoline on the mother.

That’s why we added Like. Before it showed up, Facebook traffic coming into Bandcamp could primarily be attributed to the tens of thousands of times each month that people clicked Share -> Facebook on Bandcamp pages, or made a purchase and then clicked Share to Facebook in the download dialog. But Like is even more powerful: it’s already being clicked 4 times as much as our other Facebook sharing options, and even more interestingly, without cannibalizing the existing usage of those options (which continues to grow).

So what does clicking Like actually do? The short version is that it exposes your music to a wider audience and helps build your fanbase. Specifically, when a fan clicks Like:

  1. A post appears in the fan’s Facebook News Feed informing all their friends that they like your album or track, along with a link back to it. If the fan includes a comment when they click Like, then a Bandcamp embedded player also appears in the fan’s post.
  2. Your music is added to the fan’s list of Likes on Facebook, again with a direct link.
  3. Your music becomes a part of Facebook’s search.

Note that you don’t have to personally use or care about Facebook at all to still benefit from Like. But if, conflabbit, the durn thing still offends, you can easily turn it off via your Profile page:

11 Comments

  1. Posted November 2, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    I was all set to enquire about the Like button when this arrived! Great work, as usual.

    Do you know if it is possible to find out who is doing the ‘liking’, and whether they are directly contactable? (I assume via Facebook, rather than Bandcamp.)

  2. Posted November 3, 2010 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    Great news guys and thanks for continuing to progress with bandcamp features. Any way we might be able to get an app in the future to put a bandcamp tab directly on our fan pages?

  3. Posted November 3, 2010 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Great work. Thanks for keeping on the ball as always.

    Dan

  4. Posted November 3, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    Simple, yet powerful. Like many great things. Thanks for making that work!

  5. Gerry
    Posted November 3, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    SO! GOOD! & it’s KISS! Going to do same for upcoming website 4 TRIBALCARGO!

    TKS & CHEERS Gerry

  6. Phillip
    Posted November 3, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    Sounds pretty cool!

    Is it possible to link to a facebook page instead of a profile? It looks like it can work like that from the facebook end, and it would make more sense in my case. I help the artist with her facebook page, but it would be nice if we could both see the insights.

    Thanks!

  7. Posted November 3, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    Niiiice. I’m very excited to hear about positive additions. Both for Bandcamp and all the artists within the site.

  8. Thom
    Posted November 4, 2010 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    I’m not on Facebook, but this is a hugely useful tool to have on artist pages – thanks again, Bandcamp!

  9. Robbie
    Posted November 4, 2010 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    @Phillip: if there is a way, we haven’t figured it out yet. If you think it’s possible and know how to do it, I’d love to hear. Please send a note to support@bandcamp.com. Thanks! – robbie / Bandcamp

  10. Posted November 14, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    bandcamp is fuckin KILLIN IT!!!!!!!1

  11. Posted November 23, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Better than a slap on the belly with a wet trout!

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