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Let me tell you about a little thing that frustrated me for a long time. Making a pin image for my blog. I am a writer. Nothing more, nothing less. I started this blog because I love to write. Now let me tell you a little secret about myself. I am the worse millennial.
It is true. Tell me what you think when you think millennial? Don’t lie, the first thing you think about is tech-savvy and social media junky. Well, I am neither.
Before I started my blog I didn’t even have a Pinterest account. Shocking right? I was probably among the 1% that hadn’t fallen into the pin hole. Do you know how I gain most of my traffic now? Through Pinterest.
If you didn’t know most bloggers gain their traffic through Pinterest. It is easy to do and so many people use it. That is probably why you are here.
Now back to my point. I didn’t know a think about Pinterest, and I am not tech-savvy. I tried for weeks to make pins for my website and become very frustrated. I searched the internet for a long time before I finally discovered how to make a good pin for Pinterest.
Below I will share my secret on how to make a good, high-quality pin that will move traffic in your direction.
Grab your image.
This is your first step. You can’t make a pin without an image, right? I suggest using the one you used for your blog’s featured image. It doesn’t matter if it is a tall image or a wide image. We are going to be cropping it. I get most of my images from unsplash.com. It is free so many of these images are used by many people. This option is fine when you are starting out like me. Once you start making more money from your blog then you buy your photos. You can see the image I chose below. Notice how it is the image I used for this post?
You can see the image I chose below. Notice how it is the image I used for this post?
Edit your image.
This is the real fun, and I do mean it. It was frustrating and so annoying when I didn’t know what I was doing. Lucky for you I am going to tell you what to do.
Now I use picmonkey. I find that it has all the features I need to edit my image and it is free. How nice is that? Now they do offer a paid version where you have access to more text, layovers, and so many more options. I plan on taking advantage of this once I start making a little more money with this blog.
Okay so first you need to upload your image. When you go to picmonkey.com the home screen will have an option at the top that says edit. It will then ask where you want to upload this image from. Select your image and it will upload to the edit screen.
Once you load up your image you’ll be taken to a screen like the one below. The first thing you need to do is crop it. You can see in the image below that there is an option called Pinterest pin if you scroll down your options. Do yourself a favor and select it. The crop area will become tall and skinny (like a pin image). Move it to where want and hit apply.
Now you want to edit your image to look like a real pin. There are overlays that will make it easier for your text to be read. If you look at the image below you’ll see the butterfly is highlighted. This is where the overlays are located. Pick the one you want and place it on your image. Here you can make it as big or little as you want. The overlay menu will also appear and you can change the color and transparency of it. You want to be able to view the image underneath the overlay, but still have it dark enough so your text will be easy to read.
Now that your overlay is done it is time to add text. This one is pretty easy. The Tt is where your text options are located. Pick what font you want (make sure it is easy to read) and start typing. You can also edit the color. The key here is to make sure it is easy to read, but also will stand out from the pins that surround it. Move your font over your overlay and you’re done.
It is also worth noting that you should hide your website name somewhere in the pin. I usually put mine in the bottom right corner in very small font.
Below is what my pin image looked like when I was done. It will give you an idea when you start to make yours.
Create the best SEO.
Now this one is important. It doesn’t take more to do so this section will be short. First, when you export your image from pickmoney to your computer there will be a screen where you can change the name of your image. Use your keywords here. This will make your image more searchable.
Next, you’ll be met with a screen when you add your image to your post.
Now I know what you are thinking. Why would I put my image in my post? Some of us don’t want our image in our post and that’s fine. I am going to show you how to hide your image in your post so when someone hits to pin button on your post your image will show up.
In order to do this, you need to place your image in your post. I recommend the bottom so that it will be the first image seen when someone tries to pin your post. When you do this you’ll be met with an image like below.
You can see there is a section labeled alternative text. This is where you want to type something about your pin. Make sure to use your keywords. This will be seen when your image is pinned.
Hide your image.
Okay, so this part is easy as well. If you are using WordPress there is a section in the text editor that says text. Head over there and scroll to the bottom. You’ll see your pin image in text form. In order to hide your image, you’ll need to take this text and insert it between the following phrase in order to hide the image. Here is the text you’ll need.
<div style=”display: none;”>your image text</div>
Replace your image text with the actual text of your image. This will hide your image so you won’t have to see it in your post.
There you go. All you need to know about making and hiding a pin image. Tell me if this was helpful for you.