Is your website URL blocked by Facebook when you try to share it in posts or Messenger?
Facebook is a valuable source of traffic, so you don’t want to miss out on the ability for you (and others) to share your site on Facebook.
There are several reasons why your website might be blocked, but you do have options to get Facebook to remove the block.
To help you do that, we’re going to cover three things in this post:
Why does Facebook block certain websites?
People share a lot of things on Facebook. That includes both pictures of cats and links to malicious files that can hijack a person’s computer.
To protect people from situations like the latter, Facebook will block certain website URLs from being shared in Facebook posts, groups, Messenger, etc.
Now, if you’re reading this post, there’s probably a good chance that you’re not trying to do anything malicious (if you are, this post really isn’t for you).
However, there are several reasons why you still might’ve gotten caught up in Facebook’s net, even if you’re not trying to do anything wrong.
1. A Community Standards violation
First off, if you’re violating Facebook’s Community Standards, Facebook is going to block your website URL from being shared.
For example, your site might be blocked because of the Community Standards if your site includes content about buying, selling, or trading…
- Non-medical drugs
- Alcohol and tobacco
- Endangered species
- Live animals
- Human blood
- Diet products
For legitimate stores (e.g. a firearms store), Facebook will allow some of these topics, but restrict viewing to people who are 21+.
The Community Standards also cover other topics such as:
- Violence and incitement
- Hate speech
- False news
If you haven’t already, you’ll want to read through the Community Standards to see if any of them might apply to your site.
2. Facebook algorithms
There’s no way that Facebook can manually review every single post, so Facebook relies a lot on algorithms to block website URLs.
For example, there’s an anti-spam algorithm to prevent people from spamming their websites. If you post your website URL too many times in a short period, you might accidentally trigger the Facebook anti-spam algorithm, which could lead to your site being blocked.
Or, you might’ve just gotten blocked through no fault of your own. Facebook’s algorithms are not perfect and you can sometimes just be unlucky. For example, maybe your website is similar to another website that was blocked.
3. Malicious reporting
Facebook is a battleground where every website is competing for Facebook users’ eyeballs.
Rather than compete by offering more interesting content, some people have chosen to try to
This article was written by Colin and originally published on ThemeIsle Blog.