You may have experienced this yourself.
You create a post. Everything is set, from the excerpt to the SEO to the featured image. You post it or schedule it. All is good.
But there needs to be a change. No biggie. You do it and life goes on. Maybe you changed out your featured image. Or the image that is pulled from your site into social.
You come across a share that someone gave you on Facebook. Or you wanted to post it again directly on LinkedIn. But shoot. That old image still shows up. You delete the post and repost, hoping the the old power-off, power-on method will work.
How to Get That Updated Featured Image on Facebook and LinkedIn Shares
Your Linked Media
Each time you upload an image to your post, it becomes a linked image. And if you only delete the image from that post, it still remains linked media. In this example you can see all the images that are in this post by filtering it by Uploaded to this post. This also includes what I used for the featured image. The one I have highlighted is the featured image.
Now if I were to remove the image as a featured image and replace it with another, if I look at the the images that are shown as uploaded to this post, well, the culprit is still there.
Now your next step would be to delete it from your media library completely, if you aren’t using that same image anywhere else. By clicking it, it we can do that.
As I mentioned this may solve the problem, but not right away, or even ever. Trust me, I learned the hard way.
What Does Work?
This is another option but you will need to create a Facebook developer account. I did it so long ago that the process has faded from my memory. But I’ll do my best.So pardon this recommendation if it proves frustrating to you. But there is this thing called the Facebook Debugger Tool. When I go to that page, I make sure the Sharing Debugger is selected.
First, you must know that you will need to be logged into your Facebook account, as you cannot use the Debugger without being logged in.
Then you can add the URL of your post and click Debug.
Now you will get a screen like this. It can be overwhelming and you may or may not understand even part of what you are seeing. Myself, I have noticed I always get some error, but have yet to decipher it. So as a good non-developer, all I do is to see if that image there is my newest featured image I want to show on Facebook. If so, I’m a happy camper because Facebook scraped the URL and did its magic.
If your new featured image is not showing, as with everything Facebook, it’s not perfect. You may want to choose to decipher your warnings and proceed from there. When that happened to me, I didn’t proceed any further. What did I do? Like a good non-developer, I clicked the scraped button a couple of times, with a short interval between them. Sometimes that worked, other times not. Lastly, I left it and returned after an hour or two, and most times when I did, it added the URL and scraped it. Problem fixed.
If nothing ever happens I am guessing you have bigger issues to deal with.
This one took me a bit of time as there was no tool for LinkedIn. But lo and behold,on Google search, I came across an interesting and effective fix.
After changing your featured image, if still didn’t show up on LinkedIn when you added your URL, do this.
Take your link:
and add this on the end:
I followed those directions and it magically worked. To prove my point, it is best demonstrated in a video.
So there you have it. Hope it works for you and good luck.