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.
A caveat: Pinterest seems to be constantly tweaking their site. This post reflects my most current experiences and what I have figured out through trial and error. Someone else might have a better system than me (and if so, I would love to know about it) but this is what I am needing to do at the moment for my photos at the moment.
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.
1. DSCN4220 This doesn't tell anyone about this photo, other than the fact that the blogger (that would be me) was lazy and opted not to rename it. I should have named it "soaking burner in ammonia" or something like that.
2. How to store fresh produce - From A to Zucchini (And a handy printable.) This is the title of the blog post itself. This is an older post, so I am not sure how it shows up like this... did the pinner copy and paste it into the description? Did Pinterest do it automatically? (click HERE to read original post)
3. cleaning stove burners, grates This is how I saved the photo. Dumb, dumb, dumb. I should have named it "How to easily clean your stove burners" or something that is easily searchable. (click HERE to read original post)
4. The V Spot: Make ahead, stuffed French Toast This is the new thing that Pinterest seems to be doing, at least for me. It adds the name of my blog and whatever the title of the post is. It's cool for this particular post, but I don't always name my posts something so clear and concise. (click HERE to read original post)
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|
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.
How are you doing with all of these Pinterest changes? Love them or hate them? Am I doing this the hard way? Let me know!