Getting a little blue check mark beside your name on social media may not seem like a big deal, but it is a little ego boost. It tells potential followers that you’re recognized as being influential in your field, it helps you stick out from the crowd, and, of course, it will make people jealous. Beyond that, though,getting verified gives you special features you probably didn’t even know existed. Here’s how to get yourself verified on social media platforms so you can find out!
There are three types of Facebook verification: a profile, a personal page, and a business page. Here’s is a step-by-step guide to verifying your Facebook page.
Facebook Page Verification
This is a really simple process, but there are some other unofficial steps you should take to help ensure your request is approved. One thing you must do is ensure your Page is properly filled out, including most of the section under the “About” tab. You must have a profile and cover photo, and you should choose ones that make your page look as official as possible. Your page should have proof of usage, including regular posts and engagement from your audience. It’s also not a bad idea to spend a little money on an advertising campaign for your page.
It’s also really important to note that not all types of pages are approved. Facebook states that, “Select people, sports, media, entertainment, and government Pages may be eligible for verification if they can prove their authenticity and meet Facebook’s requirements for having a Verified Badge.” This means your page category must be set to one of these options. If you don’t fit within these options, set the page category to “Public Figure,” as that’s your best bet for verification.
Once all of this is done, follow the steps below.
Go to Facebook’s “Request a Verified Badge” form .
Select the Page you wish to verify.
Have an official government ID ready, as you’ll need to upload a scanned copy so Facebook can verify your identity.
Enter a link to your official website in the form.
Hit ‘send’, and wait patiently for a reply. Facebook can take several weeks to process these requests.
If your request is successful, you will receive a blue checkmark.
Facebook Profile Verification
This process is very similar to applying for page verification. You should fill out all of the information mentioned above. You can’t select a category for your profile, of course, but the same rules apply as to who is eligible.
The only other difference from the Page process for verification is that you must use this form instead.