Recently, Facebook has decided that Family Friendly Frugality is SPAM. Trust me, I’m not pleased with this new development. Although I am in good company. Tons of frugal bloggers have been labeled as SPAM here recently. In fact, there’s an entire Facebook group devoted to our plight: We Are Not Spam
My readers have appealed, my friends have appealed and trust me I’ve tried everything within my power to get my spam sentence overturned. Facebook isn’t listening.
I have a work around or two in my back pocket, so unless they do something even more drastic with my account, I can continue to keep up my presence in my Facebook community.
However, I’m definitely working on alternative methods for traffic building/community enriching that do NOT include the almighty Facebook. The truth is, it’s NEVER wise to entrust your readership and your hard work to a third party. This is why email subscriptions are so important and this is also why building quality relationships with both readers and other website owners is absolutely vital to success.
Which brings me to my next point.
Why has this happened? One can really only speculate. Facebook has not released any official response so for now, it’s all just gossip and hearsay:
- People are “liking” our pages and then forget that they “liked” us and rather then unliking…they just mark us as spam (which seriously guys? Is NOT cool. You chose to like the page, don’t be angry that they are updating it. Just unlike!)
- There are “big” bloggers trying to take out the competition by marking all of the “small” bloggers as spam. Sounds a bit conspiracy theorist to me, but it’s a concern of many.
- Facebook automatically labeled page owners that updated X amount of times per day as spam, and that’s that.
Whatever the reason, I think it’s important to go over some general ground rules for Facebook. The blogging world (specifically the frugal blogging world) has always kind of worked as a community of sorts, and a lot of these rules are just things you learn over time. Lately, I’ve seen a LOT of fan pages “breaking” these rules, and I do have concerns that it is contributing to Facebook’s recent crackdown. Do I have proof of this? No.
I do know though that my tolerance (and the tolerance of other bloggers that I’ve spoken with ) has gotten pretty dang threadbare thin when it comes with dealing with what we consider real actual legitimate spam nowadays.
My hope is that these fan page owners just really don’t know that what they are doing is spammy and inconsiderate, so I’m going to attempt to lay it all out right here:
- NOT COOL: Posting on someone else’s wall with your giveaway/deal/article etc. If you want a blogger to share something you’ve written…send them an email.
- COOL: Found a fan page with an owner you like? Check out their blog and send them an email. Build a relationship with them and come to a mutually agreeable understanding about cross promotion
- NOT COOL: Tagging random pages when you actually don’t have anything to share, you are just trying to get more followers
- COOL: Tagging pages and inviting YOUR followers to go check out this awesome page. No strings attached (unless you have an agreement with the other blogger to trade shout outs)
- NOT COOL: Posting as your fan page and answering questions on someone else’s fan page with links to YOUR site or with your referral of affiliate links.
- COOL: Posting as your fan page on another fan page as a reader. A genuine interested reader who isn’t just out for themselves. If you are genuine, you might find you get more fans to come visit you then if you are spammy (and you might not get deleted either). Trust me, this balance is possible. I have several fan pages that post on MY fan page, but do so with respect and kindness. Doesn’t bother me a lick.
- NOT COOL: Telling your fans, friends or family to spam someone else’s wall in hopes of gaining their followers. If you are a website owner, don’t pretend you don’t understand how much hard work, dedication and effort goes into making a successful fan page. If you got your followers simply by spamming other pages or getting your friends to spam other pages…well shame on you.
- COOL: Post legitimate content and invite YOUR followers to post it onto their personal facebook walls. That’s the way true community is built.
Basically, treat your online relationships and your online business building efforts the same way you’d approach building a brick and mortar business.
Who knows when or if Facebook will ever change their mind and grant posting privileges to myself and those bloggers dealing with this SPAM drama? Not me.
I honestly have no clue.
I do know that until my domain is reinstated, my tolerance for spam on my fan page is pretty much nada, zip, zilch, etc. No tolerance. I have yet to ban anyone, but I will delete your spammy link. As I delete your link, I will think what a shame it is that you didn’t try and email me and build a relationship with me.
I’m hurt with the label Facebook has placed upon me. That my hard work and hard effort could be so discounted by this massive entity is the most discouraging roadblock that I’ve come up against in my career as a website owner thus far. At the end of the day though, I’m here to help people. I’m here to help my readers learn how to change their lives and how to drastically improve their financial health.
Facebook helps me reach people I might not have reached otherwise. So I will continue my Facebook fan page and I will continue to work hard to help others. I will also protect my fan page and my readers from those that don’t play by the rules.
You can expect:
- If you post an unsolicited link on my page, it will be removed.
- If you spam tag me, I will ignore it.
- If you try to steer my readers towards something that is not legit or that is considered fraudulent, I will BAN you.
This will be posted both here and on Facebook just so I make myself VERY clear.
Readers, if you notice something on my wall that doesn’t look like something I would promote, please do not click the link and report the link to Facebook.
Bloggers, has your page been banned? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.