How to Generate Traffic Using Made For Pinterest (MFP) Images

UPDATE: This hub was written nearly 4 years ago. Using this method, I've now received over 200,000 pins on Hubpages, and thousands more on my own sites. It takes some experimentation and practice, but this IS a tried and tested method for getting great traffic.

Pinterest is a new form of social media. And I've seen it double the traffic on some of my content. But it's important to make sure you use it correctly to get the most traffic back to your content as there are some big pinterest copyright issues. Not to mention the fact that randomly pinning just any photo will mean that you only have a random chance of hitting the traffic jackpot - why do that when you can almost guarantee an increase in traffic with the right pictures?

Pinning to Pinterest is not about the number of pictures you pin - but about the number of repins you get from other users.

The following is a guide for using made for pinterest (MFP) photos for promotion of your online hubs, articles, blogs and websites.

Made for Pinterest images WILL increase traffic if attached to an interesting article that is already getting traffic (get your current traffic to do the hard work for you!). I got over 1000 pins in the week after I added an MFP the first time. And only one of those pins was mine.

What is Pinterest?

Pinterest is a place to bookmark photos - but each photo links back to a website. For more information, you can read my basic explanation of Pinterest.


1. Choose a Free, Modifiable HD Image

There are plenty of free image sites on the internet, many of which allow you to modify the images and use them without attribution as you wish. Just make sure that you've read the fine print before grabbing any online image.

The image I've chosen on the right is taken from It's important that the image is of reasonably high quality as the full image will be displayed on Pinterest. If it looks pixelated or dodgy you'll reduce interest, views and repins.

It's also a good idea to choose an image that has a large area of the same colour (such as sky or a wall.)

Alternatively, you can use one of your own images, if it's based on something you've created (such as a craft project or recipe.)

2. Modify and Change It

You can use a simple free site like Picmonkey to change your image around, make it darker or lighter, add a border, soften it or anything else to make it more visually appealing.

There are plenty of other free image editing sites around as well as programs you can download such as GIMP.

The more appealing and professional it looks, the higher the chance people will notice it instead of skim over it.

3. Add Your Text

Add your title to the picture using an interesting font that matches the image and lets people know what your article is about.

The best text is simple and to the point - generally a well keyworded title of five to ten words is enough to grab interest.

Don't make the text too small or complicated - you only have a few seconds to grab the viewer's attention before they go on to look at other images.

Don't use a caption, use a promise or a teaser.

Example of a caption: This is a beautiful purple flower.

Example of a promise: Click here to find out how to grow a purple flower.

Example of a teaser: Learn 10 ways to grow purple flowers without water.

Here's a more in depth guide I wrote on how to create a teaser to increase clicks.

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4. Add it To a Prominent Place In Your Article

With more and more people regularly pinning photos from all over the internet, it's important to place your newly created image somewhere that visitors will see it. Close to the top of the page, generally in a right aligned position, so that it's seen as one of the first images on the page.

You can also place another full size version at the bottom of the page, if it fits the flow of the article.

Quick Tips to Make a Great MFP Image

  • Create a 'teaser' title so that people want to click the photo to find out more.
  • Don't use boring serif fonts that look too clunky and home made (such as Times New Roman).
  • Put everything you want to say in the image. When people repin your image they'll often change any text you've added when you pinned it, so make sure the image will convey the full message.
  • Another idea is to use a quote from your article. However this method can lead to lower views unless you add an appropriate teaser or use a quote that can easily be understood to be part of a larger piece of content.

Why It Works

1. No matter how many followers you have, everyone on Pinterest can see your pins. So if you pin an image, you can get hundreds of repins if it gets enough interest, even if you have no followers at all.

2. Anyone who visits your page can simply and easily share the title of the article on Pinterest, instead of just randomly pin an image that doesn't appear related when not in the context of your article. You can also pin the image yourself.

3. People are curious. Give them a teaser image and they'll want to click and read more.

Other Pinterest Tips

--> Edit your pinboards so each one is in the most relevant category to increase the chance that your pins will be viewed by the most interested people. For instance a pinned article photo about dogs will do far better in the pet section than the sports section.

--> Have you written interesting articles in saturated topics? Getting no views on them? Try pinning them... since you're bypassing Google you might be surprised how much Pinterest traffic you get!

Does this break the Hubpages rule on watermarked images?

Several people have questioned whether adding text to an image would break the Hubpages rule that forbids watermarking an image.

I have been in contact with the team via email, and although they have not given a definite yes, they have indicated that creating a "made for pinterest" image should generally be acceptable as long as the image meets the following criteria:

  1. High quality image (not pixelated or low quality).
  2. The text complements the picture and is added tastefully.
  3. The text does not obscure important parts of the image, or detract from the image.

Examples of MFP Images


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LiteraryMind 2 weeks ago from Connecticut, USA

So very informative. Up until now, I get very little traffic from my pins. I am going to try your method. What I don't understand is " Close to the top of the page, generally in a right aligned position, so that it's seen as one of the first images on the page." Are you talking about in the Hub or in Pinterest? I don't see any option in either to control placement of a photo.

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Nadine May 5 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Many thanks for that information,especially the images!

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srsddn 5 months ago from Dehra Dun, India

Congratulations, WryLilt, on your getting the Hubbie award for the best all round hub. It is always pleasure to go through such Hubs to recapitulate and update on issues like Pinterest.

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ChitrangadaSharan 5 months ago from New Delhi, India

Congratulations for the Hubbie award for the best all round hub! This is definitely very helpful, evergreen and informative hub.

I appreciated it earlier and appreciate it again!

Thanks and enjoy your well deserved win!

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bravewarrior 5 months ago from Central Florida

Excellent article and congratulations on winning the 2016 Hubbie Award for Best All-Around Hub!

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Anna Marie Bowman 11 months ago from Florida

Awesome advice!!! I now want to go back and edit all of my Pinterest worthy hubs! This could take a while...

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FootballNut 13 months ago

Glad this worked for you. The overall statistic I would be interested in though is did curating content and getting re-pins on your content bring your web pages many product sales in the end?

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Karine Gordineer 18 months ago from Upstate New York

Interesting and informative - thanks for sharing!

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ccholai 19 months ago from Papua New Guinea

Thanks for the Pinterest and MFP tips - it is very useful.

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the rawspirit 19 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

Thanks for this info. I have not really thought about the economic aspects of HubPages, but I do want to get more readership. I will implement some of your suggestions. Blessings

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poetryman6969 19 months ago

Very interesting information. Voted up.

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thranax 20 months ago from Rep Boston MA

After seeing a rise in traffic from Pinterest I went looking on how to expand my view-ability there and found your hub. Thanks for the in-depth look a how to get a hub ready for Pinterest.


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Kristen Howe 21 months ago from Northeast Ohio

This is a fantastic hub, WryLit. I'm new to Pinterest and also to sharing them here on HP this month. I would give Pixabay's website a look, since I've been using other free image websites for my hubs. I would keep your tips in mind to increase traffic. Voted up for useful!

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randel9 22 months ago from United Kingdom

You give me an idea how to do it good.

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tiffanyrose2015 22 months ago

Very cool, thanks for the information! :-)

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HennieN 23 months ago from South Africa

Very interesting article. The caption in any image provides great back links for Google as well.

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Greensleeves Hubs 2 years ago from Essex, UK

Interesting. I use Pinterest, but I've always used it in a very casual, unstructured way. I just pin links to my hubpages and selected photos with links to the hubs they are taken from, but not MFPs with 'teasers'. (I'd never even heard of MFPs before). Sometimes the photos take off and are repinned many times but without any noticeable increase as yet to any of my hub views. I will have to spend more time I think on trying to ensure maximum repins and clicks in future.

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monia saad 2 years ago from In my Dream

great huand elpful tips and there was many people use pinterest to make money from adsense

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viryabo2 2 years ago

I read this article about nine months ago, but it was way over my head then, however I joined Pinterest but didn't do much.

Today i came back to re-read and digest it further, and i am now beginning to implement your tips.

Thank you.

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Coach Tara 2 years ago from USA

This Hub has the value to stand the test of time! Great tips on how to leverage Pinterest! Thank you.

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Coffee-Break 2 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Great ideas Susannah, I have too much on my plate now, with the migration from Squidoo, but once I 'm done with that, I'll start using your tutorial.

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mumsgather 2 years ago

Very helpful. I create a lot of my own graphics for my online writing but this idea is new to me. I will think of making it pinterest friendly from now on. Thanks.

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Very helpful hub WryLilt. I enjoy using Pinterest but this could add another dimension.

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Chocolatealchemy 2 years ago from London, United Kingdom

Great article - thanks for a brilliant tip! I am a bit of a pinaholic; but I think it's time I created my own pins too.

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Brite-Ideas 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

thanks, excellent tips here

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BarbaraCasey 2 years ago from St. Petersburg, Florida

As a new Hubber from Squidoo, I'm tickled to come across great articles like this as I explore our new home. Enjoyed your teaser hub, too.

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Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

Just read this terrific article after it was recommended on a forum. So glad I did!

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Camille Harris 2 years ago from SF Bay Area

Using this Hub and sprucing up some of my images as we speak! (I LOVE Picmonkey!) Glad you're seeing success on HubPages. Keep writing :)

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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Definitely going to try this with the photos in future, thanks so much for the awesome advice, nell

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jlpark 2 years ago from New Zealand

Awesome, I am going to give this a go when my daughter is asleep! I wish there was a way to favourite hubs on this site....oh well, I'll add this to my bookmarks!

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George Garden 2 years ago from Walnut, CA

Posting in pinterest was challenging for a business promotion executive because your pin reach million of peoples they are watching for new technology's .your pin must drive traffic for your business development.

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frank jackson 2 years ago from CA

Interesting Blog...detailed explanation on pinterest as an entrepreneur its really helpful develop an business as well generate traffic for our boards. moreover it will get good revenue for organization. Once again thanks for your blog ..

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WryLilt 2 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia Author

Jesper Seest, thanks, link updated!

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Jesper Seest 3 years ago from Espergærde, Frederiksborg, Denmark

Great article Wrylit :), really got me think about how to change, how I work with Pinterest. Btw. your Facebook link does not work

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Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Thank you. I'm so glad to have come across your hub on Pinterest. I'm an active member on Pinterest myself and create most of the images for my articles, so yes some I have published on Pinterest. What is so great in your hub is the information on how to create your own images. I'm going to share your article on our Kima Global authors group page on Facebook. I've been trying to get our authors onto hub pages, but its often the image that stopped them. I love creating images for my articles, but I do not have the time to help them with images.

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KC3Lady 3 years ago from Mission, Johnson County, Kansas

Thanks for this fun and informative hub full of great ideas. I also appreciate the photo editing page. Voted up!

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American_Choices 3 years ago from USA

Hi Wrylilt,

I admit I have listened but never followed your advise. Then I took a look at my earnings and you are so right. I promise in the future to follow your every word. I was always a fan- now I am a dedicated fan.Thank you so much for the practical information that we need. Keep hubbing!

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Stacie L 3 years ago


I have read this Hub a number of times and finally tried your suggestions...and guess what?

It worked!Thanks! :-)

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svenster 3 years ago

Great hub introducing pinterest as a means to improve your hub and increase traffic by sidestepping the all powerful google! Thanks! I'm gonna have to try this.

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Pamela Kinnaird W 3 years ago from Maui and Arizona

I read this hub with relish. Then I discovered Dorsi's hub and her accolades of your hub and your knowledge. Both of you are much appreciated. I will next try to learn a bit at the site you mentioned: PicMonkey. Thanks, Wrylilt.

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passionate77 3 years ago

excellent hub, great information you shared wrylilt dear. really so helpful and i just bookmarked it for further reference as well as i don't know much about pinterest and need to learn a lot yet, anyway thanks for such a wonderful post, million blessings ahead dear!

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WryLilt 3 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia Author

As linked in the hub, Picmonkey is a good option.

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The Examiner-1 3 years ago

Do you have a Hub which explains how to add text to a photo? Is it done in HP or Pinterest?

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SamitaJassi 3 years ago from Chandigarh

This is very useful hub.. I am really looking for this information

Thanks dear for sharing it...

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cheeluarv 3 years ago from INDIA

You have won "Two Awards" Congrats :):)

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TurtleDog 3 years ago

Excellent post and congratulations on the award!

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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Congratulations on your Hubbie win on this hub.

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Dennis AuBuchon 3 years ago

I have been wanting a list of free photo sites. The information will benefit me in a big way with the articles I write. I voted up, useful, awesome and interesting along with pinning, and tweeting.

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Goodpal 3 years ago

On the photo related IQ I must have the least developed brain, but after reading this really cute way of article promotion I am reorganizing my grey matter to try editing some photos and make them what you guys call MFP.

Thanks Wry for writing such a wonderful hub.

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Howard Allen 3 years ago

WryLilt, I've been reading your stuff for a few months now and it's really great. I'm experimenting with some MFP images but I haven't mastered them yet. Your advice has given me hope that i'll be able to get decent traffic at some point. Thank you.

(Sorry if you've seen a comment like this from me already: I posted one a few days ago but it didn't show up in "My Activity" so I don't know if it worked.)

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

I first read this article quite some time ago and yes, I do have some MFPs on some of my newer hubs. This is an excellent source for anyone who wants to better understand Pinterest and how to get the most benefit from it.

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Jennifer Suchey 3 years ago

Excellent hub. Thanks for all the info. I saw a forum thread you mentioned this in a while back, but didn't have time to invest in reading and understanding what a made for pinterest image was and how to make one. I was thinking about the best way to promote hubs on pinterest and remembered you had written a hub on that very thing. So . . . here I am and I'm glad to have this new found knowledge. Thanks so much!

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Kasman 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

Wow Wrylilt. I'm impressed. I'm definitely bookmarking this article as I need info like this that I can use. I'm always on the lookout for interesting ways to increase traffic. Thanks! Voting up and sharing!

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Ericajean 3 years ago

I need this article, because I enjoy using Pinterest to display my favorite articles and books. Thanks!

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

Great tips. I love how you write so clearly and make your point so well. We can all surely benefit from your advice.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

Thank you for this clear and understandable information. I will try it. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful.

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WryLilt 3 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia Author

RMCreech, the number is displayed in the right hand sidebar, below the number of times tweeted and liked.

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RMCreech 3 years ago

Sorry if this is a dumb question, but how do you know how many times your images have been pinned? Is this stat displayed somewhere?

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rainsanmartin 3 years ago from Fort Wayne

I'll have to go back and do this on my Hubs (just starting out). Thankfully I have Photoshop experience and create my own photo's which makes the process more simple.

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DaffodilSky 3 years ago from Cardiff, Wales, UK

Very interesting and useful stuff - thank you Wrylilt. I use my own images in my hubs and will try making some of them Pinterest-friendly very soon.

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twentyfive 3 years ago

Wow, thank you for sharing this tip Wrylit. Definitely gonna do this now :)

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Good Guy 3 years ago from Malaysia

Hi WryLilt,

I didn't know I need to have MFP photos. Does this simply mean to put up a high quality picture plus caption?

Vote up.

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Winterfate 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

Most interesting. I'm terrible with picture editing though. :/

Still, I might try it out one of these days. :o

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Gina145 3 years ago from South Africa

Thanks. I'll definitely be trying this out.

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Serenity Queen 3 years ago from Rochester, NY

Thanks! This will be really helpful.

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Toytasting 3 years ago from Mumbai

Wrylit, thank you for this useful hub. I feel this is a great way to build up views as the web is redesigning in a visual way.

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lenamaewrites 3 years ago from Winchester, KY

I'll try that out today and see how well I can do with it. Thanks for the suggestion!

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WryLilt 3 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia Author

@lenamaewrites, I highly recommend Picmonkey

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lenamaewrites 3 years ago from Winchester, KY

I downloaded the GIMP 2 program to try my hand at "made for Pinterest" images. I failed miserably. Maybe I'll try an editing site that is a little more basic.

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sparkleyfinger 3 years ago from Glasgow

Great hub. I use pinterest as a tool to get traffic regularly, and I definitely think it is best to use a totally unique image to ensure that all repins direct back to your source, rather than someone else's. Voted up and useful!

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srsddn 3 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

wrylilt, something new for me. Great tips and I am surely going to try. Thanks for sharing.

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EuroNinila 3 years ago from NYC BABY

Thanks for sharing! I love Pinterest !

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Shrikrishnap 3 years ago from Bangalore

Thanks WryLit, This sounds interesting & useful. I am going to try this today. I get few likes on pins but expecting more with this..

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healthmom 3 years ago from Ohio

Thanks for all this great information! I love pinterest myself, it's addicting and actually helpful to me for organizing projects and recipes. I was just wondering how I could add text to my pics yesterday and found your post this morning! I was following your advice for new hubber forum and learned a lot! Have a great day,


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WryLilt 3 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia Author

@Bedbugsabscond - I never say you HAVE to interact on Pinterest. If you use MFPs you don't even need an account. But you can interact by liking, commenting, repinning and following other people.

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Dorsi 3 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

Thanks Wry for the great hub with the Pinterest tips. I just tried what you said with one of my images from an art lesson on drawing a 3D Hand Print. This makes a lot of sense to add a teaser and that text will stay with the photo. Brilliant. Since I take a lot of my own photos I am going to go back into a lot of my hubs and add text and then pin them. I've also re-pinned this hub onto my board for writers tips. Great advice and thanks again!

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Bedbugabscond 3 years ago from United States

Hi. I am back with more questions. People are starting to repin my MFP images. Yay! Now to the question part. I know you recommend interacting on Pinterest. I am a newb, and I don't understand how one would socially interact there the way we would on other social sites. Do you have a website or hub about this?

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twig22bend 3 years ago

Thank you for making a complicated, issue quite understandable.

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livinggood 3 years ago from California

Thanks for the advice

I'm going to try it.

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rray001 3 years ago from Cincinnati, Ohio

Thanks for the information I will use this..

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Hikapo 3 years ago from California

Hey WryLit, I am going to use your suggestions in my next June 2013 hub challenge. I will need some feedback. Thanks!

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Lizolivia 3 years ago from Central USA

Great description on using Pinterest that's easy to understand! Useful, thanks.

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KenDeanAgudo 3 years ago from Tiwi, Philippines

awesome very helpful ;-)

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WryLilt 3 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia Author

Timetraveller, I've noticed a lot of your pins don't tease me. They make a statement, they don't pose a question that makes me want to click for answers or more info.

Also, you're using a lot of big blocks of background colour. I'd avoid this if possible and either use transparent borders or the fade option, so you don't overpower the original image.

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WryLilt 3 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia Author

You can have any image pointing to any link. You can even upload an image straight to Pinterest then add a link to someone else's website or hub! So it's really up to you - if they're decent quality and have repins, I'd say just leave them.

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Bedbugabscond 3 years ago from United States

You are right thanks. Not to keep "bugging" you... don't worry I don't bite! I have another question. I just went through another hub. I changed all of the pictures. Now they have borders and are a bit higher quality. They were the same pictures, just tweaked to look nicer. I had the old ones pinned. Do I need to repin the new ones? What about the old pins?

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TIMETRAVELER2 3 years ago

Wry Lit: I just finished putting MFP photos in prime space for every one of my 113 hubs. I also removed many that I posted on Pinterest. I love the way the hubs look, but simply am not getting any traffic whatsoever from the MFPs. I can only hope others who read my hubs will pin them. I cannot figure out how you are so successful with this technique when I can't get anything out of it...but I am trying because I can use extra views. Maybe in time this will work out. How long did it take you to get your pins up and running and how long did it take to get views from Pinterest? Thanks for your help, I just love PicMonkey!

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WryLilt 3 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia Author

Hi Bedbugabscond,

No, the beauty of Pinterest is that it's an image bookmarking service. Every photo you pin from the internet automatically links back to the place it was pinned from. Try clicking a few images on Pinterest to see what I mean.

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Bedbugabscond 3 years ago from United States

Hi WryLit. I made my first made for Pinterest image, and it has spurred a sort of excitement in me. I wanted to thank you and ask a question. When I pin the photo do I need to put the link in to the comment box given when you pin a picture or does it automatically link back?

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Ingenira 3 years ago

Crystal clear instruction. Thank you!

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gags3480 3 years ago from Kanpur, India

Excellent hub. Really useful.

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WryLilt 3 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia Author

TIMETRAVELER2, I recommend using an MFP in your "prime ad space" if you think it will get lots of pins - however it depends on the hub for using other images. Most of my hubs I start with an MFP at the top right then have another 2-4 images throughout the hub. I also use videos, polls and blue/grey right aligned text capsules to break up text flow as well.

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TIMETRAVELER2 3 years ago

I notice that you seem to use only one pic for each article, although we are advised to use at least three. You are good at this, I am not. Please tell me if using only one pic helps or hurts our numbers. Your articles look great, and I'd like mine to look the same! Thanks

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Bedbugabscond 3 years ago from United States

This is all new to me. I have never really given Pinterest much thought. I can see that I need to go back and give it A LOT more thought.

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agapsikap 3 years ago from Philippines

Thank you WryLit for sharing! It helps.. I will definitely share this.

Voted up..

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BrightMeadow 3 years ago from a room of one's own

I move a little slowly. Heard of Pinterest, didn't actually understand what it was about. This makes a lot of sense. Good info, too. I will definitely have to give it a try.

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viking305 3 years ago from Ireland

I use Pinterest a lot for my hubs and get quite a bit of traffic from it. But I never thought to add text to my photos to attract more traffic. This idea is something I did not think of so thanks, will be giving this a go.

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Esther Strong 3 years ago from UK

I've read other articles on gaining views from using Pinterest but your method is totally new to me and by far the most useful. Big thanks for sharing. Voting up etc.

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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

I'm a newbie and was wondering about this. You answered my question with an easy how-to. Thanks!

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kitkat1141 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Great article. I am fairly new to Pinterest, but can see it will be worthwhile getting the pictures right to generate traffic. Thank you for this information.

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Mommy Needs a Nap 3 years ago from Arkansas

Very helpful tips. I've had a little success on Pinterest, but I definitely think these tips will improve my chances. Thank you.

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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Reading this again WryLilt,

I am more interested than ever in possibly using Pinterest and changing my top photos. My problem will be that since I have written so many hubs it will be a monumental effort to change all of them and modifying their images before allowing the Pinterest button since it is an all or nothing proposition. I appreciate your advice! Up votes and sharing.

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ExpectGreatThings 3 years ago from Illinois

This is simple and brilliant. I feel like I have been on Pinterest forever but didn't think of these things. Thanks for sharing them! - Ginger

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Ceres Schwarz 3 years ago

Hi. Thanks for the clarification on my questions. I understand things much better now.

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Millionaire Tips 3 years ago from USA

This is very useful. I do need to go back and make a MFP image in each of my hub. Thank you very much for this article and for your feedback on my hubs. Voted up!

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pinto2011 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

Thanks for making all these awareness. Before this, I was in dark.

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WryLilt 3 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia Author

Ceres Schwarz,

I mean images that you can use with alteration. For instance those on MorgueFile.

All images on the internet are copyright to the owner UNLESS otherwise stated. Even with alterations, the copyright is still owned by the original creator in most cases.

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Careermommy 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

I'm so glad I found this hub, WryLilt. It is filled with very valuable information. I've only been on Pinterest for about a month and it seems like most of my traffic has been through that site. I'm going to try the MFP images and see what happens! Thank you.

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Natashalh 3 years ago from Hawaii

Ever since I started trying to use Pin-friendly images, my Pinterest traffic went way up. Today it is my second greatest traffic source!

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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

I just came back to reread this Hub and to reshare it. I use Pinterest for all my Hubs, but I haven't been writing text on the photos. I try to use my original photos as much as possible.

Voted UP and I'm sharing....

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Ceres Schwarz 3 years ago

Great and useful hub. You've explained everything in a concise and simple way. I'll have to check out Pinterest. It sounds interesting. By the way, when you mentioned images that you can freely edit, you're talking about those that have the ShareAlike Attribution right? If you freely edit those images like adding text to them, does that mean that image becomes yours? So will that make you free to post them to Pinterest? Can you post creative commons images in Pinterest that you just found in the Internet but is linking back to your hubs? Sorry for all the questions. I'm new here and I'm still trying to understand all these things.

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Blond Logic 3 years ago from Brazil

What a good idea. I use Pintrest but normally just let it use the main photo. I will try doing this as your stats are impressive with the re-pins. Thanks for sharing this idea with us.

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Sue Adams 4 years ago from Andalusia

Good tips WryLilt,

The views on one of my pinned hubs suddenly increased from 30 to 1500 per day! Now I am paying much more attention to my Pinterest account and will go back to my hubs to insert more MFP images.

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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

Oh, so helpful. Thank you very much for sharing your Made for Pinterest Image technique.

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Mark S Waterhouse 4 years ago from Christchurch, NZ.

Cheers, very helpful for the newbie on the block

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Arielqiao 4 years ago

What an informative article.I have used Pinterest for several month,but I don't know how to use it correctly.Your article gives me many clues.

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HikeGuy 4 years ago from Northern California Coast

Thanks. I'm new to Pinterest. I'll give this a try.

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Glenn Stok 4 years ago from Long Island, NY

This is very useful information. I have noticed that a number of my images get pinned by other people, but I never see any traffic coming from it. So now I'm going to try your idea of making my images MFP by adding some short but enticing text so that people seeing the images may be motivated to click to my hub. It's going to be interesting to see how it works out. Thanks for writing about this. Voted up.

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mpropp 4 years ago from Minnesota

Very interesting hub. I'm new to hubpages and still learning, but your articles really helped explain Pinterest and how we best can use it to our advantage. I appreciate all your advice! I also had not seen the PicMonkey or MorgueFile, so again-thanks!

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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

Cheers WryLilt, this was really helpful and ha.... you know how hard it is to help a Kiwi learn something! Umm... now how do I get those damn sheep to stand still for my Woolly Jumper photo... see I wrote my message teaser on the sheep in Ariel font, but geez, you don't think that's the reason it keeps jumping up and down do ya??? Anyway... this hub was a perfect addition to the last Pin hub you did, so hopefully it will all work for me... if I can only tie my woolly jumper down sport! Thank you for sharing your wisdom... take care.. PD

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WryLilt 4 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia Author

Sorry Peggy,

Just checked and no, you can't manually pin from the domain once the pin button is turned off. But everything else I said applies. =)

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WryLilt 4 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia Author

The Pinterest TOS says you can only pin photos you have the right to. Problem is, most people don't read ToS.

Unless you disabled it, your hubs already have pin it buttons. And even if disabled, people can still pin if they have the pin button in their browser.

So anyone can pin, at least this way you're making sure you know what they pin (most of the time).

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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

This may be a silly question. Is it only the top image in one of our hubs that we have to protect by writing something on it to keep it from being stolen since that would be the image pinned? If so...and if I would join Pinterest...I would have to do that to ALL of my hubs first since I would have no control over which ones could become pinned. Correct?

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poshcoffeeco 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

Hi Wrylit, it is great to meet you. First let me say thanks for answering my question. It is a s a result of this I am here and that I found you. Thanks for this brilliant article I use Pinterest pinning as you put it'randomly'. I will now use it to pin mt underperforming articles and may just tweak them using your method of making a photo for them. Thanks so much and I hope to learn a great deal from you as I follow with interest.

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jenbeach21 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Great info! Thanks.

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Rosie writes 4 years ago from Virginia

Love Pintereset and use it already but did not realize how helpful it could be. Informative article I will put to use.

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kellyteam 4 years ago from Michigan

Great tip! I created one photo so far just need to sign up for pinerest now and see how it works. Thanks for this hub. Thumbs up, useful and shared Thanks.

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rmichaelf 4 years ago from North Central West Virginia, where the green grass grows...

Really great hub, but I (kind of??) expected it. I have seen your comments and others' comments of those comments around HubPages, and finally managed to come by randomly selecting this Hub. I am glad I did. I had been searching for pics for my recent hubs (not one of my strong suits...) and this generates more excitement in me to keep on keep'en on! Thanks very much,


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nick boston 4 years ago

I've heard about it before but have never really applied it due to my resistance to learn new things. But I think we really need to keep up with the trend these days more especially that Google constantly makes changes. So I guess pinterest should help in the Internet Marketing industry. Thanks for the information you shared here.

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daisydayz 4 years ago from Cardiff

This is a great and really helpful hub, I am a pinner and hubber but get very few hits from pintrest at all. I think making MFP images may be a great way forward as I write a lot of recipes which are one of the biggest topics on pintrest. Thanks voted up and shared!

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livewithrichard 4 years ago from Charleston, SC

Thanks WryLit!!! I haven't been participating much on HP in a while because my offline business has been keeping me swamped... thankfully. I'm happy to find that the great hubbers I knew are still great and still helping out. I think you've inspired me to start using Pinterest and hope for the boost in traffic.

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Learn Things Web 4 years ago from California

This is a really timely hub. I just started using pinterest recently and wanted to start making MFP images. This is great information. Shared and awesome.

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molometer 4 years ago

Really useful hub on Pinterest. I get quite a lot of views from there already and I can see how this would work well. Must give it a try.

Voted up useful and sharing.

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Liz Walmoth 4 years ago

Your explanation of how to use Pinterest is so helpful. Thanks so much!

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IndikaT 4 years ago from Kandy,Sri Lanka

I will definitely start making MFP images for my articles. Very useful information. Thanks a lot...

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Great info, very useful - we're all here for the views and hopefully, this will get us all more. Voted up etc.

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Bethaleg 4 years ago from Minnesota

You did a great job explaining how to better use pinterest for traffic increase. I didn't even know this was a possibility. Very interesting that it bypasses Google. I may have to seriously look into it now. Thanks for the info.

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KDuBarry03 4 years ago

Huh...I've never have thought of changing the picture itself. I will definitely start doing this! Well done and great information :)

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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I just read your hub, and will have to read it a gazillion times as I am not too savvy with all of this. I have seen many photos on pinterest, but no explanation on how things are doine. Am I right about this? Still not sure what to do...not about your explanation which is very clear. Thanks for sharing this and hope Ican do it as I write a lot of craft articles for different sites.

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LTaylor99 4 years ago from USA

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Very useful!

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beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

I'm in Pinterest. Sometimes, I get lucky with the views. This hub is very useful thanks!

Voted up and shared.

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WryLilt 4 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia Author

Angelo, imo, that looks messy. If you have a teaser title on the image, it's going to be pretty worthless for people to steal anyway.

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Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

Like your explanation on updating photos for Pinterest. Another consideration is to add your hubpages profile link somewhere on the photo where it is not a distraction (usually toward the bottom in small letters). Shared voted up etc.

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chef-de-jour 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

Very clear and to the point - great for the dinosaurs like me to understand. I've had some traffic from Pinterest in the past but your idea of creating custom images to entice more is right on the dot.

Many thanks and voted up.

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Arren123 4 years ago from UK

Super Hub, thanks for sharing, good info and learnt a lot, voted up, interesting and useful :)

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MelChi 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

I've only recently started becoming really active on Pinterest and I love it! So many interesting things to see, it's fun and it brings in a good amount of traffic. These are some excellent tips - I'm definitely going to give it a go over the weekend when I have time to play around with images and words. Thanks for sharing! :)

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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

This is great information! I've had limited success with pining my own stuff. I will definitely be using these tips! VUMS.

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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee

Great hub, interesting and everyone seems to be catching on to Pinterest. Voted up, useful and shared...

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MPG Narratives 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

I've been thinking about pininterest and with these tips I'm going to look into it, thanks. Voted up and useful.

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agvulpes 4 years ago from Australia

Thanks Wry L this is the first article I have read on Pinterest that actually makes sense :-) It might be the Aussie thing?

Great Hub and shared out.

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Maralexa 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

Interesting and exciting hub, WryLilt! I believe that pictures can say so much. I am definitely going to try this.

Many thanks, up and awesome.

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sjwigglywoo 4 years ago from UK

Thanks for this very useful article, I'm off to incorporate your suggestions! Voted up big style!

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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada

Thanks, Wry! This is very useful for me, as I am just learning how to edit and manipulate images with the free programs. I thought you needed photoshop but there are several free programs out there that work almost as well. Thanks for this!

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hinazille 4 years ago from Dominica (West Indies, The Caribbean) :D

voted up & useful - a good, informative hub... Thanks!

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WryLilt 4 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia Author

GmaGoldie, I don't know what you mean by upload a powerpoint. I was not aware you could upload a slide show to Hubpages, only images and videos.

Pinterest is just for pinning static images.

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amithak50 4 years ago from India

I never tried pinterest but it is great source of traffic ..I will definitely try that

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GmaGoldie 4 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


If I create a Power Point and save it as a jpeg it works here on HubPages to upload but is it appropriate Pinterest material? Or is Pinterest more for the photographer?

I need to learn so much. My next item to learn is how to load images to my website.

As always you are very helpful. So glad you are here. You are always way ahead of me so keep up the great work. Voted up and useful.

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lobobrandon 4 years ago

Ok cool :) That's great to know

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BlissfulWriter 4 years ago

The morgueFile license says that you can not distribute image exactly as it is. Does that mean that we have to write text onto the image or alter it in some way before we can use the image?

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WryLilt 4 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia Author

Well with over 1,000 pins in the last ten days (only about 10% of them from repins from my own pins) I'd say yes!

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lobobrandon 4 years ago

I'm off to give pinterest a try right now. Do you think its worth the time?

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Melis Ann 4 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

Interesting idea about adding text to images for pinterest ~ hadn't seen that suggestion before. I just joined pinterest last week and am still figuring out my strategy. Thanks for the tips! Voted up!

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WryLilt 4 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia Author

You're welcome. =) Good luck.

You can follow me on Twitter, Facebook, G+ or Pinterest via my profile at the top right. Just click the image and then the relevant profile link. =)

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poowool5 4 years ago from here in my house

Hey WryLit, many thanks for the Pininterest help...I'm all set now. Sorry, couldn't think of any other way to contact you to say thanks :)

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old albion 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Thank you WryLilt, a most informative hub a bit beyond me at present but a wonderful reference.

Best Wishes.

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WryLilt 4 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia Author

Hi Poowool5,

The site is

You probably saw the FB/Twitter logins because you can use either of them to login to Pinterest.

Leave your email and I'll send you an invite (then I'll delete your email comment) if you want.

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poowool5 4 years ago from here in my house

Great hub, WryLit, lots of good advice and I really want to try this, but now: a NOOBISH QUESTION (pretty new hubber here, and not very tech savvy...)...where the heck is this Pininterest page? I read a useful blog (where you said you had written this hub, that's how I found it) but it showed pix of adding your URL, then selecting images, and like Verlie's comments on the blog, I cannot find this. When I click on the Pininterest link above my hub, it just wants to take me to twitter or FB. Is there a Pininterest page? And what about this getting invited stuff? Sorry to sound so noobish, but I haven't quite got it yet... Thanks for any advice!

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WryLilt 4 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia Author

Yes Rachel. When you pin them from your website the images link back to your site.

But when other people pin your images they can send you traffic too. They are more likely to pin your images if they're descriptive of your topic.

rachelisoneill 4 years ago

coolies. Thanks. I knew what people used pintrest for, but yeah, this explains how it benefits you. Thanks.

Do you then pin pics from your website onto your pintrest pages?

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emilybee 4 years ago

This is so awesome. I really had little idea what to do with Pinterest, so thanks!!! Voted up!

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WryLilt 4 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia Author

Mary the actual typed text that is used as the "Photo Title" can be removed. They cannot remove any part of the photo itself, which is why that's the best place to put the title.

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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

This is an eye opener for those of us who like Pinterest. You have been so helpful to me; thanks. I am wondering about writing on your photos, though. Can I use that photo of other Hubs if I want to. You said your text can be removed by other Pinners? Can they do that? Many thanks!

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eatforcheaper 4 years ago from London

This is a great article, thanks. I'm getting used to pinterest to promote my articles and my website.

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revmjm 4 years ago from Richmond, VA

Thanks for explaining this. I joined Pinterest, but I couldn't figured out how to use it. You did a good job of pointing me in the right direction.

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incomeguru 4 years ago from Lagos

This is interesting and very useful for hubbers finding it difficult to get good images. Bookmarked and voted up!

Snu 4 years ago

Nice Job girly =)

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sandrabusby 4 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

Thanks, WryLit, I'm certainly going to try this as my photographic images are all my own and as important to me as the text. Sandra Busby

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