You will find out how to do the Facebook domain verification and prevent Facebook from blocking your website URL in this post.
If you own a website, and maybe belong to one of the communities for bloggers on Facebook, then you must have seen some new bloggers asking questions like; how do I unblock my website on Facebook? Facebook blocked my website, and I have not violated any of their policies or community standards, what should I do? The Facebook URL debugger is not working and many other complaints.
But before that, here are the major reasons why Facebook block new URLs.
Why Facebook Block the URLs of New Blogs and Websites
There are many reasons why Facebook block URLs of a website or blog, and they could be found in Facebook Community Forum on the Community Standard page. But for new blogs, here are the reasons you should be more interested in.
1. Your Website goes Against Facebook Community Standards
Facebook does not allow websites that could harm its users to freely share links on their pages. So you have to first make sure that your website is clean from all illegal activities, pornographic contents, and not associated with any illegal business.
You can find out more about Facebook Community Standards here.
But even though your blog and website may follow all the Facebook Community Standards, you are not safe yet if your website is still new. Keep reading to find out why.
2. New Blogs and Websites Have Low Authority
This simply means that your website has a little reputation, and has nothing to do with the quality of contents on it, its purpose, or the owner. It has to do with the age of your website.
Normally it takes approximately 3 months for your blog and website to be recognized and ranked by search engines, so websites that are less than 3 months old are usually tagged suspicious till your reputation grows and authority completely established.
This also has nothing to do with Facebook blocking your new website though, but there is a link. The real reason why Facebook is blocking your Website is No. 3.
3. Facebook Marked Your URL as Spam
Have you been wondering why Facebook blocked your website even though you appear to follow all their Community Standards and Guideline? The reason is that they marked your URL as spam, and here is why:
In the early phase of managing your blog and website, most bloggers are quick to share their web URLs and blog posts on all popular social channels to create some awareness and inform their friends and followers about the new website. In doing this, Facebook crawlers (the bots that index links on Facebook) will get alarmed seeing links from websites they have never crawled before. So if it gets way too much, Facebook will simply mark the whole links associated with that domain as spam. This will prevent you from sharing any more links on Facebook till you debug your URL using Facebook developers too.
And In most cases, the Facebook debugging tool will not work or will take time to work; 3 months, 6 months, and even more.
Is Facebook Doing a Bad Thing?
The simple answer is No!
There is a lot of false information being spread through the internet every day. So these techniques are a great way to help reduce the spread of false information from websites. And it is very logical not to trust every new website till they prove their authority.
How to do the Facebook Domain Verification
One thought will be to limit the number of links you share on Facebook. It works, but will not bring you any result in terms of traffic to your website.
So the best way to share your new blog and website links (URLs) as free as you want without the fear of Facebook Blocking you or marking your URL as spam, and prevent Facebook from blocking your website is to:
Do the Facebook Domain Verification Before Sharing any Links
If your website has already been blocked, and the Facebook Debugger is not working, here is how to unblock it within 48 hours.
There are things you must do before creating a blog or website, and at the early phase of buying your domain dame and designing your website. One of them is to verify your website on all search engines like Google, Bing, Yandex, Yahoo, Pinterest, Baidu, as well as the Facebook domain verification.
What Does a Domain Verification Mean?
Website verification simply means submitting your web URL to these search engines to let them know that your website or blog exists. It will help these search engines to be aware of every new content on your website, and make them searchable for web users.
This does not mean that they are endorsing a website or vouching for the contents on them. It simply means that their bots and crawlers will not be alarmed anymore whenever they see your links. They accept your websites and their contents as part of the worldwide web and will not block or mark it as spam except it actually goes against their community standards or program policies.
So for you to use Facebook freely without fear of your URL being marked as spam or fear of violating their program policies if your website is legit, you need to do the Facebook domain verification using the Facebook Business tool.
How to do the Facebook Domain Verification Using Facebook Business Tool
Facebook Business tool was created by Facebook developers to help business owners, Bloggers, and website administrators to manage their Facebook pages, Facebook Ads, and other business-related activities.
Follow the Steps Below and see how you can do the Facebook domain verification on Facebook Business Tool to prevent Facebook from blocking your website:
Note that this can only be done using a laptop, desktop, (not a mobile phone)
- Visit Facebook.business.com using your desktop browser
If you don’t already have an account with Facebook Business Tool, then you will have to create one to continue. Also, you should have a Facebook page that you want to associate with the blog or website.
Once you are logged in to the Facebook Business tool, select the (your) Facebook page you want to use for the website verification (This should be the same page you intend to connect to your blog and share your blog links on.).
On the Facebook Page, go to the dashboard and select business settings.
On the same dashboard, under business settings, Find Brand Safety, and click the drop-down arrow, then select Domains.
Under domains, click on the blue ‘Add’ button
A text box will appear where you will type in your blog or website URL.
Then click on the blue ‘Add Domain’ button.
A new page will appear where you will be required to verify your domain using one of the three methods provided;
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The Facebook Domain Verification Methods Include:
- Meta tag Verification: Copy the code and paste it on your website using the theme Editor, then click go back to the verification page and click the link provided to verify your website.
- Or Upload the file containing the code into the public HTML of your server. (Don’t bother with this if you do not have access to your server, or you can request the password from your hosting server providing team).
- Finally, the last method is to copy the code and paste it into the TXT Record of your DNS settings. Also, don’t worry about this if you cannot find your way through the DNS setting of your Domain name. You can as well ask the customer service of your Domain name provider for help.
- Click on the verify button. If you followed the steps correctly, you should be redirected to a white page containing just the codes you copied. And also, you will see a message that your website has been verified successfully.
- For security reasons, I did not display the image for the verification process but comment on this post if you need help with that.
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Note that you can as well verify your subdomains.
In Conclusion, website verification should be one of the very first steps you should take before you publish any post on your website. Verify your website with as many search engines as possible which you intend to feature your blog contents on.
If you are a WordPress user, there are already provisions with guides on how you can verify your website and blogs on Google, Pinterest, Bing, and Yandex search engines. Find the option under Available tools (Under Tools), on your WordPress dashboard.