Get Facebook to actually use your featured image. Yes, it’s a thing.
If you’re like me, you spend A LOT of time working on your blog posts. Coming up with witty (hopefully) and informative copy, styling your page just so to make it more engaging and creating a sweet featured image to go along with it.
You finally finish, read it over a few times to make sure you make some sense, check for typos and hit the glorius Publish button! Wee!!
Cool! Now to test it your social share buttons. (You do test it, right?) Ok, so I don’t do this all of the time but I try to.
Check your social share buttons at the bottom of your post, especially…dun dun duuuun… Facebook.
Facebook Annoyance #294
When you test or share to your Facebook Page or worse when your readers go to share your post they get this…
A generic image like your logo, not the cool featured image that goes with your post. Doesn’t have my blog meta description either! Ugh!
Let’s use my post from last week “Want More Tweets & Pins? Read This.” as an example and pretend I tried to share it on my Facebook page and got the annoying version above. Wanna know how I fixed it?
Let me introduce the answer to this problem
The Facebook Developer’s Tool Degugger! Can I get a whoop whoop!!
You’ll want to add this one to your Box-O-Tools!
The reason we sometimes get the annoying example above has to do with Facebook’s caching of your page and 9 times out of 10 running it through the debugger tool will fix the problem or give you a reason why it may not be working. (Though so far… knock on wood… it’s always worked for me.)
To fix it problem, go to the Facebook Debugger Tool and just add in the URL to your post or page and click the Debug button
You’ll get some new info including lots of intimidating looking gibberish that makes no sense. Ignore and scroll down to the section named “When shared, this is what will be included”.
Is this the image you want? If not, click the button that’s right below the URL you entered up top that says “Fetch new scrape information”. It might take 2 or 3 times before the right image and text appear as it should. (Sometimes a little patience is needed here.)
Once it’s correct, you can now share it on Facebook! YAY!
Bonus coolness: Now anywhere that your link was shared will be auto updated with the correct image!
Here’s what it looks like now when I go to share. Perfect!
Another thing to try if you have issues is to FIRST post from your Facebook page as the page owner. This way you get to choose the image. Next, try posting via your personal page. When you do this, it will usually pull the same image that was posted (and you chose) from your page. If that doesn’t work – run it through the Debugger. This annoying problem is especially true with sharing buttons, so don’t forget to test them.
Sometimes (as you probably know), Facebook can be a pain in the you-know-what. Naughty.
Play this game with Facebook. I’ve found these tips usually always work so you’ll come out the winner!
If you have other tips to share on this, please do! Now, get to posting!