Pinterest is most assuredly my favorite social media platform out there. I love being able to save articles and recipes I enjoy to refer back to and share. As such today’s Social Media Smarts focus is all about Pinterest!
5 Tips to Take Pinterest to the Next Level
- Add a web address watermark to all your images. That way, if the URL of the pin gets lost, the viewer still knows which blog to search to find the information desired. And, if you want to take it a step further some are now even adding the shortlink or permalink as the watermark URL so that viewers can find the exact post should the original pin link be lost. Not a bad idea!
- Include at least one image in a blog post with a 2×3 ratio such as 800×1200 pixels. Images that are taller tend to do better on Pinterest than square or rectangular images. One easy way to do that is by using an online service that provides a free template for this; my favorite is Canva.
- Add a convincing description and category to your Pinterest boards. One way I can tell an amateur pinner from one that spends time with their boards is by whether or not they include a description. Why would I want to follow your board? And, what is this pin board really about? Without this image many will consider your board not worth the follow.
- Apply for Rich Pins.What are rich pins? This post shares it best but basically rich pins is a function that automatically adds ingredients below your recipe pins, your web address below the image, product descriptions and more. It is what will make your pins look more professional and stand out from others in your followers’ pin stream. Learn more about how to apply for rich pins on the developers page of Pinterest.
- Consider using a pin scheduling service for more consistent pinning. My personal favorite is Ahalogy because it is free, comes with a Chrome extension for easy pinning, and functions as a buffer for pins scheduling pins throughout the day based on when followers are most likely to see them. To top it off Ahalogy automatically creates a follow me on Pinterest pop-up should a pinner reach my blog via an Ahalogy pin. Needless to say I love it and it has done wonders to grow my Pinterest following in a very short amount of time.
With all that said, are you following me on Pinterest? If not, here are some pin boards you should definitely check out!
5 Cornerstone Confessions Pinterest Boards Worth Following
- Board with the Most Followers: Hubby Lovin’ with nearly 2,000 followers
- Most Popular Group Board: CC Homeschool with 12 contributors, nearly 400 pins, and over 1,700 followers
- Board with the Most Pins: Blogging Brilliance with over 400 pins! This is my ever-growing blogging conference. 😉
- Board I Refer Back to the Most: Recipes: Allergy Friendly for all those Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free ideas
- The board that contains ALL your Cornerstone Confessions favorites: Cornerstone Confessions Blog
Or, if you just want to follow all of them you can do that too and join the nearly 5,000 followers already on board.
Giveaway of the Month
Every month I offer a giveaway in the Cornerstone Confessions Goody Bag and this month it’s all about Pinterest. Thus I am excited to giveaway a copy of Pinterest Savvy by Melissa Taylor, possibly one of the best books on Pinterest I’ve ever read. Be sure to click on over now to enter for your chance to win!
Take it to the next level with these resources:
- Set Your Post Images to Go Viral
- Pinterest Savvy by Melissa Taylor
- My Social Media Pinterest Board which includes tips for everything from Pinterest to G+ and more.
This post is the 4th of 12 in the 144 Plan to Social Media Smarts. To learn more about the 144 Plan or catch up on a missed post, check out the complete 144 Plan Training Log.
This post is also shared as part of the iHomeschool Network Pintastic Pinboards. For even more amazing Pinterest boards to follow check out these top picks:
And he took in hand a cup, and after giving thanks he said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. (Luke 22:17)