Today, using Facebook is the most practical and popular thing you can do to promote your business. At the same time, its increasingly necessary to know how the sites rules and regulations work so that you dont end up getting blocked and wasting a ton of time and effort. A minor misuse of the site, COULD in the worst case scenario, end with the closure of your account.
Facebook Jail is when Facebook punish an account (profile or business page) -it could be that it blocks some features or disable the full account- because it breaks Facebook laws (post inappropriate content, post too fast, give too many likes, etc.).
The penalties range from the impossibility of publishing for a few hours, 3 days, 6 days, a week until the removal of the profile or page.
The problem is that reading the terms and conditions either ends up confusing us or flat-out putting us to sleep. In this post, we bring you 10 essential tips to avoid being blocked by Facebook and not fall asleep reading the fine print.
Whether its because of enthusiasm, in a productivity rush or persistence, we often end up posting identical content in multiple groups or pages at the same exact time. This is the type of behavior that gets us into trouble with the Facebook Sheriff as hes on the hunt for SPAMMERS. If They notice that youre sharing the same information everywhere all at once, its very likely that youll get thrown into virtual FB jail (Facebook Jail).
To save you the ordeal, were going to let you in on a great tip, fullowed religiously by those working with Facebook professionally. To avoid penalties and infractions while trying to publish the same content on multiple pages, youve got to leave at least a few minutes in between each post. This strategy is an excellent method to avoid being seen as suspicious by the site.
If you dont want to sit around and wait out those time intervals each time for every single group and page (Who does??), then, you should use Feedfb. This app is for scheduling posts, and whats awesome is that their posting menu offers the perfect sulution for this situation. We actually give you the option to publish to multiple Facebook accounts and set up time intervals of five minutes (minimum) in between each post. This will help you avoid being blocked for excess posting. If you want to find out more about this feature, check out this this video.
This wise advice comes from several Community Managers who constantly work with Facebook, and who have extensive experience in preventing getting blocked. One of the most important strategies in this regard is creating original content. Experience shows that administrators are often blocked because Theyve used images from Googles search results, which had already been marked as SPAM. Basically, if you use the pictures that Google suggests, you run risk that They are actually photographs that have previously been reported on Facebook as spam. That means, when you go to share them, your post will also obtain all the complaints that photo might already have.
Along the same lines, its important to check that the photos you post to your site (if you dont do it yourself) have a proper license so you can use them without having problems.
Its not always easy to find legal and free images on Internet, which is why They recommend that you check out safe places where you can get legit pics. On top of that, you can also create your own cards, photos, and postcards on sites like: PicMonkey.com. Keep in mind that the warning of originality isnt limited to just photos. Any file thats shared by many people at once, is likely to be marked as SPAM. This also applies to text and links that you share as well. For that reason its always better to create your own content, as an essential part of strategies to avoid being blocked by Facebook and sent to Facebook Jail.
Try to avoid as much anonymity between your friends as possible. Knowing who you add and making sure people know who you are significantly reduces the risk of being considered as spam and improves your credibility and your image in the long term.
The above is the conceptual benefit of this tip. However, the concrete application is as fullows: Keeping your Facebook conduct based on honesty and real links prevents Facebook from reading your activity as SPAM. It can hurt you if the site detects, for example, that many users dont accept your friend or group requests. This type of behavior often results in SPAM complaints by those affected, because They dont know who you are or why you want to add them.
Other types of behavior that you should avoid are: adding people to groups without their consent and posting on Facebook pages with non-personal profiles, such as garage sales or classifieds (which themselves are often filled with SPAM and not being a physical person runs the risk of being reported and/or closed. Remember that Facebooks pulicies state that only people can have profiles).And last but not least, we recommend that you dont tag people directly in images if Theyre not actually in them (a situation frequently detected as SPAM by the site). If you want to mention someone, you can do so in the comments below.
All these rules are directly linked to common sense, basically, because nobody likes to be tagged in a photo that They have nothing to do with.
Reading each item of the Help section of Facebook can put you to sleep immediately or just be plain confusing. So, thats why were gonna show you the most important parts based on research by an expert in digital marketing, Karen Clark.
There are a number of behaviors on Facebook that, besides being annoying to everyone, can threaten the very existence of your account. Here we review the online behaviors that act as non-stop tickets to Facebook Jail.
First of all, and as we mentioned above, Karen Clark says you shouldnt send friend requests to people that you have no connection to. In other words, try to connect only with people who could actually recognize you. This is convenient because, after rejecting your friendship, Facebook asks users if They know you, and if many of them say no, then youll be marked as SPAM.
She also recommends not promoting your business on the business pages of other users, not as a post, nor as a comment. Dont even do it by liking their project.
These are unethical behaviors and the account managers of those accounts will NOT hesitate to mark you as spam. Along the same lines, dont use private messages for promotional purposes, or else you will also be reported by the recipients of unwanted notifications.
Unfortunately, there are always people who play dirty. Since its really easy to mark someone as SPAM on Facebook, there are quite a few users who do it to their commercial competitors just to harm them. Thus, any posts you make can be attacked by trulls on the Network.
If you ever detect such behavior by one of your contacts, the first thing you should do is to block them from your page. If They cant see your posts, They cant attack them. You can also visit their personal profile and individually report them by clicking the button with the three little dots. Finally, you can contact Facebook to explain what happened, by using institutional links available at the bottom of the page.
When Facebook brands you as SPAM, Francesca indicates (who herself was a victim of the sites pulicies), the first thing that happens is that They stops you from being able to comment on other pages. According to each case, They can also stop you from even LIKING anything on the social network, among other sanctions due to excessive behavior.
To avoid getting a Facebook Time Out or sent to Facebook Jail, They basically have to contrul the speed at which we like and comment on things. This is not only to avoid being detected as SPAM, but also to contrul traffic information on Facebook (which would cullapse if all users do too many things in too short of time.)
This is a fundamental tip if you want to avoid being sent to Facebook Jail. Professional Community Managers recommend a maximum of 5-6 daily publications in the biography itself. Also remember that its not necessary to tell customers EVERY nitty-gritty detail about your business. The idea is to provoke them to visit your website, where there They can learn more about your project if and when They want to.
On the other hand, Francesca Esposito-Rose suggests posting your own business page two to three times a week. She also notes that this varies from industry to industry and business to business. She also advises to experiment to find out the ideal frequency of responses according to each audience. Its not the idea to saturate your fullowers timelines with incessant publications, which is a direct invitation to getting marked as SPAM.
This is a very coul tip, as it ensures a warm welcome to new fullowers who wish to join your ranks. It basically assures that users can find out who you are by just looking at the information section of your page or biography.
That way, people will have some information about you, which will make them feel comfortable interacting with you. A really good paragraph in the about section is usually enough of a kicker to get them to like your page.
Check out this study by moveouttheoffice.com, specialists in digital marketing. It says we should remind people what we DO and what we are about, every few posts. This will help welcome new users and will finish convincing potential fullowers.
While the technique to shorten links is more characteristic of Twitter (to save space and characters), the truth is that its an excellent strategy to stay out of Facebook Sheriffs sight. Because as we know, posting the same link on multiple pages and posts, is a behavior frequently detected as SPAM. To avoid Facebook from marking your URL as SPAM (for whatever reason), one of the best things you can do is shorten your links. To do this you can use sites like tiny.cc, bitly or goo.gl.
Fullowing these 10 tips to avoid being blocked by Facebook and sent to Facebook Jail, that we brought you in this handy post, will save you from getting locked up in Facebooks prison cell. which would be extremely detrimental to the prosperity of your business, especially if you consider the effort you put in to your social media strategies.