I’m a fairly new blogger and I’ll be the first to admit I still have a lot to learn – I seem to learn something new everyday. With social media platforms changing rules on a seemingly constant basis, we have to stay current on these changes or risk being penalized, even to the point of having a page shut down, which could be detrimental to our blog.
I just want to outline a few tips from some common mistakes I see on other giveaways that I’ve learned are big no-no’s.
Facebook (see this link):
- You can’t have a like page, as they consider it a farm page. However, you can have the link on a Rafflecopter widget or Giveaway Tool (whatever app you use for your giveaways). So, many bloggers are now creating unique Rafflecopters to list those facebook page entries. This is an important tool, as it is one of the things that really helps to grow our audience and helps our numbers.
- You can make an optional entry for someone to like a page on Facebook on the giveaway widget, but IT CANNOT BE A MANDATORY ENTRY.
- You can’t make an entry requesting you to share a link on Facebook.
- You can’t make an entry requesting you to like or comment on a Facebook post/status.
- You cannot notify the winner by Facebook in any way either through messaging or posting to their wall or announcing it on your page.
- I’m sure there are more, but that is all I can think of off the top of my head.
- For more clarification, read the link above.
- PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING GOOGLE PLUS RELATED IS A HUGE NO-NO ON GIVEAWAYS! JUST DON’T DO IT!
- You can’t make an entry requesting you to pin something from a certain post. (http://business.pinterest.com/logos-and-marketing-guidelines/#ads)
I haven’t really run into anything with Twitter. Almost anything you can do on a giveaway for Twitter is an option on most giveaway widgets anyways and that streamlines things and makes it a lot easier.
If anyone knows of anything else, please let me know in the comments and I’ll add it to this post.
Thanks for stopping by and happy blogging!Michelle