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 to me several times. We can overcome this situation easily by setting a custom thumbnail image for Facebook and Twitter.
Assigning a Custom Facebook Thumbnail Image in WordPress
Today we’ll tell you how to set custom thumbnails for your Facebook and Twitter shares.
1. Yoast SEO
Yoast SEO is one of the best WordPress SEO plugins to optimize your posts and boost traffic. It allows you to configure search snippets, social media posts, and much more as you want with full control over the optimization tools.
Create a post as usual from the WordPress posts screen. When finished, scroll down to the bottom to view Yoast SEO settings. Tap ‘Social’ icon from the left tab.
It will show options to configure your Facebook and Twitter posts.
Enter a post title and description that you want to use on both sites. Click ‘Upload Image’ button to choose a thumbnail image from your media library which will be shown in your Facebook shares. Make sure that the selected image has at least 500 x 300 px dimension to generate large sized Facebook cards.
Repeat these steps for your Twitter cards also. 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.
2. Rank Math
Rank Math is another powerful WordPress SEO plugin. It also allows you to optimize website and contents to bring traffic from all traffic sources including search engines, social media, referral sites, etc.
When you finished writing a post, scroll down to the bottom to locate Rank Math SEO settings. Click ‘Social’ tab to customize your social media cards for Facebook and Twitter.
Hit ‘Add Image’ button to set a custom thumbnail image for your shares. Enter a title and description for your shares if needed. Switch to Twitter tab to customize your cards for the micro-blogging site.
Once finished all remaining settings, publish your post.
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