Work for Yourself and Let Your Friends Know

Help Your Friends Find Your Art

Do you have the new facebook profile?

Do you have a facebook fanpage (or like page or community page or whatever you want to call it) for your artwork?

With the new profiles on facebook, there is an opportunity to promote your fanpage from your profile, by setting it as your employer.

On my profile page, shown below, if I click on Lisa Call – Textile Art in my profile (circled in red), it will bring up my fan page.

 
When I checked a bunch of my artist and entrepreneur type friends, they had a similar job appear on their profile (artist or owner at Their Company Name), but when I clicked on the company name link it brought up an empty community page and not their fan page. Not very useful.

Step by Step Instructions

1. Go to your fanpage. Find the name of your page (see below circled in red). Mine is Lisa Call – Textile Paintings. Remember exactly what it says.

[Or make this easier Copy the text: you do this by first highlighting the text with your mouse and then in windows: type + C, or with mac: type + C].

 
 

2. Go to your profile. Click on edit profile (in box in red below):

 
 

3. Select Education and Work (see in red below):

 
 

4. In the box for employer name (see in red below), type in the name of your fan page exactly as it was on your fan page.

[Or if you copied the text you can now paste it: in windows: type + V, or with mac: type + S].

 
 

5. Then hit enter. Facebook should then find your fan page and give you some boxes to add in the rest of your employment information. Give yourself a title, add in anything else you’d like, then click Add Job.

You can tell facebook found your page because the image from your page will appear above the info box.

 
 

6. View your profile and test out the link.

Note that only the top most of your “jobs” will appear on your wall so make sure to add this entry last.

Also note that even if you didn’t switch to the new profile, all of us that did – we see your profile in the new format.

Wrap Up

This change takes only a few minutes and adds a link to your artwork for all your friends to see.

All those old high school classmates would love to see your artwork. Think big and share it with them.

 
I invite you to become a fan of MakeBigArt on social media where I’ll be sharing additional tips and comments.
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In addition you can also find me here:

My Blog
On Twitter
Facebook Profile
Lisa Call – Textile Paintings Fan Page

 
—lisa

Thinking Big about Art

44 Responses to “Work for Yourself and Let Your Friends Know”

  1. Brilliant, Lisa. Thanks!

  2. Jaqueline says:

    Thank you for taking the time to post this, it is very much appreciated! Thanks!

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  4. Jules Lowe says:

    I found a link to your page through Twitter (& I retweeted it to my followers). Thanks so much for sharing this information. I’ve just adjusted my Facebook profile so it now links to my Facebook page. Yay!

  5. cyn says:

    THANK YOU!!!! I’ve been wanting to fix this ever since they started the new format, but I kept coming up short in figuring it out.

    THANK YOU!!!

  6. Liz says:

    Wow, thanks for this, Lisa! I hadn’t even considered having this in my profile (daft, eh?!).

  7. Thanks Lisa, Great Tip and so easy to do.

  8. Linda Starr says:

    thanks for the step by step, very informative.

  9. paula says:

    it wouldn’t work for me..i’ve tried 3 times. :(

  10. arlee says:

    Thanks for that great tip Lisa–was wondering why it wasn’t a feature, but it is :)

  11. Vanessa says:

    Great info! I just linked my profile and fan page! thanks to you!

  12. abu airi art says:

    It’s really work…tq for the tips..

    Appreciate it..

  13. Cheryl says:

    This is great Lisa! I was just going to see about how to do this today on the new profile and I see your link on FB from Alyson Stanfield. – Just so you know where I came from!
    I “liked ” your fb page and this blog looks like a great resource so I will be bookmarking it too and looking through your past posts.

    At my facebook fan page I made a custom page for people to land on – check it out. The options are endless and its free! http://www.facebook.com/cherylconnellart
    Thanks!

    Cheryl

    • Lisa Call says:

      Thanks Cheryl,

      I’m still not sure what I think about landing pages. I wish there were a way to set it so the very first time someone visits they could see the landing page but after that it goes to the wall. If they provided that option, I’d do a landing page for sure.

  14. Nithya says:

    Great step by step Lisa, thank you so much!
    I was not so happy switching to the new profile as my fan page info that was displayed in the “About me” went missing, but this is a great way to get it back on top! Thank you!

    -Nithya

  15. Thanks for the shortcut, Lisa!

  16. Sue Grilli says:

    Lisa, this was very clear and easy to follow. Thanks for the tip and help. I found you through Alyson’s Art Biz Coach. I am going to check out the rest of your blog too! Thanks again!
    http://Www.Facebook.com/suegrilliart

  17. Karen Koch says:

    Thanks, Lisa, this is great!

    Do you happen to know how to change the name of a FB Fan (Like) page? I goofed when I set mine up. :)

    And thanks Cheryl for the Welcome page idea!

    • Lisa Call says:

      Karen – sorry – from what I can tell – you can not change it once you create it. I don’t really like mine and wish the name was Lisa Call Fine Art, but it isn’t, and with over 1000 fans, I’m not willing to delete it and start over :)

  18. Michael says:

    Workes like a charm. Thanks!

  19. Deborah says:

    Thanks for this tip, I’ve always been looking for how to link the two!

  20. Well, that just rocked my world! GREAT advice and seamless instructions. Top of the list, I say!

  21. Karen says:

    Thank you! I just set up my fan page and added it as my job on my profile. You made it so simple. Thanks again.

  22. Meliors says:

    Thanks so much, this is what finally helped me to understand why I should even have a Fan Page. Have set one up and linked from my profile. Wonderful. Your blog is inspiring and practical at the same time. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Meliors-Simms-Handmade-Art/190191394325126

  23. Thanks Lisa! That was a HUGE help.

  24. Lisa Call says:

    You’re welcome everyone. It really bothered me that I had a blank community page right after the new profiles came out so I finally figured out how to make this work.

  25. Sally Trace says:

    Thank you so much…what a huge help.

  26. Maria Brophy says:

    Lisa, thank you for making this so easy, step-by-step! I wasn’t aware this was available. I’ve already made the change. It’s these little details that make a big difference – thanks!

  27. Gayle Wisbon says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this!

  28. Sandy says:

    Again, thanks. Copying it was the trick. I had typed it exactly, but – no go.
    Thank You for sharing.

  29. Fantastic! This is what I had asked all of my FB friends how to do and no one knew! Makes me feel a little bit better about this new FB layout.
    THANK YOU!
    Cheers and happy creating,
    Kelly

  30. you rock!! thank you!!!

  31. Regina says:

    Hi – great tips! I just implemented this. I’ll let you know if more of my friends find my FB page because of it. I was tooling around the profile edits afterwards and noticed that it’s also possible to ad your own page under “Activities and Interests”. It’s not as visible as work history, but every little bit helps.

  32. Lisa, Thanks for this great idea.

  33. Thanks, Lisa! I just did this, and I had been wondering how to link personal page with a fan page. This is hugely helpful. And….I’m stealing a photo of your art to decorate my article on Otaku today. Hugs from Charleston!

  34. Hi Lisa, this is a great idea! I haven’t got it to work yet though, even with cut and paste. Maybe because my fan page uses my name?

  35. Lisa
    Thank you so much for holding my hand. I personally hate facebook. But am happy to use it for my artwork. You made it so easy. Love your work too!
    All the best–

  36. I’m kind of thinking this only works so smoothly if your fan page is connected to your profile. Not that it wouldn’t be, but for some people they might be separate. ??? Was just testing out some instructions for a revision to the chapter in the new IRBITS edition.

  37. Jul says:

    Great idea! Thanks so much for sharing. Just edited my Facebook profile!

  38. anjali says:

    Somehow, using the facebook fan page link doesn’t work anymore but you can still add your personal website. Thanks for the info!

    • Lisa Call says:

      Anjali,

      Facebook changes their interface fairly often, so articles on how to use it can get out of date. But this should still work fine. A few weekends ago I helped a handful of artists set it up.

      —lisa