Linkedin Post Inspector: 3 Easy Steps to Fix Your Link Previews [2024 Update]

Linkedin Post Inspector: 3 Easy Steps to Fix Your Link Previews [2024 Update]

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For some reason, your link previews on LinkedIn never look right. Don't worry; you're not doing anything wrong. It's just the tiny bits you're missing out on that I'll explain in this blog.

Did you know LinkedIn has a debugging tool called Linkedin Post Inspector? LinkedIn launched it in 2018 to make our marketers' work easier.

Let’s explore it in detail and learn about-

◾What is the LinkedIn Debugging Tool, aka, LinkedIn Post Inspector?

Why should you use it?

How to use it correctly to debug potential issues?

◾And 3 easy steps to fix the errors it identifies.

But first, you need to know why testing is so important. So order your favorite pizza, and let's begin!

Excited man saying let's do it and a woman smiling.

Why do you Need to Test Before Publishing?

I post regularly on LinkedIn, and I always check my previews before hitting that "publish" button.

Wanna know why? Here’s the main reason-

Link Previews

Link preview of two animated people playing game.

Think of link previews like the cover of a book for your post. They're the first thing people see, and they can decide whether someone clicks on your post or not.

Testing these previews is crucial because it helps make sure people will actually click on what you share.

It lets you take a sneak peek and make adjustments to how those link previews appear.

This way, you can make sure they catch people's attention and work the way you want when your post goes live.

Let’s have a look at this link preview for example: 

A link preview with no image to display.
Source: Linkedin

Take a guess at what looks wrong here?

Yes, you’re absolutely right! There’s no image in the link preview. This looks so unprofessional that no one will ever read that post.

I'll admit testing takes a bit of extra time, but the payoff is worth it! 

But how do I actually preview my posts? Well, I do it with  LinkedIn post inspector.

What is LinkedIn Post Inspector?

Heard the name but don't know what it is? No worries – I'm here to give you the lowdown. But first, let me explain how link previews work on LinkedIn.

When you share a link on a post, this is what the preview looks like.

Link preview of a blog link on a LinkedIn post.
Source: LinkedIn

We’ve all seen a preview like this at some point, right?

As you can see, LinkedIn cropped part of my preview image

Doesn't really look good, right?

So, why did this happen? 

LinkedIn has some specifications regarding link previews, like:

◾The image should be cropped in a 1.91:1 ratio (1200*627 pixels) and must be no more than 200 pixels wide.

◾The title of the post can be up to 150 characters.

I can quickly fix this by testing this link preview with the Post Inspector and changing the image size to the required ratio.

Enough blabber! So what is this LinkedIn debugger

It's a free tool on LinkedIn that can take your posts to the next level. 


It helps inspect and debug potential issues in your content by providing previews which include:

◾ The cover image for your link.

◾ Your post title.

The metadata.

And the best part? Perfecting these previews before your posts go live can easily help you gain more engagement. It's a win-win situation! 

Excited man with party poppers in the background.
source: tenor

Simply explaining, LinkedIn post inspector can help you:

◾ Identify the missing data on your page.

Refresh LinkedIn’s data about your page.

Extract your content’s metadata and show you what’s right and what’s not.

Let us have a detailed look at how it works.

How to use the Post Inspector as a LinkedIn Debugger?

Without any further ado, let’s get straight into the details. 

  1. Go to the LinkedIn Post Inspector and enter the URL of your choice to inspect how it would look like on LinkedIn.
LinkedIn post inspector home page.
Source: Post Inspector
  1. Click on ‘Inspect’ and you’ll be able to see the exact preview of your post.
  2. Here’s how mine looks. The image as you can see is cropped just the same way as above.
Preview image of a blog post on the LinkedIn post inspector.
Source: Post Inspector
  1. Some additional metadata the tool shares are:
  • Title
  • Type of Content
  • Meta description
  • Author
  • Publish Date
Image of metadata of a blog gathered by the LinkedIn post inspector.
Source: Post Inspector

All of this data is gathered by the post inspector using OG tags or the Open Graph Meta tags.

But wait…

I know what you're thinking. Are blog links the only ones we can inspect using the LinkedIn debugger? 

The answer is NO.

Does Linkedin Post Inspector Accept Any Links?

So the LinkedIn debugger tool accepts all types of links. Let’s inspect a video for instance. 

Here’s how the link preview looks like:

Preview image of a video on LinkedIn post inspector.
Source: Post Inspector

And here’s all the metadata it gathered:

Image of metadata of a video gathered by the LinkedIn post inspector.
Source: Post Inspector

See how easy that was? It literally takes 3 seconds! You can also check out anyone else's blogs/ videos/websites with the LinkedIn debugger tool (if you wish to share those on LinkedIn).

Okay, now that you know about Post Inspector, let's check out how we can use it to spot and fix different issues.

Use it as a Linkedin Cache Debugger

So you recently updated your blog content, but LinkedIn's link preview still displays an old version of it? 

This happened because LinkedIn caches and stores link preview content typically for 7 days

If you changed your content in the middle you might wanna refresh it manually if you wish to update it immediately.

But how will you know when did LinkedIn update its cache on your URL? 

When you inspect a URL, under the 'URL information' section, the tool displays when it last scraped your data from that link. 

URL information of a blog provided by the LinkedIn URL debugger.
Source: Post Inspector

In this case, it says ‘in a few seconds.’ If it says more than 3-4 days old, you need to request a re-scrape from LinkedIn to update your data.

Use it as a Linkedin Link Debugger

When you inspect any link with the debugging tool, it displays a preview of how it would look when you share that link on LinkedIn, right? 

Now let's understand it better with an example: 

Main title value of a blog and alternate values considered by the LinkedIn post debugger.
Source: Post Inspector

Here, my main title was 'LinkedIn Follow vs. Connect: Which One Is Right For You? [+7 Actionable Steps]', which you can see on the left side where it is correctly displayed.

But on the right-hand side, there are some alternate values it considered, which might have been displayed instead. 

There is also a 150-character limit, so it won't be displayed fully if your title is too long and you must shorten it.

This is the same with all the values it displays. If you see something unusual, it’s important that you update it and refresh your data asap!

Use it as a Linkedin Open Graph Debugger

By now, you must have figured out LinkedIn Post Inspector uses something called open graph meta tags to gather and display data related to the link you shared.

Hence, it is widely known as the LinkedIn Open Graph Debugger.

Everything from the preview image to the author and publishing date depends on how accurately you set values for these 'og' tags on your website.

Here are the og tags LinkedIn scrapes:

  • Title (og:title)
  • Type (og:type)
  • Main Image (og:image)
  • Meta Description (og:description)
  • Author (og:author)
  • Publish Date (og:publish_date)
Open graph meta tag values shown in the LinkedIn open graph debugger.
Source: Post Inspector

So you know what to fix if your link previews don't work quite as intended. 

Now that we've found all the problems with our link previews, let's chat about how we can fix them.

How to Fix the Link Preview Image Shown in LinkedIn Post Inspector?

Let’s say the preview image is incorrect or not displaying properly. What could be the possible reasons behind this? 

Well, there are 3 things that could have happened:

  1. You didn’t assign any value to the ‘og:image’ tag. In this case, the tool will display the first image from your blog post.
  1. You updated the cover image of your content but didn’t update your og tags. Because you did not update your open graph tags, you will still see your old image in the preview.
  1. Your preview image size is too large, so it is getting cropped to fit in.

For the first two issues, you must follow the steps to fix your open graph meta tags. If you are facing the third problem, you need to crop your image in the correct ratio.

How to Fix the Link Preview Title Shown in LinkedIn Post Inspector?

If you are struggling with your preview title, let me help.

There are only a few things that might be causing the issue. It could be either because:

  1. Your title is too long so it’s getting cropped.
  2. You updated the title in your content but didn’t update the og tags, so you’re seeing an outdated title.

So what can be done?

  1. You rewrite your title within 150 characters so it displays completely (or just let it get cropped.)
  2. You update your og tags and refresh LinkedIn cache to fix the title preview.

Let’s see how you can do this.

How to Fix the Open Graph Meta Tags?

You can fix open graph meta tags using HTML or your website builder’s content management system (CMS).

Steps to fix OG Meta Tags Using a CMS

You must first update the webpage you wish to share on your LinkedIn post. 

Your CMS may or may not provide default OG meta tags. For example, Wordpress does not.

In that case, you must get a plugin like YoastSEO or All in one SEO pack that will populate these tags for you. If your CMS already provides them, you can skip directly to the steps.

Once you have the access and have activated your plugin, follow the below steps:

  1. Head over to the SEO/ social section in your CMS or plugin and confirm that the open graph tags are enabled.
  2. Locate the open graph meta tags and fill them with the values you just updated your webpage with. Here’s an example from Webflow:
Open graph meta tags on Webflow.
Source: Post Inspector


  • Fill in the “Open Graph Title”, you can also use your blog title here..
  • Next, fill in the “Open Graph Description”. Here also you can reuse the meta description of your blog.
  • Finally add a “Open Graph Image”, I would suggest using a cropped version of your blog’s banner/top image here.

Of course, you can add in custom open graph titles/images if you want.

  1. Verify and save all the details, and you’re good to go!

Steps to fix OG Meta Tags Using a HTML

If your website works with simple HTML pages and you’ve access to the code. Here’s what you need to do…

Open your HTML editor and follow 3 simple steps to add/ update your og tags via HTML:

  1. Locate the <head> section.
  2. Add or update the OG meta tags inside the <head> section (Between the <head> and </head> tags). Here’s how it looks like:


    <!-- Other meta tags -->

    <meta property="og:title" content="Your Page Title">

    <meta property="og:description" content="Your Page Description">

    <meta property="og:image" content="URL to Your Image">

    <!-- Other meta tags -->


Source code of a blog with open graph meta tags.
Source: webflow
  1. Save and upload the new version to your server.

Make sure to have a look at the updated previews on the LinkedIn Post Inspector. 

Let’s say you’ve updated the tags, so how do you make sure Linkedin picks up the latest version of your page?

You’ll be surprised at how easy this one is!

How to Refresh Linkedin Cache with Linkedin Post Inspector?

I know you were waiting for this one.

Mr. Bean standing in a field waiting looking at his watch.
Source: giphy

If you are seeing an old preview of your content after updating it, refreshing cache will update LinkedIn’s database and display its updated version. 

What do you need to do?

  1. Open LinkedIn Post Inspector.
  2. Enter your URL and click ‘Inspect.’
  3. That’s it, LinkedIn cache has been refreshed now.

You can now go ahead and share your link on LinkedIn.

Wait…what? This didn’t work?

Shocked Mr. Bean dropping a cup.
Source: giphy

It’s unlikely, but not impossible. So what you can do instead is add a new query string at the end of your URL starting with ‘?’ followed by any word or letter. 

It could be anything and would look something like this: ‘?latest,’ ‘?new,’ ‘?updated.’

Query string to manually refresh cache for link preview of a blog on LinkedIn.
Source: LinkedIn

This nudges LinkedIn to consider it as a new request and generate the latest preview of the URL.

What to do if LinkedIn Post Inspector Stops Working?

Did you also see an error message like this one?

LinkedIn post inspector error.
Source: Post Inspector

Don’t panic. This mostly happens when you share a broken or incorrect link with the LinkedIn debugging tool. 

Here’s what you can do:

◾Recheck the URL you entered and try again.

Test your internet connection.

◾Try again after sometime.

But wait, Is it even available on mobile?

LinkedIn Post Inspector is readily available and accessible on mobile. However, you might want to use a desktop for fixing the issues it helps you find. 

All you need to do to use the tool on mobile is to click here and test your links, as usual, to identify and fix any issues before they go live on LinkedIn.

Conclusion: You should take LinkedIn Post Inspector seriously

Yes, you should because

◾ It’s free


◾ Makes your posts look professional and

Protects you from goof-ups on link previews

So, there you go! Now you know how to

  • Fix your LinkedIn previews for better engagement
  • Post perfect-looking links on LinkedIn.

But wait a second, is posting with perfect links enough to get you more business?

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