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How do I set which image shows for Social Shares



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How do I set which image shows for Social Shares

Please can anyone assist with how I change which image shows up for social shares, specifically for Facebook?

I am using Hiero theme for my one website and for some reason it always uses the about me widget image for all shares to Facebook which is kinda creepy since it is of course a picture of me.

I have not been able to figure this out and it looks like I have like a serious ego issue o my Facebok page LOL

Please can anyone explain to me how I set this image to be my featured blog image instead?

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RaduV

If I remember correctly on Facebook, whenever you insert a URL it will automatically take few snapshots of your website along with some description and a live and clickable link. I know that you can change which snapshot to be posted. You didn't find anything viable there?

Another way to post it is to add the URL and cancel the automatic data and then upload a picture of your choosing. It won't look as pretty as the automatic one but at least is better than the ugly snapshot post.




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Lynne

Thanks RaduV - I don't share most of my content manually, I share it via Mass Planner so I can't change it.

I know how to add an image I want when I do it manually.

Damn there has to be a setting somewhere right?




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idealmike

Hi Lynne, you need to add the OG (Open Graph Protocol) meta tags to state which title/image etc shows when it's shared on Facebook.

Facebook's servers will scrape your website looking for an image to use when people share it. If you want to specify which image to use, put this in the the header section of your site: <meta property="og:image" content="http://url-to-your-image.png">

Facebook may have cached a copy of the previous random image. To get Facebook to fetch again and to diagnose how each of your website URLs look when shared on Facebook use the Facebook Debug tool: https://developers.facebook.com/tools/debug/

If you're using Yoast plugin for WordPress, you can set the image using the Social / Facebook at yoursite.com/wp-admin/admin.php?page=wpseo_social#top#facebook

Yoast actually provide a training video for using this part of the plugin



There you can also set the image that shows when your site is shared on Twitter, Pinterest & Google+ too.

Or you can place these OG meta tags in your header (but Yoast does this for you when you use that section).

<meta property="og:image" content="http://example.com/lamb-full.jpg">
<meta property="og:image:type" content="image/jpeg">
<meta property="og:image:width" content="200">
<meta property="og:image:height" content="200">


For more info on Sharing Best Practices for Websites & Mobile Apps see: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/sharing/best-practices

That should set you right! How do I set which image shows for Social Shares




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Lynne

Aha Mike, I knew it could be done! I am using All in One SEO... hmmm

I have my kids with me now so I can't look at html if you know what I mean, so I will check this out later. Do you know any quick and easy ways to set this with All In One SEO?




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anwebservices

Lynne this is already done on your blog same as "Twitter cards"!!!
Problem is with posts you shared in the past, somehow Facebook picking up cached images which was attached before, no matter what are they now. :/




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Lynne

Thanks Abid, this is not for that website How do I set which image shows for Social Shares My mommy blog that you sorted out is 100% thank you!

it is for my online marketing website...




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idealmike

I believe All in One SEO Pack comes with a Social Meta Module.

The Social Meta Module in All in One SEO Pack helps you take advantage of the additional meta data that social networking sites use to display your site or blog on their networks. The protocol that is used is called Open Graph and is most commonly associated with Facebook who developed the protocol but it is a standard protocol used by many social networking sites.

You can set it to automatically detect or specify what shows.

More info: https://semperplugins.com/documentation/social-meta-module/




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Lynne

Ooh thanks Mike. I will have a look at that, thank you!




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Lynne

Woohhooooo thank you everyone for the assistance. I got it right I think, I am going to check it now.




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Cristian

Have you installed SEO Yoast yet? I know you had some conflicting problems it the past, I still believe that switching from all in all SEO to Yoast will save you from a lot of trouble in the future, you just need to find a good programmer able to fix it for you.

I also recommend what Mike already offered above: https://developers.facebook.com/tools/debug/ - it's basically a facebook crawler that will tell you if you have any problems related to sharing stuff on Facebook.




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anujkumar1

Hello Dear,
Knowing how to make your content shareable and messages from your blog on social networking platforms is important for any business .. This tutorial will cover how to set up your images and more when exchanging blog entry links to social networks like Facebook. On the other hand, we describe how to use the popular WordPress SEO plugin "SEO" to help establish the image offered by social networks.




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overcast

WordPress has OpenGraph plugin. If you set some default logo for your website. And if you take the featured image on display. Then that can surely help you with the displaying images on social share. You can also make use of the images of varying size for it to work. I have used opengraph plugin and it shows my posts properly on facebook, linkedin and twitter. So this does seem to work for me for now. I guess in future there will be more plugins.




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