One of my clients recently wanted to add the new Facebook ‘Business’ Fan Page to his profile as his work place but he had some difficulties with it. What it did was offer him other pages other than his own fan page. This was extremely frustrating for him not being able to add his own business page as a place he worked in his Facebook Profile.
Problem Adding Facebook Business Page to Your Profile
After some searching, discovering, and research and testing on my own Facebook Profile page, I figured out and created this tutorial so he could add his own business fan page to his profile as a place he works at.
Video Instructions at Bottom of this Tutorial
My client wanted his Facebook Business page to show up in his profile as shown in the image below. However, when he added his own facebook page to his profile as a place he works at, it came up with a page and community that wasn’t his own page.
Step 1 – Edit your personal Facebook Profile ‘Work and Education’
First, we’re going to be using the FireFox browser with the Web Developer toolbar installed. If you don’t have it, download it here and then install and Firefox will have to restart and you’ll see the toolbar on the top of the page.
Go to your personal facebook profile and edit your info. Under Work and Education, we’re going to type the name of our Facebook Business page. This name you type should match the Title of your facebook fan page. Notice that the fan page it’s suggesting may not actually be your own. Don’t worry about it, select the Page, not the community.
Step 2 – Get ID of Your Facebook Business Page
You should be using Firefox with Web Developer toolbar installed. Open another tab and visit your actual Facebook Business page. What we’re going to do is get your unique page ID and copy this. To do this you’ll go to your business page and on the top right you’ll click ‘Edit Page‘ and it will dropdown and select ‘Update Info‘ as shown in picture below.
Now, visit your address bar and up there you’ll see a web page URL which will include facebook.com/pages/edit/?id=3432032345343 … Notice the numbers after the id= these are your unique Facebook Page numbers. Copy ONLY the numbers onto your clipboard. I use command+c (copy) on a Mac or control+c (Windows). Once you’ve copied those numbers, we’re going to go back to the tab which has your personal profile opened in process of adding your job. Remember, at this point we haven’t added your job yet but the window should be open.
Step 3 – Show Form Details in Webmaster Toolbar
The image above shows that we still haven’t added the job to our profile but we’re going to click Display Form Details which will present some code and such that’s highlighted that you may not understand completely, but don’t worry, you don’t need to understand it all. Click Display Form Details.
Step 4 – Replace employer_id Field Numbers with Your Own
Once you see form details as noted in step 3, you’re going to scroll down until you see the Facebook Profile image icon on the Add Job in your Facebook Profile. As you see in the image below, there’s an editable field right after:
<input autocomplete=”off” name=”employer_id”>3434332566777
These numbers on this example are pointing us to a Bokan Photography in Serbia. We want it to point to our own Facebook Business page. What we’re going to do in that editable field is replace those numbers with the numbers we copied representing our own Facebook Business page in the previous step. See image below:
Once we have the correct numbers in this field, we’re going to go ahead and click the ‘Add Job’ link at the bottom of this particular job. See image below:
The button above actually says ‘Add Job’ but it’s essentially a submit button. Go ahead and click it. You may not be able to see the button with form details showing, that’s OK, click the blue portion or thereabouts. The button below the blue submit button is the cancel button, we don’t want to click that. Just look at the arrow above.
Step 5 – Turn off Display Form Details in Webmaster Toolbar
Once we’ve submitted our new job, we’re going to go back up to the Webmaster Toolbar and de-select ‘Display Form Details’ which will get rid of the red details you see in the above images. See images below:
Once you’ve de-selected as shown in the image above, you’ll see that the icon for your workplace has change in your Facebook Profile and you have not successfully linked your Facebook Profile to your Facebook Business page.
Step 6 – Update your Work Information
You’re not quite finished. More than likely, you’re new workplace has taken on the location of the original selected job when you were adding it. So make sure you go to Edit on the actual ‘Work and Education’ for that job in your Facebook Profile and update the position and location and whatever else you see necessary. Now you’re done.
Video Tutorial – Add Facebook Page to your Profile
What lead me in the right direction was Erika Napoletano’s blog from a guest post by: Michelle Mangen ‘How to Add Your Fan Page as Your Employer on Your Personal Facebook Profile‘.
Thank you So much dear admin
could you tell me how I can do this on a new Facebook layout? There is no “Submit” button anymore… 🙁 I just stopped with filling the window with the Page ID number and I’m stuck, because there is no Submit button or anything else.
Here is the screenshot: http://i44.tinypic.com/nc1g8k.png
There is a submit button, it’s just buried behind the fields showing in red. Rather than hitting submit, try hitting enter (often times is the submit shortcut).
What if my business name never even shows up as an option in the work field?
I tried all the steps above, except for in step 1, there is nothing even close to my business name that shows up. So I tried to move on without selecting. When I put in my ID #, as listed in step 4, I press enter/submit and it flashes to 0 and then goes blank again.
same issue…clicked enter and not submitting…not working
i cannot get it to work either – used the FF plugin and there is no clickable button, its greyed out. The only clickable button is cancel. Also if the name of the business is not in the drop down menu – what are we supposed to put?
Any work arounds?
Here is how I fixed it, click on Forms > Display Form Details then add your page ID, after that click again on Display Form Details, then add the city (because it’s required). Et voila! Now you can edit the info of your work and etc… Thanks for the tip Justin by the way.
Gillian Goerzen says
This was SO helpful. I’ve been trying to figure this out for a week! Thanks. Great instructions.
What is WEBMASTER? Are you talking about a different browser? I could not find ‘Display Form detail’ anywhere in my Chrome or IE window.
I was referring to the Webmaster Tool bar. Here’s what I added to the description on the YouTube tutorial and I’ll add here:
Chris Pedrick’s Web Developer Toolbar for Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/web-developer/
You can add the above Firefox Add-on through Firefox Extensions – That’s going to give you the ‘Form Details’ button.
If you use Google Chrome, Chris has an extension for that as well:
Hopefully the above helps.
Cory Winston says
I followed the directions using both firefox and google chrome. There’s no submit button and even when hit enter nothing happens! PLEASE HELP!
Neha Raj Singh says
Hey, It’s superb! I was having this problem for quite a long. You explained it so well. Thanks again 🙂
Anastasios Kladis says
Thank you very very much.
Karen Falcon says
THANK YOU! 🙂 ♥
Finally, I’ve been trying to find a solution to this forever, and this worked like a charm, thanks!
This doesn’t seem to work if you have a facebook ‘vanity URL’ – any other ideas?!
Thank you so much. Was so frustrated that FB hadn’t solved this issue that so many small businesses are having, and your step-by-step made it much less frustrating than I thought it would be!
Bobby Poe says
This worked like a charm! Thanks so much!
I suppose this would work, IF I had admin rights to the Facebook business page. But I don’t. I am one of many employees, and I just want to be able to add my company (note: NOT company owned by me, but company that pays me to work for it) to my FB profile. So… how do I get that ID without having to pester the company’s social media director, who charges by the hour and most certainly will want to be paid for helping me find the ID for our company?
Hi Ana. I don’t believe it matters whether or not you are the admin of the page. Once you know the page name, just visit that facebook page. Example: https://www.facebook.com/customsprayinc <--- That's a business fan page. Now to find out the Page ID, just remove the https://www. and replace that with: graph
The new URL would look like this: http://graph.facebook.com/customsprayinc and the Page ID should be the first ID listed. In this case the numbers are: 187007914683267 Now, to verify, just go to https://www.facebook.com/187007914683267 and that should redirect to the page name.
Hope that helps.
Tentai Apostle says
So very effective. I did it. Thanks for the clear instructions. How about if the fan page has no employer ID? the fan page has its name of their URL facebook.com/nameofthepage what should I do?
Great job !!! It worked for me, but anyway i have a question : how can a make my page to apear automatically on that field , so my other colleagues can choose without doing all this work ?
Thanks a lot !!!
I have had such a hard time with this
You are amazing!
Thank u so much.. problem solved… 🙂
Thank you! Very well explained. I was stuck on this for ages 🙂
I had spent so long trying to do this, and this fixed it in 5 mins!! Thanks 🙂
Thank you – This helped
Thanx, man! You’re brilliant!!!
Thanks for this tip! Had my fb biz page in my personal fb profile for a couple of years until somehow fb changed something and added another biz page that I did not create and had nothing on it but 2 likes. I could not figure out how to change it back until seeing this. Thanks!
Your amazing!!!! Thankyou soooo much 🙂 🙂 🙂 I’ve been trying to do this for over a month with no luck.
There is no submit button. really. =\ I did a ctrl-f and there is no ‘submit’ on the page.
Thank you so much! It worked! And the tutorial is very well-explained! Thank you!
Scotty G says
Worked like a charm … thank you for this. To all the people that can’t find the ‘submit’ button, it is actually the ‘Add Job’ button and I think the instructions meant click the form submit button with the text ‘Add Job’.
That works fabulously, thank you very much.
Beth Perera says
Worked like a charm! Thank you SO much!
Thank you, admin! This was killing me and thaks to this i finally solved the problem.
frustrated business owner says
this was absolutely great and easy to follow thankyou!!
Saralee Etter says
Thank you! I was so frustrated because Facebook wouldn’t show my page, but now it works!
I didn’t see the edit page on my profile so I wasn’t able to get the page id like that. I did however find another way, if you go into your fan page and then settings, then go to Page Info, the id is at the bottom. Everything else worked for me from there on. Thank you so much!
This solution literally worked 5 days ago on Monday and now it doesn’t….is it really possible the solution has already changed? Any advice of something else to try?
Scott Montgomery says
Thank you so much for this, was the only work-around I’ve found that really works. Very helpful, thank you.
This was making me insane …thank you so much! Very easy instructions and it worked!!!
First of all — thank you so much for taking the time to write this!
This did work for me for a long time, but now, the link re-directs to my personal FB profile. Has it happened to anyone anyone?