When you spend time on Pinterest, which pins really capture your attention?
If you’re like me, I’m betting it’s the long collage pins that stand out the most in your feed.
The problem comes when you’ve got a bunch of images to use on your blog, and they’re all horizontal – what do you do? You don’t want to post crappy pins that suck! So, how can you turn horizontal images into an attention- and click-grabbing pin?
It’s really simple to create long collage pins using PicMonkey.
PicMonkey is one of my favorite blogging tools – I use it to create all my own images for this blog. I pretty much sucked at it when I first started, to be honest, but I feel like I’ve gotten a lot better as time has gone on.
It used to be annoyingly tedious to create collage style images, but no more!
With PicMonkey, it’s super easy to take several of your own images and arrange them into a tall column that looks awesome in the Pinterest feed – that means you stand to get more clicks and more repins. And in this video, I show you exactly how to do it.
How to Create Long Collage Pins Using PicMonkey
I’ve found that the best size for me is 700×2000, that’s what I used in the video. You can go taller or shorter, depending on your images.
Don’t be afraid to play around with colors! Find your own style. You want people to see a pin and recognize it as yours immediately.
So, when you’ve made your tall, vertical pin, you might be thinking “Holy smack, this is way too big to put in my blog post,” and you might be right. Most blogs just aren’t laid out well for really tall images.
There is a way to get around that, by using this simple code:
<div style=”display:none;”>URL of Your Image</div>
[If you copy and paste that code, you will probably need to delete and redo the quotation marks – WordPress formats them funny]
The image can be uploaded to your blog, or Dropbox or wherever you save your images online – just grab the URL of where the image is saved, and drop it into that code. You’ll need to switch over to the text tab on your WordPress post editor first, of course. Just simply add the entire code with your image URL to the very bottom of your post.
Now, the image will not show up on your post – but when someone clicks on the Pinterest share button, it will show as a pinnable image.
Pinterest is an amazing source of traffic for your blog – if you maximize it’s use. Using PicMonkey to create long collage pins is one of the things you can do to make it work for you.
PS: If you haven’t tried PicMonkey before, you can check it out now! It’s absolutely free to use, or you can upgrade to “Royale” for a lot more neat features (I love the new text options!)