What to do when your newly updated featured image is not showing up when you post it to Facebook?
An increasingly frustrating problem among webmasters is when they realise that their featured image does not display correctly when posted to Facebook. So they update the post with a new image, click Post to Facebook but the old featured image gets loaded instead.
This problem baffled me until I stumbled across the Free Facebook Debug Tool.
How to use
Enter the URL or your problem page and click the Debug button.
The page will return a result which includes the date your page was last scraped along with the image they have associated with that page. If it’s not the image you want, go to Step two and scrape the page again.
Click the Scrape Again button.
After the page is scraped, the new image will be loaded and Facebook Sharing for that page will include the new image.
Tip: Scrape Again whenever you change a featured image.
Before and After
Below are before and after shots of the page I had to scrape with the Facebook Debug Tool to update it to the most recent image.
I think the new image looks much better for a Facebook share than the old one. What do you think?
If you are still having trouble with your featured image not displaying correctly in a Facebook share, or the wrong image is being displayed, you might need to include Social Metadata into your web pages. For more information about this, please visit:
- The Open Graph protocol: http://ogp.me
If you use WordPress, there are a number of Free plugins such as Yoast SEO and Social Meta Tags that can insert the required Social Metadata into your posts and pages.
I see Yoast SEO ratings declining fast lately so at the moment I am trying out Social Meta Tags (with sharing icons disabled) to see how it goes.
If you use a good Free Open Graph (OG) Metadata plugin, please tell us about it in the comments below.