Facebook Tip: Turning off Similar Page Suggestions


It’s Facebook Tip Thursday! You’ve likely seen this…When a new fan “Likes” your Page, they get a series of suggested pages they may also wish to “Like.”

How to turn off Facebook Related Page Suggestions

What you Need to Know

These recommendations are not paid ads. They are straight from Facebook.

Facebook simply offers this, and bases suggestions on location, category, and other pages “Liked” by fans of your page.

Fans can hover over a suggested page’s thumbnail to “Like” it right away, or click on it to go check out the page. Or, they can click “See All” to be taken to the full “Like Your Favorite Pages” browser.

It’s helpful that the suggested pages are supposed to be based on fans’ interests, but it can be a distraction from a new fan spending more time on your page, which they just “Liked.” Suggested pages are a quick temptation to leave and go on to a new Facebook page.

At their worst, they can recommend competing fan pages to your new fans.  See this Sears example:

Shows Page suggestions of brands that compete with Sears

Shows Page suggestions of brands that compete with Sears

Ability to Turn Off is Available

Participation in Page Suggestions is voluntary.

It can be turned off.  However, be aware that if you opt out of having suggestions shown to your new fans, then your page won’t be suggested to new fans of other pages. It’s a trade-off you need to evaluate.

How to turn off Facebook Similar Page suggestions:

  1. From the top of your Page, click Edit Page
  2. Select Edit Settings
  3. Click Similar Page Suggestions
  4. Uncheck the box next to Similar Page Suggestions
  5. Click Save Changes


  • I agree that there is a distraction effect, but if turned off your page will not appear as a suggestion to other pages’ visitors. I have gained a good number of new likes through this feature.

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