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Convert Your Facebook Profile to a Page (A Step-by-Step Guide)

Burning Question

You and Facebook are having issues. It’s complicated. The friend requests and event invitations that once charmed you now drive you nuts.  What was designed to be useful for an intimate group becomes increasingly unwieldy the more friends you add. You’re stuck with the realization that it’s not working anymore. You want out.

Or maybe nothing’s wrong except that you’d like a little privacy. 

Wait. Before you oust Facebook in favor of her svelte sister, Google+, you might be able to salvage things. Enter the Facebook profile-to-page migration. Whether to take advantage of the opportunity to convert is a burning question for many writers. Can you still have a profile page? Will you lose friends when you turn them into fans? Will you lose content?

Since I’ve recently converted my profile, I can provide a perspective that may help you make your own decision. I wouldn’t go back to using a profile. I didn’t realize until I converted my profile how much of a toll maintaining it was taking on me. The peace is wonderful. There are no more friend requests to monitor or invitations to consider. Other pluses are that I’m able to schedule posts, review analytics, and promote.   

Converting wasn’t an entirely smooth ride for me. I lost followers but less than 1%, and the engagement for my new page is higher than for my profile. Way higher. People take you much more seriously when you convert to a page. It’s amazing. And I figure it was probably a good thing for me to part company with those who didn’t hang with me.

I’ve had some problems connecting my converted page with other sites that automatically search for your page, like klout. I’ll have to work out these problems individually. Also, I miss the interaction with my friends’ profiles. I knew that going in, though, and was willing to accept the loss. Their comments post on my page, so I know they’re still there, but it’s a bit strange. It helped that my profile had become a bit of a forum as writers popped in to answer my questions for writers. I post these Monday through Friday. If you’re interested in participating, here’s my new page address: https://facebook.com/JanalynVoigt. Fortunately, I know many of the same people on Twitter also, so I can look in on them there.

Your profile page does go away since that’s the page you are converting. You can just make a new one, though.

There are risks involved in the conversion process. Things could go wrong on the technical end and you might wind up with a headache of some sort. You have to weigh the possible costs against the results you want to decide if it’s personally worth doing. You can report a problem with a Facebook profile migration or under certain circumstances request that the conversion be reversed

Be aware (as I wasn’t) that it takes hours for your friends to be converted to followers. At first your page will have zero followers, so don’t panic as I did. It takes a while for them to start showing up. Also the first week things are a little wonky. I didn’t have a home tab or any analytics for about a week.

If you’re ready to take the plunge, here are the steps to take:

Written by Janalyn Voigt

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I’m Janalyn Voigt, an author, speaker, and former social media mentor. DawnSinger and Wayfarer, the first two books in my epic fantasy series, Tales of Faeraven, released with Pelican Book Group and will be followed by at least two more installments. I’m also working on a romantic suspense novel set in an Irish castle, but then historical fiction has a grip on me too. Being unabashedly multi-genre makes me into what some might term a reluctant rebel, but I prefer to think of myself as a storyteller.

15 thoughts on “Convert Your Facebook Profile to a Page (A Step-by-Step Guide)”

  1. Hello Janalyn, I am just curious, how many hours did it take your friends to be converted into followers? Was it all at the conversion process all at the same time or little by little?

    Thanks

        1. I don’t remember exactly, Danni, sorry, but it was a lot longer than I wanted it to be. I would give it at least a day before inquiring.

  2. Facebook has created a new page for me but not migrated any of my friends into likes nor eliminated my personal page. Any suggestions, I have reported numerous times via help sections and still no reply or update.

    1. Hi, Matt. Sorry you are having trouble with your page conversion. That has to be frustrating. Sorry, but the only thing I know to do when something goes wrong with Facebook is to report it to them. I would keep trying.

  3. Hi Janalyn! Thanks for this post. I’ve been trying to convert via the link you provided, but it prompts me to create a new page instead of converting my profile. Is there something that I’m doing wrong?

    1. Hi, Kelly. That’s what I see, too, when I’m not logged in. When you log in, though, the link takes you to a page to convert your profile page.

      Let me know if that’s clear and also how it goes.

      Janalyn

  4. I converted my clients profile and somehow got changed from admin to editor. It still shows the converted profile as the admin so the page is frozen. Any advice?

  5. Hi Janalyn, thanks a lot for sharing, it helped me a lot. I followed your directions and everything seems to be working fine so far, except that I can’t add a new admin to my newly converted page. Does this just take a while to become activated? I have two public pages now and would like to merge them, but first I have to become admin to both pages if I’ve understood correctly. Thanks for your help!

      1. Oh, good. I’m glad you sorted that out, Lorraine. Just so you know, I am still waiting after many months for Facebook to merge my pages. Having Facebook delete pages is equally difficult. I request they delete, but then hide them.

  6. Hello, and sorry you had trouble with the conversion process. I just looked at your Facebook Page, and so far you have 1,487 Likes. You should see that number grow to what you started with at conversion, if all goes well. If not, please use the link in my post to report a problem to Facebook. I’m not associated with them and so I can’t really advise you. My post is simply a report of my own experience of migrating my profile to a Page. Best wishes.

  7. Hello I have chnage my account to a page and i havent get my followers i have 112,921 people are following Harem Press but this 5 days from the convert but i stell can not get them as a like and i dont know what to do pleas help me

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