As craft and food bloggers know, Pinterest is an important resource for driving traffic to blogs. However, if you’ve blogged for more than two years, chances are that your old blog posts are riddled with horizontal photos. As all Pinterest users know, the pins that are shared the most often have similar qualities:
- Good or even fantastic photography
- Vertical images
Pinterest is a visual medium with shareable content from all over the web. When you login to your Pinterest account, you are bombarded with a constantly changing bulletin board of images, all fighting to grab your attention. Once the pins grab a user’s attention, these things may happen:
- The user will pin the image to one of their boards
- The user will click on the image and visit the source of the pin
- The user’s followers will pin the image to their own boards
- That new pinner will click through to the source and visit the website
As you can see, there are endless possibilities for new traffic to your site!
However, there’s one conundrum: As creative people, we often don’t have the time to recreate our craft project or recipe, reshoot it and create the much sought-after vertical photos for Pinterest.
So, how can a blogger “refresh” their old posts and make them Pinteresting without redoing them from scratch? By editing old photos or creating collages using PicMonkey or another photo editing software program or site. In this post, I’ll show you how to make old post images pinnable for Pinterest using PicMonkey.
If you haven’t used PicMonkey, check out these earlier posts:
Let’s get started with a simple horizontal photo made vertical:
The above photo is the original horizontal photo of butterflies cut from scrapbook paper for a project.
By downloading the original photo to PicMonkey and choosing Edit a Photo, users can crop and resize the photo into a vertical image. If keeping the proportions of the image isn’t an issue, users can further increase the vertical size of photos by unchecking the Keep Proportions box under the Resize edit tool in Basic Edits. Once you are happy with the final image (exposure, color correction, adding text, etc.), save it to your computer and then download it into your old post. Not only do you have a new vertical pinnable image for Pinterest, you have an opportunity to revive traffic to an old post!
If you don’t have one specific image that could be resized from a horizontal image to a vertical image successfully, consider making a collage.
Here’s how to make old post images pinnable for Pinterest:
- Download a series of photos from your computer into PicMonkey.
- Choose a collage format that’s vertical. I chose one of the royal (upgrade for a fee) Pinterest formats.
- Click on AutoFill at the top of the dashboard.
- If you don’t like the way the AutoFill feature filled in your photos, rearrange them by clicking, holding and dragging them into position.
- To make your image even more “Pinteresting” (vertical), click and drag on the line at the bottom of the dashboard
- If you need to do more photo editing, click on Edit at the top of the dashboard. PicMonkey will direct you to the Edit a Photo area and there you can use their many tools to make your old post image even more awesome!
- Don’t forget to save your masterpiece to your computer!
After you edit a few of your old post images, you’ll be able to make a ton of old post images pinnable!
By: Carole, from Toot Sweet 4 Two
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