10 Facebook Ad Mistakes That Are Killing Your Conversions

Despite an ever-changing affiliate marketing landscape, Facebook advertising continues to be one of the most common and profitable traffic sources used by affiliates. 

However, as the social platform’s list of advertising rules increase so does the possibility of error for those doing the advertising.

Eliminate these 10 common mistakes to see your Facebook ad profitably increase.

1. Direct-Linking to Your Landing Page

This one may seem obvious if you’re not a beginner but it’s too important not to include. We also still see a lot of new affiliates make this mistake.

It’s simple: If you direct-link a Facebook ad straight to a campaign page, it won’t get approved. You’re also going to be putting your entire account at risk as they’re known to ban users who direct link affiliate campaigns.

Instead, take the time and make yourself (or get someone else to make you) an attractive landing page that directs to the campaign you’re promoting.

If you need some help on how to do that, we suggest checking out our 5 Affiliate Landing Page Tips to Instantly Increase Conversions post.

2. Too Much Text on an Ad Image

This is a commonly made mistake because an ad’s image can seem like a great opportunity to expand on your copy by plastering it with text. The problem is you’ll likely be violating Facebook’s 20% Text Rule.

You might already be aware of this rule – text can’t occupy over 20% of your image – but many affiliates fail to understand the nuances.

Here’s what we mean.

The text in the two pictures below is the exact same font size and therefore technically occupying the same amount of space. Despite that being true, only the 2nd picture would be compliant according to Facebook.

An example of non-compliant text on an ad image. (Over 20%)
An example of compliant text on an ad image. (Exactly 20%)

Notice the positioning of the text within the grid. Since there’s 25 individual rectangles you can only afford to have text in five of those rectangles. (20% of 25 = 5)

If you’re using text on your image, make sure it like the bottom image and not the top one to ensure your ad is approved.

3. Not Following Facebook’s Advertising Policies


One of the quickest ways you can ensure that all the work you put into your ad is wasted is to break Facebook’s Ad Guidelines. Luckily, you can easily avoid that by not including some of the following in your ads:

  • Unrealistic Claims (eg. “Lose 20 lbs in just 5 days!”)
  • Specific dollar amounts (eg. “Make 5 Grand!”)
  • Usage of “You” or “Your”
  • Prohibited content (Adult, weapons/ammunition, illegal products, etc.)

This is only some of the most common content-based violations that get affiliates banned. For a more thorough list, read Facebook’s full Advertising Guidelines here. 

4. Lack of Cohesiveness Between Ad and Landing Page

Linking your ad to a landing page that is thematically disconnected from the ad creates two problems:

  1. The user will be confused/disinterested and will likely bail
  2. Facebook won’t be happy

Remember this: You might be able to trick a user to your landing page with a deceptive ad, but you won’t trick them into converting a lead. Instead, make the transition from your ad to your landing page logical.

Think of your landing page as your story and your ad as the cover of your book. You wouldn’t be pleased if you bought a self-help book and then you opened it to find a science fiction novel. On top of that, Facebook may also ban your ad.

Don’t trick people. You’re better than that, and you’ll have more success creating cohesion within your sales funnel.

5. Lack of A/B (aka Split) Testing


Last month we discussed in detail the importance of testing your campaigns. If you’re using Facebook ads as your traffic source, then it’s simply a necessity for success.

Proper testing allows you to determine what images, headlines, copy, and targeting works best by simultaneously running two ads with different components. You then optimize your ad by keeping the components that performed better and repeating the process.

If you’re not testing AND testing properly, you’re playing a guessing game where you’re bound to end up the loser. You NEED to determine what’s more likely to attract users.

You can learn more about A/B testing (also known as split-testing) in a previous post of ours: 5 Split-testing Tactics for Affiliate Marketers. 

6. Transparent Targeting

Copy should speak to the audience, but it shouldn’t speak to them TOO specifically. If a user can tell that you’ve targeted them, they’ll likely find your ad off-putting.

Here’s an example:

Headline: Other Texas Dads are Racking Up Fantasy Cash

If a middle-aged father who lives in Texas and who is into fantasy sports sees this headline, it’s going to be transparent to them that they’ve been targeted with laser-focused precision.

People don’t like feeling like they were tracked down or used.

Use targeting to your advantage to find the demographic that best suits your angle, just don’t creep out the people you’re targeting at the same time.

7. Targeting Too Broad of an Audience

Don’t get the impression that narrow targeting is bad, however. It’s only when it becomes detectable in your ad that it becomes detrimental. Otherwise, it’s a much better strategy to target a specific audience than trying to get your ad in front of half of the population.

Deciding who to target can be overwhelming but it doesn’t need to be. That’s because your campaign angle will dictate what Facebook users you want to see your ad.

Use that as your blueprint and then tweak if necessary.

If you need help coming up with effective affiliate marketing angles you should read our 7 Tips for Creating Campaign Angles That Convert.

8. Poor Image Choices


Maybe you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but everyone inevitably does.

The wrong image can kill your ad even if your other components are stellar. To ensure this doesn’t happen, ask yourself these three questions once you find an image you’re thinking of using.

  • Is it relevant to your headline and the campaign you’re promoting?
  • Is it clear what’s depicted? (visibility AND quality/resolution)
  • Does it have the potential to engage or trigger an emotion?

If you answer no to any of these questions, then you should start looking for a better image.

Once you DO answer yes to all of them, as we mentioned earlier in this post, TEST and KEEP testing to ensure you answered them correctly.

9. Focused on Feature(s) not Benefit(s)

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What’s the difference? Features tell the user about the product/service you’re promoting while benefits tell the user about themselves after they use that product/service.

Humans inherently become more engaged in a story once they realize they’re the main character. Communicate how their lives are going to be improved by what you’re promoting.

Here’s an example of the difference between a feature and a benefit of an anti-wrinkle cream:

Feature: Moisturizes and Removes 99% of skin-aging impurities.

Benefit: Gives you healthier, younger looking skin.

The benefit is more engaging than the feature because something has been accomplished. That can go a long way in getting users to click on you ad and get on your landing page.

10. Forgetting a Clear Call-to-action

Call-to-actions are often not given as much importance as headlines, copy, and images.  That’s where the mistake lies, however.

If a user has made it to your call-to-action, this is literally your chance to persuade them to click on your ad – you need to be convincing.

The point of a CTA is to convince someone to act. Therefore, use words that create a sense of urgency like “Now” and “Today” combined with action words like “Get” “Click” and “Learn”.

Also, don’t be afraid to try different positions for your CTA. There’s a common misconception that a call-to-action must come at the end of your content, but sometimes providing an “out” sooner than that can yield better results.

You can check out some great Facebook Ad call-to-action examples here if you need some inspiration.


10 thoughts on “10 Facebook Ad Mistakes That Are Killing Your Conversions

    1. It all sounds good and you definitely have some valid points here. In addition, I would encourage advertisers to make their ads more like an engaging post i.e. informative. Also, I have known Facebook to disapprove ads for some perceived reason that upon review turned out to be an error on their part.

  1. Hi,
    Thanks for providing this clear and straighforward points to get the ads appoved,
    but, I have noticed some little conflits between the third item (3) and item (9),
    At item (3) mentioned to avoid : Usage of “You” or “Your”
    this is something I knew already,
    And at item (9): mentioned to use: Benefit: Gives you healthier, younger looking skin. instead of feature option,
    in my modest opinion, it’s very intersing to use both, or some kind of combination as long as we still within the safe area of FB polcies,
    Please clarify this, with lot of thanks!

    1. Good point, Adel. I personally think using “You’ and “Your” in any kind of copy is an effective way to engage an audience. If you can get it away with it in your Facebook ad then I’d certainly recommend keeping those words in there.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  2. Most commonly If You are not testing with Ads copy & scalling it up You won’t make this campaign profitable.
    it’s all about testing A/B For testing a campaign and see how it works.

    I prefer to all create 20+ adset for a single campaign and make it board targeting for testing purposes.

    You will not lose your money on facebook ads if you follow this rules.

  3. Hey Maxbounty team, I will promote an email submit offer, which is WIN the Iphone 11, Whicch objective on facebook ads do you recomend, doing it “TRAFFIC” or “CONVERSTIONS”.I will appreciate your reply. Thank you

  4. Lets assume your great with Facebook ads and all of the above comes easy for you. Now the real problem that is hindering Facebook advertisers conversions is Lack of FACEBOOK + Maxbounty API integration. There needs to be integration with Maxbounty and the Ads Manager So you can see conversions for specific metrics/demographics/devices etc.. Talk about being blind, im not. However that exactly how I feel running Facebook ads with no proper integration.

  5. thanks for sharing such a great tips. I personally found that text in image is a big challenge. Without putting the sufficient text, is difficult to deliver the message to audience.

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