You have a Pinterest account and wondering how to set up your profile the right way?
The tips I’m sharing with you in this article helped me to increase my reach and get naturally followers on Pinterest without using any shady tactics.
In case you don’t have a Pinterest account yet, check out the Ultimate beginner’s guide to Pinterest first and come back to this post after that.
After reading this post you’ll exactly know how to set up Pinterest boards the right way.
In a way, Pinterest wants to share your content and people want to follow your account.
In this post, we’ll cover the following steps:
TABLE OF CONTENT
- Board aesthetics
- Pin aesthetics
- Relevant pins
- Keyworded boards
- Good content
The overall aesthetics of your Pinterest profile does matter.
Whether you brand your personal boards by creating board covers or not is up to you.
I’d suggest having branded board covers for your personal boards on Pinterest.
Reason for this is to establish a cohesive look and feel of your brand online.
You can use your brand colors and fonts to create the covers.
Example branded boards:
It also appears more tidied up and less cluttered compared to unbranded boards.
Example unbranded boards:
You can create board covers very easily using Picmonkey or Canva.
Picmonkey has more design possibilities than Canva does.
Canva on the other side has also a free version you can use to create simple designs.
The size of the board covers I’m using right now is 300px x 300px.
But keep in mind that Pinterest is changing up things every now and then.
The sizes of the board covers may change, too.
Just like the board aesthetics matter, even more, do the aesthetics of your pins matter to attract people who want to save and click through to your website.
Use also for the pin aesthetics your brand design (brand colors and fonts) to transfer a unifying overall feeling of your brand.
You can buy premade templates here, in case you don’t enjoy creating them.
Example one of my branded pins:
Example of a pin which is not cohesive with my brand:
Figure out your colors and your style to be different from others.
For more tips on how to create amazing pins check out free the viral pin guide here.
Make sure to create and add to your board’s relevant pins only.
Relevant to your audience, to the topics you write about and to the products you want to sell.
It makes no sense to have tons of beautiful pins on your profile when it has nothing to do with your business and you aren’t able to convert them.
To know which topics are relevant for your profile you need to know a little bit about your target audience.
- What are they looking for?
- What do they struggle with?
- Which problems do they want to solve?
- How can you help them solve that problem?
Once you have some reference points you can use the Pinterest search bar to get the right keywords for your post and for your pin.
The search bar on Pinterest is smart and very similar to the search bar from Google.
You just need to type in one word and you’ll get suggestions related to that word.
I typed in productivity and got the suggestions:
productivity tips, productivity quotes, productivity planner
These are the words people are searching for the most on Pinterest when it comes to productivity.
You want to make sure that you write something and create pins people are actually searching for otherwise you are just wasting your time and no one is going to read your content.
Next, to relevant pins, you also want to make sure to create keyworded boards.
For this purpose again you can use the smart search bar from Pinterest and type in words related to the content you want to pin on your boards.
Pinterest will autosuggest you relevant words for your searched term.
In my example, I use productivity and could even use productivity hacks.
Because hacks are one thing Pinterest suggests to me.
What you can do now is to see how many boards with the title productivity hacks exist already on Pinterest.
If there are 30+ boards with this title it’s a pretty high chance that it’s a highly searched term worth to make a board for.
Why it’s a good idea to have longer keywords (not only one word) is because if you have a board called productivity hacks and pins on it also called productivity hacks it’s a higher chance that Pinterest shows your pins to someone who is looking for productivity hacks compared to another pin from someone else who hasn’t used those keywords in their descriptions.
Another point you want to do is to create high-quality, helpful, good content.
Have honest, but click-worthy titles on your pins which lead to the content the pinner is looking for.
Headline Analyzer is a great tool (available as free and paid version) to see how well your headlines are doing in terms of clickability.
It’s the same with pinning pins from other people.
Click through the website and see what the pin is all about.
Sometimes the pins are either stolen or hacked and lead to a spammy site or the content doesn’t exist anymore.
Both are penalized by Pinterest. Pinterest will show your pins less to other people if you pin those type of pins.
Number one goal of Pinterest is to make the user happy by finding the content they are looking for.
Make sure you create and pin only high-quality pins with helpful content.
I’d also suggest to go through your profile every few months and doublecheck the pins.
The internet world is moving so fast, it’s possible that the site the pin is leading to doesn’t exist anymore.
The more dead pins you have the more it harms your Pinterest profile.
All tools I recommend and mention in this post at a glance:
- Pickmonkey is a design program you can use to create unique pins and designs for your website. You can try Picmonkey for 7 days for free.
- Canva is another great tool to create pins. It’s simpler with fewer design possibilities than Picmonkey but has an entirely free version.
- Creative market is the place where you can buy premade Pinterest templates if you don’t want to bother creating them by yourself.
- Headline Analyzer is the tool you need to craft click-worthy headlines. It has a free and paid version.
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