Facebook Fan Page

I had a few “creative” affiliate friends tell me they had their fan pages taken away from them recently… After following up with them and Facebook I found it it was because they were spamming affiliate links.

Forget what you have heard. I am telling you if you are building a fan page around a niche subject (weight loss, teeth whitening, movies, tv shows) with the plan of spamming affiliate links… its not going to work.

Right now their are over 1800 fan pages named “weight loss”. But the biggest does not even have 2000 members. This is because facebook is nuking these pretty fast.

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Yes it has worked for some and many have made a lot of money doing it because with a fan page they can get around a lot of the self serve network rules.

But Fan pages are getting out of control and many people are losing their pages after posting even 1 affiliate link.

I even know of one affiliate who purchased a “weight loss” fan page of over 100,000 members who had it taken away after posting a couple links to weight loss products.

So be careful. I know their are a lot of tales of people who made a ton of money with these fan pages… don’t get sucked in. I don’t want to hear your sob story months from now.

By Jeremy Schoemaker

Jeremy "ShoeMoney" Schoemaker is the founder & CEO of ShoeMoney Media Group, and to date has sold 6 companies and done over 10 million in affiliate revenue. In 2013 Jeremy released his #1 International Best selling Autobiography titled "Nothing's Changed But My Change" - The ShoeMoney Story. You can read more about Jeremy on his wikipedia page here.

31 thoughts on “Affiliates: Please Read Before You Spam Facebook Fan Pages”
  1. This is what happens when you don’t focus on creating a sustainable business model. If you don’t control the platform, you have no right to complain when you eventually lose control.

    1. The biggest problem for these particular affiliate marketers is the noise that the crap and duplicate pages create. Similar to the problem that YouTube had with duplicate video and created “popular” as the default Video filter to try and demote duplicates.

  2. Seems to me like Facebook is the most personal social network — these accounts are likely suspended quickly because users are reporting solicitations…

  3. I understand that people want to use these fan pages as a way to collect “interested” users around their niche topic. However I am glad that Facebook is completely wiping them off the map, because if you are trying to build a community around your brand these crap pages just create noise for your customers.

    The more value that Facebook can present for it’s actual business “profiles” in the shape of a fan page the better off they are, because then businesses are more likely to try out Facebook ads to essentially pay for Facebook users to create more page impressions 😛

  4. Thanks for the heads up on this one… hits a little close to home being my industry and all. It’s about as overcrowded as making money online 🙂

  5. This seems like a very good trend. A little policing from the top will help keep the good parts of the net good.

  6. Yu just wrote about spamming Facebook pages with affiliate links and how awesome it is.
    But seriously, the Jamie eye candy video that came out with the Shoemoney System is pretty sweet!

    1. Ditto Steve! Maybe it was the ShoeMoney tank top, but Jamie was kicking! Over the summer, I heard a few stories of Bizopps killing it on Facebook Fan Pages. Many things with FB are shortlived and this is one of them.

  7. Seems that facebook decided to clean up. Good for them, twitter is still there. 🙂
    What’s next? Facebook pushing positive user experience on their ad network? 🙂

  8. Thatis one reason why I have decided not to look at that part of my Facebook account. If it isn’t loads of fan pages then it is those pointlesss application games.

  9. When talking about affiliate links, you mentioned TV/Movies niche pages. Are there some good affiliate offers around that niche? Thanks!

  10. This Facebook policy has a far more interesting aspect to it. The NEW FTC Guides which became affective on 12/1/09. The Weight Loss Industry is at the very top of their list AND you can bet your bippy that NO Company like Facebook want’s to be caught in the firestorm that will (not if) arrive. For example, Jenny Craig has been under a consent deal for a number of years with pre-approval in place by the FTC.

    A few (not all) of those other niches you mentioned will also be the focal point of the regulators.

    NETWORKS! Please take note 🙂

  11. It looks like a good caper that the juice has gone out of. I mean if it’s getting posted about here it’s almost definitely dead, by definition.

    Next thing, guys. Moving on.

  12. These can be really annoying! It is always better to built-up affiliate revenue in a more noble way. Too much affiliate spam on both Facebook and Twitter definitely degrades usability.

  13. Me also, always many spam fan request from the fan page. Facebook should be change the policy.

  14. Wish I had thought of doing this before the well ran dry. No problem–I’ll just stick to marketing products through my blog.

  15. Are affiliate links banned from facebook altogether or is it just spammers of affiliate link fan pages getting into trouble?

    Sarge | BeginnerBlogger.com

  16. I never even thought about that (just for promoting my own site, let alone as an affiliate). My blog is linked via Networked Blogs, but that’s about it.

  17. People will keep doing this. I am interested to see how many fan of these fan pages are real.

  18. i’ve seen people doing this and thought i can’t believe they can do that but i guess they really can’t . . .not for very long anyways

  19. Face book is most growing network and FB should ban these marketing,It is creating problem for common users.

  20. I am a big fan of cleaning up all spam sites. It takes work to bring value to your readers and to create a Brand. Spam is disrespectful to the readers because all it does is waste their time.

  21. I can’t believe there are that many fan pages for weight loss. I feel like people “fanning” those pages know they are in for some spam. Just sayin’.

  22. What a nice post my friend. I am a facebook fan and mostly spend my time playing some playfish games and just talking out with my family. Surely, there are so many ways we can use facebook and I really love using it. I hope they have something more new to come for all of us.

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