Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wednesday Ramblings | How to Name Photos for Pinterest

How to Name Photos for Pinterest | bakeyourday.net

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:

How to Name Photos for Pinterest | bakeyourday.net

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? 

 

48 Responses to “Wednesday Ramblings | How to Name Photos for Pinterest”

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    Carrie@ Bakeaholic Mama — October 17, 2012 @ 9:41 am

    Pinterest is just one of those websites that I just LOVE to hate! So easty to get sucked into a pinning spree.

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    Kate@Diethood — October 17, 2012 @ 10:13 am

    Great points, Cassie! I hate when I go to pin a beautiful photo and the title of the photo is something like, “image dsc9098″ … what the?! :)

    • Cassie replied: — October 17th, 2012 @ 9:24 pm

      Yes! Totally agree!

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    Victoria — October 17, 2012 @ 10:30 am

    It’s tricky when not “everything” on your blog is pinable. I should probably be more disciplined, but mostly I just do all the work when I think someone “might” pin something (like from a party.) It still feels clumsy – but these are good tips Cassie!

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — October 17, 2012 @ 10:46 am

    yeah this is very important!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — October 17, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    Great tips!

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — October 17, 2012 @ 10:55 am

    Great post, Cassie! Thanks!

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    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — October 17, 2012 @ 11:13 am

    great tips! i was reminded of this yesterday, so this is timely :)

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    natalie@thesweetslife — October 17, 2012 @ 11:14 am

    helpful!! thanks Cassie!

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    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — October 17, 2012 @ 11:53 am

    Such good tips. It took me a while to figure out that some programs/computers/phones just default to the name of the image rather than the name of the post. So, now I even double check the spelling when I save my photos. Great post!

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    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — October 17, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

    Great tip Cassie, thanks! I will soon be converting over to WP so I need all the tips I can’t get.

    • Cassie replied: — October 17th, 2012 @ 9:25 pm

      Yay! You will love WP. Let me know if you have any questions as you move!

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    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — October 17, 2012 @ 12:53 pm

    Great post, Cassie…so helpful!

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    Melanie @ Nutritious Eats — October 17, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

    I’ll have to check that plugin out. I normally name my photo during export (the name of the dish) but then it’s often assigned an extra numerical number or symbol and it always looks funny to me. Example: Broccoli Salad-1. I think I will start fixing this on the page and adding my url- love that idea. Thanks Cassie!

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    Kathryn — October 17, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

    Really useful tips, thanks Cassie!

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — October 17, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

    so helpful Cassie! I only recently began to renam my images – I also have learned that naming your images your recipe’s title will optimize their searchability in search engines. Fun fact.

    • Cassie replied: — October 17th, 2012 @ 9:26 pm

      Yes! Naming photos is huge when it comes to SEO! I started to go into with this post but SEO is a whole other beast. Maybe someday I will dive into it in a post.

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — October 17, 2012 @ 4:52 pm

    This was such an informative post, Cassie! I’ve heard that adding text in photos help with “repins” but others say it doesn’t work. I personally find that I do get more repins with the text.

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    Julie @ Table for Two — October 17, 2012 @ 7:07 pm

    thanks for this post – i actually didn’t know that the title of the image is what pinterest pulls!! i was actually JUST wondering how to change it to include my URL in all my pins. ahh you rock :)

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    Liz — October 17, 2012 @ 7:27 pm

    Uh, oh…I never name my photos! Thanks for the tip!!!!

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    Lora @cakeduchess — October 17, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

    I love this post, Cassie. Really great tips for naming your photos for Pinterest:)

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    Carrian@ohsweetbasil — October 17, 2012 @ 7:54 pm

    ok, please remind me to get this when I transfer over. For real. And, how was I not following your boards?

    • Cassie replied: — October 17th, 2012 @ 9:27 pm

      Yay! You will love WP. Let me know if you have any questions, I did it about a year ago and have not looked back once!

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    Barbara | Creative Culinary — October 17, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

    Great tip and if I could expound just one bit? Naming your photos is a huge SEO benefit. I seriously doubt anyone will ever search for IMG_5746.jpg but calling it chocolate-chip-cookies.jpg sure won’t hurt. With hyphens; never leave a space.

    Getting used to doing it manually is good; keeping your plugins to a minimum is too. They’re fun sure, but they are software that is interacting with WordPress and those combined actions with a ton of plugins can serve to slow down your site so keeping them to a lean number is a plus.

    • Cassie replied: — October 17th, 2012 @ 8:13 pm

      Thank you so much, Barb! I was afraid to touch SEO too much because it’s such a huge topic in itself. Thanks again for putting this out there!

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    Christy@SweetandSavoring — October 17, 2012 @ 9:00 pm

    Thank you so much for this post! I need all the blogging tips I can get :)

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    Marina {YummyMummyKitchen.com} — October 18, 2012 @ 12:17 am

    Oh I totally agree with all of this. I love when blogs already have the pin-it button. I do it on my blog too, but we don’t have the fancy schmancy wordpress plug-ins, so it’s a little more basic. Great post!

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    Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb — October 18, 2012 @ 2:59 am

    Great useful post Cassie! I was just thinking about that yesterday, because some bloggers dont have any description when the pin pop up opens.

    I can’t install the pin marklet in firefox, no idea why it doesn’t work, I tried it several times. That’s why I have that pin it right click feature. I just need to right click on a photo and there will be somewhere “pin it”with the interest logo. So that works well too!

    Thanks for reminding me about the properly naming in wp, I always forget that tedious work. Let’s say I am a bit lazy sometimes… ^.^

    One question! Do you think one should add the authors name or the homepage url next to the description of the picture? I always wondered about that. The thing is I have heard that some bloggers do that so that pictures can be found easier when somebody claims the picture for their own. What do you think?

    • Cassie replied: — October 18th, 2012 @ 8:21 am

      Hi Helene! Yes, I usually add Bake Your Day or bakeyourday.net to the title of my photos so that it will show up in the description when a photo is pinned. I sometimes add text to the photos as well, but not always. Hope this helps!

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    Joanne — October 18, 2012 @ 6:36 am

    SUCH a useful post! I’ve always wondered how some blogs are able to have the names come up.

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — October 18, 2012 @ 8:10 am

    Great tutorial!I also try to remember to do this. :)

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — October 18, 2012 @ 8:40 am

    I love this! I was always making sue the URL link was in, but never the title. So glad you brought this to my attention. You rock!

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    Tina | My Life as a Mrs — October 18, 2012 @ 10:16 am

    GREAT tip… i started doing this a few months ago! I also like to pin my own content once… that way I know there’s at least one photo out there that is properly attributed ;)

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    fabiola@notjustbaked — October 18, 2012 @ 12:16 pm

    This is very useful and awesome of you to share. Thank you so much!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — October 18, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

    Oh, Blogger…

    Can I just say that I dislike it when people remove the blog name?
    Like they take away the part after the | ? Not because they do it to my photos (although it’d be nice if they didn’t) but because when I’m browsing Pinterest I like to know from where it came. Just saying. :)

    Thanks for making this post! Cassie from Bake Your Day, making it easier for the world to waste less time on Pinterest. :)

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    dervla @ The Curator — October 18, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

    yay helpful, thanks! Is it weird that i’m pinning your how-to post?

    • Cassie replied: — October 18th, 2012 @ 3:58 pm

      Haha, thank you for pinning, glad it was helpful!

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    Baking Serendipity — October 18, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

    This is crazy helpful, Cassie. Thank you!

    • Cassie replied: — October 18th, 2012 @ 3:59 pm

      My pleasure, glad to help! :)

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    Joanne @ Inspired Taste — October 18, 2012 @ 7:21 pm

    Great tips! So helpful :)

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — October 18, 2012 @ 11:19 pm

    I usually put “my recipe name | justonecookbook.com” on title and alt text. I’m glad you are doing the same so at least I wasn’t making a mistake. :D I even erase blogger’s name to do the same fomat too. It’s great that you talk about it, so it’s less work for me… ;)

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    Alyssa — October 19, 2012 @ 2:44 am

    I would have never thought to name photos this way! Thanks for the tip! I had just been saving them with the name I wanted on pintrest, but this makes way more sense

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    Katie — October 19, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

    Holy buckets! I’ve been WONDERING about this. Thank you so much!

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    marla — October 20, 2012 @ 7:39 am

    Very helpful post. Quite frankly I am not sure if we use that SEO plug-in or not. Just emailed my admin to make sure!

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    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — October 22, 2012 @ 6:42 pm

    I love you for posting this! I hate when I go to pin something and something like “IMG4508″ comes up or “sandwich1.” No! Don’t do that! It’s also better for SEO to give your photos descriptive names, so you’re killing two birds with one stone.

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    katie — October 23, 2012 @ 10:40 am

    This info is fabulous! I absolutely cringe when someone pins an image and it reads the img number or some random description that doesn’t have to do with the image!!!

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