This short article will explain to you what "Like Farming" is and why you do not want to be a part of it on Facebook, or anywhere else on the Internet.
Like Farming is the act of fleecing Facebook users for likes, by posting bogus giveaways of expensive items on non-official fan pages, created by scammers, Internet Marketers and or Affiliates. The practice is designed and setup by crooks to increase a Facebook Fan page or profiles rank, activity and value by tricking people into liking and sharing post from them. If the page or profile doesn't get shut down for spam or other infractions of Facebook's TOS, it may rack up millions of fans or followers in a very short time. It will then be placed in cue and sold off by the owner, to the person willing to pay the most for the page. In some cases the pages are simply used to drive traffic to affiliate offers and to collect names, email addresses and other personal information. See the following examples.
Example: Ford Mustang Giveaway
Example: Chevrolet Camaro Giveaway
Example: iPad 2 Giveaway
Example: Samsung Galaxy S4 Giveaway
Example: PlayStation 4 Giveaway
Don't be a part of it.
Simply put, you do not want to take part in "Like Farming" scams because you will gain nothing by doing so. You will not win anything or get anything free. You will not receive free iPods, iPads, iPhones, iThings, Playstations, Xboxes, Smartphones, Headphones, Macbooks, Hair Straighteners, Expensive Clothes or anything else you can't afford to buy. There is no gadget to giveaway. That's why It's called a SCAM.
If you participate in "Like Farming" scams about the only thing you are doing is spamming nonsense to your friends and adding money to a con mans pocket. The con man will eventually sell his page and buy the thing he fooled you with, for himself.
Avoid Like Farming Scams
It's easy to avoid Like Farming scams if you try to follow these simple rules.
- If you see a giveaway in your news feed and it looks to good to be true, IT IS. Avoid it.
- Inspect Fan pages before you participate in their giveaways. You can do this by visiting the page in question directly, before you like, share or comment on anything from it. Look for company contact information and good activity on the page. If the page looks new, has no contact info and has little to no post on it, leave the page.
- Pay attention to the comments others leave on fan page giveaway post. If people are calling it a scam, you don't want anything to do with it.
- Use Common Sense. Avoid being a like or share Zombie.
- Saying the words: "You Never Know", when sharing a giveaway or freebie scam will make you look like a fool. Especially if others have warned you already.