Ever had this happen to you? You write a great blog post, publish it, and you want to share it with everyone you know. So you go to Facebook, paste the URL into the share box…. and Facebook pulls up some random image and a description that has nothing to do with your latest post?
Yep, it’s happened to me, too.
What causes this? I’m no Facebook expert, and from what I’ve read, this could be caused by a couple of things…but if the problem has just started, and Facebook used to pull the correct info, then 9 times out of 10 the cause of the problem is Facebook’s cache.
Long story short & sweet – they have outdated information about the content on your site, and instead of pulling new information when you enter that link, they are pulling information from their cache of your site, which is likely out of date.
Who cares what causes it, How do you FIX IT? Glad you asked! As it happens, you can get Facebook to refresh it’s cache of your site by using the Facebook “Linter” tool, which will direct Facebook to re-crawl the url that you enter. Here’s how to do it:
Visit Facebook’s Debugger: https://developers.facebook.com/tools/debug
Enter the URL of the page that Facebook is not sharing correctly, and hit “debug”.
Here’s what your results should look like: ignore the yellow warning areas – we’ll talk about those in another post! The important part is at the bottom: Check to make sure that the “Object Properties” listed there are the thumbnail and description of the url you entered above. If they are, everything should be fixed up! Go try to share the link on Facebook now, and it should work as expected!
Ever experienced this? Did this solve your problem? Got any more questions for me, about WordPress, Facebook, or anything else?