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Fake Likes and Social Media

Discussion in 'Social Networking Sites' started by AndyPR, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. AndyPR

    AndyPR Registered Member

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    It was only a few weeks ago that Facebook Security announced a crack down on ?fake? likes in their "Improvements To Our Site Integrity Systems" note, stating that ?a Like that doesn't come from someone truly interested in connecting with a Page benefits no one?.
    Many sites webmasters still buy ?likes? to increase their traffic, Do you guys still buy "likes" ?
     
  2. No.RuleZ

    No.RuleZ BANNED BANNED

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    people still buying
     
  3. spyguyzz

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    they won't stop buying i think
     
  4. casinobonus24

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    Likes/Shares still can work if done right.


    There are different possibilities to get a fblike. The cheapo providers are just spamming the hell out of fake profiles without any social proof for that profiles. Obviously, this will trigger spam filters right away, especially if done in one blast and not dripped over a reasonable period of time.

    Velocity is also an important factor. Legit, real sites get fblikes that include velocity. Means that over let's say the first week, they get 10 fblikes. Second week (as the site is getting natural traffic due to fblikes) it get's let's say 20 fblikesand so on and so on. Especially velocity is one thing I'm missing for most providers nowadays despite the use of poor looking, obvious fake accounts.

    Just try to get a fblikes/ shares that are done by accounts with hundreds of friends and preferrably on accounts that really look legit. Like included images, updates etc. is all part of a 'real' looking profile which shouldn't trigger spam filters.

    Just imagine a crappy MFA site getting hundreds of likes and shares out of sudden - looks real ? I doubt
     
  5. MatthewWoodward

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    More often than not I will fake the inital social signals so the page appears to have had a bit more traction than it has to help encourage natural sharing further.

    However I do quite often buy hundereds of retweets as part of my SEO campaigns which works wonders.

    In my own experiments I have not found Facebook Likes to influence rankings so rarely buy in bulk
     
  6. AndyPR

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    analysts predict that by 2014, some 10%-15% of all social media reviews and other forms of engagement will be fake, paid for by the companies getting endorsed". This number could be even bigger given that in the meantime, technologies to detect these ‘fake' accounts will be ever evolving.
     
  7. casinobonus24

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    Given the fact agencies run a whole bunch of fake profiles on close to all social media sites, I guess that number is pretty much low calculated to be honest. Just watch at local store review sites and all the other sites like qype for example - you'll notice local ads in newspapers (at least in Germany) that are advertising for positive reviews.
     
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    They will not stop buying except if they ask every legit fb accounts to like their page manually which i doubt many will do.
     
  9. surfingthenet

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    For a new site that I put in a lot of effort into, then I will start off with getting manual likes, g+ etc over a period of say 1 month. These are 100% legit from people that I know. For people that I know well like friends and family, I will ask them for a small favor and then see if they would pass it along to a few of their friends to like the page/website etc. Slow - absolutely..but 100% safe...

    example of social likes only test:

    I've done some testing on an aged domain that I bought in the past year. Added about 30 pages of high quality content for a review site. No link building at all. I received only legit likes etc from different forums that I am involved with. Over time, the site got natural likes, g+'s etc and I asked people to leave it open in their browser to avoid a high bounce rate.

    Over the course of 3 months, I have ranked some low level competitive terms. They were mainly long tail keywords that reached page 1 with zero back linking. While others got stuck around page 2 to 5. My conclusion was, social links helped with it but, damn it takes a long time to do that. Plus people were leaving the pages open for say 10 to 20 mins etc. The age of the site also matters. Now that the site has aged nicely for about 6 plus months with no link building, I've started to do some very slowly and will continue very slowly for a few months till I build up some momentum. I've noticed since I've started minor link building, some other competitive terms are now ranking on page 1 :D

    Back to the main question...As technology improves for both FB, Pinterest etc, they will no doubt clean up some of the accounts. However, there will always be people who will find a way around it....Gotta like the black hatters that can do it - especially if it screws with Big G...

    cheers
     
  10. imbackagn

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    I think the only benefit from "fake" likes is to get the ball rolling. It makes the content look more appealing so others are more inclined to like it as well.