How frustrating is it when you’ve written a blog post and you want to share the post on Facebook but the link doesn’t work correctly? Maybe the photo is wrong, or it won’t show the correct heading, or a snippet of text?
Well Facebook does provide a service where you can paste in your link, scrape for the correct information and then post the link back on your Facebook page…
It’s called Object Debugger.
Here’s a screenshot of the page…
What you need to do, is copy your link and paste it in the box which says INPUT URL. Then click FETCH NEW SCRAPE INFORMATION.
TIP: You may need to click the FETCH button numerous times until you see the correct information come up on the bottom of the page (under the title When shared, this is what will be included).
You should see the image, blog title and snippet come up.
Then go back to your Facebook page, refresh it and add the blog post link to your Facebook again. The new info will pop up with no errors! Hooray!
I thought I might add this part too for WordPress users – if you want to control exactly what text is shown on your Facebook page (and not have to manually edit it) then I highly recommend using the plugin SEO by Yoast. In the draft area of every blog post you have the option to add/change what text will be used as snippets on Facebook and Google.
This screenshot below shows how I used Yoast for this blog post you are reading…
So everything you put in the above box will be used in your links when sending out to Google o Facebook. Plus it’s good SEO practice.
There’s another tip for the bloggers! Hope I’ve helped if you’ve been frustrated at getting you posts over to Facebook.