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I am using a wordpress.org blog.

It used to be that if I put an image or video at the top of my blog posts that image would appear on Facebook if I posted a URL of that blog post.

No more.

Any idea of what I can change in how I create my blog posts to make this happen?

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You can add meta data, embedded between the <head> tags in the html of your blog post, to tell Facebook exactly what information to show when that content is shared.

Here are the main meta tags Facebook uses:

<!-- Facebook Open Graph meta data -->
<meta property="og:title" content="Title Here" />
<meta property="og:type" content="article" />
<meta property="og:url" content="http://www.example.com/" />
<meta property="og:image" content="http://example.com/image.jpg" />
<meta property="og:description" content="Description Here" />

You'd simply add the link to the image from the blog post to the <meta property="og:image" content="http://example.com/image.jpg" /> tag to tell Facebook which image to use.

Though as you are most likely not going to be editing the html code for each page yourself, you can use a plugin to add this information instead. I can recommend Yoast SEO, which also gives options for optimising a whole host of SEO settings for your site, however if you just want to add Facebook meta data you could try something like this plugin – though I haven't used it myself, the reviews seem reasonable. Google 'Facebook Meta Wordpress Plugin' for alternative options.

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  • I'm just a personal, non monetary blogger wanting something simple. I searched on the name for the second plugin from inside of worpress and found one that does only what I want. It worked. "Fedmich's Facebook Open Graph Meta" Thanks!
    – user283338
    Dec 20, 2013 at 18:34

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