Lessons Learned Along The Way-
All of us at one time or another have been stuck trying to figure something out. I was in this circumstance last week and would like to share a lesson learned because I know I am not the only one who has ran into a roadblock with their websites and blogs. Last year when I started blogging my first post was about holiday movies. It was during the Christmas season and I was sharing my thoughts and favorites and recommending some good movies.
I placed a photo in my post and uploaded it and away I went. I shared my post on Facebook and everything looked good. I wrote my second article and posted and I noticed the next time I commented on another blog or posted to Facebook the same picture from my very first post kept creeping up- not the one that was featured in newer posts. I was perplexed, thinking I must be doing something wrong? I couldn’t figure it out everything looked fine on my pages I was publishing but Facebook was showing something else
The research began to see what I could do to fix it. I was lead to the Facebook debugger to do a “scrape” of my web address. Which I had no idea what that meant but I did this and the same stupid picture was still there – what the hec was I doing wrong? Time went by and frustration and some embarrassment was mounting. Finally I got smart and reached out to other people who have a lot more experience than me and I posed the question “how do I change the photo that Facebook loads for my web address?”
My answer came quickly-
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2. Make sure the correct featured image is selected on the side panel of the home page. If not, upload the image you want visible when you post your home page in Facebook .
3. Scroll down the home page of your blog towards the Yoast Help Center (providing the plugin is installed)
4. On the side are three icons. The first is the SEO optimization which looks like a traffic light.
The second is the social media icon. Click on it and make sure the Facebook tab is selected. Now, here is where the title of your website will be placed. How do you want your site to be titled when you post to Facebook? A description of what the site is about is the next option to complete. This will also show under your page title in Facebook. The last is the Facebook image section. If it’s blank, upload the photo you would like featured in your Facebook posts for your website – then save it. This should be the same photo that was placed in the featured photo section.
Now, this is for your home page only such as www.xxxx.com, I’m not talking about various post that is done. I have several posts on my home page and use photos for each post. There is also a tab for Twitter if you would like to set it up.
First, keep your peace. Things have a way of working out and the answer will find its way to you. Second, and I am a firm believer in this one- surround yourself with people who are smarter than you. This is how we learn and grow as well as teach and help others.