So far, if you have been following our blog, you noticed that we discussed what you can and should do on Facebook to gain more followers and create engagement. We also taught you how to create effective Facebook ad campaigns and how to blend organic and paid traffic in a way that brings you a high conversion rate.
Today we would like to address a very important issue: what you should not do on Facebook. Some of you, with a long experience on Facebook, still remember the Wild West days when nearly everything was allowed. As the social media platform grew and got listed on the stock exchange, rules starting getting enforced. While some businesses and marketers understood that they had to play by the rules, some of them tried circumventing them. And they got burned – in other words, banned from Facebook.
So, today we will offer you a different kind of guide: how to get banned from Facebook in five easy steps. Get ready and here we go!
1. Post Lots of Promotions on Your Cover Photo
Why should you spend money on Facebook ads when you can simply change your Facebook page cover photo every time you have a special offer or discount sales and let everyone know of them for free? Instead of a professional, inspirational image which communicates something about your brand image and core values, cram in links, discounts, and various product names and photos.
2. Steal Content and Post It as Your Own
Did you find a nice article which you really wished you had written? Or a captioned photo which says exactly what you needed for an engaging Facebook post? No problem! Just copy/paste it into your Facebook page and share it as your own. Who will find out, after all? The internet is so huge!
Thus you will have an endless source of free, quality content… well, until you get banned from Facebook and sued for copyright infringement.
3. Every Post Should Be a Sales Promotion
Again, why pay for Facebook ads or use the Offer facility? Simply share your ad as a post and keep repeating it? In this way you can create a free traffic and sales funnel to your website, and laugh in the competition’s face. For added effect, repeat the same ad-looking post over and over again during the day and share it to all your friends and their friends and to the group you are a member of. This is the right way to build awareness for your business, cheaply and relentlessly!
4. Disguise Your Page as a Profile
You do not like the limitations of Facebook pages in interacting with individual users? Then forget about running a page, create a fake profile instead. Use your logo as the profile photo, and the same cover photo full of links and sales promotions. Now you have direct access at anyone and can send them direct messages with your promotion. And once you’ve reached your 5,000 friends limit, go on and create another fake profile…
5. Make People Like Your Page No Matter What
Does anyone want to enter a contest you run? They must Like your Facebook page first. Do you want to spread awareness faster? Simply set up a competition where people have to like, share and comment on one of your posts. Better still, make them tag a few friends in your photo. In this way, a lot of people will hear about your page, whether they like it or not.
Now you know it: if you want to get banned from Facebook, just do any of these things, or more of them at the same time. This will guarantee that in a few days you will get an error message instead of your Facebook page.
However, if you want to run a user-friendly page, offering your followers genuine engagement, original content, and great promotions, you should abstain from these five things at all costs.