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					Off-Stage: Create a Fan Page for your Band on Facebook for FREE
            Posted on Wednesday, December 17th, 2008 at 12:51 pm by
Monica

			
								Facebook is what we like to call a “social media
tool” around here. By putting this free service in your arsenal
of online band promotional tools, you can get in touch with new and
interesting folk — and your existing fans.
Today I’m going to take a step back from philosophy and show you
how to create a fan page for your band on Facebook. Aren’t you
lucky? Less ruminating and more “do this now.” I should
mention that creating a Facebook page for your fans doesn’t
instantly bring you fame and fortune, there is a little bit of legwork
that goes along with that. You will need your own Facebook account in
order to create a page; there is a step for you to log in, but if you
don’t have an account — don’t worry about it because
there will be an opportunity for you to do that later.
Anyway, here are the steps to creating a FREE fan page for your band
on Facebook: 
GO TO FACEBOOK — You don’t even have to think. Just click
on this little Create a Facebook Page link. Guess where that takes
you?
CLICK on the ARTIST, BAND, or PUBLIC FIGURE PAGE TYPE — So now
you need to tell Facebook that you are part of a band and you want to
be showered with money, fame and lots of men (or women). Whatevah! The
choices are: Local (For a company or business), Brand or Product
(Self-Explanatory) or Artist, Band or Public Figure (Band, Musician,
Writer, etc.). From what I’ve seen, lots of bands choose the
“musician” option. Makes sense, right? 
ENTER YOUR BAND NAME — If you’ve chosen
“Band,” probably be a good idea at this point to name your
page with your band’s name. Once you’ve put in what name
you want to be referred to and searched by, click on the blue
“create page” button and remember — it’s
permanent so choose wisely, grasshopper. Oh, and you
“might” want to include the word “Band” with
your name. Check out this Tool fan page on Facebook for an example. 
LOG IN WITH YOUR PERSONAL ACCOUNT — Remember earlier when I said
you need your own account? Yeah, well this is the part where you have
to log in to Facebook here, or you have to create your Facebook log
in. Only human beings, chimpanzees (and aliens posing as human beings)
can create Pages, so once you’ve verified you’re not a
robot you’re good to go.
CUSTOMIZE YOUR PAGE for YOUR BAND — OOOOOooooo, shiny! Now you
have a page for your band, but there is nothing on it! Well,
fortunately you do NOT have to be a web designer to customize a page
on Facebook, but you do need a bit of reading comprehension. Here are
a few of the ways that you can choose to customize your Facebook page.
Add a Picture: Remember when I mentioned all those free photo editing
and storage tools for your band photos? Here’s where
that’s going to come in pretty handy. The maximum filesize for
an image is 4 megabytes. Our MXTABS.NET page on Facebook can give you
some ideas. Though, I’m sure those photos can get kind
of…dangerous. *evil grin*
Add Your Band Website’s RSS Feed: Got a band blog or a website?
Click on the “Add a Note” feature for your band
page’s customization and add your RSS feed. On the right hand
side in a small, grey box you’ll see “Notes
Settings” where you can import your blog.  This is kinda cool
because you won’t have to update your page as often. 
Add Band History for your Information: Take a peek under your
band’s picture. Notice that dead space? Well, here’s a
chance for you to write a couple of paragraphs about your bandmates,
what type of music you play, where people can listen to you, etc.  
Add a Music Video:  OOoooo… I heart home-grown music videos,
don’t you? Unfortunately, shorter videos work better than longer
ones because there’s some extra hoops to go through here. You
can add links for other videos on “the wall,” though.
PUBLISH your BAND on FACEBOOK — Yeah, so pretty
self-explanatory, but in order for other people to see your creation,
you’ll have to publish it. DOH!
PROMOTE YOUR BAND’S PAGE LIKE CRAZY — Do I really have to
explain what this means? You can add a link to your band’s page
on Facebook pretty much everywhere, but there are some
“restrictions” on how you can promote yourself. (Read the
long laundry list of what you can do with Facebook pages, including
promotion – here.)
So there you have it. Delivered straight to you, this is a free, legal
way to promote your band. Just the way we like it. Got a Facebook page
to share? Yours or another band’s? Post ‘em in the
comments below!















 
				
                
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				Stress says:		

		
			December 24, 2008 at 2:47 pm		

		hello i have read all this that you have wrote and did that but i
still can not get iLike as my application and can not see my page like
there is no link to go to it. please help me

		
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				Monica says:		

		
			December 26, 2008 at 9:24 am		

		Hi Stress,
Once you’ve created your Facebook “fan” page, if you
get lost you can do a search while you’re logged in to Facebook.
Facebook doesn’t function like other sites do, so it might take
a bit getting used to.
iLike is not part of the instructions above, so not sure what
you’re talking about there.

		
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				Ezra says:		

		
			January 18, 2009 at 8:23 am		

		Hello Monica. I setup my fan page and selected other public figure
inadvertently but I really want my type to be artist/musician. Is
there any way to change it now? Fans are already registering and I
would like to avoid deleting the page all together and starting over. 
Please help

		
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				Monica says:		

		
			January 22, 2009 at 2:09 pm		

		Ezra — unfortunately there’s no way to change that
according to the way Facebook pages are set up. I’ve found that
the “Help” section can provide some answers; I’ve
ended up learning more by trial-and-error than anything else. 
Here’s the direct link to the Facebook “Help” page
for Pages. http://www.facebook.com/help.php?page=175
My recommendation is to email Facebook directly. I’ve had to
delete and start over and it’s NOT FUN!

		
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				Dave PerMar says:		

		
			June 27, 2009 at 4:53 pm		

		Thanks for the info. It was helpful. 
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dave-PerMar/27461243085

		
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