The idea of using websites that provide you with a fast and easy way of obtaining more “likes” to your Facebook fan page, and more followers on your Twitter and Instagram accounts is extremely appealing, especially to those of us who are trying to raise their rank with a career or small business. You see all of the websites providing you with a certain amount of “likes” and/or followers, depending on a particular amount of money you would have to pay, and you even find websites that provide you with a small amount of Twitter and Instagram followers for free. But what is the REAL cost? I’ve done a lot of research on websites that claim they can give you more likes/followers, and there are plenty of reasons why using such websites isn’t a good idea after all.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m sure there are lots of people who’ve have success with using websites that helped them gain more likes/followers. When you really look hard, there have been websites that seem legit enough for you to trust. And one of the things that helps you determine whether or not they are for real is seeing for yourself an account of theirs on Twitter or Facebook, and seeing how active they are with people who have used their website. When you see that kind of interaction, you know that their website may be okay for you to check out. And if you’re one of the lucky few who’ve had any success with gaining likes/followers from these websites, I still wouldn’t recommend using it for long term, despite that success.
Having a fast and easy way of gaining likes/followers can actually do more harm then good. Here are some of the reasons why you should steer clear of these sites, and gain your likes and followers the old fashion way, by networking and hard work.
Once a “get more followers” website provides you with the amount of followers that you’ve paid for, if you’ve done your research beforehand, you would know that the majority of these accounts are real but inactive. If you’re one of the people that simply wants more fans to increase you rank or your star status, or you simply are trying to promote you business, you have to stop and think: If the accounts provided to me from the “get more followers” website(s) are inactive, how will that increase my rank or help my business flourish if there’s really no one behind these accounts that can help spread the word on what I do, or give me more business in the first place?
Your numbers will go up, sure. But that will be the only difference that you have to expect, unless you’re one of the few who only cares about the numbers. When you continue sharing your links, and other updates, the only people that will continue to see them and be active with you are the few fans you originally had. I think common sense will tell you using the “get more followers” websites in this case is just not worth it.
Another downside to having inactive users is copied information. Just because these accounts are inactive doesn’t mean there wasn’t anyone there to set up the account to begin with. And yes, you have shady people who see nothing wrong with copying real information from other active accounts such as names, profile pictures etc.
As a victim, once you find these accounts, if you’re lucky to come across it, no one’s there to take down the information that doesn’t belong to them. So not only will you get no benefits from having inactive accounts as one of your fans, but you also have a victim or victims who can’t seem to do anything about their information being stolen. Twitter. for instance, is supposed to stay on top of things like that. But sometimes these things go below their radar. I’m one of those people who has a fake Twitter account, and so far I haven’t a clue on how to get it taken down. Not good when it comes to promoting MY business either.
Won’t Promote Your Business:
These inactive accounts won’t contribute to the quality of your business. The point of spreading the word on your business is to get people to see what you have to offer, and provide reviews of sorts to others which will help your business grow. That’s all apart of networking. And if your followers or Facebook fans are inactive, how can they help your business grow? You’re not gaining clients. Once again, you’re just gaining numbers.
Others like me are continuing to do their research on websites like these, and if anyone gets wind that most of your fans are fake or inactive, that can have an extremely negative impact on, not only your business, but your reputation and character as well. And you can end up worse off then you were to begin with. That’s why it’s highly important to gain your reputation and promote your business the right way. Assuming that cheating by using “get more followers” websites will help you reach instant success is a recipe for failure. You can’t run any business that way, and you can’t increase your rank that way either.
Followers Can Be Spammed:
Many of these websites claim they won’t have access to you private messages or DM’s as they’re called on Twitter, and they also claim they won’t send any private messages to your followers but that’s a lie. I don’t believe all of them will do this, but there are some, one I’ve investigated in particular, claim they won’t send messages or even have access to them but they do, and yes they send out links that are spam to many of your real followers. Luckily on Twitter, once you delete a message, it deletes on your end as well as the recipient’s end. It’s time consuming, and aggravating, and that’s only if you’re wise enough to check to make sure no spam was sent out from your account. Imagine the fans you could lose if you don’t even realize this.
Perhaps the most important reason for not using “get more followers” websites is it’s against policy. Your account could easily be suspended or permanently deleted if the admins get wind that you’re using cheat websites to rapidly gain fans. To them, it’s considered aggressive and even harassing. No popular social networking platform tolerates this. I wouldn’t risk my account after I’ve worked so hard on it, only to lose it just because I wanted more followers fast. Do you? I would highly recommend thinking before submitting your account to any website that promises something that looks too good to be true.