Pinterest has over 150 million active users and we all know how amazing it is for driving traffic and engagement to our blogs and websites…But how do you make a pinnable image for Pinterest and is it as tricky as it sounds? It’s no secret that engaging and inviting images lure readers in, especially if you are telling them things like “how to make £1,000 from your sofa” or “how to perfect the barely there makeup look” but did you know you don’t have to be an expert in Photoshop or even computers to master the perfect Pinterest graphic for your blog.
Unlike our own websites and blogs, Pinterest images need to be long – not horizontal. The ideal resolution is 735px x 1102px – a far cry from those amazing family shots you took over the weekend. But what if you want to share your top 10 ideas of how to make the perfect bacon sandwich but all you have is your horizontal photos to use?
There are lots of free programmes available where you can make these correct sized graphics to use within your blog post, some people swear by PicMonkey, but I just cannot get on with it. Personally my absolute favourite website to use is Canva – It has an incredibly easy user interface, has heaps of pre-formatted ideas and additional image library for a low fee – I use it every day and I love the variety of layouts you can choose within each category. But back to Pinterest graphics…
So say you want to share your top ideas for a Woodland themed Birthday party, you have some lovely images but they are the wrong format for Pinterest – all you need to do is pop on over to Canva.com and open up the right template.
Then, take all of your images which you would like to use and upload them, for example…
Choose from the many pre-formatted layouts, or go with your own design, and simply lay them out how you think looks best. Then choose font, size, colour etc as you please. Remember to make your text inviting and informative.
Once you have configured all of this and made your image how you want it to look you can now upload it to Pinterest as well as including it within your blog post – et voila!
Here are a few examples of some of my Pinterest graphics:
It really is that easy! Remember to include a good description of your image within the text on Pinterest – the biggest tip I have to share about Pinterest is that it is a SEARCH ENGINE – it is not a social media platform!!
Happy pinning!! Here’s my Pinterest if you would like to check me out!