We’ve already established that Facebook isn’t a fan of my url. As I mentioned previously, Facebook has decided that the domain of Family Friendly Frugality is spam, and apparently I am powerless to change their minds.
Now if it was just me that was inconvenienced, I could deal with it and not bother y’all with MORE posts about it.
However, it’s not just me. At least once a day, I get Facebook comments like this:
“I tried to share this coupon with my friends but Facebook told me it was spam 🙁 “
“Great article! I tried to share it with my friends but Facebook wouldn’t let me, did you know someone marked it as spam?”
“Hey did you know I haven’t been able to share anything you’ve posted lately? It’s all marked spam!”
First off, I so appreciate my readers giving me the heads up. Secondly, this is a PROBLEM.
In order for my community (or any community for that matter) to grow organically, those that are already invested in it must share the word with their friends and family.
Word of mouth is the most powerful form of “marketing” and because nowadays, most people share on Facebook…it’s important that my content is shareable there…on Facebook…where I am considered spam.
You see my dilemma?
Those of you who have been with me for a long time KNOW I am not spam. So when you see this horrible message:
You know to laugh it off and move on with your day.
New readers though? How is that for a vote of confidence?
“I just “liked” this new page and every link I try to share is labeled as spam”…how much trust will this new reader have in me?
Facebook is the 2nd biggest website on the planet! When the 2nd biggest website in the world says you are spam, it’s not exactly a vote of confidence.
I digress though.
The truth is…there ARE ways to share the content you find on Family Friendly Frugality! Unfortunately, none of them are as easy as clicking the “share” button, but if you really do want to share with your friends, I do have some suggestions:
- The easiest work around is to tell them to directly to my url. Tell them to visit Family Friendly Frugality (they can easily google it and I come up as #1. See Facebook? Google likes me!) and tell them what page the deal article/deal/freebie/coupon is on.
- The next easiest work around is to post a status update like the one pictured below. Say something like…I just found this great deal on FFF! The link to the post is in the first comment! You CAN post my links in the comments of status updates as long as there is other text present. If you try to just post a link…it won’t work. So make sure there is some text in there as well:
- You can “tag” my fan page on Facebook. To tag a page, all you do is write the @ symbol and start typing the page name. You should see a drop down come up with my fan page listed. Click it and I am tagged! Then tell your friends and family to visit my fan page and tell them which update to look for:
- Finally, you can email the post to your friend! This takes you totally off Facebook, but it’s still super easy to do. In fact, after every post on FFF, there is an option to email! NOTE: the email program is set up to email through outlook. If you like, you can just grab the URL and go into your email account and do it manually if you don’t have an Outlook account.
It is definitely still possible to share posts from Family Friendly Frugality with your friends and family! I want you to know that every time someone shares a post with their friends and family…that’s huge to me. I don’t need Facebook’s validation (clearly!), but knowing that you all think I’m doing a good job and knowing that you all are just dying to share the great deals and money saving tips with your families…that’s huge and really all the validation I truly need.
I hope this makes sharing content from FFF a bit easier for you. In fact, I hope it helps make sharing content from ALL of your favorite pages that have been labeled as spam a bit easier!
If you want to help the efforts of those of us trying to get Facebook’s attention about this ongoing issue, join the We Are Not Spam page on (you guessed it) Facebook and let your voice be heard!
PS: I post my blog links to Facebook using HootSuite. It’s super easy and I can post to my Facebook and Twitter accounts easily. Best of all, it’s FREE! I don’t include this in my steps to sharing because I don’t want to force you to use a different program. However, hootsuite is great for sharing content from any site, so if you are interested, you can totally sign up. I have the extension on my Google Chrome tool bar and all I have to do is click a button to easily post links to my social media sites!