How to Add A Search Link to Your Facebook Page

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How to put a link to your MLS search on your Facebook Business Page - or any link to anything!

C21 Harrelson Group Facebook Page

How can you put a link on your Facebook page?

The one thing Facebook has made really hard to do is to link your website, or special parts of it, to your business page. It takes some tweaking just to make the link show on the front of it under your page logo, but that is so small people seldom notice it. It you've wished you could have a link to your MLS Search page (or any other page for that matter) you should be able to follow these steps and do so.

Right under the main big banner on the right, they give you 4 spaces to put any kind of colorful banner boxes that you choose to add. Most everyone wants their photos, videos, number of "Likes" and maybe a map locator to show. But if you don't have any videos, and don't care about the map, or whatever, you can put what you want to on there. In fact, to the far right there is a little number (See 5v circled in yellow above). You can actually put any number of pages or links on there...they just don't show unless you click that button.

But most every agent or agency would like to have a link to their MLS search, so here's how to do it, and at the end I will even give you some buttons to use if you'd like.  Just right click on one and SAVE AS to your desktop to use.  Here's how to do this, step by step...


HOW TO ADD A LINK BUTTON TO A FACEBOOK PAGE

1. Log in to your personal account at Facebook. (the one that is Admin for a page.)

2. Paste this into the Address box of your browser while you are in your profile and signed in. It will take you to this page...  - http://apps.facebook.com/iframehost/

3. Click on Install Page Tab.  It will ask you which page you want to add it to.  (Page means Business page) Choose it and click on ADD PAGE TAB to start.

4. This brings you to a page for the app called Tab Settings. Leave as is except right above the big empty HTML Box you will see Several things to mark. Click REDIRECT. That will open a dropdown where it asks for your website. Fill in your exact website name like http://www.yourpage.com/search/advanced_search/ ... 2nd to last option says Tab Name. Type something in there like SEARCH MLS.

5. Click on Save Settings. Page will refresh, but not go away. It will say in yellow at top that it's been saved. Now look at top right near your name and you will see an arrow for a drop down beside the word "Home". Click the arrow and choose "Use Facebook As" and click your business page. This will take you there.

6. Scroll down to the bottom of your main large banner picture. You'll see some boxes on the right side under the main picture. To the right is an arrow. Click on that and more boxes will pop open.  You should see one there that matches your new app. If you didn't change it, it will have 2 spotlights on it. Should also say Search MLS or whatever you named it.

7. Clicking that arrow also opens the edit on all the boxes. Put your mouse on the new box and a Pencil Icon will appear. Click that icon. The first options are where to move it. Your page only shows 4 boxes. Choose which ones you want to display if you have more, and move them by using this edit. Below that same list you will also see EDIT SETTINGS. Click on that. It will open a box and you'll see "Custom Tab Image". Click on CHANGE.

8. This will take you to a nearly empty page with the same icon that says "Upload a Custom Image". Click on CHANGE again. Upload the image you have chosen to use. If you want to make a new one, the size is 111 pixels width by 77 pixels height. Once you upload the new picture, it won't look like anything happens, but it has. Now look at the top right and see your Facebook Page name and click on it. *Note: It appears they've fixed it and you can do this in #4 above if you want to.*

9. Once back on your page, scroll down and look at the boxes again. If it is there, and in the correct order, you're done! That box is now a direct link to your search page.

And below are some buttons for you to use in various colors. If you've found this helpful, please consider giving me a Google Plus. Hope you enjoy playing with it.

 

     

Comments (23)

Jan Chilton
Myrtle Beach, SC
Real Estate Marketing

Let me know if anything is wrong or has changed. I'll reprise..:-)

 

Feb 06, 2013 09:59 AM
William S. Cherry
Dallas, TX
William Cherry Wealth Mangement Coach

My lord!  You're a genius.  I'd never have known any of that.

Thanks!!

Bill

Feb 06, 2013 10:01 AM
Jan Chilton
Myrtle Beach, SC
Real Estate Marketing

Well that is quite a compliment!  Thank you!

You can put a link to anything there, and several if you move them around.  You might just want a link to your homepage.  Good luck!

Feb 06, 2013 10:10 AM
Tanya Connie
Sun Rise Real Estate - Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach Real Estate

Jan, This post was fantastic!! Even I was able to follow your instructions and get a search on my Facebook Page.  Thank You - 

Feb 06, 2013 11:56 PM
Jan Chilton
Myrtle Beach, SC
Real Estate Marketing

I'm glad, Sandy. Was hoping someone would try and let me know.  :-)

Feb 07, 2013 02:52 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

That's a neat tip, Jan - and easy to do, too. (Is there any way we can also put the search widgets for home search?)

Feb 07, 2013 02:55 PM
Jan Chilton
Myrtle Beach, SC
Real Estate Marketing

As far as I know right now, that little app is the only way to make a permanent link, and it's just those little boxes.  I don't think any of the social sites would allow you to put a javascript form on them.

Now you could take a screen shot of your form, crop it, and post it over and over.  They couldn't write on it, but when they clicked it it could take them to your MLS search.

Feb 07, 2013 07:32 PM
Brad MacKenzie
Brad MacKenzie - Duxbury, MA
Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore

That's great!  I'll have to run through those steps . . . tomorrow!  I hear you saying that, once you get the hang of it, you can put anything you want on a button, which would be wonderful.  Respect.

Feb 12, 2013 08:32 AM
Scott Jacobs
Keller Williams® Realty Emerald Coast - Destin, FL

It worked!  Thanks so much for sharing this.  One question: When I test the link it takes me to a blank page and then asks if I want to allow a redirect.  Is that normal or have I missed something?

Feb 15, 2013 04:23 AM
Jan Chilton
Myrtle Beach, SC
Real Estate Marketing

Hi Scott, glad it worked.  Yes, you, as you are logged in as Admin will see that about the redirect.  Your viewers won't see it, though...it will just seamlessly go there for them.

 

Feb 15, 2013 05:13 AM
Fran and Rowena, La Canada Realtors - (818) 952-0077
Dilbeck Real Estate - La Canada, CA

Jan - this is one of the best and most useful posts I've read on Active Rain.  You are sharing information that most realtors would have to pay someone to do for them.

I think Active Rain should make this a "Featured Post" - one with real value to it's members. 

With many thanks for helping us look better online, and provide more to our online viewers!

Fran and Rowena

Feb 15, 2013 06:10 AM
The Tonnesen Team
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Nevada Properties - Las Vegas, NV
Put a #1 Team to Work For You!

This definitely should be a featured post! Great instructions, Jan!! You are a web guru extraordinaire. And I love the idea of doing the screen shot. Really encourages them to click on the link. Truly awesome. Thanks so much for sharing.

Feb 15, 2013 06:19 AM
Charles Stallions Property Manager
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pace, FL
Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management

Dang Jan that is a lot to do I will get there though as this sound like it works. 

Jan 05, 2014 09:01 AM
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

This is really neat. I want to check it out. Will reblog to give this more mileage on Active Rain. 

Jan 06, 2014 05:08 PM
Jan Chilton
Myrtle Beach, SC
Real Estate Marketing

It works to make a decal for any kind of link, too. If you have multiple websites you could do one for each.  Or for your blog, or Pinterest account.  Let me know if you have questions, Cheryl. And thanks.

Jan 06, 2014 05:20 PM
John Mosier
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ
Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142

Thanks, Jan Chilton , for this GREAT Post. I agree that it should be featured. I have been struggling with trying to make my Facebook page work. This will help greatly.

I am now following you.

May 01, 2016 02:56 AM
John Mosier
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Prescott, AZ
Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142

I depend on Evernote for keeping up with website work I want to do. I have several folders I use for this. I cut and pasted this article into my Evernote "Website Work" folder.

I also use Evernote extensively as I develop the promotion for each new listing.

May 01, 2016 03:24 AM
Jan Chilton
Myrtle Beach, SC
Real Estate Marketing

Thanks, John...but I'm not sure all of this is accurate anymore. I wrote that in 2014. I know they've moved all the buttons to the left column instead of at the top now.  They didn't delete my widgets when they moved it, but it isn't front and center like it was originally. And now they have a way to add your listings directly to the page.

May 01, 2016 11:05 AM
Todd Watkins
PowerHouse Realty, LLC - Kennewick, WA
and Power House Realty serving the Tri-Cities

This was fantastic information! Thank you so much. It really made me whole week to learn how to do this!

Jun 20, 2016 08:45 AM
Marta Stasik
Stasik Homes / Douglas Elliman - San Diego, CA
Broker Associate

This does not work.

Jun 22, 2018 02:09 PM