How to Add Your Fan Page as Your Employer on Your Personal Facebook Profile

Ultimate Facebook Cheat SheetToday’s guest post is by Michelle Mangen, possibly one of the best Virtual Assistants in the universe. She’s savvy in everything from social media to bookkeeping and can be found online at Your Virtual Assistant as well as on Twitter.

As is typical with Facebook there have been a lot of changes taking place recently. Some time ago we were given the option to “upgrade” to the new personal profile layout. (Note: it may now be required)  Among the many differences in the new layout there are two things you may want to change as soon as possible.

  1. Linking Your Fan Page to Your Personal Profile
  2. Editing Your News Feed Items to Show All Friends and Fan Page Updates

By default Facebook apparently “set up” a new fan page if you previously had a company name listed in your profile as “employer”.  If you don’t change this potential “fans” will be going to the wrong destination.  Do your potential clients and fans a favor and set that link to go to your true page.

In this photo anyone who clicks on “Your Virtual Assistant” will be directed to my actual fan page and not the non-existent page that Facebook created.

FB pan Page Employee 1

You may be one of the lucky ones who can easily add your page by tagging it with @Your Fan Page Name. I was one of the lucky ones. All of my clients haven’t been so lucky….if you are one of those who can’t get your Fan Page to connect by simply tagging it these instructions are for you.

These instructions will only work with the Web Developer Add-On for FireFox or Chrome. Before completing the steps below download this tool for your browser from the appropriate link above and install as necessary.

  1. Go to your Fan Page and copy the Page ID (a long set of numbers at the very end of your Fan Page URL)
  2. Open a separate window with your personal Facebook profile>Edit Profile>Education and Work
  3. Type your fan page name into the employer box ~ don’t be alarmed that it brings up the wrong page
  4. From the Web Developer extension that you installed open the option that reads “Forms” and then “Display Form Details”
  5. Enter the Page ID that you copied from Step 1 into the “employer ID boxes” (NOTE: your page will look different than mine because my Facebook profile attached by simply tagging my fan page name but the picture below will give you a general idea …just be sure to add your page ID to the fields that indicate “employer ID”.
  6. When finished adding in your Page ID into the employer ID fields click save changes at the bottom of the page.
  7. You can now turn off the Web Developer “Display Forms Detail” option and you should see your fan page connected to your personal profile complete with your fan page photo.
  8. Go back to your personal profile and test the link to assure it’s correct.

Congrats on linking up your Facebook fan page to your personal profile!

You may also want to change Item #2 mentioned above. With the massive changes that took place the week of Feb. 6, 2011 your news feed has changed to only show updates from recent interactions you have had with fan pages and friends. If you’d like to show all updates and not limit yourself to only those you’ve interacted recently there is one simple step you have to take.

  1. Select “News Feed” from your home page
  2. Scroll to the very bottom of your news feed page and select “Edit Options”
  3. By default the recent changes are set at “Friends and Pages you Interact with Most” — change this to the other option “All of Your Friends and Pages”
  4. Save

77 comments
SusannaLuck
SusannaLuck

Thanks so much for this! It was driving me crazy that I couldn't enter my own company (fledgling though it is) to my Facebook profile. And now with your help I feel like a bit of a genius for fixing it! Really appreciate the post and the help.


JustinsBlog
JustinsBlog

Thank you so much for this post.  It was extremely helpful.  What I've done is create a video for my clients on how to do this.  I've published it on YouTube, hopefully it will come in handy for some of you.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRZ25FiWGgU

Rudy Njoo
Rudy Njoo

Thanks, finally works for me.

A.d. Giridhar
A.d. Giridhar

I just wasnt able to stop laughing!! Simple thing guys.. First change your page Category to Company, then you can easily add your page in "Worked at" tab of your profile with position as "Owner".. then you can immediately change back your page category to what it was earlier.. and its still there! all set :D :D !! simplest thing guys... :D why making it complicated?? :D :D i tired this after i failed in doing the above mentioned step :D :D

Gouri
Gouri

Awesome, I had almost given up on this. Thanks to your tips, I have now proudly displayed my page as my employer.

Tilemakerr
Tilemakerr

This was extremely helpful! Thank you!

Kcarcione
Kcarcione

For some reason in the education/work page I do not have a save changes at the botttom. Does anyone know how to do it?

Angelique
Angelique

Grrrr.... Not working! Have no idea why. When I go back and look using the web developer form, the employer ID areas never keep my new info in the same way. One is correct and one is incorrect, or one is blank and the other is incorrect. Never does it save my new info in both spots.

Ben
Ben

Is it possible to make this fix without using FireFox or Chrome as your web browser? I'm currently using IE and all of our staff has that as well...I'm not sure if our IT dept will let us adjust the browser we're currently using. I somehow was able to make my page work, but I'm starting to think that was dumb luck! Any help or insight will be greatly appreciated! Ben

Kristel Hayes
Kristel Hayes

Thanks so much! A little complicated for me...in addition to creating a blank page for my business, Facebook had also kindly created a random business page for me that contained my logo & was just waiting for me to "publish" WTF?! First time I tried your instructions, it linked me to that page, even though I was inputting my correct business page ID. On the auto-created page, though, there was a link below the logo that allowed me to merge it with my current page & voila! All set. Really appreciate that you took the time to post these instructions for us...

Bryce Alan Katz
Bryce Alan Katz

Finally got around to applying this. The updated profile format moves the field locations around a bit, but it worked like a charm. Awesome "ground level" stuff, Michelle ... and awesome of you to share!

Angelique
Angelique

About the newsfeed -- I checked "all your friends and pages" quite a while ago, but Facebook still doesn't send me everything, and sometimes their choices really seem random! I can understand why they don't send me the infrequent updates from my very best friend who just joined Facebook, but why they don't send me a link that my daughter shared is a real mystery. Thanks for the fabulous fan page instructions!

Lisa Kalner Williams
Lisa Kalner Williams

Love this! It took only 2 minutes to do the first step ... now off to do the second suggestion you made....

CreatedGenius
CreatedGenius

I've tried this over and over and kept getting the following message "Creating content with this name is not allowed. Try another name." I have no clue why this is, I've downloaded, typed in numbers, names, copied & pasted etc. Any assistance would be great. Trying to add my company page www.facebook.com/createdgenius @CreatedGeniusPR

Patty
Patty

What fantastic information. I have to say, I am not a Facebook know-it-all. You could easily say that I lack much needed know-how in just about everything there is to know about Facebook. I have been enjoying reading through blogs on this very subject, and it amazes me how much there is to learn about it, and as you pointed out, all the changes that seem to happen all too often. Before I write a book and add to your ranting, I just wanted to tell you how informational this was. I especially appreciate your tips on getting my news feed back to normal. I was wondering what happened to all of my friends!

Mommycosm
Mommycosm

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Just made both changes and I'm psyched.

Raschella
Raschella

I don’t think FB likes me. Seems like it never does what it says. I downloaded the extension, followed all directions, hit Save (actually, it says Add Job), and I get “Bad Parameter - There was an error in understanding the request.” The only box available to click says “Okay.” Well, it’s NOT Okay!

Cara Ellison Halbirt
Cara Ellison Halbirt

Michelle, thanks for the info. Surprisingly, I made it work. Emphasis on surprisingly. I couldn't duplicate the experience for love or money. There was lots of copying, pasting, installing, closing browser windows, re-installing, more copy/paste and then suddenly it became obvious I had actually linked my fan page, not once but twice. Apparently, I'm a bit of a genius ;-) Erika-thanks for sharing Michelle with us! XOXO to you both!

Whmscll
Whmscll

I can't make this work with the instructions that are given. Which fields are the employer ID fields when you "Display Form Details"? Do I put my page ID into all the fields that show up? Or just some of them? Which ones? I've tried this several different ways and nothing works.

Bettina Horvath
Bettina Horvath

Has anybody tried this with Chrome? I can enable the "display form details" but it doesn't show any form details, so I'm not too sure what I'm supposed to do. I mean it doesn't open up any fields to enter data, just looks the same

Scott Krahling
Scott Krahling

Great stuff. Now I'm wondering how many ways I can use the web developer tools.

PJ Mullen
PJ Mullen

Great stuff, thank you. The pages that I've created would always show up fine, but my client pages never did. Thanks for this. Also, if you have a custom facebook URL you can just put your cursor over the logo when viewing the page and the page ID will show up in the address bar at the bottom of Firefox.

Mary Wilson
Mary Wilson

Is there a way to do this without installing Firefox or Chrome? For those of us who are "computer challenged", these are not easy instructions to follow.

Michelle Mangen
Michelle Mangen

Erin - well, you probably do want to have your fan page associated with your personal profile. Yes? If so, then yes, I can help you. And for the 13,589 time, you aren't stupid.

Tyler
Tyler

Michelle, Great post. I just implemented both of these!

Sydney Owen
Sydney Owen

What if your fan page has a custom URL? For example, I want to add Chicagoland Skydiving Center (client) to my work section, but our Facebook URL is http://facebook.com/cscskydiving. I don't have a long stream of numbers to add... How can I get in on this awesome Facebooky goodness? Community pages are the death of me - explaining them to clients totally blows.

Cherry Woodburn
Cherry Woodburn

Wow, it does just go to a default page they created. I never knew that. Now I can correct thanks to you Michelle. Cherry

Michelle Mangen
Michelle Mangen

Erika - a huge thank you for allowing me to guest post this "how to" on your site. Hopefully for those that are having a problem getting their fan page connected to their personal profile will find these tips useful.

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