How to Link to Your Facebook Business Page From Your Profile (Tutorial)

Sometimes I think Facebook is out to get me. Functions that should be a no-brainer – such a way to link from my Facebook profile to my business or “fan” page – are either non-existent or are difficult to find and implement.

So when I discovered Dan Ronken’s post on Pullnotpush.com about how to link from my Wall to my fan page, I instantly tried it. I experienced a couple of challenges, which Dan graciously walked me through.

Here’s a step-by-step tutorial so you can do it yourself – it takes less than 5 minutes (if you do it right!).

1.  Log in to your Facebook account.

2.  Click this link to install the Custom Profile Box application.

Custom Profile Box Dashboard

3.  Insert a link to the logo you use on your Business Page (or another image of your choice that’s already uploaded – more on this in a minute). To grab the link to your logo, open your Facebook Business page (in a new tab or new window). Right click on your logo, and then click “Copy Image Location.”

Copy Image Location2

4.  Go back into the Custom Profile Box and click “Insert/Edit Image.” In the Image Properties popup, paste the URL for the image you just copied. You can customize the height and width of your image now or later (Dan suggests resizing the image to 125 x 150 px so it’ll display correctly. (Hang in there; I’ll explain how you can resize your image once it’s on your Wall).

Image Properties

5.  Click “OK” and your image should display in the Custom Profile Box. You can click once on the image and drag the handles to resize it if you want. You can also add text, hyperlinks, and can change text colors and background colors, just like you’d do in any word processing or blog interface.

6. To make your image link directly to your Facebook page, you need to create a hyperlink. Copy the URL of your Facebook page, then click once on the image of the logo you just added to the Custom Profile Box. Click the Insert/Edit link icon and paste in the URL to your Facebook business page.

7.  When you’re finished tinkering, click “Update Custom Profile Box.”

8.  Here’s where I ran into a glitch. The Custom Profile Box is supposed to appear in your Facebook “Boxes” tab by default, but it wasn’t displaying on mine. To get it to display, you have to turn it on (who woulda thunk it?). Go to the “Applications” button at the bottom lefthand corner of your Facebook profile.

9.  Click “Edit Applications,” find the Custom Profile Box app (it should be right at the top), and click “Edit Settings.”

Edit Applications

10.  You’ll see three tabs labeled “Profile,” “Bookmark,” and “Additional Permissions.” Under the “Profile” tab, you’ll see two settings: “Box” and “Privacy.” Next to “Box,” click “Added.”

Profile - Added

11. Whew! Almost done. Now go back to your Facebook profile and click the “Boxes” tab. Your new Custom Profile Box should display. But who wants to bury important info on your Boxes page? Why not move it to your Wall, where everyone will see it?

12. To move it, click on the blue pencil (“Edit Box”) in the upper right corner of your Custom Profile Box. Select “Move to Wall.”

13. Your Custom Profile box will appear on your Wall, in the lefthand sidebar right below your “Friends.” Is your image displaying correctly? If not, click “Customize.” Click once on your image, grab a handle, and drag to re-size it. Click “Update Custom Profile Box” and zip back to your profile to view the changes. Keep tinkering until you get it exactly the way you want it.

The cool thing about this application is that you can use it to create links to any page, Web site, blog post, etc. I haven’t yet found a way to use the Custom Profile Box more than once on my Facebook profile, but at least I now have a way to direct visitors to my Blogging Bistro business page.

Try it and let me know how it works for you.

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  • http://www.johnniedonley.com/ Johnnie

    Laura, thanks for this. I’m saving it to my favorites so when I work on my facebook it’ll be handy. Very much appreciate your blog posts.

  • http://www.johnniedonley.com Johnnie

    Laura, thanks for this. I’m saving it to my favorites so when I work on my facebook it’ll be handy. Very much appreciate your blog posts.

  • http://www.bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    Thanks, Johnnie. I’ll be interested to see how the tutorial works for you. I think (hope) I included all the steps, because I did it myself as I was writing the tutorial! Still feeling a bit put-out that Facebook makes it so complicated to do what should be a very simple process.

  • http://www.bloggingbistro.com Laura Christianson

    Thanks, Johnnie. I’ll be interested to see how the tutorial works for you. I think (hope) I included all the steps, because I did it myself as I was writing the tutorial! Still feeling a bit put-out that Facebook makes it so complicated to do what should be a very simple process.

  • http://www.hightouchweb.com/ Kim Kolb

    Laura, Thanks so much for your help. I will also post this on Dan’s post… Big thing to note. I use a Mac and Safari is my browser of choice. I was having a hard time because the image would not come up. So, I thought I would try Firefox. I actually got the editor that you show on your example which makes a big difference because that is where you upload and link.. So add to your post that you have to use IE (I am assuming that is what you are using) or FireFox, that it does not work with Safari.

    Thanks.. I am all set.

  • http://www.hightouchweb.com Kim Kolb

    Laura, Thanks so much for your help. I will also post this on Dan’s post… Big thing to note. I use a Mac and Safari is my browser of choice. I was having a hard time because the image would not come up. So, I thought I would try Firefox. I actually got the editor that you show on your example which makes a big difference because that is where you upload and link.. So add to your post that you have to use IE (I am assuming that is what you are using) or FireFox, that it does not work with Safari.

    Thanks.. I am all set.

  • Laura

    Kim,

    Good to know that this function does not work with Safari. I use Firefox with a PC (no IE — ick!) and it worked fine.

    It’s so good to have several people collaborating on this.

  • Laura

    Kim,

    Good to know that this function does not work with Safari. I use Firefox with a PC (no IE — ick!) and it worked fine.

    It’s so good to have several people collaborating on this.

  • http://www.bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    Wouldn’t you know it — I did leave out a step in my original tutorial! I inserted it as the new #6 (for those of you who subscribe to e-mail updates and received the original article):

    6. To make your image link directly to your Facebook page, you need to create a hyperlink. Copy the URL of your Facebook page, then click once on the image of the logo you just added to the Custom Profile Box. Click the Insert/Edit link icon and paste in the URL to your Facebook business page.

    My apologies!

  • http://www.bloggingbistro.com Laura Christianson

    Wouldn’t you know it — I did leave out a step in my original tutorial! I inserted it as the new #6 (for those of you who subscribe to e-mail updates and received the original article):

    6. To make your image link directly to your Facebook page, you need to create a hyperlink. Copy the URL of your Facebook page, then click once on the image of the logo you just added to the Custom Profile Box. Click the Insert/Edit link icon and paste in the URL to your Facebook business page.

    My apologies!

  • http://beautybydesignonline.com/ Alyssa

    Now I have a question, can I get my unique URL now for my Facebook Beauty by Design Ministries fan page? If so how?

  • http://beautybydesignonline.com Alyssa

    Now I have a question, can I get my unique URL now for my Facebook Beauty by Design Ministries fan page? If so how?

  • Laura

    Alyssa,

    Last I heard, Facebook requires business pages to have 25 fans before you can register a custom URL. You have that many so this should work for you:

    You can create a custom user name for your personal profile (and create one for your fan page if it lets you) here: http://www.facebook.com/username/

    I just did it for my Blogging Bistro business page. It’s now located at http://www.facebook.com/bloggingbistro

  • Laura

    Alyssa,

    Last I heard, Facebook requires business pages to have 25 fans before you can register a custom URL. You have that many so this should work for you:

    You can create a custom user name for your personal profile (and create one for your fan page if it lets you) here: http://www.facebook.com/username/

    I just did it for my Blogging Bistro business page. It’s now located at http://www.facebook.com/bloggingbistro

  • http://www.starhorsepax.com/ T.A. Paxton

    Aha! I’ve been trying to figure this out for ages. Had no success until I found this page. Thanks for sharing! Solved my Zazzle problem too.

  • http://www.starhorsepax.com T.A. Paxton

    Aha! I’ve been trying to figure this out for ages. Had no success until I found this page. Thanks for sharing! Solved my Zazzle problem too.

  • david

    laura i cnt find the insert edit image – where is it??!! help!!!

  • david

    laura i cnt find the insert edit image – where is it??!! help!!!

  • david

    ok i have got the picture up now but whatever i seem to do the link just wont take me to the business page – it just sits on my own facebook page. any ideas?

  • david

    ok i have got the picture up now but whatever i seem to do the link just wont take me to the business page – it just sits on my own facebook page. any ideas?

  • http://www.bloggingbistro.com Laura Christianson

    David,

    The Insert/Edit image function is 9 icons over from the left in your Custom Profile Box dashboard. It’s the one with the image of the mountain on it.

    Once you’ve uploaded your image, click on the image once, then click the Insert/Edit link icon (the one that looks like a chain, seven icons from the left) and paste in the URL from your Facebook page.

    Here’s Step #6 again: To make your image link directly to your Facebook page, you need to create a hyperlink. Copy the URL of your Facebook page, then click once on the image of the logo you just added to the Custom Profile Box. Click the Insert/Edit link icon and paste in the URL to your Facebook business page.

    I did this after I uploaded the logo of my Facebook page by clicking on the image and then creating a link to the URL of my page. Try this and let me know if it doesn’t work and I’ll help you troubleshoot.

  • http://www.bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    David,

    The Insert/Edit image function is 9 icons over from the left in your Custom Profile Box dashboard. It’s the one with the image of the mountain on it.

    Once you’ve uploaded your image, click on the image once, then click the Insert/Edit link icon (the one that looks like a chain, seven icons from the left) and paste in the URL from your Facebook page.

    Here’s Step #6 again: To make your image link directly to your Facebook page, you need to create a hyperlink. Copy the URL of your Facebook page, then click once on the image of the logo you just added to the Custom Profile Box. Click the Insert/Edit link icon and paste in the URL to your Facebook business page.

    I did this after I uploaded the logo of my Facebook page by clicking on the image and then creating a link to the URL of my page. Try this and let me know if it doesn’t work and I’ll help you troubleshoot.

  • Barbara

    Hi,

    When I right click on the image ‘copy image location’ does not appear.

  • Barbara

    Hi,

    When I right click on the image ‘copy image location’ does not appear.

  • Barbara

    I figured it out. thanks

  • Barbara

    I figured it out. thanks

  • Laura

    Good job, Barbara!

  • Laura

    Good job, Barbara!

  • http://www.boudoirphotographynetwork.com Robin Owen

    Can you think of a reason whey it would not show up in my Boxes? It's not there and I went through the steps several times to make sure I was not missing anything. :-(

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    It could be a Facebook glitch, or a glitch with the Custom Profile Box app. A few days ago, my custom profile box images mysteriously disappeared from several Facebook pages I manage, and I notice they were back today. You may be able to display the Box only in Boxes or only on your Wall — I'm not sure if you can display it in both places at once.

  • Bonnie

    Laura, I am new to facebooking and I am trying to add a page for a ministry I work with. I there a tutorial for that?

  • http://www.bloggingbistro.com Laura

    Bonnie,
    The June/July 2010 issue of my e-newsletter contains 5 Facebook tutorials. Learn how to create business pages, vanity usernames, add cool forms and widgets, stream your blog posts into your Facebook account, and more. You can find all my e-newsletters on the Archives page or you can access the June/July issue directly via this link: http://www.aweber.com/archive/bloggingbistro/fzEu/h/Five_Facebook_Tutorials_.htm

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    On my website you’ll find 5 Facebook tutorials in my June/July e-newsletter. One of them explains how to create a Page (it’s easy; only takes about 5 minutes).

    Here’s a link to all my e-newsletters: http://www.bloggingbistro.com/archives/
    And here’s a direct link to the issue that has the tutorials: http://www.aweber.com/archive/bloggingbistro/fzEu/h/Five_Facebook_Tutorials_.htm

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