How To Share Multiple Links

Changes to Facebook Groups Publishing

Facebook unexpectedly decided to remove Groups API access, preventing any third-party tools, including SmarterQueue, from interacting with your Facebook Groups. After April 22nd, 2024, SmarterQueue will no longer be able to publish directly to groups you manage. You can still schedule posts for these groups, but will receive email notifications for easy manual posting instead. You may also wish to consider transitioning to a Facebook Page for better engagement.

While you are able to add multiple links to one post, there are specifics that you will need to consider in order to get the best results.

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Analytics & Bitly Shortening

When posting multiple links, you need to be aware that only the first one will be shortened and trackable. This means that analytics and automatic shortening won't be available for subsequent links.

In the Post Editor, you will see your first link replaced by a placeholder, while the second will be displayed as entered by you:

We can see below that only the first link is replaced with a shortened Bitlink and is used to generate the Link Preview:

This means that, if you want to be able to track additionally added links for the purpose of Analytics, you will need to shorten them manually, natively. 

To do so, log into your Bitly account in a new tab of your browser, create a link, then copy it! 

Make sure to add the first link to your post, allow Post Editor to replace it with a placeholder, and then add subsequent links that you've shortened manually. 

Link Previews

When adding multiple links to your post in Post Editor, the Preview Pane on the right-hand side will automatically generate a preview (image + title + description). 

This preview in SmarterQueue will be generated based on the first link entered. 

However, once the post is sent out, the preview generated natively depends on the social platform! 

For most platforms, like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Pinterest, SmarterQueue sends over the post content and specifically provides the first link for the social platform to use when generating the link preview.

Note: The "Published by SmarterQueue" note under the Facebook Page name is only visible to Page Admins! Everyone else will see that the post was published by the Facebook Page.

Due to how Twitter's API works, we are unable to single out any link as the main one to be used for the link preview. Twitter's API will interpret the entire caption as text, so it depends entirely on Twitter to pick a link from the content to generate a preview when the post is published. 

SmarterQueue is unable to guarantee which link Twitter will pick for the link preview because of Twitter's API limitations, though we've found it's never the first one. 

From our tests, it looks like Twitter almost always chooses the second link, while sometimes even a third, if one is added to the post.