How To Make Money Off Facebook By Turning It Into A Content Farm

The other day, I was looking for information on a Dynaudio MW 182 subwoofer. I’m doing some research for a new car audio system, and Dynaudio makes some extremely nice (and very expensive) speakers. Like most people doing research on the Net, I fired up Google and typed “mw 182 subwoofer” into the search field to see what information I can dig up.

While I was expecting to see Amazon.com on the list, I was a bit shock to find that Dynaudio.com wasn’t the top result. In fact, Dynaudio.com wasn’t in the first five pages. I guess they need to work on their SEO more. What really caught my eye was the fourth result from Facebook.

My first thought was, “What the hell? Facebook doesn’t sell speakers!” Clicking the link lead me to a Facebook note created by “Subwoofers3.”

It turns out that Mr. Subwoofers3 has written nearly 100 notes, with each note featuring a different subwoofer. Most of the information is copied and pasted from the manufacturer’s website. Mr. Sub added a call to action with an On Sale, Buy Now, or Special Price icon. He then linked the product to Amazon.com using his affiliate link.

Taking Advantage of that PageRank 10

Because Facebook has a PageRank 10, the highest ranking available, the site ranks extremely well on Google. Mr. Sub is taking advantage of this by creating a bunch of pages/notes that is really nothing more than Amazon affiliate links. I have a feeling subwoofers is only one of the categories. I’m sure there is a Midranges3, Tweeters3 and who knows what else.

The last Google update was designed to filter out content farms that add no value for the users. The update didn’t affect Facebook. It looks like affiliate marketers are taking advantage of this by setting up a bunch of affiliate pages on Facebook, waiting for them to rank on Google and then raking in the money! If you want to get in on it, better do it quick. I have a feeling neither Facebook nor Google will let this go on for long.


95 thoughts on “How To Make Money Off Facebook By Turning It Into A Content Farm”

  1. Pawel Reszka says:

    Nice catch John. I have seen this a few times before as well. People do this not just for Amazon products but also for cpa offers, Clickbank products etc. I wonder how long will it last. Funny that these notes outrank some big authority sites too.

    1. PPC Ian says:

      I agree. Interesting strategy. I did not see this before, I bet Google will quickly put an end to it. πŸ™‚

      1. I also see this many times. But, i ignored this strategy to do myself. Now, its time to do this.

        1. Virtual Tour says:

          Does this PR 10 give you anything since it’s nofollow?

          1. Caleb says:

            Its not that link juice gets passed on to you, its more of a case where Goog gives preferential treatment to high pr sites in their serps…so if your content is on them for terms a user is searching for then chances are high that it too will recieve better treatment..

            This is why we should NOT avoid putting content or guest posting on sites just because they have no-follow especially if that site has a high pr and gets love within the serps…although you may not their pr passed on to you, you may still get a portion of their targeted traffic which is what you mostly want anyway πŸ˜‰

          2. PPC Ian says:

            Caleb does a great job explaining it! πŸ™‚ I used to see a similar phenomenon with Digg back in the day.

      2. Yes I am sure facebook will take action against it soon.

        Thry should have understand it that if they are allowing link adding option than this kind of situation will arise definitely.

        1. Erwin Miradi says:

          Yeah I think so. Facebook is not too friendly to this kind of action anyway..

          1. PPC Ian says:

            Agreed. FB needs to preserve their relationship with the search engines and their relationship with the overall market.

          2. Kevin Kimes says:

            It’s already been stopped, in this example. That SERP is now leading to a facebook “This content is currently unavailable” page.

          3. Yes I also checked that one …

            Facebook is quite fast.

            John you killed ones business … lollzzz

          4. They are stile on search result. But, content is removed.

        2. Erwin Miradi says:

          OMG! LOL! Facebook really showed us just how fast they are. Thank god I haven’t make my own page.

      3. Kevin Kimes says:

        Ian, I’m sure you’re right that Google will realize this is happening. Once they do, they’ll immediately end it.

        However, ignoring the SERPs aspect, part of this idea can be combined with what you mentioned in comments of the previous post: FB fan pages and FB’s PPC.

      4. Abhik says:

        That’s definitely going to be, sooner or later.

    2. How crazy is that to see facebook ranking so well for those keywords..think I might be using notes more.

      “Black Seo Guy “Signing Off”

      1. Abhik says:

        It’s not only note, I have seen facebook pages also ranking for some low competitive keywords.

    3. Gold Coins says:

      I’m trying to figure out how to make these notes public. So far I’ve created a fake profile and created 2 notes, and tweaked my privacy settings to include everyone, and shared them, and created a page and shared them on the new page I created and they still don’t show up when I log out.

      If you figure out how to do that, let me know…

  2. PPC Ian says:

    John, you’ll have to let us know what car audio system you end up with! I’d like to get a premium audio system in my car.

    1. Kevin Kimes says:

      I agree. I’m a bit of an audiophile, and I recognize Dynaudio as a top brand in the industry. Would love to see what John puts together.

  3. PPC Ian says:

    By the way, really cool to see how many messages and updates John has in his Facebook account – a lot more than I’m used to seeing. πŸ™‚

    1. Virtual Tour says:

      I also am a big fan of this, gives me more good things to read!

    2. Ian which car you are having ?

      1. PPC Ian says:

        I drive a BMW M3 Convertible. πŸ™‚ One of the benefits of the online marketing lifestyle and countless hours of work (but it’s not really work to me since I love online marketing). How about you?

        1. Kevin Kimes says:

          I drive Teva knock-offs πŸ˜‰

        2. Virtual Tour says:

          I drive a nice bike! A beautiful perk of working at home!

  4. Steffen says:

    lmao @ your 262 friends requests xD
    but thanks for the great tip πŸ™‚ nice to know^^

    1. PPC Ian says:

      Yeah, that really caught my attention too! John is so popular! Really crazy screenshot.

      1. Abhik says:

        He should have edited that part of the screeshot!! πŸ˜€
        I am sure John also have tons of unread mails in his inbox.

      1. Virtual Tour says:

        I don’t think any of us cared, we all type pretty quick anyways!

    1. Agreed. And going to do this to earn few USD.

  5. chris says:

    Good catch, you don’t even need to set up a site! awesome

      1. Erwin Miradi says:

        Yeah but from the sound of it.. It looks like it’s only going to be temporary.

  6. Ed says:

    Good point. May not be effective for every product or services because like the example above, most will go for Amazon. However, this may be a good strategy for other niches.

  7. Nice sharing John. It’s really a great idea to use fb effectively. Thanks for share.

  8. Cool strategy but really, I don’t think this will last long );

    1. Abhik says:

      What if it stays there?

  9. Henry says:

    This is no doubt a great write up John. I admire your writing style. Keep it coming.

    1. Abhik says:

      John always share great tips.. πŸ™‚

  10. Great post about making money with facebook

  11. i have seen people doingl ink building for facebook notes quite sometime now and i was always wondering whether it had results

    now it is clear to me

    Thanks

    1. Well internet business persons are always looking for new ways to make money.

      This one is also simply great … Lets see when this is going to close.

    2. Abhik says:

      All outgoing links from facebook redirects from a nofollow links.. They are of no use.

  12. Virtual Tour says:

    This is a strategy that I’ve seen a few people doing but never taken advantage of… Does it make good money you?

    1. If they are ranking in first page and that also facebook faith than you can assume yourself whether they are making money or not.

  13. Michael says:

    Nice strategy! Seems like it could work out pretty well until it gets shut down.

    1. Olefin says:

      yeah its worth jumping on this while you can

  14. fas says:

    Now people treating facebook like a landing page, wow.

    1. Abhik says:

      Now!!!
      You need to see some fan pages.. :p

  15. Caleb says:

    If I had known you could put images and basic html in fb notes I would have tried this a long time ago as this srtategy could make far more money than a fanpage!

    1. Facebook sensed your strategy … Lolllzzz that’s why they did not allow it … πŸ™‚

      1. Caleb says:

        They had no srategy to sense as I didnt know html could be pasted like in the example John showed!

        Ill be publishing a post on why I believe this particular listing was successful within the next 15mins so be sure you and everyone else here stop by to give your insights…

  16. Erwin Miradi says:

    It is tempting. But I also agree that we need to do that fast, since Google won’t just sit and do nothing about it.

    1. Virtual Tour says:

      I don’t think it’ll last forever!

      1. Erwin Miradi says:

        Yeah that’s what I’m saying. And actually, the page above is no longer exist anyway. I think John killed it lol.

  17. Abhik says:

    I must say, that’s an awesome idea..!!
    Very interesting.

  18. Yes, there’s no doubt it’s a good idea.
    Sorry may I replace my opinion – Brillant idea.

  19. Gold Coins says:

    Way to go John, now his page is gone. Too much exposure nailed him. It looks like they are already cracking down.

    1. Virtual Tour says:

      That sucks for him!

  20. fazal mayar says:

    this is really a good idea, thanks for sharing.

  21. Justin Dupre says:

    I’m seeing a lot of people selling stuff on their Facebook page. The great thing about it is that you can easily target people living in your location. An example is someone I know who set up a Facebook page and added everyone he knew living in his neighborhood. He would then sell stuff on his page which gets generates decent sales.

  22. Now facebook stopped it and removed that page.

    But still Google is showing that result and facebook stopped it … so facebook is quite fast compare to Google …

    But this can be understandable because Google need to change its all algo to bring it to effect where as facebook simply removed that page … would love to see whether such kind of pages still there in facebook or facebook created such norms which can remove all such kind of pages.

    1. Kevin Kimes says:

      Actually, Google just needs to do another pass of that page with their spider. Since it’s not a page which changes often, Google might take awhile to swing by there again.

  23. Craig says:

    Great idea! I wonder what kind of results the affiliate is getting….

  24. If we are in right way its possible to make money through facebook

  25. Tony says:

    It’s just hard to believe how people can make money with just any thing. I used to make some money from amazon aff program but not any more.

  26. some are the best method also available in online like amazon etc to make money in online

  27. Thanks John for showing up that face book can drive a traffic as well a good seo technique to rank well in google search

  28. Craig White says:

    John,
    Nice post but I cant get my hyperlink to save in the notes. I tried copying from a word doc but they don’t show up.

    Any suggestions?

    Craig

  29. The best way to make a money online πŸ™‚

  30. Steve Hall says:

    Unfortunately it seems that by the time I get to this post the method is not working any more.

    So I guess it is just a matter of thinking high PR site that allows user generated content. Maybe blogger, wordpress, squidoo etc etc etc

  31. Brankica says:

    This is a really interesting thing. I haven’t seen it before because I don’t search for products much lately, but this is definitely something to look into. Maybe not as an affiliate tool but a way to rank some of your info higher. You got my wheels turning.

  32. Kavya Hari says:

    I should say this is one of the excellent ideas on here πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot for sharing your valuable post on here πŸ™‚

  33. Thanks john for this excellent idea to use facebook to generate traffic and to rank in google

  34. Whitney says:

    WOW. This is absolutely amazing!! I had no idea you could do this with Facebook, I’m all over it!!

  35. JoMi says:

    I didn’t know that we can do an online business on Facebook, tnx for sharing John! =)

  36. Helen Neely says:

    Nice to spot this trick. A lot of marketers have been using this method to drive traffic with their affiliate links. I don’t know, how Amazon will take this method of product promotion.

  37. i have not earned anything through facebook but sure will follow up your guidelines in future

  38. Dave Cupples says:

    Hey great post John, interesting stuff!
    I agree and also doubt Facebook will let this continue for long, but does anyone know a way to automatically make Facebook Notes out of our Blog’s RSS feed? That would be cool. I already use the free Networkedblogs app to automatically publish blog posts to Facebook, but creating separate Facebook Notes for each post that also rank in Google would be great.
    btw John are you coming to Affiliate Summit again in New York? Any of you other peeps coming?

  39. Chris says:

    Yea this won’t go on much longer at all. I must give props to dynaudio for being so creative and using facebook in advantageous manner.

    lets see if i can jump on this before it all ends..:)

  40. Silver Lion says:

    Thank for this archive, it’s very usefull for me, a beginer MMO

  41. Content farm majorly getting tracked by google seems

  42. Thanks for sharing this useful tips, i think it will be good to see these things.

  43. Essays says:

    Amazing… what an idea. Everybody can sell product of services this way. Plus, the high PR of facebook will make it happen quickly.

  44. juan ignacio says:

    people. this has been happening since apr as far as i know.

  45. facebook is the best place but i have not earned through it

  46. Amani says:

    creative, but I think this is going to a short term. Probably the Google people or FB will look in to this soon.

  47. Technary says:

    Facebook is really a good platform to socialize. Anyways you had 262 friend requests that is amazing.! πŸ™‚

  48. who2india says:

    Agreed facebook is one of the best way to socialize and helps too.

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