Sunday, February 14, 2021

How To Show Thumbnail Image For Facebook Link

Webmasters and site readers love to share the blog post links on Facebook. This helps to share important news around the world.

There is a little issue you might have faced when you share some web page's link on Facebook. The issue is - Facebook thumbnails do not show up when sharing a link.

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You might have faced the same issue while sharing YoutTube videos on Facebook. If the Facebook link preview doesn't, it may not grab the user's attention.

Fix Facebook link thumbnail image issue

Thumbnail Issue - Image is Not Showing When Sharing Link on Facebook

We always share our blog post links on our Facebook page. Once, we experienced the thumbnail issue while sharing our link.

Here is an example:

Link on Facebook without thumbnail

In the above snapshot, you could see that the Facebook link thumbnail image is not showing. We tried refreshing the page several times but it didn't work. The reason is that Facebook fails to crawl the link from top to bottom.

If you've also faced the same issue while sharing a link, we have got a fix to this. By forcing the Facebook web spiders to crawl the link, we can fix this issue. 

Here, we're going to discuss two methods to fix this thumbnail issue on Facebook. Let's explore!


  • An active Facebook account.
  • URL or Link having thumbnail issue.
  • Make sure that the blog or YouTube link has a featured image.

How To Fix Facebook Thumbnail Image Issue: Method 1

  • Log in to your Facebook account.
  • Now, paste the link into the required field under Sharing Debugger.

Facebook URL debugger

  • Then click the Debug button.

Facebook scraper

Under Link Preview, notice that no image was showing.

  • Proceed to click on the Scrape Again option under Time Scraped.
  • After scraping the link, if you still face the same issue, click on Scrape Again once again. Repeat this step until you get the thumbnail image.
In most cases, within two scrapes we'll get the thumbnail as shown below:

Facebook link thumbnail showing

  • Copy the link and go to your Facebook profile page or fan page/group.
  • Paste the link to make a post.

Link on Facebook with thumbnail

Now, the image thumbnail is working as shown above. Thus, the issue has been fixed.

Note: If the first method doesn't work for you, try the second one.

How To Fix Facebook Thumbnail Image Issue: Method 2

You can try a link shortener to get the image thumbnail for the Facebook link. One of the best link shorteners is Bitly.

  • Paste the link in the given field. It will automatically shorten the URL.

Bitly URL shortener

  • Click on the Copy button.
Use the shortened link for sharing the link on Facebook with an image thumbnail.


If the link thumbnail image has an optimal size of 1200 x 627 pixels, Facebook may crawl the link in its first attempt. Always try refreshing the Facebook page if the image thumbnail not working. If that doesn't work, try Facebook debugger and Bitly methods.