Last updated in 2021
Creating the first pin on Pinterest is always special. You have done your research, understood the medium, and now is the time to implement the same. Let us understand the Pinterest medium, tips to optimize the image, and simple tips to create your first Pinterest image in this post.
Pinterest is a highly visual medium. This means you need pictures on your post if you wish them to be linked back to your board. However, just because you are dealing with topics or products that are not very visual should not stop you from utilizing Pinterest. Apart from great photos, you can use simple graphic designing tools like Canva to create images that can be pinned.
In the earlier post we saw how to create a Pinterest account. Now let’s proceed to create pinnable images.
What are pinnable images in Pinterest?
These are images that are optimized for Pinning on Pinterest. While you can pin any images on Pinterest, we saw the optimal image size that works are the images that are vertical and a bit long. For, a long time they believed that 736*1104 is the perfect size. Some even suggested having really long pins, however, going by the trend of 2021 that does not seem to be the case.
In the recent updates, Pinterest is also showcasing square images. Overall, maintaining a 2:3 ratio of the images is considered a good practice. Apart from images, you can even add videos and stories on Pinterest. But more about that later.
A Cheat Sheet for various acceptable Pinterest image sizes
|Pinterest Image Sizes||Pixel Dimensions|
|Long pins||600 x 1560 pixels|
|Medium pins||600 x 1260|
|Short pins||600 x 900 pixels|
|Square pins||600 x 600 pixels|
However, if you check Canva, it still shows Pinterest image size as – 735* 1102 and the Blog Graphic size is 800*1200 It is advisable that you create a custom dimension image and then copy the same sizing when creating Pinterest images.
Name your images
Every image that you create should be named appropriately. Instead of just mentioning IMG_123, or Pic1 name the images the matter that it is trying to convey. As these images will be search engine friendly, this is important in terms of SEO.
Remember, Pinterest is part search engine and part social channel. It is also found on Google and definitely ranked much higher than your actual page/website. Make the most of it by ensuring that your images appear for the right keywords.
Add the headlines in your Pins
You have a lot of real-estate in terms of image space. Use it well by adding headlines so that your headline captures your reader’s attention.
When a person searches in Pinterest, she is looking for a pretty picture that applies to her search. For eg: If I am searching for Pinterest for blogging and if I see an image which has a headline “7 ways to drive crazy traffic to your blog with Pinterest” you are bound to check it out.
Optimize Pins in Pinterest
Optimizing images is something that is overlooked in the entire process of blog or website content creation. It is important that the images are optimized, as images are also visible in search. When people are searching for a certain image, they will click on the same and visit your website.
Never upload the image or graphic as it is on the website. Always compress it with good compression tools. There are a lot of plugins available that are useful in image compression. Use these plugins to compress the images on the website.
The most important thing in image optimization is the Alt+ Text. Alt text tells the search engine what this image is about. Ensure that the image Alt text has keyword rich description.
Next is image description. If you are adding a Pinnable image on your website or blog, ensure that it has a keyword rich description. It is important because, when someone pins your image, the pinned image carries the same description into Pinterest.
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57 Replies to “Creating your first Pinterest image and Tips to Optimize Pins”
this is a helping hand neha, ty for sharing 🙂
Great Pinterest tips, Neha. Will keep image optimization in mind next time.
Great tips, as usual, Neha! Thanks for sharing. Which would be a good compression plugin?? Any you would like to suggest please.
Very nice and informative post! Thank you…
I didnt know about reducing the size of the image while pinning. Good to know these tips. Thanks for sharing.
Super Informative post about pinning images will keep this post saved for reference 🙂
Really great information Neha. I am a newbie, especially for Pinterest. your tips will help me a lot to do better.
Great tips on Pinterest. Definitely going to help newbies! Thanks Neha for putting in efforts and providing useful info.
Thank you for the valuable tips Neha, I am following almost all these except compressing images. Will start doing that from now on. #MyFriendAlexa #gleefulreads
Good tips, Neha. I am learning Pinterest. So this was really helpful. Although, I’m not sure if Pinterest can help with my fiction blog, as far as getting traffic to my website is concerned.
this is a great and much-needed post for me… Thanks for pinnable image help.
Helpful post.pinterest is a image based search engine which is easier to crack than Google. You have given a good introduction to this amazing tool
Seems tou are ready for your next ebook. If not you should think about it. The last 2 post are very detailed and will help many.
I have just started with Pinterest. Thank u so much for making my job easier. Very helpful blog indeed.
Hey Neha , Thanks . I am at the right time for right post. Always wanted to know how to optimise Pinterest for blogging . Useful tips on Pinterest. #MyFriendAlexa #SujatawdeReads
Pinterest is the least understood powerful tool Neha. Awesome work decoding it bit by bit for us amateurs.
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This is something I was struggling with and here I found almost every information. Thanks for this post Neha. Really helpul.
wonderful and useful tips for Pinterest,Neha. Got to know about image optimization through this post.Thanks 🙂
Very helpful to know about various pin sizes. and the tips for pin optimization are also very handy and very useful.
Some great tips Neha. I love your posts about tips and tricks for social media. Looking forward to more.
I just love reading ur blog.. it’s always very informative and detailed.. learned a lot about seo from ur blog.. These tips for pinterest are amazing. M surely gonna start using my pinterest account fully. Keeping all these in mind.. #MyFriendaAlexa #YJReads
Very detailed and informative post. Wl surely help many
This was really helpful, I have saved it and will check again for reference. Your posts are always so informative and easy to understand. I have pulled up my socks to make my Pinterest game strong and this is going to be a big help in this.
Image optimization is something we all ignore. And this is also a very relevant point. It helps to open up the pin fast and hence overall experience of finding and pinning gets better. All these points are very valid and thanks for making me understand the important of heading & keyword rich description in pins.
This is so informative. I’m forever struggling with Pineterest- can’t make heads or tails out of it. Would love to know your take on Tailwind.
This will be so helpful to me. Thanks for the informative post.
Not a pinterest person but this was some kind of very informative post.
Had no idea about optimization. Thanks for sharing the useful post.
Informative indeed ! I’m saving this for future use.
Happy to have learnt something new, Neha. I suck at using Pinterest right, and confusing posts going around make it even more difficult for me to understand. Your post has made it seem easy. Shall follow your instructions and give it a go. Thanks for sharing.
Have bookmarked this post. I am new at Pinterest and this will come in handy.
Thanks for these tips Neha. Helpful 🙂
It is always learning experience when we visit your blog posts Neha. Your post encourages me to be more active on Pinterest.
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I have started taking my Pinterest account seriously since last 2-3 months and am focusing on all the aspects to use it appropriately. I was not aware that images have to be named properly as that also helps in SEO. Very helpful post, Neha!
A Helpful Article! Loved it #Viddhreads #MyfriendAlexa
I am dabbling with Pinterest. Love these actionable tips.
Undoubtedly helpful tips Neha. I will now give up my lethargy and start pinning my posts.
I am very very bad in understanding pinterest. This is really helpful for me. Excellent Tips.
I have started using Pinterest but not been able to crack it yet. I had no idea that it is half search engine and half social media. Thank you for providing the information and some great tips. Will check out other posts as well on Pinterest.
Pinterest is a great tool to bring traffic to the blog if used properly . Thanks for sharing the tips and information
I’ve always wanted to try Pinterest but been too lazy, as I don’t know how to leverage it. Will try it now. Thanks for the tips!
I didn’t know Pinterest had so much value. Besides, since mine is a personal blog, I thought people won’t search for images like the ones I use. Shouldn’t I have a niche inorder to be visible on Pinterest?
UR Articles are always good i always refer ur articles to my friends who ask me related to blog n pintrest
I find Pinterest quite confusing but your post makes it seem simpler. Will revisit it for tips, Neha. Thanks for sharing.
This was pretty useful. I have recently started using pinnable images.
I have been thinking to work on my Pinterest since come time now.. And this blog post felt like universe telling me to do it.. Thanks for this information
Great tips neha. I will take care of all the points when I upload images on my blog post as well as pinterest.
This is really helpful post Neha
Very helpful! Thanks 🙂
Very useful tips. I always wanted to understand this about the new image sizes for Pinterest. Your post is like a godsend to me.
What a wonderful resource! Would have been great if we had something similar when we were starting out, but better now than never 😀
Good tips for beginners or new users!
Thanks for sharing these tips. I do face a lot of difficulties in creating a pin for my post. Later moved to Paint. Now, I know how to create pins.
I have only started created pinable images for my posts. And this post was a reality check for what I was doing right or not. And I too thought that there was just one standard size of the pinable image. Thanks for this useful information.
This is wonderful and quite helpful! I have Pinterest but not using it so much.
Great tips & Canva is my absolute go-to.
This is very helpful Neha. Thanks for putting it all up here.