Blog post 22, November 6, 2018
How To Create Attention-Grabbing Pins!!
Hello everyone. I hope all is well. We have been getting things ready for the holidays. Wow, that sounds so weird to say. It feels like we were just celebrating New Year’s a month or two ago. I have a little downtime today from my proofreading and website setup tasks. So I thought it would be great to share some helpful tips on how to make an attention-grabbing pin for your blog post and Pinterest boards. If you read until the end, you can even get a free pdf printable regarding these tips. If you don’t have time to read this post, please pin it to one of your Pinterest boards so you can read later.
Analyze Your Content
I know it sounds scary, but it really isn’t. This is the first step in creating a pin that will grab your audience and make them click, pin, save, and repin. Read your blog post. What is it about? Does it bring an image to you? Think about how it makes you feel. Now based on what your blog is about or what it is that you want to pin look for an image that will reflect that. Why should you do this? This will help drive traffic to your blog or business website.
Four Places To Find Images
You may be asking, where do I find images? I am not a photographer. How am I going to do all of this? Again, don’t let the overwhelm creep in, take over, and paralyze you. Here are four places to find those images: At times when writing about traveling, I have used my own photos. Make sure that when you are posting your pictures that they are bright and eye-catching. When I post them to my blog, I ask that they not be reproduced as they are my own family vacation photos.
The second place I find free stock photos is Unsplash. I find this bank of photos convenient when I want a change from my other sources. The ease of use is very friendly. You can type a keyword in the search bar, or you can click on each one of the prelabeled categories across the top.
My favorite area is the Collections tab. Each collection tells you who curated the photos. They just feel more personal to me. If you are feeling creative, you can set up an account and submit photos yourself. Plus, it is free.
The third place that I find stock photos is PicMonkey. The first seven days are free. After your free trial, the pricing breakdown is extremely reasonable for all that it allows you to do.
Their Basic package is $5.99 a month if you pay a year all at once. If you decide to pay as you go your package is $7.99 a month. PicMonkey also allows you to do photo editing, with a wide array of fonts and graphics. The Pro package will run you $9.99 a month if you pay in full for a year and $12.99 a month if you decide to pay monthly.
PicMonkey’s Basic package will include 1GB of Hub storage; export the files as JPG and PNG; a full library of fonts; effects, templates, and touch-up tools; all available on your mobile device. Now, why would you go Pro? With Pro you will have unlimited hub storage; export files as JPG, PNG, and PDF; priority e-mail support; able to use custom fonts from your own computer.
The fourth place I find stock photos is Canva.com. For a person who is tech illiterate and has absolutely no clue about graphic design, I seem to always come back to this site to finish off my pin even if I grab the photo from one of the other sites. It is so easy to upload my vacation photos to edit and apply to my pins.
Canva has a FREE version, Canva for Work, and Canva Enterprise. Canva for Work is $12.95 a month for each team member you have. If you pay for the whole year you are offered a 23% discount which works out to $9.95 per month. Canva Enterprise requires you to have more than 30 team members; you must contact them for pricing. Canva does not have an affiliate program at the moment.
After You Have Your Image
Great, now you have your image. If you didn’t get it from Canva.com, go ahead and upload it. If you did, then it should be ready for you to work on.
The next item that will make your pin an attention grabber is your font and graphics. I took my time going through every single font and writing down the ones I liked. Doing this will make it easier next time you start creating your pins if you are still using the free version. These fonts are the ones that I frequently use.
What are your branded colors for your business? If you don’t have a business pick a few colors that are appealing to you. When you are unsure in my opinion the best practice to follow is going through Pinterest and see which pins draw you in. What caused you to pause and click on it? Was it their colors? Get creative and play with your colors to see what you like.
Canva.com also allows you to put shapes over your pins to give your pin a more edgy look. It is always best to experiment and get creative. Beware of making it feel too crowded or busy.
One Last Step!
Also, always, always, always, proofread your pin before you save it to Pinterest. I know from my own personal experience seeing a pin with a misspelling on the cover is worse than a misspelling in the description or body. I don’t like any of the misspellings, but we are all human, and I can let it slide. Think of your pin as their first impression of you; the cover to your book; book meaning blog. Now you are ready to schedule your pin through Tailwind or pin it directly through Pinterest.
Until Next Time
The above helpful tips will allow you to post an attention-grabbing pin. You can also use these new skills to create your blog images and pdf printables. What are your struggles with your work-from-home business? Is there anything I can help you with? I love sharing what I know and what I am learning along the way. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment. You can even send a question using the submission form on my website homepage or e-mail me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to hearing from you, and I will respond to all e-mails and comments.
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