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Social Media Monday: Keeping Your Facebook Page Clean

Engagement is great. Building out a strong social presence is more important now than ever before. In fact, as of 1/1/2014, it was reported that there are 1,310,000,000 ACTIVE Facebook users. Let that sink in for a second…. That’s 34 times the population of California and 818 times the number of people living in Manhattan. It’s an impressively large amount. While the sheer number of Likes your page has is important, what’s even more important is keeping your page in check and free from spam and unrelated posts from your “fans.” Here are a few simple tips and tricks to keep your Facebook page clean, void of spam comments and irrelevant “Likers.”

 Facebook Spam

Get a Social Media Manager:
Depending on the nature of your business and the type of content you post, your Facebook fans might feel the need to take it upon themselves to spam the heck out of your page. This can be through posting links to your wall for their own businesses or on behalf of third-parties that pay them to blast links out anywhere they feel people might not be paying attention.

A good Social Media Manager will monitor all activity happening on your Facebook page and weed out those legitimately looking to connect with your brand versus those just looking for cheap exposure. The SM Manager will also have a strong grasp on the brand voice and can respond appropriately to negative comments left on your posts and wall.

As we’ve stated before, Social Media is not second nature to everyone, so having someone on your team that “gets it” is crucial to your presence on Facebook.

Keep an Eye on Your Use Activity Log:
Facebook makes it easy for anyone to monitor what exactly is happening on your page. The Use Activity Log is accessible through your page’s Edit feature and lets you see who posted what and when, whether it’s internally or from a fan of your Facebook page.

Facebook Activity Log

 When you get to your Use Activity Log, it’s time to decide whether you’re going to be…

Hiding Activity vs. Deleting Posts vs. Banning Users:
The fail-safe method for keeping your page clean is to simply hide all posts on your Facebook page left by outside parties. While this is all well and good, you risk hiding legitimate posts left by users that actually want to engage with your brand. These people who take the time to leave insightful comments and ask questions of your brand can feel slighted if they finish their post, hit publish, and never see their comments & questions posted. This could result in the loss of a like… a “Like” that could have taken time to gain.

Hiding all activity also turns your page into an entity that people on social media hate: A business that talks TO people versus talking WITH them. The point of social media is to open the lines of communication, not keep them closed.

Facebook Spam Comments

Keep a close eye on your Activity Log and delete irrelevant comments that link away from your page or appear spammy. As stated above, Facebook makes it easy to get rid of these comments.

If you have a group of users posting the same links or comments to your page daily / weekly / etc., feel free to ban those users. Chances are they won’t mind as they are probably posting the same links to a multitude of pages across Facebook. Keeping the world of Facebook a clean and relevant space for people to connect is everyone’s job. Do your part.

Facebook Ban User

 

Rinse & Repeat:
Once you’ve done your Facebook monitoring and purging for the day, set a reminder to check out the Use Activity Log daily. If you make it a morning habit, it will become easier to manage and can actually help you with better engagement on the social media giant that is Facebook.

Questions, comments, spam links? Sound off in the comment section below. Save the spam links for someone else though.

 

 

 

About Garry Grant

Garry Grant is a veteran expert in search engine optimization and the digital marketing industry. With nearly 20 years of experience, Garry has successfully built a multi-service operation at SEO, Inc., developing proprietary technologies through complex strategic solutions. He has extensive experience in key initiatives and operational responsibilities grounded in information technology and performance management.

Garry’s expertise and esteemed reputation, coupled with SEO Inc.’s impressive client success record has earned him such accolades as Entrepreneur Magazine's 2005 Hot List for the Hottest Internet Property, Inc. 500 2007 Honorary award for Fastest Growing Private Company in America, an Inc. 500 top 50 Company in San Diego, and interviews with The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, WIRED, Entrepreneur and The Huffington Post.

Garry Grant began his online career in 1993 creating strategic Web and e-business solutions for Homepage.com, The Rush Limbaugh Show, Premiere Radio Networks, Clear Channel Communications, EarthLink and Artisan Motion Pictures. Today, Garry and SEO Inc.’s highly skilled digital strategists develop proprietary technology and strategic digital marketing direction for Fortune 500 companies including, SC Johnson, McAfee, Entrepreneur.com., Inc Magazine, IGN, Tacorri, LPL Financial, National Kidney Foundation, G4 TV, Fuel TV and Sony, just to name a few.