Your Facebook featured image doesn't always match your blog post's featured image.
If you're reading this article you've probably had this experience.
You set your blog post's featured image:
You paste your blog post link into Facebook...
...Facebook then displays a random graphic instead of the Featured Image.
It’s frustrating, to say the least! This article shows you how to display your Facebook featured image correctly.
But first of all, why does it happen?
Facebook's Open Graph Tags
Facebook introduced Open Graph Tags in 2010 as a way of allowing you to control the way your website displays within Facebook.
In a nutshell, the OG tags tell Facebook how to display information from your website:
Sometimes, Facebook chooses the wrong image for your blog post.
When this happens, you can use the OG tags to specify the correct image to display in Facebook.
There are various plugins that will do this for you. In this article, I'll show you two.
It's a good idea to keep your plugins to a minimum as every extra plugin slows down your website load time (and that's not good for SEO).
So I'll show you the Yoast plugin first as you may well have it already installed.
Yoast SEO plugin
Click on the Social Share icon on the left side of the Yoast box.
Then go to the Facebook Image field at the bottom and upload the image you want to appear in your Facebook post.
Make sure you click the Update button (top right of the screen) and that’s it!
Facebook Thumb Fixer
This plugin is super easy to use - there's virtually nothing you need to.
Just download the Facebook Thumb Fixer plugin as a zip file and then click 'Add New Plugin' on your WP dashboard.
Once the plugin is uploaded, installed, and activated you'll see an additional box on the right side of your post editing screen:
Just set the 'Object Type' to 'Article' and make sure you have set a 'Featured Image' for this post.
Click on 'Preview' to check that FB is going to use the correct image for this post:
And that's it, there's nothing else you need to do - Facebook will now use your blog post featured image as the default thumb for your Facebook post.
Wrapping It Up
From now on, every time you publish a new blog post use either the Yoast SEO plugin or the Facebook Thumb Fixer plugin to set the post's Facebook Featured Image.
Facebook will display the correct image instead of some random image pulled from the blog post.