Facebook Similar Page Suggestions Feature

March 2, 2013 · 15 comments

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Facebook has quietly rolled out a new “suggested similar pages” feature to FB Fan Pages!

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 Image above courtesy of my friend and colleague,
Ching Ya from Social @ Blogging Tracker 

You will find the option in your dashboard to enable or disable your page from BOTH showing similar page suggestions AND being included in suggestions on other pages. 

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How do I turn on or off similar Page suggestions for a Page I manage?

When someone visits a Page and likes it, they may see a list of similar Pages they might also like.

You can turn this feature off for your Facebook Page so people won’t see these recommendations.

When you turn similar Page suggestions off, your Page will also stop appearing in recommendations when people like Pages that are similar to yours.

To turn on or off similar Page suggestions:

1. From the top of your Page, click Edit Page 
2. Select Manage Permissions
3. Click Your Settings in the left column
4. Check or Uncheck the box next to Similar Page Suggestions

To Enable Or Disable? 

For me, I’m leaving this option enabled. I like the idea of sharing the love and I’m enjoying getting some likes from random places. I’m a big fan of page owners supporting each other. 

 However, I have some clients who have chosen to disable the feature under fears that they may be shown as “similar” on a completely unrelated and problematic page. 

This is not entirely unfounded because on many pages the “similar” results are a mess of seemingly unrelated pages. 

We don’t yet know how Facebook is defining “similar” and whether or not the individuals previous likes are creating a “personalized” result. 

Like it or Hate it? Let me know!

~ Kim ~
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15 comments
Ruchi
Ruchi

Well i remove this feature because i not much i use this one

Sneha
Sneha

Nice post about Facebook Similar Page Suggestions Feature but i am not aware this topic Thank you to sharing me this information and i go to check this one.

THANK YOU KIM

Lei Broch
Lei Broch

Thank you for this tip Kim. I have decided to turn off this feature in my Facebook page so people won’t see similar page suggestion.

Danica
Danica

Hi Kimberly,

Wow! i don't have any idea about this FB default settings. Social media help us to locate friends, show our emotions and more. but sometime it can make provide negative output to us. So always think before you click. :-)

Steve
Steve

I have turned off this feature because my clients are not in support with this feature. This is a great way to collaborate but still they would not like themselves to be spotted somewhere where they are uncomfortable.

Beth Hewitt
Beth Hewitt

Hi Kim,

Thanks for this. I have noticed the recommend pages and I thought it was really cool. It would be great to know how I you optimize a page or not, to be able to show up in the right places. I think it is a great way to find other pages and people in your niche and to build relationships with them.

Thanks for sharing,

Beth :)

Katie
Katie

I have not disabled this feature so far because I want to see how this feature works for me. But I will surely disable this feature soon. This is just an advantage to Facebook to accumulate similar posts.

Nick Lewis
Nick Lewis

Thanks for the heads-up about this feature. I think I'll trial it, and see how it goes.

Worrying to read, however, that the results this new bar produces can be quite random!

Blogging Hits
Blogging Hits

The word "you're" is misspelled in the first sentence of this story.

Ursula
Ursula

Wow! That sounds pretty cool, does somebody know, how you can optimize your facebook page for these suggestions? How does it work, which are the most important aspects? I just got excited and cannot wait to give it a try:)

Raena Lynn
Raena Lynn

Hi Kimberly,

I've noticed the similar pages feature on pages I've visited and I was wondering how to enable it. Thanks for the instructions.

Is there any way to see what similar pages come up for your page? For example, I may be with my daughter and she has her Facebook open to a page and I can see the pop up showing similar pages. So is that the only way to check my page? I like this feature. Thanks again!

Raena Lynn

Nile
Nile

I figured it out before this tutorial. I thought it was pretty annoying, but I can see how it could be useful for Facebook to try this out. Its like a related post feature...lol

Jupiter Jim
Jupiter Jim

Kimberly,

I absolutely love the way you keep up with all the latest trends in Facebook and figure them out and what they do and how they work. You are correct, very recently I noticed that when I click LIKE on someone else's Page, that similar pages pop up. I've probably even clicked on a few of those.

I followed your instructions only to find out that mine are set on 'enable' or whatever it is, which is exactly what I want. I DO want to show up as possible similar pages so that's one more way for people to find me.

This is not like YouTube where it's recommended that similar videos after yours finishes should NOT be checked because then people are re-directed From your YouTube Channel or From your website if it's embedded.

If someone clicks on LIKE my Page and FB provides random "similar" pages. I don't see how that is going to hurt me.

Ok, once again, thanks for researching and sharing especially since I realize you have so much more else going on in your life!!!

~ Jupiter Jim

Sarah Arrow
Sarah Arrow

I've disabled too. The results I saw were so random!

I think I'll give them a few months to perfect this aspect and then enable it.

marquita herald
marquita herald

Hum - I copied your directions so I know how to disable the feature but for now I'm going to let it go and see what happens. Thanks.