I know talking about Facebook Ad trouble is sort of like beating a dead horse now, but this is my damn blog and I reserve the right to bitch.
Everyone who is in the know knows that IQ offers are hot. By hot, of course, I mean they’re converting wonderfully and not quite as regulated as other profitable offers. At least, that is the impression one gets while perusing Facebook with the sheer abundance of IQ ads to the right.
Now, I know the old song and dance; resubmit, tweak, resubmit, resubmit, tweak, resubmit, until eventually you get an intern that isn’t a complete tool to approve your ad. That’s all fine and good. But after having about a dozen IQ ads rejected, I decided to do a little experiment.
Instead of linking to the Challenge IQ offer at Ads4Dough (which is the one I so dearly wanted to promote), I decided to link somewhere else. Are you ready for it? I linked to an ACTUAL FREE IQ WEB SITE. That’s right. I found a non-profit (as far as I could tell) website that offered 100% free, legitimate IQ tests.
Knowing fully well that most Facebook interns shit their pants when you use the word “free” in your ad copy, I made sure to omit it. I then submitted two separate ads both linking to the free site, both using puzzle type images with very simple title and body messages that got the point across (while still avoiding the term ‘free’).
The result? I bet you can guess.
The content advertised by this ad is restricted. Per sections 8 and 9 of Facebook’s Advertising Guidelines, this content is prohibited from being advertised on Facebook. Ads for this product, service or site will not be accepted in any form, and may result in your account being disabled.
So, now Facebook is basically threatening me for trying to spend my advertising dollars to sate the desires of their enthusiastic userbase to demonstrate their intelligence quotient so that they may pat themselves on the back and revel in their computer generated recognition. As retarded as it may be, college kids love that shit. So in essence, I was trying to spend my own money to enhance user experience, and I was not allowed to do so. What a shame.
Oh, but don’t think I’m giving up. I’ve already started tracking down young women that work for Facebook ON Facebook, then cross checking their names on MySpace and adding them as friends (using a different social network I think will rule out any chance of suspicion). Budding online romances will soon ensue, followed shortly by a flurry of ads for online casinos and fuck buddies on Facebook. And you’re all gonna be like WTF!?
Psh, Facebook. More like poopbook.