Pinterest is by far my most favorite social media platform even though it’s no longer called a “social platform” per say. They want to be known as a search engine just like Google only more visual. It makes sense because I do search for lots of things from inspiration to Photoshop tips & tutorials, but it is also social so maybe they should be known as a “social search engine”.
No matter what you call it, certain niches get most of their traffic from Pinterest and lately there have been lots of changes that you may not know about. Did you know that Pinterest keeps a list of companies that it partners with to allow bloggers or business owners to automate their blog posts and if you’ve been using Boardbooster, like me, you may be in trouble.
Boardbooster is not on this list of partners and according to a very reliable source(JackieIson.com), any accounts using it are subject to suspension or termination. I have used Boardbooster for the last year, and this broke my heart because I loved so much about it, but I couldn’t take the chance and canceled my subscription.
As you know Pinterest is a visual search engine and if you sell a product or service you really need to use it to its full potential. Pinning consistently is one way to do that. Jackie Ison created the 2018 Blogger’s Guide To Pinterest which you can see by going to the link above.
Today, though, I want to talk about why you should hide images for Pinterest in your blog posts. This is new to me and something I’ve been doing a few posts at a time. Taylor from CodeLoveCreative.com says, “One way to encourage people to save your post on Pinterest is to give them options for which pinnable image to save.”
If you look at this image you can see when you click on the Pinterest icon to save my post “The Essential Guide To Stock Images” you have several images to choose from.
When you look at the post you only see one image because it would look weird with three or four large Pinterest-sized images in your blog posts! Please don’t do that! It’s very simple to hide your images. You just need to put in a piece of CSS.
The first thing you’re going to do is to create your post and then after you save it click over to the text view. You will find that above your blog post in one of two tabs that say “Visual/Text”. You need to put the code in wherever you want to hide the image.
If you don’t do it correctly or use too many it will slow down your site speed which can hurt your SEO. Because Google penalizes for slow site speeds, especially on mobile.
<div style=”display: none;”><img src=”[image url]”></div>
This is the correct way to do it! Just upload the image grab the URL and put where it says,
[IMAGE URL] and that’s all there is to it.
Do you think this is something that you will use?