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

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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

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