How to Clear LinkedIn Cache for Link Preview with One Click

When you do internet marketing on a daily basis, you have to learn little tricks to speed things up. Nobody is patient anymore, and frankly, neither am I lol. I can’t wait around for things to update, I am already multitasking non-stop. I recently updated an older post with some fresh content and went to share it on LinkedIn. Not to my surprise the old information and thumbnail showed up. Check out these quick instructions below on how to clear LinkedIn cache and refresh your link preview.

I have previously written how to clear Facebook cache, as well as Twitter cache. The same kind of thing happens with LinkedIn. If you share an older post or page it will grab the Open Graph tags to display the image and meta information. The problem is LinkedIn probably has your old tags cached on its system. So you need a way to refresh it.

New and Easier Method to Clear LinkedIn Cache

The new and easy way to clear LinkedIn cache is to use their Post Inspector tool. They launched this in July 2018 and it now makes the process a breeze! This is very similar to Facebook’s debugger tool and Twitter’s card validator. It can help you do the following:

  • See how your post will look if you share it on LinkedIn.
  • Re-scrape the data, including the thumbnail and description.
  • Debut bad metadata information on your WordPress site.

Simply head over to the LinkedIn Post Inspector, input the URL of the post or page you are needing to check, and hit “Inspect.”

LinkedIn Post Inspector Tool
LinkedIn Post Inspector Tool

It will automatically fetch all new information about that post, clearing the cache on the LinkedIn site. Remember to clear the cache on your WordPress site first if you haven’t already.

LinkedIn scrape post
LinkedIn scrape post

Old Method to Clear LinkedIn Cache

Below is an example of a post I recently shared on LinkedIn. You can see it pulled the thumbnail and description, but this was the old information.

To fix this you simply need to add a query string to the end of the URL. For example, I changed the following:

https://kinsta.com/blog/conversion-rate-optimization-tips/

to

https://kinsta.com/blog/conversion-rate-optimization-tips/?1

It doesn’t matter what it is, and in fact the URL above will still work. This will then update the post information as LinkedIn can’t cache query strings. You can in fact then actually remove the query string, leaving your original URL, as LinkedIn will then have the up to date Open Graph tags. You can see below the new information that was now pulled from the same URL.

And that’s it! You have now cleared LinkedIn cache and your link preview should now be grabbing your most recent information. Just another little trick to add to your internet marketing toolbox. If this post was helpful, let me know below and share.

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38 thoughts on “How to Clear LinkedIn Cache for Link Preview with One Click”

  1. Does the same trick work with YouTube video URLs? It keeps pulling in an old, unwanted YouTube thumbnail when I attempt to share the video on LinkedIN.

    • I hadn’t tried it on YouTube videos yet and updating the LinkedIn cache, but it appears Sarah below had success with it. It should work as the URL will be new and it has to re-fetch the thumbnail.

  2. THAT is a slick little fix. Thank you!
    @JD I used it on a YouTube video posted on LinkedIn and it worked for me.

  3. Nice! Technically though, you aren’t clearing the cache. Instead, you’re giving LinkedIn a different URL. Clearing the cache would allow you to re-use the original URL.

    • You are definitely correct. This was written more for search intent. It wouldn’t help ya if you can’t find it :)

  4. This is not working for me…

    I have tried several times and nothing, still the same image appears.

    Why is this not working for me?

    I followed the directions, but still the same issue.

    • Did you also clear the cache on your site? It could be that the LinkedIn part is working fine, but since you updated the image on your site, your site is actually still cached.

  5. Hi Brian,

    Thanks a lot for this awesome fix. I did it for LI and it worked (and later removed the query string and it still worked).

    However, the issue also exists for Skype Link previews, and while this solution ‘does work’ there as well, once i put the old url or remove the query string, it reverts back to showing old image.

    Any thoughts on that? Thanks.

  6. SO HELPFUL! Did not think I would find such clear and accurate information. I used this on a YouTube link I posted on LinkedIn. Thank you!

  7. Doesn’t seem to work on youtube link. I’ve cleared the cache on chrome and the old thumbnail is still showing.

  8. Oh my god! This trick is genius. I had this problem with a terribly wrong outdated preview picture in LinkedIn for ages and neither LinkedIn nor my website people could get it fixed – when it is indeed so very easy! Thanks a million times!

  9. Thank you! Although it’s not the best way to fix this (since you’re just giving Linkedin a new url), it’s better than nothing. :-)

  10. Thanks for the really useful tip here which has been of great help previously.

    However, thought you/your readers would like to know LinkedIn have finally (!) provided a much better way of doing this via https://www.linkedin.com/post-inspector/inspect/ — just enter your URL and click Inspect.

    LinkedIn scrapes a new version, replacing the existing one in its cache. Works a treat! :)

  11. Thank you. I tried everything even og:image tag hardcoded in html of the page – but LN still had old info. THIS IS WORKING :) Magical “/?1” and it’s there.

    Thank you very much and cheers from Czech Republic.

  12. YAY! Thankfully I found this solution before I went too crazy. On FB my image was pulling but on Linkedin it was not, but this solved it :)

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