We have mentioned the marketing importance of becoming a Genre SME (Subject Matter Expert) in the past and now Facebook has made it easier to do this through Facebook Verification. If someone is verified on Facebook they receive a “Verified Badge”, you notice a little blue circle with a white checkmark in the center to the right of your profile picture (See Below)
Facebook reserves the “verified” status to celebrities/public figures, global brands/businesses and the media and as authors; we qualify for this prestigious Facebook status. The verified badge lets Facebook uses know that your are the actual author and not just someone pretending to be you. It also alludes to the fact that you are important enough to NEED the verification, which you are. J
In the past, Facebook did not allow us to submit for the verified status and it was frustrating supporting very successful authors and not being able to get the verified status. Fortunately for us, Facebook recently has started to allow us submit for the verified status.
Apparently, you do not need to have a huge number of LIKES on your fan page either. I found one author who only had 256 likes and was still verified. We are not sure how long they will be allowing this, so we suggest getting your requests in early.
Here is the process to get verified on Facebook:
- To confirm the request, Facebook requires one of the following be uploaded to them:
- Drivers License
- Birth Certificate
- Submit the link to your website
THAT’S IT! Pretty simple. So where do you go to get Facebook verified? Just go to the official Facebook Verified Badge page.
Authors take note: Please keep in mind that some Pages and profiles, including local businesses, aren't eligible for verification. So it is still up to Facebook whether or not you get selected as for a Verified Badge.
Tips that might help Facebook approve your request:
- Make sure that your Facebook author page has recent activity.
- Make sure that your Facebook Author page has all of the ABOUT section filled out, linking to your website.
- Make sure your website has a link to your Facebook Author Page.