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I've always wondered what's on people's mind when they go spend good money of 'buying' Facebook 'likes'. How in hell could that ever help a website bring in traffic? It never made sense to me.

The beeb (BBC) is saying today there are 83 million fake accounts on Facebook. I could have sworn the number would at least be double that.
#fakes #million
  • Profile picture of the author Matt Bard
    For Social Proof.

    It helps the momentum to get "real" likes. People like and follow what other people already like and follow.
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    • Profile picture of the author MarketingGuru123
      Originally Posted by Frankie Bruzzano View Post

      For Social Proof.

      It helps the momentum to get "real" likes. People like and follow what other people already like and follow.
      Agreed - it's psychology of the social sites !
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  • I guess some people thinks that showing a 5k+ likes icon will increase their social proof or something. I guess to some people it does actually work.
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    • Profile picture of the author crissie
      Originally Posted by Anonymous Affiliate View Post

      I guess some people thinks that showing a 5k+ likes icon will increase their social proof or something. I guess to some people it does actually work.
      Does it really? I mean, these FB 'likes' you purchase seem to work like webs - fake accounts connected to other fake accounts. In the off chance a 'real' person finds your Facebook Page, he/she might think you're something special of you have 5k+ 'likes'. But how many 'real' people actually find your page?
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      • Profile picture of the author LivelySupport
        Originally Posted by crissie View Post

        Does it really? I mean, these FB 'likes' you purchase seem to work like webs - fake accounts connected to other fake accounts. In the off chance a 'real' person finds your Facebook Page, he/she might think you're something special of you have 5k+ 'likes'. But how many 'real' people actually find your page?
        When real people are trying to find pages they are interested in, they would input the keyword to search pages in the search bar, then the pages which get most likes recently would be placed in front so that they would get people's sights mostly.
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    • Profile picture of the author Haste
      Originally Posted by Anonymous Affiliate View Post

      I guess some people thinks that showing a 5k+ likes icon will increase their social proof or something. I guess to some people it does actually work.
      we launched a campaign for a shoe company that was just starting out - purchased the first 20k, the next 80k came naturally - 90%+ from the US. I was a bit hesitant at first and don't think that it will work for everyone - but I think that it can play on the "i need that too" factor!
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  • Most do it because not many people like to join a page that has almost no members. Having a ton of likes gives the impression that the page is big and popular.. or so others say : )
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  • Profile picture of the author mbreezy
    You have to buy Likes and Friends in order to really legitimize your fan page if you're going to fake it. Someone with 5,000 Likes and only 500 fans looks illegitimate. The same goes for someone with 5,000 Friends but is only garnering less than 100 Likes per update on their fan page. Anyone that is moderately observant can see right through your fake Friends or Likes if one greatly outweighs the other.
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  • Profile picture of the author kieranlavelle
    That does seem like a rather small number as im sure many people and businesses create fake accounts.
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  • Originally Posted by crissie View Post

    I've always wondered what's on people's mind when they go spend good money of 'buying' Facebook 'likes'. How in hell could that ever help a website bring in traffic? It never made sense to me.

    The beeb (BBC) is saying today there are 83 million fake accounts on Facebook. I could have sworn the number would at least be double that.
    I would agree that number is probably double or triple , cuz how can they really tell how many there are ?

    I know people with 4,000 accounts each lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Cyberstorm
    Social proof most definitely - If I visit a site that already has a large number of Facebook "Likes" I am more inclined to Like it myself. Many already like it so there must be something worthwhile.

    Contrast that with a site that has only a handful of "Likes" which i would be less inclined to Like myself. Not many like it so its probably not worth liking myself.
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  • Profile picture of the author vCr8
    I agree with others here, it does help for social proof... It convinces "real" people to like it when they see that there are thousands of people who likes the page. Mob psychology if I must say. Well if it helps with the momentum I think it would not hurt that much since such services are relatively cheap.
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  • Profile picture of the author SeoDemon
    likes BRINGS likes, followers BRINGS followers, i tried myself with my fan page and twitter
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
    I purchased Likes once. It was worth the $5.

    Now, the Likes were of a very low quality, and none of the people engaged on our band's website, BUT I thought it would look bad if the first few fans came by and saw only 6 Likes.

    We don't have a lot of fans on the Laconic Yak fan page yet, but the number is growing...and it's better than 0.

    I have no intention of buying any more fake Likes, as the initial purchase has already served its purpose.

    All the best,
    Michael
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