9 Graphic Designer Tips on How to Get Pinterest Traffic

9 Graphic Designer Tips on How to Get Pinterest Traffic

Want to get Pinterest traffic to your site?

You bet!

Pinterest drives more referral traffic than Google+, LinkedIn and YouTube combined.

You need to get in on the Pinterest traffic love!

As a graphic design expert, I’ve compiled my 9 best design tips to get you started creating pinnable Pinterest pictures. At the end of this post, I’ve linked more in-depth Pinterest posts, as well as a pinboard that’s full of Pinterest tips, posts, and infographics!

Pinterest Basics

Pinterest is a virtual bulletin board – “pinners” find images they like for ideas and inspiration, and pin them to their “boards.” They can refer back to these images endlessly.

And it’s also a great bookmarking site!

The URL where the image was originally “pinned” stays with the image, through pins and repins. The big excitement about Pinterest for business is that the links point back to the original post, and can entice visitors to see what else your site has to say on a subject that already interests them.

9 Graphic Designer Tips on How to Get Pinterest Traffic

9 Graphic Designer Tips on How to Get Pinterest Traffic: Inspirational quotesHere are 9 ideas I use to get Pinterest traffic:

  1. Consider what’s shareable. I’ve found that inspirational or humorous graphics get shared like wildfire. So I started a series called Inpyrz™ to get in on that action (shown right). Think about what might get shared in your niche.
  2. Use great images. I don’t see a strong correlation between great and so-so images for getting “repinned,” but –  just in case your pin goes viral – do you really want a ho-hum photo associated with your website, and brand?
  3. Credit your source – and yourself. If you use free images, be sure to credit the artist per the source’s requirements. I started out by doing this in the caption, which looked clunky and seemed to discourage repins. Now I’m taking a minute to add a credit line, as well as my website, as a “watermark” in the image. This way, if someone does (wrongly) repost the image on their own blog or elsewhere, the credit is still on it.
  4. Use enticing descriptions when you pin images. Once you’ve gotten their attention with a compelling graphic, make the reader want to click on the link to your site! Be sure your subject matter is clear – include your keywords – yet keep a bit of mystery to entice them.
  5. 9 Graphic Designer Tips on How to Get Pinterest Traffic: Positive imagesKeep images upbeat and relevant to the category. I’ve tightened my photo selections to show yoga poses on my yoga site. I was using a stressed-looking lady, or a guy with back pain – but these don’t get shared by people following the category “Yoga.” Evaluate if your Pinterest traffic warrants limiting photo selection like this.
  6. Can you post relevant personal photos to your web site? We all love posting photos to Facebook and getting comments – but can you relate your photos to your business blog? If your niche is food, fitness, pets or similar – I’ll bet you can. I’ve added a subdomain on my site where flower fans can find all the beautiful flower photos I’ve been posting on Facebook. Now they can pin them, and I can enjoy the additional traffic.
  7. 9 Graphic Designer Tips on How to Get Pinterest Traffic: keywordsALWAYS include your post title and/or relevant keywords when you add images to your web site! The description will populate the “Pin It” box that pops up for readers of your site who want to share your images, when you…
  8. Make it easy for readers to pin your images. Pinterest buttons are now included on most social sharing plugins for WordPress. I add the simple Pinterest “Pin It” Button. It has a super-simple shortcode you can place anywhere in your post. I add it right near my featured image (see above).
  9. Share others’ stuff too. The point of Pinterest is to share what you love, not just your own images. Pin stuff your friends, customers, readers, and fans will love!

More Pinterest Pictures Tips to Get Pinterest Traffic

For loads on Pinterest tips, follow my pinboard of Pinterest tips. You can find Pinterest tips for every level, and visit the articles right from the board. It’s really a fun way to keep bookmarks!

My most popular Pinterest blog posts:

If you have more Pinterest tips, let us know in the comments.

And if you know anyone else who could use Pinterest traffic – please share this post!

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About Louise Myers

Louise Myers is a graphic design expert whose designs have been featured by Disney, Macy's, WalMart and more. Her straightforward writing style empowers small business owners to make their own graphics for social media success! Follow Louise on Twitter: @Louise_Myers
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22 Responses to 9 Graphic Designer Tips on How to Get Pinterest Traffic

  1. Rob Cubbon

    Great article, Louise, I tweeted it – and pinned it! I’m going to have to create more categories on Pinterest. Thanks for your advice here!

  2. Louise Myers says:

    Thanks Rob, I’m glad you enjoyed it. Still trying out things, but my initial reaction was – it works! Definitely a plus for anyone with a good eye for images.

  3. Juliemarg

    I pinned it too.

    My recommendation (not for you, for your readers) Pace Yourself!

    The fastest way for me to unfollow you is if you post 5 or 6 photos on the same topic in a minute or two. Crowding my stream with something I’m marginally interested in makes me abandon you.

  4. Fabulous article and I love your Pinterest Tips board!!! Appreciate all the great advice. Thank you Louise :)

  5. Great article L -

    Easily one of the best and most useful articles on Pinterest.



  6. Amanda says:

    Thanks Louise, great advice for a non designer like me… I should think harder about the images I use for my sites.

    • Louise Myers says:

      Amanda, thanks for reading and commenting! Pinterest or not, using good images gives readers a better impression of the professionalism of your business. It can be time-consuming, but worthwhile.

  7. This Pinterest newbie/wannabee thanks you for the excellent advice. As a graphic designer, I’m tempted to pin examples of my work. I’m stumped about how to accomplish this without being perceived as blatantly selling. I appreciate any insights and suggestions.

    • Louise Myers says:

      I don’t see any reason not to show your work on Pinterest. I’ll be doing the same, once I watermark my images. People can actually sell products there, so, why not show off our work?

      I don’t expect that people will repin (oops just checked my social media design board and had 2 repins!) but it’s worth having the links, and possibility of more people seeing your work.

      So pin away, and good luck! Thanks for visiting and commenting.

  8. Thanks L.

    Love that you are updating this page…

    With growing traffic from Pinterest to Yoga Relief, I suspect you are proving out that your pinioneering work is working out.



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  10. Great post! I just wanted to comment a bit – if you don’t know what images related to your business already, you can check what people are pinning from your site already by using http://www.pinterest.com/source/lousem.com – for example! Just change your URL and you’ll get some great insights! Then just rinse and repeat!

    • Louise Myers says:

      That is a good tip, Dainis. I try to do that search about once a week so I can “Like” each pin that a reader has done from my site. Thanks for sharing with my readers!

  11. juliemarg

    I love reading your articles.. good job :)

  12. Louise

    Add me to the numbers! I’m not sure how I got here but I do know it was by way of Pinterest! I too just can’t connect on Twitter but Pinterest, I’m ever in awe of the boards I stumble upon. As a food blogger I got in the habit of visiting other “food blogs” but on Pinterest, I’ve learned 9 out of 10 people have at least one food related board and so many more interest; some which I too enjoy!

    Thank you so much for posting this valuable information, Louise. I really appreciate it. “See” you on Pinterest!

  13. Lynne

    Thanks! Love pinterest and how it helps to get more traffic to my site is great for me.
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