How To Merge Facebook Pages

September 7, 2011 · 195 comments

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How To Merge Facebook Pages

Facebook LogoFacebook’s New Merge Tool
Makes Consolidation A Snap

Note: This merge pages tool is currently working erratically. It may or may not show up for you when it should even if the pages are both biz pages and in the same category and have an exact name match. Unfortunately this is a FB problem and I encourage you to contact them about the bug in their merge pages tool.  If it is present for you it works well, if it’s not present you may be out of luck.

Many popular bloggers and businesses that have been on Facebook a while discovered, after Facebook auto-generated community pages based on user’s “interest tags”, that they had a half dozen community pages with their name on them!

Or perhaps you got started with Facebook pages and accidentally made a couple pages with the same name not realizing what you were doing at first (It can be confusing!)

Or maybe, you, like me, have some related pages under 100 fans, that you just don’t use like you thought you would and you are eligible to change their names…

Well in all three of these cases, Facebook has now made it super simple to condense the pages down into the one page you want to focus on.

The only rule is that the pages MUST have matching names. (And there is no rule that if they are under 100 fans that you can not change the name to make this happen.)

How To Merge Facebook Pages

1. Go to the page you intend to KEEP… that you want to bring the other pages fans IN TO… and go to the admin dashboard (via the “edit page” link).

2. In the left hand navigation, click on Resources… and then, assuming you have a page that is eligible to merge, you will see a “Merge Duplicate Pages” link.

3. In the popup, you will see a list of pages that are ELIGIBLE to be merged (meaning the names are an exact match). Put a check mark by the one(s) you wish to merge and click “merge page”.

(It’s very important you ensure you are doing this FROM the page you wish to KEEP or you could wind up on the wrong vanity URL.)

4. After you’ve hit merge, you will be asked to confirm, and reminded that all wall activity, photos, uploads, vanity url, etc (except fans) from the page you are merging in will be lost.

5. Click the Merge Pages button. That will take you out of the dialog boxes. Now refresh the page you kept and you will see that most likely your fan number has raised. (It will not be a full addition most likely as most of us have duplicate fans on multiple pages.)

That’s all there is to it! It’s as easy as that to merge Facebook pages!

I was at 2,145 fans on my main page in 71 from the JAK page (mostly duplicates and went up to 2,169… and now merged in 100 from KJC and that put me at  2,236.

Not a bad little increase for such a super simple process!

 

 

 

 

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195 comments
The Beautiful Eagle
The Beautiful Eagle

Nice tips, though i'm still having issues with Link my facebook page with my blog and automatically sharing my blog content to my facebook page.

Can you help me with that??

Natasha
Natasha

Hi Kim - not sure if you are still checking this (praying that you do!!!) I just recently changed the vanity url on my facebook page and about had a mini-coronary when I realized that facebook wasn't going to re-direct my fans over....anyways...SO:

1) I quickly created another business page, grabbing my old vanity url before I lost it....with the same business name/address....since all of my fans are currently being routed to this empty page.

2) I want to merge those two pages, but I wanted to make sure I know what happens to the old vanity url (the one that my fans still see)....will merging them help the situation, or will I lose that link again? Which vanity url will be the new one? Will they all be directed to my primary page?

Does that make sense?? Please help :-)

Doug Cooper
Doug Cooper

Kim.....I have my original FACEBOOK page and later added a page for a small sports league. I am the league's only administrator. However, I don't want to merge them....I simply want to do away with my own personal FACEBOOK page and keep the sports league page. Is this possible?

Brad Dalton
Brad Dalton

How do i change the name of a page or profile to an existing name so i can merge?I want to merge facebook.com/bradleyjamesdalton/ with facebook.com/wpsites.net

Tom Schilders
Tom Schilders

I tried to merge 2 pages for my customer, but it just didn't work since I'm located in The Netherlands. Then I got hold of Kimberly and she helped me merge the pages.

Thank you very much Kimberly, I absolutely recommend you to all non-US Facebook users who need help with a merge or name change!

Natalie
Natalie

Hi Kim,

If I'm coming a couple of pages and one of the absorbed pages is a page that many people in my office have a link to on their email signature. Do you know if the link will automatically re-route them to the combined page? Or will we have to go in and change the link?

Allen
Allen

Hello Kim,

Want to first thank you for your clear and concise direction on the profile-to-page and page merge procedure at facebook. Here is why I am writing: We are having the same problem as Jassi and Arina. We see the Merge button, go through the merge process where we select the page and confirm that we want to merge it… But once we click the final Merge button the popup window disappears and nothing happens. We also tried different browsers. Same result. Love to hear what you think is going on. We are at www.facebook.com/johntwohawks

jassi
jassi

@Arina,merge tool is not working

* I submit the merge request yesterday

MY 2 REQUEST HAVE BEEN MERGED. 

MINE TOOK 12 HOURS 

submit your request here --> .

*

jassi
jassi

Hi kim,

I also use different browser,but nothing happen

plz help

jassi
jassi

Hi Kim! Thanks for your post… I’ve been trying to merge 2 pages (same info, same category, same name) for over 2 week now, but with no success. I see the Merge button, I go through the merge process where I select the page and confirm that I want to merge it… But once I click the final Merge button the pop up window disappear & nothing happen

same problem Arina

i use mozilla browser plz help

Arina
Arina

Hi Kim! Thanks for your post... I've been trying to merge 2 pages (same info, same category, same name) for over 2 week now, but with no success. I see the Merge button, I go through the merge process where I select the page and confirm that I want to merge it... But once I click the final Merge button the popup window disappears and nothing happens. Do you know what the issue might be here? I'm getting desperate!

The pages are:

facebook.com/arinanikitina and facebook.com/nikitinaarina

febriadi
febriadi

i'm sorry kim, what I mean with YM ID is your yahoo messenger ID, can we chat there?

asfand.
asfand.

how many pages can merge in to one page. on a facebook page.

Hillary
Hillary

Kim - I just merged two duplicate pages for a client, the page I created (with more fans, pictures, content, etc) and a location page created from check-ins (with 13 fans, no pictures, no content, etc). It appears as though (even though I selected the page with all the content) Facebook merged the two pages and KEPT the "lesser" of two pages. Is this an optical illusion or is there a bug in how this works?

Sharon Fox
Sharon Fox

Hi I have a real problem which is driving me nuts and can't get any help from Facebook. I am trying to convert a personal page which has over 3000 friends to a new business fan page but when I click on migrate a Error shows up stating I am merging to many pages. There are no other pages, can you help me ?

Jim Tsilavis
Jim Tsilavis

Hi Kim,

I have two business pages with different addresses, they are both identical businesses and it is a waste posting to them individually. Is there a way we can merge them and still show their map pins for both locations on the same page?

Courtney Prather
Courtney Prather

So I converted my personal page with 80k subscribers to a fan page and want to merge it with my existing fan page of 24k fans. But the merge option is only appearing on the newly created page. Do you think it has something to do with having more fans now than the 'real' aka with all the posts/photos fan page? I want the combo of fans but dont want to start my page from scratch :( Any thoughts or someone to contact?

Sara
Sara

Hi, sorry i want to know can i change my username when i convert it to a face book page??

now its a personal page and i can't change my username becasue i changed it wrongly more than 1 times i just want to know if i convert it to a facebook page can i change my username or not??

thanks a lot ...

Rui Miguel Bernardo
Rui Miguel Bernardo

Hi Kim

i want to merge 2 pages that i admin but the name's aren't a bit similar. maybe that's why the "merge pages" option won't appear.

can you help me out and tell me how can i go around this problem.

thanks in advance for your time

best.

Rui Miguel Bernardo

Spider42
Spider42

Hi Kim!

Hope you're still checking this post.

I actually went the whole gamut, converted my profile (which I was mostly wasting time on) into a page and now I've still got admin access to my existing page that I had made before.

I was trying to do the page merge, but even with the identical name on both pages, I can't seem to merge them from the older page/vanity that I want to keep and merge the newly converted page into. In the 'resources' section of the new page though, the 'merge' button is there - however I don't want to lose the pics and all that I've posted on my existing page.

Someone else raised this query early in the comments here but there was no response on that one in particular so thought I would ask again. Please let me know if I resolve this because I'd prefer not to ask the 'good folks' at facebook who in my experience are not all that helpful a lot of the time.

Help!

Monique
Monique

Hi Kim

Thanks for your site and the help that you are providing! I hope you can help me...

I'm wanting to migrate my business profile to our existing page yet as we know, Facebook does not allow you to migrate to an existing page, so i would have to create a new page. This would then leave me with 2 pages which i can then merge.

Although, the newly created page will have more likes (as the profile has quite a lot of 'friends') then the existing page. And i read that the page with the least "likes" will be 'closed' which would leave me with the new (& empty) page... ultimately defeating my purpose of migrating in the first place.

Is there any way around this and have everyone on my existing page???

Randy
Randy

Hi Kim,

So I am wanting to convert this friend page into a business page:http://www.facebook.com/1003thex

Then merge that page into this page: facebook.com/XRockBoise

What should I change for the two names to be eligible to merge? Which URL will stick? After the merge, can I still change the URL to something different? When I go to convert the profile into a page, it gives me the options of business, entertainment, etc. Which one should I choose? I am not sure what the current fan page was created as.Thank you so much!Randy

venkatesha
venkatesha

hi my facebook Profile Create Community pages how to change in my old profile

and contact friends, groups.

Iylia
Iylia

Hi Kim,

Previously, my company has created the facebook fan page, but we lose the username and password.

And then I've created a new fan page for the company with new username and password.

So can I merge the old fan page to the new fan page? Both pages has same name.

btw, I can't see the 'Merge duplicate pages' button on my admin panel.

Isaac More
Isaac More

Thank you Kim for the effort you take to help us out... in regard to Rouge Mary's Problem, I was having the same problem, I have 3 pages of the same name but still get the error Message... But then, I emailed them and to my surprise they responded with a link to fill a form, NO NEED TO AUTHENTICATE THE PAGE. I am waiting for their respond, it has only been less than 4 hours, I am really hope to get positive feedback ...

Thank you

rouge Mary
rouge Mary

Hello Kim , thanks so much for all your comments it s very helpful ... But I have the same problem as Jorde ... My two fan pages have the same name i see the button merge pages but then I have this message ... : An error has occurred while merging pages. This may be caused by your attempt to merge too many pages .. Please could you help ?

suresh
suresh

im having 10 Different pages with different names one page have more than 7 k memebers rest of the pages have 2k memebers i want to move all the memeber into 7k page how to do it pls help me

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

Hey Natasha, apologies that I saw this much belatedly. Unfortunately my spam filter grabbed it for no particularly good reason.

Unfortunately, there is no way to get to a new URL and not lose (completely) the old URL on Facebook. There is no redirection provided from any vanity URL to another. Only the base/default/stock URL (long URL) you had at the very beginning gets redirected to your vanity URL. Once you change URLs the other URL gets held in limbo for a good long while and then eventually made available to others to use.

Kim

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

Hey Doug, sorry I missed this, spam folder accidentally nabbed it.

Once a business/fan page has an "association" to a profile, it has to remain that way unless the profile is migrated. Unfortunate but true. However, you can remove all your friends, and then turn your privacy up really high so almost no one can find the profile, and just use the page and pretty much pretend you don't have a profile. This is what many do.

Kim

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

You will have to change the links out. The old links will become broken in a merger. Annoying I know!

Kim

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

Allen, I hate to ask this question because I don't really want to consider the implications. Are you inside or outside of the USA. If you're outside then I wonder if the same restrictions are affecting mergers that affect large page name change request forms. That's not a thrilling thought. I mean, I'll make more money doing paid mergers, but seriously, FB needs to knock it off if this is a country restriction.

Kim

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

Jassi, that SHOULD be working for you. To the best of my knowledge, the merge tool, unlike the large page rename request tool, should be available to all page admins even those who are non USA based. If you're not based in the USA, you may however be proving my understanding of that flexibility incorrect. You've done the logical thing of using another browser. You could either attempt to utilize a USA based proxy IP address or you could hire a USA based consultant such as myself to attempt the change for you. This is not something I do for free but if you wish to peruse it, open a support ticket at http://support.just-ask-kim.com My assistance however is not a guarantee of getting it working but is simply my time and energy in my best attempt to get it to work. I can't be held responsible for Facebook's flakiness.

Kim

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

Ariana, I assume you have tried a different browser?

Kim

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

With the new tool that Facebook is currently phasing in, the cap will move from 3 up to 6 (total). That is assuming that the tool we've seen in beta testing is fully rolled out eventually.

Kim

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

Hey sharon, generally that message is shown when a prior merge has been done on either the target or destination page. They don't allow chained mergers.

Kim

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

That's an ongoing question that Facebook has yet to resolve. Because each page can only carry a single map pin, some franchise /multi-store businesses really are stuck in your situation. Unfortunately, the answer, at this time, is no, as there would only be a single map pin after a merger.

Kim

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

Spider, somewhere along the way, Facebook has changed their policy (again, stealth changes, which annoy me) and now only allows merging INTO the page with the larger fan base. This is frankly a pain in the butt, though I suspect it was some sort of damage control by Facebook. It's hard to see how it was necessary if the page names were an exact match.

Kim

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

unfortunately, Facebook has made this change that you have noted and there really is no alternative. I suppose you could reduce the number of friends on the profile until you had less friends (eventually fans) than the page you wanted to merge into but that seems wasteful if the profile is large.

Kim

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

Venkatesha, it appears that your English may be rough. Would you please rephrase your question? I'm not sure what you are asking?

Kim

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

Unfortunately, Mary, I don't have an answer for this. Without being able to really dig into the details of the 2 pages I can't even begin to speculate. Did you file a bug report on the "REPORT" tab at http://facebook.com/knownissues ? (Don't write on the wall there, it's useless)

Kim

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

Your first job, Suresh, is going to be to get all of the names to match, which is no small task since you will have to go through manual requests ion pages that big.

Kim

Allen
Allen

We are inside the U.S. Kim. Gave the merge another shot today. Same result.

febriadi
febriadi

hi kim ...

i'm febriadi from Indonesia, so I'm so sorry if my english is not good...

in recent times, I often combine my facebook fanspage without any issues with the way that you describe. But the last few days, it seems I can no longer combine my facebook fanspage as usual.

If allowed, may I ask you for a little YM ID consult?

thanks......

Sharon Fox
Sharon Fox

Thank you for your reply but this is the first time I have tried to convert the page to a fan page, have you any solutions as to what I can do ? I can't understand the error as there are no other pages connected!

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

I'm not sure what you mean by "YM ID" but you're welcome to ask a question here.

Kim

Allen
Allen

Kim,

I clicked your link, but then wasn't sure what to do next. Let me know how to proceed and I will be glad to. We are scratching our heads here as to why the merge won't work. I'll be on the lookout for your direction. Thanks.

Allen

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