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URGENT NEWS -Brand Yourself using Facebook

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Quick and Urgent update for everyone using Facebook.

It’s Peter.  Quick update for you.  If you have a facebook profile, you need to head over there right now and change your username to whatever you want before someone else claims it.

Today at midnight EST, Facebook released a new feature where you can claim a name for your facebook profile.  What does that mean?  That means that people will no longer need to go to:

http://profile.to/peterkolat

After you change your profile, they can go directly to

http://facebook.com/peterkolat (that is if you had a plugin for custom page inside your profile).  Otherwise, your profile address was something like this:

http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=123456789

This is great news for you.  (Obviously, you’ll need to claim your own name to whatever you want.)  Just be careful because you can only do this once.  Once you claim a name, it’s there for life.

So head over to the following page:

http://www.facebook.com/username/

and change your name there.  From now on, people will be able to just go to facebook.com/yourname without trying to figure out the location of your profile.

I changed my profile to my real name because I am looking at the future and want to brand myself out there.

You should think very carefully at how you want people to find you.

Answers to some common questions:

I had several people email me with questions about facebook’s new username change.  Here’s Why this is important for you.

This is really good news because your profile (and your name) will get indexed in Search engines and it will be easier for people to find you.  Your followers will just type in facebook.com (everyone knows that address) and then your name.  I would recommend making it your own personal name or your main keyword, for branding reasons, plus everyone knows you by your name.

Second, I know that some of you have fan pages.  I have received questions about that.  Here’s my take on it.  Right now, Facebook does not allow you to brand your pages unless you had 1000 fans before the end of May 2009.  If you had 1000 fans, you can change your fan page to whatever you want.  Now, if you have already changed your profile to your real name, I would change your fan page to a “keyword” that is related to your niche.  For instance, if your fan page is for “saving from foreclosure in Atlanta”, you can change your facebook page to

http://facebook.com/savemefromforeclosureatlanta
That means that your fan page, with that keyword phrase will be indexed in Google and since Facebook is an authority site, your fan page will show up high in search engines for that keyword.  See how powerful that is?

Now, if you changed your fan page to your real name, I don’t think that’s a big deal either.  Here’s why.  As of right now, Facebook still limits the # of people you can have as your friends on your profile.  Once you reach the 5000 friends limit, you’ll need to direct people to your fan page.

In conclusion, if you can do both, then do both and use your real name for one and a keyword (SEO friendly) for the other.  It’s extremely powerful.  But hurry up because some of you have very common names and some  guy who’s name is Will Smith (not the famous actor) can take that name.

To Your Success,

Peter Kolat

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22 Comments on “URGENT NEWS -Brand Yourself using Facebook”

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  3. Oscar |

    This is interesting. At least you dont have to worry about someone copying your name for their own purpose. especially for those popular individuals.

  4. Peter- REBB Founder |

    @Oscar@Wealthy Affiliate Tour

    Funny you should say that. I just came across a story where I friend wanted to play a joke on his friend and use his real estate for his facebook profile. (Not knowing that you can never change it). Now, his friend is really mad and he is stuck with his friend’s name 🙂

    Peter Kolat

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