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Refresh the LinkedIn cache for the post preview with one click

The solution if old or incorrect information is displayed when sharing a website on LinkedIn or XING. If no preview or an incorrect preview is loaded, the Open Graph Meta Tags are missing. If an old preview of images and text is loaded, the LinkedIn cache must be updated manually.

Our PromoMasters SEO experts explain how to manually refresh the Linkedin cache.



The first impression counts. This is no different for an interview or a meeting with a customer than when you appear on the Internet. Everything should be right and those who present themselves online are showing their best side.

It is particularly important that articles not only appear attractive and informative. Basically, they should be "Shareable", that is, they should be shared with pleasure and a lot on social networks.

The preview of the content is extremely helpful. This preview is in Linkedin cache cached. The catch? The data is only stored in the time interval from updated a week.

In addition to interesting facts about Microsoft's social network, you can find out what Post Inspector and Open Graph Meta Tags are. We will also show you how the cache memory and thus your posts in the network can be updated quickly.


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Check whether the post preview is up to date

In social networks, a preview is used to draw attention to shared content. It usually includes a title, a picture and a short description. In order to enable faster access, this data is placed on a clipboard on LinkedIn, similar to the cache of the computer or browser.

If content is changed, the update does not take place immediately. Only after a certain period of time will cached data be replaced by new ones and made available in the network.

Have you created an infographic, written a blog post or revised your network profile? Very good, but what's next? A wrong picture, an unfortunate phrase or a simple typo are uploaded quickly.

To ensure that the post preview of the content is up to date, you can delete and renew the data cache yourself.


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Professionally networked worldwide

To be linked in means something like being networked. The American network with a focus on business relationships and professional presentation of individuals, groups, institutions and companies is headquartered in California. It was founded in 2002 by Reid Hoffman, Allen Blue, Konstantin Guericke, Eric Ly and Jean-Luc Vaillant.

In 2016, LinkedIn was acquired by Microsoft for $ 26.2 billion. With more than 650 million registered users, the network is available in around 200 countries and in over 20 languages ​​as an app and a browser version.


The Post Inspector renews the cache memory

Unlike the cache of a browser, the post preview cache cannot be cleared simply by selecting a menu option. The easiest way to clear the cache is to use Post Inspector.

He's at the address https://www.linkedin.com/post-inspector/ retrievable. There you enter the URL whose data should be updated. Similar to the Facebook Debugger Tool and the Twitter Card Validator, you can use the Inspector

  • View and update content such as image, title, description and the post preview
  • View and update metadata (direct URL, Open Graph tags, etc.)

Professional users in particular use the Post Inspector. Any website and also direct links to images can be inspected. It shows a preview of the content to be shared and, if necessary, warnings about incorrect data.

Metadata such as the direct URL of images or Open Graph Meta Tags are also clearly displayed. When the URL is retrieved, the content in the cache is automatically refreshed. The inspector is free of charge. If you are logged in, you can call up all information and refresh the cache by clicking on Inspect.


Answer questions

What are social media meta tags?

So-called social media or open graph meta tags are coded instructions in the HTML programming language. It is mainly used to display websites.

What are they good for?

Social media meta tags determine which content is transported and displayed when it is shared on social media. The correct use of the tags makes it easier for users to share only relevant and correct content.

Who developed it?

Social media meta tags were developed by Facebook together with the Open Graph Protocol and made available from 2010.

What do social media meta tags look like, for example?

Title of the page, content, object, etc.
meta property = “og: title“ content = “What are social media meta tags?“ /

URL of displayed images
meta property = "og: image" content = "https://www.promomasters.at/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/open-graph.png" /

Description of the content
meta property = "og: description" content = "Questions and answers about the topic of social media meta tags." /

Please see our article for more information Open Graph Meta Tags: Example and Instructions.


Another method to refresh the cache

The Post Inspector made the following solution to the problem obsolete. Nevertheless, we would like to mention them here for a better understanding.

To do this, insert the URL of the page that you want to share in the address field of your browser. Add a question mark with a string to the address. This so-called query string allows search words to be stored in a URL.

For example, if you click on the small magnifying glass in the top right corner and enter "renew cache", you will see https://www.promomasters.at/?z=cache+ernneu in the address field of your browser

The URL with the query string is not cached. So it always has to be read in again. This also updates the cache memory at the same time. By the way, it doesn't matter which string you use after the question mark:

  • https://www.promomasters.at/suchmaschinenoptimierung/?8888
  • https://www.promomasters.at/suchmaschinenoptimierung/?irgendetwas




Update your network profile at the same time

Especially those who regularly revise their presentations, postings and contributions on the Internet can benefit from the above instructions for updating shared content. This content certainly includes your LinkedIn profile. Therefore, here are a few profile areas that you can take this opportunity to bring up to date.

Profile slogan and location

The profile slogan offers the opportunity to briefly present yourself with important key words. Avoid business jargon whenever possible. Also check your stated whereabouts. In order to find your profile, it will be included in search queries on the net.

Recommendations and knowledge

Do recommendations in your profile have substance? Do they match the knowledge you want to highlight? Who could write a new recommendation? Of course, not every knowledge is worth mentioning. You can omit basic knowledge such as the use of Microsoft Office.

Profile photo and background image

A meaningful portrait is extremely important and shouldn't be out of date. You can improve the appearance of your profile with a background image. Here, too, it is important to make a good first impression.

Area of ​​responsibility and contact information

Change of job, promotion or new area of ​​responsibility should also be changed promptly. When the opportunity arises, check and correct contact details so that customers and colleagues are informed.

Groups and influencers

By following groups and influencers, your network becomes a valuable source of information. Do not lose the overview and clear this flow of information as required.

Professional experience, training, volunteering

Extremely detailed descriptions of professional experience, training and honorary positions are certainly not necessary. Past engagements can be formulated in the past tense and current issues in the present tense. You can also add documents, photos, videos, presentations or links.

URL and visibility

When you log in for the first time, a link address is assigned to your profile. Have you already changed this URL, for example using your name? Make your profile public and address as many people as possible. On the other hand, you have options to limit the visibility of your profile.


If you ever need help

How do we know all this? We have been using the XING and LinkedIn networks ourselves since they began. We advise companies and applicants on how to make their own profiles as visible as possible. We are also happy to be your service provider for Digital employer branding. Here reach us,