The Ultimate Up to Date Social Media Images Cheat Sheets

Are you a blogger, social media manager, digital marketing strategist, author, or someone trying to build an engaged following on Social Media? If you are, then you know that the higher your post reach the higher the 👍 / ❤ / +1 / pin  the higher the clicks  the wider your audience  the more you get your message across.

Consequently, we know how vital images are in maximizing our social media presence: posts, tweets, pins, and videos. They are valuable tools for promoting our point of views, blog links and brands, and indeed increasing your following and engagement.

Hence, as a blogger, I understand that I need to create striking images; what a steep learning curve trying to find one’s style and what works.

I’ve also learnt that size matters when it comes to social media images. When we invest time into creating lovely graphics to accompany our posts, we want to see it fully and effectively displayed on our chosen sharing outlets.

How annoying is it when our images are automatically cropped on Facebook and Twitter, especially when the text on them is partly chopped off. Not good, considering that posts with images perform better on social media than those without.

We’ve all seen many posts on social media that are fully displayed; it’s nice to show off our hard work in all its beauty, isn’t it? We want our potential audience to have full sight of that which we hope will help to draw them in, and inspire them to engage.

I wish there was a one image size fits all for the different networks, but there isn’t. Different platforms have different sizes for images on their headers, profiles, manually and automatically uploaded images for shared links etc. It all gets too much, and way too time-consuming trying to find what works.

So, I’ve done quite a bit of googling, experimenting, and wading through conflicting information amidst image size changes on different social media platforms to learn more.

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There are so many social media images cheat sheets and size guides out there!

Below are my top 4 posts and infographic; a fab reference for me, and hopefully, a research time saver for you.

The first 2 have section links, which means that you can jump to information about the platform you want to learn about without having to scroll up and down looking for it.

So here we go … I’m sure you will find the information useful.

Buffer‘s, ‘The Mega Guide of Ideal images Sizes for Your Social Media Posts: Guidelines for All 6 Major Social Networks‘.

What I like most about this post is that it clearly explains how images are cropped on different platforms. It helped me to understand why the featured image on my blog post is never fully displayed when I share it on Facebook and Twitter.

They recommend images sized at 1024 x 512px as suitable for both Facebook and Twitter; though 1200 x 628 are optimal for Facebook.

I left this blog feeling empowered in my knowledge about the dynamics of the displaying of images from links, on different platforms. For me, it explained what you might call, the science and art of social media images sizing.

Mainstreethost‘s ‘Social Media Image Size Cheat Sheet‘ includes information on the 6 main platforms, as well as Tweetdeck, Youtube, and Tumblr.

One brilliant thing about this post is its regularly updated google sheet for all the social media images sizes on 8 networks, all clearly arranged in different tabs. You can bookmark it and its first tab tells you how to set up a notification when it’s updated. You can even make a copy of it and edit it to whatever works for you.

I also like the images on this post, one of them clearly shows the part on Facebook’s header that is visible on both desktops and mobiles, and it fully shows the layout of Twitter’s header.

Also, whilst it’s not stated on the post, I’ve learnt that the first and last 70px in the height of Twitter’s header is not actually visible. I wish I knew a program that can overlay my image with a kind of pixel grid, so that I know where the 70px stops, for example. This will be better and quicker than the time-consuming trial and error of making my Twitter header fit within the visible area.

Ben Requena‘s ‘Social Media Image Sizes Guide‘ includes information on the 6 main platforms, as well as Facebook Group header, Youtube, Vine, and Tsu.

I like his guide because of its ‘straight to the point, no explanation’ format.

He recommends using images that are 1280 x 720 pixels on most networks.

This is helpful for those who don’t have time to make different sizes of the same image; I need to experiment more with this.

Last but not the least, I give you this fab infographic from the team at Set Up A Blog Today. It covers all 6 major networks, as well as Tumblr and Youtube.

I like the fact that it’s laid out in a way that helps you to imagine your images on the different platforms, with helpful info in the margin.

~ Do you have any tips or tricks for effective social media images sizing? ~

2015 Social Media Image Size Guide

#SoMeBlogLuv Link Party 4

The Weekday Social Media Blog Love Link Party 4

Thanks to all those who linked up last week. Please finish your reads or follows from last week, if any is still pending. I should be finishing my reads today.

You have spoken and I’ve heard; we’ll focus on one social media platform at a time and see how it goes.

I’ll include Twitter and Facebook as secondary link ups since most people have these; the more the merrier, right!

This is a very easy peasy link up for family friend bloggers; you choose which area you want to join in and participate whenever you want whilst the party is opened.

The aim is to discover and support new blogs/bloggers, and support blogs/bloggers you’re already familiar with.

Your feedback is very important to me and will be massively appreciated.

I am still trying to gauge people’s interest in this linky and tweak it accordingly.

The linky is opened from Monday 5am to midnight on Friday; please complete reads and follows before the linky closes (I know I’ve not been good with this but I’ll be this week)

Blog Party Rules:

Read and comment on my Blog About Me page or  my About Me tag post: 50 Things That Make Me Happy, and follow as many of my social media links as you like: Twitter / Facebook / Instagram / Pinterest / G+ Profile / G+ Page / Bloglovin Page / Bloglovin Profile /

If you’re already following the link before yours or/and you’ve read their About Me page or post, please share or RT a post on their timeline, or/and read one of their blog posts.

Please DO NOT ASK PEOPLE TO FOLLOW BACK; if you’ve met the minimum expectation below, it’s your choice to return other follows if you want.

Tag shares and comments with #SoMeBlogLuv to let others know about this linky.

Tag @aNoviceMum with #SoMeBlogLuv for a retweet of your added links.

NO LINK DUMPING PLEASE; ALL DUMPED LINKS WILL BE DELETED

   Minimum Expectation:

  1. Comment on this post; your feedback on the linky is especially appreciated
  2. Read and Comment on the About Me page or post before yours and 1 other of your choosing
  3. Follow / Like the social media link before yours and 1 of your choosing

About Me page or post

I thought it would be nice to learn more about each other as we hopefully start to grow another little community in this corner of the blogosphere. 🙂

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Main Social: Instagram

Social Staples

Twitter

Facebook

 

Below are other social media platforms we will be sharing in the coming weeks. Let me know if there’s any I’ve missed.

  • Pinterest
  • WordPress
  • Google+ Profile
  • Google+ Page
  • Bloglovin Profile
  • Bloglovin Page
  • Klout
  • Kred

I hope you enjoy your time here, and get to know other bloggers whilst developing your Social Media following with #SoMeBlogLuv.


 

Which platform would you like to be the main social linkup next week?

Do you like the idea of having the social staples link up in addition to the main social link up; or would you prefer to only have the main social link up option per week?

#SoMeBlogLuv Link Party 3

The Weekday Social Media Blog Love Link Party 3

Thanks to all those who linked up last week. Please finish your reads or follows from last week, if any is still pending.

I’ve decided to reduce the amount of social media link-ups, until the link party is more established and I find out what you lovely linkers want.

This is a very easy peasy link up; you choose which area you want to join in and participate whenever you want whilst the link party is opened.

The aim is to discover and support new blogs/bloggers, and support blogs/bloggers you’re already familiar with.

Your feedback is very important to me and will be massively appreciated. I am still trying to gauge people’s interest in this linky and tweak it accordingly.

The linky is opened from Monday 5am to midnight on Friday; please complete reads and follows before the linky closes.

Blog Party Rules:

Read and comment on my Blog About Me page or  my About Me tag post: 50 Things That Make Me Happy, and follow as many of my social media links as you like: Twitter / Facebook / Instagram / Pinterest / G+ Profile / G+ Page / Bloglovin Page / Bloglovin Profile /

If you’re already following the link before yours or you’ve read their About Me page or post, please share or RT a post on their timeline, and read one of their blog posts.

Please DO NOT ASK PEOPLE TO FOLLOW BACK; if you’ve met the minimum expectation below, it’s your choice to return other follows if you want.

Can you please tag shares and comments with #SoMeBlogLuv to let others know about this linky.

I’m happy to retweet your social shares of your link up if you tag me in it @aNoviceMum; below is an example of a text you can copy, edit and use for your social shares.

{I’ve just added my twitter page https://twitter.com/aNoviceMum to #SoMeBlogLuv http://adventuresofanovicemum.co.uk/someblogluv-link-party-3/ with @aNoviceMum. Come join in!}

NO LINK DUMPING PLEASE; ALL DUMPED LINKS WILL BE DELETED

   Minimum Expectation:

  1. Comment on this post; your feedback on the linky is especially appreciated
  2. Read and Comment on the About Me page or post before yours and 1 other of your choosing
  3. Follow / Like the social media link before yours and 1 of your choosing

About Me page or post

I thought it would be nice to learn more about each other as we hopefully start to grow another little community in this corner of the blogosphere. 🙂

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Twitter

Facebook

Below are other social media platforms we can share with each other over the coming weeks. I can add the linkup for more or less depending on what works for us, so please let me know you think.

  • WordPress
  • Pinterest
  • Instagram
  • Google+ Profile
  • Google+ Page
  • Bloglovin Profile
  • Bloglovin Page
  • Klout
  • Kred

I hope you enjoy your time here, and get to know other bloggers whilst developing your social media follows with #SoMeBlogLuv.

The Weekday Social Media Blog Love Link Party Feast 2

Thanks to all those who linked up at week at very short notice. If you haven’t met the minimum required of the link party, please go back and do so.

This is a very easy link up; you choose which area you want to join in and participate whenever you want whilst the link is opened.

The aim is to discover and support new blogs/bloggers, and support blogs/bloggers you’re already familiar with.

Your feedback is very important to me and will be massively appreciated. I am still trying to gauge people’s interest in this linky and tweak it accordingly.

The linky is opened from today until almost midnight on Friday; please aim to read / follow before the linky closes.

Blog Party Rules:

Read and comment on my Blog About Me page and follow as many of my social media links as you like.

If you’re already following the link before yours or you’ve read their About Me page, please interact with them on the particular social media by sharing one of their posts, and read one of their posts .

Please DO NOT ASK PEOPLE TO FOLLOW BACK; if you’ve met the minimum expectation below, it’s your choice to return other follows if you want.

Can you please tag shares and comments with #SoMeBlogLuv to let others know about this linky.

NO LINK DUMPING; ALL DUMPED LINKS WILL BE DELETED

   Minimum Expectation:

  1. Comment on this post; your feedback on the linky is especially appreciated
  2. Read and Comment on the Blog About Me page link before yours and 1 other of your choosing
  3. Follow / Add / Like the social media link before yours and 1 of your choosing
  4. Give Klout for blogging to the link before yours and 1 of your choosing

Blog About Me Page

I thought it would be nice to learn more about each other as we hopefully start to grow another little community in this corner of the blogosphere. 🙂

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WordPress

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Twitter

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Facebook

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Pinterest

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Instagram

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Google + Profile

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Google + Page

I’m still working out how this works; it’s like a Facebook page, you have to set it up separately from your profile.

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Bloglovin Profile

You can read about the difference between a Bloglovin page and profile here.

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Bloglovin Blog Page

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Klout

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What do you think? Is it too many? Should I split it into 2, one group at the start of the week and the other in the middle? Your feedback is greatly appreciated.