After publishing a post, we usually share it among leading social networks like Facebook and Twitter. They collect metadata from your site and display posts along with the title, description and thumbnail image.
There will be featured image on our 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 assigned an entirely different featured image for the post, but Facebook collected a screenshot image from the content and displays it in the social media shares. This happened me several times. We can overcome this situation easily by setting a custom thumbnail image for Facebook and Twitter.
If you are using Yoast SEO, go to the SEO settings of your post editor. Tap Social tab from the left pane.
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. Click the blue color Twitter bird icon on the same screen to personalize your title, meta description, and thumbnail for the micro-blogging site.
Once you finished all the settings, hit the Publish button. That’s it!
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
- How to Show Excerpt rather than Full Posts in WordPress
- How to Recycle Your Old Blog Post; 14 Ways for Regenerating the Traffic