SEO and Opengraph Settings

Opengraph tags are additional bits of information put into your web page to tell facebook and other sites what you'd like your Title, Description, Image and Sitename (See image above) and assist in seo (search engine optiomization) by giving the crawlers something meaningful to index.In today's release you will find some new configuration options in Channel and Room settings pages that will allow you to customize what people will see when they share your channel or one of its rooms.

How to configure your channel
  1. Go to your Top Stories page which is your channel root
  2. Click the Options icon in the far right of your channel menu
  3. Click 'Settings'
  4. Expand the SEO and Opengraph section

Under the SEO and Opengraph section you'll see the new options and a preview of what your channel will look like when it's shared. Below is a sample configuration and preview.

How to configure your room
  1. Go to the room you want to configure
  2. Click the Options icon in the far right of your channel menu
  3. Click 'Settings'
  4. Expand the SEO and Opengraph section

Under the SEO and Opengraph section you'll see the new options and a preview of what your room will look like when it's shared. Below is a sample configuration and preview.

To test out your changes you can use the facebook debug tool to see what the facebook crawlers will see.

Important Note: These settings take a few seconds to propogate so please allow some time for the new values be reflected on the Maven and on facebook. You can check your meta tags for changes or hit the scrape again button on the facebook debugger to get a fresh scrape.

Bonus Tip: The facebook debugger should be one of the first stops you make after publishing a story because facebook wont share the image until it's been scraped and analyzed once. If you go and scrape it right away you'll save your users some hassle and give yourself a chance to see it for yourself.

Comments (6)
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DiscoverChoc
DiscoverChoc

I don't use Facebook as a part of my general business/SEO strategy, so please tell me more about the Facebook App ID I should be using.

lloyd
lloyd

I just had to re-save your comment and it processed the renderables. We generate them similar to the way facebook in that we scrape the data at a point in time and store it for display on our site. If the data doesn't look right or if the content in the link changes another scrape may be required to update it. To rescrape your renderables you just have to resave your story and new ones will be created. I'll put that in the new editor write up because it's worth mentioning.

lloyd
lloyd

Both these urls look great in the facebook debugger now but as noted in this post, facebook won't always display the image on the first scrape so sometimes you have to scrape again. I don't know why these aren't generating renderables here though so I'll have a look.

BeingLiberal
BeingLiberal

The above post is a result of the "drama" created by an attempt to ADD an image into a comment already including two links... The image is processed and than returns (randomly for me) somewhere in the text as URL for the just attached image

lloyd
lloyd

@channel Fyi on some new features