2 Settings that Keep Your Facebook Page from Ranking in Search Engines

Facebook settingsIt’s easy to breeze through a Facebook page setup and find later that for some reason the page you’ve created for your business is nowhere to be found when you Google it. In some cases Googling your business name +Facebook will even pull up “Community Pages” that you didn’t create, while the page you want to show off is nowhere to be found.

After setting up and troubleshooting many Facebook Pages now, I can tell you that the culprit is almost always one of two little settings in the “Manage Permissions” area of the Facebook Page settings. That’s good news for most, because it’s easy to fix.

1. Country Restrictions

Facebook's Country Restrictions SettingHere you tell Facebook that you don’t want your pages to show to people outside of your country. When you add a country here to include or exclude, you effectively shut off your business page’s ability to be seen by anyone not logged into Facebook – this includes Google, Bing and the rest.

Our advice: Leave this pesky field blank. There isn’t much reason to block countries from seeing your Facebook page. Yes, you might get a spammer here and there, but if you’re moderating your page, it’s easy enough to ban people from your page if they break the rules.

2. Age Restriction

Facebook's age restriction settingsThis setting might be one that you can’t get around. If your business is related to products or services that aren’t for minor’s eyes, you will need to set this setting to “People 18 and over”, as Facebook will block children from viewing the page while they are logged in and will block everyone who is not logged in. Facebook uses the birthdate that users place in their profile to determine a user’s age and if you match the criteria set by the page you will be shown the page, if not you will be shooed away.

Our advice: Set age restrictions carefully. If you add any age restrictions to your page whatsoever, you will keep search engines from indexing your page. Selecting “Anyone age 13 +” will effectively make your page public, both to people who are not logged into Facebook and to search engines. If you must use this setting there is no way to avoid this presently – just know that as of now, your page will be hidden from most who don’t find you through a friend or your advertising/branding efforts.

Facebook settings for a public pageThese two little settings can cause alot of headache if you aren’t intimately familiar with how Facebook’s pages work. Thankfully, by default your page is setup to be public, however if you find that you can’t locate your page in search engines, try looking at these two settings first. It’s a super-easy fix! And because Facebook is crawled so frequently by search engine spiders, you should see your page start to make its way into the index relatively fast.

If you’ve noticed any other oddities that have kept your Facebook business page from being indexed by search engines, leave a comment and let us know! 🙂

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  • Marissas

    I’ve checked the two suggestions given on what needs to be changed in Facebook settings to make sure your Facebook page comes up in search engines. Niether suggestion solved the problem. I have a company page that will not come up as an option even if I type in the name of my company and Facebook. A random company page option pops up that I did not even create. Any suggestions? Right now I’m not even concerned with optimizing how frequently our page comes up, I can’t even find it. Please help!

    Thanks,
    Marissa

  • Marissas

    I’ve checked the two suggestions given on what needs to be changed in Facebook settings to make sure your Facebook page comes up in search engines. Niether suggestion solved the problem. I have a company page that will not come up as an option even if I type in the name of my company and Facebook. A random company page option pops up that I did not even create. Any suggestions? Right now I’m not even concerned with optimizing how frequently our page comes up, I can’t even find it. Please help!

    Thanks,
    Marissa

    • How long ago did you publish the page? What are the keywords you’ve used to try and search for your Facebook page?

      Try this: Go to Google and type site:facebook.com “your business page name here”

      Replace the text in quotes with the name of your business page on facebook and see what comes up. Anything? If yes, you will know the page is at least indexed. If no, there is a problem with the page’s setup that is keeping it from being indexed.

      I hope that helps, but feel free to comment back on your findings.

  • Thank you for this. I have seen my fb page drop off the results for the keywords I target. I changed these options, so hopefully that is what happened.

  • I can’t even find where the “manage permissions” are on my biz page. Help!

  • Michelle

    Hi there, I recently set up a business page for my company. When I try to search for it when I am logged into my personal account it does not show up under searches. Any help would be appreciated

  • Tempsens seo

    hahhahahah crap

  • Piedad

    My business page doesn’t show on my Facebook search bar. What do I do to fix it?

  • Cyn Sadler

    it worked, thank you so much! I’ve been searching for a solution to this and you answered the quest. thanks a bunch for this info!

  • Brega

    I was thinking of blocking countries like Bangladesh from seeing my page because I want to avoid getting likes form click farms.
    I still don’t understand how this would hurt my page’s rank in google.
    Have you checked to make sure that your assertions is correct?
    Could you please give a more thorough explanation and explain how you came to this conclusion.

  • I’ve gotten both of those set properly, but still have no ranking for our site?

  • Stella Loona

    I accidentally switched to Arabic as my language, I was just trying to translate a post, and now I can’t read anything on my page and can’t read how to log out or get help. The page layout is completely changed. HELP!

  • good info

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