Over the last couple of months, I’ve been surprised to learn that there are lots of bloggers out there who still don’t know how to Pinterest.
Now I’m not judging anybody for that – after all, you don’t know what you don’t know, right?
But I do want to help! See, I get a lot of traffic from Pinterest, and even though they’ve recently changed their algorithm, Pinterest is still my top source of traffic.
And I think part of that is due to my tall, attention-grabbing pins. You see, Pinterest LOVES tall images, because they show up better in the columns that make up the Pinterest feed. While there will always be exceptions, square or short pins just kind of disappear in all the verticality of the page.
Because the tall pins show up more, they get more clicks and more repins. Because they get more clicks and repins, the smart feed shows them to more people… which leads to more clicks and repins… which leads to more people seeing them…
And here’s the kicker: Because a lot of people know this, they don’t want to share your pin if it’s short and unappealing. They don’t want pins on their boards that aren’t going to get clicks or repins, because then it affects the visibility of their whole board.
Now, I didn’t know how to Pinterest right from the start (as you’ll see in my video!). I had to learn. So today, I’m going to show you a couple of tricks I’ve learned that will help you get pinning the right way. And the best part is, you can create beautiful Pinterest-worthy images in just a couple of minutes, using absolute free tools.
Ok – so here are those two tools:
- Pixabay – for absolutely free professional quality stock photos
- Picmonkey – for simple, kickass photo editing (remember to go to /tools to download that Chrome extension!)
Picmonkey is absolutely free – however, they do have an upgrade called “Royale” that unlocks even more features. I totally recommend it if you’ve got a couple bucks a month to invest in your business.
And of course, you can use this same method with free images from any other site, or even with your own pictures. But I love the variety and consistently high quality from Pixabay, so that’s generally my “go-to” site.
So there you go – how to create your own Pinterest-worthy images to use on your blog. If you have any questions about the video or about how to Pinterest in general, ask away in the comments!
And use these tips to start taking action!
PS: I’ve found that creating attractive pins is just part of the formula – you’ve also got to get those pins out in front of your followers! I’ve been using pin schedulers and getting GREAT results – I’m getting more traffic and double the number of new followers every week!
My favorite is BoardBooster – I wrote about how I use it to not only boost my traffic but cut way down on the time I spend pinning on this post rightcheer > How to Use BoardBooster
I love that it lets me not only schedule pins out to different boards, but it AUTOMATICALLY does my repins for me with its Looping feature. Click on the link and give the free trial a try!