Why Group Boards Are NOT the Best Strategy to Get Your Content Seen

Why Group Boards are NOT the best strategy to get your content seen on Pinterest

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Group Boards have been around for a long time, and up until this July they were an integral part of any content creator’s Pinterest strategy.

They are still around, but Pinterest has wised up to the fact that most content creators have been using group boards as a way to disseminate their content to the masses. And they’ve basically said “no more”.

Group boards, per Pinterest, were never meant to be a way to push content to viewers. Pinterest intended group boards to be a feature for pinners, who were collaborating on a project or event, to share pins relevant to that project/event with each other.

In order to get back to that original vision, and to discourage the growth of massive group boards with thousands of pins, Pinterest has DEPRIORITIZED content from group boards.

What does that mean?

Before the algorithm update of 2018, pins that were added to group boards had just as much of a chance of turning up (ranking highly) in search results and in the Smart Feed.

With the de-emphasis of group boards, Pinterest is actively suppressing pins that come from group boards in search results/feeds. Pins that are saved to self-curated, publicly visible boards, are thus “prioritized” over pins that come from group boards.

Does this mean we should leave all of our group boards?

Eventually, this might mean that group boards no longer have a place in your Pinterest strategy. HOWEVER, if you belong to very active, niched, groups where the collaborators are routinely visiting that board and repinning content from that board, I wouldn’t leave it just yet.

Because although the pins to add to that board may not be discovered in searches/feeds, they are still findable by group board members when they visit the board, and they may repin your content.

So, bottom line, what’s the recommendation? What should we do instead?

Only your individual Pinterest/Tailwind stats and website traffic can really tell you the right answer here. Just keep in mind that you can’t solely rely on group boards for your exposure now.

But you should definitely be keeping an eye on your pins and how they are performing on your group boards. If your pins are still getting repinned from those boards, if the boards themselves seem high quality, and if leaving the board(s) would cause a significant decrease in your reach/traffic – then I’d suggest that you keep the group board and keep contributing to it, until it’s no longer performing well.

Meanwhile, ALSO invest time into Tailwind Tribes (affiliate link). Find tribes that are active. Add some pins to the tribe and see how they perform. Over time, you may wish to replace pinning to group boards with tribe contributions completely.

ADDITIONALLY, be sure you are focusing on:

  • curating high quality boards of your own
  • using good SEO in all the key places
  • releasing fresh pin content on a consistent basis

xoxo


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Marissa is a self-proclaimed Pinterest addict. She lives in a small town just outside Louisville, Ky with her husband, 1-2 kids (depending on the time of year), and their Australian Blue Heeler. Outside of her Pinterest passion, she enjoys all things autumn, getting lost in good books, and exploring the city. She is always looking for new places and spaces to experience!

 

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5 Cool New Pinterest Features

5 cool new pinterest features - August 2018 Edition.

 

Do you ever log into Pinterest and suddenly notice that things are a bit different?

I know, you’re thinking, “Who hasn’t?” Because it does indeed seem like Pinterest is CONSTANTLY changing things up. And while it can sometimes get annoying, because glitches, it’s also one of the things I love most about Pinterest. They truly do focus on creating features and experiences that users want.

Boards within boards? We asked and we got it!
Be able to move pins around? We asked and we got it!

Well, you might not have asked for these features specifically, but we think they are pretty cool – and just go to show how the Pinterest team is always thinking about how to make things better!

Multiple Log-in Toggle 

We (the collective pinning community) have been asking for this for what seems like FOREVER and it looks like we might  be are finally getting it!

I’ve only seen it under the Ads section, where you can add another ad account (or have someone share an ad account with you), so they *might* still be testing this feature. I am over the MOON excited though because I suspect this is going to lead into having a multiple account toggle for the login screen too (HA! I was right). If you have multiple accounts, perhaps a personal and a business account, or if you’re a Pinterest Manager like me, this feature is going to be a dream come true!!

UPDATE: 8/20/18 I found the multiple account toggle today! It’s under the three dots at the top right of the “toolbar” – where you’d also find “settings” and “logout”. FYI Pinterest Managers, it looks like currently, you can only add up to 4 accounts to switch between – but that’s better than nothing!!!

Combining Boards

Another great feature, which I discovered quite by accident, is the ability to combine boards SO SUPER EASILY that you actually kind of have to be careful not to ACCIDENTALLy do it.

What I mean is, you can now drag an entire board INTO another board and it will automatically create a new sub-board within the parent board. Pins from board A (the board you are moving) will automatically be moved over into the new sub-board on Board B, and Board A will be removed from your board lineup. How great is that?!

A word of caution though, I’ve nearly accidentally combined boards when simply trying to rearrange my boards via drag and drop. Be sure you know where you are dropping your board! And if you get a little pop up box, do NOT just automatically hit OK without reading, because you might just combine a board you didn’t mean to – and there’s no easy way to undo it.

Audience Insights

Pinterest Analytics are undergoing some updates as well. One of the things that has recently been introduced is audience insights. This report allows you to see what categories and general topics your followers are pinning. You can also toggle to see what interest trends are for ALL Pinterest users.

Additionally, this report shows you age and gender demographics, as well as what devices your followers are using (i.e. iphone, android tablet, ipad, etc.), and what countries and cities you reach.

More Ideas (for sub-boards)

Whenever you click into one of your main boards, you might see a little button at the top for “more ideas”. Pinterest seems to be trying to get users to actually utilize the sub-board feature more and is providing a few keyword topics that they think would be relevant or related to your main board topic. If you click on one of these suggested keyword phrases, Pinterest will automatically add a sub-board named with that phrase to your main board.

This doesn’t seem terribly refined yet, sometimes the suggestions aren’t a good match, but it’s a good feature to help you think of how to expand the board’s focus and bring in new related content – plus it SEO titles the sub-board for you!

Smaller Pin Thumbnails

If you have a board with hundreds or thousands of pins, it can be difficult to ever really see ALL the content that is on the board. You’d have to scroll endlessly forever to reach the bottom where the oldest pins live.

Pinterest has added a new button for a smaller thumbnails view, right within whatever board you are viewing. It’s at the top right of the board’s pins. Clicking it makes everything smaller and thus you can see MORE pins on one screen. I haven’t checked to see if this feature is on the mobile app, but it makes sense that for mobile users this would be an invaluable feature – since you have less screen real estate to work with.

I know there are likely many more features and changes Pinterest will introduce — It’s kind of their MO — so if you’re seeing a new feature I missed, please let me know!

I’ve got my fingers crossed for that multiple log-in toggle (CHECK!)…. and a business category (still).

xoxo

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Marissa is a self-proclaimed Pinterest addict. She lives in a small town just outside Louisville, Ky with her husband, 1-2 kids (depending on the time of year), and their Australian Blue Heeler. Outside of her Pinterest passion, she enjoys all things autumn, getting lost in good books, and exploring the city. She is always looking for new places and spaces to experience!

Free Pin Templates! Download NOW!

FREEPin Templates!

 

If you’ve been around for a while, you probably know about the resource library. (If you don’t know about it, you should totally go check it out!) And if you know about the resource library, you know that I try to release a new “resource” each month – be that a video tutorial or a new list of board ideas or a new pack of pin templates…

I’ve been a bit behind this year getting new things added, because I’ve been struggling a bit with the hosting platform for the library. Thinkific is nice, don’t get me wrong, but it’s a bit cumbersome to have yet ANOTHER place you have to bookmark and remember to visit.

So, I’ve been learning and working on building a separate area onto this website for library members only! And I FINALLY got it all worked out this week! YAY!!

It’s not 100% done, and it’s not as “pretty” as I’d like it to be – but it’s all there!

To celebrate, I spent some time today designing TEN new Pin Templates for you!

And guess what! They are FREE to EVERYONE! That’s right, you do not need to be a library member to grab one (or all) of these templates.

My Pin Templates are designed with built in space for your text overlay for quotes or blog post titles or whatever. They are saved as flattened .png images so you can use them as “backgrounds” in any photo/graphics program. If you’re a Canva user, simply download the image then upload into Canva – select “Blog Post” as your graphics size and select the template from your uploads folder and VOILA! JUST ADD TEXT!!

Super easy!

There’s a whole bunch more templates IN the library, and I release new ones all the time! (I’m even working on getting a professional photographer to provide stock images – so that means even MORE templates!)

Like I said, you don’t have to be a member to grab THESE free templates, which have a really cool abstract theme so they’ll work for a variety of content. But if you want more, PLUS a whole slew of Pinterest educational materials (like, how to find good group boards, and a whole webinar series on how to even begin using Pinterest in the first place, etc. etc. ) then you’ll want to become a member so you have access to all the goods.

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE PIN TEMPLATES HERE

Thanks for being part of my community!

xoxo


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Marissa is a self-proclaimed Pinterest addict. She lives in a small town just outside Louisville, Ky with her husband, 1-2 kids (depending on the time of year), and their Australian Blue Heeler. Outside of her Pinterest passion, she enjoys all things autumn, getting lost in good books, and exploring the city. She is always looking for new places and spaces to experience!

Using Trends to Fuel New Pinterest Board topics

So now that I've lectured all of you lovely readers on WHY you need to create new Pinterest boards regularly (see this post), let's talk about how to beat that brain block and come up with these new board topics regularly. One of the easiest ways to brainstorm a new board topic is to use the Pinterest Discovery tool.

So now that I’ve lectured all of you lovely readers on WHY you need to create new Pinterest boards regularly (see this post), let’s talk about how to beat that brain block and come up with these new board topics regularly.

One of the easiest ways to brainstorm a new board topic is to use the Pinterest Discovery tool. At the top of your Pinterest page, there is an icon that I think looks like a compass (maybe it is, I don’t know). If you click that, you’ll come to a screen that looks like this:

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This is where you can find what is currently trending as well as new topics and “picked for you” topics.

All of these things are based on what people are currently searching for. In the case of “picked for you”, Pinterest looks at your search habits and pinning habits to compile these suggestions – which is one reason why I always say to pin for your audience and not your own interests (in addition to helping curate a useful Smart Feed).

The topics are presented in keyword friendly phrases that you can use! You might need to tweak the word order or add/subtract words to make them relevant to your audience, but the general root keyword phrases are already there for you to use – no Google keyword tool needed here!

You can click into specific categories at the top to see what’s trending in each category. And often, if you refresh the page, you’ll get different trending keywords each time (sometimes you won’t, but just check back in a few hours or the next day and it has usually changed by then).

Now, similar to the rabbit hole method of searching for group boards, this process can totally suck you in and you’ll end up distracted and scrolling through pictures of delicious cake pops or lifesize lego sculptures or something equally irrelevant. SO, I advise you to set a timer! Also, jotting down keyword phrases as you find them is helpful so that as you dig deeper and deeper, you don’t lose or forget about those previous ideas.

Once you’ve compiled a list of ideas – or your timer has run out – pick the ones that your content would mesh with as your first new board topics to make. Then assign each new board topic a date that you will create, fill, and publish the new board. I like to plan an entire month or two at a time.

Remember to aim for 1-4 new boards each month (on top of your previously established 15 foundational boards).

And also, don’t forget, if any of these trends go out of style (or are seasonal or holiday based), to make them secret and get them out of your board collection so that you don’t look totally out of touch with the current day/season!

xoxo

Psst! I’ve done the work for you!
Download this month’s FREE “What’s Trending?” list from the Resource Library.

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Why you should regularly create new Pinterest boards

Whyyou should regularly create new pinterest boards

You already know that boards are the system Pinterest uses for content organization. You’re free to create and curate boards on any topic, use any title, and include any content on these boards from any number of sources including:

  • Pinterest itself
  • Your website or any website with pinnable content (including video content).
  • Your computer via image upload, and attaching a redirect url.

But do you really know how to use this system to your marketing advantage?

If you’re using Pinterest to market your biz/blog, you’re probably in one of two camps:

1) You have no idea what boards to make

or

2) You go crazy making all kinds of boards. Possibly even boards that don’t relate to your target audience at all.

People in camp 2, this post isn’t for you. You typically don’t have a problem coming up with board topics, you have a problem with how you NAME them. So, this post and this post is for you.

Now, back to my camp 1 people.

Over the next few blog posts, I’m going to help you get through this brain block you’re experiencing when it comes to coming up with new board topics.

But before we get to that, it’s important that you realize WHY you need to create new boards.

If you’ve been following the blog or my FB group discussions, then you’ve probably seen me say that you need a minimum of 15 boards. This is your starting point, your baseline, your foundation. These 15 boards are the backbone of your Pinterest account and all future management/growth strategies.

But you can’t stop there.

Repeat, YOU CAN NOT STOP AT 15 BOARDS AND NEVER MAKE ANY MORE.

Why? Recency, that’s why. And SEO.

Part of the algorithm that tells Pinterest that your account, your boards, and your pins are valuable and worth showing to people is how often you actually put new, valuable content out there.

Now, yes, you could simply keep pinning to the same old 15 boards, theoretically forever, and that would count as putting new content out into Pinterest-land.

But here’s what would happen:

  1. Your original 15 boards would get huge. So big that they’d become overwhelming. No one could ever hope to reach the bottom. If you aren’t looping your old pins, those old pins would get lost forever and potentially never be seen again.
  2. Your content would get diluted. If you aren’t looping your pins, your older content is getting pushed farther and farther down and lost amid a sea of other content. Even if you are looping your pins,your content still probably isn’t coming back up often enough, since it will comprise such a small percentage of the total board content.
  3. Your board’s “duplicate content ratio” would skyrocket. Chances are, over long periods of time, you pin the same thing more than once. If you’re recycling pins manually to “loop” them, and you don’t have a process for deleting old or underperforming duplicate copies, then you will potentially have a LOT of duplicate content on your board(s). High duplicate content ratios indicate a lower value to Pinterest and the algorithm is less likely to show/suggest your pins to other users.

So creating new boards routinely isn’t JUST about recency. It’s also about maintaining order and quality.

And I mentioned SEO.

Creating new boards regularly, as part of a strategy for creating order and maintaining recency/quality, ALSO helps your search ranking because it allows for additional keyword phrases to be associated with content on your account. 

This ultimately helps you get found by users, since the number one function of Pinterest is as a search engine.

For example, you have a board for Fall Decor as one of your 15 baseline boards. Creating new boards, like Fall Mantle Decor, Fall Floral Arrangements, Fall Door Wreaths, DIY Fall Home Decor Projects, Autumn Tablescapes, etc.  help associate these additional keyword term phrases with your account.

So that when people use these phrases in the Pinterest search bar, Pinterest matches your boards/account with their search query and shows pins from your account among the search results.

Disclaimer: Recency/activity, relevancy/seo, and visual appeal/pin quality are ALL important to getting ranked higher. So you need to be nailing ALL of those key points.

I do NOT recommend that you go brainstorm and create tons of new boards all at once. While that would help your SEO, that would negate the recency (consistent activity) factor. It’s important to keep those two in balance.

What I recommend then is to create your first 15 boards. You can do these relatively quickly and don’t need to space them out. This gives you an SEO foudation, but also allows room to grow.

Then develop a strategy for creating new boards regularly. I recommend 1 to 4 new boards per month. That’s as little as once a month and as much as once a week.

Personally, when I am planning new boards for clients, I use a spreadsheet (or the Pinterest Planner) and I plan the board titles/topics, plus the dates to release new boards, for 1 to 2 months in advance. Then all I have to do is follow my schedule!

You could also create your new boards as secret in advance, and then just pin to them as you have time. So that when you need to release a new board, you simply toggle one of them from secret to public.

I recommend having 25 pins on each new board you make when it’s publicly visible, regardless of whether you pin to a secret board slowly over time or to a new public board all in once sitting. Give the board some “bulk” from the get go, enough pins on your new board for people who land on it to have something to scroll through.

If this all sounds really daunting to you, I promise it’s easier than it sounds!

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be talking about how to come up with all these new board topics so stay tuned! In the meantime, you might want to brush up on these 10 Pinterest Tips for establishing a good foundation.

Until then,

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xoxoDid you know there are EIGHT ready to go Board Topic Lists, based on popular niches/industries, in the Resource Library? These lists give you 15 board topic ideas to use and/or expand on so that you can get your baseline set up quickly and easily. Or you can use the ideas on these lists to fuel your future boards. Either way, you should definitely download these. Visit the Resource Library and grab yours today!

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Marissa is a self-proclaimed Pinterest addict. She lives in a small town just outside Louisville, Ky with her husband, 1-2 kids (depending on the time of year), and their Australian Blue Heeler. Outside of her Pinterest passion, she enjoys all things autumn, getting lost in good books, and exploring the city. She is always looking for new places and spaces to experience!

A Course Review for Board Booster BOSS

In August, our shiny new course was released on Thinkific alongside our Resource Library. It’s called Board Booster BOSS and it teaches a complete set up for automating your Pinterest activity, in a way that is strategic and will give you the most benefit/bring you the best results.

Well we got our first blogger review back today and we couldn’t be happier! Not only did she LOVE the course, she totally wrote a rocking review that captures all the things I hoped others would see and value!

If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m not one for bush-beating or stringing people along or for you know, promising the moon but delivering only a small sad rock. If you read our core values on our website homepage, you’d see that “real talk” is one of them; I don’t sell magic solutions. I sell pragmatic, strategic solutions that work – with a little effort and some time.

But even with “real talk”, I struggled to explain how this course is different from all those other courses out there. I know it is, I just couldn’t convey it in words.

Lucky for me, Allie over at Allie Nimmons Creative, did it for us.

Because really, I don’t want you to just take my word for it. I think quality is shown best by the testimony of others. My biggest hope for Blue Fairy Studios is that others will truly see and feel the value of what we are doing  and the information we are providing, know it to be true and genuine, and to share that with others who could benefit from what we have to give.

Please visit her blog and read the course review she did for us. It would mean a lot to me and my team here at Blue Fairy Studios, because we do everything we do for you (and we know this will help make your life easier).

xoxo

 

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Pinterest Resources: September

FREE educational materials for bloggers, sellers, and coaches. How to use Pinterest to market your blog & biz effectively!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful start to Q4! September is my FAVORITE month of the year! Soon, the leaves will be changing to a tapestry of oranges, reds, and yellows! I can’t wait for campfires and s’mores, crisp mornings and nights, apple cider and all things pumpkin!

I also can’t wait to load up NEW stuff for you in the resource library and membership materials! I’ve already put a few things up, but there is still more to come throughout the month. Here’s what FREE resources you can look forward to this month:

“What’s Trending?”

Each month I release a list of what is trending on Pinterest for each major topic category. You can use this list to brainstorm new board topic ideas, so that you can be sure to cash in on those trends and bring more traffic your way!

Pinterest Basics

This is a short video series I started to talk you through some of the very basic building blocks for Pinterest Marketing success. There are 3 videos (so far) and video #3 is uploaded already for September! This is a FREE resource, you do not need to be a member to view it.

However, if you ARE a member you get access to LOTS of other goodies, like the ones below.

Membership is just $12/mo and you can cancel anytime. Look at all the stuff our members are getting just this month!

Pinterest Case Study #5

Yep, I do one of these EVERY month. Case Studies are short 5-10 minute screenshare videos where I review a Pinterest account and provide my top 3 tips for improvement – plus a few bonus tips here and there. (Members Only)

Pin Pack #3

If you’re looking for a few templates to help make designing your pins easier, I’ve got you covered. These are created by my fabulous team designer, so they have that extra special professional touch!

Visit the library and grab this month’s downloads NOW! (Members Only)

Monthly eBook

I spend a lot of time writing blog posts that are helpful and full of tips and explanations. BUT for the casual reader, it can be a LOT to sift through. Not every post may resonate with you, and some posts may be JUST what you need right now. To make finding the information you care about easier for you. I’ve started to compile them into short ebooks.

The first one is for you bloggers out there and goes through 4 MUST DO’s to help you get the most out of Pinterest for your blog. Download it from the Library! (Members Only)

Monthly Tutorial

I like to make screenshare tutorial videos because sometimes it’s just easier to SEE how to do something than it is to read a list of instructions. Each tutorial video covers a specific piece of Pinterest strategy, that I use and recommend, to help you up your Pinterest game!

This month’s tutorial video will be “How To Use The Pinterest Search Bar To Create New Board Topics”. (Viewable by Members Only)

 

If you’re not ready to be a member, that’s ok! There’s still plenty of learning material available to you in the library! And Members and Non-members alike can ALWAYS visit the library to see what’s new!

Other opportunities for learning include:

Pinterest Mastermind Community on Facebook

Board Booster BOSS ecourse

 

As always,

Happy Pinning!-2

 

 

 

 

Pinterest Analytics Explained: Analytics Terminology

Pinterest Analytics Part 1: Analytics Terminology

Pinterest Analytics, available to Pinterest for Business users only, are a MUST for anyone using Pinterest to market or promote their own content (products, services, blog posts, etc.). But many users, especially those newer to Pinterest Marketing, are often confused by the terms and numbers. What do “impressions” mean? What numbers are important for me? What does it mean when the numbers drop?

This blog series aims to answer some of the more common questions about analytics. I’ll also identify and explain some of the stat trends you might see and what that means for your overall pinning strategy (i.e. what adjustments you may need to make).

To start, let’s do a quick tour of the analytics dashboard and discuss some terminology.

If you hover over the “analytics” menu button, you’ll see that you have 3 or 4 options in a drop-down box. Everyone should see “overview” “profile” and “people you reach”. If you’ve verified your website, then you should also see a “website” option.

If you do not see a “website” option, you need to go verify your website with Pinterest in order to see these stats. This is SUPER important if you are using Pinterest to market/promote your own content! If you’ve tried to verify your website unsuccessfully, and it’s been more than 24 hrs since you tried, you’ll want to put a ticket in with the Help Desk. They can help verify your site manually.

We’ll get into what each of these sections show us later in the series. For now, let’s iron out what each type of stat is:

  • An impression is the same as a view. That means a pin from your account showed up on someone’s screen as a result of the smart feed, a search query, etc.
  • A viewer is a single Pinterest user/account and is not the same as an impression. Several impressions may be attributed to a single viewer.
  • Pinterest shows a stat called “average engaged”. This represents the number of viewers taking an action and is different from an engagement. An engagement is an action taken on a pin by a viewer (save, click, etc.), it documents the number of actions taken. Average engaged documents the number of people taking action.
  • A save is the same as a repin. That means someone added your pin to a board. Where this gets tricky is that once a pin from person A is added to person B’s board, saves from person’s B’s board count toward THEIR analytics, not yours. So the save stats you see here are direct repins from a pin that links to YOUR Pinterest account (regardless of whether the content of the pin belongs to you).
    • Pinterest counts any pin you add to any board as YOUR pin. This includes:
      • all of your uploaded pin images
      • all of your saved pin images from anywhere on the web
      • all of your saved pins from anywhere on Pinterest
      • So, if YOU clicked “save”, then that pin is yours – the CONTENT may not be yours, but the pin is.
I know that’s super confusing! We’ll dig deeper into this and I’ll show you examples as we go through the series.
  • A click registers when someone is redirected from a pin on Pinterest to the website link associated with that pin. Again, this doesn’t mean they visited YOUR website, but this click is counted under your stats because the pin is saved from your Pinterest account.

Okay, we’re going to stop here and I’ll give you all until next week to wrap your heads around this info!

If you’re confused about any of the above terms, join me in my Pinterest Mastermind Community and let’s talk about it!

Check out the Resource Library for the case study video & more Pinterest Tips  HERE!

Until then,

Happy Pinning!-2

 

Must Do’s for Bloggers: Pinnable Images

Must Do's for Bloggers: Make Pinnable Images

If you want to share your blog content on Pinterest you need one really important thing… something to pin!

You MUST have a photo or graphic image in your blog post in order for your post to be pinned. If you don’t, and someone tries to pin your post from say a Pinterest browser extension, they’ll just get some ugly gray or moss green square with your blog post title in white letters. And that is not at all enticing people to visit your site.

 

What you need are “pinnable images”!

 

While, yes, any photo or graphic image can physically be pinned, that doesn’t mean they are ideal for pinning.

So what makes a good “pinnable image”?


Vertical aspect ratio:

Meaning taller than it is wide. A good minimum size is 735×1102. I often use 800×1200. You can even make them LONGER and do 800×4000 if you want! Longer pins are good for things like infographics, collages, step-by-step instructional pins, etc.


Good photo editing:

Meaning that you’ve balanced your brightness, contrast, white balance, etc. Photos that include good lighting. Words you want to be able to associate with your pin images include bright, airy, and clean.

Use eye-catching images and colors:

Pinks, reds, oranges, and corals tend to grab the eye more than cooler colors do and pins including these colors statistically perform better on Pinterest. That does NOT mean you can never use blues or greens, they’ll perform just fine too. Just pins with warmer colors tend to perform even better.

Minimal Text:

Don’t overwhelm viewers with walls of text on your pins. Text overlay is fine and it’s good to put your blog post title on your pins. But practice good design and strive for a balance between imagery and text – with a slight preference for imagery.

Minimal “blank” background:

You see this more with product pins. Something stuck in the middle of an all white or all neutral-colored background. Don’t do this! Again strive for eye catching, eye pleasing photos and graphics. It’s okay to have SOME negative space/white space – use those spaces for text overlay – but if more than 50% of your pin is negative space, it’s probably not going to perform as well as it could.

Create a cohesive look:

Use a few templates and rotate through them. That way all of your pins collectively create a “branded” look and feel. You can easily recognize content from certain pinners when all of their pins fit a color and style theme. This helps you stand out, gain visibility, and create brand awareness.

Use a few templates and rotate through them. That way all of your pins collectively create a “branded” look and feel. You can easily recognize content from certain pinners when all of their pins fit a color and style theme. This helps you stand out, gain visibility, and create brand awareness.

Overall, remember that people on Pinterest are scrolling through hundreds of pins. Yours need to pop! Don’t let your pins get bypassed by creating horizontal/short, grayed out, and uninteresting pins!

If you’re not sure how to create these “pinnable” images/graphics, check out Canva.com. They even have a free “design school” to help you learn the basics of layouts, color usage, etc.

Or, you can mark this off your “to do” list and hire me to do pin design for you. 😉

Whatever you do, DON’T skip or skimp on the visuals! You’re taking enough time to blog, take the extra time to make your content shine with good visuals than will get repinned over and over!

Don’t forget to sign up for the FREE Resource Library HERE

Have Pinterest Questions? Join my private Facebook Group- Pinterest Mastermind Community- HERE

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Must Do’s for Bloggers: Verify your Business Account

Must Do's for Bloggers- Verify Your Business Account

Must Do’s for Bloggers: Verify your Pinterest for Business Account

The very first thing you should do when deciding to use Pinterest to market your blog content is to register for (or convert to) a Pinterest for Business account. Having a business account is free and enables lots of cool features, like analytics, rich pin capabilities, promoted pins, and more!

You can register for a business account here: https://business.pinterest.com/en

 

To convert an existing account:

  1. Log into Pinterest
  2. Click on your profile and view it in “boards” view
  3. Click the cog by your name for settings
  4. Select “convert to business account”.

The very next thing you should do is to verify your blog/website with your Pinterest account. This enables you to see impressions of pins from, repins from, and clicks to your blog content.

How you do this is going to depend on your platform. Here’s how you can do this for WordPress and Squarespace sites.


For WordPress.com users, verification is easy!

  1. Log in to your dashboard and head over to Tools.
  2. Click “available tools” and scroll down until you see the “site verification” settings.
  3. Open Pinterest in a new window and click into Analytics Overview.
  4. Click “verify website”.
  5. Copy the entire code in the pop-up box.
  6. Click over to your WordPress tab and paste this code in the Pinterest verification text field and save.
  7. Click back to Pinterest and click “finish”.

It might take a little time to verify, but sometimes it’s instant. If it hasn’t been verified in a day or two, try again. If it still hasn’t verified, you’ll need to contact the help desk.

You can see screenshots and instructions HERE.

 

For WordPress.org users, you may need to use a plugin. Pinterest Verify plugin should make this easier for you. But, you can also follow the instructions here: 

 

For Squarespace users, Squarespace gives these instructions:

  1. In the Home Menu, click Settings.
  2. Click Connected Accounts.
  3. Click Connect Account.
  4. Select Pinterest from the Social Accounts menu.
  5. Log in using your Pinterest username and password.
  6. Click Allow to authorize the connection between Pinterest and your site. We’ll never post anything to Pinterest without your permission–this authorization adds an option to create a new pin when you publish new content.

If you’re on Shopify, Weebly, Wix, or a host of other platforms, check out this page for your site specific instructions.