Fix: Image Not Showing When Sharing URL on Facebook

Updated on May 8, 2018
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Melanie is a social media hyper-user and has been blogging since 2007. She is an expert on things related to internet culture.

The other day I wrote a blog post on how to find where your stuff has been shared on social media. I wanted to share my post with my friends on Facebook, but to my dismay, a horrible thing happened!

I posted my link, and Facebook refused to pull up the image from my blog post. Nobody wants to click a link without a picture or anything describing the link. No description? No traffic.

But alas, there is a fix for this. Facebook has a handy tool called the Open Graph Object Debugger.

You head on over to this handy little thing and paste your problem URL in the box and voilà… well, your problems aren’t solved. But, it does tell you what kind of beast you have to fight.

Running the debugger on my fancy lil url.
Running the debugger on my fancy lil url.

The debugger gave me the following information:

More Than One OG URL Specified:
Object at URL ‘http://writealoud.com/social-media-how-to-find-where-your-content-was-shared/’ of type ‘article’ is invalid because it specifies multiple ‘og:url’ values…

Dear Melanie, get your act straight. Love, Facebook
Dear Melanie, get your act straight. Love, Facebook

Essentially, this notice says that I have too much Facebook going on with my blog. This is true, I had accidentally turned on an alternate Facebook plug-in. Both plugins are adding open graph meta (which is confusing for Facebook.)

So, if you’re having trouble with Facebook pulling up images from your URLs, check out the debugger. If it throws up the same error, you’ve probably got plug-ins fighting over the Open Graphs Meta heart. Open your WordPress plug-in page and dig around to see what is throwing out og tags. You can also open your website in developer mode to view code to see if, in fact, your site is sending out competing og tags.

If you don't have any og tags set:
The other case might be that none of your images are sending out og tags, in which case you'll want to install a plug-in to handle your social media tags. I strongly recommend getting one for Pinterest too, especially if Pinterest doesn't recognize your images. (Pinterest is huge for getting traffic through your images.)

If the debugger is showing that you don’t have any og data specified, here is a guide to get facebook images to show.

If it’s a different error, head on over to Google and ask it to fix your problems… err, I mean, search for it. If all else fails, hit me up. I’d be happy to help.

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        blb 

        2 months ago

        I have only one absurd and absolutely unimportant error of "missing fb:app_id" which has no effect on page picture whatsoever, link to image is correct (verified several times), I tried to scrape still no image is shown for the page, initially when I posted the link to FB several days ago everything went smoothly - picture for page was shown correctly as i should, but now no luck...I also tested my other pages with abslutely the same page code behind yet those are OK, only this one specific page is wrong, have no clue why...

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        Donna 

        5 months ago

        Thank you! That fixed our issue :)

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        Julie 

        9 months ago

        Hi and thankful so much for your article. I feel that I am one step closer to working out why FB isn’t showing my thumbnails... the only problem is I have no idea what the Open Graph debuggers answer means

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        Marian L 

        17 months ago from UK

        I need to do this on one of my sites, must bookmark to action later as no time now, thanks for this!

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        Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

        2 years ago from Mississauga, ON

        Wow! Great tip!

        I got to try this.

        Thanks.

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        Martie Coetser 

        2 years ago from South Africa

        Thanks a lot for telling us how to fix an absent image when sharing our writings on Facebook, Melanie. Your knowledge is precious and much appreciated.

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