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Creating a Facebook fan page for your blog can be anxiety-inducing, especially if you’re trying to keep your  real identity separate from your blogging identity. However, it doesn’t have to be complicated – once you see how easy it is, you’ll wonder why you waited so long.

First of all, let me tell you that it’s okay to be logged into your personal Facebook account when you create your fan page. When I made my first one, I was terrified that my last name, personal profile, or other information would be linked to it. After setting it up and testing it from my son’s profile, though, I learned that I was worried for nothing. If you set it up with a different email address, it will be much more difficult to manage because of all the logging in and out.

Second, while some people like to set up a regular Facebook profile with their blog name, it’s better to set up a fan page. That way your fans can “like” your blog without having to add you as a friend, and the page functions will be easier to control.

Okay, with those tidbits out of the way, here’s what you do:

How to Make a Facebook Fan Page for Your Blog

1. Go to http://www.facebook.com/pages/create.php to get started. You’ll see a screen like this:

2. Click on Brand or Product in the upper right box. You’ll be prompted to choose a category.

3. In the category dropdown, select Website.

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4. Type in your blog name under the Category dropdown box, check the box to agree to Facebook’s  TOS, and click Get Started.

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5. You’ll be asked to provide some basic information about your page. Fill in a description, your website URL if you have one, and choose a unique Facebook URL for your fan page. You’ll also be asked if your page represents a real business, product, or brand – no worries if yours doesn’t! It really depends on whether you consider your blog a business or brand, but answering “no” is fine if your blog is just a hobby.

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6. Next you’ll be prompted to upload a profile picture. If you have a logo, this would be a good time to upload it. If you don’t, feel free to skip this step – you can always add a picture later.

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7. Add your page to your Favorites. This option will place a link to your fan page in the left sidebar when you’re signed into Facebook. It’s totally optional but makes it really easy to find your page later!

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8. You’ll be taken to your page, which has the admin panel across the top. Feel free to explore the various settings and options. There are all kinds of prompts to help you understand what to do.

9. You’re all done! There are some other things you’ll need to do, like mention your Facebook fan page on your blog, with a link or button so people can go “like” it, but other than that, your fan page is all set up and ready for you to post.

TWO MORE THINGS: When you visit Facebook from your personal profile, your blog page will now show up in the navigation on the left. All you have to do is click to view your page and the notifications specific to the page.

Also, when you post something on the fan page, it will show up as your blog name, not your real name. However, if you are going to visit another page or profile and you want to comment from your blog name instead of your personal profile, you’ll need to go to the top of the screen, click the little gear icon on the blue Facebook bar, and select “Use Facebook as [blog name].” To switch back, go back to the blue bar, click the down arrow on the far right, and choose “Use Facebook as [your name].”

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Comments

  1. the candy fan says

    I blog anonymously and chose to create a separate Facebook to host my fan page.  I still haven't been able to successfully post directly from my blog to my fan page instead of the update ending up on my dummy Facebook persona (though I also haven't tackled it lately), so I made the right choice for the moment.  Speaking of which, any tips on that? 

  2. FrugalBeautiful says

    Loved this, I know Facebook can be really confusing when you switch from using it personally to creating a fan page so this is totally helpful!

  3. says

     @the candy fan I can't get your comment to show up to save my life. I even replied to it from my dashboard and it still doesn't show here. Just wanted you to know I'm not ignoring you!

  4. Rachel @ Read That R says

    Do you know if you can designate notification emails to go to another email address? I like to keep all my blogging related email in 1 place and I don't want to clutter my personal email with fb notifications.

    • says

       @Rachel @ Read That Reviews I'm not sure. I have email notifications for my fan pages turned off – I'll see it when I login to Facebook, so I usually don't want to know. Too many blog-related accounts and pages to keep up with!
       

  5. Rachel @ Read That R says

    Seriously can't believe I'm trying to do this after midnight. I must be crazy. Well it's up for what it's worth. Gonna go ahead and invite my RL friends from my FB page tomorrow. Somebody send me a shamrock for luck.

  6. says

    Thanks for breaking this down nice and easy. A face book fan page is an absolute MUST for anyone who is looking to build a brand for them self or a product. Love the layout of your blog as well, very clean and professional looking. Best of luck in everything you set out to achieve!

    Better yourself, better your life
    Jeff @ JeffMessier.com

  7. says

    Something that I think I figured out. I didn't want my posts on my FaceBook Blog page to show up on my FaceBook personal page. At first they did and then I realized it was because I "Liked" my Blog page and that linked them. So, I "unliked" and that fixed it. At least I hope so…..

  8. Liz says

    Hi Andrea,

    Thank you for posting this page. I created a business page and ended up having to delete it. I found your post (thank God) and recreate it using your instructions above.

    Quick question, is there any way to hide or prevent the fan page from displaying on my personal page left Nav bar? I really want to keep my personal FB page separate from my website.

    Thanks!

    Liz

    • Andrea says

      Unfortunately I can’t find any way to hide it. The good news is that your FB friends won’t see that in any way when they look at your profile (unless you “like” your own page), but I realize it could still be a problem if someone is sitting next to you while you’re logged in. Facebook really hasn’t done a good job of working with people who want to separate business (or blog) and personal. When I blogged semi-anonymously, I was terrified of accidentally posting something to the wrong account! And it happened quite a few times. Sorry I can’t be more help!

    • Andrea says

      That’s correct. The only way your friends would see it is if you “like” the page – they would see “Isaiah likes ___” in their newsfeeds.

  9. says

    How can I “like” other pages?!!!! I just created a page…I don’t want my blog’s facebook connected to my personal FB…any suggestions?

    • says

      Hi Iris,

      If you click the dropdown in the upper right on Facebook and choose “use Facebook as The Blue Birdhouse” you can like other pages as your blog page instead of your personal profile. Hope that helps!

  10. Bert R. says

    Great instructions.Thanks. The only question is why is it that each of my posts shows up twice on my timeline. Any ideas?

  11. Hannah@easyrealfood says

    Thanks! This was definitely helpful, followed it step by step, success! I got it up and running.

    • says

      Hmm, sounds like that might be something in your general Facebook settings. I would check your page settings as well as personal profile settings to see if geolocation is turned on. I think it’s called Facebook Places maybe?

  12. Danielle says

    I want to make a personal blog type of fan page but the selection of what kind of page I want to make has nothing to do with it. Only business things. How can I put the page to say personal blog. Not the name of the page but the discription of it.

    • says

      Hi Danielle. It looks like Facebook has removed the more detailed categories from the pages since this post was written – I just set up a test page and I don’t see the page type listed anywhere. You can choose the broad category “website” when setting up your page as mentioned above in the post, though.

  13. HarryBest says

    I lke you rpost but i have some question could you plz answer me:
    How we can earn through facebook like page ” when some one click on like button”

    • says

      I’m not sure I understood your question – are you asking about putting a Facebook like button on your website? There are a number of WordPress plugins that will allow you to put one in a sidebar or other area of the site. Just search the plugin repository for “facebook like” and you’ll find a bunch of them.

  14. HarryBest says

    hmm oka mam don’t be afraid. My freind told me that there is a huge companies and they earn through their facebook likes…….!

    Thanks for your fast reply………!

  15. says

    What a great article. I wonder if you can help me with something I have continually struggled to do. I set up my Facebook blog page some time ago in the same manner as you have suggested. However, my problem is how do you set up a Followers page for the blog profile. It only gives me the option to add a Followers page to my private identity. I am trying to keep my private identity separate to my blog identity but would like to know how many followers I have on my Facebook blog page. Hoping you may have the answer or if not a means of finding the answer. Many thanks. Lesley

    • says

      Hi Lesley,

      I’m not sure I’m understanding your question. You can create a Facebook fan page from your personal FB account without linking it to your blog page in any way. I was anonymous when I did my first Facebook fan page, so that was a big concern for me.

      If you absolutely do not want to risk it, you would need to set up a new Facebook profile, then create the fan page while logged into that profile. Of course, I have to mention that it’s a violation of Facebook’s TOS to do that and they could opt to shut down the new profile at any time. However, I can assure you that using your existing personal profile is safe and your real name won’t be anywhere on the fan page. Hope that helps!

      • says

        Thank you for your quick response. I have now turned on followers. But I am still wondering if I am confused as I cannot see a Follow Me button on my Facebook blog. I thought that it would display a Follow Me button on the Facebook blog and give viewers who had found the page the option to follow that page whereby it would show up on their home page when I added a new post to the Facebook blog. Am I mistaken in this assumption? Am I getting confused? I know that on my personal Facebook that I have updates show up on my homepage from Companies whose pages I have LIKED in the past. I don’t know exactly how that happens. Does that mean that people who have liked my page get updates from me on their homepage. I hope I am making sense and I am sorry if I am sounding stupid. I find Facebook very confusing.

        • says

          Okay, here’s what happens now. When someone “likes” your Facebook fan page, they will see whatever you post to the fan page in their newsfeeds. So, for example, you can set up a service that will automatically update the fan page every time you have a new post on your site. Anyone who has liked your Facebook fan page will see that update. Or you can post a status just like you would from your personal account and your followers will see that as well.

          You can also add a Facebook button to your blog sidebar that people can click on to like your page. There are lots of plugins that will set that up or you can just use a text widget and an image. If you look at the very bottom of this site to the left of the footer, you’ll see my social icons that people can click on to follow me on all my social media accounts. Hopefully that makes sense!

  16. says

    Thank you Andrea for your time in replying. It seems that I must already be doing everything right then. I have obviously confused myself with thinking I needed to add a followers option. It is so difficult to understand what others are seeing on their pages. Thanks for all your help in clarifying things in my head.

  17. Pam says

    Andrea,

    Even though the post is a little over a year old, it was still very helpful.

    Thanks

    Pam

    p.s. Thanks for also with your assistance with my Studiopress questions.

  18. says

    I’ve been searching online to find out how can I turn my business fan page into my main feed page so my main page is not getting all the post that I post for my business page I don’t want to irritate.

    need help so here is my business fan page facebook.com/shopizaar and this is my main page facebook.com/keslinj because I’m have the same problem with my pinterest account

    • says

      It looks like you’re sharing links from your personal profile instead of your fan page. When you want to post something to the fan page, just visit the fan page URL in your browser and post from it directly. You can also set up a service like dlvr.it that will post to your Facebook fan page automatically when you have a new blog post.

    • says

      Well, not exactly. The two have nothing to do with each other. You can start a blog, and you can also start a Facebook fan page for your blog, but they are separate things. Neither one is a guarantee that you’ll earn money.

  19. says

    Thank you so much! Was trying to make one but wasn’t sure what category to go under… Your tutorial was very easy to follow and quick. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. ;)

  20. Jay says

    This is great information. I’m wondering if you can help me – I created a fan page (category: website/blog) separate from my personal Facebook profile page. Now I want to link the two, but the only instructions I can find are for linking business/work fan pages to personal profiles. How can I link my website/blog fan page to my personal Facebook page?

  21. says

    Just read all the comments from the beginning. Thanks. I’m thinking to add a Fan page for my new blog. Two questions: 1) I already have a Fan page for artwork that I post. Am I allowed to have another one for my blog, according to FB? 2) What about recent changes where it seems FB is making it harder to have your Fan page show up without ‘boosting’ it with ads….do you have advice on how to handle this (which I don’t think was the case when you first posted the cool directions for setting up a Fan page in 2012). Thanks for any help.

    • says

      Hi Sherry,

      Yes, you can add another fan page. I have multiple websites and 6 different FB fan pages linked to my personal account, so that’s no problem.

      As for the recent changes, I probably need to write a post. Personally, I’m backing away from Facebook and focusing my energy more on Twitter and Google+. For awhile you could get more views of your posts by posting a status, then putting the link in the first comment, but I just read an article that said FB is going to start cutting back on exposure for those as well. Basically, it seems that unless you’re willing to pay for ads, there is no guarantee that your fans will see your posts (even if they want to). I think it’s really disgusting on FB’s part and I’m willing to walk away at this point. I’ll keep auto posting new blog posts there, but otherwise I’ll engage with my audience and clients on networks that let people make their own decisions about what they see and what they don’t. (Whew, got a little ranty there!)

  22. Noushky says

    I loved this tutorial! It was straight to point and didn’t have any technical words to make anything harder than it is.

  23. says

    Thank you for the tips. I started my blog in December and I’ve been going back and forth on whether or not I want a facebook page for it. I have a bad taste in my mouth from facebook because I had a personal page and I absolutely hated it. Also, I have twitter, instagram, pinterest, and google plus so I’m not sure how much more social media time I have to spend on yet another site.

  24. says

    Hi Andrea I think your post is the most helpful I have seen.
    I am just confused about one thing I have been trying to link my blog post which is with wordpresss. Org with my facebook page and it keeps telling me I need to be a developer and then I need to set up an app. I am really confused. I hope you can help.
    Christine

  25. says

    Hi Andrea great information very helpful best that I can find. I was wondering if you can help me I am trying to use a plugin for facebook and my wordpress.org to feed my posts from my blog to my facebook page and they keep telling me I need to be a developer. So I signed up to be a developer and it’s so confusing is there any way around this developer thing. I still can’t figure it out I just want my blogs to feed into my facebook page.
    Please help.
    Thanks christine

  26. Gill says

    Hi, I am setting up a business Facebook page, but I want to put in my own category, as none of the options on the scroll down list is appropriate. I did put in the most relevant to get myself started, but now can’t find a way to put in what I actually want.

    Thanks, Gill

    • says

      Hi Gill,

      Unfortunately you’d have to take that up with Facebook; to my knowledge they don’t allow you to enter a custom category. I’m surprised that nothing on the list would be relevant since it’s a pretty extensive list.

  27. Jessica says

    hey I’d just like to thank you for this post, it actually eased the process for creating my very own page for my website. Cheers and thanks again.

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