To make sure social media sites like Facebook and hopefully other interactive sites show the correct images from your blog posts and not just random images like your logo, you need to first clear the cache data fetched by Facebook. Paste your blog post link into this tool:
That will make Facebook fetch new data from your WordPress website’s blog post.
The image should be set as featured image but sounds like you’ve done that already. Let me know if it works!
You can also use the above tool on pages, product pages etc.
You might also find Yoast’s SEO plugin useful as it prints facebook open graph tags into your blog posts HTML which can help Facebook understand your content better: https://yoast.com/social-media-optimization-with-wordpress-seo-by-yoast/
What about other media, besides Facebook? This is happening on LinkedIn and other places where I want to connect.
Ah, makes sense. I Googled for a “linkedin debugging tool” and found this, looks useful:
Try adding a ?1 after your blog post link then pasting it into LinkedIn.
Then once it loads change the link back to normal.
Took the link you sent me. There were two warnings that came up. And it showed that they were going to link to the icon image, by default, I guess. But the rest of the error stuff was gobble-d-gook to me :-/
— so don’t know what to do.
It is supposed to pick up the featured image. I have changed out images to no avail. I even used a photo that they picked up in the previous theme, but not now
Are you there Greg?
See you posted a debugging tool. Will try it. thx.
Are you focusing on LinkedIn now or Facebook or somewhere else? Just give me a list of everywhere you are trying to post and I’ll work thru each one.
Yup I hear ya. Okay your information is definitely helping me work through this. For Facebook, try this debugger tool as well:
Then quit your browser and reopen it. And try to share again and let me know what happens.1 year, 2 months ago CoriModerator
Hi Greg, she will post the questions and concerns… if she is not here now, maybe just check back in the morning.
Right now I am focusing on Facebook. Then will try Linked In.
Would it correct the problem if I switch back to previous theme? Or would I be further complicating the issue?
Meanwhile I will try the new FaceBook like you gave me. thx.
Hope to paste here the warning message. It is still picking up the icon.
caution-solidWarnings That Should Be Fixed
Share App ID Missing
The ‘fb:app_id’ property should be explicitly provided, Specify the app ID so that stories shared to Facebook will be properly attributed to the app. Alternatively, app_id can be set in url when open the share dialog.
Should I delete the icon? Might it go to the featured photo if icon is not there?
Don’t worry about the warnings, Facebook is trying to do too much and we only want to focus on exactly what we want to do here, which is to clear the Facebook cache.
If you scroll down to Link Preview does it show the right image, or icon still?
You could try deleting the icon, that’s a good thought.
Let me check.
It still showed the icon on link preview.
So, I deleted the icon, and now it is back to a blank square showing nothing :-/
We can do this.
There’s a more aggressive solution too. I know you’re a beginner and new to much of this but you seem to be getting through it OK so I’ll suggest this option, which is installing the WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast and using the Facebook Image option.
You would install this plugin, it’s amazing: https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo/
Just install and activate the plugin.
Then in your post, you’ll see this section, where you can upload a Facebook Image:
OK, Greg —
Will this work for LinkedIn and other media, too.
The addition of ?1 to my blog post link did not work on LinkedIn.
Think I will wait till tomorrow to try this. I am running really tired tonight. But, since I have Jetpack, do I need to deactivate something there?
I’m hopeful this plugin will fix LinkedIn images too.
Install/Activate it and give it a shot. It’s very powerful.
Other people have added the ?1 for other wordpress themes and it has worked for linkedin images so not totally sure why it’s not working for Twenty Sixteen, but will find out.
I tried using the solutions mentioned here. The Yoast SEO seems to be working for Facebook, but has no effect on LinkedIn and Twitter. I tried the ?1 for LinkedIn, did work but the moment I remove it, the picture vanishes.
Can you please help me with a permanent solution for the same.
WordPress Featured Image Not Showing on Social Media
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