You created an ad, set the audience, placed your budget limit and confirmed it. Minutes later, you get a reply from Facebook that your ad was rejected. You are shocked, don’t know what to do and have no idea why Facebook didn’t like it. You are not alone. We’ve all been there. With everything that Facebook went through this year, don’t be surprised if even more changes are coming. In this post, we will tell you three of the most common reasons why your Facebook ad was rejected.
The obvious ones
Let’s start with the obvious ones. If you look at the list of prohibited products and services on Facebook’s list, you’ll see the usual suspects. Things like drugs, guns, tobacco, supplements, weapons, gambling and more. There are restricted contents that have specific rules too. Alcohol can sometimes be advertised depending on the laws in your area and the target audience you create as well as the message on your ad. Others on the restricted content list include dating sites, real money gambling, regional lotteries, online pharmacies, supplements, financial services, student loan services and more. You will need to provide specific things to make Facebook feel better about your ad. Things like prior written permissions and sufficient disclosures. Read up on each specific rules for your content if it falls in one of those categories.
Racy materials and language
Adult content is not allowed on Facebook. These include stuff like nudity, sexual positions or even suggestive sexual positions as well as overly sexually provocative ads. That goes hand in hand with racy and foul language as well. Profanity is not allowed in your ads (and it shouldn’t really be there anyway) so double check that your ad doesn’t have it — even ones you think are ‘acceptable’. Replacing profanity with symbols will still have the same effect. Also check your grammar and punctuations because those affect the review process of your ads too. Things like misused capitalisation and too many symbols (even not related to profanity) will affect the result of the review process too.
Sensational claims and shock tactics
Although you’d like people to pay attention to your ad and click, Facebook is against shock tactics and sensational claims. You can’t use images that shock or scare users as well as pictures that show any sort of violence. Aside from that, you can’t also claim to achieve something if they use your products/services. Things like curing a disease, or losing belly fat by applying your lotion or even raising your profits by a certain percentage when using your method. This is where someone with digital marketing experience comes in. Wording your ad in such a way that it passes Facebook’s policies is important to run a successful campaign on the social media platform.
Kristyn is the Creative Director of 3C Digital. She is a freelance writer/journalist with over 13 years of experience in the industry both locally and internationally. She has previous experience as TV and radio broadcast journalist as well as print and online writer. Her novels, The Girl Between Two Worlds and The Girl Between Light and Dark, are out now.