Thumbnail Won't Update

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The thumbnail of my blog page, when posted to Facebook, isn't updating. I always republish my site before posting to Facebook, but the thumbnail version remains the same; it is now several weeks old.
Am I doing something wrong?
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Boff Whalley

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Jen

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Hi Boff,

I have already answered your email regarding this issue, but I will also post the information here so others can see it.

There is an easy way to ensure that you have the desired thumbnail displaying for your website on Facebook. Please follow these steps:

1. Go to the index page in your Sitebuilder.
2. Click on "Edit" on your page heading.
3. Paste in this code:

<meta property="og:image" content="http://yoursite.com/resources/yourthumbnailimage.jpg">

Replace:

- "http://yoursite.com" with the URL of your published site.
- "yourthumbnailimage.jpg" with the name of your image file.

Save and make sure you republish your site!

Now, you can go to your Facebook wall and post your URL. The desired thumbnail image should come up.

I hope that helps!
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Boff Whalley

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That makes sense – thank you very much for replying – unfortunately the problem is a little more complicated.
What happens is that the thumbnail image changes/updates, but the text along with it doesn't. I don't want any text at all if I can avoid it. Just the page's image.
Is there a way to get rid of the text that somehow attaches itself to the thumbnail?
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Stefan, Official Rep

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Hello Boff

On Facebook you should be able to click on the heading and text for editing or removing. That would be a manual solution. If you're looking for an automatic and general way to achieve this, I'm afraid I don't know how to do this, but I hope there will be others on this forum who can help.
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Jen

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Hi Boff,

When you post a URL on Facebook, Facebook adds the link, thumbnail, and the meta description of the page as found in the source code of the site. For example, if you post a link to Google, you will see the Google URL, a thumbnail, and the description "Search the world's information, including webpages, images, videos and more. Google has many special features to help you find exactly what you're looking for."

You could remove the meta data that you have added for your site but this is not recommended. You could modify the description with meta tags similar to what you added before:


<meta property="og:title" content="title" />
<meta property="og:description" content="description" />
<meta property="og:image" content="thumbnail_image" />


I also located this Facebook Sharer that you can try, but I haven't tested it myself.

Try it out!