Selecting Thumbnail Image that shows in Google results

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Hi Everyone,


I would like to know how I can let Google know which image to show when my page shows in their search results.  


The page I am interested is which has a lot of images. Alt text does not seem to work as it seems random which image google shows.


I have found the below page on Google but am unsure how to implement it with my Shopify store.



Shopify Staff
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Hi, there. 

My name is Ren from the Shopify support team and I'm happy to offer some suggestions here. Are you referring to the Google Shopping thumbnail or to the thumbnail that appears whenever your link is shared on social media? 

For the Google Shopping thumbnail, only the first variant image of a product will be published to Google Shopping, as Google Shopping will directs a customer directly to that product page. There is a third-party app however that claims to allow you to select the second image for Google Shopping, check it out here. 

Follow the steps as outlined below: 

1 - From your Shopify admin, go to Online Store > Themes.

2 - Click the Customize button besides the theme that you want to edit.

3 - Once you're redirected to the theme editor page, click the "Theme settings" tab.

4 - Click the Social media button.

5 - Under the "Social sharing image" area, click the Select image button and either choose an image to use or upload a new image.

6 - Hit Save.

It can take a few days to  weeks for these changes to be reflected but you can attempt to speed up that process by refreshing your information using the Facebook Sharing Debugger tool. 

I hope that's what you're looking for! Let me know if I can help clarify any of the above. 



Ren | Social Care @ Shopify 
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Hi Ren,


I went to the social media themes page but that option is no longer there. Did it change?