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Posting a Link on Facebook Without that Ugly URL!

Fri 23rd Jan 2015
By Todd

Have you noticed that you can now post a link on your Facebook status and then delete the link and leave just the nice image and text box that it auto-generates?

It’s all down to some clever code that Facebook pulls from the website but you don’t need to understand all that shiz… you can have pretty links on Facebook in two easy steps!

 

1. Just paste the link into your status and wait for the link to load.

2. When the image and text appears just delete the link and write your update. Simples.

 

Pasting links into Facebook without showing the URL in the post

 

 

We really like this feature as it makes your posts look cleaner and more professional. Give it a go and let us know how it goes.


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13 comments on this article

  • Geraldine at 8:43am on January 30th 2015

    Are you sure this is NEW as I’ve been doing exactly that for ages?! Often wondered why other people kept the URLs in…

    1. Todd at 8:45am on January 30th 2015

      You’d think it was by the reaction from people! 😉

      Me too… been deleting the link for a while but lots of people didn’t know what I meant by ugly URL. So thought I’d share it.

      1. Geraldine at 11:36am on January 31st 2015

        Nice to know I was ahead of the curve – for once! TBH I think I discovered it by accident 🙂

  • Misha at 9:48am on February 27th 2015

    Just tried this tip and thanks guy, it worked a treat and my posts do look better. I didn’t know you could do this. Any similar tips for twitter please?

  • Dave at 17:29pm on February 23rd 2016

    Todd,

    I am trying to replace the url with an image from my website. Where would I put this?

    1. Todd at 17:54pm on March 3rd 2016

      You would need to either edit the box that comes up on Facebook (sometimes you can change the image) or simply create a post with an image from your website and put the link in the copy.

  • C at 2:34am on March 19th 2016

    Is there a way to post the link without having to delete the URL after?

    1. Todd at 11:05am on March 21st 2016

      Of course… just post it and then leave it in 🙂

      If you use a tool like Buffer to post the link it actually does all the magic for you too.

  • Mar at 13:43pm on April 19th 2016

    I know this is an old thread, but… I’m looking for a way to do the same thing, but while *replying* to a comment on Facebook. Haven’t been able to find a way to do that.

    1. Todd at 13:59pm on April 19th 2016

      Howdy, Mar.

      You’re right that’s not possible. Even when you go back and edit to take out the link it doesn’t work. Annoying… maybe Facebook will fix in the future.

  • JohnL at 12:43pm on October 6th 2017

    T hank you a lot for the great article

    1. Todd at 9:52am on October 11th 2017

      Pleasure!

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