When it comes to Pinterest, obviously the subject matter of the ‘pin’ must be important, but honestly the first thing that catches my eye is the picture. For example, there are plenty of chocolate brownie recipes swirling through the blogosphere, but what makes me pin one recipe over another is 9 times out of ten, the image.
There are millions of recipes to choose from, but if the picture doesn’t make me want to rush to the kitchen immediately and make it, I probably won’t pin it. Same when it comes to fashion and home decorating, if I am not drawn into the picture then I will simply just pass and move onto the next pin, no matter how good the post or idea may be.
As a blogger, I have realized how valuable pretty pictures are to gaining growth on the web. I am learning as I go and believe my pictures have come a long way since I initially began blogging.
Here is an example of the first recipe that I ever shared on the web, Chicken Pot Pie! (It was posted on January 5th, 2012 – Over two years ago already!)
And here one of my latest for Simple Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Tacos.
See the difference? Yes, my camera has been upgraded, but I am also learning how to use lighting and angles to my advantage, and am recognizing what catches readers’ eyes as well. I have also studied and gained inspiration from bloggers whose images always draw me in such as How Sweet Eats, Dashing Dish, Making Thyme for Health, Eat Live Run, and Fit Foodie Finds. These are the types of quality pictures I would like to produce one day, and I am hoping with time and practice, I will be well on my way!
From my experience, pictures and posts get more traffic from Pinterest if:
- An image is clear and concise.
- Lighting is utilized effectively.
- Coordinating props are being used. (I am still working on learning how to utilize props in photographs.)
- Pictures are large and vertical. (I barely ever pin horizontal images anymore.)
- A description is used. (Perhaps the title of the recipe is embedded into the picture.)
- Subject matter is concise and clear.
Those are just a few Pinterest tips I have picked up as both an administrator of my own account, as well as a utilizer of other’s pins. Pinterest is a great way for blogs to reach out to new readers and to drive traffic to their posts… Plain and simple! That is why I pin my own images, recipes and posts, as well as pin those from other bloggers as well, besides the obvious fact that I love finding inspiration for DIY projects to make, recipes to create, home decorating tips and remodeling ideas, and fashion style to recreate.
Here are five examples of my own pins that I find most ‘Pinterest-worthy’ (…and would absolutely love if you wanted to pin as well!!):
A big thank you to Lindsay for hosting the Pin-It Party Link-Up! If you would like to find more images and posts to pin on your own Pinterest account, head on over to The Lean Green Bean and check out all the bloggers participating in the link-up!
Also, are you following me on Pinterest?? If not, you should be! You can find my account here!!
- When you are on Pinterest, what types of images seem to catch your eye the most? What makes you pin an image/post?
- What are your favorite subjects to pin – Home remodeling, home decorating, food, recipes, fashion, entertaining, fitness and health, etc.?
- What are some of your favorite blogs to pin images from?