How To Make A Pinnable Image

If you have read my post about using Pinterest to drive traffic to your blog then you will know that you need to have a fantastic pinnable image somewhere within each post. The problem is, many bloggers take landscape photos and these are just no good for pinterest!

pinnable image

Pinterest works by giving you a set width, so no matter how lovely your image is it will be reduced down to fit the specified width leaving you with ridiculously small images which nobody will see! However, Pinterest does not limit you lengthways and this is what you need to create.

Now as I have said, most bloggers including myself, take landscape photos for their blog. They look so much nicer as they fill the width of your post. So when you want to make an image pinnable you are left with two options:

Option 1: crop or resize the image.

This isn’t much of an option is it? You end up with weird looking photos like this:

weird pinnable image

So, this leads me onto the rather ingenious….

Option 2: Create a collage in Picmonkey

I don’t know why it took me this long to think of it but after talking with fellow bloggers I am not the only one to have missed this simple solution!

Take 3 or 4 photos from your post and collage them together to create a strip! Simple!! Not only does it create a fantastic long image for Pinterest but it tells a story- perfect for how to’s and recipes! Genius right?

great pinnable image

Ordinarily I would make this the full width (600px) of the post but so you can see it in all its glory I have left it a bit smaller. Add on some text and you are good to go!

Enjoy!

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  1. That makes so much sense! I’m only just getting the hang of Pinterest.. Thanks for sharing! #sharewithme x

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  2. Awesome, great tips. I love pinterest all the images are so amazing! 🙂 #sharewithme

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      Obvious when you think about it isn’t it? But when I have told people they hadn’t thought of it either! x

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      I don’t always use a pinnable image but if I know it is something that would do well I make sure I use one x

  3. Too funny but great timing I just made a few pinnable images for my recipes this week as I was getting funny resizing issues and collage is a great way to see recipe in stages too. Great tips hun. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me, I hope to see you again tomorrow for another great round. #sharewithme

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      I get that sometimes too, the way I get around it is to click on the image in the post itself (if you have pinning enabled in your browser or as a plugin? ) x

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  4. Hello! M was watching a craft vid on YouTube that used PicMonkey the other day,, I hadn’t thought about it being used in this way. I’ve got a free blank pins on my Pinterest. The vids were about making covers for notebooks, folders etc. Do you happen to know if PicMonkey is a free resource, or if not what the charges are?

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      It is free 🙂 So many fab bits and bobs on there. You can also pay a monthly amount to get extras and that is about £4 a month ish I think. But the free stuff is more than enough for basic things x

  5. That’s really helpful as I was just thinking I need to create a good Pinterest image for a post I’m writing this week – I will use pic monkey now! Thanks 🙂

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  6. So glad I just read this, been trying to include more pinnable images on my blog and been getting fed up with cropping! Such a simple solution! Thanks! xx

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  7. Great advise thanks. Just curious though what if you only have one image-
    You can’t really create a collage – predicament lol

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  8. Pingback: How To Own Pinterest In 10 Easy Steps - Live Love Blog

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  9. I am not new to SEO and social media but new to personal blogging ; your tips and ideas are really helpful. I use fotor for the same effect; it ‘s definitely better to stitch images for pinterest rather than using single image.

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  10. Beautiful and so simple! I love the fact it tells a story too so I’d be much more likely to click on an image like that. I’ve yet to venture into the world of Pinterest for my blog. I love it for finding inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

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