Updated July 17, 2019
Getting ready to pin that Pinterest image from your post? Pause and make sure you’re completing these 4 crucial tasks before pinning on Pinterest!
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Things to do BEFORE Pinning on Pinterest
In this episode, we’re talking about what to do on your site before you pin to Pinterest. The question was originally asked in my Facebook group, which you should go join if you haven’t yet.
Hi everyone, I need your help on this. I’m a new blogger and there seems to be so much that needs to be done to a post before publishing it. At least it seems like a lot to me.
As I’m reading through these great tips it occurred to me… How about the things that should be done before pinning to Pinterest? – Sue
So, for all of you out there wondering the same thing as Sue, I’m going to give you a checklist of four things to do before you pinning on Pinterest. Before I dive in, let’s make sure we’re on the same page.
What I’m talking about here applies primarily to bloggers and content creators. However, I do know that I have lots of listeners who own shops or are e-commerce sellers with Shopify or Etsy. We plan to go deep into the topic of shop owners optimizing for Pinterest in a future episode. But the tips for optimizing your site or shop before pinning in this episode still apply. So make sure you listen.
Let’s also assume for this episode that you have your profile completely cleaned up and optimized using keywords and your branding. If you don’t, go read my post on how to clean up Pinterest boards and download the checklist. This is a really important foundation step that you should not skip over.
The Pre-Pinning Checklist
- The Pinterest description should be completed for all images. I say all images because you never know what users will pin and you want to make sure that it’s all optimized. The pinterest description should include 1-2 sentences, written with keywords peppered throughout, naturally. For this, I use Tasty Pins instead of the alt-text. I created an entire podcast about this plug-in with the owner, Bjork Ostrom, so make sure you go listen.
- Add 3-4 hashtags to your description. We just recorded an entire episode on hashtags that was packed with great information. Use hashtags that match some of the keywords in your sentences, as well as one branded hashtag. Pretty simple, right?
- Make sure there is an easy way for people to pin from your site or store listing. There are a lot of share plugins out there to help add a Pinterest share button (I just switched to pro version of Social Pug and I’m loving it). Just make sure it’s easy to use on a mobile device. You want your Pinterest share button to be easy to see and easy to use. Re-evaluate this every six months or so to make sure it’s still serving its purpose well. Shopify users will find this podcast interesting.
- Add a link or widget to your post for the reader to follow you on Pinterest. Audience participation and audience sharing are so important. It shows Pinterest that your content is valuable. I’m a big fan of MiloTree.
This last step has to be done manually. There are a few ways to do this. First, if it’s about a particular topic and you have a board related to that topic, you can ask direct the reader to follow that board. Second, you can include a generic “make sure you’re following me on Pinterest’ in the post (use this handy widget builder on Pinterest). You’ll find tons of options to help you build follow me buttons, pin it buttons, and board widgets as well.
You can also ask people to comment if they’ve tried your pin! This helps Pinterest know how their users are interacting with pins and those pins tend to show up higher in the search algorithm.
Now that your site foundations are complete, make sure to pin to the most relevant board first. Pinterest needs help knowing what this pin is about. When you pin to a relevant board, it helps create the correct keyword mapping so searchers can find your pins.
Next up, it’s important to learn how to pin strategically. Listen to this episode next to help you create a long-term plan for growth in your business through your content.
That’s it! It’s not complicated to complete these steps and will maybe take you an extra 20 minutes. The key is to remember to do it when you have a laundry list of other things to do! If you need help creating a Pinterest workflow, give this podcast a listen.
Need more help? Well, I’d love to help you!
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2:35 – Getting on the Same Page
6:00 – Four Things To Do Before Pinning
6:04 – #1 – Alt-Text or Pinterest Descriptions
9:27 – #2 – Hashtags
10:02- #3 – Share Button
13:42 – #4 – Follow Me Buttons