How to Get a Custom Facebook URL

facebookAs you’ve probably noticed, by default Facebook pages are really long, nearly impossible to remember URLs. This is probably fine for the typical user. However, if you use Facebook as a self-promotional tool for yourself or a social media marketing tool for your business, then you absolutely should think about taking advantage of a custom Facebook URL.

Facebook allows you to create custom URLs for your Facebook profile and business pages. Even if your Facebook page is already well established, there is no reason to worry about changing your Facebook address later because everyone who had bookmarked your old Facebook website address will now get forwarded to the new address whenever they click on your old Facebook link.

For instance my company Facebook page went from:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Seattle-Web-Services/178883721693

to

http://www.facebook.com/seattlewebservices

And you will still get to the original page I set-up by using either link. Pretty groovy, eh?

Setting Up Your New Facebook URL

  1. Go to Facebook and log in with the account that manages the page you would like to customize
  2. Literally go to http://www.facebook.com/username (DO NOT change “username” to your username)
  3. Pick the page you would like to get a customized URL for
  4. Check availability
  5. Finish setting it up!

Currently you’ll need at least 25 fans of your Facebook business page to get a vanity URL. For more information you can get help when logged into Facebook by viewing this page for additional tips and their FAQ on picking and setting up personalized Facebook usernames.

Benefits of Having a Shorter Customized Facebook Address

  • Easier to remember
    • Quicker for you and your friends to get too
    • You get to pick your text, with the possibility of getting it to match your company or website name, which will make it easier to find your business on Facebook and in the search engines such as Google
    • Looks more professional when used in your marketing material and on your business website

    These are just a few great reasons for creating a short customized Facebook URL for your business fan page or personal profile. But, I can’t think of a single reason for you not to create one. So if you have a minute, and haven’t set one up yet. I recommending getting yours NOW!

    Best of luck! I hope you get a good one!

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