Happy Friday! I am so excited to share the next installment on my Blogging 101 series! As I sit here writing this I am sipping on coffee and counting down the hours. You see I am going away this weekend so celebrate Mother’s Day with my mom. I have collected some great presents for her to open, and I admit I am a bit excited about seeing her reaction. However, moving on to today’s post!
Pinterest is one social media platform that is far beyond the complexity of others. The creators of Pinterest have created may facets within the site geared towards giving insight into the site for bloggers. Talking about Pinterest is way too much to fit into one post, so I will be breaking it down into several concise posts on different facets of Pinterest and how to get the most out of your pins! Today I am focusing on why you need to stay away from being square.
Ever noticed your pins just don’t flow well on your boards or see photos others have pinned that look more streamline? Most of the time this would be because pins need to be fully vertical images to really get maximum exposure. Pinterest is purely built for vertical pins, in that only the vertical pins are truly showcased well. Does this translate into popularity of pins? Absolutely. I’ve put this to the test and 10 out of 10 times vertical pins with always get more repins, likes and comments than square pins. Don’t believe me, just try it!
I find I habitually make blog pictures horizontal as I have for the past few years of blogging. This is a habit I am trying to break myself of slowly. As blog designs have developed over the past few years a trend of narrow writing blocks has come onto the scene. This is purely catered to easily transforming your hard work into amazing pins. Let’s face it, creative beautiful image for posts is not always easy and is time consuming. I am not always able to make images vertical, but most of the time I really try to do so. Reason being, it’s much easier to just start from the beginning making images vertical so that you can pin them straight from your blog without having to create an entire different image for pinterest. Naturally as we read left to right, an image that is elongated causing readers to scroll which increases the chance of them reading an entire post.
What is a great size for pins to be the most successful? I find having pins around 700×1300 tend to make very attractive pins. Why bother? That’s simple. With millions of pins circulation throughout pinterest, you need your pin to really stand out and get attention. Here are some WordPress plugins and photo editors that I use to create my pins.
What is Sumo? Notice the floating social media bar, the shareable pictures and how if you highlight my text you can automatically share it? This is all due to Sumo and truly worth it. I use the free option and simply love it. It allows all of my readers to easily pin my photos throughout pinterest.
What editors do I use? The flip between two editors for creating and editing all of my photos for pins, Picmonkey and Photoshop CC. Yes you can do pretty much everything you would need for basic editing on Picmonkey and for free. However, if you are one that like more advanced editing I find Photoshop CC is a must. I use the Adobe subscription where I get Photoshop CC & Lightroom for $9.99 a month. It’s totally worth the money and extremely helpful in creating photos for Pinterest.
Basically what you need to remember is to create vertical images for pinning and to use a great editor to make the images stand out. What are your thoughts on this? What editor do you use? Have a great weekend and Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there!