Have you backed up your Facebook Profile?

Real Estate Agent with Harmon Enterprises

Facebook is becoming an increasingly important part of the marketing plan of many real estate agents.  Yet, Facebook marketing comes with some inherent risk. Mainly, you don't control the site. You put a lot of information into the site, but should you be in violation of the terms of service (you don't have two profiles do you?), or you just happen to be a victim of a glitch of Facebooks evolving platform (I heard a few stories of people's fan pages that suddently disappeared, before reappearing during the February pages upgrade that Facebook did), you run the risk of suddenly having your Facebook presence shut down.  (see the email sent to me which acts as the intro to a Pixel Coaching blog post on this topic)

One way to mitigate the risk of ever loosing the content you post to your Facebook profile is to follow the Facebook process of downloading a copy of your profile.  It's very simple to do and Facebook has a video about it on their blog.

Noteworthy is that the download process only works for your personal profile. Facebook does not have a process for backing up pages that is native to Facebook. A company called Backupify offers a solution to this though that page administrators should check out.


Comments (6)

Kim McMahon
Executive Realty Group - Skokie, IL

Stacey~ I am just getting started in "jazzing" up my facebook fan page.  I would go crazy if I had to start over.... Thanks for the info.

Mar 21, 2011 09:47 AM
Doug Anderson
Tucker Associates Real Estate Services - Danville, CA
Bay Area Real Estate Views

Thanks much for the tips Stacey. I have just begun with neighborhood fan pages and this will certainly help protect all of that set up time and effort.

Mar 22, 2011 02:58 PM
Paul Gapski
Berkshire Hathaway / Prudential Ca Realty - El Cajon, CA
619-504-8999,#1 Resource SD Relo

Great Post! Facebook can be so rewarding for our business we just have to take a little time out of our days and post interesting and compelling information. Its a great way to stay infront of our contacts and touch them.

Mar 23, 2011 06:07 PM
Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

Thanks for providing this information. I've joined the group Facebook Fridays, but my 'like's are spilling over to my personal page. I'm looking for information on how to control this. 

Apr 01, 2011 02:02 AM
Elisha Grace
Opportunity Mortgage - Bozeman, MT
Bozeman Montana Loan Officer

Thanks! I just downloaded  3 years of my personal information.

Jun 27, 2011 03:34 PM
Mitch Claymore
RealtyPLR.com - Wolfeboro, NH

Stacy - it's true: you can't be nudged to back up too often. Thanks for the reminder!

Jun 30, 2011 03:16 AM