How to fix Facebook Wrong Image Share in WordPress

When you share a link on Facebook, have you ever noticed that the incorrect image displays and you can’t get the correct one to show? Many WordPress website owners experience this problem and luckily it is quite easy to fix.

Use Facebook’s Open Graph Debugger

This simple tool shows you how your URL will appear within the Facebook stream and includes some handy information to help you figure out why the image isn’t displaying. See the Open Graph Debugger here.

Facebook Object Debug

Check For Issues

Put your article’s URL in the debugger and it will tell you if there are issues and what it will share. In some cases it will advise issues that need to be fixed, such as “Image is too small or could not be downloaded”. In this case Facebook will use it’s best guess to retrieve a suitable image from your blog instead.

Click “Fetch New Scrape Information”

Facebook cache’s URLs that have been shared so even if you fix the issue on your website it doesn’t not get the new information immediately. This button clears Facebook’s cache for the URL and retrieves it again.

Within the WordPress SEO settings, add the URL for the image

If you are using WordPress SEO by Yoast (you should be!) then you can set the image you want to use.

First, you need to connect your Facebook account to your website within the Social area of your WordPress SEO settings. Find out about clickfunnels competitors and about the ways how to surpass them.

Next, open the edit screen for your article, scroll to the WordPress SEO settings and go to the Social tab. Find the setting for Facebook image and insert the URL of the image. Once you have done this, save the article and then go back to the Facebook Debugger and check that the image is displaying correctly.

WordPress SEO Facebook Image

Manually Upload the Image

If you still cannot fix the issue on your WordPress site there is still hope – you can manually upload an image as you share the URL for your article by just clicking on the “upload image” button.

facebook-manual-image-upload

I hope this helps to solve your Facebook image upload / wrong image problem.

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10 Comments

  1. Big Bear on December 3, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you! This not only helped me fix the issue, it saved my sanity. Really appreciate the clear and simple explanation provided here!

    • Simon Kelly (sk) on December 17, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      My pleasure @BigBearSpeaks:disqus! Thanks for the comment.

      Very happy this helped you out and your sanity is intact 🙂

  2. Vladimir Bondarenko on May 27, 2016 at 12:32 am

    Thanks a lot! It helped me to find out why wrong info shared.

  3. Sneha Paul on July 6, 2016 at 12:47 am
    • Simon Kelly (sk) on July 6, 2016 at 11:58 am

      Thanks Sneha, that article is good too, although is has quite a bit of the technical stuff that I wanted to leave off my article to make it easier for people that aren’t familiar with code.

      It looks like you’re just trying to get a link here…

  4. MISSION SAVE AUSTRALIA on March 30, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Pain in the Butt, This issues keeps coming and going. It seems like if i do any mods on my page it starts playing up. The biggest Culprit is the facebook app ID number. If I remove it, It works again but I need it for Instant articles. Only way is the place the image on manually to facebook page but if people share from my website they will get the wrong image

    • Simon Kelly (sk) on March 31, 2017 at 10:25 am

      It sure can be a pain. I had a quick look at your website and the image seems to be coming up OK in the Facebook debugger.

      What URL are you having issues? Happy to help if you want to share.

      Cheers for commenting

  5. Jamie Sossamon on September 18, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    This makes sense for each post, but what about if the main link to the website is shared? It’s grabbing my logo on my main page, but it’s not fitting within the box when it’s shared. Any ideas how to fix this? Looked in Yoast SEO, Appearance, Settings, etc, and can’t figure it out 🙁 Help, please 😀

    • Simon Kelly (sk) on December 14, 2017 at 4:19 pm

      Whoops, sorry for letting this one slip @jamiesossamon:disqus !

      So what you want to do is make the logo fit – is that right?

      Have a read of this article https://yoast.com/social-media-optimization-with-yoast-seo/

      In particular the section that says:

      “The settings below that are for the Frontpage: which image should it use and what description should be used. Take some time and craft these, making sure the image is large enough (at least 200px x 200px).

      Then, set a good default image. This will be used when you have a post or page that does not contain an image, so it can still be shared with maximal visibility. This image should also be at least 200px x 200px.”

      I hope that helps and thanks for your comment Jamie!

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