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How to Add or Change a Link’s Feature Image on Facebook

Posted by on July 25, 2014 in Branding & Marketing Tips | 4 comments

How to Add or Change a Link’s Feature Image on Facebook

How to Add or Change a Link's Feature Image on Facebook

I wanted to share this amazingly helpful tool with you.

Ever worry about not having an image show up when you post a link to your website on Facebook? Especially in a comment (where you don’t get a preview)?

Here’s something that will help! Test out your URL on the following page before you post:

https://developers.facebook.com/tools/debug/

Scroll down to Object Properties to see if an image will show up when you post. Scroll further to Share Preview to see what the link will look like once posted.

No image showing up? This could be for a number of reasons. One being that you don’t have any images directly within the content of your page or blog post. Try inserting an image into the page or post and try again.

Uploading a feature image directly to Facebook

Still no image? If it’s a regular Facebook post, and not a comment, you can upload an image directly to Facebook by clicking the “Upload Image” button once you’ve inputted the link and let it load the preview. Make sure you’re on your actual Facebook profile or business page…not the main timeline!

To get even more fancy, you can create your own feature image (in Photoshop, Gimp, Paint, Canva..) using Facebook’s dimensions: 1000 x 523 pixels maximum, 470 x 246 pixels minimum (some more info about this). Then save it as a .PNG, “Upload Image”, and you’ll have a beautiful, crisp and clear feature image to enhance your link.

Here’s an example of one of my Facebook link shares…

How to Add a Feature Image when Sharing a Link on Facebook

The above was my share for this blog post. I created a special 1000 x 523 pixel feature image for Facebook instead of letting it grab the square feature image from the actual blog post, because Facebook was cropping the top and bottom of that image.

Did you know that you can also change the text below the image? I strongly suggest this if Facebook grabs text that isn’t descriptive enough for the link you’re sharing. You can replace it with something more descriptive by hovering over and clicking the text that is already there.

Want to see what I’m talking about? I made you a video!
(best viewed in full screen and HD – see settings bottom right)

 

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4 Comments

  1. I LOVE the step by step directions! Thanks for sharing this helpful tip!!!

  2. Very helpful. Thanks!

    • You’re welcome, Rosemarie! Gorgeous website you have there! 🙂

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