Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Want your own Facebook Vanity URL?

Once you’ve decided to create your Facebook business page, one of the first steps you need to take is to get a Vanity URL.  Having a vanity URL will let you do away with that "crazy string of numbers" after your business name plus it will make it easier for others to both link to and "tag" your business page around the web and in posts.  In the past, Facebook has required that you get 25 “likes” before they will issue a Vanity URL, but that is no longer the case.
To get a Facebook Page Vanity URL, follow these simple steps:

1. Create a Facebook business page.  (I'm not sure I HAD to say this but...)
2. Go to facebook.com/username.
3. Choose a user name, or “vanity url”, for your PERSONAL profile.  Facebook won’t let you do a business user name until you’ve taken the step of creating one on your personal page.  Choose carefully, your user name can only be changed ONCE.
4. Choose a user name (“vanity url”) for your BUSINESS page.  The obvious choice is to use your business name, but if that’s taken already, you may have to get creative.  Again, you will only be able to change this ONCE from here on out, so make sure it’s a good name (no typos!) and is able to grow with you as your business grows.
5. Head out onto the Internet and promote your page with your shiny new Vanity URL!
Usernames can only contain alphanumeric characters (a-z, 0-9) or periods (“.”), and must contain at least one letter.

You may also include periods and capital letters to make your username easier to read, but their use by others  is optional. For example, socialafflictionsocial.affliction, and SocialAffliction are all the same username and direct to the same business page.
Generic words such as “pizza” or “flowers” are not allowed.
In case you are curious, here are some basic guidelines that Facebook sets for Vanity URLs:

I hope these simple steps make it a little bit easier for you to create you "vanity URL" and get rid of those "crazy numbers"! 

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