Fixing Facebook image issues using the Facebook debugger tool

Over the past week, Facebook has increased the size of images when you share a link to a blog post. This is great news because this means your images now appear larger. This isn’t so great if you have older blog posts that contain images that are not optimized for Facebook because they will get squished or cutoff. We’re going to teach you about Facebook image optimization and how you can use the Facebook debugger tool to fix images on your older blog posts to make them look their best in the news feed.

Facebook images in the news feed

I’m really excited about the larger image sizes in the news feed because it now makes the news feed more visual. Unfortunately though, if your images are not optimized properly for Facebook, they won’t look so good.

Here is an example of what the new images look like when you share a link on Facebook.

Example of a Facebook image that is not optimized

Facebook image optimization

Example of a Facebook image that is optimized

Facebook image optimization

As you can see, while the images have gotten larger, depending on the size of images on your blog or website, they may not resize properly, resulting in images that are cut off or in some cases, stretched.

So what are the correct image sizes that you need to be using? According to the Facebook Developer blog, the recommended size is 1200 x 628 px and the minimum size you should use is 600 x 314 px.

If you have the original, follow the instructions below.

If you don’t, there are plenty of tools for creating images for social media to help you re-create them quickly.

Facebook image optimization tips to fix images in the Facebook news feed

Continue reading Fixing Facebook image issues using the Facebook debugger tool

How to overcome the 20% Facebook Ads rule with the Facebook Ads facebook text overlay tool

Are you tired of wasting time creating Facebook Ads only to have them rejected by Facebook, forcing you to start over?

While you cannot regain the time you lost, with the Facebook Ads tool, you can test your Facebook Ads before submitting them.

This way you can focus your time and energy on others important areas such as ad targeting.

How does the Facebook Ads tool work?

When running Facebook Ads, Facebook has a 20% text rule. What this means is that your ads cannot contain more than 20% text. But what constitutes 20%?

Instead of spending time creating Facebook Ads, uploading them, and waiting to see if they are approved or rejected, you can get your Facebook Ads approved faster with the help of the Facebook Ads tool.

The Facebook Ads tool or Facebook text overlay tool is a tool designed to let you upload a Facebook Ad you plan to use and determine if it meets Facebook’s 20% text rule for Facebook Ads.

Example of a Facebook Ad
Using the Facebook Ads tool to check for 20% text.

As always, before creating any ads, be sure you have read through the Facebook Ad guidelines. This way your Facebook Ads won’t get rejected for other reasons such as the type of content your ad is about.

To get started with the Facebook Ads tool, I’ve included a short video and instructions below.

Video: Using the Facebook Ads tool for faster ad approvals

Continue reading How to overcome the 20% Facebook Ads rule with the Facebook Ads facebook text overlay tool

10 Wildfire Alternatives for Facebook Page Apps

Wildfire Alternatives

Earlier this week, Wildfire, a social media marketing software for creating Facebook Page Apps and promotions made a huge announcement about the types of businesses they plan to support. They’re switching from small businesses to enterprise only ones.  While this makes sense because of the direction they’re taking, it also rubs a lot of people the wrong way. If you’re someone who was considering using Wildfire, we’ve compiled 10 Wildfire alternatives for creating Facebook Page promotions.

While this is great news for Wildfire because it will let them focus more on working with high-end businesses, it leaves a lot of businesses who don’t have $2,500 to spend per month on running Facebook Page app promotions left out.

Fortunately, there are a lot of Wildfire alternatives that won’t cost you too much to use for your business. Let’s review a few of the Wildfire alternatives you should consider.

10 Wildfire alternatives for Facebook Page Applications

Continue reading 10 Wildfire Alternatives for Facebook Page Apps

Facebook 20 Percent Rule – Do You Measure Up?

Facebook 20 percent rule
In early January, Facebook rolled out updates to cover photos, ads and images.  No, they didn’t change the sizes of them again.  Instead, they have implemented a Facebook 20 percent rule.  What the Facebook 20 percent rule aims to do is control how much text you use on your Timeline cover photo, ads, and in images you want to promote. Before you start to panic though, remember, the Facebook 20 percent rule is there to help you…become a better marketer for your business on Facebook.

How can the Facebook 20 percent rule help you?

Continue reading Facebook 20 Percent Rule – Do You Measure Up?

TimeRabbit – Measure Your Time on Facebook

While there are a lot of social media tools that can tell you what kind of traffic you get to your website or blog and how engaged your fans are on your Facebook Page, there aren’t a lot of social media tools like TimeRabbit that can measure the amount of time you spend on Facebook.

Over the past few years, as social media has gained in popularity, the amount of time that we spend on social networks has increased significantly.  In particular, we spend a lot of our time on social media sites like Facebook.

This is important to know because as we spend more time using social media, we have to remember to not let it consume our daily lives.

According to TimeRabbit, the average user spends 7 hours, 45 minutes on Facebook per month.

While this doesn’t sound like a lot of time, just think about all of the other things you could be out doing instead of being glued to a computer. That’s why I recommend giving TimeRabbit a try so that you can do an assessment on how much time you spend on social media sites like Facebook.

How to use TimeRabbit to measure the time you spend on Facebook

Continue reading TimeRabbit – Measure Your Time on Facebook

Facebook Groups – The Definitive guide to privacy settings

When it comes to creating Facebook Groups, it is important to know about the different privacy settings that are available.

This way, when you’re setting up your Facebook group, you’ll know exactly what type of privacy settings to use.

Knowing the right privacy settings on Facebook Groups is important because this is how you’ll control who can see your group, who can join your Facebook Groups, and which members can see updates from your Facebook Groups.

The key thing to remember is that there are three types of privacy settings for Facebook Groups; open, closed, and secret. Here’s a breakdown on the privacy settings that you can use for Facebook Groups.

3 Types of Facebook Groups

Continue reading Facebook Groups – The Definitive guide to privacy settings

Using the Facebook debugger tool to fix Facebook caching issues

Have you run into issues when sharing links on Facebook? For instance, Facebook does not pull the right images from your blog post. Instead of sharing content that doesn’t display properly, you should consider using the Facebook debugger tool to fix things.

This way whenever you, your fans, or one of your website readers share content from your blog, Facebook is pulling in the right images from your post and displaying them.

What is the Facebook debugger tool?

The debugger tool, also known as the Facebook delinter tool, is a tool to help fix display issues. These are often referred to as Facebook caching issues.

There are a few different types of caching issues that you will experience when sharing links on Facebook.

Here are some of the types of Facebook caching issues you may experience:

Incorrect images

When you share links on Facebook, sometimes they do not pull all of the images from your website. This means you might not get the proper image when you share a link.

This is even worse if your blog readers are sharing links and they don’t include the right images from your posts.

Improperly sized images

A second Facebook caching issue can occur when your images are not sized properly for use on Facebook.

This can occur because Facebook has grabbed an image from a link you shared and incorrectly resized the image. For example, it crops the image in the wrong place.

This can give off an unfavorable impression about your website in the news feed – and it can look bad.

To fix this, it’s not as simple as uploading a new image with your blog post. You need to use the Facebook debugger to fix the Facebook caching issue.

Incorrect title or meta description

A third Facebook caching issue that can occur is when a link is shared and Facebook does not display any information. This can mean a missing title, incorrect meta description, or incorrect images.

Here is an example of a Facebook caching issue with a missing title and missing meta description.

Facebook debugger tool

Fortunately, all of these issues can be fixed by using the Facebook debugger tool. To use the debugger tool, follow the instructions below.

If you manage a Facebook Page, the Facebook debugger tool is one of my favorite social media tools – I even have it bookmarked. This way I can fix any Facebook issue quickly.

Accessing the Facebook debugger tool

Continue reading Using the Facebook debugger tool to fix Facebook caching issues