Yes, it’s true. It was only a matter of time really. The more webmasters see how crucial Facebook is to their online presence, the more demand there will be for “likes”. Unfortunately, there have been plenty of companies popping up offering just that. Facebook fans for sale!
At the price many of these companies are charging, I can’t imagine these being real people liking your page. Even if you look at it as a strategy to simply get the ball rolling, there are better ways to get “likes”, and from real people at that. See my blog post here to find out how I was able to get 100 REAL “likes” in less than 24 hours.
SouthWestEcommerce.com shares their experience with a provider called SocialKik:
“In our experiment, we decided to buy 1000 Facebook fans for an Australian fan page, and 2000 Facebook fans for a United Kingdom fan page.
Within days, we began to receive new fans, as promised. But there were some problems.
1. We paid extra for the “targeted fans” option, and clearly specified that we wanted Australian fans and United Kingdom fans respectively. However, it became clear early on that all fans were from the USA. When we replied to SocialKik.com to ask them why we weren’t getting geographically targeted fans, they did not reply. Unfortunately this did not improve and we ended up with almost exclusively USA fans.
2. Some of the “fans” began to leave weird comments on our fan pages. Things like “hello” or “i feel bad today”. That’s no big deal, but the thing is, some fans made identical comments on both of our fan pages. This leads us to suspect that many of the fans (or at least the ones that comment) are either junk profiles, or perhaps paid to join our page and comment. Why else would they join both pages and make the same weird/random comment on both of our seperate fan pages?
3. The fans don’t interact, or seem interested at all. This is no big drama, as we expected this. We can’t be exactly sure how SocialKik.com find the fans, but you can be pretty sure that they’re not joining your fan page because they are genuinely interested. So don’t expect much out of the fans, it’s really more about boosting numbers.
4. We had some issues getting the fans in the promised amount of time. For our UK page we were told that we would get 2000 fans in 21 days. In fact it took several months to get that number of fans, and only after several emails and complaints that it was taking so long.“
Looks like it didn’t turn out too well.