The process of verifying a page or a profile on Facebook is very simple. In a nutshell you need 2 things: 1) great press and 2) a compelling reason.
You might wonder if to get verified you need a lot of followers. This does not appear to be the case. In this post I list the steps you need to take next to your name to get that yearned blue or gray tick. I decided to divide it into three parts:
- How to get your personal Facebook page or profile verified
- How to get your business page on Facebook verified
- Benefits of being verified
How to get your personal page or profile verified
First, unfortunately, not everybody can be verified. According to the support team of Facebook, only people can be verified with a badge in the following categories:
- Popular Brand or Businesses
- Government Officials
- Sports Companies
If you fall into these categories, you will be more likely to be verified.
Pro tip: If your personal facebook page is not in this category, you can always change it to “Public Figure” by going to About > Category.
After you’ve done that, follow these steps:
- Link to your profile or Page from your official website.
- Different kinds of fundamental data will appear in the About section of your page for a Facebook page depending on the category of your page. It is essential to add precise information to enable individuals to know about your page rapidly. Make sure your website, awards, organics and more are added. The better it is, the more full it is.
- Provide precise data on your profile for a Facebook profile. Include a website address recorded in your name in your About section. By default, make your profile public so individuals can follow it. Before applying for a badge, have at least a few hundred supporters (~500).
- Contact and verify Facebook. Make sure to include an ID issued by the government (US IDs work best, as well as a passport).
- Write down a convincing reason why you should be checked. The case of everybody is distinct so I’m not going to tell you what to write. Links to appropriate media articles or a Wikipedia page should be included here.
- Wait 2-5 days to hear back from Big Brother Facebook.
If you have dismissed your application for verification, it is most probable because of the following factors:
- You don’t have enough features on the press.
- You don’t have a Wikipedia. FYI, to get a Wiki, you first need press.
- You didn’t write a compelling reason or the ID you provided was blurry or not appropriate.
Get your business page verified on Facebook
From the assistance of Facebook: “If the category of your website is Local Business, Company or Organization, your website may be eligible for a gray verification badge. If you are an admin, your website has a profile photo and cover photo and is valid, you will see this choice in the Settings of your website.” To check your website, you can use the publicly listed telephone number or company document (e.g.: photo).
The steps to follow are:
- Click Settings at the top of your Page
- Click General
- Go to Page Visibility, then click Edit
- Click Verify this Page, then click Get Started
- Enter a publicly listed phone number for your business, your country and language
- Click Call Me Now to allow Facebook to call you with a verification code
- Enter the 4-digit verification code and click Continue
Note : If you don’t see the “verify this page,” it’s because the feature hasn’t just been handed out to all customers yet.
Benefits of having a blue or grey badge
- Instant EGO boost (come on, you feel good when you see it)
- Boosts credibility in your business or imageUsers will know they are interacting with the real page
- Verified pages will rank higher on Facebook’s search results.
Is it worth it?
I don’t believe so, because most of the advantage is that you can brag about it to your colleagues. In my view, not much more than that. I recommend that you invest your time to create incredible value for your supporters.
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