Struggling to get any real traffic from Pinterest?
Most bloggers know that Pinterest can be a great source of free traffic. But it can often feel like you are putting in a lot of time and effort and not seeing results.
Did you know that your Pin design is the main factor in someone clicking on your pin?
And you don’t need to be a graphic designer to create amazing pins. Just by following some basic design principles you can create some viral pins quickly.
This podcast with Kristin Rappaport from Applecart Lane will show you exactly how to create a pin for Pinterest that people will actually stop, save and click.
If you’re like me you’ve probably spent hours designing pins only to find that nobody is clicking on them.
You’re left feeling like…
So you go down the rabbit hole of thinking…
“Maybe my pinning strategy is wrong.
Or maybe I need to use Tailwind Tribes more.
No… I need a manual pinning strategy! That will fix it!!“
Well here’s the brutal truth:
Your pin design is probably terrible!
When you don’t create “Pinterest pretty” pins, people won’t even stop to look at them.
Simply put… your graphic design matters if you want to get traffic from Pinterest or make your blog look professional.
But you don’t need to hire a professional or become a full-time graphic designer to make this happen. There are some simple tips you can learn right now to improve your Pinterest game quickly!
So you’re probably still thinking…
“But I don’t have an eye for design.”
It doesn’t matter!
By learning the simple design principles below, it’s possible to quickly improve your design skills to create pins that grab everyone’s attention.
There are some basic Pin design rules that you need to know.
This is just Pinterest best practice and will help you get those “Pinterest pretty” designs:
Now that’s covered let’s get to the juicy part…
Proximity is basically the spatial relationship between the different elements in your design i.e.
All you need to know is that elements that belong together, stay together (I mean… should be close to each other.)
And other elements should clearly be separated.
The below image shows a poor design on the left and a great design on the right!
Pretty simple right?
This is pretty obvious when you know it.
You won’t be able to ignore this ever again!
You can align your text to the left, middle, right or justified as below…
This is the same with vertical alignment.
The aim here is to keep each element of your design the same.
You can have a call to action aligned to the right, whilst your heading is aligned to the left. But it looks weird if you have part of you heading aligned to the left and part of it centred (I know I’m guilty of that in the past!… Thanks Kristin!)
If you’re like me, you love time-saving tips.
The best thing about this is it will help you look more professional… and save time!
Again, this is pretty simple.
Choose a few fonts, colours and styles that you use regularly across your pins, logos and brand.
Here’s the best tips:
Now write them down in your notepad or somewhere you have access to regularly.
I use Evernote (it’s free).
Possibly the most important design concept.
This is the way to make the biggest difference VERY quickly.
You can use contrast by changing:
This is really only skimming the surface as there are so many variations you can use. Even within one pin!
The aim is to draw your viewer’s attention to a particular element and make certain words “pop” off the page.
My personal favourite new design principle!
There should always be a “hierarchy” of the order you want your viewers to see elements on your designs.
In a pin that order may be:
Check out the two pins below…
The one on the right draws your eyes to the words “harvest peas” first. The image of peas confirms your eyes read it right! Then you can see the CTA has a free checklist.
So you may want your viewers to see your CTA before your subheading.
Or maybe the image should be the first thing they see.
Your hierarchy is super important in conveying the message you want. And the majority of people do not even consider this when designing pins.
You now know more than most blogger pin designers!
This is exactly how to create a pin for Pinterest on a budget.
You have to use Canva.
It’s free, has amazingly easy to use tools and saves so much time.
With that said, here’s Kristin to walk you through how to use Canva…
But Kristin also added in an amazing value bomb in the podcast…
This is amazing!
Here’s what you need to do…
Time needed: 1 hour.
How to create pins for Pinterest quickly
Use Google Analytics to see what posts are performing the best recently (or the best posts ever).
Top tip… choose one category if you have multiple categories you blog about
Use Canva to create 5 templates that you can use for your best posts.
The image needs to match all 5 posts, which is why it’s important to. choose one category!
Pay attention to the hierarchy each time. You may want certain words to pop out or add in different CTA’s.
To be fair… Kristin did say you may need to spend a bit more time designing your 5 templates.
But this is certainly possible and a great little hack that I will personally be using… a lot!
One of the main messages throughout the chat was to…
This is one of the most common mistakes when new bloggers are learning how to create a pin on Pinterest…
Most people try to add in fancy little design elements to make it look like they are a pro designer (I’m holding my hands up right now… typing with your nose is hard FYI!)
Just make your pins and all your designs simple.
Don’t add in crazy shadow effects or colour gradients.
Keep it simple = save more time + make your pins look more professional.
There were some other little gems thrown in by Kristin too…
Here are some super helpful (free) graphic design tools you can use:
All of this awesome value, but you may still be wondering…
Now you know how to create a pin for Pinterest, how do you actually post it to Pinterest?
There are numerous ways and even if you already know one or two ways to do it, there may be another sneaky time-saving way that you aren’t aware of…
Simply install the Pinterest extension.
Whenever you are on any website you can click the Pin button and you get to choose any image that is on the website.
Remember to add your description for the pin using keywords.
So if you upload your pin to your blog, you can easily pin from there.
There are loads of social share plugins out there and everyone will tell you theirs is the best.
I use Social Warfare as it doesn’t affect the website speed and I love the features (even in the free version!)
Simply click the extension that looks like this and pin it. You can even try the one on this page now 😉
This method will again need you to upload your pin to your blog post.
This is the third way of saving a pin from a website.
Personally, I don’t know why anyone would ever choose this option as it seems silly.
But maybe you want to just stay on the Pinterest platform and you know the exact URL you are looking for?
Anyway here’s what to do…
You can do this without needing to upload your pin onto your blog.
This is great for designing multiple pins for one blog post. It means you don’t need to add a load of pins to one post, which does 2 things:
This is another way you can add additional pins that are not on your blog post.
Note it’s a good idea to make more than one pin per blog post. Read more about why in 5 Pinterest hacks for more blog traffic.
Then you simply:
This is very similar to the Pinterest extension.
The two big differences are:
Here’s a great little hack to help you pin 100+ pins in a couple of minutes…
If you don’t have Tailwind you can see how much of time-saver it is! (that’s an affiliate link that will give you 100 pins for free to try it out and 1 month free if you upgrade!)
Check out Kristin’s website Applecart Lane.
She has a 30-minute free course that walks you through these design steps in much more detail.
I’ve genuinely paid over $40 for similar “courses” before (I won’t name & shame them!) and learnt a fraction of the actionable tips that Kristin provides here.
The training is complete with over the shoulder videos and it includes:
It’s epic and I doubt it will stay free for long.
Go to her website now to find out how to get it, before it’s taken down!
So there you go… exactly how to create a pin for Pinterest and make it look amazing!
These “show notes” have ended up becoming a full-on blog post in itself because there really was so much to take away from this chat.
Graphic design isn’t just for people with an “eye for it”.
Anyone can learn these simple design techniques and use them to get way more traffic from Pinterest.
Mike has built a passive income online whilst working as a full-time PE teacher without any marketing or technical experience. Learn more about how he's done it here.
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