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How to create a link preview image

In order to display correctly on Facebook and Twitter, your link preview image should be 800x420 pixels (landscape view). Images with other aspect ratios often get cropped into a small square and do not display correctly.

To create your image, I recommend using Canva. It's a free online image editing and design tool that provides everything you need to create professional images for your links easily and quickly. Just follow the steps below to get started. Never use images from Google, these images are usually somebody's property and using them would be an infringement of copyright.

  1. Click here to access the Canva website and create your free account.
  2. Once you are logged in, click on the blue 'Create a design' button on the top right of the page.
  3. Click on 'Custom Size'
  4. Enter the width as 800 and the height as 420 and click 'Create new design'
  5. From here you can use the design tools on the left to make your design. If you have any probelms, click on the purple 'Help' button on the bottom left, and you will find handy tutorials for each design tool. There are also lots of tutorials on YouTube for Canva. Simply search on YouTube for 'How to use Canva' and you'll find hundreds of videos to help you create your design. I'd recommneed watching a recent one as Canva adds new features and updates often, so an old tutorial might not look the same as the most recent version of Canva.
  6. TIP: If you scroll down to the bottom of the left side menu (Templates, Uploads, Photos... etc.) Click on the 'More...' option at the very bottom and you can access thousands of professional images from Pexels or Pixabay. These images are royalty free, so they are safe to use on your design.
  7. Once you have created your image on Canva, click on the 'Download' button on the top right, to save your image as a .png file. You can then upload it to TWT.FYI whne you are adding your link.
  8. If you notice a mistake on your image after uploading, you can not edit it or change the image. You will need to delete that link completely and create a new one.

Although Canva is free, they do have a paid option. You'll often notice resources that have a little crown icon on them. These resources are only available to premium members. If you really want to use a premium resource, but you don't want to subscribe to Canva, they also give the option of paying for a single item as a one-off purchase so that you can add it to your design.

Useful Links

Pixabay and Pexels provide thousands of excellent, royalty free images. I've provided links to their websites below, but you can also access their images directly inside the Canva editor.

Video Play Buttons

A fake video play button on your image will definitely boost the number of clicks on your link. But I'd recommend that you only do this if you are linking to a website that has a video. You don't want to frustrate your visitors. If they click on a play button they will expect to be able to watch something.

Canva has some free video play buttons in the elements section. Once you've created your image, click on the 'Elements' button on the left menu and search for 'Play Button'. You can then add a button to your image. (TIP: Don't search for 'Video play button' as this seems to only return results for the premium images, not the free options.)

FAQ

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What size image should I use?

800px wide by 420px high.


How do I edit a link, I made a mistake?

Once created, you can not edit your links. If you spot a mistake or want to change something, simply delete the link and create a new one. The reason for this is that Facebook and Twitter save the preview data from your original link and re-use it. They don't automatically check to see if you've changed that data, so even if you edit a link, the mistake will still show on your preview.


It didn't work! The image isn't showing up on the preview!

Check 1: Check the size of your image. It should be 800 pixels wide and 420 pixels high.

Check 2: Did you write anything? You must write something when you submit your post. Just sharing your link is not enough.

Check 3: Sometimes, both Facebook and Twitter take a while to update the information needed to show the preview. There are a couple of things you can do to help this. First, when you enter your Tweet or Facebook post, wait for a little while before you submit your post. If that still fails, then for Twitter you can use this website to give them a little nudge. Copy and paste your URL into the form and they will attempt to get the preview again.


Can't I just add a picture to my Tweet to achieve the same result?

Unfortunately, when you add a picture to your tweet on Twitter it doesn't act as a link. It definitely gets more clicks, but a click simply enlarges the picture. Which can actually distract from people clicking on the link in your Tweet.


Does this put my Twitter or Facebook account at risk?

No. This system is fully compliant with Twitter's and Facebook's rules. Just remember to add a hashtag with your Tweet to say that it's a promotion if you are linking to an affiliate product.


Can I use this to link to other websites too?

Yes. You can link to any website using this system.


The website I want to link to already displays a preview in Twitter. Will my link show the default preview or mine?

Your chosen image and preview description will override the default one. So you have full control of how your links will look.


Do I need to store the images in DropBox?

No. We store all of the images for you on our secure dedicated server. So you don't have to worry about capture codes, hot-linking, cloud storage or any of that. We take care of everything for you. There is no additional charge for image storage.


How many preview links can I create?

As many as you like! We don't limit your account in any way. You can create as many links as you need and we'll store all of your images for you on our secure dedicated server at no additional cost.


Where do I get the images from?

Usually, you'll use an image from the product vendors sales page or affiliate tools page for the product you are promoting. But you can also use images from royalty-free stock image websites, such as pexels or pixabay. You can't just Google an image and use that, this would be an infringement of copyright.



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