How to Verify Your Facebook Page in a Few Simple Steps
Have you been fixated on getting that little Blue Check Mark(or, ‘tick’)on your Facebook account? You know, that Blue Check Mark that shows all your followers that you’re someone with enough status for Facebook to verify your page?
Verifying your Facebook Page and attaining that tiny, yet extremely valuable, symbol next to your business’s name makes you more official and credible in the online business world mainly in the eyes of the viewer audience who need such indicators in order to fully trust the capability and authenticity of any page or the business running the page.
It makes sense that most businesses want to earn the “Facebook verification” for themselves.
In this article, we’re going to break the process down into easily understandable chunks of information and guidelines in order to look at how to verify your Facebook Page and your Facebook profile, and everything that the verification process entails in immense detail.
Why Should You Verify Your Page or Profile?
We put a lot of time and effort into creating social proof on all our accounts, including Facebook, because it’s a quick signal to other users that our business is important and established enough to earn it. The verification check mark does exactly the same thing.
Users will see the check mark, and thus they will know that they are actually looking at your business’s (or your) real (authentic) page. They will know that it is not an imposter page nor a fan page, as people, obviously, do not like to have their time wasted. Especially in this fast paced era of Social Networking. They know they can message you for customer service, and it helps show that you’re taking your social media marketing and customer relationships seriously. Which makes the customers feel important and thus your business can boom, boosting you further up the global market chain.
Another really big bonus: having that verification will help your Page or profile rank higher in both Facebook’s and Google’s search engine. This is a pretty big deal, as through this you will also gain a much wider audience and much higher rates of publicity on the global net.
What is the Difference between the Blue and the Grey Check Marks on Facebook?
There are two different types of colors when it comes to check marks. These appear right beside Pages and profiles alike on Facebook. The Blue Check Mark indicates the confirmed authenticity of Pages, public figures, and brands. It shows that this is the official account for a brand, business, or person. Both Pages and personal profiles can get this type of verification.
On the other hand, the Grey Check Marks indicate a definite location for a specific business. While this particular one isn’t as difficult to obtain or as conspicuous, it can still help your business gain some credibility on Facebook, which is always a good thing.
If your business fits into either of the following categories; A large chain, franchise, or corporation, then the main account run by the corporate marketing team would definitely be the one with the Blue Check Mark, and all individual, local locations, could only earn the Grey Check Mark as there can only be one verified source (the Blue Check Mark).
Can Anyone Get Verified on Facebook?
Only some forms of Pages can truly be verified. Having a physical location which helps a lot since the grey badge is mainly location based and thus is much easier to get than the blue badge. These “Verifiable Pages” include; Local Businesses, Organizations, Companies, and Public Figures.
Getting verification on Facebook, for a personal profile, is a pretty big deal, and is definitely much harder than that of the list mentioned earlier, as in order to do so, you must have a ton of friends on your account while also meeting other requirements alongside.
How to Verify Your Facebook Page:
Before you get started on the process of verification, you’ll want to make sure your Page is top notch in terms of form and content. Facebook does not necessarily have an extremely strict list of requirements, but making sure that your Page looks great—and credible—will definitely go a long way for when Facebook is reviewing your request for verification.
This means that your Page must have:
- A proper website
- Proper Contact information; Email, Phone Numbers etc.
- An “About” section and long-formed description
- Plenty of native content that is solely individual to your page and does not entail shared items from other pages.
It’s also important to note that only certain types of Pages can become verified. This includes; Public Figures, Local Businesses, Companies, and Organizations.
To verify your Facebook Page you have to start at the actual Page. Go to your Page’s settings, and then go to “General”. Here, you’ll see the option for “Page Verification”which signifies if you do or do not have the ability to get your Page verified.
You’ll then have the available option for “instant” verification, or for a more lengthy verification process. The former gives you the option to have Facebook directly call your Page’s publicly listed phone number. You will then be given a verification code, which you’ll enter into the box Facebook provides you with. Then, Facebook will award you with a grey check mark (and eventually, potentially a blue one).
If you don’t want to use this method, you can also upload documents that show that you legally own the business. This includes business licenses, tax files, or articles of incorporation. Facebook will then review them manually before approval.
How Can You Verify Your Facebook Profile?
Getting your “Personal Facebook Profile” (where you have friends instead of fans) verified is a lot trickier than getting a business verified. Only people of a near-celebrity status would be able to get their personal profiles verified, even though many qualifications needed to get verified are pretty much the same.
You’ll need a lot of followers, though, which isn’t required for Pages.
Once you have submitted your “Personal Facebook Profile” for verification (which, according to my knowledge, you need to do by contacting Facebook directly), and if Facebook seriously considers your request, their representatives will get in touch with you and ask for documents that can help prove that you are who you say you are, for example, a copy of your license perhaps.
I’ll go ahead and save you some time with this particular case, and strongly recommend creating a Page for yourself and try to get that verified; it will be significantly much easier and hassle free with an increased chance of acceptance.
How long does it usually take to Get Verified?
This depends on a number of multiple factors, including what type of Page you own, or how busy the Facebook team is, and even your total number of followers. Facebook takes longer to verify and respond, for example, when approving businesses,rather than some celebrity.
This is a huge time span, but it can take anywhere from 48 hours to 45 days, especially for the blue badge verification. The grey badge typically takes much less time.
What Will I Do if Facebook Rejects My Submission?
If Facebook does not verify you, for whatever reason, calm down, and remember that it’s not the end of the world. As seen on Twitter, you may just need to revamp your profile, or Page, and simply try again.
Make sure that your Page is full to the brim and fleshed-out, with as much information as possible therefore making you seem as credible as possible. Writers can add publications to their “Impressum” section (don’t worry, It’s basically just a fancier word for the ‘about us’ section), and it doesn’t hurt to get a lot more mentions or reviews from other Pages and users either. You can also reach out to Facebook’s support for more information about why you may have been rejected too, if you want.
Most businesses and marketers put a ton of work into making their online and social presences as strong as they possibly can, and getting your Page verified by Facebook (either way) definitely helps you in successfully strengthening your social and online presence. It shows that you’ve taken the extra step, put in some extra effort, and further ensures that your customers will know that they are at the right Page for your business. Getting your Page verified just takes a few easy steps, so head over to your Page now and get started! Or if you are still having Difficulty I would you rather go to a team of professionals such as Digital Advertisement Companies that can provide you with this service hence leaving you worry and hassle free.