Making Pinterest-Worthy Graphics for Your Blog

 

I’ve been blogging for many years. I write to encourage, educate, and inspire. I love to hear from readers. I like to know my words are getting out and making a difference!

Over the last year, Pinterest has revolutionized my blogging. Blogs that used to get a few hundred readers get readers in the thousands or tens of thousands. Most of these readers come from Pinterest and Facebook.

Readers are inspired, educated, and encouraged by my words, but the first step to getting readers is creating graphics that capture their attention. Here’s how to do that easily.

IHow to make graphics for blogs that look great on Pinterest ... for FREE!

1. Create a watermark

My assistants at Litfuse created this for me. It matches my website! Watermarks are your blog’s branding. That simple watermark will represent you. Readers will start looking for it!

TriciaGoyer.com watermark

You can also make your own watermark. One easy way is to use PicMonkey.

PicMonkey is my favorite, and it’s free. (Although I did upgrade for more features. To upgrade is only $5 a month!)

Trish a Mom on Time Out explains how to create your own watermark here.

 

Sample of free photo from http://pixabay.com/

2. Find Stunning Photos

If you’re a great photographer you can take them yourself.

I use some of my own, but I also love photos from Thinkstock.com. I found a special deal where I got a 30-day trial for $99, and I was able to download 25 photos a day. I was faithful to download every day! That’s 750 photos!

Places to get FREE photos:

Pixabay: http://pixabay.com/

Morgue File: http://morguefile.com

Compfight: http://compfight.com/

Creative Commons: Free Picture Pool

CreationSwap: http://www.creationswap.com/

Unsplash: unsplash.com

Check out Canva’s great list of websites with free photos, too!

Non-expensive options:

Dollar Photo Club: http://www.dollarphotoclub.com/  <– This is my new favorite! Click the image below to sign up!

And for non-cheesy Christian photos, Lightstock: https://www.lightstock.com

 

Dollar Photo Club
3. Use Picmonkey.com to create graphics

With Picmonkey you have four options:

  • Edit photos you have.
  • Design with their tools (no photo necessary)
  • Create a collage
  • Touch up your photos

The easy way to edit a photo

Click EDIT

Download photo

For the most attention on Pinterest, crop the photo it so it’s tall, not wide. This takes up more space on Pinterest.

 

 

 

Click Text to add words

Text Button

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Click Effects to add drama

Effects Button

 

 

 

 

 

Add your watermark

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Add your own

 

Add Watermark with the button that looks like a butterfly

 

Then SAVE your finished graphic!

 

How to make Pinterest-worthy graphics for your blog!

 

I love these tools. They making creating Pinterest-worthy graphics easy! The best part is that I’m able to connect with even more readers to inspire, educate and encourage!

What about you? Do you have any tips for great graphics?

 



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Comments

  1. I have to say be careful on free photo sites that you read their licensing very carefully. Some of them have tricky wording. I prefer to take my own or purchase from sites that allow for commercial use (if you’re selling anything from your website, ie books or plan on it later). Bigstock has great photos with licensing friendly for bloggers and using as e-book covers. Also, for PInterest close up photos are best and like Tricia said, vertical do better as well.

  2. Terrie Coleman says:

    Great information, Tricia! You’re a blessing. Thanks.

  3. You always have good advice to share with your readers! Thanks! 🙂

  4. Thank you! Great info and I’m going to use it.

  5. What a wonderful and informative post. I always love your pictures Tricia. Nice to have the tips!

  6. Thank you, Tricia for this fun information! I have wondered about adding photos or having my own watermark logo being a newbie at blogging. I really enjoy your blog!

  7. Mary Hampton (aka RefreshMom) says:

    Another (free) photo editing program that I love is Photoscape. It has so many great functions, but it can also be downloaded on your computer. I prefer to work from my computer rather than online when editing photos. Photoscape is a really versatile program that doesn’t take a lot of photography/editing/graphic design experience to use. (I was even able to remove a big blue dumpster from a photo of a VW with a Christmas tree on top.)

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