5 essential tips to stop Facebook from deleting your blog links
By Lauren Floyd, Honeycomb Moms
There are two priorities that are built into the very mission of my blog – supporting other moms and building sisterhood. We lift as we climb around these parts, so of course I'm going to key you in to the little blogging and social media hacks I learn along the way, starting with none other than Facebook.
The platform is a great way to reach people, so I'm actively engaged in several blogging and mommy Facebook groups. Now when I say actively engaged, I don’t just mean dropping links to promote my own work.
Although I do post links in my groups, I make it a point to also support other writers by sharing their work and answering their juicy questions.
Well, the Facebook algorithm makes it quite difficult to do this, deleting any comments with links once you’ve hit its threshold.
It’s beyond irritating. I could see if I were breaking group policies, but many of the groups I’m in ask you to drop links on specific days.
I’m no techie, not by a long shot, but I’ve picked up a few workarounds just by doing what I do on a daily basis.
Post blog links on your own page or in original posts
My workarounds are about tricking the Facebook algorithm that deletes your comments under other people’s posts. But the best way to make sure your links aren’t deleted is to post them on your own pages once a day or in original posts in Facebook groups. Just be careful not to break any of the group rules. You don’t want to actually be a spammer.
Slow down and post links more sparingly
Many group administrators on Facebook publish posts daily and invite bloggers to comment under them with links to promote their work. I would love to just drop my link and be done with it, but of course that would be too much like right. So I learned to slow down between posts. I comment without dropping links, let other bloggers know when I’ve shared their work and have a bit more fun with my Facebook groups in general. It helps me beat the algorithm, sure. But I also gain something from really engaging other women. That is the point after all.
Comment under your own blog links
I’ve noticed that if someone likes your link or there is a comment under it, the post won’t be deleted. That includes when you comment under your own link and when someone posts a comment right after yours. The engagement seems to protect your comment from being deleted. Weird, right? (My technical analysis.) The trick is to comment under your link before you’ve reached the point where Facebook is automatically deleting every link you post. Then, it’s too late.
Settle for the dreaded “please delete the space before .com”
Posting a space before the .com extension of your link helps to keep it live on Facebook. Just note: You won’t get that lovely link preview you’ve spent hours in the Facebook debugger trying to get to appear just the way you want. Also, newer bloggers may have no idea what you’re talking about. I used to skim the wordy requests and skip them all together.
Let Facebook know there’s a problem
I’m a big believer in trying to work with businesses by bringing issues to their attention and giving them opportunities to fix them. It was just January that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced he would be focusing on enforcing the popular social media network’s policies and preventing misuses.
So tell Facebook its “fixes” are also preventing people who aren’t spammers from sharing quality content. There’s a little question mark in the top right tab of your Facebook profile. Click “report a problem,” and actually report the problem. Yes, your comment could end up in the virtual circular file, but it doesn’t hurt to try.