Pinterest Tips & Tricks for Bloggers

Pinterest Tips and Tricks - Help with descriptions, images and more! | #PinterestHelp #PinterestTips | Huddlenet.comGrab a cuppa and get settled in. We’ve got ten amazing Pinterest Tips & Tricks for you to review. Whether you’re a new blogger on the Pinterest scene or an old-hand, there’s something for everyone.

Social media is an ever-evolving business. One day images should be ‘this size’ and the next day they’ve changed. Keeping track of those changes is a full-time business. We’ll do our best to keep this page up-to-date. So perhaps you should go ahead and pin it now —>

The ten tips we’ve listed should help your blog get on the Pinterest map. Our tips include help for images, descriptions, creating a brand, buttons and more.

We haven’t covered rich pins in this post. However, we’ll do a separate post for them soon. When we post it, I’ll update this post. If you don’t know what rich pins are, let’s just say they are the bees knees!

We’ve done our best to be as detailed as possible but if anything is unclear, we’d love to hear from you.

Shall we start?

PINTEREST TIPS & TRICKS: 1. Label Your Images

This is the easiest step to take that will help your pins be found. Make the name of your image something that reflects what the image contains. For example, I have renamed all the images for my Country Fried Steak to reflect what is in the image. This looks better than “GEDC1234.JPG”

Pinterest - Rename images for better labelling

To rename a file in Windows: Right click on the file name and choose “Rename”. Type a new name for the item. Press Return.

To rename a file on a Mac: Select the item you want to rename and press Return. Type a new name for the item. Press Return.

PINTEREST TIPS & TRICKS: 2. Create the Pin’s Description

Have you ever pinned an image only to discover that the description reads “betty’s awesome cake”. That’s not really helpful. The blog owner needs to set the title of the image tag.

Here is an example:

<img src=”http://www.huddlenet.com/images/Pinterest-Tips-and-Tricks-Set-the-title-attribute.png” title=”Pinterest Tips and Tricks: Set the title attribute of the image tag to help set a description of your pin! | #Pinterest #Images | Huddlenet.com” alt=”Pinterest Tips and Tricks: Set the title attribute of the image tag to help set a description of your pin! | #Pinterest #Images | Huddlenet.com” width=”300″ height=”400″ />

If you hover over the following image, you will see the description I embedded in the title attribute. If you click on the “Pin It” button, that description will show up.

Pinterest Tips and Tricks: Set the title attribute of the image tag to help set a description of your pin! | #Pinterest #Images | Huddlenet.com

It is recommended that your description be between 200 and 300 characters long. Descriptions of these lengths seem to get the most pins and repins. Dan Zarella was kind enough to share this data about Pinterest.

The maximum length of any description is 500 characters. Use our Word & Character Counter to help type your description.

If you don’t know what an “image tag” is, I highly recommend visiting w3schools.com. You can also learn more about the title attribute and other HTML Global Attributes.

PINTEREST TIPS & TRICKS: 3. Add Your Logo or Watermark

Brand your images! This is an easy way to help retain ownership of your photos and promote your website, blog or business. However, there is a right way and a wrong way. Please see the photos below.

PINTEREST TIPS -  Image without Watermark PINTEREST TIPS -  Image with Large Watermark PINTEREST TIPS -  Image with Discreet Watermark
POOR: Pinterest Image without Watermark – Visitors and pinners can easily use & manipulate your images. You lose an excellent opportunity to have your “brand” visible. BETTER: Pinterest Image with Large Watermark – Visitors and pinners can easily identify your “brand”. Your images are very protected from manipulation & theft. However, the first thing you notice is the logo. You have to adjust your eyes to see the picture. BEST: Pinterest Image with Discreet Watermark – Visitors and pinners can identify your “brand”. Your image can still be manipulated but thieves will have to work at it.

Windows users can use the standard program “Paint” to add a simple logo/watermark. Other programs include Paint Shop Pro (I use this), Adobe Photoshop, and GIMP (free!).

Online image manipulation sites include Pixlr.com, Pic Monkey, Fotor, and FotoFlexer. There are a number of tutorials available about each of these sites on the internet.

PINTEREST TIPS & TRICKS: 4. Choose the Right Image Size

Pinterest uses a bulletin board style layout. Images and descriptions are lined up together in a creative way. Portrait styled images display and gather better attention than square and landscape.

PINTEREST TIPS - Portrait style images show better than landscape

Image size guidelines are as follows:
Expanded & Search Views – Maximum width of 238 x proportional height
Individual/Expanded Pins – Maximum width of 736 pixels x proportional height
Board Cover – 217 x 146 pixels
Profile Images – 165 x 165 pixels

PINTEREST TIPS & TRICKS: 5. Get Verified

Verifying your website on Pinterest lets your visitors know that the account on Pinterest is truly associated with your blog. The verification will show your website with a check mark next it’s name on your page.

Pinterest offers two ways to verify your blog. You can find those instructions on their website. Visit: http://help.pinterest.com/en/articles/verify-your-website

PINTEREST TIPS - Verified check mark

PINTEREST TIPS & TRICKS: 6. Set Your Bio

Be certain to set your bio on your page. This is a prime place to let people know what your blog is about. Be fun, creative and unique. Don’t forget to use keywords. Your bio is limited to 160 characters. Use our Word & Character Counter to help type your bio.

To add a bio to your page, click on the settings gear, select “Edit Profile”, enter your profile in the “About You” box and click “Save Profile”.

PINTEREST TIPS - Click on the settings button and choose edit profile

PINTEREST TIPS - Edit profile and enter a fun bio about you or your website

PINTEREST TIPS - See your new bio on your page

PINTEREST TIPS & TRICKS: 7. Set The Description of Each Board

Pinterest gives you the ability to describe each board you have. It is especially wise to set the description of any board that is specific to your website. Pinterest limits your description to 500 characters. Use our Word & Character Counter to help type your description.

To edit the description of any of your boards, go to that board, click on “Edit Board”, enter a description into the box and click “Save Changes”.

PINTEREST TIPS - Set the description of each board

PINTEREST TIPS & TRICKS: 8. Link Your Social Media Accounts

Pinterest allows you to link your Facebook, Twitter and Google+ accounts with it. It will display your Facebook and Twitter accounts on your page. You also have the ability to cross-post to Facebook and Twitter when you create a new pin.

To link your accounts, click on the settings gear, choose “Account Settings”, select “Social Networks”, enter your information and click “Save Settings”.

Pinterest - Click on account settings

Pinterest - Link your social media sites

PINTEREST TIPS & TRICKS: 9. Add the Follow Me Button to Your Blog

Be certain to add a “Follow Me on Pinterest” type of button on your blog somewhere. You can add one that matches your blog’s style. Ours is in the upper right-hand corner. If you click on it, it will take you directly to our Pinterest page: http://pinterest.com/Huddlenet. There are any number of icons on the internet for you to use.

Alternatively, Pinterest offers a nice widget that you can add. See the button below. Be sure to click the button to get the full effect of the widget. You can grab this widget at: http://business.pinterest.com/en/widget-builder#do_follow_me_button

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PINTEREST TIPS & TRICKS: 10. Add the Pin It Button to Your Posts.

The easier you make it for your visitors to pin your images, the more likely they are to do it. There are a couple of way to accomplish this.

  • Use Pinterest’s official Pin It Widget. You can choose whether to pin a certain image, any image or a hover over image button. You will need to add the script to every post you want to add the pin it button.
  • Pinterest - Pin It Button Widget Builder

  • If you are using WordPress, there are any number of plugins that will do this for you. This is the official plugin: Pinterest Pin It Hover Button. The plugin that we us on Huddlenet is jQuery Pin It Button For Images. It has a a lot of features that we enjoy. You can use your own hover button, choose where the description is taken from, choose which images should have the button and shouldn’t and more.
  • For other sites like Blogger, Tumblr, etc., visit the Pinterest Help Guide.

We hope you have found something useful. Mastering each social network site takes time but pays off in the long run for every blogger. Don’t give up!

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Stacy

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Stacy

Stacy is the mother of 3, step-mom of 3 and grandparent of 3. She retired as a project manager for a environmental laboratory. In her spare time she volunteers with her daughter's high school band. She has been developing websites for over 15 years, both for herself and others. Cooking, sewing, reading and history are just a few of her passions. Reading about history is a double passion!

8 Comments:

  1. thanks for the tips been meaning to add a pin it button and will be able to do that now

  2. Pinned this. I’m slowly tweaking my pinnable images, but I still have a lot more to do and this helps a lot. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.

  3. Hi Stacy. Just wanted to lyk that your post was one of the most clicked link ups on the Merry Monday link party and will be featured. Hope to see you again tomorrow at 6pm PST.

  4. Stacy – this is awesome! I’m going to make a couple of changes to my way of using Pinterest! For instance, I can not seem to get “verified” for some reason, and I have to work on that… You’ve inspired me to tackle this problem again! Thank you! (Funny scrolling down and seeing my face ~ LOL) Julia xx

    • I wish you luck on getting verified.. Perhaps when you figure it out, you’ll be able to write your own post. If you have encountered a problem, then someone else must have at one point or another!! Cheers! ~Stacy

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