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How To Easily Fix Your Facebook Employer Links – A Common Facebook Problem

by Jon Ochs

Last year I made a post on one of my other blogs about the extremely annoying problem with the employer links in Facebook personal profiles. If you are not aware of this issue, there is a good chance that the links to your employer in your personal profile are not correct.

The “Employer” section of Facebook personal profiles was designed to allow linking to existing Facebook pages thus allowing you to link to your employer’s Facebook page. If your employer does not have a page on Facebook, the system sets up a Facebook community page using the employer name you entered. The problem was that even when there was an existing Facebook page of that name, Facebook was setting up another blank community page and linking to that instead. This would often go completely unnoticed.

My previous post outlined a semi-complicated work-around to fix this issue, and it was quite successful. Since that time however, Facebook has made many necessary adjustments to improve this issue and improve the matching of names to pages. That being said, there is still some quirky behavior of this feature and I still notice the vast majority of people are completely unaware that this was ever a problem and are linking to blank community pages instead of the page of their employer. Often that employer is their very own business.


Here are the steps to ensure you are correctly linking to your employer’s or the desired Facebook page…

  1. Log into Facebook and locate the correct page for the “employer” you wish to link to.
  2. Note the EXACT page name of your employer’s page (the page name will appear at the top where the “like” button displays). For example: If you type “logicblogger” into the Facebook search bar, you will see the “LogicBlogger” page. Visit the page and the title is “LogicBlogger”, not “Logic Blogger” or “logic blogger”.
  3. Once you have the EXACT page name and have “liked” the page you are planning to add, visit your Facebook profile and click the “Edit Profile” button in the top right corner.
  4. In the left side menu, click “Education and Work”. In the “Employer” field, start typing the EXACT page name you wish to link to and you should see selections begin to display. If you see the correct page, you can select it. If you don’t see the correct page in the selection box, try clearing the box completely, typing in the “@” symbol, then begin typing in the page name exactly as it is in Facebook. Once you see the correct page, select it. If you still don’t see the correct page, follow the further instructions below.
  5. That should do it! Keep in mind that on your main profile page, Facebook will only display the most current Employer entered, so if you have more than one, be sure to enter the one you want displayed on your main profile page last.

Now… For those that the above instructions were not successful and who did not see the correct Facebook page in the Employer list at all, here is the workaround (with a few updates and modifications).

Using Firefox or Google Chrome, download and install the Web Developer add-on. Once you have installed the add-on and restarted your browser, follow these simple steps…

  1. Go to the Facebook page you are wanting to link to. In your browser’s address bar, the URL should have a unique string of numbers at the very end that identifies the page, after the last forward slash (“/”). Copy that number. If there is no number or the page is using a vanity URL like “http://www.facebook.com/installlogic”, you can get the number by simply clicking on the page’s logo graphic and looking at the URL in your browser’s address bar again. It will be something like “www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.182077751812132.45740.179870135366227&type=1″. The page id# you want is the last number set, “179870135366227″. Copy it and save it–we will need it in a minute.
  2. Go to your personal Facebook profile page, click the “Edit Profile” button in the top right corner, then click “Education and Work” in the left side menu and type in the name of the page you wish to link to. If it is still not there, just select any page that comes up and click the “enter” key.
  3. Now, find the new Web Developer add-on toolbar. In that toolbar, click “Forms” and then “Display Form Details”. You’re going to see a lot of strange looking code appear on the page. Don’t worry, we will make it all go away shortly. This is a function of the add-on and will allow us to access and change the info we need.
  4. In line with this newly added page name in the form field labeled, “input autocomplete=”off” name=”employer_id”, replace the page id# with the unique page id# you saved for the page you wish to link to.
  5. Go back into the Web Developer toolbar and turn off the “Display Form Details” option and Fill in the rest of the Employer form as normal (Position, Description, dates employed, etc.) and Click “Add Job”.
  6. Now you should see the correct page linked.

If you found this post helpful, please leave me a comment below and share this with your Facebook friends so we can do away with those terrible blank community pages. And if anyone figures out how to delete blank community pages, please share. Also, while we’re talking about Facebook, please click over to the InstallLogic Facebook page and give us a ‘Like’.

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Jamie Bionic November 29, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Thanks a million for posting these perfect instructions! I contacted facebook for help but they sent me a polite email saying that not every customer is attended to. My husband suggested googling this problem. You are helping more people than facebook’s administrators did!
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Jon Ochs November 29, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Hi Jamie,

You are super welcome! I am glad you found my post.

Thanks for your comment :)

Jon

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Melanie B November 30, 2011 at 1:49 am

I was so excited to get this post! I have two businesses and wanted to change the one highlighted on the top of my profile. I followed above instructions, and easily added the new business page as the newest employer. Unfortunately when I went back to my profile, it still showed the previous one. What up? Does it count the one with more fans or something? I’d love any other ideas.
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Jon Ochs November 30, 2011 at 8:27 am

Melanie,

FB seems to only display the first (top) employer listed on your main profile page. If you want the other one displayed, you will need to delete the one in the top position and re-add it below the one you want displayed as your current employer.

Hope this helps :)
Jon
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melanie B November 30, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Thanks! I figured it out by unchecking the ‘currently employed’ selection on one of them. So the other moved up. Thanks so much!

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Jon Ochs November 30, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Excellent! You’re welcome.

Jon

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Marcia Harris December 3, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Great instructions. I was amazed when I realized that my employer page was not showing the employer page which I created in facebook
http://www.facebook.com/pages/OneHubMedia/207142059356123 .
Thanks so much for your help.

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Jon Ochs December 4, 2011 at 8:06 am

Awesome Marcia!

Yep, there are still so many people who have not yet realized that their links are not pointing to the intended page. Pass the word.

Thanks for your comment :)
Jon

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Allison Wood December 13, 2011 at 6:17 am

Jon – thank you, thank you a million times over! I Googled “adding employer to Facebook profile” and your advice was the first (non-paid) link that popped up! Absolutely exactly what I was looking for – it’s rare to actually get the answer you need on the first pass, and so comprehensively and clearly laid out. Can’t thank you enough – seems like such a basic function that FB should have working like a charm. Thank you for doing their job for them! :) I will also give the big Thumbs Up that you requested above.

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Jon Ochs December 13, 2011 at 9:26 am

Allison,

You are so welcome, and thanks for your nice comment. Glad to help.

Jon :)

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Merlin Jobst December 15, 2011 at 6:28 am

Thank you so much, this worked perfectly to fix a completely unnecessarily complicated problem. You’re a star.
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Jon Ochs December 15, 2011 at 9:29 am

Thanks Merlin – I am glad it worked for you.

Regards,
Jon

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Sam January 22, 2012 at 3:23 am

This was fantastic. Thanks so much!

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Jon Ochs January 22, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Sam,

You are very welcome :) Thanks for your comment.

Jon

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Drew King February 4, 2012 at 9:08 am

Thank you for posting these simple instructions! I have been trying to find answers for literally HOURS! I have emailed facebook trying to figure out why this simple task is sooo complicated! When I went to add it to my work it worked perfectly because I am an admin for the page but when a regular employee tried to add us all that would pop up is the community page (I call it the ghost page). I looked all over trying to figure out how to delete a community page… facebook says we cant :(. I can post your instructions to our site but most people are just going to add the community page because they don’t have the time. Do you know any way I can take the community page down/merge it with the official page?

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Jon Ochs February 4, 2012 at 10:47 am

Drew,

I am only sorry that you did not find this post before you spent hours looking for answers. I have not been able to find any way to remove or delete a Facebook community page. They are an incredibly annoying problem. Even if you were to get it deleted, it will be re-created the first time someone types in some variation of your business page name that is not exactly correct and links to it.

Facebook used to allow business owners to take over or remove conflicting community pages, but it soon was abused by online marketers that saw it as a way to capture targeted traffic. I wish they would just disable the community page generation engine entirely.

I am glad that you at least now able to get your links corrected, and I am happy to help.

regards,
Jon

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Drew King February 4, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Now I have to get 375+ employees to follow these instruction because Facebook can’t do it right… Joy

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Jon Ochs February 4, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Yeah, that will be a feat for sure.

good luck!

Jon :)

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Reagan Jones February 20, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Jon, this was outstanding. Exactly the problem I was having, and you covered it beautifully. Very impressive, and thanks so much….
RJ

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Jon Ochs February 21, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Reagan, you are very welcome. I am glad it solved your problem.

Jon

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Eric March 5, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Beautiful instructions. I really appreciate the help and I am so happy I am able to link build correctly now with my business! Thank you so much and if you are into golf, check out our new line of traditional golf apparel launching on on March 6. Cheers!

Eric

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Jon Ochs March 6, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Eric,

You’re welcome! Glad to help.

Thanks,
Jon

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Karena June 4, 2012 at 8:18 am

Hi Jon,
I have followed your instructions, and I’m still having trouble! I have no numbers appearing on ULR after clicking on the page’s logo graphic. Any suggestions?

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Jon Ochs June 4, 2012 at 9:10 am

Reply to this comment with a link to the FB page in question, and I will take a look.

Jon
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Harley August 13, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Hi, I’ve been trying this myself but the new “timeline” seems to have messed it up again. I am unable to add my band page as employer even when inserting the proper ID into the employer_id form. (Id: 356967604357566)

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Jon Ochs August 14, 2012 at 8:41 am

Make sure you are following the instructions exactly and that you enter the id# into the correct field. I have had several people mention your same issue, but it turned out they were putting the id into the wrong field.
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