Have you noticed an incorrect image showing up when you share your website link on Facebook? Many of my clients get frustrated by this, and I just had to fix it again this morning.
I’m going to quickly tell you how to fix this and ensure the right image is being pulled through.
Why is it playing games?
There are many reasons that can prevent Facebook from correctly guessing the right thumbnail image. One of the most common reason is having multiple images set in the
og:image tag where your featured image is smaller than rest of the images.
Facebook uses Open Graph (og) tags, and many WordPress plugins like WordPress SEO by Yoast automatically adds them to your site to prevent missing thumbnail issue.
(sorry a little tech talk)
Let’s take a look at how to fix the incorrect facebook thumbnail issue – hopefully in non jargon tech talk that you’ll be able to follow and rectify yourself.
Manually Uploading your Thumbnail Image
If you are sharing an article on your Facebook page, and it does not pick up the correct thumbnail, then you can click on the upload link to upload the image you want to use.
However this does not affect other users sharing your posts, it may well still show the incorrect thumbnail.
Force Facebook To Use The Correct Thumbnail
If you are using WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin, then you can easily set a specific thumbnail image for Facebook.
Simply head over to the SEO plugin, click ‘social’
Then scroll down and upload the image of your choice… (optimal size should be 200px x 200px)
It will then pick up this image when no other image is available.
Let me know if you’re still struggling. I know it’s a pest for many, so hopefully this has helped cure that headache