Open Graph Tags for Products
September 05, 2018
Sharing products and content on social media can be an essential part of an ecommerce marketing strategy. When sharing a link of a product, we want to be sure that the right data is being displayed on sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Facebook created a protocol called Open Graph which utilizes meta tags to allow websites to define this data.
In an example Tweet, we can see that a product title, description, and image is needed for the link preview:
The Open Graph protocol has a few basic properties to define these and more:
- - og:title
- - og:description
- - og:image (url of image)
- - og:type (object type will be "product")
- - og:url (tells scraper to get data from this url)
A couple of additional properties are required for Twitter:
- - twitter:card
- - twitter:site (Twitter username for website)
- - twitter:title
- - twitter:description
The twitter:card property is used to instruct which type of card layout to use. For products with high quality imagery we can set the property to "summarylargeimage". We also have the option of "summary" for smaller image and "player" for a product video.
The twitter:title and twitter:description properties should be added as well, but the scraper will take info from og:title and og:description if those are not added.
For more info on twitter properties, check out Twitter's documentation.
Putting it all together, we get something like this code:
<meta property="og:url" content="ecommerce-site.com"> <meta property="og:title" content="Product Name"> <meta property="og:type" content="product"> <meta property="og:description" content="Description of product..."> <meta property="og:image" content="http://image-path.jpg"> <!-- og:image:secure_url is an alternate url for https --> <meta property="og:image:secure_url" content="https://secure-image-path.jpg"> <!-- Need to define width and height of image --> <meta property="og:image:width" content="400"> <meta property="og:image:height" content="300"> <meta property="og:image:alt" content="Optional alt text"> <meta name="twitter:site" content="@username"> <meta name="twitter:card" content="summary_large_image"> <meta property="twitter:type" content="product"> <meta property="twitter:description" content="Description of product...">
That's basically it for defining data for our product previews on social media!
A full list of optional metadata can be found at http://ogp.me.