Hello social media experts here, I'd like to ask your opinion/confirmation if this Facebook Death Box theory is true or just a myth?


In one of the webinars on social media that I've attended, a Facebook advertising expert taught us this theory. The box that you see being displayed by Facebook based on the information scraped from your blog or website, he referred to it as "Facebook Death Box".

What he mean is, if you have this in your Facebook post, you can expect slower and narrow organic reach for your particular post. The reason is, a box like that signifies you are diverting traffic out from Facebook to an outside website which Facebook doesn't like. Because, they want to keep their traffic!

As a consequence for having that Death Box, means poor reach for your post. It will be seen less and less by your friends.

Experts said, instead of sharing links like this (that results to having a Facebook Death Box), it is better to share photos uploaded on Facebook's servers, or put up "native ads" that looks like "not from outside sites but from Facebook itself".

I find this "quite true with Fan pages" as I was able to monitor the post reach by numbers.

But, when it comes to posts that are posted via my personal Facebook account (not a fan page), this is hard to prove.

But then, logging to one of my dummy accounts in Facebook, that one (screenshot above) posted via my personal account immediately popped on top of other posts! (prioritized)

Now, I am confused. I am now thinking if it is Truth or Myth?

I want to know because, I am planning to start a new personal blog, and since it is personal in nature, I will do less SEO with it and just share the posts via my personal Facebook account.

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Heidi56 Premium
I don't have much experience with facebook, I autopost there from my G+ account and sometimes participate in groups. SOMETIMES only. I don't like Facebook, but I see there is no way around it.

I passed this morning figuring out how to put Facebook comments in my website. Seems to override the normal comment boxes on the pages. And I haven't figured out how the comments from my website (with Facebook account) show up in the facebook account itself instead of only on the page I inserted them.
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GomMagtibay Premium
Facebook comments are invisible to Google and can take the place of actual wordpress comments. That's the reason why, I don't use Facebook comments in websites that i want to rise in search engine rankings. I only use the plugin in my sites that are just for fun (personal blog).
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Heidi56 Premium
What I need is a comment stream during live broadcast. Do you need a plugin which does that in real time and is searchable as well?
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DavidLYancy Premium
Sounds a little discriminative to me, So I Deactivated them. FB has been dismissed. I Got WA.
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GomMagtibay Premium
It surprises me to learn that there are online entrepreneurs not using Facebook...
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mickeyb123 Premium
There you go! Spend some time here and on Forums that you like!
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mickeyb123 Premium
CoachGom, when you hear about the things that go on, behind the scenes and politically, there, you just kinda want to stay out of it.

Mickeyb
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mickeyb123 Premium
I have never signed up fro nor do I have a facebook account. that is probably because ( and I do not wish to insult anyone - it, apparently, is just me) I have a life!
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onmyownterms Premium
Well, if you want to have a life as a marketer, you should consider it.
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GomMagtibay Premium
Good decision of yours. Thumbs up for that. :)
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mickeyb123 Premium
There are MANY things and places to post all sorts of things; I hope you are not as accurate as most people think you are! Again, it may be just me
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GomMagtibay Premium
But come to think that a vast majority of people are in Facebook.
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mickeyb123 Premium
I understand and I am not trying to argue with anyone, but everyone that is in (on?) facebook is also many other places, all of the time!
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Sdaviscs1250 Premium
I was in Facebook Jail before, the person that was mentoring me stated it was no big deal. Two months later that person was in Facebook Jail and she had to eat her words. She went around jail time by going back in thru an alias. I don't want to have to try to beat Facebook... Just saying.

Sharon
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GomMagtibay Premium
Hahaha . It happens. Things like that happen.

And yes, it pays to be on the "white". If only I have so much money now to advertise, then I'd be happy just staying in the white Facebook wants us to stay.
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onmyownterms Premium
I found once I started posting links to my blog, I got less and less reach until the point that now, i can't post any external links on my personal account. Facebook is really cracking down these days.
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GomMagtibay Premium
Oh. That's coming from someone actually experiencing it. Thanks, Mel.

How about making variations?

Like for example, at 8:00 AM, you post a motivational photo, then at 1:00 PM a link to a blog post, then at 6:00 PM you share a photo from a fan page, then by 10:00 PM another link to your blog post.
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onmyownterms Premium
You can try it, but for me, anything that looks remotely like an affiliate link or leads to a website with affiliate links gets a red box prohibiting the link. If you get the link on your facebook, you're golden.
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GomMagtibay Premium
Maybe I'm not caught yet! (*laughs*)

Have you been put to a Facebook Jail in the past? I mean, literally receiving message from Facebook that you are being reprimanded for violations of rules?
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onmyownterms Premium
Only for one group I own. I allowed an automated post from a member using the "Facebook Automation" app. I received a message from Facebook advising that the post had been removed (even though it was on topic for my readers) and if I didn't ban the user who posted it, they would shut my group down.
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GomMagtibay Premium
I see.

I post heavily on Facebook with my blog posts and affiliate links and not getting any problem or reprimand from Facebook. And checking with my dummy accounts in different computers, shows the posts are just fine. Maybe because, I see to it that the post were manually posted by me, and they are posted in highly related/relevant groups with exact terms (Group Name = Post Title).

Example:

Blog Post Title: What is a Good Home Based Business To Start?
Facebook Group: Pinoy Home Based Entrepreneurs

But with your stories, how they totally banned you from sharing links, it's quite frightening.
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onmyownterms Premium
Especially since all my links were shared manually. I'm working on getting some of them through, but WA links are automatically rejected. In fact, anything with a ? in it (telltale sign of an affiliate link) is no good any longer.
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GomMagtibay Premium
Oh, how lucky I am! :D (Thank God) I still can share WA affiliate links with ? in both my fan page and personal account! Even in groups!

But I think, it won't be long until they will caught on me...

As of now, even though I can share WA affiliate link on Facebook freely, to play it safe (or safer), I try shorten the link first with bitly shortener before posting.

But still, your revelations here mean something to me. It won't be long until I too would no longer be allowed to do what I am doing right now.
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onmyownterms Premium
Basically, I feel like they allow it until they think they can bully you into buying ads to get the same exposure. The stories I could tell you from a long-time artist friend of mine would curl your hair. The longer you're on the site (I've been on since 2009), the bigger of a bully they become.
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onmyownterms Premium
Oh, and be careful. Facebook's Terms of Service specifically state one account per individual. You can go to jail for multiple accounts.
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GomMagtibay Premium
Oh, I can relate to your story.

I was a customer of Facebook Advertising, for likes on my fan page until I decided to stop temporarily as I have other financial priorities.

Along the way, I learned that I can increase the number of likes (for the sake of social proof) using the free service of http://LikeForLike.org.

So, I surfed for credits/likes using a dummy account advertising my real account (a fan page).

After working on it, maybe they noticed my fan pages accelerating in likes even without spending money. So, for a few thousand likes that my fan page have gained, they removed them saying the event is unusual. Yet, I can see other fan pages garnering as high as 10,000 likes without being disciplined!
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