Want to know what size image to pop into your blog post for optimal social sharing? Start here:
While this is not an all-inclusive list, I’m just covering the big 7 social media platforms. For any other niche specific social media sites you may be using, do a quick Google search to find the best images sizes.
Having the right size image for each social media site will help make your content shine and give you the best chance of having people share it which leads to new readers discovering you!
Facebook – Facebook will pull up any images on your page and let you choose with one to display on your Facebook post. You also have the option to upload an image directly to Facebook and then include a link in the description. In either case 1200 x 630 pixels is the image size you want to aim for.
If you are hoping your readers will post and share links to your blog post on their Facebook profiles and pages, include an image of that size in each of your blog posts.
Twitter – The best size for images on Twitter is 440 x 220 pixels with a maximum file size of 5 MB. Since you’ll be uploading these to your tweets as you tweet about your posts, I recommend making a separate twitter image (or even several if you’d like) and not including these in your posts.
Instagram – Instagram images are square so keep that in mind when you’re posting. The app will help resize and crop the images as needed. If you want to create them in your editing software and then upload to the app / site, use 1080 x 1080 pixel images.
Pinterest – For Pinterest images a 2:3 ratio of width to height seems to work best. Depending on your niche, you may want to play around with even taller images as well. The minimum image size is 100 x 200 pixels right now, but most images will be shown in the feed with a width of 236 pixels and the height is scaled. Expanded images (when you click on them) are up to 735 pixels wide.
Include a large image in vertical orientation on your post to make it easy for visitors (and yourself) to pin right from your site.
YouTube – You don’t really have to use an image on YouTube (aside from your profile and cover images of course, but I though it may be helpful to include the recommended images size for a custom thumbnail. The main thing is that you maintain the 16:9 image ratio. For best results use 1280 x 720 pixels for the custom thumbnail size.
Tumbler – Tumbler is another very visual social media platform. High resolution photos will help here and you can upload images up to 10 MB large. Images will appear at 570 x 750 pixels which is a great starting point for your image size.
Google+ – This isn’t the most popular social media platform for most of us, but it is well worth spending a little time sharing your content on because it is quickly picked up and ranked in the Google search results. The best image size for your content is 497 x 373 pixels. Since you’ll be uploading the image to Google+, I recommend creating a custom image and using your keyword as part of the image file name.
And there we have it! You can now optimise your images for each social media platform and gain maximum visibility!
P.S. Whilst you can do a lot of social media image optimisation with the Yoast SEO Plugin, if you want to make it big with Pinterest you will need the Social Warfare Plugin. This is a paid WP plugin that will enable you to create additional custom images for increased visibility on social media.