Wednesday Ramblings | How to Name Photos for Pinterest
I don’t even begin to think of myself as an expert at this blogging thing. I am learning as I go, mostly by trial and error. And since I was a bit serious yesterday, I decided that today is the day for a lighthearted quick tip that will seriously help everyone out.
So let’s chat about Pinterest. We all love it and we all hate it. I’m not sure that there has even been a larger time-sucking website invented. However, it is very useful for “bookmarking” posts for the future, sharing recipes and planning DIY posts that I will probably never get to.
I pin a lot. Maybe too much. And one thing that makes it so incredibly simple is when bloggers name their photos. The “Pin It” button pulls the name of the photo and makes pinning much simpler. So I’m sharing two ways to make it easier for your readers to pin your post.
I realize that if you are not a blogger, that this post might seem irrelevant for you. I apologize for that but would love to hear from you if you have any tips or tricks that would make reading and/or pinning easier for you!
Well, on second thought, let’s make that three tips.
#1: Go ahead and install that “Pin It” button. Pinterest supplies all sorts of Goodies, as they call them, to enhance your use of the website. They can be found here: Pinterest Goodies. The other way to do this (if you use WordPress) is to install a plugin that automatically installs the button onto your posts. I use Pinterest Pin It Button.
#2: (I’m illustrating the steps to take in WordPress but you should be able to name your posts the same way if you use a different platform.) Name the photo after it is uploaded. In WordPress, it looks like this:
See where it says “title”? Go ahead and add in the caption that you would like Pinterest to pull when the image is pinned. I like to add my blog name or URL too. Just FYI, this doesn’t stop pinners from adding in their own comment.
#3. This plugin: SEO Friendly Images is a great tool that pretty much takes care of #2 (above) automatically for you. I’m still in “manual” mode and doing it myself but am going to install this plugin to see if I like it. I learned about this one from Angie of Eclectic Recipes and it absolutely makes sense to let a plugin do the work. Also, it never hurts to allow for some extra SEO help, too.
So that’s all I have. Just a few quick tips on how to name your photos for Pinterest. Do you have any tips, tricks or tools for using Pinterest? Or any new plugins you’d like to share?