I have 1,000,000 fans on facebook, how to capitalize?

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Hey guys, i have a group with more than a mil fans on facebook. I don't want to get banned, i want to turn this into a steady stream of cash. First - its not targeted to any niche, its just a dumb group. Second i know if you advertise cpa offers on facebook - they are quick to ban.

So what should I do?

I thought about sending status updates and pointing them torwards my other fan pages and letting those groups get banned instead of my big one.

Please hit me with your thoughts!
#capitalize #facebook #fans
  • Profile picture of the author Always-A-Warrior
    Can we see the page?. Poll your members and see what they want then create an outside website with your offers then simply let it ride on the left side column. Don't be too obvious and you'll be fine.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Anthony
    Convert some of them to your own social network and then sell whatever you want. Don't squander such a huge resource on straight cpa offers.

    Originally Posted by Revampyourgame View Post

    Hey guys, i have a group with more than a mil fans on facebook. I don't want to get banned, i want to turn this into a steady stream of cash. First - its not targeted to any niche, its just a dumb group. Second i know if you advertise cpa offers on facebook - they are quick to ban.

    So what should I do?

    I thought about sending status updates and pointing them torwards my other fan pages and letting those groups get banned instead of my big one.

    Please hit me with your thoughts!
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  • Profile picture of the author KenThompson
    Not sure about how to stay out of trouble with marketing on FB as I
    don't do it.

    But maybe, along the lines of what AAW suggested, if it's allowed you
    can put up some free ebooks on selected topics and either populate
    with affiliate links or links to your own websites with affiliate offers.

    You can put links on your FB page to the ebooks and do a squeeze
    page (video) and build targeted email lists.

    Perhaps make some videos and post them on your FB page. The vids
    will be to send to an offer and capture contact info to build lists. Or
    send to a website with affiliate offers.

    You can create a FB marketing product that shows how you built such
    a large fan base, then how you monetized it.

    Since you're experienced, try building a similarly large group that IS
    targeted. Then you'll really have something there.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheGraduate
    Originally Posted by Revampyourgame View Post

    Hey guys, i have a group with more than a mil fans on facebook. I don't want to get banned, i want to turn this into a steady stream of cash. First - its not targeted to any niche, its just a dumb group. Second i know if you advertise cpa offers on facebook - they are quick to ban.

    So what should I do?

    I thought about sending status updates and pointing them torwards my other fan pages and letting those groups get banned instead of my big one.

    Please hit me with your thoughts!

    I have never been on facebook, so I do not know the mechanism when it comes to emailing everybody in your group, if this is possible to do what I would do is look for some kind of valuable free product which you could offer them after they sign in to some kind of squeeze page. (try not to give them an ebook, social media people for the most part hate ebooks, specially if they are some kind of making money online type of ebook, better to give them a free report on how to make their computers run faster or something to that effect, maybe even a report on how to create a facebook group with thousands of members
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  • Profile picture of the author remotedb
    I think it depends on how aggressive you are with CPA. I know lot's of Fan pages with huge membership that make CPA offers with no problem. From what I understand, the successful ones don't make offers all the time, just maybe once a week or so. I think if you annoy your members by pitching a CPA at them every day then people will start to complain and you could get banned.
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    • Profile picture of the author Revampyourgame
      Originally Posted by remotedb View Post

      I think it depends on how aggressive you are with CPA. I know lot's of Fan pages with huge membership that make CPA offers with no problem. From what I understand, the successful ones don't make offers all the time, just maybe once a week or so. I think if you annoy your members by pitching a CPA at them every day then people will start to complain and you could get banned.
      can anyone back up that statement?
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      • Profile picture of the author TheRichJerksNet
        Originally Posted by Revampyourgame View Post

        can anyone back up that statement?
        Marketers do it, yes .. Is it against the TOS of facebook ? YES!!! Many people have been banned despite what you see some people say.

        Facebook Fan Pages are not to be used as a Marketing Platform the way IM does.

        To the OP: 1 Million Fans...

        I would direct them to a facebook app that they would enjoy (this is why you poll people). I would own the app and thus allow me to collect their actual email address.

        I would install a VB Publisher Suite 4.0 (because it is geared towards social media) and the forum would be related to the facebook app also.

        Both ways, facebook app or forum - you have their attention and contact details...

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  • Profile picture of the author TheGraduate
    here I have a better idea:

    Send them to an Ezine article and from there to an squeeze page, just like this guy is doing(not an affiliate link) did you see that? the squeeze page says he is giving away an audio for free, then he sends you a URL which actually redirect you to his affiliate link for the landing page.


    edit/adding: want to be even sneakier?

    create a page with the audio mp3 only, where they can listen to the audio without looking at the actual landing page, place a link under the mp3 player saying "if you want to know more click here" (redirect to the actual landing page)
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    • Profile picture of the author TheGraduate
      Originally Posted by JustinWilliam View Post

      You can divert them to your opt in list.But you really have to sort them out as they are very untargeted.Try IM niche, Thats a popular choice for Untargeted traffic.All the best
      Yeah right!?, most of them will probably send you a message back with this link in it
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  • Profile picture of the author Amanda_Davis
    First thing to do is appoint some of your friends as admins for the page.

    That way, if your account gets locked, you will still be able to admin your page!
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    • Profile picture of the author greff
      Originally Posted by Amanda_Davis View Post

      First thing to do is appoint some of your friends as admins for the page.

      That way, if your account gets locked, you will still be able to admin your page!
      Hey, that's a good idea, Amanda!

      You need to be very careful with FB. I would not do anything without consulting FB itself if I had a million fans.

      Can you put the the squeeze page link on your Profile and then just let the good stuff happen?

      Extreme caution is advised with FB.
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      • Profile picture of the author Intrepreneur
        Ask yourself this question..


        Did you pick a fan base that will feel compelled to act on something?

        Cos if it's something like I love easter eggs. You'll not have a good catch for them to take.

        Just my suggestion.

        However if it is a good fan base with people that are highly interested in the topic.. why not launch a forum or a blog?
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  • Profile picture of the author Revampyourgame
    thanks for all the responses. I think posting an article with a link would be a good route....but what types of offers should i offer?
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    • Profile picture of the author butters
      Originally Posted by Revampyourgame View Post

      thanks for all the responses. I think posting an article with a link would be a good route....but what types of offers should i offer?
      Link to your page... So we can give some advice on that.
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    • Profile picture of the author TheGraduate
      Originally Posted by Revampyourgame View Post

      thanks for all the responses. I think posting an article with a link would be a good route....but what types of offers should i offer?

      ...take them from the article to your squeeze page where you can offer them some report (e.g. how to get more twitter followers etc) for free, once you have them in your list you can "do whatever you want" (figure of speech)
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      • Profile picture of the author MATTYLLL
        How did you get 1,000,000 fans??!!!

        That's more to the point from my perspective!!!

        I'd be interested to know.
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  • Profile picture of the author shawn30
    Ask the group by doing a poll to find out what it is that they may be interested in learning. Then start to marketing information regarding the topics of their chose.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mac the Knife
    Revamp,

    The poll idea above is a good one. Once you get some solid info you can begin to target. BUT, I would say you could choose a VARIETY of topics and get a decent response from 1 million people. If you have a landing page on your fan page that includes an opt-in form with an autoresponder, you can send folks to that page that markets the free offer to them-get them to opt-in using text info and a video and then you have a mailing list to market to. Shoot, out of 1 million, you should be able to get a few thousand TARGETED emails at least. PM me if you need a solution for this, I work with clients for fan page marketing all the time.

    Good luck!

    Mac
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  • Profile picture of the author Ken Reno
    Are you going to provide a link to your 1 million fans page?

    That's quite an accomplishment for anyone, I'd like to know how you built it up
    and how long it took? You waited till 1 million users before thinking about how to monetize it, or am I missing something?
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  • Profile picture of the author Amanda_Davis
    It's not difficult at all... but the problem is that the users are not targeted in any way... they've just become a "fan" of something stupid like "sleeping til noon"
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    • Profile picture of the author Ken Reno
      Ahh ok I didn't know it was that easy!

      Give me 1 million fans and I will monetize them from day 1 as they are added! :-)

      Was just asking for the link because several asked for it and he didn't post it...maybe it's a secret - I don't know...but asking for advice how to monetize the group without telling what the group is, or the subject matter - other than a "dumb group" doesn't give us much to go on in providing ways to make money with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author TiffanyB
    You may be surprised to find that your page has more of a demographic than you think. If it is mostly teenagers then you can easily market things they may be interested in such as ring tones, cell phones, and things like that. If it is mostly women in the group check out beauty items and offers.

    Without knowing what exactly your fan page is I can't really say how you can monetize it.
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  • Profile picture of the author fasteasysuccess
    You need to poll as many as on your list and get them into your funnel off of facebook and continue to give value and make money.
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  • Profile picture of the author Amanda_Davis
    Yes, but you also can't sell overtly on Facebook or they'll shut down your account.
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    • Profile picture of the author hotlinkz
      Originally Posted by Amanda_Davis View Post

      Yes, but you also can't sell overtly on Facebook or they'll shut down your account.
      Unless, of course, you are buying Facebook ads...funny how marketing companies try to stifle marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Olgi
    First of all, one of my biggest regrets is that I never jumped on time in Facebook to create fan pages and groups, I know realize how easily you can monetize people addicted to texas holdem or farmville

    Second, there are various ways you can make money from your fan page, it all depends on your skills, risk level and the proper offer or product to advertise

    • Sell your fan page, usually 1 million fans could even sell for 8-10k but since you don't have a targeted audience it might go down to 5-6k

    • Joint Venture with someone who has got the skills needed and split 50-50

    • Use it at your own risk and try to convert email capturing offers (email submits). Currently the iPad is quite hot so it might convert quite well for you


    Don't forget, an entrepreneur is all about risking, so if you want to make money, its worth giving it a try
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      Originally Posted by Olgi View Post

      First of all, one of my biggest regrets is that I never jumped on time in Facebook to create fan pages and groups, I know realize how easily you can monetize people addicted to texas holdem or farmville


      Never too late bro...
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  • Profile picture of the author MarketingSPY
    This guy is holding back the link to his Fan page. Something is not right with this picture. What does he fear? We'll all go out and create another million "dumb" group of fans?

    Geesh - the worse that would happen is he could collect a few hundred more fans from WF.
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    • Profile picture of the author TheRichJerksNet
      Originally Posted by MarketingSPY View Post

      This guy is holding back the link to his Fan page. Something is not right with this picture. What does he fear? We'll all go out and create another million "dumb" group of fans?

      Geesh - the worse that would happen is he could collect a few hundred more fans from WF.
      I would not post mine if I was him either... The worst that could happen is someone get it removed...

      You seem to forget the thousands that sit back and lurk and read threads and never post ...

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    • Profile picture of the author Revampyourgame
      Originally Posted by MarketingSPY View Post

      This guy is holding back the link to his Fan page. Something is not right with this picture. What does he fear? We'll all go out and create another million "dumb" group of fans?

      Geesh - the worse that would happen is he could collect a few hundred more fans from WF.
      First off i made this thread about 2 hours ago and i didnt even have time to respond. Second- ill tell you the worst that can happen. My group gets removed i lose 1,000,000 + fans AND most importantly I lose the potential to make thousands of dollars.

      Thanks for all the great ideas, one hint i will give you is that a HUGE majority of these people are college students. So if you can build any ideas off that and let me know its greatly appreciated.
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      • Profile picture of the author butters
        Originally Posted by Revampyourgame View Post

        First off i made this thread about 2 hours ago and i didnt even have time to respond. Second- ill tell you the worst that can happen. My group gets removed i lose 1,000,000 + fans AND most importantly I lose the potential to make thousands of dollars.

        Thanks for all the great ideas, one hint i will give you is that a HUGE majority of these people are college students. So if you can build any ideas off that and let me know its greatly appreciated.
        How is linking to a fan page going to get you banned when it sends facebook traffic...? You can't get removed for linking to a fan page, give me a break, the encourage it...
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      • Profile picture of the author Sandy Cormack
        Originally Posted by Revampyourgame View Post

        First off i made this thread about 2 hours ago and i didnt even have time to respond. Second- ill tell you the worst that can happen. My group gets removed i lose 1,000,000 + fans AND most importantly I lose the potential to make thousands of dollars.

        Thanks for all the great ideas, one hint i will give you is that a HUGE majority of these people are college students. So if you can build any ideas off that and let me know its greatly appreciated.
        In order to get them to become fans, you had to ASK them to become fans, of <SOMETHING>. And you say they are mostly college students. So the key to me would be to connect the <SOMETHING> and the fact that they are college students to something more targeted, maybe a subset of the <SOMETHING>. I don't see why you couldn't do a keyword research drill on <SOMETHING> to develop several potential niches.
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  • Profile picture of the author sparky
    First off, please tell us how you got a million - that's a skill you can make money from!!

    Look at what people are posting on the page to get clues of what they're interested in so you know what to offer.

    Maybe you can JV from there with people who have ezines, and a 'softsell' page to direct people to from your posts.

    Finally, I've set up a challenge to get people to create a brand new video for their mum's for Mother's Day. My aim is to get one million online to promote my screensaver. I'll gladly give you 75% then I'll help you create a brand new case study and you can have all the profits from selling that.

    Regards
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    • Profile picture of the author Intrepreneur
      Originally Posted by sparky View Post

      First off, please tell us how you got a million - that's a skill you can make money from!!
      I can help! :-)

      Not as hard as you think.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dannyboyonline
    Here's how you should go about it.

    Since you already mentioned that it's not targeted to any niche the first thing you need to do is actually split them up into much smaller groups based on their interests.

    So how should you go about doing this?

    The first thing you have to do is come up with a couple of very general niche categories and create a squeeze page that basically promotes a free information product (related to the nice) where you can start building your list. It is very important that you choose a very general niche, don't choose "red soft fluffy pillows" just choose "pillows". Remember we're not trying to rank in the serps here we just want to filter out our confused little group of people.

    Then you would occasionally (and i mean not more than twice a week) post a URL to this squeeze page and hope that they take the bait. I usually write something like I just came across this great website and would like to share it with you, and wait for them to take the bait.

    In a couple of months you should end up with great subset of group members signed up to at least one of your lists. Then from then onwards just promote anything you want to the list with no risk of getting banned.

    If you're new to list building/marketing don't just start sending tons of junk to your list members, treat them as loyal readers and do send them a lot of good quality content and very little marketing "junk" and you'll be well on your way to success.

    If you need anything don't hesitate to ask

    Good luck.

    PS: Don't post your Facebook group here, it would be the best way of getting your group banned anyway. trust me on this one lol
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  • Profile picture of the author fitz10
    Is there anyway a physical product could be associated with it? Amazon Associates might be the way to go if there is. For example, I'm sure many of you have heard of the get Betty White on SNL fan page... it would be easy enough to put some links up to "Golden Girls" and SNL DVD sets and related merchandise.

    I'm writing a social media product right now and I include a case study of a Facebook fan group with over 50,000+ participants where every single update on the page is a link to Amazon promoting one product. Every single one of those links are commented on, many over 100+ times! People don't see linking to Amazon as someone "selling" a product, which, when you think about it, makes it the perfect way to sell a product.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheGraduate
    You are too frigging smart man, my most deepest respects
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  • Profile picture of the author Mac the Knife
    Ok...college students...I can direct you to an affiliate program that is PERFECT geared towards college students...this is not MINE and I will hook you up with the owner (if you like the site and want to proceed) so pm me...again, this will not make me a dime, but the owner of this business is a client of mine for another service and we are always looking out for each other for referrals...

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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Adams
    I think you are focused on the wrong thing. You need to sell an ebook/ video series or post a WSO on "How to get 1 million Facebook fans!"
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    • Profile picture of the author TheGraduate
      Originally Posted by Mike Adams View Post

      I think you are focused on the wrong thing. You need to sell an ebook/ video series or post a WSO on "How to get 1 million Facebook fans!"
      He is doing kind of a similar thing MAYBE without even knowing that he is doing it
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  • Profile picture of the author TheGraduate
    Facebook just scared the heck out of me, I do not want to have anything to do with facebook after what I just experienced there.

    This is what happened to me:

    As soon as I opened my account I received a recommendation from facebook to make friends with someone whom I have personally known for years, what I find so weird about this is that this person an I have never emailed each other (in any way) or used any kind of online application or social medial method to communicate to each other, nor have we subscribed to blogs or websites owned by either this person or by me. We have searched about each other on google, but that is about it, I have searched google for thousands of other famous people on facebook also, why didn't they recommend them to me for friends?

    How does facebook knows that this person and I are friends in real life?

    I think facebook is digging a little too deep into people's personal lives, I do not know how they are doing this, but they are doing it.
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  • Profile picture of the author FloridaRay
    Be very discreet if you are planning to sell something. I would post links to another website selling a product.
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