Farrah Gray, Entrepreneur

The following is a post from Brabble Director of Business Development Patrick Mackaronis. Pat can best be contacted on Twitter at @patty__mack.

Farrah Gray, born 1984 into the housing projects of Chicago’s South Side, answered the call and reported for duty at a young age in order to support his struggling family.

As a precocious six year old, young Farrah Gray peddled homemade lotion from door to door for $1.50. The youngster also discovered a bourgeoning market for hand-painted rocks that were sold as paperweights, doorstops, and bookends. With his first $50 in profits, our self-starting businessman treated his family to a restaurant meal.

Mr. Gray demonstrated the ability to organize and lead seemingly from birth. The second grader’s business card read ’21st Century CEO,’ and by the age of 10 he had established The Urban Neighborhood Economic Enterprise Club, a group designed to pool and allocate capital towards small businesses. By the age of 12, Farrah had also emerged as a player on the speaking circuit, commanding $10,000 per appearance and co-hosting Backstage Live, a nationally syndicated radio program that was to reach 12 million listeners.

Gray soon established Farr-Out Foods, a New York specialty food retailer targeting a young clientele. Farr-Out Foods was to become the largest coup for the then fourteen year old founder, as sales of the enterprise tallied up at $1.5 Million within the first year. Farrah Gray eventually negotiated the sale of the company at the age of fifteen at over $1 Million.

Mr. Gray had officially become the youngest self-made, African American millionaire – all before being licensed to operate a motor vehicle.

The serial entrepreneur has written the international best seller Reallionaire, established The Realty Pros asset management firm, and is a syndicated columnist through the National Newspapers Publishing Association.

Farrah Gray has evolved from a determined youngster hawking loose, painted rocks from door to door, into a recognized ambassador betwixt the worlds of both commerce and philanthropy. The story is nothing short of truly inspirational.

Facebook Games

More likely than not, you’re on Facebook. Who isn’t, after all? One of the single the best ways to get and stay connected, Facebook, a worldwide phenomenon in social networking, is a great way to socialize. Have fun with friends and family, make new friends, and enjoy Facebook’s great games, day or night!

What are Facebook Games?

Most Facebook games are flash-based applications you play on Facebook. Thousands of games are available, but playing the game is almost always only half the fun. On Facebook, part of the fun is becoming a fan of your game’s Facebook page, reading their forums, and making friends, both new and old! Best of all, Facebook games are completely free! While most Facebook games have offers and sell game currency, purchasing currency isn’t mandatory to play the games.


While there is a multitude of games available on Facebook, some of the most popular are produced by Zynga. Zynga produces games for Facebook, MySpace, iPhone/iPod, MSN, Tagged, and MyYahoo. Some Zynga games available at Facebook include, but are not limited to:

  • CaféWorld
  • YoVille
  • Mafia Wars
  • Treasure Isle
  • FarmVille

Zynga’s vastly popular games allow Facebook users to build properties, share with friends and family, and are all socially interactive. The more friends that play along, the better the café, or island, or mafia will be!

All your Favorites!!

Hooked on Bejeweled or MineSweeper? Have fond memories of Super Mario Brothers on the NES? Enjoy first person shooters, puzzle and maze games, and Atari classics? Chances are, if its an amazing classic game, Facebook has it! Facebook games are searchable by name, alphabetically, or by category, so look for such greats as:

  • Super Mario Flash
  • Carnival Tycoon
  • Connect 4 & Yathzee
  • Duck Hunt
  • Zelda Memory

Be Advised

While Facebook games are fun, they can also be extremely time consuming and should be enjoyed, like all things, in moderation. Most Facebook games, like those written by Zynga, allow users to send requests to friends and family en masse, so users should be aware of how many requests are being sent. No one wants to be spammed or alienated, although most of Zynga’s games, for example, only allow a certain number of requests a day to cut back on request spam. Most Facebook games also have requirements and won’t run on all systems.

So, when looking for something to do, or a way to get more connected, Facebook is a great social network with hundreds of ways to live and play with friends and family. Join Facebook, look for the great games and more, and begin the social experiences enjoyed by millions of Facebook users.

Adding a Blog to Facebook’s Networked Blogs: Bloggers Are Tapping the Potential of a Large Social Network

Facebook’s Networked Blogs capitalizes on the power of Facebook as a popular social medium, allowing members who are also bloggers to add their blogs at Facebook.

Bloggers have seen the potential and are stepping on board in record numbers. Current figures suggest anywhere from 500 new blogs added to the Facebook blog network daily.

Adding a blog to Facebook’s Networked Blogs makes sense because Facebook users already have multiple contacts at Facebook. Rather than having to start an actual blog at Facebook, users simply add an established blog, using the Networked Blogs application.

Benefits of Facebook’s Networked Blogs Application

  • A blog that has been added at Facebook will show as a page at Facebook and via a thumbnail image on a user’s Facebook Profile page. Additionally, the thumbnail will display on other Facebook pages.
  • A blog feed can be imported to a user’s Profile or other public pages. What this means is that each time a user creates a blog post, this post is automatically displayed at Facebook along with a thumbnail image of the blog.

Adding a Blog to Facebook’s Blog Network

A reader can follow these steps to add a blog at Facebook

  1. To add a blog to Facebook Networked Blogs a user is required to sign in to Facebook
  2. A person chooses from a number of blogs to follow and selects “Next”
  3. Arriving at the Networked Blogs page on Facebook, a user selects “Add A Blog”
  4. A blog name, URL, tags, and description are entered
  5. Trackle widgets may be chosen, if desired
  6. Bloggers are directed to select “Yes” (if applicable) when asked about authorship
  7. Two options allow for blog verification options
  8. The newly created page displays and a blogger can spread the word by inviting friends to follow the blog, choosing “Invite People to Follow”

Automatic Publishing of Blog Posts to Facebook Profile Pages and Homepage Streams

Blog posts can be made to display on a user’s Facebook Profile page and in others’ homepage streams.

  1. At the newly created page, users go to “Feed Settings”
  2. Feed settings offer three publishing options
  3. A blogger selects “Automatic Publishing” and saves these settings
  4. A test is conducted by clicking on “Test Publish” to ensure the blog displays on Facebook

Having followed these steps, a Facebook user can now share his blog with family, friends, and social contacts.

The Facebook Networked Blogs application is an innovative model, leveraging the power of the huge Facebook social network.

Is the Swine Flu Twitter’s Downfall? Misinformation on Twitter Increasing

As the swine flu media frenzy reaches front and center in the world news circus, many are looking to Twitter for information, just as they have in recent times for live coverage. During the Mumbai attacks last November, it was Twitter that had the most up-to-date information, not CNN or Fox News. There were several citizen reporters tweeting live from the scene to tell the world what was really happening, as it was happening.

Twitter has provided a platform for internet users to chat about TV shows as they air, to follow famous celebrities’ every move (even more than usual), and to show the first pictures of events such as the “Miracle on the Hudson” and this year’s plane crash in Buffalo, New York. It is also making a difference – Ashton Kutcher donated 20,000 bed nets to Malaria No More after winning a race with CNN to become the first Twitter user with one million followers.

Misinformation Spreads on Twitter

But in the last few days, users have seen the bad side of Twitter. With the swine flu becoming the number one tweeted topic continuously since the first case was reported, misinformation has spread like wildfire. The panic that media organizations helped ignite by reminding viewers that 40 million people perished during the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic was only worsened by hearsay making the rounds on the social networking site.

David Coursey at PC World pointed out in an article discussing misinformation on Twitter (which can be found here) that the real problem is “the 140-character limitation and the reasonable tendency to use services that shorten long URLs mean the same information could be presented over and over without anybody noticing the redundancy until they click on the links.” This is indeed the most frustrating aspect of Twitter, by far. But, thankfully, harmless.

Twitter Does More Good Than Harm

It is true that Twitter is helping aid some of the panic. A look at the hashtag #swineflu shows countless users claiming the virus has achieved global pandemic status and that the U.S.-Mexico border has been shut down to check for the disease.

Fortunately, Twitter seems to do more good than harm. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization both have Twitters that they are continuously updating to spread official, and helpful, information. It appears to be the media that is spreading the most alarming information and causing panic, and the ability to reach the WHO with a click of a mouse is helping spread the right kind of information among Twitter users.

As long as language has been used, misinformation and gossip have been spread, and Twitter is in no way immune from this. But, the silly statements about the swine flu made by some users are hardly being taken seriously, and the use of respected organizations on the social networking site shows that Twitter is, quite possibly, the best avenue for news today.

Twitter Hashtags, Retweets and Replies: How to Use Tagging With Symbols to Communicate Better in Tweets

Many new Twitter users are confused at all of the different symbols and shorthand abbreviations that show up in people’s tweets. But the three most common signs used, the hashtag, retweet and reply functions, are easy to get the hang of once their basic functions are understood.

What Are Hashtags, Replies and Retweets?

All three of these common Twitter functions are used as a kind of shorthand way to tag something in the tweet. They are placed before the word they tag.

How to Use # Hashtags

When Twitter users see a pound sign (#), they know this is a hash tag. Hash tags mark a tweet as belonging to a particular subject or category. So if a tweet is about cats, the user would type “#cats” to indicate that it is the subject of that message.

An example of this kind of tag is: “#cats Black cats are the best!”

Then, anyone searching for tweets about cats will easily be able to find their post, along with any other posts tagged with the same #cats hashtag.

Some hashtags use a shortened word or initials after the pound sign. For example, people tweeting about Chinese internet censorship often use the tag #gfw, which stands for “great fire wall.” Searching #gfw will lead to lots of information on what websites are currently blocked in China.

How to Use @ Replies

The at sign “@”, indicates a reply on Twitter. Anytime a Tweeter uses this symbol, they are indicating that their tweet is a response to someone else’s tweet. For people not following both parties of the conversation, this can be confusing. The tag usually links back to the person it is referring to, so clicking on it will bring viewers to that person’s tweetstream.

An at reply tag will look like this “@Susan I think that is a really bad idea. You should try talking to him instead.”

The user is obviously responding to something Susan said, but unless the viewer is also following Susan, they might not know what the tweet is a response to.

The @ reply tag can also be used to reference someone in the tweet so that others can go directly to that person’s Twitter stream. For example: ” I had dinner with @Susan tonight.”

How to Use RT Retweets

The letters “RT” in a tweet indicate that it is a retweet, something copied from someone else’s post and passed along. An RT is often a link, breaking news or a funny or poignant comment that the Tweeter thinks his or her followers would also like to read. To create a retweet, type “RT @username” before the thing that is being passed along.

For example: “RT @Susan Fun Twitter Uses. This is a great article on Tweeting” would link back to the article while giving Susan credit for finding it.

These three tags- hashtags, at replies and retweets- are important because they help organize the vast river of information on Twitter. Getting to know their functions can make Tweeting a more interesting and useful experience for new and old users of the site.

Athletes on Twitter – Top Ten Gaffes

Press conferences and post-match interviews are often the source of great soundbites, but thanks to social media athletes can now provide a round-the-clock insight into their lives, changing the way they interact with fans.

In the case of Twitter, athletes can “tweet” their thoughts in no more than 140 characters, and for all the mind numbingly dull updates, there’s always the chance that someone posts something they rather wish they hadn’t.

Here’s a look at ten of the worst Twitter gaffes…

10). Despite having a talented team for the past few seasons, the San Diego Chargers repeatedly fell short of reaching the Superbowl. Cornerback Antonio Cromartie suggested that the quality of the canteen’s food was partly to blame for the franchise’s lack of success. It didn’t go down well the Chargers, who promptly fined Cromartie $2,500 for criticizing the organization.

9). In 2009, Phillip Hughes became the youngest Australian batsman to score a Test match century since Craig McDermott when he plundered South Africa’s bowling attack for 115 runs in Durban. Hughes went on to tally 160 in the second innings, establishing himself as the youngest player in history to score centuries in both innings of a Test match. Hughes could seemingly do no wrong. However, the 21 year old has failed to reach three figures in the five-day format since, and last summer he infamously made the headlines after “tweeting” about his omission from the Australia side for the third Ashes Test. This was hours before an official announcement was due, giving England plenty of time to alter their plans ahead of the match. Hughes didn’t feature again as Australia slumped to a 2-1 series defeat.

8). Danny Gabbidon’s use of punctuation – or lack of – was as shoddy as West Ham’s performance in a 3-1 home defeat to Bolton. What was meant to read as an apology on his Twitter page was misinterpreted as the central defender slating the club’s supporters. A follow-up message clarifying what he actually meant came soon after, but Gabbidon has not been seen on Twitter ever since.

Foul-mouthed “tweets”

7). With Tottenham striker Darren Bent growing increasingly frustrated over the club’s inability to reach an agreement with Sunderland over his proposed move to the Stadium of Light, Bent’s emotions finally got the better of him. The England international made his feelings quite clear in a series of messages directed towards the Spurs board, and in particular chairman Daniel Levy. Bent was reportedly fined two weeks’ wages for the outburst, but the transfer did eventually go through.

6). Mike Bacsik was most renowned for surrendering Barry Bonds’ record-setting 756th home run on an historic night in San Francisco in 2007. That was until Bacsik – a Dallas Mavericks fans – “tweeted” a derogatory remark about San Antonio’s Hispanic population following the Spurs play-off victory in April. The former Washington Nationals pitcher issued a swift apology, but was fired from his job at a Dallas-based sports radio station nonetheless.

5). Kevin Pietersen was fined an undisclosed amount following his outburst after being informed of his omission from England’s limited overs squad for the ongoing series against Pakistan. The South African-born batsman has struggled for form since recovering from an injury, but the selectors decision to leave him out of the team did not go down well Pietersen.

4). Tim Bresnan’s appetite was the cause of some good-natured banter with England team-mates Graeme Swann and James Anderson, but the sturdily built Yorkshireman decided enough was enough after an unknown user posted a doctored image of a particularly bloated-looking Bresnan. “Brez” escaped with just a warning however.

Personal attacks on Twitter

3). Less than a week after Pietersen’s outburst, Hampshire captain Dimitri Mascarenhas decided it was his turn to take a pop at the ECB. Chairman of selectors Geoff Miller was in Liverpool to cast an eye over Hampshire’s match with Lancashire last week, but apparently failed to acknowledge Mascarenhas, prompting a scathing reaction from the England one-day specialist. With their skipper still suffering from a long-term Achilles injury, Hampshire opted to fine the burly all-rounder £1,000 rather than suspend him.

2). After a crushing 37-7 defeat to the San Diego Chargers, disgruntled Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson had some choice words for first-year head coach Todd Haley. Johnson insinuated that his father was better qualified to be the team’s coach than most people in the league and lashed out over Haley’s lack of experience playing the game. If that wasn’t enough, when another user cited an unsavoury incident at a nightclub involving Johnson, the running back “tweeted” an angry response that included a homophobic slur. The two-time Pro-bowler was handed a one-game ban, forfeiting roughly $600,000 before the Chiefs decided to release him.

1). England Under 19 cricketer Azeem Rafiq was dropped from the side for the country’s second Test match against Sri Lanka for violating team rules. Coach John Abrahams decision provoked a profanity-laced response from Rafiq, and one that was available for all internet-viewing public could see. Consequently, the youngster was banned from all forms of cricket for a month and fined £500.

Facebook a Growing Factor in Divorce Cases – You Don’t Say?

With the growing number of Facebook and other social media network users, it’s not too difficult to imagine how this is starting to have dramatic effects on our personal lives, specifically with regards to marriage rates as information released from a survey taken by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers shows that one in five divorce cases cite Facebook as a factor in their divorce. This is not surprising given the next set of statistics taken from the survey shows that over 80% of divorce lawyers report a rise in the use of social networking sites to engage in extramarital affairs.

Should we be surprised at the results of this alarming survey? In an age where technology is used increasingly in our personal lives, we really shouldn’t be. This is especially true when socializing and connecting with people has been made so convenient with people literally available to us at our fingertips. Divorce and extramarital affairs are bound to happen, even when a relationship starts out with the most innocent of intentions.

Take a look at chat rooms, such as those provided by AOL and Yahoo, when Internet socializing first began to take off. Chatting through various themed ‘rooms’ was often done with people you didn’t know but it did not dampen the rendezvous and relationships that came from these. With Facebook offering its own form of chatting, take this same type of experience that you would get from chat rooms yet do it with people you know or knew at one time – many of these people being possible exes or crushes from a time long since passed – and it’s a potential recipe for marriage disaster.

Now, that is not to say that Facebook is all bad, it’s not and I am no exception to its allure. I too have added an ex or two but let the past be the past; catch up on old times and leave it at that. If someone wants to add you as a friend and you have an inkling that this person may just be a little bit sweet on you, it’s okay to decline that person’s request. It’s okay, really, I dare you. The point is don’t get caught up in the draw and temptation of a potentially marriage ruining situation.

Ultimately, the responsibility should be put squarely on the shoulders of the people involved in any social network spawned romance and not the tools used to get you there. However, in the days of instant gratification and hi-tech, high speed living, it plays all too large of a role, one that is getting more prominent in relationships than ever before.

MetroTwit: A Minimalist Twitter Client

While the general trend with Twitter clients is to add support for more and more services, there are some programs that emphasize simplicity. MetroTwit is one such client, focused on delivering a streamlined Twitter experience with a stunning visual interface.

A Bold Visual Style

That visual quality is immediately striking. Based on Microsoft’s Metro design language, MetroTwit uses a minimal style with bold, clear lines. There are two themes available: the default uses black text on a white background, while the dark theme features light text on a black background.

Both are highly readable, and sleeker in appearance than most desktop Twitter clients. MetroTwit also allows you to customize the accent color for the bar at the top of the display, and uses distinct colors for usernames, hashtags, and links.

Beyond the obvious visual surface, MetroTwit offers numerous other customization features. You can control whether the program automatically scrolls to the top of columns or stays at the last read tweet until moved, whether usernames or real names (or both) are displayed with tweets, and how times are shown.

Flawed Pop-Up Notifications

The pop-up notifications exhibit a similar minimalism, displaying just the username and the tweet. Unfortunately, this is one area where the programmers carried this aesthetic too far: there are no options for replying or retweeting from within the pop-ups. You always have to return to the main program for those options.

Another major flaw in the notifications is that there’s no way to page through multiple tweets. The program automatically cycles through them, and while you can adjust the length of time they display, there’s no way to go forward or back. This is a major deficiency that needs to be addressed.

Flexible Tweet Interaction Options

But within the program itself, MetroTwit is as flexible as any of the big-name Twitter clients. Mousing over a user’s display picture in a tweet brings up three main options: reply to all, retweet, and direct message. The retweet button allows you to select between Twitter’s native retweets and old-style retweets by default.

Right-clicking brings up a menu of additional options. You have to go to this menu for a single-user reply, and you can also copy a tweet, translate it if it’s in a different language, or favorite it (there’s also a star in the corner, just as on Twitter itself, for the last option).

Columns and Pop-Up Displays

By default, MetroTwit displays three columns: your timeline, replies, and direct messages. As with other Twitter clients, you can add columns to this initial lineup, including searches, user profiles, favorites, your own tweets, your retweets, and the public timeline.

There’s a button at the bottom of the program to the left of the tweet entry window for adding columns, but it isn’t the only method. If you click on a username, their profile displays in a pop-up window that can be turned into a column by way of a pin icon in the upper right corner. The same applies to Twitter lists.

MetroTwit also has a pop-up display for trending topics, though for some reason these can’t be added as a permanent column. It uses the same descriptions from What the Trend as TweetDeck, and clicking on a topic name brings up search results for that trend.

Limited Media Options

MetroTwit supports picture uploading through TwitPic or YFrog, but doesn’t display media previews in the stream or offer any video uploading options. Link shortening support is set to Bit.ly by default, but several other options are available, and Bit.ly account holders can link their account to MetroTwit.

While MetroTwit doesn’t offer real-time updating of the sort found in TweetDeck or Seesmic Desktop 2, its API management is efficient enough that updates still feel fast- the pace is about the same as on the Twitter web site. The program does a good job of automatically managing API usage, but also allows for user customization in this area.

A Lack of Power User Features

In its current state, MetroTwit is lacking a number of power user features. It only supports one Twitter account at a time, and it only provides limited options for managing your follower list- you can unfollow from user profiles, but you don’t get notifications of new followers as in TweetDeck or Seesmic.

It also hides the block and report spam options- both are available by right-clicking on user profiles, but you have to find that out through experimentation. Again, the program’s minimalism works against it here- it wouldn’t be too hard to add buttons for these features that would fit with the overall MetroTwit look.

MetroTwit allows you to post tweets longer than 140 characters through TwitLonger, but the feature isn’t as smooth as TweetDeck’s Deck.ly, which allows long tweets to be viewed directly in that client with no external links.

The short URL preview feature in MetroTwit also falls short. It works fine with standard Bit.ly and Ow.ly links, but doesn’t work with custom short URL’s (even ones shortened with Bit.ly) or even Twitter’s t.co links.

But since MetroTwit is still in beta (the current version is, it’s hard to be overly critical of what it lacks. As it stands, it’s remarkably polished for a beta, and its aesthetic approach is appealing. It just needs a few additional features to be a real competitor for the major Twitter clients.

Twitter & Facebook are Stay-at-Home Moms’ gateway to business

I have a huge amount of respect for moms that stay home with their children. Why? I am such a mom, and I know that it is the most challenging job a person can ever have. I used to work full time, and my first child went to daycare when he was just 2-months. Needless to say, I couldn’t bear the thought that, though I gave birth to this beautiful boy, the daycare nannies knew him more than I did. This, and many other reasons, which is a topic for another time, led me to stay at home. I truly love it.

While you are enjoying your kids all day, you can still have bits of time, here and there, to slowly launch your dream line of work. This way, you can have the best of both worlds: be at home with your precious kids while at the same time working and making money on something you love, and being your own boss.

Regardless of what you would like to do, be it to launch a blog, a service business, a product business, etc, you must learn how to use Twitter and Facebook. Twitter and Facebook are truly wonderful tools that are there, FREE, for you to take full advantage of. And, you don’t need large stretches of time to interact and use them; all you need are bits of time throughout the day—exactly what a mom has.

What follows are a few of the many ways you can use Twitter and Facebook to greatly push yourself and your business toward launch and then success. Both social media platforms have the same goal, which is to interact with people online; and the most awesome thing ever, is that you can do all of it from the comfort of your own home.

Ways You Can Use Twitter and Facebook to Launch and Succeed at a Business

  • Search for people that work in your field, including famous ones. Follow, friend, and interact with them. I cannot emphasize how important this is; and the best part is that you can do it from home. You can literally build a huge network of relevant people this way.
  • Follow inspiring people and read their tweets and Facebook status messages everyday: this is what drives me to success every single day; I overload my brain with lots of encouraging and positive messages.
  • Build a Twitter and Facebook following on a specific niche, and then launch your product, blog, or service. What else could you wish for? You interact with people first, and show them that they can trust you and have credibility in you. Once you launch your business, word of mouth will boost your business tremendously, better than any advertising.
  • Interact with customers to know exactly what they like or don’t like about your product: this is a must for any successful endeavor.
  • Post pictures of yourself and your family and tell them about your life a little at a time; this will personalize your brand tremendously. It will allow people to get to know you better and, therefore, establish trust. Put yourself in your customer’s shoes; why should you believe a person’s evaluation of a product as awesome, for example, if you barely know who that person is?
  • Post tweets and Facebook messages that are of value to the people interested in your niche. The nice factor about Twitter and Facebook, once again, is that you can do this in bits and pieces every day.

• Give yourself a couple of months of “playing” around with Twitter and Facebook in order to become very familiar with it. Don’t just sign up and after a few days quit because you don’t see that they work. They do work. But you have to be patient. One thing is for sure: if you interact with people relevant to your field on Twitter and Facebook, you will be successful in building an absolutely awesome network of like-minded people.

How To Promote Google AdSense Websites on Facebook

Social networking sites such as Facebook have transformed the way we interact online and any self-respecting revenue savvy webmaster wants a piece of that sweet action.

Google AdSense and Facebook

However, promoting AdSense websites on Facebook and other social networks is fraught with danger. The AdSense compliance bots, which check all AdSense publisher websites to ensure they are not breaking the rules, rightly take a dim view of page impressions and clicks from people you know.

Most of us are proud of our websites or blogs and it is only natural to want to tell friends and family about our online efforts.Tell your pals about your site and they might be tempted to click your AdSense ads to ‘help’ you or just out of curiosity.

Google’s sophisticated fraud sniffing bots look out for ad clicks from co-workers, family members or friends.

Many disabled AdSense publishers have discovered the cause of their ban to be clicks from people they know. So although it seems counter-intuitive, the safest policy for Google AdSense publishers is to keep blogs and websites secret from friends, colleagues and family.

Using The Facebook “Like” Widget

Google AdSense publishers need to be very cautious about using Facebook and other social networking sites to promote their sites.

The trick with Facebook is to completely separate your personal Facebook friends and family network from your website promotional activities. Without careful segregation, promoting websites via social networks does not sit well with the traditional Google AdSense model.

How To Promote Google AdSense Websites on Facebook

Great ways to promote your AdSense website on Facebook include:

  • Install the Facebook ‘like’ widget on website pages. This lets other Facebook users promote your content so you don’t have to. Installing the widget is easy, just cut and paste the relevant code snippet from Facebook’s developer API (application programming interface) into your web page code.
  • Identify Facebook interest groups relevant to the subject of your website and draw users’ attention to your content by posting wall links. If you do this, set your privacy settings to ensure your friends can’t see this activity. And don’t spam these groups, link to content on your site that is relevant and adds value.
  • Buy an ad on Facebook. This can be a powerful tool, particularly as Facebook’s system allows laser beam targeting to help you reach the right audience. If you do this, AdSense rules on paid traffic apply. That means your landing page must meet Google quality guidelines.

Never promote your AdSense website or blog to your Facebook friends list as it’s a fast track to getting your account disabled.