It’s often said that Pinterest is the best surefire way to grow when it comes to blogging, which is why today I am showing you how to use Pinterest with your blog. I remember when I first started blogging several years ago and spending hours researching how to do things because I was clueless. The frustration I felt is what has driven me to share knowledge with others that will help them, because I didn’t have that when I started.
Learning how to use Pinterest with your blog is a really big deal, but sometimes it can be kinda hard if you don’t know where to start. My hope for this post is that it will help get you started on the right foot with the tools you need to make things happen.
Create an account.
First things first, you need to make an account if you don’t already have one up and running with all your favorite home decor and recipe ideas. Don’t worry, I’ll wait if you need to make one. If you’re using it solely for your blog, I suggest creating a business profile and making your blog name your username so all your social profiles are cohesive!
Write your bio.
Your bio is the first thing people see when they find your profile, so this is a big deal when learning how to use Pinterest with your blog. This area needs to briefly tell people exactly what they can expect to find on your Pinterest profile. So, when writing it, think about what your goal of Pinterest is, what types of things you plan to pin, and how your target Pinterest audience will use it. Here’s mine as an example: “Helping + Encouraging YOU be the best version of yourself through recipes, all things blogging, marriage, faith, & life. Grab a cuppa Joe & stay a while!”.
Claim your website.
This is kinda important. Pinterest *should* prompt you to do this once you input your web address, but in case they don’t follow these instructions. In your settings, go find the tab that says “claim”, and hit the button next to your url that says “claim”. You should get an email with instructions on what to do next that are super easy to follow, and then you’re done!
Set up rich pins.
This is a little bit tricky, but Melyssa Griffin has a great post on how right here. Rich pins are Pinterest pins that have your website name and icon displayed underneath the pin image, which easily direct users to (you) the pin’s original source. Make sure that you do have a website first though, otherwise this won’t work, ha.
Create a pins template.
This is where it gets FUN! I love creating templates. I personally use Photoshop for all of mine, but you can use Canva as well! They have some really great pre-made templates you can use! If you have Photoshop and want to know how I make mine, head here to read my post about how I make my blog images. Keep in mind that the optimal size for Pinterest pins are vertical ones in a 2:3 ratio or 600×900.
Start pinning away!
I have 4 Pinterest boards I rotate through regularly to pin my blog pins to. I have 2 of my own, and pin to 2 group boards as well. It’s always a good idea to join group boards and even a Pinterest Community as well for even more exposure on Pinterest. Don’t forget to have fun while doing it! Pinterest is such a great place to grow, but also to make friends and have fun.
And that’s just about everything you need to know on how to use Pinterest with your blog. It’s super simple, but super effective! Do you use Pinterest in your blogging strategy? I’d love to hear your thoughts!