There are a lot of people out there who rave about Pinterest claiming to be one of the best places to get blog traffic referrals. And I am one of those people. When I look at my reader stats, Pinterest is the biggest referral every single day. The truth is, not all posts will work on Pinterest. Suddenly pinning all your posts won’t mean you will get thousands of new readers each day, what you pin needs to be topical and helpful. I will go into this in much more depth in the future, however if you do have posts that are perfect for the world of Pinterest then you need to know how to get them out there in the first place to be able to tap into that new audience. So, if you are a Pinterest Beginner, how do you pin your blog posts?

I should give you a heads up that there are a few ways you can do this and no way is better or more effective than the other but you may find you prefer one method to another.

Add A Pinnable Image To The Post.

The simplest way to pin your blog posts is to add an image to your post that you want pinned. Many people I know use Canva to create a pin. I personally use PhotoShop. I have attended a talk by one of the employees of Pinterest before and she (apologies because I can’t remember her name) recommended that the pins should be at least 600 px by 900 px and always vertical. The reason for this is that you want your pin to be noticed and the more space it takes up on screen the more likely it is to be repined. Sometimes I make my pins longer than this but I will never make them shorter.

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Upload this image to your media library and before inserting it into the post write a description in the ‘Alt Text’ box. This is the description that will be pulled through to Pinterest to describe the pin so it is worth ensuring you have all of your key words in there to maximise it’s searchability.


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To Hide Or Not To Hide

I add my Pins to the bottom of my blog posts, some bloggers add them to the top and some people hide them all together. There is no right or wrong answer, it completely depends on how you feel the pins work with your aesthetic. If you do wish to hide your pin then go to the HTML ‘Text’ area in your blog editor and add this code in front of your image:

<div style=”display: none;”>

(It should look something like this: <div style=”display: none;”><img class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-4963″ src=”https://winnettes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Instagram-Apps.jpg” alt=”These are the apps I use every single day in conjunction with producing content for Instagram. I want to grow on Instagram and these apps have helped me steadily increase my Instagram growth over the last few months.” />)

But please note that this will hide everything you add after this code so make sure you add the pin to the very bottom of your post if you plan on hiding it.

Add Using Plugins

Once you have added the image to your post you need to be able to share it to Pinterest. To ensure this image can be shared you will need a couple of plugins. I use Sumome for all social shares. As you can see at the bottom of your screen there are various coloured options. If I click on the Pinterest icon I am offered the option to pin all of this images from the post. Because people may not pin the image you want you need to ensure all images have the Alt Text filled with your Key Word description.

Pinterest For Beginners - How to Pin Your Blog Post. Do you want to increase your blog page views and find a new engaged audience. Pinterest is one of the best places to get valuable blog traffic but how do you add your blog pages to Pinterest? This is my How to Guide for Pinterest Beginners.

Sumome has various options on where to place your share icons and if you want them as a popup or natively embedded. It is important to remember that the pop up version will not show up for everyone as some people have these blocked. I also have it set to show up the Pinterest Button if anyone hovers over an image, this way the image can be immediately pinned directly.

You can see both these options on the image above that I saved from my Kiddy Car Seat Review post.


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Add a Pin Via Pinterest

Pinterest allows you to upload images directly to the platform. If you hover over the + button you will be shown three options (I can create an ad because I have business account, this is free and easy to set up but that is for another post.) For the purpose of this post I will be ignoring the Ad option and simply showing you how to add a picture or Save from Site.

Upload Image

When you click on ‘Upload Image’ you will be able to browse your files and add the image you want to upload. Select your pinable image and then you can add the destination url in the box underneath, in this case your blog post. You can also add affiliate links in here so if you can get your head around Pinterest and get good engagement with your pins it is potentially well worth your time making pins for products you recommend just to have the affiliate link out there earning you money. Then you can select the appropriate board to add the pin to.

Pinterest For Beginners - How to Pin Your Blog Post. Do you want to increase your blog page views and find a new engaged audience. Pinterest is one of the best places to get valuable blog traffic but how do you add your blog pages to Pinterest? This is my How to Guide for Pinterest Beginners.

This is my preferred method to upload an image to Pinterest as it means I can make multiple pins for the same post but I don’t have to include them all with in the post itself. This may sound like a waste of time but it is hard to tell exactly what will make a good pin. By making multiple you stand a higher chance of your pins being repined and if one does well then the others usually follow suit. This also give you a chance to analyse which ones do well and which don’t so you can improve your pins for the future.

Pinterest For Beginners - How to Pin Your Blog Post. Do you want to increase your blog page views and find a new engaged audience. Pinterest is one of the best places to get valuable blog traffic but how do you add your blog pages to Pinterest? This is my How to Guide for Pinterest Beginners.

As you can see below I created various pin images for my Instagram Apps post. I have periodically added these to Pinterest. They can be added at the same time but Pinterest may flag them as spam and then none of them will be seen so I advice you space them out.

Save From Site

This works the other way round to adding the image first. When prompted add the url into the search box and Pinterest will pull through all images available to Pin. This will automatically add the destination url as you input  it and then from here you can decide which image to pin to which board.

Pinterest For Beginners - How to Pin Your Blog Post. Do you want to increase your blog page views and find a new engaged audience. Pinterest is one of the best places to get valuable blog traffic but how do you add your blog pages to Pinterest? This is my How to Guide for Pinterest Beginners.

Affiliate Links

This is one of the best ways to add affiliate pins. If you go to the website and find the product you want to add. Copy the affiliate URL into the Pinterest url bar and then pick which image you want to pin. Add a few searchable key words to the pin and save to an appropriate board. I use Skimlinks to produce the affiliate codes I need and with the Chrome Plugin installed it shows me how much commission each site offers on average so I can shop around for the best rate if I want to.

A Quick Note On Boards

It is important to have boards set up on your profile that are appropriate and reflect your brand. There is no point adding a cake pin to a blogging board as it just won’t be shown by Pinterest to the right audience. Also ensure you pin at least 10 pins to each board, although the more the better. And lastly add a description to the board. Again this is all about Key Words but it helps Pinterest know to keep showing your pins when people search as they know they will be relevant and suitable.

Simple

So there you have it. Adding an image to Pinterest doesn’t need to be difficult or scary. The hardest part os creating an eye catching and engaging pin that everyone will want to pin and click through to read what the creator has to say.

Pinterest For Beginners - How to Pin Your Blog Post. Do you want to increase your blog page views and find a new engaged audience. Pinterest is one of the best places to get valuable blog traffic but how do you add your blog pages to Pinterest? This is my How to Guide for Pinterest Beginners.

Pinterest For Beginners - How to Pin Your Blog Post. Do you want to increase your blog page views and find a new engaged audience. Pinterest is one of the best places to get valuable blog traffic but how do you add your blog pages to Pinterest? This is my How to Guide for Pinterest Beginners.

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30 Comments

  1. Marie
    February 20, 2018 / 1:50 pm

    Fab, thanks for explaining, great for technephobes like me!

  2. February 20, 2018 / 7:36 pm

    This is a great guide, I’ve been blogging for three years now and I still find Pinterest to be a bit of a mystery. I don’t think I have ever specifically uploaded an image to Pinterest, I’ve always used my own share button on my blog post and uploaded it to an appropriate board that way – is that an ineffective way of doing things?

    • Winnettes
      Author
      February 20, 2018 / 8:06 pm

      Not at all. Each way is as effective as the other. The key to get it working well for you is to ensure you have all the search terms and key words set in the alt text or added as the pins description (if adding strait to Pinterest). I mostly use the blog sharing button but will often upload affiliate links or extra, large pins for posts directly so I don’t fill up the post itself (I hope that makes sense) x

  3. February 20, 2018 / 10:04 pm

    YES!! This is what I have been waiting for! Im determined to get into Pinterest this year, I so need to take all of this on board and go for it. For me I just think it’s time consuming to go back and create the pins, I need someone to just do it for me!

    • Winnettes
      Author
      February 21, 2018 / 10:18 am

      It would be very time consuming, however maybe start with just a couple of posts you know should do well on Pinterest and go from there. I don’t even pin all of my posts as I just know some would flop

  4. February 21, 2018 / 6:55 am

    I had never thought about hiding some pins, I think that’s such a good idea to have multiples x

    • Winnettes
      Author
      February 21, 2018 / 10:19 am

      I rarely use the hide feature but I do sometimes. Multiple pins really does help x

  5. February 21, 2018 / 10:54 am

    Thank you so much for this post. I’ve been working hard to get my pinterest working. I’m not doing too badly but this post will help me further my endeavours. 🙂

  6. February 21, 2018 / 11:15 am

    I am SO rubbish at Pinterest. I’m trying to get better and your tips have helped. Thanks!
    #BloggerClubUK

  7. February 21, 2018 / 12:15 pm

    Thanks for this post, I don’t use pinterest at all really and have seen a few bloggers say how could it is for getting views so really need to start. #bloggerclubUK

  8. February 21, 2018 / 5:09 pm

    That’s a great guide for beginners. I do need to start creating multiple images for Pinterest and hiding them so this comes in very helpful.

  9. February 21, 2018 / 6:18 pm

    Great tips! I love Pinterest – it’s a food blogger’s dream social media but it does take some work. That said, putting time into it really does pay off!

  10. February 22, 2018 / 8:27 am

    Great guide! It’s reminded me I need to tidy up my Pinterest.

  11. February 22, 2018 / 9:19 am

    I keep hearing about how good Pinterest is, but I have yet to have the basics explained to me in a way I can fully get. I have Boards and everything, but I don’t know how to link with other people, in order to Pin my own stuff on their board and their stuff on mine! I TRIED TO do stuff, but the fact my website is a free wordpress site which doesn’t allow me to use plug-ins seems to be a big issue. Someone else advised me to keep my boards secret until I had a certain amount. So they are secret for weeks now and I haven’t looked into it since! #Thursday Team

  12. February 22, 2018 / 6:54 pm

    Thanks for the run down on how to add an affiliate link to Pinterest, super helpful!

  13. February 22, 2018 / 8:22 pm

    I am not very good at this type of stuff but this post is really clear and easy to understand. Thank you for sharing X #ThursdayTeam

  14. February 22, 2018 / 9:38 pm

    I’m really trying to work on Pinterest so much so that I started a Pinterest linky. I will be sharing this post in my Facebook Pinterest group too. #thursdayteam

  15. February 22, 2018 / 9:44 pm

    This is a great guide for beginners! I am still terrified to try hiding pins but I like the options you can give people as they scroll through several visible and different pins. Thanks for sharing! I’ll be passing this along to some new bloggers I know!
    #ThursdayTeam

  16. February 22, 2018 / 9:45 pm

    thanks so much for sharing – I STILL need to go over and explore Pinterest in more detail but I’ll certainly save this post to come back too and re-read! #ThursdayTeam

  17. February 22, 2018 / 10:52 pm

    I have improved in the last year but still getting to grips with all things Pinterest so this is helpful #ThursdayTeam

  18. February 23, 2018 / 8:25 am

    Such a useful post, I’ve bookmarked it so I can refer back to it! Thanks ✋️👍 #blogcrush

  19. February 23, 2018 / 11:59 am

    Pinterest is one of those gray areas for me, so this is a great resource. I look forward to your future posts on Pinning, as well.

  20. February 23, 2018 / 6:07 pm

    These are great tips! I definitely need to spend more time on my Pinterest. I only ever do one pinnable image and I know that I should do more and I also made a promise to myself to pin more affiliate links and I think I did one! This has given me a kick up the bum…so thank you!! #ThursdayTeam

  21. February 27, 2018 / 10:21 pm

    A great beginners post here! I joined up to Pinterest just before Christmas so I’m still finding my way around a bit but it’s already driving traffic for me. My posts aren’t naturally pinterest-y (e.g. crafts or recipes) but I do find that the way I word my pins can make a big difference to their reach and appeal.

    And congratulations because someone loved this post so much, they added it to the #blogcrush linky! Feel free to collect your “I’ve been featured” blog badge 🙂 #blogcrush

  22. February 28, 2018 / 4:42 am

    This is great! Pinterest is one of the platforms I really need to work on! Thank you for this! I’ll be saving this to refer back to! #blogitvlogit

  23. March 1, 2018 / 8:14 pm

    #BlogCrush
    Thank you for explaining how Pinterest can help me in my blogging journey!

  24. March 6, 2018 / 7:07 pm

    Thanks for the clear explanations!

  25. March 8, 2018 / 10:44 am

    A great guide. I’ve really started putting some work into Pinterest and have seen the rewards in recent months. #thursdayteam

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