Have you noticed that I do not offer liking Home Jobs by MOM’s Facebook page or anything relating to Facebook as an extra entry into my giveaways? You may be thinking to yourself, “Why not? It’s a great way to gain followers!”. Okay, you probably have not noticed since I am quite new in the blogging world but I don’t. Partly out of fear and mostly out of confusion.
A few weeks ago I officially launched my blog with a giveaway (yay me!) but before setting up my giveaway I researched how to do them. I wanted to make sure I would be doing them correctly and maybe find some useful pointers from the blogging veterans out there.
During my research I came across multiple articles about Facebook promotions and liking a page on Facebook as an extra entry into a giveaway. There were so many mixed views on this subject that it just hurt my head. Needless to say, I was thoroughly confused about Facebook’s promotion guidelines on liking a page.
In my short time here in the blogosphere, I have come across so many websites that offer extra entries into their giveaways by liking a specific Facebook page. I’d personally love to add liking my Facebook page as an extra entry into my giveaways. Why you ask? Because it would bring me more followers! I need followers being a newbie. One of the reasons people host giveaways in the first place is to draw people to their blog and increase their social media followers. After all, people are naturally drawn to things where you can get something for little to no monetary value. Winning items you already need or plan purchase saves people money… plus it’s always fun to win something! It’s a win win!
Amongst the mixed views on this subject only two articles had an impact on my decision to not include liking my Facebook page (or anything Facebook) as an extra entry into my giveaways. The author’s of these two articles actually had some real interaction with a Facebook representative. I am all for facts and not fiction.
In case you didn’t know, the Facebook Promotions Guidelines state: “You must not use Facebook features or functionality as a promotion’s registration or entry mechanism. For example, the act of liking a Page or checking in to a Place cannot automatically register or enter a promotion participant”. To me this is just a bunch of jibber jabber that my two year might as well be relaying to me because I just don’t get it. Even this video by Facebook does not explain these guidelines well enough in my mind. It’s just a little too vague for me. I must be dense or something.
I do, however, understand cold hard facts. Melanie Nelson, the author of the blog Blogging Basics 101, directly asked Facebook “You cannot ask people to Like a fan page as an entry into a promotion — not as a main entry, nor as an extra entry”. Facebook’s response was “Hi Melanie – You are correct….”. Again, Leslie Mayorga, the author of the blog Leslie Loves Veggies, directly asked Facebook ” Can I have my Readers like a Facebook Page for bonus entry into a giveaway?”. Facebook responded with “This is against our guidelines. Per the clause below, you cannot use any native tool of Facebook as a method of entry. Therefore, you cannot have users like the page to get bonus entries, there is no way for you to track that nor pull a full list of your facebook fans anyways”.
While people can interpret the legal mumbo jumbo of Facebook’s Promotions Guidelines in a slew of ways you can’t deny that there is no confusion about those two statements. My simple little mind even understands them. Liking a Facebook page as any type of entry into a giveaway is a big no no.
I’m going to go with the motto “It’s better to be safe than sorry”. I know I am just starting out in the blogging world but I would hate to lose my dinky Facebook page over something as silly as a giveaway. You can, however, do something that Facebook does allow called Like-Gating. This is where you get people to Like your page first to reveal a custom tab like a giveaway. Please visit my Facebook page and become my fan! I can’t wait to interact with you! Do you use liking your Facebook page as an extra entry into your giveaways? Have you heard any other reliable information from a Facebook representative that contradicts those statements?
*As of August 2, 2012 Home Jobs by MOM will be offering liking a Facebook Page as an extra entry into their giveaways due to a recent article I read about the Rafflecopter widget.
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