I’m a bit of a rule-breaker, so instead of posting links to all my posts, I’m doing this thing in my gangsta style with the following FAQ. My answers are a mix of my posts, resources, and other helpful resources. Got a question that’s not listed? Ask away.
By the way, you can find me on Pinterest here.
Do I need to pay for stock images if I use them commercially?
It’s important to check the license of each website and photographer image you use. While some websites say you can use them commercially for anything you want, you also might come across specific licenses that prohibit this. You can check out this post for more details.
I’ve designed a pin, but it doesn’t look right. What can I do?
I offer tips and easy to learn design rules in this post. Be sure to sign up for the free design guide you can download and reference.
Isn’t sticking to a color scheme boring? What if I want to jump around and use other colors and fonts?
I’m no branding expert, but what I do know is that you will definitely confuse your audience with using different color schemes, different fonts, changing your logo, and constantly adjusting the look and feel of your brand and Pinterest images. If you want to make yourself known and create consistency, you can use a color palette of 4-6 colors (you don’t have to use them all in one design either — you can hop around) and 2-3 fonts.
My text isn’t very easy to read with my image. Is there anything I can do?
Yes, there are plenty of things you can do. You can set the image to a lower transparency which lightens the image. You can use contrast and use an overlay and a contrasting colored text. You can add boxes behind your text or underlines that make it stand out. See this post for how to do that.
What size text is best to use?
I wrote a post all about design and text hierarchy. You can find a wealth of information here and also be sure to sign up for the design guide which is an easy-to-use resource for designing your pins.
Where can I find templates?
Creative Market has a variety of Pinterest templates that can be used
- The Ultimate Pinterest Builder
- Pinterest Templates for Canva or Photoshop
- Pinterest Watercolor Templates
How do I create headlines for my posts and pins?
You can read my post that has a lot more information about headlines: How to Write Powerful Pinterest Headlines That Go Viral.
I also offer a product that let’s you come up with headlines in 5 minutes! Just plug in your information and you’ll get 42 Headlines + 17 Social Media Headlines in an instant!
Pinterest Design Tools
How do I resize an image?
To resize an image, you can use pretty much any photo editing tool you have on tab. I happen to use the old school Paint program that comes preloaded on my PC. In the resize box, make sure you change the percentage to “pixels” and adjust.
If you happen to use Kaboompics for free photos, they have a really awesome resize tool right there on the site!
How do I resize multiple images at once?
I use Adobe Photoshop or Bridge. Instructions can be found here.
How do you keep images organized on your computer?
There are many ways to keep files organized. One of the methods I suggest is using something like Adobe Bridge to fill out the metadata of each image, making them easier to find later. This adds tags like colors, themes, the photographer, the date, etc.
In addition, you can use a simple file folder method which I talk about in my post DIY Your Images the Right Way.
Is there a way to optimize images so they aren’t slowing down my website?
Yes! I love Optimizilla for this. I try to resize my photos first and then upload them to this site. I can then redownload them into an optimized size that doesn’t lose quality.
One other important thing to note is that when you upload a large image, like a pin, to your website and it tries to down sample it, it actually makes it look worse! Using a tool like Optimizilla prevents this so when people pin your images to their Pinterest accounts, it keeps the quality of the image.
What are your favorite Pinterest tools?
I’m updating my tools and resources occasionally, so the best place to find what I’m using is on my Resources page.
Where do I find free stock photos for my Pinterest images?
There are many places online you can look. I’ve written a post about it here.
How do I set up Pinterest for Business?
This website assumes you already have that setup, but you can visit Pinterest for instructions on how to do this.
How long does it take for a pin to get noticed on Pinterest
This is a bit of a loaded question. Pinterest is a long game. That means what you pin today will be discovered months and years from now. Pinterest is favoring new pins and fresh content, but that doesn’t mean your pin won’t be found.
If you are posting your pin to a scheduler, using the Tailwind Smart Loop, or posting to Tailwind tribes or groups, this will all affect how fast your pin will be discovered. Some people pin to a tribe and see their pin go viral in less than a week. Other people schedule their pins, wait for the magic to happen, and it’s eventually discovered a few months down the road. Don’t be impatient with your pins and start deleting them. It can take a while.
I need help with sizing my Pinterest pins
Pinterest suggests using a ratio of 2:3. This means that images should be taller than it is wide and be ⅔ in height. For example, images can be 1000 x 1500 px or 600 x 900 px. Anything greater than a 2:3 ratio will get truncated, or cut off.
Should I use a logo or my website address on my Pinterest pin?
Pinterest suggests using a logo, however if you are a new kid on the block, my personal suggestion is to go with your website. No one will know who you are if you use a logo, but they will most likely remember your website address. It’s up to you though. You can’t go wrong with this decision.
My Pinterest visitors aren’t staying or subscribing to my site. What is wrong?
I’ve written a post with 15 Reasons Why Your Pinterest Visitors Are Bouncing. Go through this list and see if any of them are a problem.