Want to grow your online Facebook fan base? Want to reach more online Facebook users with your latest news, etc? Of course you do! Those were silly questions.

So how do you do it? It’s simple you need a fan-gate. A what? That’s right a fan-gate. This “virtual” gate to your Facebook page requires visitors to like your fan page before they can access fan-only content.

Use it to get email addresses and more by offering fans coupons, special product pricing, special promotions, and more. Great you say, so how do I get started?

There are a number of contest / promotion Facebook apps out there to choose from. Since you are just starting out you might want to start out with a free version of an inexpensive app with no monthly fees to get your feet wet. We suggest the Fan Page Engine at http://fanpageengine.com.

You can start off with their free version, with limited features and upgrade to their premium paid version for just $47.

Check out their video for 5 reasons to use them. As always if you need help implementing these online tools we can give you a hand.