How to Stay Out of Facebook Jail – Need to Know Tips for Online Marketers

facebook jailDid you know that you even could go to Facebook Jail?  How do you get there and how do you get out???  As more people turn to Facebook to make connections, the company is putting policies in place that can land you in Facebook Jail, banning you from using certain features or disabling your account altogether if you aren’t careful!

And don’t think that pleading your case will make ANY difference.  It may truly have been a mistake, but the response you will get will look something like:

“Yadda, yadda, yadda.  If you’ve been blocked, we are unable to end the block early.  Yadda, yadda, yadda.”

This has happened to a lot of people and mistake or not, you’ll be stuck for a while.  So read on to find out what NOT to do.

First off, Facebook clearly states this:

Facebook is a place for connecting with friends, family, classmates, coworkers, and other people you know well.


Here are the specifics actions prohibited by Facebook.

  • No nudity or sexually suggestive content.
  • No hate speech, credible threats, or direct attacks on an individual or group.
  • No content that contains self-harm or excessive content.
  • No fake or imposter timelines.
  • No SPAM.

The ‘SPAM’ part is what gets online marketers in trouble.  Now this is a subjective area, so continue through the post to see examples of SPAM.


Note:  ‘Friends’ can mark your posts as spam!

Facebook Jail – Getting Blocked from Sending Messages

One of the features Facebook commonly shuts off if your ability to send messages to ANYONE.  How does this happen?  Well, one factor is if you send too many messages that are unwanted… What does that mean?  If you send a message to anyone, whether you know them or not, they can mark it as spam. Unwanted!

One of the other things that can happen is that you send too many messages in a short period of time.  However, Facebook doesn’t have any guidelines regarding how many is too many and in what time frame.

How do you keep your Facebook sending privileges from getting revoked?        Use Messages as Relationship Builders.  Be genuinely interested in another person or don’t bother trying to connect with them.

  • Make sure you have a clear profile picture – nothing ambiguous.
  • See if the person has a Fan Page, go like and post there instead.
  • Be clear in your message.  Not something like ‘We have friends in common’.  More like ‘You are in the same training program XXXXX I am.  Thought we could help each other stay accountable.’
  • Instead of sending too many messages, use the Chat Feature.
  • No SPAM.  This means you DON’T send a message that says ‘ Hey, I see your an online marketer.  I’ve got a great opportunity that you need to check out!  Here’s my link.  You always lead with VALUE, not your pocketbook.  Utilizing Attraction Marketing methods is the way to go.

Going to Facebook Jail because of your Friend Request Pattern

Yes, it’s true.  The following friend request situations are something that can put you in Jail.

  • Sending repeated Friend Requests => harrassment.
  • Adding too many Friends, too fast.
  • Your friend requests that go unanswered.
  • Your friend requests that are marked as unwelcome.      Note:  If this happens 5 times, get ready for the handcuffs.

To prevent yourself from getting arresting in this arena, DO follow these practices.

Use a REAL Profile Picture.  Send a non-spammy Message First.  Subscribe to someone first, if the option is available.  Connect to their Fan Page.

Help!  My URL’s are blocked and I can’t share them on Facebook

You may be part of a business whose links have been reported as SPAM.  Maybe not due to anything you have done, put people before you participated in the spammy behavior I mentioned earlier.  At any rate, it IS part of doing business, but there are some work-arounds.

Mask links with Pretty Link (Word Press Plug-in) or Social Media Bar (browser based).  This is easy to do and will save you a lot of aggravation!

Facebook Jail – Blocked from Updating/Responding to my Status

This happens when you copy and paste statuses and posts.  For example, you may be a member of many online groups and pages.  If you create a status update and then copy and post the same thing to several other groups and pages, you guessed it, Jail.

The Worst!  My Facebook Account has been Disabled.

Facebook Jail is bad, but you can have your account disabled!  Your account WILL be disabled if you engage in any of the following:

  • Continued, prohibited behavior.
  • Unsolicited contact with others – including harrassment, advertising, promoting, dating, etc.
  • Using a Fake Name
  • Impersonating a Person or Entity.  Huge NO NO and being banned from Facebook will be the least of your worries.

Stay out of Facebook Jail with a Facebook Fan Page!

Fan Pages are there so that people can set them up and operate as a business.  They lend themselves to doing business online via Facebook and they give you HUGE credibility.  There are many ways that Facebook provides so that you can advertise your Fan Page and the content on it.  This is truly the way to go so if you are in business online, act like it.  Be a professional.

Forget Facebook Jail and Get Into the Facebook Money

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I hope you have found this post valuable.  My sincere wish is that you are successful in your online journey.

Live your Best Life!

Julie Becker

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