How many Facebook groups are you a member of? Why do you join Facebook groups? Have you ever been banned or removed from a Facebook group and don’t know why it happened? You are about to learn basic Facebook etiquette 101!
I can divide my memberships into 2 major groups, one group is personal interests and the other is business development and education.
Personal Interest Facebook groups for me would include things like:
- Gardening groups
- Dog owner groups
- Certain lifestyle groups such as Low Carb recipes, my local church group, that sort of thing
The goal of joining a personal interest group is to network with like-minded people. In some cases I have written articles or even have entire sites dedicated to the topic so there is potential to share my work. But there is a right way and a wrong way to do that.
Business and education groups for me would include:
- Blogging groups to get social sharing
- Blogger education groups such as Pajama Affiliates
- Amazon seller groups
The goal of joining a business group is again to network with like-minded people and to learn and sometimes teach about the particular business. Here again, there is also the potential to share any work I may have done in this topic.
I tend to get active in many groups and I have a natural inclination to help people so I often answer questions and point people to references and more info. As a result, I have ended up being an admin in several groups. I have seen pretty much everything and I have had to remove and ban a good number of people. Some of them are professional scammers and spammers and I don’t feel bad for them one little bit.
But some of them are people just like me and you. Why do they get banned? They just seem to lack the basic Facebook etiquette. From my experience as an admin in several types of groups, here is the fast track to banning yourself!
- When you join a group, don’t bother reading the Group Rules! They are normally either in a Pinned post at the top of the page or they are contained in the group ‘About’ section or the ‘Files’ section.
- As soon as you join a group, don’t introduce yourself or get to know anyone. Immediately post a link to your latest blog post. You can easily cover your butt by saying “Admin, please delete if not allowed”. Because after all, you didn’t read the rules so how are you supposed to know if it’s allowed or not.
- When you join a group where the owner has spent a couple years building a large audience, be sure to post your own affiliate links to take advantage of this group of interested people that they have built. You can cover yourself easily by saying it can be deleted if not allowed (see Step 2)
- When you are warned by an admin that you have violated a group rule or they have deleted your wonderful blog post for no reason, go ahead and read those rules. Then you can come back and argue loudly about why you think the rules are wrong and should be changed.
- Be sure to tell the admin that they are bossy and on a power trip for trying to maintain rules that are clearly stupid. Send them private messages that includes foul language.
I think that should do it! You can always find another group right!?
Basic Facebook Etiquette 101 if you are a Blogger
So if you can’t post your own work in one of these groups then what is the point of joining them?
It’s all about building relationships. Look at the image that comes up when you first join Facebook, it says the purpose right there. If you are helpful, sincere and patient you WILL have an opportunity to post one or more of your articles, and maybe even an affiliate link. But you have to be willing to give before you ever get. Here’s the process:
- First, don’t join a group unless you are sincerely interested in the topic. If your first and only motivation is to try and pick up a few affiliate sales, it’s not worth it.
- Get involved in conversations, answer questions, ask questions, be a part of the group.
- Eventually you will make some friends and they will message you. Never share your links unsolicited by private message, but if you are having a conversation with someone and it comes up naturally, that is ok as long as it is more beneficial to them than it is to you. Sometimes people message me because I have shared something in a group and they get that I might have more info and they ask me.
- If there is a conversation happening and you feel that you have the perfect article that answers that question, then private message an admin. Give them the link to the article and ask them if you are allowed to share it in that conversation. This works really well for me because I have taken the time to build relationships in the group and the admins know who I am. If I was just a lurker (and I do just lurk in some groups), then I would never try to do this. There are a couple of groups where the admins now share my articles automatically because they don’t have to explain something in detail that I have already written about. This is a good thing!
I hope that this information helps you and gives you a better idea of how to effectively use Facebook groups to build relationships and your business. It’s all about knowing the Facebook group guidelines of that particular group. Above all, be considerate and patient and it will pay off!