Once you’ve decided on the perfect base image you encounter the fun task of finding ways to enhance your image and increase its “clickability” as I like to call it. Sometimes a picture is fine by itself to promote the blog post. This is especially true if the blog post is a fashion post or a recipe, where the picture speaks for itself. In most cases though it helps to add some text to the picture so that if a person is scrolling through Pinterest they’ll understand the premise of the blog post just from looking at the picture. I use PicMonkey to add both overlays and text to my pictures. I almost always add some sort of faded overlay to the picture before adding text, to make sure the text stands out. I typically spend a large amount of time messing with fonts, tilting the text, etc. to get my images just how I want them.
I also sometimes create printables or like to create quote pictures to insert into my blog posts. These typically aren’t the main image I use to promote the blog post, but ones I’ll also share on Pinterest. For example, here is a song quote that has been on my mind a lot lately. I thought since this quote talks about blue skies and clouds I should find an appropriate picture to go with it, and found the perfect one on GraphicStock.
Aishwarya Shenolikar says
Thanks for these tips! I really needed something extra for images! This will help. 🙂
Ashley Pitt says
Hi Claire! Cool, I've never heard of GraphicStock and I see how this could be super useful. Thanks for sharing! 🙂
Hi Claire! I love this post and thanks for sharing this very useful info. I need to set aside a day a week to read all the How to's on blogging…some days trying to keep up..OH MY! This is so awesome! Happy 4th!
Thanks for the tips! I struggle with my photos constantly. I'm never tried the stock photos. May look into that.
Erin Mellon says
I'm definitely still trying to work on this! I haven't had nearly as much success on Pinterest as I would like, but I'm going to keep tweaking the images until I get it!
Brittany Bergman says
"Is this Pinterest-worthy?" is definitely my main filter for choosing images! I've been trying to style and take mroe of my own photos, but I'm always looking for high-quality stock photo sources as well.
Bethany Magnie says
I was looking for a post like this just yesterday 🙂
Graphic Stock sounds like a great website! I know it could definitely help myself and other bloggers make our images stand out, for sure!
Abbie Burgess says
Great tips! I downloaded some images to save up for future blog posts.
The Pink Paperdoll
Was a winner ever selected for your last giveaway (swaddles)? Curious, as I entered that one because I could really use the product–it was an awesome giveaway!
I noticed that a number of giveaways on your blog that date back to April still say "A winner will be announced soon," so I wasn't sure if it was worth entering any other ones.
Claire C. says
There was – I just changed it to be announcing the winner, thank you for noticing that! I typically wait to have the widget announce the winner until I email the winner and then hear back from them, and sometimes once I hear back I forget to go back and update the form!!
That makes sense–I was just curious. Thanks for your response!