How to Fix Facebook Incorrect Thumbnail Issue in WordPress

Your post thumbnail is one of the first impressions (along with the catchy title) that’s going to fetch you clicks on your blog post. So, it’s natural you don’t want to mess it up. However, sometimes due to some technical errors, WP users see an incorrect thumbnail on their WordPress post while sharing it on Facebook.

Here’s where we come up with two surefire ways that’s going to help you have the right thumbnail always.

Dive in to the post to learn how, even as a beginner, you can easily fix Facebook incorrect thumbnail issue on your WordPress website.


Reasons Why Facebook Doesn’t Detect Your Post’s Thumbnail

One of the mains reasons why the popular social media platform is not selecting the right thumbnail image of your post is because there are many images lined up for the same. If you have multiple pictures in the og:Image tag ( a tag called Open Graph that Facebook uses), it will pick bigger images instead.

Other common reasons for a missing or wrong thumbnail picture include a missing og tag, CDN conflicts, cache plugins, etc. Finding out which reason exactly caused Facebook incorrect post thumbnail issue on your WordPress is difficult for a beginner.

To help you resolve the issue, regardless of which reason caused it in the first place, we’ve come up with the following easy solutions.


Clear Cache by Using Facebook Debugging Tool

When you select the right image for a WP blog post but Facebook is still showing an old image, it might be caused by cache failure. In that case, you can clear the cache of the post thumbnail on Facebook to rectify the issue.

The first thing to do is clear the page cache in your WordPress website for the post in question. Once done, you need to go to Facebook and use its debug tool to clear the cache of the relevant post. This is the easiest way to get rid of the incorrect FB thumbnail issue.

All you need to do is copy the URL of your WordPress post and go to the Facebook Debug Tool in developers section. Paste the copied URL in the address bar and click the Debug button. Once it comes with the result, click Scrape Again button (sometime twice or thrice) until it shows you the right thumbnail on your WP post.


Use the Yoast SEO Plugin to Fix Incorrect Facebook Thumbnail Issue

Your Yoast plugin also gives you the way to include your favorite image as your post’s Facebook thumbnail. So, if you’re not using the Yoast plugin, we suggest installing this free plugin as it also helps in managing the basic SEO of your website’s pages and posts in the easiest manner.

Once you have set up the Yoast plugin on your WordPress, you can go on to add any thumbnail for your desired page or post. Simply scroll down on the page editor (the drafting page) while creating a page or post to reach the Yoast SEO plugin section. Here, open the social tab and give a title and description to the post for its Facebook sharing. Additionally, add a picture of your desire in the same section and click Update (or Save) to save the post in the right hand side section of the screen.

Your Facebook thumbnail will be saved and you can share the post with this image anytime on your social media.

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