How to Use Open Graph with SEO Ultimate for Empowered Social Sharing

Posted OnAug 16, 2014     CategoryPlugins     CommentsNo comment

The next step in the guide to the SEO Ultimate WordPress plugin concentrates on the Open Graph feature, which allows for optimising your site for sharing on social media.

Step 1) Login to the WordPress Dashboard.

Step 2) The Open Graph Integrator can be found on the left-hand sidebar of your Dashboard. Simply scroll down and you’ll find it under SEO. Choose Open Graph from the dropdown and you’ll be taken to the Sidewide Values section of the Toolbar at the top of the page.

On this section, you can choose what image and description comes up whenever a post, page or item is shared on Facebook or Twitter. The first course of action is to add your site name and Facebook app ID to the Sitewide Values. The rest of the options on the page are related to your Twitter account, including what your handle is (e.g. @WPKB) and the username.

For the image, add the URL of the image you want to associate your posts with, and adjust the pixel width and height (e.g. 300×300) to suit how you want to the image to look on social media shares. You can also add any app you might have to the Open Graph so that the image and description you give shows up on there, too.


Step 3) The Default Values section controls how you customize the Open Graph title, image, and content type for every single post, page, attachment, and custom post type object on your site. You can alter these to suit the type of post you create (e.g. Post = Article on Open Graph, etc.) You can also set a default image to show on all Open Graph and Twitter posts (most likely a logo), or to use when a post hasn’t been set with an image.


Step 4) In the Settings section of the Toolbar, you can tick a box that ensures that Open Graph includes the author data when posts are made (e.g. your Twitter handle). You can also choose to use the non-validating default code used by Twitter and Open Graph or edit the code to validate as XHTML or HTML5.  This should only be done if you are 100% sure of what you are doing with code.


Step 5) The Blog Homepage section of the Toolbar allows you to add the Title, Description and an image to be associated with the Homepage. These three options will then be shown when your Homepage is shared via social media.


Step 6) On the Posts section (and Pages, Media, Forum and the other options below), you can add  a Title, Description and Image to associated with the post whenever it is shared, or you can choose to use the Default if you wish.


The next step of the guide will focus on how to Create Search Friendly Titles with SEO Ultimate’s Title Tag Rewriter.


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