The #1 Mistake On Your Personal Facebook Profile

The #1 Mistake On Your Personal Facebook Profile

[UPDATE: December 17, 2011: Now that the Facebook Timeline has rolled out worldwide, the way you access your Employer field has changed. Under your Cover image, there are three possible ways to access your Work and Education details and all the other data that was previously under your “Info” tab. See screenshot below – 1) click anywhere in the shaded area, or 2) click the Update Info button, or 3) click About.

Facebook Timeline - Update Info

Once on the Work and Education Section, click the “Edit” button in the top right of that section. Then begin to type in your own fan page if you work for yourself, or the fan page of your employer. Then add your Position, City/Town and a Description. For the position, you could use standard wording like “CEO” or you can put anything you wish, e.g. I have “Passionate Social Media Leader.” 🙂

Facebook Timeline - Update Work

If you currently have more than one job, as far as I know, you can only hyperlink one company fan page on your Timeline. I haven’t seen more than one employer linked in this section. However, it’s certainly feasible to add more into that section and when visitors/friends click on your About section, they’ll see the other jobs/positions. If you have difficulty in getting your main job to show as the featured one on your Timeline, you may need to delete the other jobs/employers and add the main one last.] End update.

Original post follows:

When Facebook upgraded personal profiles to the new design, most of the new features took effect without much effort on the user’s part. If you don’t like a certain photo in your five-photo strip at the top, just “x” it out to hide it from showing at the top. Tabs became links down the side, and we lost the most recent status update at the very top. (Oh, how I miss that feature as well as the wee mini-bio box!).

One of the most significant changes with the new profile design is the personal info at the top of your profile, right under your name. This section contains your job title, place of work, where you live, your birthday, education, hometown, languages, college/high school and a few other pertinent fields.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you prefer not to share any of these areas, just leave those fields blank when you edit your profile information. As you can see in the screenshot below, I choose to only show my title, employer, city of residence and birthday. I figure less is more when it comes to personal info on Facebook! By the way, only you can see fields left blank as indicated by links inviting you to “Add your xxxx.”

[Also, hot tip: be sure to change your date of birth to only show month and day – not the year – to add a layer of protection].

Facebook Profile Mari Smith

The #1 mistake? Your Employer link is a Community Page!

Go to your Facebook profile now and mouseover your Employer field – you’ll see it’s not linked to your fan page! When Facebook changed your profile to the new design, it automatically hyperlinked your EMPLOYER field to an auto-generated COMMUNITY PAGE!

(What is a Community Page? It’s an auto-generated wiki style of page that, in some ways, “competes” with your official fan page… at least, it can be confusing for some people when they’re trying to find you. For a full explanation of Community Pages and what you need to know, see this post.)

If you work for yourself and have your own Facebook Fan Page (or you’re an employee and your employer has a fan page), I highly recommend that you change this Employer field to your Fan Page.


Facebook Fan Page Hover Card Mari Smith

I’ve seen hundreds and hundreds of personal Facebook profiles where the user is clearly blissfully unaware that they are missing out on an opportunity to promote their Fan Page right at the top of their profiles. We have no idea how many people might be browsing our personal profiles, whether they are friends or not, and you may as well take the opportunity to promote your fan page.

How to add your Facebook Fan Page as your Employer:

The process is straightforward:

  1. Click Edit Profile > then go to the Education and Work section.
  2. Begin typing the name of your fan page in the Employer field.
  3. If you see your fan page in the dropdown menu, select it.
  4. Then fill out the remaining fields (Position, City/Town, Description and Time Period). If you also add in any business partners/colleagues, this will show on their profile too under the Employer section.
  5. Click Add Job.
  6. You can also add Project(s) to any position and add business partners/colleagues (again, this shows on their Employer section).
  7. Voila!

Facebook Employer - Starbucks

If you find that your fan page just does not want to show up in the Employer field, there is a Ninja workaround which takes a tad of tecchie knowledge. See this helpful tutorial.

That’s it. I’m sure there are many other “mistakes” some Facebook users make on their personal profiles (besides having a personal profile in the name of a business which is a violation of Facebook’s terms!). But, I feel this one mistake with the missed opportunity to promote your fan page is the most overlooked area.

Any questions, let me know in the comments below. Also, what other mistakes or tips for optimizing profiles do you know of? Feel free to share!

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  1. Matthew Roda on May 24, 2011 at 2:25 am

    Hey Mari,

    Thanks for the helpful tip!  Question, I am in a relationship with the love of my life and am happy to tell the facebook world about it via my relationship status, however, it’s not one of the first things I want people to see when viewing my profile.  How do I keep that status and remove it from showing at the top of my profile page?  Any help you can share will be much appreciated.  Thanks Mari!


  2. Keri J on May 24, 2011 at 2:30 am


    I have you plugged in to my Rockmelt, and saw your icon light up!

    Great post — the written instructions are ultra supreme! 

    About a month ago, I was talking with small business owners, and I too began to notice a lot of people without this important feature plugged in!  

    Further discussion led to their general collective statement that they would rather exist from a profile than a Facebook Page. (Yikes)

    So, I came up with a video & tip to really grab attention for the Facebook Page and lead hopeful fans there.  I submit this only as a resource to be helpful: 

    As always, great info.  I will share!! 🙂


  3. Christina Hills on May 24, 2011 at 5:05 am

    I love that you keep us so up to date on everything Facebook!
    -Christina Hills

  4. Ray on May 24, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Oh, Mari, I love you, you know I do but I’ve tried this a while back without success and today I have to report that I’m still unable to make this work with either the “easy” instructions or using WebDeveloper.

    Can’t understand why FB won’t accept my Page as company, but alas, will persevere.
    Always look forward to your posts. 🙂

  5. Rachel Henke on May 24, 2011 at 7:58 am

    The problem is that it seems to have a lot of bugs in it – I’ve never been able to get it to work and gave up with frustration last time. I will try again! Thanks

  6. Terri Zwierzynski on May 24, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Awesome! Luckily I already had Web Developer installed. It took a few tries to get it right but it’s working now…thanks Mari for the tip and the Ninja workaround link!

  7. Anonymous on May 24, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Hey Ray. Please watch the video for step by step instructions:

  8. Anonymous on May 24, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Hey Nancy. I hope this helps. Please watch the video for step by step instructions:

  9. Anonymous on May 24, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Hey John. Please watch the video for step by step instructions:

  10. Anonymous on May 24, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Hey Rachel. I created a video on how to do this. Please watch the video for step by step instructions:

  11. Jeff R Shearer on May 24, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    I agree this is an issue, but wouldn’t call it a mistake on the part of the user. Facebook’s inability to autodetect an existing business page is the issue. This is probably one of the  biggest contributors to the clutter in Facebook Search (Don’t even get me started with facebook places). Doesn’t make sense why Facebook wouldn’t have a system in place to automatically merge identical community pages with an official business page. 

  12. Hugh Briss on May 24, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Hi Ray. Yes, the ninja workaround doesn’t always work and for anyone who is unable to figure out how to get the correct link inserted it would be best to delete the current employer information rather than linking to a blank community page Facebook auto generated.

    Mari, there’s one other benefit and spot that the information will appear and that’s on our Info page. In most cases, when you visit a personal profile of someone you aren’t already friends with, you’ll see their Info page and the Employer block is right at the top of the list of interests. If we’ve linked to our own fan page it will show our avatar and the link to our Page, as well as any custom text we may have used. Here’s mine…

  13. Hugh Briss on May 24, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    It looks like you didn’t take your own advice though because all I see on your page is “Married to Sheila Howard-Robinson”. 😉

  14. Anonymous on May 24, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Hey Hugh. I’m not sure why that’s all you see. Of course I took my own advice. The video proves that! 🙂

  15. Hugh Briss on May 24, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    You must have more than one profile then because here’s what I see.

  16. Hugh Briss on May 24, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Seems odd too that the first time I viewed your page I saw the married to only and now I only see works at.

  17. Kristi Hines on May 24, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    I noticed that when the new Facebook profiles rolled out.  Definitely frustrating to think that employees could be unknowingly misdirecting people to the wrong page for their company.

  18. Tim Soulo on May 24, 2011 at 10:34 am

    That’s an amazing tip! Thinking of my own behaviour on Facebook, I do look at that info at the top and pay attention to the employment part. Thing I’ll need to revamp my info too 🙂

  19. Kevin Mullett on May 24, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    For those, like myself, who have attempted this before and again today yet still it failed, I bring an alternate solution I used.

    What I did was merged our Facebook generic community page with our Facebook place page. While I would still rather have our FAN page correctly portrayed, this at least gives you a page you can control and is populated with relevant content.

    This first requires that you claim your community and place page, then you can merge them. This take a bit of time but is worth it. This is what the resulting page looks like »

    Note that I have “LIKED” two of our Cirrus ABS FAN pages, see left side, by selecting “use page as” from the merged community/place page then visiting our FAN pages.

    Hope this helps. Feel free to friend me 🙂

  20. Stefanie on May 24, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    I’ve been dying to know how to change this. Our community page has an old logo.

  21. John Barnett on May 24, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    This is a great idea and would love to implement it, but all tries have failed.  I’m willing to admit I don’t have enough tech mojo, but if I can’t figure it out, I certainly won’t get the others in the company to try.  Any other ideas because this vexes me greatly and I would really like to figure this one out.

  22. TosaNiles on May 24, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Great information. The tutorial you referred to was very helpful. It took a few tries but the link to my correct company page was effected using step No. 8 in the tutorial. Really glad to have the correct company page now referred to on my personal profile

  23. Lonnie Robinson on May 24, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Hey Mari! Great minds think alike. 🙂 It’s funny you mentioned, “How to add your Facebook Fan Page as your Employer”. I recently created a video which illustrates this highly overlooked feature on facebook. I was surprised to see how many experts in our industry don’t utilize this. I used Willie Crawford as an example and sent him the video. He changed his employer within 5 minutes! 🙂 Please watch the video and please feel free to share it with your audience:

    Thanks Mari!

    Make TODAY Your Greatest!


  24. Julie on May 24, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Thanks Mari, I did the Techie stuff too, but result is fantastic, Thanks so much!

  25. NancyMarmolejo on May 24, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    I’m feeling hopeful seeing all the people who tried and ultimately succeeded… so far it’s not happening for me! Think I’ll delegate…. 🙂

  26. Bob The Teacher Jenkins on May 24, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    When I did it a few months ago, my page was not showing up either. It may be if your page is a “personality” page that it doesn’t count.

    The way I did it was I went to my Fan Page and highlighted the title of the page. Then I copied it, and pasted it into the employer box. That connected it directly.

  27. Travis Campbell on May 24, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Worked like a charm. Thanks as always Mari!

  28. Lisa Braithwaite on May 24, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Thanks for prompting me to go look at my profile again, Mari. I had already changed my “employer” to my fan page a few weeks ago. However, when I double checked it, the “community page” for my website was actually showing. When I went in to edit it, sure enough, my fan page was still in the list, but below this other page. I just deleted the listing that was showing and now my fan page is on top again.

  29. Mari Smith on May 24, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Hi Matthew – oh sure thing, just set that in your privacy: customize settings > relationships > then select friends only or customize with a friend list and that should do it. You can try the preview feature to see how your profile looks to certain people.

  30. Mari Smith on May 24, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Awesome! Me too, I’m always looking at peeps’ fan pages from their profile! 🙂 

  31. Ceci Dadisman on May 24, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Mari, thanks for posting this.  However, I have tried to do this in the past and it does not work.  I have a fan page for my business but it doesn’t appear in the drop-down.  Also, I technically work at two places at the moment but on my profile it defaults to the other job that is not my own company.  🙁

  32. Barb Youchah on May 24, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Thank you Mari! You’ve helped us so many times, thank you for being such a valuable resource! 🙂

  33. Jason Fox on May 24, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Great tip.  I just clicked mine and lo and behold it was a community page… WHY Facebook?  Anyway I am on my way to correcting that, but my page does not show up.  So I am using the secret ninja technique to get it to show up.  Wish me Luck.

  34. Michelle McManus on May 24, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Darn. It is better than it was before but it defaults to a place page and not our official business page.

  35. Allison Duncan on May 24, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Great tip. I honestly hadn’t thought of doing that. Thanks for the heads-up. You may find, however, that you have to delete the previous job in order to get the new one to show up.

    I just found your site, so am doing a lot of back reading.

    The Nerd Connection

  36. John Barnett on May 24, 2011 at 8:03 pm


    Much obliged for the simple approach.  Worked like a charm and didn’t need any ninjas!  Many Thx! 

  37. Carrie on May 25, 2011 at 4:05 am

    Fixed it! Thanks.

  38. Del Wratten on May 24, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Thanks Mari, I had to do the ‘techie” version with the Firefox add on and after a little bit of fiddling around, I finally sorted it.  Much better!  Love your work.  🙂

  39. Online Media Direct on May 24, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Ok this is cool and thanks but it has found my place page and I am still having real problems being able to merge my pages. Please could you help me out here.

  40. Mari Smith on May 24, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    It’s not possible any more to merge your Place + Fan Pages. 🙁 Facebook seem to have recently removed that merge option, I’m not sure why.

  41. Mari Smith on May 24, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    It’s not possible any more to merge your Place + Fan Pages. 🙁 Facebook seem to have recently removed that merge option, I’m not sure why.

  42. Mari Smith on May 24, 2011 at 11:15 pm


  43. Mari Smith on May 24, 2011 at 11:15 pm


  44. Mari Smith on May 24, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Woohoo – it’s so gratifying when it works, eh! 🙂 

  45. Mari Smith on May 24, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Woohoo – it’s so gratifying when it works, eh! 🙂 

  46. Mari Smith on May 24, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Awesome – hope you got it to work?

  47. Mari Smith on May 24, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    WOW! That’s awesome to know – I didn’t know you could merge Community + Place Pages after claiming them. Hm. 

  48. Mari Smith on May 24, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Awesome – greetings, Allison!!

  49. Mari Smith on May 24, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    GO Ninjas!!!

  50. Mari Smith on May 24, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Lol – fingers and toes crossed!

  51. Mari Smith on May 24, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    My pleasure – glad you’re here, Barb!

  52. Mari Smith on May 24, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Exactly!!! Makes no sense why all those Community Pages were created – most are just “ghost towns.” Lol!

  53. Mari Smith on May 24, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Hey Ceci – I would delete out all info on your Employer field for now, then try the “Ninja” workaround with the web developer toolbar in Firefox or Chrome. 

  54. Mari Smith on May 24, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Oh wow, that’s interesting!! Good to know you got it sorted!

  55. Mari Smith on May 24, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Ya, I wasn’t saying it’s a user mistake! 🙂 It’s for sure an oversight on Facebook’s part… beats me why there are so many useless Community Pages (and Place Pages) floating in limbo with no owners! I mean, Place Pages are useful for sure for local businesses who claim them and use them. But there’s a lot of dupes. Agreed re merging!

  56. Mari Smith on May 24, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Hi Bob – wow, that’s an interesting workaround!! Glad it worked. 🙂 

  57. Mari Smith on May 24, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Yay you got it to work Nancy!! Hey, btw, did you know your Fan Page is a Place Page? Not sure if you intended that, but unless you do have peeps physically coming to your location, you can remove your full mailing address from the Info tab and it should morph back to a regular Fan Page. There’s no harm in having it a Place Page, but just FYI. 

  58. Mari Smith on May 24, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Great! I’ve been telling peeps about this for some time since Ching Ya wrote her tutorial! 🙂 Figured I’d shine more light on the subject cuz so many peeps are still blissfully unaware. 

    BTW, quick tip for video tutorials – keep ’em SUPER short!! Two minutes max if possible. 

  59. Mari Smith on May 24, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Aha!! Excellent point! I gotta update my post with that tidbit too!

  60. Mari Smith on May 24, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Hey Ray – how I ended up getting my own fan page in there a while back when I made the change was to delete the previous info and select a really popular fan page like Starbucks. Then just replace their ID # with mine using the web developer toolbar trick. 

  61. Ewealthology on May 25, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Yes, thanks for the tip. BTW, there was no way I could explain this tutorial in two minutes or less! 🙂

  62. Ewealthology on May 25, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Hey Hugh. That’s the way my profile looks when not logged in. I will change that too. Thanks!

  63. Beth Millner on May 25, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Thank you for this!  I had a little different of a scenario, I had my fan page listed as people>artist and it would not let me change my employer to my artist self.  I changed the fan page to be a local business and voila, I was able to put myself as my employer on my profile!  Your post clued me in that this might be the issue.  =)

  64. Dolly Madison on May 25, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    No one is holding a gun to your head forcing you to enter valid information in these fields. Always wanted a summer birthday? Go for it. Always wanted to be Warren Buffet’s financial advisor? Be it. Didn’t you graduate with honors from Oxford? Have some fun!

  65. Hugh Briss on May 25, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Ah, I see the problem. It’s not that I wasn’t logged in, it’s because I was viewing your profile while using Facebook as my Page and not myself. Kind of a strange bug I think. Apparently Facebook treats us as not being logged in if we’re in Page mode.

  66. Ileane on May 25, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Hi Mari! Is there a way to determine how often people are finding your page this way? Any tracking tools we can use? Thanks!

  67. Dees Music on May 25, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    I’m pretty sure I’ve violated: “having a personal profile in the name of a business which is a violation” ..I’m at which is apparently my personal account.  I’ve created my business pages out of the personal profile, but I’m afraid (based on your post) I’ve violated FB terms.

    And.. I have 4 really important biz pages coming out of the original personal account.

    Please tell me what you think I should do.  

  68. Laura Christianson on May 25, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    I had no idea you were blogging about this, Mari, and I wrote a tutorial on the same topic Monday, after multiple questions about it from my own readers.

    My tutorial explains how to do the workaround, in case your Community Page shows up when you try to put in your Business/Fan page:

  69. Anonymous on May 26, 2011 at 1:04 am


    Thanks for sharing, I think the  Employer field or link on everyone’s profile is the biggest
    blunder facebook makes. 90 percent of the people who try to do their biz on this social
    site, will see when they click on “where they work” , “employer” or business it goes to a bizzarre briefcase with zero or very little fans.

    If you go back into your facebook profile and write in the exact name of your business or where you want it to link to it works great.

    For example:  I put in MAYO Communications, which goes to my like page

    Before it redirecting unique visitors to that crazy latent image or graphic of a 60’s briefcase. Anyone who has a challenge with this I would be happy to help them. We see this so often, and if you ware relying on facebook as your business URL (another mistake), be sure to go to and add “Facebook Archive” download it in Firefox browser and it will appear in your menu of Firefox. It saves images, contacts, and posts, but not sure about emails, maybe.
    But you would never get that from FB, which have a goofy archive on its site I do NOT trust.

    Nothing is worse than getting your account hacked into and having FB close your account for no reason or explanation. Thanks for sharing Mary! You’re the best.

  70. Anonymous on May 26, 2011 at 1:06 am

    Keep trying, too me half hour on my account, then a few minutes on other friends I helped or maintained for them.

  71. Anonymous on May 26, 2011 at 1:08 am

    Good job, you really should have to fiddle with and Facebook should have told us when they did their great pitch about the updates. thx. for sharing. I had to do something similar, but when you change it copy exactly the title or sometimes the URL it also works.  G.

  72. Giselle on May 26, 2011 at 2:16 am

    Mari,  I followed all of your steps, but Facebook won’t allow me to add the name of my page.?.  Any help would be appreciated.

  73. Mari Smith on May 25, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Great – lotsa peeps have blogged about this issue and made all manner of video tutorials too! It was one of my pet peeves, so figured I’d get the word out even more!

  74. Mari Smith on May 25, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Hey Darlene – you’re absolutely fine. The link you shared goes to your personal profile which is in your name – the actual URL (username) can be anything you want. And, in fact, you do get one chance on your personal profile to change the username if you want to. 

  75. Mari Smith on May 25, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Oh wow, million dollar question – none that I know of!! 🙂 Hopefully as Facebook continues to evolve, we’ll have more and more tracking tools!

  76. Mari Smith on May 25, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    hahaa. Good points, Dolly. If you want to kid around with your friends. I’m a big fan of putting in the facts in though. 🙂 

  77. Mari Smith on May 25, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Interesting! Glad it worked out. 🙂 

  78. Ileane on May 26, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Mari, just a word of advice for anyone who doesn’t want to bother with the “techie” Ninja work-around. I tried this about 3 weeks ago and it didn’t work but I didn’t want to bother with all the steps necessary to make Facebook behave. Tried it again yesterday after being reminded by this post and it worked like a charm. Maybe it just takes a little patience to wait for Facebook to catch up 🙂
    Thanks Mari and I’ll “see” you at the webinar. 

  79. Michelle on May 26, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    I tried some of the other techniques including the ninjas without success. However, this cutting and pasting technique worked for me on the first try! It’s clearly the simplest and easiest solution if your page doesn’t show up when you type it in to the employer box. Thanks so much for sharing!

  80. Virtual Gina on May 26, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Thanks for sharing

  81. Jackie on May 27, 2011 at 1:17 am

    Am so glad to have found this post Mari, (via sitesell) and in fact to have found your whole website!  I can see I will be devouring all the facebook info, there is much to learn!

  82. Varaneka Laxmi on May 26, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    thank you!

  83. Amelia@ International Business on May 27, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    I would not call it as a “mistake” per se. It’s just a simple overlook. With sooo many things going around Facebook (chats, messages, wall posts, etc), people sometimes tend to disregard the difference between community page and fan page, which the latter has a great advantage over the former.

    I agree with Gabriella, the old Facebook’s design and layout is more superior than the present one. But technology and feature-wise, the present FB has the upper hand. It even changed the way we do businesses these days.

  84. Poker Online on May 27, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Nice post.. It helped me so much !

  85. Gabriella - the stepford wife on May 27, 2011 at 10:06 am

    This was a much needed post explaining such an important, but over-looked aspect of Facebook. Honestly, the old Facebook was far more better in my opinion.

  86. Brintooze on May 27, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Hi, for some reason I am now Brin Tooze Tooze on Facebook.
    What happened?
    Can I have just one surname?

  87. Tommy on May 28, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Thanks for the great tip. I’m a professional actor just putting together a Page. The Ninja workaround worked like a charm. Next up, getting friends to also become ‘fans’. Thanks again.

  88. Anonymous on May 28, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Thanks, that was helpful advice. It’s frustrating when you get things set up and then the platform changes and you have to go update things you didn’t even know about…

  89. Tony Dix on May 29, 2011 at 5:14 am

    It’s a great tip. When the change took place I made sure that all our employees had the correct wording so as to get to the fan page. Only I assumed our boss knew & it took him a wee while to catch on:)

  90. Joi Rogers on May 31, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Until recently my employer wouldn’t come up. Such a pesky creature Facebook can be! Now it’s working. Thanks for the great article. 😉

  91. Steve on May 31, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Thanks for the tip, very easy to do.

  92. Laura Christianson on June 1, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Beth – One of my Facebook peeps is having the same problem. Her page is listed as Media/News/Publishing and she’s not able to see it at all when she tries to add it as ’employer.’ I’ve suggested she change it to Companies & Organizations and we’ll see if that works. Often, Facebook rolls out these features for Pages in certain categories, and as time goes on they roll it out to all the Page categories.

  93. Theyoganurse on June 2, 2011 at 4:09 am

    loved this, really generous. and i did it. gratitude!

  94. The Sparkle Agency on June 4, 2011 at 1:54 am

    This is such an awesome tip Mari! I use this as a cue that a business could use my help in social media and send them the link to your post. I share this link and your name with everyone I talk to about Facebook!
    Debbie Horovitch

  95. Mari Smith on June 4, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Many thanks dear Debbie!! You are so lovely and sparkly. hehee! 🙂 

  96. Mari Smith on June 4, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Lol – so true!!

  97. Mari Smith on June 4, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Good to hear, Tommy!! You may also enjoy this popular post I wrote with 21 creative ways to boost your fanbase:

  98. Mari Smith on June 4, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Uhoh – that’s odd. You can edit your name under Account > Account Settings. 

  99. Mari Smith on June 4, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    I believe so. However, you get much more Google juice from links on your fan page.

  100. Mari Smith on June 4, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Ya, could be called an “oversight.” However, the importance of a blog headline is that it gets people’s attention and I felt the word “mistake” was more compelling and would reach and help more people! 🙂 

  101. Mari Smith on June 4, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Many thanks, Jackie!

  102. Mari Smith on June 4, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Hi Giselle – did you try the technical workaround where you choose any fan page then change the page ID number? See:

  103. Mari Smith on June 4, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    (LOL’d at the 60’s briefcase – so true!!)

  104. D. Nicole Mims on June 12, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Great article.  You provide everyone with some very valuable information.  I am going to change my profile right now.  Thanks.

  105. Changis on June 24, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Excellent tips. Sometime we just miss out on so many of these features. 
    If it weren’t for good people like you we might still continue to
    blissfully miss out on so many opportunities.

    Many thanks Mari and wish you the best.


  106. Lisadoherty22 on June 28, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    My assistant and I watched your webinar this morning and we were very impressed with the information and tips that we learned. Thank You!

  107. klimaatbeheersing on June 28, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    This was a much needed post explaining such an important, but
    over-looked aspect of Facebook. There is a huge increase in users now a days because of new functionalities.

  108. Ingrid on June 30, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Hello Mari,

    I had a friend on facebook and suddenly she disappeared from my list. She knows nothing about. Through friends finder, I can not find her. (not on my account) or through my husband’s account.
    I can not find a solution through facebook.
    Through google I went to the search and I came across you out.
    Hence I ask the question to you and you might have a solution.
    Incidentally, I read that several people at a problem.
    Need a solution for me?
    I’m waiting for your
    regards from the
    Netherlands Ingrid HuisinkThanks for your helpI hope you understand the text, my English is not so good and I have sought help via google translator

  109. Hal1127 on July 6, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Just learned something new! Thank you for the tip. I made the change to my profile and it worked perfectly.

  110. Martha on July 15, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Great tip – thanks very much. You’ve just earned a new fan.

  111. Kimberly on July 17, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    I just discovered this post today and made the change!  I was wondering how I had become a Community page and now I know.  I’ve linked my profile to my Facebook page and added the two eBooks I’ve written.  Thank you for sharing this easy tip.

    If anyone had trouble linking their Facebook page, I found that I had to identify myself as the page owner so that I could link the profile to the page.  Whew!

  112. Lisa W on July 17, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Awesome! Thank you so much for posting this! I had no idea that could be done. Much appreciated!

  113. Kathy Reschke on July 20, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Rats! I thought you’d shared the “secret” to getting FB to allow me to use my fan page as my employer but, alas, it still doesn’t “like” my business page…

  114. Libby on July 21, 2011 at 11:47 am

    thank you! Any ideas on how to get our employees to stop clicking on this community page?  Or to add the right fan page to the auto generated options? Does it require an address to be an option?

  115. Doretta Lee on July 22, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    love love love all this great information…now I dont have to ask my kids for every little facebook trick (smile)

  116. Caroldeckert on July 24, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Thanks Mari for sharing this great info!  I now have my FaceBook Fan Page linked!

  117. Anonymous on July 28, 2011 at 12:24 am

    Thanks for this info, I’ve noticed these pages and wondered how that happened.

  118. Jeremiah Johnson on August 2, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Thanks so much for the information.  Every time that I read your posts I discover something else about Facebook that I didn’t know.  Great information.

  119. Annette Jones on August 5, 2011 at 2:59 am

    Great tip Marie, have changed this immediately on my profile! And of course thank-you

  120. Melissa Kaiserman on August 15, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    This was my experience as well. After failing a few weeks ago, I decided to try again this morning and still couldn’t get it to work. Then after 6-7 tries, my page “magically” showed up!

    Thank you for the tip, Mari. 🙂

  121. Susan Von Achen on August 22, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    My thanks to you! No wonder I was seeing that other page. It’s all fixed now. 🙂

  122. Stephanie Garcia on September 15, 2011 at 12:37 am

    Thanks Mari for sharing this! I went and looked at my profile and realized that all of my previous companies were linking to a community page versus my company’s branded page. I look forward to hearing your other Facebook Do’s and Dont’s at tomorrow’s event with Social Media Club San Diego.

  123. Rochelle Dorsey on September 19, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Excellent tips!

  124. Buy to Let Properties on September 20, 2011 at 6:03 pm

     As usual great stuff.

  125. Vineet on October 6, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Yeah, this is gud info for people, I xplored it few weeks bck :~)

  126. Guest on November 23, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    I have a question! I work two jobs. I just now added my second job onto facebook, and it automatically became the one in that box of info at the top, but it’s just my weekend job. Is there a way to make my first and primary job the one that shows up top? (I’m assuming that deleting and re-adding my primary one again would move it back to the box but I’m seeing if there’s an easier way.)

  127. Christopher Gamble on December 17, 2011 at 1:12 am

    This is OUT OF DATE….Any idea how to put TWO or more Linked Pages in you ABOUT area in Profile on your Cover Page…I.E. It takes my first business Stratico as my employer but won’t ad my second business FIRST IMPRESSION too. I want the cover to show more than one employee so I can link to more than one PAGE.t

  128. Christopher Gamble on December 17, 2011 at 1:13 am

    Especially in COVERS…How do you get TWO or MORE employees (Pages) to sit there?

  129. Mari Smith on December 17, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    You can add as many employers and jobs as you wish. However, as far as I know, you can’t have two employers linked. 

  130. Mari Smith on December 17, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Hi there — I don’t know the answer to this without going in to try and add a second Employer on my own profile… which of course then goes out into the News Feed. Grr! My guess is is you have more than one “Current” employers/jobs, that the last one you added will be the primary one linked under your Cover image. 

  131. Mari Smith on December 17, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Btw, I just updated the post now with new screenshots and instructions. See top. 

  132. Tryhealthtracy on December 19, 2011 at 8:56 am

    thank you! Great suggestion, just did it!!

  133. Buisness Owner on December 24, 2011 at 4:49 am

    How do I “control” who works at my buisness. I have people saying they are “working” at my buisness, or that we “employ” them and they can put themselves as boss or director etc. Can I control this on other peoples profiles, allowing them to post that or not???

  134. Kenn Bell on January 2, 2012 at 10:27 am

    I’d like to know this too!

  135. Angie Hallmark on February 27, 2012 at 10:36 am

    I am trying to find out why I can’t just type in a fan page name and it take me there. For instance, I am trying to type in my place of employment’s fan page, however, it does not take me there.  I have to go to my bosses personal facebook page then click on the link of where she works then it takes me to the page.  Why?  Even my boss doesn’t know why.  

  136. Lisa on March 27, 2012 at 8:22 am

    I own my own company and would like to insert my company logo. Other logos such as universities and bigger company logos come up automatically—Is there a way to insert my own personal company logo?

  137. Dr Richard Norris on April 30, 2012 at 2:56 am

    Thank you for the insight Mari. All fixed.

  138. Dennis J. Smith on May 31, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    I went to the page above “Ninja workaround” to try and populate the page name for a client. I’ve done this on my own personal profile without a problem. But we can’t get it to populate with her page name and I’ve tried the web dev add-on for both browsers. Any other suggestions? Thanks! 🙂

  139. anil on November 2, 2012 at 2:23 am

    Thanq,,i have done it …

  140. Judy Espaillat on March 20, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Hi there!

    I loved the tutorial. However I must be missing something because the grey box does not appear for me when using Web Developer. I follow everything step by step and when I click forms and Display Form Details I get all this techie jargon & I cannot edit a thing. I am thinking I must be doing something wrong or FB changed some setting which does not allow this to happen.

    Please help! I have been trying to link my fan page to my profile all night 🙁


  141. Frustrated on June 20, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    I cannot change the title of my position. I’ve read all this stuff and Facebook makes it impossible to change.

  142. Beth on September 22, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    I am in private practice as a licensed psychologist. I have tried to edit the work information and followed the tips above step-by-step. But when I put my information in the job heading and press enter, it just disappears as if I have no job information. I am self taught and definitely not a technie nor do I know anyone who is. Any other ideas?

  143. Lisa Wells on December 14, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Hi Mari! I love how your work position of “social media leader!” isn’t hyperlinked but cannot figure out for the of me how to unlink mine. No matter what I put as work position, Facebook automatically links to a blank page. Any ideas?

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