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So you’ve set up your Pinterest account and you’re ready to add your own pins to promote your blog or online business.
But how do you add a pin exactly?
Let’s look at some of the different ways you can add a pin on Pinterest.
#1 Manually upload the pin
You can add a pin directly to Pinterest by uploading the pin from your computer.
First, you’ll click on the + (plus) sign near the top right hand corner, to the right of your account name. A drop down menu should appear, and you’ll choose the first option, Create Pin.
From here, you can drag and drop your image file or click on the little camera icon to upload the file.
Where it says Add a title, you can type or copy and paste a title. If you’re not sure what to put, then the words on the pin itself, or the title of page or post you’re linking to, are both great options.
Where it says Say more about this Pin, you’ll write your description of the pin. Here you have a limit of 500 characters. When you write this, you’ll want to think about your target audience and any phrases they might use when searching on Pinterest. You can also include hashtags, though in the past Pinterest has said you should not include more than 20 hashtags.
Where it says Add the URL this pin links to, you’ll add the URL of your page or post that you want to be linking to.
Where it says Choose a board (required), you’ll use the drop down menu to pick one of your boards. If you don’t see any boards that fit, you can choose the option at the bottom, Create board, and create a new board.
The last option is where it says Publish immediately and Publish at a later date. The Publish immediately option is chosen by default. If you want to schedule the pin to be published at a later time, then choose the Publish at a later date option. You’ll be able to choose a date and a time
Once you’ve filled everything out, click on Save at the top on the right. Your pin will either be published immediately or scheduled to publish at your chosen time!
#2 Pin from your website
If you’ve added your pin to your blog entry or page on your site, then you can pin from the website itself (instead of having to go through all of the steps in the previous option).
You can add a Pinterest browser button to Chrome, Firefox, and/or Microsoft Edge.
Once you’ve added the button, you can use it to add pins directly from your website (or from anyone else’s website, for that matter).
If you don’t want to add the browser button or you want to use a different browser, you can still pin from your site if you add social sharing buttons to your site. (This is when you see buttons at the top or side for Pinterest, Twitter, etc.) This can be accomplished either with your theme (depending on the theme) or by a plugin.
Some themes come with social sharing buttons automatically. Even if your theme does, though, you may want to have more control over where the buttons are placed, how they look, etc.
A couple of popular plugins that will allow you to add sharing buttons are Social Pug and Jetpack.
#3 Use a Pinterest Scheduler
While both methods listed above work, the easiest and fastest way to add pins on Pinterest is by using a Pinterest scheduler.
There are several social media schedulers approved by Pinterest, such as:
Each scheduler has its own way of letting you add pins to the schedule – I’m personally fond of Tailwind. One of the things I love about Tailwind is how you can schedule one pin to many different boards, over many different days, all at once. This is so much easier than adding the pin to one board at a time and having to remember to do it each day.
All of this may lead you to wonder…
Which is the best way to add a pin on Pinterest?
If you’re looking to cut back on the time it takes to add pins to Pinterest, I definitely suggest Tailwind.
If you’re adding lots of different pins that all link back to the same blog entry or page, then adding manually or using a scheduler would be the easiest options. (Just make sure not to add them all at the same time, or else there’s a chance Pinterest might think you’re spamming the platform.)
Sometimes just trying each different method can be a good way to see what works best for you.
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