How to set up a Facebook fan page that works

facebook fan pageI’ve been talking to several people recently about setting up a Facebook fan page, how to get more fans, and how to use Facebook effectively.

Full disclosure: Yes, I have a Facebook page, but it’s private. I use Twitter and LinkedIn for business, but I haven’t set up a page for my copywriting business.

However, I DO run a Facebook page for the same nonprofit that I mentioned in a recent post on email marketing. It’s performing well, averaging 50 new fans a day.

The first thing people ask me is what type of account is best? A group or a fan page? For me, that’s simple. A fan page. Why? A post on Mashable about the difference between Facebook pages and groups lays out the differences nicely. Here’s a summary:

Groups are great for organizing on a personal level and for smaller scale interaction around a cause. Pages are better for brands, businesses, bands, movies, or celebrities who want to interact with their fans or customers without having them connected to a personal account, and have a need to exceed Facebook’s 5,000 friend cap.

A fan page lets you grow as big as you want, send updates to an unlimited number of people, and keep the focus on the organization without revealing the administrator (unless you want to).

Okay, so once you’ve set up your account as a fan page, then what? Here are some tips:

Upload a logo or photo with a web address at the bottom. It won’t be clickable, but fans can see where to go if they want to visit your website.

Fill out your info page completely. Here you can have a clickable web address, company overview, mission, and products. You can give only what Facebook asks for or get creative and provide other information as well.

For example, in your company overview, you can list links to pages on your website, your newsletter signup form, other social media, or whatever you want.

Use FBML to create a landing page. FBML is Facebook’s version of HTML, which you can use with an application called Static FBML. This lets you render basic HTML in a box or tab on your page. You won’t find it in your default applications, but you can find it with a search in the application directory.

The idea is that instead of sending people to your wall, as most people do, you send them to a landing page with whatever message you want to provide. For example, you can give a short description of your organization and tell people to click the “become a fan” button.

This is one of those “duh” things you may not think about at first, but which can dramatically increase your Facebook growth. A landing page is just good direct marketing.

Use your tabs wisely. If you think of a Facebook page as a secondary website for your business, you’ll realize that the tabs at the top of the page are like site navigation. You can have a tab for your newsletter, a tab for donations, a tab for products, etc. How? With that nifty FBML application.

Don’t forget the sidebar. Anything you can put in your tabs, you can also put in your sidebar. A newsletter signup form fits here nicely. So does a poll (another application you can add), affiliate banner, or set of links.

Post often. The same rules apply to Facebook as any other social media. It’s all about content and interaction. Posting something every few weeks won’t cut it. Post every day or even several times a day to make sure you’re showing up in the news feeds of your fans. This can be links to your blog, product announcements, questions, news items, or anything your fans would be interested in.

Every time someone becomes a fan, comments, clicks the “like” link, or shares your post, it shows up in that fan’s news feed for all their friends to see. So “viral” is built in.

Link to your page from everywhere. If you want fans, you have to let people know you’re on Facebook. Put an icon or link in your newsletter, on your website or blog, in your email footer, everywhere.

Email and blog it. Don’t be shy. Do an email blast driving subscribers to your fan page. Post a blog about what’s happening on your fan page with an invitation to become a fan.

Send updates to your fans. This feature is a little like email. Don’t abuse it, because Facebook fans aren’t expecting (and don’t want) an avalanche of messages from you. But used wisely, this handy feature lets you update fans about your products, sales, and events.

Subscribe to similar fan pages and groups. You can buy ads on Facebook, but the consensus is that response is poor. A cheap way to reach beyond your fans and attract new fans is to subscribe to similar pages and groups and post short messages inviting people to visit your page. Don’t do it too often. And don’t be spammy.

There’s more you can do with Facebook, but this is plenty to get you started.

Is it worth it? Absolutely. I’ve found that Facebook can drive significant traffic to your website as your fan base grows. And it gives you a totally independent way to interact with potential customers or supporters.

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UPDATE: Facebook has changed “Fan” to “Like.” So you don’t become a “Fan” of a page now, you “Like” the page.

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288 Responses to “How to set up a Facebook fan page that works”

  1. Teena J on January 17th, 2010 5:01 pm

    Thanks so much for this – great information and easily understood. Cheers

  2. Dean Rieck on January 17th, 2010 5:16 pm

    Your welcome. Let me know how these tips work for you.

  3. Tony on January 17th, 2010 5:27 pm

    The landing page is incredibly important. How on earth could visitors possibly figure out what the page is all about by reading the wall posts? Thanks for the article!

  4. Larry Tenney on January 17th, 2010 6:17 pm

    Good for you! You’re doing something right — Beth Kanter shared a link to your post via her facebook fan page!

  5. Elaine on January 17th, 2010 8:44 pm

    Thank you very much for sharing.
    .-= Elaine’s last blog … Moving to Xero.com and more financial news =-.

  6. bg on January 17th, 2010 11:15 pm

    There is some misinformation and missing information in this post, as well as some solid wisdom.

    If you realize that facebook is part of your communication strategy, hire a professional.

  7. Margaret on January 18th, 2010 10:48 am

    I am a novice. How do you set up your Facebook account as a fan page? Also, can you link it from your Web site?
    Thanks so much.

  8. Dean Rieck on January 18th, 2010 11:07 am

    Margaret:
    After you open a new account, you’ll have the option to set up the page. Here’s a link:
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/create.php

  9. eONs on January 18th, 2010 12:44 pm

    Thanks for the great sharing.Learn lots from here.
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  10. Greg Vining on January 18th, 2010 2:16 pm

    This is great advice. Facebook is one area I need to get more knowledgeable in. It can be a great tool, if you know how to use it properly. Thanks for the quick lesson.

    Greg

  11. Brian Altenhofel on January 18th, 2010 3:57 pm

    While most of the information is good, something to remember is that sometime early this year, Facebook will be reducing the width of application tabs from 760 pixels to 520 pixels. That is a 30% reduction in usable space, so it is probably best to wait until the rollout to create any custom tabs unless you have some pressing issue that justifies it.

    Also, Boxes will be removed soon, which makes using Static FBML in the sidebar moot.

    Brian
    .-= Brian Altenhofel’s last blog … Are You Ready for Facebook’s Upcoming Changes? =-.

  12. Dean Rieck on January 18th, 2010 4:39 pm

    Brian:
    Do you have a link for that? I can do an update when or if this happens.

  13. Jeff Speigner on January 18th, 2010 6:55 pm

    Thanks Dean, this has cleared up much of my confusion about fan pages. I have one for the non-profit I run, but it’s associated with my personal account. That’s not really a problem, but getting to the fan page to update is cumbersome. I must always do a search to navigate there. Would setting up a new fan page in a new account help with this problem? Appreciate your work here.
    .-= Jeff Speigner’s last blog … Workshop 3, Day 6, 7 – Preparing and Presenting =-.

  14. Dean Rieck on January 18th, 2010 7:05 pm

    Jeff:
    I was in the same situation. I help run a non-profit and wanted a fan page. In my case, I didn’t want my personal account associated with the fan page, so I set up a separate account. Every page must be set up by an individual, but with a fan page the administrator can remain hidden (as opposed to a group, where the administrator is displayed).

    As for “finding” the fan page, I became a fan of the page with my administrator identity so when I log in, I can just click on the latest news item to go to the page. I don’t know why Facebook just doesn’t provide a link to your pages, but this workaround is only one click.

  15. Steven van Vessum on January 19th, 2010 9:22 am

    Great summary! Especially the difference between a fanpage and a group is good to distinguish. I’ll keep this in mind while setting up my own fanpage! Thanks!

  16. Chris on January 19th, 2010 2:34 pm

    I had no idea that you could create a custom landing page with FBML. *Facepalm

    Of course I’ve seen cool landing pages, but they were always for big companies who I assumed had some sort of special privileges.

    Just added a bunch of stuff to my todo list. Thanks a lot.

    Fort Wayne Web Design
    .-= Chris’s last blog … The Best WordPress Form Plugin: Gravity Forms =-.

  17. Michelle Damico on January 19th, 2010 11:39 pm

    Really great information. Thanks for taking the time to write this!

  18. Jeff Speigner on January 20th, 2010 2:00 pm

    Dean, thanks for the response to my comment. That will help me keep closer tabs to what’s going on. By the way, if you want to check out what’s happening there you can follow this link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Design4Kids/56181959976

  19. Satish Talim on January 22nd, 2010 4:59 am

    Dean thanks for the tips. I just set up a landing page for my Facebook fan page using FBML and HTML:
    http://www.facebook.com/rubylearning
    .-= Satish Talim’s last blog … Patrick McKenzie Winner RPCFN #5 =-.

  20. matt sudol on January 22nd, 2010 10:18 am

    Great post – really enjoy your perspective.
    I have been working on our FB page and wanted your feedback on optimizing discovery of our page through FB. I originally set up our Fan Page’s name with our not-for-profit’s acronym (NYCEDC) and I am regretting that I didn’t spell it out completely (New York City Economic Development Corporation). I feel like if I did spell it out in the title it would help FB users searching for economic news/info relating to New York City – any suggestions?

  21. Dean Rieck on January 22nd, 2010 12:33 pm

    Matt:
    That’s a long name for the organization, but I agree that spelling it out would be best.

  22. matt sudol on January 22nd, 2010 3:34 pm
  23. ram dutt on January 29th, 2010 12:58 pm

    Thank you for sharing. Well organized with enough information. Very useful. Will share with our readers.
    .-= ram dutt’s last blog … How To Create Your Business Cards using MOO =-.

  24. Hitesh on February 3rd, 2010 1:23 pm

    though i have one fan page on FB …but didn’t knew how to use it effectively………….will be using the tips….hope to see some good results.
    thanks
    .-= Hitesh’s last blog … Smiley Face =-.

  25. Mads on February 5th, 2010 1:49 am

    nice tips. really helpful… :)
    i’ve added tab applications i made to my pages… i used FBML and FBJS for this
    check them out… :)

    http://www.facebook.com/boysruletheworld

    http://www.facebook.com/girlsruletheworld

  26. Roy Williams on February 6th, 2010 10:37 pm

    Thanks so much for this clear, concise information to setup a Fan Page on Facebook. I especially like the suggestion for a landing page which will be my next task.

  27. Shaina on February 8th, 2010 5:45 pm

    I entered a name for my fan page but it won’t work!:( It’s not a business or band or whatever though. I would do it as a group but I want to be able to post updates.

  28. jess on February 14th, 2010 5:22 pm

    how do i set up aaccount

  29. Dean Rieck on February 14th, 2010 7:54 pm

    Jess:
    Just go to Facebook and sign up. http://www.facebook.com/

  30. Allison on February 16th, 2010 11:24 am

    Your information is very helpful! But, I do have one question…

    I already have a personal account on Facebook and would like to add a Facebook Page for business. And I would definitely not want to have the two mix. I’ve found the following related info on Facebook…

    “Please keep in mind that the fans of any of the Pages you administer will not have visibility or access to your personal account or profile. Any actions that you take as a Page administrator on your Page will show the Page’s name as the actor and not your personal name.”

    This is wonderful, but what about the reverse? I would really like to keep it totally seperated. Would my personal friends be able to see the Facebook page for my business?

  31. Dean Rieck on February 16th, 2010 11:57 am

    Allison:
    When you create a “page,” your personal account and the page are not visibly related. So your friends would only see the page if they decided to become a fan. They wouldn’t necessarily know it’s your page unless you told them. So that’s about as “totally separated” as Facebook allows.

  32. jennifer prevost on February 16th, 2010 1:57 pm

    Do I have to set up an Ad in Facebook to set up a fan page?

  33. Dean Rieck on February 16th, 2010 2:29 pm

    Jennifer:
    No. Ads and pages are not related. Anyone with a Facebook account can set up a fan page. If you have a personal account set up, you can start here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/create.php

  34. Rachel on March 3rd, 2010 5:59 am

    Very helpful article, thanks.

    To ‘bg on January 17th’ – not helpful lol.

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  36. Meghan on March 8th, 2010 2:45 pm

    How do you add things to your sidebar?

  37. Dean Rieck on March 8th, 2010 3:07 pm

    Meghan:
    As an example, this shows how to add a profile box to your sidebar: http://www.webdesignideas.org/2009/04/23/adding-custom-html-box-to-my-facebook-profile/

    It works pretty much the same way to add any other application to your sidebar.

  38. Grady Polcyn on March 10th, 2010 2:56 am

    This was so good, thanks for writing it. I just started my Fan Page today and this was really helpful.

    Do you have any FBML instructional blogs on how to get started making a decent landing page?

    Thank You.
    .-= Grady Polcyn’s last blog … Reading @ChrisBrogan ‘s Post: http://www.chrisbrogan.com/my-love-for-blogging – See if I can pick up a few things =-.

  39. Allison on March 16th, 2010 6:45 am

    Thanks for answering my earlier questions. I’ve set up my page and have published it earlier in the week. I also added an FBML box to link it to Google Analytics for tracking and am waiting to see how this will work. Here’s my page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lecie-Gallery/301608373343

    THANKS!

  40. Angela on March 23rd, 2010 6:39 pm

    Great article! I have a question that I can’t seem to find an answer to. Is there a way to have my page become a fan of another page? I see that there is an option to “add to my page’s favorites” but that doesn’t put my page on their list of fans.
    Thanks!

  41. Dean Rieck on March 23rd, 2010 7:53 pm

    Angela:
    Not that I know of. I think the idea is that only people can be fans. Pages can’t be fans.

  42. Nick Stamoulis on March 26th, 2010 11:38 am

    Facebook has and will continue to grow and become a major forum for advertising businesses. So agreed, setting up a Facebook Fan page that works is essential! If done right Facebook can be one way to give your business exposure. Great article, easy to read and understand!

  43. Maciej (ma-chi) on March 29th, 2010 6:20 am

    I still see big brands that are missing the boat completely by not utilizing the Facebook fan page like they should be. It is a really powerful source of marketing that should go overlooked.
    .-= Maciej (ma-chi)’s last blog … Don’t Be Hyper with Internet Marketing =-.

  44. craig on March 29th, 2010 11:02 am

    hi dean, i want to setup a fan page for facebook but the name is too long, ive seen pages with longer names and i wonder how did they do it. any advice?

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  48. George on April 21st, 2010 11:58 pm

    I have a very basic question. When I try to share somethng from our website to our FB fan page, instead it posts to the profile I had to set up to create the FB Fan page.

    How do I get the items instead to post to the FB Fan page?

  49. Russ on April 22nd, 2010 8:42 am

    Have a nice fan page….having trouble logging into it on my phone. How do you log into just the fan page without logging into your personal page? I want to be able to use the app for the Fan Page, and not my personal page…..I cannot log into just the fan page and operate….please help!

  50. Dean Rieck on April 22nd, 2010 10:15 am

    George,
    Easiest answer: use HootSuite. It lets you post to your personal page or fan page.

  51. Dean Rieck on April 22nd, 2010 10:16 am

    Russ,
    You can’t. Your account is your personal page. You have to log into that to run the fan page.

  52. Lisa on April 22nd, 2010 11:19 am

    Now I’m really confused… I always thought that a group page was an OFFICIAL page for an organization, band, etc.. This would be the ‘go to’ place to find all the current happenings for that particular group. And I thought fan pages…were just that..a page for fans of a particular group. For example…There could be 100′s of fan pages for a particular celebrity but just one Official group page where all the official information comes from. I thought Fan pages are set up by fans not someone affliated with the group (I guess they could be affiliated but in most cases it’s just a fan starting a open forum to discuss their favorite celeb or something).

    I’ve been searching this topic for hours and I keep reading mixed information.. I have a headache! lol! I have to make a decision whether to start a fan or group page for a non-profit organization. After all the reading…I thought I had figured it out (i was going to start a group page) but I clicked on this link and now I’m back at square one! lol! arg. If all this info, is in fact correct…then a fan page seems to make more sense.

  53. Dean Rieck on April 22nd, 2010 11:27 am

    Lisa,
    I’ll make it easy. Start a fan page. Unless you want tight control over the page, a fan page gives you far more flexibility.

  54. Lisa on April 22nd, 2010 12:27 pm

    Dean, I just might… but I’m still skeptical ;-) Are these my only page options..Profile, Group, Fan or Business? When I was admin for my son’s band fan page, it drove me a little nuts that I couldn’t respond to posts as ‘Myself’…I’d always appear as the band name. Is there a setting for that I might have overlooked? Another problem I can see is that as a fan page you can’t be-friend others. So that would eliminate the possiblitly of networking. for example..it would be great for my son’s band to be “friends” of local clubs/restuarants/promoters etc. but they don’t have that option on a fan page. I guess they could invite them to be fans..
    Sorry…. I know I’m over thinking this. But our organization is making a big move and want to get the word out. We’re embarking on a capital campaign and have sumbitted a propsal for the pepsi refresh contest in May. I just want to reach as many as possible and be able to have adequate communication.

  55. Dean Rieck on April 22nd, 2010 12:38 pm

    Lisa,
    It’s good that you’re considering all the options. But you can’t have it all. Again, I suggest the fan page. A fan page will give you more options to reach people than any other choice.

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    Great article, thanks for putting together. Ted

  57. Ted Thompson on April 27th, 2010 9:26 pm

    Helpful article, thanks for sharing!

  58. Pat Sievers on April 29th, 2010 12:29 pm

    Does a person need to set up a personal fan page before setting up a business page?

  59. Dean Rieck on April 29th, 2010 12:37 pm

    Pat,
    You have to set up a personal page from which you can administer one or more fan pages.

  60. RIk Abel on May 3rd, 2010 7:27 am

    Great article, very informative – I’m slightly surprised you don’t seem to have any ‘share links’ so that I could share it on facebook :) (or did i miss them?)

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  62. Greg on May 5th, 2010 2:19 pm

    Dean,

    I’m interested in creating a landing page for my FB fan page. Do you have any instructions on how to create a landing page?

  63. Dan on May 15th, 2010 12:39 pm

    I created a page for our business thru my personal FB page. Is this the correct way to set up a Fan page for your business or should it be set up as its own seperate FB account? I believe the way it set up currently I I make a post from it will go to my personal wall post..any ideas? thanks

  64. Dr. Hodari on May 15th, 2010 1:13 pm

    Greetings:

    Clearly written, effective article. Question: Is there a way to change the order of the boxes on the sidebar; and/or to change the order of the tabs on the FB fan page?

    One other suggestion: Use a “pretty” username for fan pages.

    http://www.facebook.com/LifelinesTheBlackBookOfProverbs

  65. Dean Rieck on May 15th, 2010 5:45 pm

    Dr. Hodari,
    You can change the order of boxes you create by dragging them, but not the default boxes. As for tabs, I’m not sure. I think you can change the order of those your create by creating them in the order you want. But they don’t seem to be draggable.

  66. Dean Rieck on May 15th, 2010 5:46 pm

    Dan,
    That’s the only way to create a fan page. FB wants you to have only ONE account. If you create another one, you could end up getting banned. FB’s wrath is swift and unforgiving.

  67. Liam Kiggen on May 23rd, 2010 9:17 am

    Is there any way to share or post something direct to my business/fan page? When I try this it just goes straight to my personal page and all my personal friends think I am nuts and spamming.

    Earlier in your reply to George you mentioned something about this (April 22)
    George,
    Easiest answer: use HootSuite. It lets you post to your personal page or fan page. can you elaborate?
    Googled this and it just brings up something about a twitter client
    Thanks

  68. Dean Rieck on May 23rd, 2010 6:24 pm

    Liam,
    To post to your fan page, you just go to your fan page and post. If it’s posting to your personal page, then you need to adjust a setting in Facebook. I was having the same problem and tinkered with the FB settings to correct it. As for HootSuite, it lets you post to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and a couple other social networks. I highly recommend it.

  69. Katie on May 24th, 2010 3:04 am

    Thank you! I have a fb “page” but when I make a post to the wall it does not show up on the fans pages to allow them to see what I am posting. How do I get my fans to see those updates? I’m not seeing it on my person account so surely they aren’t either right?

  70. Liam Kiggen on May 24th, 2010 4:24 am

    Just signed up for Hootsuite – very good. thanks

    But my actual question related more to being able to post direct to my FB fan page when, for example, I click on a 3rd party FB Like button or a FB Share button.

    When I click on either of those always posts to my personal wall which is not good.

    Cheers

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  74. Aahna on June 16th, 2010 7:32 am

    hey really very very thanks for this step by step guide, now i am going to create a fan page for my site thank u

  75. Byron Levey on July 5th, 2010 6:15 am

    Totally awesome post and have been looking for someone to just tell me how it is and what the best and simplest way is to setup a FaceBook Fan page. Going to get onto it immedaitely tonight. Exciting stuff and thanks again for the great post!

  76. Tiffany Marlow on July 15th, 2010 3:45 pm

    Liam Kiggen on May 24th, 2010 4:24 am
    Just signed up for Hootsuite – very good. thanks
    But my actual question related more to being able to post direct to my FB fan page when, for example, I click on a 3rd party FB Like button or a FB Share button.
    When I click on either of those always posts to my personal wall which is not good.
    Cheers

    Liam—I have the same exact question and cannot find the answer anywhere online!!! Someone please help.

    I figured if i opened my fan page and then “liked” or “shared” someone elses posts that it would go to my fan page but is not!!!

  77. Dean Rieck on July 15th, 2010 5:43 pm

    Tiffany,
    I don’t have an answer for that question. It seems to me that you can’t do what you’re wanting to do because a page is not a person, so a page can’t like something. Only a person can like something. But if you find out differently, please let us know here.

  78. Liam Kiggen on July 16th, 2010 3:57 am

    Agreed with Dean. Researched this further and no way could I find how to post direct to a facebook page. Its not what FB want, they want real people liking things not virtual sites.. sadly.

  79. Richard A. Lewis on July 17th, 2010 1:55 am

    This is a very informative article. I don’t know if it is still as affective today with all the changes Facebook has been making, so an update might be needed soon.

  80. Dean Rieck on July 17th, 2010 2:21 am

    Richard,
    Facebook has made many (annoying) changes, but most of this article is still good. “Fan” has been changed to “Like.” But many people still use the word fan.

  81. Lisa Austin on July 22nd, 2010 9:23 am

    Where do you go to set up a fan page Im so confused…lol

  82. Claire S. on July 26th, 2010 1:59 pm

    For some reason my page allows people to post comments and start discussions. I don’t want feedback!!! Lots of reasons why, including not being able to monitor it regularly. I looked at the settings and the checkbox is not checked next to allow posts, so what the heck? Frustratingly, I emailed FB about this months ago, several times later to follow up, and even mailed an old-fashioned letter to the corporate office. No response, problem still exists, I’m getting mad.

  83. Dumpster Rental on July 27th, 2010 9:50 am

    Setting up a fan page has become more difficult then it used to be. Consider a business page if you are trying to promote a business and stay in touch with your customers.

  84. Dean Rieck on July 27th, 2010 11:09 am

    Dumpster Rental,
    A business page and fan page are the same thing. They’ve just stopped calling them fan pages recently.

  85. Jerry on July 28th, 2010 10:56 am

    My son passed away a few weeks ago and we have decided to keep his personal Facebook page up and running for all his friends to continue to visit and look at photos/videos etc. We have also created a scholarship fund and would like to use FBML to add a PayPal button on the personal page but apparently can’t do this unless I have a Fanpage. How do I allow all his friends to visit the personal page and contribute to the cause? Do I create a Fanpage? How do you advance from the personal page to the Fanpage? I’m a novice at this obviously.

  86. Dean Rieck on July 28th, 2010 11:45 am

    Jerry,
    Just add a link or use the PayPal graphic with a link via html right on the personal page. I don’t see why you would need a fan page to link from a personal page to a PayPal form. Maybe ask one of your sons friends who know more about these things to do all this for you. It is not complicated.

  87. martha on August 5th, 2010 2:05 pm

    i create a page and whenever i update it wont show in news feed? is it not working or is it because i’m an admin???? :(

  88. Susan on August 9th, 2010 9:35 pm

    Claire – did you ever figure out how to keep people from commenting on your posts on your page? I have the same issues – box unchecked, people can still comment.

  89. Hannah on August 17th, 2010 2:03 pm

    Hi, Dean, do you know if there’s any way to have FB e-mail an admin every time someone posts to a fan page? I work for a government entity that recently created a fan page, and we’re very big on records retention, so legally we need to keep a record of every post and comment on this page. We thought it would be easiest if I got an e-mail notification every time, but there doesn’t seem to be a way to do that via Account Settings, so I was wondering if there was a work-around you knew of.

  90. Dean Rieck on August 17th, 2010 4:37 pm

    @Hannah: I don’t know of any way to do that. And it seems to me that would get overwhelming if your fan page grew to several thousand fans. Also, you should probably point out that you’re retaining these records because I think a lot of people wouldn’t like the idea that every comment would be retained in this way. I sure won’t be commenting on your page if that’s what you plan.

  91. Michael on August 18th, 2010 2:16 am

    I’m starting a film festival and want to be able to publicize it and get lots of contacts. Should this be a group, fan page or business? Thanks.

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  93. Dee on August 19th, 2010 7:59 am

    Hi Dean,
    Through my personal facebook page I have created a business fan page. I saw from your previous answers above that once you are on the fan page that you are admin of, and you make a comment, that this will appear as a comment from the fan page.

    However, when I go to my fan page through manage my pages in my personal account, and if I leave a comment it says that it’s from my personal account, not my fan page. Also, when I go onto other fan pages it gives me the option to ‘like’ those pages which shouldn’t happen as I’m using my fan page. Can you please let me know how I can sort this out?

  94. Dean Rieck on August 19th, 2010 11:30 am

    @Dee: I don’t think you can leave a comment and have it come from your fan page. It will appear to come from your personal page. I don’t know a way around that. However, you might set up your personal page with a name and icon that are the same as the fan page as a workaround.

  95. Lynn Wallace on August 25th, 2010 6:03 pm

    How do I work with FBML? I’ve heard of HTML, but have no clue as to how to work with it. I’m not technically minded. You just say to use FBML, and do not say how. I need small easy steps. What is a tab? Where do I find them? I tried linking to Twitter, but I think my website designer will have to do that. How do I do an e-mail blast? Where do I post a blog on Facebook?

  96. Dean Rieck on August 25th, 2010 7:51 pm

    @Lynn: If you know know anything about HTML or basic Facebook procedures, then you need to learn it or find someone else to do all this for you. There are plenty of HTML references out there. And Facebook has lots of reference material. Dive in.

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  98. Style Bury on August 28th, 2010 6:19 pm

    Some good tips here, thanks. I’ve set up my first landing page after reading this. Somehow I wasn’t sure how before. Two things: 1. Facebook gave me this notice “Soon Facebook will no longer support profile boxes from applications. Learn more about this change in the Help Center.” Re: the sidebar. 2. I really don’t know how to post to another page ABOUT MY page without it being spammy … anyone??

  99. Dirty Redd on August 31st, 2010 11:40 pm

    What do i need to do to set up a fan page i’m a publish author

  100. jLaib on September 2nd, 2010 12:54 pm

    Dean, thanks for the great article, and I am double-impressed that you’ve kept up with all the questions. Very helpful to read those as well.

    Could you post a link-example of these ‘landing pages’ you spoke of?

  101. Dean Rieck on September 2nd, 2010 3:30 pm

    @jLaib: Have a look at this: http://designm.ag/design/designing-a-facebook-landing-page-12-of-the-best/

    The landing page for Mashable is good because it encourages you to click the “Like” button.

  102. Susan on September 6th, 2010 9:16 am

    Once you have setup the facebook fan page, you might want to check how much is your facebook page worth. Check this out to get the worth and potential of your facebook fan page.

    http://www.buzzingup.com/2010/09/how-much-is-your-facebook-fan-page-worth-calculator/

  103. Kumar on September 11th, 2010 2:56 pm

    Great posting. It will help me lot. Thanks!

  104. Alison on September 12th, 2010 6:14 pm

    Great tips about FB fan pages. I was wondering if anyone is having issues with links published from Facebook to Twitter? The links show on my Twitter page published by FB but when you open the link (such as this one http://fb.me/JcR7n955) it goes directly to my website rather than fan page.

    The purpose of posting on FB is to drive traffic to my fan page and increase fans but that is not happening.

    Does anyone have any tips or recommendations on how to fix this? The settings under http://www.facebook.com/twitter are all selected for my page. When I had unselected Links, status updates with a url address would not auto publish to Twitter. Help!!

  105. heather on September 14th, 2010 11:58 am

    Hi
    I want to leave a post on another Page wall from my own Page but my log-in profile shows up instead of Page name/icon. How can I sort this?

    I have seen this working on the following page for instance with Truly Madly Baby Page leaving a post on the Little Impressions Page. I notice there is a little label tag at the end of Truly Madly Baby line?
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Little-Impressions-York/308337102170?ref=ts

    Thanks so much for your help … I can’t seem to find an answer anywhere else!

  106. Mike Hastings on September 14th, 2010 5:15 pm

    How do you set up a business page without having them connected to a personal account?

  107. Dean Rieck on September 14th, 2010 7:48 pm

    @Mike: You can’t.

  108. Dean Rieck on September 14th, 2010 7:49 pm

    @Mike: You can’t. And you can have only one personal account.

  109. Dean Rieck on September 14th, 2010 7:52 pm

    @Heather: I think the only way you can do what you want to do is set up a personal account with the same name and image as the business account. If there’s another way, I don’t know it. Others have the same problem you do. Just remember, you can only have one personal account. There are ways around that, such as using another email or fake name, but you’re running a risk. Facebook is heartless and swift in their retribution for rule violations.

  110. Alan Valdez on September 15th, 2010 4:34 pm

    Thanks fot this magnificent article, I think you put here everything you need to make a good marketing campaign via facebook fanpage.

    Regards

  111. Eric Pursh on September 17th, 2010 3:52 pm

    I like the tips, but I’d just add a caveat about “posting several times a day.” One main reason that people unsubscribe to blogs (and “hide” Facebook page updates) is that posts come much too frequently.
    While posting updates is more art than science, I would guess that daily posts are plenty. My 2 cents: be sure the majority of those posts contain interesting and relevant content, humor when applicable, and limited promotion.
    Thanks for the article!

  112. Dean Rieck on September 17th, 2010 4:04 pm

    @Eric: I run a FB page for a political nonprofit and we post several times a day. There are more posts from fans. The more posts, the more new fans we get.

    If you have people who basically don’t want to hear from you or get irritated because they hear from you 2 times a day instead of once a day, then they probably aren’t real fans and aren’t doing you any good anyway.

  113. Eric Pursh on September 17th, 2010 4:37 pm

    @Dean: That’s interesting. Playing devil’s advocate…I’d imagine there exists a possible difference between a non-profit with a mission versus a company selling a product/service.

    And on the flip side, of course, both are technically “selling” something.

    Still, I stand by my comment! :) If you have any polls, surveys etc that you can share on this topic, please do. It would certainly be good information to review. Thanks again for the article!

  114. Jignesh on September 18th, 2010 11:32 am

    This was amazing article on facebook fan… now i m your fan. i have bookmarked ur post.

    Nice.

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  116. Hermes Hernandez on September 25th, 2010 11:08 pm

    Great Info…Thanks a lot. I got you as one of my fav.

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  117. suz on September 28th, 2010 10:19 am

    Really informative to the point i have bookmarked. I have a profile and a community page that I am an Unkown admin. If oyu go under search you will find my page name..but in the address bar its facebook, with a ton o f numbers and characters…i have 100 fans, but i cannot seem to change the address to facebook.com/communityname

    ihave tried but all i get is a link to change MY profile name but not my page…please help? :)

  118. amethystium on September 29th, 2010 4:17 am

    suz:I have exactly the same question to you,anybody knows?How to chage my fan page URL to facebook.com/communityname???Thanks.

  119. Bruce on October 2nd, 2010 2:48 pm

    Thanks this was great info. Just what I was looking for. I started a facebook fan page for my website http://www.backyardgardenponds.com emediately after reading. Name of page is Backyard Garden Pond. Thanks Again.

  120. Herb on October 7th, 2010 4:56 pm

    This is a great article that I just found. It pretty much nails the points that we make to all of our facebook customers. I am bookmarking this and sending them this article for reasons WHY you need to do a Facebook Fan Page.

  121. Gerry on October 17th, 2010 10:12 pm

    I have been looking for some guidance on fan pages and what to do to promote a website and business of mine. I must have missed this a few months ago, but it hits the nail on the head and gave me the information I needed.

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  123. Kim on October 18th, 2010 8:17 pm

    Hi Dean,

    I just recently set up a fan page for myself and I am having major issues! I have about 72 fans and I update the page regularly and NONE of the updates are showing up in my news feed or my friends news feed, but yet, they show up when i use fb mobile. Do you know why this is? Why are my fan page status updates showing up on mobile fb but not on the news feed when im on the computer? MY page is published and I have some interaction with fans but its just not showing up. However, I manage another fan page for my job and when I post status updates for that one it shows up both on fb mobile and on the compute.

    Please help,

    Thanks!

    http://www.facebook.com/KimRMoore

  124. Dean Rieck on October 18th, 2010 8:52 pm

    Kim, are you sure you’re checking both feeds? There’s “top news” and “recent”? Also, are you updating directly in FB or are you using a third-party application? Sometimes applications don’t play well with FB.

  125. Kim on October 18th, 2010 11:19 pm

    Hi Dean,

    Thanks for the rapid response!

    Yes, I have checked both feeds and they dont show up in either one. I use the twitter application to update but sometimes I dont and it STILL doesnt show up in the news feeds. The other page I manage, I use ‘selective tweets’ and they show up in both news feeds even when I dont use that app. I don’t understand whats wrong or how to fix it.

  126. Katty on October 20th, 2010 10:58 am

    I am interested in opening a facebook official page for my website, however I don’t want to open an account that would reveal my name. I was thinking about making an account with faulse name but I’m sacered if my official page gets too popullar there will be nothing that can stop facebook from taking it away from me. is it advisable to open a community page with my website name and through that page to open a official page?

    Please if anyone has any suggestuion, let me know. Thanks…

  127. Dean Rieck on October 20th, 2010 11:13 am

    Katty: Facebook can be brutal in the enforcement of their rules. If you fake your name, you’re running a big risk.

  128. Katty on October 20th, 2010 11:19 am

    Yes I know and I don’t want to lost my self in a facebook quarel. However I wanted to ask you if you have any seggestion about how to open that official page without revealing my identity? Schould I open a community page with the name of my website and thereafter open the official page?

  129. Tanya on October 20th, 2010 3:56 pm

    Hello,

    I am wondering how you you get your company’s facebook page to “like” another company’s page. When I “like” someone or something, it always comes from my profile (me).

    Thanks!

    Tanya

  130. Dean Rieck on October 20th, 2010 4:08 pm

    Tanya,
    I’m not sure you can do that. You can add favorite pages to your page, but since FB is built on the idea that every user is a “person,” when you like something, YOU show up as the liker.

    The only way around it would be to set up a personal page as a business name then you could like other pages as the page. But this is risky. FB might consider that a fake account.

  131. Tess on October 20th, 2010 11:39 pm

    I created a business page for my office, but it doesn’t come up when anyone searches for it. What am I missing. I did publish it. Also, does it matter what my privacy settings are on my personal page are as i am administrator, in other words, do they affect the business page

  132. Dean Rieck on October 21st, 2010 10:31 am

    Tess,
    Check your privacy settings. You have to allow the page to be visible to search.

  133. Eric Pursh on October 21st, 2010 10:56 am

    Tess – can you post a link to the page? I’ll see if I can find it.

    Your personal privacy settings shouldn’t matter. I believe Dean is referring to the setting (in the EDIT PAGE, SETTINGS tab)that allows it to be “public” versus “private.”

  134. Katty on October 22nd, 2010 2:02 am

    Tess, I would like to ask you whether you have revealed you real name onto your FB community page before you have made your official page? I want to find a solution for opening an official page without showing my real identity on my community page. Any suggestion?

  135. Don Metznik on October 22nd, 2010 8:26 am

    Hi Dean,
    Just discovered this blog and your website from a search for Facebook Fan Pages (#1 position!). Great content and a place I will visit often. And, I’m impressed how freely and quickly you offer advice. Thanks for paying it forward. Please help me to understand how I can know who is a fan on my business page. Also, is there a current resource on how to use Facebook for business that I can refer to without having to trouble you?
    Thanks,

  136. Angel Stone on October 22nd, 2010 10:06 am

    Great! this would help me a lot in promoting my new new blog through Facebook fan page

  137. Tess on October 22nd, 2010 12:05 pm

    My page setting (at the page edit tab) says published. I made my personal page available to everyone, which i don’t want. I only want my business page to be available to everyone. I have had others search for metro animal Hospital, the only thing they find is the linke to our website, but not a link to our page. I did create this as a business page, not community. So far the only person who found the business page was someone I added as a friend on my personal page. Please Help! As far as the link goes..http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Schofield-WI/Metro-Animal-Hospital/112185598845274
    Thank you for any help.

  138. Tess on October 22nd, 2010 12:08 pm

    as far as that link is concerned, something is very wrong. maybe im not cut out to be a facebook user! LOL

  139. Dean Rieck on October 22nd, 2010 1:05 pm

    Don,
    Facebook now uses “like” rather than “fan,” but they work the same way. You’ll see a box on the left that lists all those who like your page. I suggest you just google for a more thorough guide or search Amazon.

  140. Harry M. on October 26th, 2010 2:13 am

    I do no have an FB account and FB page also but I want to have soon because I am a publisher of Commission Junction and I have a handful of advertisers that approved my application to promote their affiliate links but I do not own a website. Is it possible to promote affiliate links to FB page, free of charge? Hope you can help me.

  141. Dean Rieck on October 26th, 2010 11:16 am

    Harry,
    That’s not a good idea. No one will sign up for a page that only promotes affiliate links. And FB frowns on this and is likely to deactivate your page when someone complains.

  142. Latest messages on October 27th, 2010 1:15 pm

    Thanks for this amazing tips and tricks for Facebook .

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  143. leisa on October 27th, 2010 4:12 pm

    how do I separate my personal pages from my business page … I “liked” another page and I want their posts to show up on my business page but they show up on my personal page so I had to unlike them. I’m trying to keep them separate and can’t find the settings to stop this. Can you help?

  144. Dean Rieck on October 27th, 2010 4:52 pm

    Leisa,
    You really can’t separate your personal page from your business page. However, you might try to set up an RSS feed that goes to your business page. Look at Hootsuite http://hootsuite.com/. You can use this to set up RSS so it automatically publishes to your page. However, it may be easier to use a Facebook application to do the same thing.

    Keep in mind that FB is a little quirky and getting your personal page to work separate from your business page can be difficult. I run a business page and manually add updates because the auto features kept showing up on my personal page.

  145. leisa on October 27th, 2010 5:22 pm

    I appreciate the help, and for your quick response – you’re right FB certainly is quirky. I am about to set up a page for a business promoting music for young people. It will be all about the kids not the business. I want the page to have all the functionality of personal pages. I’d like the kids to be able add posts, images videos of themselves playing music etc but I want to be able to invite them like you do with personal pages. Fan pages and business pages seem to have no way to invite people, except through people you already know? How do I get young people to “like” the page when I can’t contact them… which would be my best option, business, fan, or group? or should I get the business to create a personal page? any suggestions would be much appreciated Dean.

  146. Jon on October 28th, 2010 1:38 pm

    Hi Dean,

    I understand Fan Pages not being able to “like” other pages. My question is this: I use my personal page to interact with fans on a radio station’s fan page. I don’t think I can do this with my fan page. Is there any way I can get all of the fans of the radio station to see my fan page? I think they would enjoy it, but I don’t want to spam and risk being deactivated from facebook. Any suggestions?

  147. Dean Rieck on October 28th, 2010 2:56 pm

    Jon,
    If the page appears to welcome posts which invite people to other pages, you should be able to do this without consequences. It just depends on the page administrator’s tolerance for these sort of promotional messages. Of course, you could buy ads on Facebook too.

  148. Kyle Clouse on October 31st, 2010 6:48 pm

    People better hurry because they way we know fan pages now are soon going away. This is not speculation. It comes from within Facebook. They are moving to iFrames.

    Once they have the security issues resolved all new Fanpages will only be able to use iFrames. Existing fan pages using FBML will be frozen with the template that you currently have when the change is made; so you better have your template completed for the long haul. You won’t be able to change it after.

    I did a post explaining iFrames and how to use them within you website. The same will eventually be true within Facebook. http://kyleclouse.com/adding-iframes-to-your-wordpress-website-and-why-you-should/

  149. tyler on November 4th, 2010 10:19 am

    I run a fan page for my business. I don’t want anyone to be able to post on our wall except for us. I keep getting feedback (people commenting on our posts, etc.) even though the settings say that it is all disabled. Am I missing something? Are there separate settings for both the personal page and the fan page that is attached to it? Any help is much appreciated!

  150. Dean Rieck on November 4th, 2010 10:33 am

    Tyler,
    Yes, there are separate settings. There’s an option link under the comment box, center column. This takes you to the settings for the fan page.

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  154. Christina on November 12th, 2010 2:57 pm

    I recently setup a Facebook Fan Page for our firm, and am unable to find the page via search. The only time it comes up during search is from the personal profile I have it attached to. If I log into my other Facebook account, or try to look it up from Google or any other account, it does not show. I have been trying to find out what I am missing, and it appears many others are having the same problem. I have “liked” my own page, and the page is published…so I don’t know what else to do for people to be able to find and “like” my page too.

  155. Catherine on November 12th, 2010 3:29 pm

    I’d like to share posts on our aturbanmagazine.com website on Facebook utilizing the “share” button we have installed- the issue is when I do this- it post to Facebook on my personal page and not the page set up for the magazine. Help!

  156. Dean Rieck on November 12th, 2010 10:29 pm

    Christina,
    You have to adjust your privacy settings to allow your page to be visible to search.

  157. Dean Rieck on November 12th, 2010 10:32 pm

    Catherine,
    I recommend that you download HootSuite (free) along with the plugin for your browser and use this to post items to your page. I use it and it’s flawless.

  158. quotes on November 15th, 2010 5:50 am

    @dean plz send link for hootsuite free.
    I also want that.

  159. Tania Kay on November 17th, 2010 4:05 am

    Hey great advice, will try to do all this. I already have a fan page but will add these things thanx. By the way i tried to subscribe to your blog thru rss and email but it doesn’t allow me to????

  160. Helen Beacham on November 17th, 2010 8:52 am

    Dean, how do you delete/remove a fan page that you’ve created? I have two fan pages with a more complete name on the second one, but can’t figure out how to delete the first.

  161. Barry on November 18th, 2010 8:58 am

    Hi Dean, Great Blog have to say. I have been searching google to try and find an answer to my issue. I noticed a few people on here have the same issue but has not been resolved.

    I manage several pages and until now have had no issues. The latest page I have created has over 70 fans and I have posted pictures up and general posts but NONE of them are showing in the news feed. I have even asked a few others to check their news feed and they also tell me its not showing up when I post.

    I have tried to find an answer but no luck. I really dont know what to do as I cant see a setting that I may have missed.

    My other pages show up fine just this one???

    Thanks
    Barry

  162. Dean Rieck on November 18th, 2010 11:09 am

    Helen,
    Click Edit Page then Manage Permissions. There’s a link at the bottom where you can delete the page.

  163. Dean Rieck on November 18th, 2010 11:12 am

    Barry,
    There are two feeds, Top News and Most Recent. Look through both. Also check your permissions settings: Edit Page > Manage Permissions.

  164. Braddan on November 18th, 2010 4:27 pm

    Dear Dean… I am currently setting up my corporate page and have searched exhausively for this…

    Is there any way I can get the ‘profile’ or personal section of the facebook domain to push content to the ‘page’ or corporate section? I currently have friends, details and twitter feeds to the profile that do not show on the page.

    Or should I forget this and treat the ‘page’ as the #1 space to upload info to and limit the visibility of the ‘profile’?

    Thanks in advance.

    Braddan.

  165. Liz on November 19th, 2010 12:16 am

    Dean,
    Someone has set up a fan/like page for a product our business sells. We are appreciative & flattered by this.
    But, I would like to be able to control this page as some off the info is incorrect (ie: description of product, misspelled words, poor grammar). I feel this is a bad reflection on our business and that the fans probably think we (the owners) started the page. Also we would like to be able to add new information. Is there anyway the administrator of the page can be changed? I believe I know who may have started the page…if I talk to him, will FB allow changing administrators? Thanks!

  166. Dean Rieck on November 19th, 2010 12:51 am

    Braddan,
    I don’t know how you would push content from one page to another. Just post stuff on your fan page.

  167. Dean Rieck on November 19th, 2010 12:56 am

    Liz,
    If the administrator of the page wants to make you an administrator, it can be done easily. He/she just clicks the edit link and then “manage admins.” However, if the current admin won’t do this, you’re out of luck. Anyone can start a page on anything.

  168. Barry on November 19th, 2010 6:14 am

    Hi Dean,

    I have checked the settings and its the same as my other pages. I have also checked both tabs, and none of the updates I do are showing on my wall. I have asked 20 people when we did a post, and only 1 seen the wall post the others did not see the update? any ideas, as we need this to work for our client.

    Thanks Barry

  169. Peaceofficerjobs.com on November 27th, 2010 9:54 am

    Great advice for those new to Facebook pages.

  170. LED Lighting Advisor on November 29th, 2010 2:45 pm

    Awesome post and really helped me get my head around how to use Facebook as a business tool. Thanks so much! One question though – can one run multiple fan pages from one profile successfully?

  171. David on November 30th, 2010 12:40 am

    Thanks for the great article.
    I have one question… I have a fan page, but I don’t know how to even search for other fan pages. The search box on top doesn’t work. I want to search for all fan pages that have to do with yoga and it brings me to my account page instead.

  172. primemethods on November 30th, 2010 9:49 am

    I have facebook account, twitter account and linkedin account but need some help to drive qualified traffic and leads. I need assistance from one who has passed through the agony of increasing traffic by learning it himself in the hardest way. i look forward to your response. Regards

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  174. zenne on December 10th, 2010 4:49 am

    Thanks a ton for this post! How does one subscribe to Pages from a Page? I am trying to keep my facebook personal profile page separate to my business page. There is no ‘like pages’ button on my facebook page. When I go to ‘like’ a page, it is added to my personal page. I want it to be added to my business page.

  175. Lola Radnoti on December 14th, 2010 8:52 pm

    Thank you for the useful tips. I already have a Facebook account, how do I change that to a “fan page”? or do I need to start a different account?

  176. Dean Rieck on December 15th, 2010 8:37 pm

    Lola,
    If you want a page, you have to create one with your personal account. So you’ll have your personal page AND a fan page. http://www.facebook.com/help/?page=904

  177. Gordon R. Clogston on December 17th, 2010 1:07 pm

    Very informative post.. And my question may have been covered in the comments, but I did not see it.

    I have just created a fan page for our company ‘Batky-Howell, LLC’. I have included a discussion page which I think our ultimate audience will find useful. However, it appears that only admins can initiate new discussion topics. Not sure if this is normal or an anomaly. I would like all visitors to have the permission to initiate a new topic.

    Can this be done?

    Thanks,
    Gordon

  178. Pete Balasch Jr on December 21st, 2010 12:28 pm

    Awesome Information I am Just getting on the Band Wagon of making a Fan Page. It is the Future of Marketing. Thanks So much For teaching us your Tips

  179. Arron Johnson on December 23rd, 2010 2:56 pm

    Hi there Dean, I scrolled through the posts and comments in hopes of finding a link to a professional facebook guru that I can hire for some help. I already have a fan page for my business listed on facebook as Bad Ass Cars but I want to make sure it is set-up as good as it can be, and that it is set-up for people to “Like” it, become fans & friends, etc. and to do things such as the “landing page” you talked about. I ak NOT computer savvy and could really use some help. Do you do this or do you know of anyone that could help me in exchange for some $? Thanks!

  180. Dean Rieck on December 23rd, 2010 2:59 pm

    Arron,
    No, I don’t consult on Facebook pages. I suggest that you search for pages of major businesses and brands to see what they’re doing.

  181. Harry Marasigan on January 4th, 2011 3:21 am

    Hi Dean,

    I am a publisher from Commission Junction for 6 months now but only getting clicks and no commissions, sales and leads on my account; so I wanted to have an FB Page to promote my 12 affiliate links with CJ and see if this can improve my status as an earner. Under what category will I fit in? Is it not bad to promote too much links on FB Page? I need your advice?

  182. Harry Marasigan on January 4th, 2011 3:29 am

    Another thing Dean. Up until now, I cannot sign up with an FB Personal Account? Is there anything that cause the problem? Can I have an FB Page without an FB Personal account? Thanks. Happy New Year, btw.

  183. John Small business Seo on January 4th, 2011 8:57 am

    If you like to have more number of fans on Facebook, then Facebook fan page is the solution. It gives you more control over the page style and you can even have a small site by using FBML, which is similar to HTML. And,like Dean Rieck said above, you could have a page just like big brand and new moves.

  184. Dean Rieck on January 4th, 2011 2:17 pm

    Harry,
    Be careful about promoting too much on FB. Some people consider this spam, unless they’ve specifically friended you for this kind of information. And you must have a personal account to set up a fan page.

  185. Bruce on January 17th, 2011 12:50 pm

    We just created a fan page but for our local neighborhood but we are concerned with managing all the posts from people. Is there a way to use for supplying info to others only and not allow anyone to post messages back?

    Great advice and comments by many – Thanks.

  186. Harry on January 18th, 2011 3:31 pm

    Hi Dean,

    I created a FB fan page that’s been up for about 6 months now and has a decent amount of traffic. I would like to create a FB Comments plugin on my website, and when users post comments through my website using the FB comments plugin, I would like those comments to appear on my FB fan page’s wall. Is this possible? Thanks so much!

  187. Robin Taney on January 18th, 2011 3:44 pm

    Hi Dean,

    Great article! I hope you can answer a question that I haven’t been able to find the answer to anywhere.

    Our company has multiple product lines, each with different audiences. Ideally, I wanted to have a tab for each audience (communities, chambers, associations, etc.) so that each could post on their page. One landing page would greet everyone and give them a place to provide their email for additional information. BUT, that doesn’t seem possible. The static FBMLs would enable me to import a custom designed page with the individual tabs, but there wouldn’t be any way for them to post to it.

    So, what do companies with multiple product lines do? Can I create four separate fan pages under one profile yet still have them go to the same landing page? Can I have the other pages listed on the sidebar, so if they want to explore the other pages, they can?

    I am the poster child for computer illiteracy and this is starting to make me a little nuts, so I appreciate any help you can provide!

    Thanks!
    Robin

  188. Dean Rieck on January 18th, 2011 3:58 pm

    Robin,
    I’m not a tech guy and it sounds like that’s what you need. I recommend you research other pages you like and contact them to find out who did the work for them. Or contact a social media expert who can set this sort of thing up for you.

  189. Harry on January 18th, 2011 7:07 pm

    Hi Dean.. trying again.

    I created a FB fan page that’s been up for about 6 months now and has a decent amount of traffic. I would like to create a FB Comments plugin on my website, and when users post comments through my website using the FB comments plugin, I would like those comments to appear on my FB fan page’s wall. Is this possible? Thanks so much!

  190. Alison Lee Cousland on January 19th, 2011 9:52 am

    I’ve been able to create the landing page for my FaceBook fan page with a new application called FaceBizPro.

    The template of this application enabled me to embed one of my own videos at the top of the page. It also provides 6 buttons that can link to other websites/blogs and space for 3 statements.

    I’ve really appreciated your article with all the excellent tips, comments and replies. I still have a way to go Dean, but this is my landing page as it is now ~ http://budurl.com/FBYCM ~ Before directing my visitors to click on the ‘Like’ button ~ Smile.

  191. Kelly on January 21st, 2011 9:16 am

    So I set up a facebook page but it won’t let me suggest the page to friends. When you click the suggest button a grey bar appears and then nothing happens. Any suggestions??

  192. Pati Springmeyer on January 22nd, 2011 6:23 pm

    Hi Dean,
    Great info –
    I created a landing/welcome page for my business page that requests visitors to “suggest” or “like” the page as the first action (can’t hurt to ask!)- here is the link:
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Original-Oil-Paintings-by-Pati-Almost-Daily/113933515343137?v=wall
    and I found a post that showed me how to set it up so that the visitor only sees that welcome page the FIRST time he/she comes to visit; after that the visitor goes straight to the wall. I have to hunt down where I found that post and I will come back with it.
    Regards,
    Pati

  193. Karl Beckstrand - Author on January 25th, 2011 3:07 pm

    I noticed the above post’s link just went to her fanpage (not a landing page)–is a landing page still possible? Since FB has changed the look of profiles, my fan page is no longer visible on my profile (it can be found if you go first to “info” then to “activities & interests” and THEN to a list in “show other pages”–but this is hardly great visibility. Anyone know how to have my fan page be an obvious link (or at least visible) on my profile?
    Karl Beckstrand – Author

  194. Dean Rieck on January 25th, 2011 4:45 pm

    Karl: Landing pages are still possible for fan pages. But I can’t help you with how FB keeps redesigning the site. Every week it’s something new.

  195. Robin Taney on January 25th, 2011 5:49 pm

    I am by no means an expert (and ready to tear my hair out by how convoluted FB is making this), but you can set the default to be whatever page you want (under Manage Permissions for the page, not the profile) and click the drop down menu for “default landing tab” to whatever you want.

    Regarding the landing page, Jo Barnes of Free Fan Page Templates offers a great (and free) video series on how to design a landing page email sign up form using Aweber.

    I just designed ours using Pagemodo, the basic version, which is also free and FB-friendly and requires zero knowledge of HTML or FBML (which is good, since I am the poster child of computer illiteracy.) I hope that helps.

    Robin

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  197. Brett on February 8th, 2011 2:39 am

    Dean,

    Can you suggest a discussion FORUM online in which we can find more detailed (esp. some of the technical) discussions related to FB pages, etc?

    Is anybody using iFrames instead of FBML nowadays?

    Thanks for this resource and discussion here.

  198. Thomas Newman on February 8th, 2011 9:44 am

    Facebook Fan Pages are becoming the fastest growing area of the internet however it will soon lead back to a similar issue that we had with website design. For example you hagve a nice Facebook Page designed but have no Facebook followers!

  199. Pete on February 15th, 2011 7:22 am

    Thanks for the information as finally decided to take the leap and set up an account as google seems to be giving more prominence too websites with facebook and twitter links. Information given here has been highly valuable.

  200. asiansnakewine on February 18th, 2011 6:23 am

    Hello,

    I am Vietnamese and trying to help our village in Vietnam but i am a newbie, so i created a page using your advices, but what to do now ?

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/asiansnakewinecom/203010933049587

    Please only easy things as it’s not a full time job and can’t focus on this only.

    Thanks a lot for your precious help.

  201. Spencer on February 24th, 2011 6:52 pm

    Finally found someone useful. Thank You. Could someone here please answer this, maybe I read it and missed it or it wasn’t spelled out clearly. MUST I have a personal account already set up in order to create a page for the organization in town I volunteer for? I really don’t want the two linked at all, but if it must be, I need to understand that, and right now I DON’T.

    If I want to create a page for my small business, must I also have a personal site to start off with there as well.

    Proper, full and clear help from someone will be much appreciated. Been working on these sites for months now, and need to once and for all be able to use them and move on to other tasks in life, grin.

    Spencer
    SevenMay2009[AT]Yahoo[DOT]

  202. Spencer on February 24th, 2011 7:08 pm

    Follow-up to prior message…

    I just tried to create a page for a local business, under the green SIGN UP button on the login page, it says copied “Create a Page for a celebrity, band or business.” I than click on “Local Business or Place”, same happens with window to the right of that one … I fill out info, soon as I type the first letter in [City, State] it takes me out, forcing me to log in (to my account I assume) and that’s the end of the sign up for the company. I MUST BE DOING SOMETHING WRONG. In my account the only thing remotely close I see is a “create group” link, and I don’t think I’m trying to creat a group. This has gone on so long, I’m sooooooo tired.

    Thank You,
    Spencer

  203. Dean Rieck on February 24th, 2011 8:05 pm

    Spencer,
    You must have a personal account to set up any page or group. Many people don’t want to link a personal account to a group, for various reasons, but FB will not allow you to do anything unless you’re a real user with a real account. In fact, I had a page shut down for trying to work around this rule.

  204. Dean Rieck on February 24th, 2011 8:07 pm

    Spencer,
    Just google “create facebook fan page” and get some step-by-step directions. Facebook is not always user-friendly.

  205. Spencer on February 25th, 2011 12:55 am

    Thank You very much Mr. Rieck.

    I was indeed able to get my small business site up and running, although I’m still not quite sure it’s working the way I think it should. That doesn’t mean it’s not working, grin.

    And the page for the non-profit, haven’t done that one yet, perhaps tomorrow or over the week end.

    I guess there is no other option than to keep toying with it and eventually I’ll achieve my goals.

    Another thing, seems like when I take one of my accounts and like the other, it just shows that “one person likes this”, not showing names and faces like I had on previous page attempts, don’t know why.

    Thanx, L8r

  206. Rescue Volunteer on February 26th, 2011 5:46 am

    I built a personal page Rescue Volunteer and am at almost 5k friends. I think that is the limit? What happens to request 501?

    Also, my new fan page, I cannot figure out how to build it to add more people/there is no find friends feature. Suggestions?

    Thanks!
    Jane

  207. Sasha on February 27th, 2011 5:04 pm

    Hi i made a fan/like page last night looks great but when I went to create the much needed ‘like’ button I just couldn’t figure it out… There’s two little forms to fill in with ‘codes’ I couldn’t find …. Not computer savvy please help

  208. Tom on March 3rd, 2011 6:55 pm

    Definitely some solid information. I have already made a couple fan pages and what’s interesting I am getting some likes without even having to promote the page.

    This just lets me know the power of facebook.

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  211. Axel on March 17th, 2011 11:55 am

    Unfortunately, the new Facebook Fan page system is broken. I found hundreds of people complaining about it on Facebook support forums. Basically, once you create a fan page, there is absolutely no way to bring friends to it. In fact, one user says:

    “It appears Facebook provides this feature as a false sense of security and it doesn’t actually work. It’s just to keep spammers off the site by thinking they are spamming everyone when they actually aren’t.”

    Well, so much for using Facebook’s fan page. I tried using this feature, not only was my personal “like” of the fan page not on my own newsfeed or profile, but the suggestion to friends didn’t show up in any of my friend’s inbox. What gives?

  212. Dean Rieck on March 17th, 2011 12:26 pm

    No idea what you’re talking about, Axel. I run a fan page for a nonprofit organization with over 9,000 fans with new people “liking” it every day. Works fine. ???

  213. Missy on March 17th, 2011 2:06 pm

    I need to create a page that is private, and I cannot seem to do that. I would like for people to be able to request to join or request to like…What is the best page to do that? Fan or group and how do i make it private?

  214. Dean Rieck on March 17th, 2011 2:22 pm

    Missy: You want to create a “group.” These are set up to be smaller and more private. People must get approved to join.

  215. Missy on March 17th, 2011 2:34 pm

    But I do not want the content to be made public. So far, I cannot change it to private, any suggestions?

  216. Sindi on March 18th, 2011 11:08 pm

    I have a facebook business page, and have been trying to create a facebook badge (button) on my website that would take ANYONE (with or without a FB account) to my facebook page. I have managed to get it working only for those who have a FB account and are loged in. What do i need to do to have someone without a FB account to click on the button to come to my FB page?

    Similarly, I would also like to put twitter and linkedin buttons on my website.

    I have spent a few nights searching for answers but this is the closest I have come by finding this website. Hopefully someone will help me out over here.

    Thx

  217. Dean Rieck on March 18th, 2011 11:20 pm

    Sindibase: Are you sure you have the link right? You have to use the URL for your page, not the generic link that comes with most buttons. And of course, you have to be logged in to comment or interact with the page. Facebook is useless for anyone without an account.

  218. Sindi on March 19th, 2011 2:12 am

    Thx Dean. True what you say about facebook being useless without an account. Here is an example of what I am trying to achieve. Click on the FB, twitter, and linkedin buttons in the website below. You will notice that they all work without you having to logon to your respective accounts.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/

    Sindi

  219. Andrea McLaughlin on March 20th, 2011 4:18 pm

    The difference is that the link to FB on the WhiteHouse page is just a link to the page. I suspect you are trying to use the FB generated link on your web site to get to your FB business page. That does immediately ask you to sign in or sign up.

    I think this is a good point Sindi is making. It’s a good idea to make a regular link on your web site to your business FB site so people can use view the page without signing in. Of course you should also add the FB coded button. I’m going to go change my company web site tonight to make it easier for non-FB users to learn more about my business.

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  222. Gilly on March 28th, 2011 11:54 am

    I operate a Fan page on behalf of a local Vet practice. I would like it to be a sort of general introduction to the practice – but then with separate pages for each of its three disciplines – ie Farm, Small Animal and Equine. Could you tell me how to do this please?

  223. Dean Rieck on March 28th, 2011 1:01 pm

    Gilly, you can use FBML to do that. It’s Facebook’s version of HTML. Here’s a place to start learning about that: http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/how-to-customize-your-facebook-page-using-static-fbml/

  224. Kathleen Calderon on April 4th, 2011 4:34 pm

    I did not even know that Facebook offers a service whereby you can create your own fan pages! Wow! That sounds like something I should do. Thanks to your great article, I think I now know much more about facebook than before. ;)

  225. mbonyiwe on April 5th, 2011 7:46 am

    great..learnt a lot.

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  227. Sonia Barrett on April 15th, 2011 10:27 am

    Hello,

    Thank you for all of the greats tips but my question was not answered and I cannot seem to find the answer anywhere. I have added the “like” button for my Fan page on my website but on my website it shows 13 “likes” but on my Facebook Fan page feed it is only showing 3 “likes”. I am not sure what to do as it is not picking up the feed to update it. Help!

  228. Mano on April 22nd, 2011 3:58 am

    Thanks for the great tips. Keep posting!

    Mano

  229. Lynne on April 22nd, 2011 11:24 am

    Dean,

    Very informative article. My only question is, do I set up a business account, then put the fan page there, or do I just set it up under my personal account?

    Thanks

  230. Dean Rieck on April 22nd, 2011 6:52 pm

    Lynne, everything on Facebook starts with a personal account. You must have that first, then create a fan page. You could create a new “fake” personal account, but you’d be running a risk. Facebook frowns on this practice and often deactivates such accounts, which means any page connected to it would vanish. I’ve been through this and it’s not fun.

  231. Lynne on April 23rd, 2011 8:53 am

    Thank you so much for the info and the quick response!!

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  233. Allen on April 30th, 2011 4:32 pm

    I have a fan page for my business but cannot get the FBML app to add to the page. Every time I click “add to page” it just takes me to my profile page. Did FB suddenly change something that broke it or am I missing something?

  234. Sindi on May 2nd, 2011 3:33 am

    Facebook has stopped supporting Static FBML. Users who have already installed Static FBML need not worry as they’ll still be able to make updates. The change comes for new users who won’t be able to create Static FBML pages, as the custom tabs will now only work on IFrames. Coupled with Facebook’s recent changes to profile pages, there’s no doubt that Facebook now offers its users more freedom to create, essentially, full websites within Facebook.

    Flexibility is perhaps the greatest benefit of IFrame based tabs. With IFrames you’re able to change the welcome tabs according to the seasons, or introduce new offers by creating multiple pages.

    Read more:

    http://www.techwyse.com/blog/social-media-marketing/static-fbml-no-more-make-way-for-iframes/

  235. Sindi on May 2nd, 2011 3:54 am

    Allen, I had the same problem which I was finally able to resolve by downloading tabs for FB. These links will let you directly add up to 12 tabs to your page. I tried tabs from two other websites, but these are far superior, and very easy to work with. You can also enable/disable scroll bars easily. Great with Google Chrome when you have to edit any HTML code. Try it!

    http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=207382782627172

  236. Deb K on May 4th, 2011 11:27 pm

    I created a FB Page for the nonprofit I volunteer with. The thought never crossed my mind to create a fan page instead. However, since creating the Page about a week ago, it has yet to show up in a public search. Is it something I did or, Google, et al? FB Help directs me to change my account privacy settings but that would be for my Personal profile, which they won’t let me create for a Page. I’ve been going around in circles with this. Thanks.

  237. Darren on May 7th, 2011 5:39 am

    Is anyone interested in doing a Facebook Fan page exchange? Basically, it’s a you “like” me, I “like” you sort of thing. However, you should only “like” pages that are of interest to you and that you would comment or post on. If anyone is interested, please visit my page at http://www.facebook.com/clean.burning.candle and let me know you are connecting via Dean’s blog.

    Make it an awesome day!

  238. Dean Rieck on May 7th, 2011 12:28 pm

    Deb,
    I don’t understand. You have to start with a personal account. When you have that setup, then you create a “fan” page. And there are separate privacy controls for each. I can’t tell from your post whether you’ve done this or not.

  239. Loopster Social Media on May 9th, 2011 11:11 pm

    This guide is slightly out-of-date, a lot has changed since it was written!

    We’re just about to release a guide on how to do this with the new interface, and the things you should be aware of in the context of other Facebook changes (EdgeRank changes, Sponsored Stories, new profile layout).

    Watch this space!

  240. Kim Proven on May 18th, 2011 5:01 am

    I set up a Facebook badge on my website homepage to start a fan page

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Self-Catering-Lochearnhead-Briar-Cottages/147546028596414.

    When you click the badge from http://www.stayatbriar.co.uk it goes to the sign in not the information or landing page. The badge also advertises page promotion for Facebook which is a bit ugly on my website. Other pages I have seen take you from a “Find us” button straight into an information page. What am I missing? Thank you

  241. Dean Rieck on May 18th, 2011 12:29 pm

    Kim:
    The problem could be that you’ve used the gobbledegook code Facebook gave you. You need to save your badge as an image on your own server and just use the simple address link to whatever page you want to land on.

  242. Custom Facebook Fan Page Design on May 27th, 2011 1:42 am

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  243. Heather on June 15th, 2011 10:00 am

    Hi Dean: I’ve been hired into a position where we would like to start using FB regularly for advertising. The person in this position prior to me created a FB link from our website but it was never used frequently so i want to change that but know very little. The first thing i’m trying to do is add myself as an admin (I do have to do this to be able to add newsletters, pics, etc. don’t i?)

    I found instructions on the net to add myself to the site but when the instructions tell me to click on “All Fans” that there s/b a button to add admin. First of all the people associated with the site are referred to as “friends” not “fans” so I’m guessing that the FB page should have been set up differently?

    The next thing is that when i click “show all” it does show all the “friends” and although there is a little drop down box with the option to click on “admin”, it then shows the currenty admin with no option to add myself.

    Any chance you can help…please?
    Thanks

  244. Magdalena on June 17th, 2011 7:08 pm

    I created a facebook business page, but now all of my personal friends are getting tons of advertising in the media feed from some of my fan’s pages (many of them have business themselves). Is there anyway to separate my personal facebook page from my business one as far as a media feed?

  245. bashir on June 28th, 2011 6:41 am

    I will try more time but facebook page not work properly.

  246. Ed Shea on June 30th, 2011 8:42 pm

    I have a page on facebook facebook.com/b3digigrafx Whenyou are not logged into facebook you are redirected to facebook.com log-in page. When logged in you are redirected to my personal page, how do I make facebook.com/b3digigrafx open to direct access? Here is an example of one that works, facebook.com/adzinmotion

  247. Dean Rieck on July 3rd, 2011 2:27 pm

    Ed: You’re using the code from FB for your link, aren’t you? That directs people to a signup page. Just go to your page and copy the address of your page for your link.

  248. Karen Inglis on July 5th, 2011 9:45 am

    Hi there

    I am coming in desperation in the hope you can help! I had bookmarked this page of yours a while back to re-look at when I was almost ready to start actively marketing 2 children’s books I have written – and I am at that stage now.

    I set up two FB pages for them a few months ago and ran a very small amount of advertising – and now have 65 and 85 fans respectively. Now I would like to give these pages a more friendly fb URL.

    I have tried in vain to find out how to do this following the instructions – which don’t work – and tried in vain to find out how to post my query about this on FB – and failed (I can’t see any options in FB help centre that allow me to post a question!)

    When I got to the page http://www.facebook.com/username/ it asks me for a mobile no. in order to verify my account before I can set up my username – it then texts me a code which, when I input it in the requested box, it says it does not recgonise.

    Oddly, when googling around to see if anyone else is having this problem, post seem to say that this page should show give me a drop down list to choose from of friendly urls – but I get none of this.

    I am logged in as the administrator when I do all of the above. So sorry to email you with this query – but I can’t even see how to ask a question about this in the fb help centre! I do hope you can help. My fb pages are as follows in case if it’s of relevance… http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eeek/180996308612179 and http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Secret-Lake/120383541372392

    Kind regards,

    Karen Inglis UK, London

  249. Allison on July 12th, 2011 9:12 pm

    Dean
    I am having the same problem as others. I have created a page. When people “like it” it doesn’t show up in their news feed. In fact when people like anything on my facebook page it doesn’t show up on their pages. How do I change this?

  250. Shalu on July 20th, 2011 3:01 am

    great help..thnx!!

  251. Misbah on July 23rd, 2011 7:17 am

    My facebook page upgrades are not appearing on members wall??whats da reason kindly help..waiting

  252. Misbah on July 23rd, 2011 7:25 am

    my facebook page updates are not appearing on members wall//why

  253. Engineering Entrance on July 28th, 2011 9:17 am

    great source of effective & successful strategy with which anybody can increase their friend following.
    Again thanks 4 great tips .

  254. shana on August 10th, 2011 10:35 am

    Hi, so my question is related to privacy. I have a fanpage for my biz. My personal page has high privacy (friends only) settings. This means that my fanpage is friends only?? How do I make my fanpage open to everyone while keeping my personal page “Friends only”? Thx

    Shana

  255. Mini on August 17th, 2011 7:16 am

    Hi, I created a page on FB to market my product and it is not linked to my personal account. But now i am not able to log into the page again. It does not recognize my email ID and even the forgot password tab does not help.

  256. Corinna on August 23rd, 2011 12:20 pm

    Can’t create FB page for business. When I get to City/State, it says please log in. Can’t get past it… rrrrgggg!!!!

  257. Nuno on August 24th, 2011 12:02 pm

    Hi, I have created a Page and I cannot find a way to make my albums and wall only available to people who like my page… Is this not available now???
    Thanks

  258. Kim on August 24th, 2011 2:25 pm

    There is a link to our facebook page on our website. When you click on it it use to go directly to our fb page but now it goes to the facebook login page. How can this be fixed so that users will be directed to our fb page instead?

    Thanks

  259. kelly on September 9th, 2011 2:56 pm

    really nice info. Fanpage are so important. We have just created our first fanpage for our company and are pretty happy about it. We wanted to run a campaign so we used coolmojito.com. Our page look awesome !!!!!

  260. Nicole on September 14th, 2011 1:25 pm

    I created my page but I cant get the publish button to appear. I’ve done all of the getting started steps. I want my page to be searchable but I don’t know what I am doing wrong.

  261. Valerie Hamer on September 14th, 2011 7:51 pm

    Nicole – maybe you need a certain number of fans before that happens? I think it is 30, then things change.

    Nuno/Shanna – I think the two are not connected. As fae as I see FB pages are open and cannot be restricted.

    Today I see that my page has disappeared from left sidebar. Not asure of my fans have the same thing but it makes it harder to get to the page for updates etc.

  262. anne on September 18th, 2011 5:40 am

    hi..i have a photo liking on my page.. how would i let people like my page first before liking their entries? pls help….:(

  263. capilitan glen niel on September 29th, 2011 2:45 am

    thank you for your nice and very helpful tips and information…

  264. chrissy on October 1st, 2011 8:27 am

    Please can you help? I followed all the ‘get started’ instructions but something is still not right….how can I stop people from commenting on my fb page without having hit the ‘like’ button first? Those who are commenting without ‘liking’ the page have their posts go direct to ”hidden posts”…is this an automatic thing? How can I prevent this from keep happening?

  265. keshav on October 2nd, 2011 11:57 pm

    That’s not a good idea. No one will sign up for a page that only promotes affiliate links. And FB frowns on this and is likely to deactivate your page when someone complains….

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  268. Celestin on October 16th, 2011 12:33 pm

    I am trying to better my way of bulding my fan pages and this article has been the clearest and simplestt way of explaining how to go about it.
    Thank you for the information which had added a great deal to my humble knowledge of using facebook and it practices.

  269. tony on October 31st, 2011 1:35 pm

    I followed every instuction I could find but I have no idea why my page on FB reads as http://www.facebook.com/pages/Think-Ink-Plus/187376317947632

    Everyone elses would be http://www.facebook.com/ThinkInkPlus
    No “pages” ,no numbers at the end…what am I doing wrong?
    THANKS!!!!!

  270. Lowel on November 1st, 2011 6:02 am

    Hi Dean,

    Thank you for this informative tips in creating facebook fan page. I just created mine and this tips really help.

    Thank you

  271. Jay on November 2nd, 2011 9:27 pm

    Hi,

    This is a good writeup on fanpages. I build two to three fanpages every week. With Facebook requiring https, its more challenging to get the fanpage / fangate done right.

    Let me know if you guys need help on fanpages or fangate.

    Thanks

    Jay
    fbreveal.com

  272. Dave on November 8th, 2011 9:10 am

    I want to set up a goup page for people to interact without my involvement, but have it acknolowedge my page and asking the group participants to like my page, and have it as an adjunct to my page. Can I do this? Am I a bad person for wanting to do this?

  273. Sven Cooke on November 14th, 2011 5:24 am

    Thanks Dean,

    The summary of clear points is really useful. As you state it is important to understand if you want to send folks to a landing page or wall. The most important factor is to give them something for becoming a fan.

    Regards

    Sven

  274. Oliver Saylor on November 15th, 2011 8:19 pm

    Hi.

    I use my private account with all my friends, posting pictures of nights out, making funny status updates etc. Now I am starting an iPhone app business and want a business page for it on Facebook.

    If I merge the business page with my private account, will the two then be seperated? I am not interesting in customers seeing me and my friends downing beers all night if I upload a picture and then use “places” to log in at the local bar. I dont want customers (or rather “fans” of my business page) to see what I am saying to my friends.

    Is it possible to keep such a line between private and business, and If so, how?

    Thanks so much in advance!

  275. Marvin on December 18th, 2011 6:28 pm

    I am setting up a fan page but I am lost. Is their a easy way to explain it?

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  277. my facebook sign in facebook iphone on December 21st, 2011 5:37 pm

    applications are things like games and quizzes.. pages are for the “fans” of businesses, musicians, actors, etc.. . applications are more for fun and pages are more for representing something.

  278. Susan on December 21st, 2011 10:48 pm

    Hi Dean,
    I set up a business page and for the last three weeks it stopped posting updates in my newsfeeds on my profile page as well as on my fans’ pages. It still gets posted in the ticker feed and I have lost all previous posts on my profile page. While my updated status aren’t posting onto my profile page, my activity on my business page is slowing down. There has been no interaction on that page for three weeks and all the work/info posted has been wasted.
    I’ve been trying to post my question on the facebook forum, I reported my question to facebook’s technical support, and I’ve been searching everywhere for a phone number or a live chat but to no avail. If you have any clue how to rectify this issue, I’d love to hear from you and it will be greatly appreciated. I am quite frustrated that no one has responded to me yet. Thanks in advance, Susan

  279. suie on December 23rd, 2011 2:45 am

    Hi,

    I find your tips really helpful and easy to understand.

    Thank you so much for the nice post.

    Regards,
    Suie

  280. Dean Rieck on December 23rd, 2011 5:27 pm

    Susan, it’s unlikely you’ll ever talk to a human at FB. About all you can do is send an email and cross your fingers. They have no competition and, therefore, don’t give a darn about customer service.

  281. Debi on December 31st, 2011 2:17 pm

    Our non-profit ministry, New Life Ministries/Camp New Life, has a fb page. I have run into a wall, and that is that, as one of the admins, I want to post from my droid to the fb page. I don’t know how. I thought I could post to my own fb, then Share. However, the NLM page won’t come up as a friend because, I just discovered, it is listed as a Place. I want to change it to be an organization, non-profit, but don’t know how. I don’t want to lose what we have. I also want to incorporate some of your ideas. I don’t know if I am clear in what I want,…..but can you help?

  282. Raul Reyes on April 28th, 2012 1:16 pm

    Thanks Dean for your post, I was searching on google for this information and I came across you post.

    The advice you give is very clear and I just know what to do because I’ve never been to facebook.

    Thanks!

  283. paul bateman on May 23rd, 2012 6:55 am

    But how do you start the fan page? the only options i have are for business pages

  284. kataskevi istoselidon on May 31st, 2012 1:14 pm

    Can someone tell me how to set up the url to a facebook page that is working?

  285. jeet on June 6th, 2012 11:10 am

    I have created fan page after creating personal profile. After switching personal to fan page view. it is available. but after log out when i log in it shows again personal profile. I just want to put permanently fan page each time i log in. so how it is possible ? and one more problem is that my fan page is not appearing in fb search result.

  286. Julie Jones on July 3rd, 2012 7:17 am

    Hi Dean

    Thanks for the information on here all very helpful, I am trying to create a landing page for our Facebook page but I cant seem to find the FBML app that you were talking about, the only ones I can find wont load up when I click on them, can you help?

  287. Brisbane Car Finance on August 21st, 2012 5:49 am

    I have a Facebook page, but it’s private, so can you tell me how can i set up page for my copywriting business?

  288. Brian Keller on September 6th, 2012 5:08 pm

    I am a third party creating a facebook fan page for a business. After I create it, I want to hand it over to them and forget about it.

    I do not want it linked to my personal account. Is this possible?

    Thanks!



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