Links Shown on Facebook.

This post was originally written for the “Real Artists Don’t Starve Community.” I’ve edited it a bit and added to it. To learn more about Jeff Goins and his new book, Real Artists Don’t Starve, please visit his blog. Enjoy the following tidbit of knowledge! -S

I’ve been doing some geek work on my new web page this morning. I know we’re not all geeks in this group; so I wanted to teach a man to fish. We’re all swimming in this together, in the same “school,” right? 😉

If you have a web page, and you’ve started sharing it with your friends on Facebook like I have via messenger, you might notice that the little link card that pops up is a little jacked up…

If you have a WordPress blog, here’s how you can make it look the way you want:

1. In your WordPress dashboard, on the left side, click on Appearance -> Editor.

2. On the right side, find the “Theme Header” (or similarly named file).

3. Add lines something like the below. (Edit what I’ve put here, and add your own content.)

<meta property="og:type" content="website" />
<meta property="og:url"content="http://webpage.com/" />
<meta property="og:image" content="http://webpage.com/pic.png" />
<meta property="og:title" content="This is the bold title." />
<meta property="og:description" content="I hope you enjoy this page!" />

This lets you pick the title, description, and photo that will show up in the little “card” when you Facebook-message someone a link to your web page (or post it on a Facebook page somewhere.)

I hope this helps some of you peeps out there who are setting up a new page–like I am! 🙂

I’m happy to help you here and there when I have a few minutes, so feel free to reach out to me.

Here are the pages I used to work on this:
https://www.facebook.com/help/community/question/?id=10200814000150949
https://developers.facebook.com/tools/debug/og/object/
http://ogp.me

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About Susan Pitman

Susan is an artist who grew up in Massachusetts and now lives in Texas. She writes songs, short stories, and books. You can follow @susanpitman143 on Twitter.

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