Pinterest. We all love it, right? OK, most of us love it.
Some of us….?
No matter what your opinion of Pinterest might be, if you have a website or blog with pictures on it chances are good that someone has pinned your photos.
Here’s how to have a little more control over what gets pinned and how it is described.
For a long time Pinterest didn’t have any character limits on their descriptions, so basically people could pin a photo and then copy and paste an entire blog post into the “comment” area. Bloggers like me, who rely on Pinterst for a huge chunk of their traffic, were not happy. (I mean, why should people come to our blogs to read about a photo on Pinterest when they could read the whole thing in a Pinterest description…?)
Pinterest finally implemented a character limit a few months ago. YAY! But now they are going so far as to have descriptions of the pin automatically upload when someone pins your photo… if you aren’t careful, that could be a big BOO!
Here are a few examples from photos of mine that others have pinned.
This is what I have found to be the safest route:
First, try to create a “beauty shot” and put text onto the photo (without obscuring the subject). Explain what it is and show it first in your post. It is the photo that people are most likely to pin.
Here’s an example of one I did for a recent project:
|To read about this project click HERE|
Don’t laugh, but I saved this photo as unique, easy, DIY, wedding gift, anniversary gift, cheap, inexpensive I wanted to have key words that someone might be searching for. But remember photo #3 above..? I didn’t want that coming up as the description, so I did the only thing I have found that ensures the description says what I want it to say… I went into Pinterst and did it myself.
Publish your post and copy the link, then go into Pinterest. Go either to Goodies or About and then Pin It Button. Scroll down until you find Pin It Button For Websites.
Add your link into the “URL of the page the pin is on” then type in your description. As you type, the code below is automatically updated with your description. Copy the code, then go back and edit your post by inserting the code directly under your Beauty Shot.
Now when my photo is pinned using the “Pin it” button next to the photo, it automatically has this description:
You can add your blog name, instructions to click for tutorial or recipe… whatever.
All of the other photos on the page are automatically pinning with the title of the post, but that’s OK, because the shot most likely to get pinned is set up.
(Does this work every time? No. If someone is pinning from the “Pin It” tool on their browsers tool bar they will probably get the title of your post.)
Can pinners change the description to whatever they want? Of course they can. But you should try to make it as easy as possible for them to pin it, remember why they pinned it, and hopefully find their way to your blog or website.
If you don’t know how to find out what you have had pinned on Pinterest, it’s very easy:
Just type in /source/ followed by the URL of your website.