Pinterest. Master time waster. Savior from writers block. Outlet when focusing is beyond you. Andddd one of the best tools to further your blog.
There are so so so many posts (on Pinterest, of course) on WHY you should be using Pinterest to grow your blog. BUT today I'm here to show you HOW to use Pinterest to grow your blog.
First, you must be familiar that each and every post needs a "pinnable" picture (like the one above). This just means a picture that is vertical, is descriptive of what's in your post & is the first picture in your post.
Okay, now that we're on the same page, it's time to make it easy for your readers to share your post on Pinterest. Because the more people that put it out into the Pinterest world the more will be led to your page from Pinterest.
1. Make your picture (I prefer picmonkey, but whatever gets the job done is good in my book).
8. Click on the photo you uploaded and copy the link in the Direct box (you can just click once and the entire link will be copied).
9. Paste the link in the Image box.
10. Add your custom description in the Description box. This will be the text that goes with the picture every time it is pinned.
11. Click the Build It button.
12. Copy the HTML and paste it into your blog post (in HTML mode).
13. Congrats you did it!
I know this may seem like a lot at first. But trust me once you get the hang of it it'll take less than 5 minutes to do, and totally worth it. With the detailed description and the option to add in hashtags it will make your image searchable in Pinterest and more likely to be found when searching for related topics.
I much prefer making a custom "pin it" button for each of my posts, rather than have the hovering "pin it" button pop up over every picture for a couple reasons.
1. I can add a detailed description for each different post (rather than it just being the picture name.
2. Some pictures I prefer to not be shared on Pinterest, and that "pin it" button is just in the way on those pictures.
3. I feel like having that pin it button right in your face, is just asking readers to push it and share.