How to specify which image Facebook displays from a WordPress post


You’ve done it. You have created the perfect blog post! Your post has lots of gorgeous photos, the featured image is set, and now you post a link to it on your Facebook business page.

But whaaaaat??? Facebook displays a photo from the middle of your post and not the featured image! Why, Facebook, why????

How do you specify a Facebook image?

 

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The easy way to specify a Facebook image

I can’t tell you how many times this has happened to me too! A few times, Facebook displayed my logo as the post thumbnail. Huh???? Apparently, Facebook has a mind of it’s own when it comes to which image to choose, but there is an EASY fix!

Yes, there are some very long and complicated explanations out there as to the how and why of Facebook and its random choices, but I’m only going to tell you about how to fix it, because that’s the important part, right?

 

The fix is in a free plugin

And I bet you already have that plugin. I did (and still do), and the fix was sitting right in front of my face the whole time!

It’s the free version of the Yoast plugin. (Click on “Yoast” to go to their site.)

Lots of us know about and use Yoast for SEO, but a fix for the Facebook thing too? Who knew???

Go get it now!

 

How to find the secret screen for the Facebook fix

I know it really isn’t a “secret” screen, but since it eluded me for a few months, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

Now that you have installed and activated Yoast, log in to your WordPress account and choose any of your blog posts.

Scroll down until you see the Yoast box pictured below.

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You see that funky little icon that I have the arrow pointing to? I put that arrow there so you can see it – Yoast doesn’t have a built in red arrow, but it probably should!

Click on that icon, and POOF! The secret screen appears!

 

The easy way to specify the image Facebook displays from your WordPress link | www.donnaberlanda.com |

 

How to specify the Facebook image

Now, see where that red arrow is pointing?

This is the fix!!!

Upload the image the YOU want Facebook to display when you post your link on your Facebook page. And it even tells you the optimum size for the image.

Also on this screen are boxes to change the description and/or title that you want Facebook to display. Cool, huh?

Wasn’t that easy?

Let me know if you try the Yoast fix, and how it works for you.

Disclaimer:  I’ve had pretty good luck with the Yoast workaround, but since Facebook changes so frequently, it’s still a good idea to manually upload the photo you want when you post on your Facebook business page, then paste the link to your post into the text field.

Oh, and Yoast didn’t pay me to write this!

 

 


2 thoughts on “How to specify which image Facebook displays from a WordPress post

  • Pat

    This post inspired me to get yoast just to solve this problem – but now that I have yoast on my mac, I can’t find the secret screen you mention. Do you have any idea where it is on the mac interface?

    • Donna Post author

      Pat, I don’t think it matters whether or not you are using a PC or a Mac. The Yoast screenshots that are in my post can be found at the bottom of your WordPress blog post.

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