If you’re looking for ways to get the most out of jQuery Pin It Button for Images plugin you’re in the right place. You can also find here a few examples of websites that use the plugin and use it well. Taking a look at those screenshots should give you some inspiration to play with the plugin a bit and quite possibly get even better results. Without further ado, here are the things you can do to get more pins.
Use Minimum Resolution Setting
Allow your readers to pin only your best images. They will do that either way so why not make it easier for them? In almost all cases small images are far less attractive than large ones. Plus in most cases you use small images to show some less important things like screenshots, etc. Think about it for a moment – do you want your readers to pin screenshots from your Twitter or Facebook accounts? Definitely not.
I Wash You Dry is a great example of a combination of fantastic pictures and good looking Pin it button.
The best way to to make your greatest pictures more likely to be pinned is to disable the pinning feature on all other images. The easiest way to do that in jQuery Pin It Button for Images is to use the minimum resolution setting. You just set the minimum resolution and images that are smaller than that won’t have the Pin it button active. As simple as that.
What about the minimum image resolution that you should you? There are no hard and fast rules here. The minimum resolution differs from website to website. I’ve seen websites that have the minimum image width set to 700px or even more and it worked great for them. As a rule of thumb I wouldn’t go for image resolution smaller than 200×200 but in most cases a 300×300 is an even better choice. If you always use images of the same size to showcase your best work consider using this size as a minimum resolution.
Blake von D – fashion + great photos that are easily pinnable on blog posts
Use Your Own Pin It Button
Most WordPress-based websites use the most popular social media plugins and there is only a few of them. We’ve all seen the standard Twitter, Facebook or Pin it buttons. Not to say there is anything wrong with them – they are really great. But if you would like to make your website more unique and remarkable you should consider using a customized Pin it button. This way your readers are surprised when hovering over your images and seeing something different from the same old Pin it button.
How should the Pin it button look like? No hard and fast rules here. One thing that’s important is the fact that the button should suggest that once clicked it’ll allow the user to pin the image to one of their Pinterest boards. Adding a “Pin it” text on the button will do the trick. When designing such a button make sure it not only looks great on its own but also should be easily associated with your brand. Using one (or all!) of your brand’s colors in the background is definitely worth trying. Last but not least, make sure the button doesn’t blend with images, as it not only makes the button looks ugly but it doesn’t help the image either. Testing the button out on a couple of images is recommended.
The Darling Details – fashion + inspiration
Show Pin It Button Only On Your Best Images
Earlier we have talked about using minimum resolution setting to hide the Pin it button on smaller images as people are much less likely to actually pin them. To make sure your best images get as many pins as they can you can narrow the number of images that offer the pinning feature further to show it only on your best images. The easiest way to do that is by using the enabled and disabled classes feature. This allows you to use the class attribute of image tags to either allow the image to show the Pin it button or force it to hide it. If you want only a very limited number of images to be pin-able then you should use enabled classes. If most of your images are great and only a handful of them isn’t that great for pinning purposes choosing disabled classes is the way to go. If you don’t understand much about this whole classes thing go to the like above to get started on using this feature.
Learn What Makes Images More Pinnable
Even the best possible Pinterest plugin won’t get you a ton of pins if your images are not that great simply because there would be no one who would like to pin them. Better images result in more pins. Plus you don’t have to be a professional photographer to take great picture. Even if you aren’t a professional photographer, or should I say especially if you aren’t a professional photographer, you should learn at least the basics of taking photos. There are many courses out there and I’m sure you’ll easily find one that’s suitable for your experience and needs.
Snap Kitchen blog – food
Of course the last part applies only if you take your own pictures and add them to your website. If you’re buying images or using those with creative commons license make sure you choose the best ones to get the highest possible number of pins.
Tina Engel – personal blog
Last but not least, there are people who went through tons of images on Pinterest and came up with some interesting statistics. All of it in an attractive infographic available here. I highly recommend taking a look at the infographic as it might help you with preparing images for your next blog post.
Caroline Talbot Photography – photography