Ohhh Facebook Jail
Yep went there yesterday, first time in about 10 years and second time ever! You see the first time I got thrown in Facebook Jail I read everything I could find about Facebook policy, principals and even advertising policy. I took tutorial on avoiding Facebook Jail, all in all you can say I did my homework. And after nearly a decade, I thought I was pretty up on what was ok and not ok to post on Facebook.
You see, since I started online and internet marketing, I have always maintained a general business policy. I keep business, business and personal, you guess it, personal. I have seldom deterred from that mindset other than letting my followers know I am human with a picture here and there. As well as keeping my friends, family and colleagues abreast that I do actually have a business.
Like many I migrated from the once very popular Myspace and was literally with the intent to find classmates for our next reunion. While many social media platforms today may appear to have a similar set up back then, these two were entirely different. I even set up a couple of my business pages because I could see everything essential going internet and computer based.
What is Facebook Jail?
Facebook jail is the viral term internet marketers have given to Facebook’s actions on blocking or banning an account. This block can be temporary. It can merely be a 24 hour hold on adding new friends. Facebook may also restrict you from posting in groups or sending out messages. It can also mean a permanent shut down of your account.
Over the years, Facebook has started really pushing the theme of being a social media platform for family & friends ~ our personal lives. Facebook wants you to share your personal happenings and not blab about your business. The business promotion aspect of Facebook, now coined “pay to play”, is to use your business fan pages and groups. If you alter from this, you may discover Facebook Jail.
Many business owners went to groups where anything related to that group could post, learn, read and interact together. Then came the spammers with Million Dollar Claims by Monday if you click the link ~ those type posts. Or perhaps a before and after of a woman that lost 300#…and says in only 6 months or something far fetched. I know you have seen them.
Learning to avoid Facebook Jail
Well once you advertise a couple times on Facebook, you can really learn a lot more. The guidelines are strict but an ad approval general means you know and abide by the guide lines. Basically, learning each time what can be put in an ad and what needs re-wording. It is important for you to understand Facebook Jail Rules in order to avoid breaking them.
I carried this to my business fan pages, group postings and conversations. Then boom! Yesterday, following the same practices I have always practiced to stay out of Facebook Jail, I got tossed in! Now, I did have login issues the last couple days and I had recently posted to approved content groups but they didn’t lock me out then, it was hours and hours later.
Is Facebook Jail real?
Well, kind of but not really, you start with temporary holds for posting or friend requests. The term has just become common language for internet marketers. The Facebook police are virtual only. However, virtual or in person, Facebook Jail is a pain in the tush!
So here 8 general guidelines and tips for you:
- First, pretend like you are going to do an ad, it will notify you immediately if the content or even the link is considered spammy
- Watch the No words – Make Money, Million Dollar opportunity, Get rich quick, lose 100# in a month ect
- Go slow with Direct Massages – try not to copy/past same message to the masses, personalize it up a bit
- Check if the domain you want to link to is on the “no no list” – easiest way is to try as an ad to see if it’s approved
- Post in approved content groups slowly, not all at one time
- Make sure the Page or Group allows your content. An example is if your selling gold, don’t post in a weight loss group!
- If you are sending Friend requests or Group requests, do it in moderation
- NEVER do a bunch of requests and then post to Groups or pages in the same 24 hour period
Please leave me a comment if you found these 8 Tips to Help You Stay out of Facebook Jail helpful. You may even want to share this so your friends can stay out of Facebook Jail too.
PS – Here’s a great way to use Facebook for Lead generation! Watch the video here!