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Why Doesn't My Website Look Right on Facebook? An Introduction to Open Graph

Is your website not displaying correctly on Facebook? Learn all about Open Graph, a tool that can optimize your website’s social media representation.

Ever shared a link from your website on Facebook, only to find the preview looks nothing like what you'd expect? You're not alone. Many website owners face this issue, unaware that there's a tool available to help manage this: Open Graph. Let's dive into understanding why your website might not be looking right on Facebook and how Open Graph can help.

Understanding the Issue

Before we dive into the solutions, it's crucial to understand the problem. Facebook, like many other social media platforms, uses web crawlers to preview content shared on their platform. These crawlers fetch data from the metadata of your website. However, if the metadata is absent, incomplete, or incorrect, your website will not be displayed as intended. This is where Open Graph comes into play.

What is Open Graph?

Open Graph is a protocol that enables any webpage to become a rich object in a social graph. In simpler terms, it allows you to control how your website’s content is represented when shared on social media platforms like Facebook.

The Open Graph protocol was introduced by Facebook in 2010, but it isn't exclusive to this platform. Other social media sites, including Twitter and LinkedIn, also use it, making it a universally beneficial tool to optimize your website's social media appearance.

Open Graph works through meta tags, a type of HTML tag that provides metadata about your webpage. These tags are placed in the 'head' section of your website’s HTML. When a link is shared on a social media platform, the platform's web crawler reads these tags to generate a preview of the website.

Common Open Graph Tags

Open Graph uses specific tags, the most common of which are:

  1. og:title: This defines the title of your content (e.g., the name of the product or the title of the blog post).
  2. og:description: This provides a brief summary of the content.
  3. og:image: This determines the image that will be shown in the preview.
  4. og:url: This sets the canonical URL for your page to help avoid duplicate content issues.
  5. og:type: This helps define the type of content (e.g., 'website', '', 'book', etc.).

By correctly setting these tags, you can greatly enhance the presentation of your website on social platforms.

The Role of Open Graph in SEO

While Open Graph tags don't directly influence your website's search engine rankings, they do impact your social media engagement, indirectly boosting SEO. How? By making your social shares more attractive, they increase the click-through rate. More traffic and engagement signals to search engines that your content is valuable, which can positively affect your website’s search rankings.

Implementing Open Graph Tags

The first step to implementing Open Graph tags is to determine which pages you want to optimize for social sharing. The home page, product pages, and blog posts are often good starting points.

Next, you'll want to choose an appropriate title, description, and image for each page and translate these into Open Graph tags. Remember, each of these elements should be enticing and accurately represent the content of your page.

Ensure that you’re following best practices for each tag. For instance, as of my last update in 2021, the optimal image size for the 'og:image' tag is 1200 x 630 pixels. Regularly review and update these tags, especially when you make significant changes to the page content.

Lastly, don’t forget to test your Open Graph tags after implementation. Use tools like to preview how your page will appear on different platforms and adjust as necessary.

Dealing with Open Graph Mistakes

Mistakes in Open Graph implementation can lead to issues such as distorted images, unoptimized titles, or missing descriptions on social media. Some common mistakes include incomplete Open Graph tags, incorrectly sized images, using the same tags for all pages, and failing to update Open Graph tags. But don't worry - all of these can be fixed. You can refer to our earlier blog post, "10 Common Mistakes in Open Graph Implementation and How to Fix Them," for detailed insights.


If your website isn't looking quite right when shared on Facebook or other social media platforms, Open Graph is likely the solution you need. By implementing and optimizing Open Graph tags, you can ensure your website’s content is accurately and attractively represented, leading to better engagement and potentially even improved SEO.

Get started with Open Graph today, and remember to use tools like to verify your implementation. With the right steps, your website will look as amazing on Facebook as it does in your hands.

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