After publishing a post, we usually share it among leading social networks like Facebook and Twitter. They collect metadata from your site and show linked posts along with the title, description and thumbnail image.
We set some image as featured in blog posts. Facebook will show the same image thumbnail in most of the cases. But sometimes, it fails to do so.
This’s such a post of mine. I have set a different featured image for the post, but Facebook collected a random screenshot image from it and shown as the thumbnail. This happened me several times. We can overcome this situation easily by setting a custom thumbnail image for Facebook.
If you are using Yoast SEO, go to the relevant box of single posts page. Tap Social tab from the left menu.
Here you can enter the title, description for Facebook posts. Choose an image from the last field. Facebook recommends a 1200 x 630 px size image for the social media posting. The selected image will appear in your Facebook posts. You can do the same thing for Twitter too. Tap the blue bird icon to enter Twitter metadata and repeat the steps.
After configuring other parts of the post hit Publish button. That’s all!
To know more about blog post customizations, read the following resources:
- How to Give Different Titles for Same Blog Post; In Blog, Social Media & Search Engines
- SEO for Beginners: 10 Things To Do Before Publishing a Blog Post
- How to Show Excerpt rather than Full Posts in WordPress
- How to Recycle Your Old Blog Post; 14 Ways for Regenerating the Traffic