Unblocking blocked links on Facebook

Some French Dude

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Bad news: I don't know why but Facebook prevent me from posting the link of my domain to Facebook, and that page too:

It kind of kills my project launch since my acquisition strategy is based on Facebook groups.
I have researched and see that you can request their support team to anlayze and unblock your link but I also read that very few people are successful with this process.

Any experience of this? Idea?
Not sure why they say my link does not respect their community standards?
 

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I don't think this is a Facebook block — it's likely the admin/setting controls of the group. If its your group, adjust your settings. If it's someone else's group, you will have to get their permission.
 

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I tried to share the link in a private message and it was blocked the same way.
I tried to it to my own Facebook page entitled DestinationMind and I can't even add it here: Blocked the same way.

I reported this to their support. They have you go thru a painful process to tell you they can't guarantee they will process you message since they receive so many of them.
I kind of feel stressed and desperate about this. My all expertise and strategy to grow my project is to use Facebook groups...
 

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This is very bizarre and unfortunate. I'm sorry to hear that you're having so much trouble posting to your Facebook group.

The best suggestion I can offer is to log in and mess around with the settings. Maybe even add an opt-in form directly on your FB page. I don't know if that's still an option, but it used to be.
 

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What is weird is that my Facebook page appears on the side bar of my site.

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So they let me promote facebook, but not my site on Facebook. I feel stuck and their support team is unresponsive.

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Yeah, this is a bit of a mystery.

Remove https:// from the beginning of the URL and remove the backslash at the end, maybe that will make a difference.
 

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@Ray you just can't imagine how I appreciate the way you care! Thank you big time.
Unfortunately, I had already tried that: Same result.

I have spent the past 7 hours to research forums, YT and others for solutions and I sent several messages to Facebook support team.

It took me months to establish the exact strategy for my online project and the day I was ready to launch... my head crashes straight into this stupid situation. I'm not into porn or anything. I do not see where my blog would not comply with Facebook community standard.

I see hundreds of people advertising in the money-making field, marketing, etc. Or even in the health industry for some magical solutions to get new hair or whatever. I'm far from all this and my blog with almost no content. I don't see where there could be an issue.

I don't want to be on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, etc. I established that my potential customers are on Facebook and that's also the channel and platform I have experience for acquisition. Where you can really profile people based on their demographics and interests, do effective advertising or just go organic with groups. And now, i'm just stuck at phase 0.5.

I am just dreaming about @Alex, you or anyone else here telling me: Hey man, I went through this. That's so simple. Here's the solution...
 

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Perhaps someone else will chime in with a few suggestions but seeing as this is a Forum for Marketers Delight, you're probably looking in the wrong place for answers to your Facebook issue.

I think most solopreneurs have fallen into the trap of relying on a platform to build, market, share, and enhance their business. Then when things "go left" they're forced to make a hard pivot to the right, and learn from their mistake.

Way back in the day, Alex felt the constraints of building his business on the Thesis Framework and eventually made the tough decision of venturing out on his own, and I'm almost certain he's better for it.

You don't want to put all of your eggs in one basket. Especially if it's not your basket.

The problem you're having with FB is similar to those faced by marketers who rely on tools, plugins, Wordpress themes, and marketplaces to power their businesses.

With or without FB, Clickfunnels, MD, x-plugin, Stripe, PayPal, IG, you should be able to run your business.

Consider this a huge speed bump, in which you merely suffered a flat tire.

Dust yourself off, come up with a new plan that isn't reliant on third-party platforms, and make it work. In the meantime, continue to follow-up with Facebook.

Content marketing might be the way to go for DM. You said you love to write — so write!

Submit guest posts to other bloggers in your niche and adjacent niches. Publish quality, SEO optimized content on your site, use word of mouth, and any other grass-roots marketing method you can think of. Don't let this derails your business.

. . .
Here a motivational article to help you through this tough time: There’s No ‘Luck’ or ‘Fortune’ in Business: It’s All About Busting Your Ass by a very young, tough, and wise, Alex Mangini.
 

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Unfortunately, it takes AGES to rely on content marketing alone. I have been talking with the most successful digital entrepreneurs in Europe for the past 3 years: None of them would rely on content marketing alone, and most of them don't even rely on it at all.

You have no other choice than using advertising (faster) AND/OR social media groups (slower but still one of the fastest road and more reliable for people agree with your message and CONTENT) to create your own list. That's the reality of it.
And sure, my only end plan or to attract and seduce people into my list to be platform-independant and rely on my own content only to keep them loyal and interested in the long run.

90% of successful marketers in France don't have a blog anymore. I put my money and time on the old fashion content marketing approach... but I need a way to reach my audience, and 90% of it is relying on Facebook groups to read... blog posts and others.
 

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So they let me promote facebook, but not my site on Facebook. I feel stuck and their support team is unresponsive.

Typical dickhead behavior from social media giants right here.

I tried pasting the link to my own Facebook feed to see if it really was blocked and got this message indeed:

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So yes, something is up for sure and I know it's not related to your own personal account since it happens when I share the link too. I assume you have already found the Community Standards link and are making the necessary appeal, but because it is Facebook's territory you will have to deal with their response time and unfortunately accept that their system has prevented you from using their platform.

I understand your point about content marketing and organic growth taking too long, but if the time is going to pass anyway and you are going to be committed to your site anyway, is time truly a factor at all? I don't say this to you like you don't already create content, I say it so you consider making it more of your primary strategy.

There are people I have followed on Facebook for years who are moving away from the platform as their growth has made them more of a target for censorship, and even if your link has been banned due to a glitch in the system, this is just a preview for what you should expect as you continue your own business growth.

This doesn't mean you should stop using these platforms, and hopefully your issue gets resolved on their end. But to @Ray's point, start using this time to consider more of what you can do to grow your site on its own and the first step there is of course creating great public content.

For example, since creating the Documentation section on the MD site traffic and page use has been going up simply because we have an entirely new repository of content for existing visitor's to go to. The Stream had this same effect too, and our new simplified blog layout is even getting people deeper into our archives.

Yes, these are all longterm plays but just as a parent should teach their children how to live without them, you too should also learn how to live without social media and strive to be an example to those 90% of French marketers to show them what they are missing out on by not having a blog!

Please keep us updated if you are able to get unbanned on Facebook!
 

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Out of chance I asked the great MailerLite's team what they thought about it.

Here is their reply:
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@Alex , @Maikel or anybody here who would like to share 15 seconds of their time to help, could you please do as the MailerLite gentleman did, that is:
  1. Go to your Facebook account(s).
  2. Try to post the following URL for yourself on a post: https://destinationmind.com/
  3. Then click LET US KNOW link to tell Facebook that the domain was obviously blocked by mistake and you would like them to unblock it/reactivate it.
Thanks a bunch

PS: My site is safe. It is about way the human processes information and knowledge. Mindset too. Clean and mainstream.
 

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Thank you @Maikel
MailerLite's manager asked his team to do that too, with a different comment for each team member.
I really appreciate that sense of community.

No guarantee still but thanks so much for your support too!
 

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Done, and good idea on MailerLite's part. Hope we get you unbanned! #FreeTheFrenchDude

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Guys, thanks again so much for trying to help.

I completely revamped and rewrote my site and I have kept it to a single landing page for now.

Can you please try to share it (https://destinationmind.com/) on Facebook and see if it can be unblock on your side?

Here are some sample phrases you can use when asking Facebook to let you post the URL (feel free to adapt or make your onw ones):
  • This https://destinationmind.com is about mindset and the way the human mind processes information and knowledge. I want to be able to learn more about it and share it with my friend.
  • This author of https://destinationmind.com shares techniques to boost my confidence. I want to see it grow.
  • https://destinationmind.com shares techniques on how to turn your skills and knowledge into a lean, ethical online business. I want to see it grow and grow with it.
  • I am on the subscriber list of https://destinationmind.com and the author shares useful techniques about content creation and persuasion. It really helps me with my daily life and business.
  • Etc.
 

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Hey French Dude, I'm really just guessing here (not an FB expert or anything) but I looked at the page you previously had set up as well as the current one.

While I am surprised that your link was blocked completely, I wouldn't have been surprised to learn that your original optin page got blocked if you had tried to run ads to it. The way it was worded seemed like an over-promise, and FB can be pretty sticky about the results you promise their users, especially when it comes to topics like making money and personal fulfillment. This makes me wonder if it's possible you got dinged by some sort of AI they might be using to scan websites the first time they get shared.

The new page seems much more aligned with FB policy, so if the content was the reason it got blocked, you may be on the way to a resolution. One thing I did notice when I ran your URL through an open graph check tools - the page doesn't appear to have any OG information. Since Facebook uses OG data to represent your site and determine what it's about, adding that may work in your favor.
 

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@lovefightwrite : Thanks for your interest and willingness to help me out.

No, I never try running FB ads. I just try to publish my URL in some FB groups or on my page.

I did not even know what OG data meant before you mentionned it. What and how should I add this sto my site? Can you please advise?

Your message gives me some hope. But still on the defense mode regarding FD responsiveness. Not sure if and to what extent their AI can adjust quickly or not.
 
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