I was pinning seed catalogs onto my board Seed Catalogs To Order to have in one spot, and be able to share, links to seed company order forms. On one of the company’s websites, I ran across the problem you see in the image to the left. There was no image on the page and therefore nothing for Pinterest to pin. Sadly because of this, they won’t be included on the board. How much free advertising and traffic might they be missing out on by skipping this one simple step?
Lesson 2: Name your images appropriately.
This is from my own blog. I have to admit, I get lazy or I try too work to quickly and I skip steps when publishing my blog posts. Here you can see that I’ve uploaded the poppy picture and didn’t change the image name from the one the camera gave it. If I go to use the handy “Pin It” button on my toolbar the comment section is pre-filled with the name of the file DSC_0343. Now wouldn’t it have been much better if I named my file something appropriate for sharing that I would want the Pinterest audience to see? Perhaps something like “Saving seeds of Thai Silk poppies” would have been a better choice. Pinners will often use the exact description you have given for your photo if it is appropriate and succinct.
Lesson 3: If it matters, watermark it.
I don’t watermark every image I post. But when I’ve come up with something I feel is a really cool idea and know folks will enjoy sharing it, I watermark it. Often you will find unattributed images shared freely on Pinterest because they were shared directly from Google images. If you want readers to be able to find your blog, you have to watermark it. Now there are two sides to this. Some say watermarks detract from images or can easily be removed. You will have to weigh the importance of attribution over esthetics in your placement.
If you have any other Pinterest image tips, please feel free to share them in the comments.