Since last July, Facebook disabled the function to modify link preview in response to fake news & link baits. The move raised the anger of social media managers and publishers. Because it greatly affected their professional works with their clients.
It’s really painful for all of us…
- Yoast saves your life (for Wordpress users) If you are using Wordpress to publish your content, you are the lucky one. You can install the free plugin — Yoast to change the link preview tags easily. In each article, simply enter the Facebook post title, description and upload the link thumbnail in Yoast and you’re good to go. :-)
- Edit the Open Graph tags Unfortunately, if you have a standalone website, you may need to contact your developer for help. You’ll need to follow the Open Graph Protocol defined by Facebook. In particular, the following tags should be edited: => og:title, the facebook post title => og:description, the faecbook post description => og:image, the link preview image (preferably 1.9:1, best at 1200px width : 630px height) After the tags are changed, you’ll need to clear the cache in Facebook debugger. Otherwise, Facebook will keep loading the old version.
- Claim your “Link Ownership” If you are a publisher, you can find a new section in the page publishing tools called “Link Ownership”. Publishers can begin authorizing their Pages to modify link attachments from their website domains. If you are a publisher and you do not see the Link Ownership tab in your Page’s publishing tools, you can find your partner manager.
- Of course, you can try SocialPort.io! With SocialPort.io, you can fill in a web form with your post title, description and link preview image. We’ll generate a short link for your sharing. Besides changing link preview, it also allows you to embed a Facebook Pixel inside. So you can track all visitors who click the link.
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