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

91 replies
  1. Michelle Mangen
    Michelle Mangen says:

    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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    • Geek Girl Camp
      Geek Girl Camp says:

      Michelle, thanks – I did this, I actually did it twice as I have two companies I am with and they both show up under the Education and Work page, however, when you look at my profile, it is only showing one in the profile. Any chance you know how to put both of them up there in the profile?

      Thanks!
      Leslie

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        • Leslie
          Leslie says:

          No worries. I appreciate you checking it out. I played with it for a while and I think only one will display, whereas the normal Facebook settings had allowed me both, but would not link to my page. I am sure if there is a way, one of us will figure it out! Thanks so much! Leslie

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      • Michelle Mangen
        Michelle Mangen says:

        Leslie – Okay, so I can’t see a way to have both show on the “main” area of your profile. I could get a second one in but no-go on the display. I Google’d it but didn’t come up with anything useful. If I happen to run across something I will let you know.

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    • Whmscll
      Whmscll says:

      Where do you find the Web Developer Extension once you have installed it? The post says “From the Web Developer extension that you installed open the option…” But I can’t find the extension.

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  2. Sydney Owen
    Sydney Owen says:

    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.

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  3. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Awesome post, Michelle! Assume this does not affect me? and if it does, that you can help me fix it? (since I am stupid, etc.)

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        • Anonymous
          Anonymous says:

          Erin —- I’ll also need your personal profile login info since the fan page gets added to that profile. And since I will be logging in from an unknown IP address it may ask for verification via secret answers and / or text option. But we can get it done! (crap I’m apparently logged into your Disqus in Firefox) ~ Michelle

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    • Michelle Mangen
      Michelle Mangen says:

      Mary – unfortunately the only way I know how to do it when Facebook doesn’t allow you to tag is with using one of those extensions because it reveals the hidden “coding” behind the Facebook forms.

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    • Anne
      Anne says:

      When I started this process, it brought up my organization’s page without a problem, so I actually didn’t need to go through the whole thing. So that would be one way you could do it without Firefox or Chrome.

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      • Michelle Mangen
        Michelle Mangen says:

        Anne — the lucky ones are able to do it without the extra work by simply tagging. I’m not sure why it works with some and not with others. On my own page it worked like a charm. On five different client pages…..not a single one would. I was unable to find any common thread to figure out why some work and some don’t. Maybe another reader knows the answer to that.

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  4. PJ Mullen
    PJ Mullen says:

    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.

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  5. Bettina Horvath
    Bettina Horvath says:

    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

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    • Michelle Mangen
      Michelle Mangen says:

      Bettina – I haven’t actually played with it in Chrome yet either….another reader asked a question and I was going to test that out later this evening. I’ll test it with Chrome and then report back to you. Stay tuned.

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    • Michelle Mangen
      Michelle Mangen says:

      Bettina – OK, I just tested with Chrome and the form details came up. Another user had commented on Facebook that she found Firefox much easier to work with than Chrome. When you “display form details” with Chrome you don’t get a bunch of funky looking fields with yellow (like the screenshot above)? Maybe exit your browser and try again?

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  6. Whmscll
    Whmscll says:

    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.

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    • Michelle Mangen
      Michelle Mangen says:

      Whmscll — Step 5 in the notes: Add the ID to any field that says “employer ID” ~ I believe there are two places where it indicates “employer ID”. I know the form can be a tad overwhelming to look at.

      If you can’t find them LMK ~ follow me on Twitter and send me a DM (@mmangen). I’ll be out for a few hours this evening but will check back in upon my return.

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      • Whmscll
        Whmscll says:

        Thanks. I saw the two fields but nothing happens when I put in my page ID and click “save changes.” The same old generic page just keeps showing up as usual.

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          • Whmscll
            Whmscll says:

            Okay, I finally got it to work, but it was different from the instructions above. First, I deleted my current employer (my fan page) from my profile. Then I clicke on add an employer and used Display Form Details to add my page ID into the employer ID fields. Then I added the name of my company and hit “add employer.” Now my fan page is showing up. Thanks!

          • Michelle Mangen
            Michelle Mangen says:

            Yeah, so glad it’s working. I suspected it may be when I saw your last tweet. (I did DM you back before I saw this comment)

            When I wrote up these instructions I didn’t have anyone who already had an employer added so I didn’t encounter the need to delete an existing employer. Thanks for helping make this post even better!

  7. Cara Ellison Halbirt
    Cara Ellison Halbirt says:

    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!

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  8. Raschella
    Raschella says:

    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!

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    • Michelle Mangen
      Michelle Mangen says:

      Raschella:
      Are you using Chrome or Firefox? Someone else had commented that they found it easier to use Firefox vs. Chrome. Maybe try that? Also, someone else commented that they already had an employer attached and they had to delete that before it would work OK. So….check that too.

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      • Raschella
        Raschella says:

        I’m using Firefox, and already deleted the employer I had listed. Maybe it’s a problem with my computer? I can’t think of what else it could be. It’s a Mac if that makes any difference.

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  9. Patty
    Patty says:

    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!

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  10. Angelique
    Angelique says:

    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!

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  11. Bryce Alan Katz
    Bryce Alan Katz says:

    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!

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  12. Kristel Hayes
    Kristel Hayes says:

    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…

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  13. Ben
    Ben says:

    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

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  14. Angelique
    Angelique says:

    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.

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    • Angelique
      Angelique says:

      Well, that was quick. I decided to re-read the comments here, and then I decided to re-try adding a new employer, this time deleting my “current” employer first. Success! So the moral of the story is: it’s not enough to do this as a new employer; you have to get rid of the current one. Either that, or success with Facebook is totally random. As I always suspected.

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      • Michelle Mangen
        Michelle Mangen says:

        Angelique – I’m totally with you on Facebook being totally random. Last week Wed their “invite friends to events” layout changed twice in one day. Happy to hear though that you were able to get it figured out.

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  15. Kcarcione
    Kcarcione says:

    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?

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  16. A.d. Giridhar
    A.d. Giridhar says:

    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 😀 😀 !! simplest thing guys… 😀 why making it complicated?? 😀 😀 i tired this after i failed in doing the above mentioned step 😀 😀

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  17. HaddieLyons
    HaddieLyons says:

    @A.d. Giridhar This doesn”t work for everyone. My page is categorized as ‘Company’ and still does not show up when typed into the ‘Worked at” tab, although it is searchable in regular FB timeline.

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  18. JustinsBlog
    JustinsBlog says:

    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

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  19. SusannaLuck
    SusannaLuck says:

    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.

    Reply

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