Hello friends! I’m doing something a little bit different today, I wanted to offer some advice on how to make aesthetic pins for Pinterest.
I decided to make a post centered on this topic because I’ve come to realize that there are quite a bit of bloggers who aren’t familiar with Canva and what it does. I know I’m still a big newbie when it comes to blogging but I’ve learned that using Pinterest to the highest potential is key to bringing in organic traffic.
So, to make sure that it is easy to understand I will be listing steps from signing up and all the way to the end when you add your pin to your post! So let’s begin.
First things first, you need to create an account with Canva. They’re going to ask what you’ll be using Canva for: Student, Personal, etc. I chose Personal because I’m using it for my Personal blog.
Next, it gives you an option of signing up with either your Facebook, Gmail, or Email. Select the option that suits you, and hit Sign up..
Once you sign up your screen is going to look like this. If you look to your left, you’ll see Create a Design. Click it. Once you do it’ll give you many different options: Social Media, Print with Canva, Documents, and more.
Since we are trying to make a pin for your blog post we are going to go under Social Media and select Pinterest Graphic.
When you click on Pinterest Graphic it will take you to a new screen. They have pre-made templates that you can use in any category. If you use the FREE version of Canva you are limited to what photos you can use in the graphic. If you pay MONTHLY (like me) you have access to their FREE and Image PRO photos for your graphics.
Today I am going to tell you how to make a pin from scratch and make it appealing for viewers—you want to hook them in with your pin!
Adding an image
First thing first, I am going to add a Grid, under the Elements tab, to the background so that I can add an image to the graphic.
Next, under the same tab, Elements, I am going to search for a photo (or you can upload your own). Click on the image and it should pop up on your graphic.
I like to add a transparent rectangular graphic on the image with text so, under Elements you will see Graphics. Click on that and type Shapes. Click on the shape and look to your right, you’ll see a checkered box—click. Adjust the transparency that suits you.
Text, the great thing about Canva is that it has a lot of fonts for you to choose from. Right now my current favorite fonts are Sacramento, Lemon Tuesday, and Amatic SC. There is an option upload your own font but that is for PRO.
Just select the font you want, size, color, alignment, and spacing. You can move it around, turn it 180 degrees, and more. They do have some font combos that are grouped together you can use as well!
If you don’t want to do what I did to make a pin you can use a template they have and just adjust it how you want. Change photos around, the font style, etc. No way is the wrong way!
Download your pin and let’s get to adding!
Adding your pin to your blog post
Once you’ve finished making your pin (or pins), you’ll want to go to your blog post and upload it. This past year of blogging I’ve learned that it is best to have multiple pins for one post to help with your reach. I like to leave one visible in my post and add multiple ones hidden in my post.
Don’t fret, this is very simple to do! After you add the other images you’ll see three black dots, click on it:
This is the More Options button for that particular block in your blog post. Now, click on Edit as HTML.
It is going to look like this once you click on Edit as HTML:
Next we are going to wrap this HTML (the red text)around the image:
Once you add the HTML click on Preview. The image is going to “disappear” from the post.
So simple right?
I didn’t realize how important it was to have eye catching pins in my post until recently. Everyone uses Pinterest for searching recipes, DIY, and more. It would benefit you greatly to learn how to make amazing pins for your posts–no matter the niche. Also if you haven’t already sign up for Rich Pins, it will make all the difference! Rich pins help the viewers know what your article–or pin–is about prior to clicking.