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What Are the Best Images to Use on Pinterest?

Updated on July 4, 2016
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Which Are the Best Images to Post to Pinterest?

Which images should you post to Pinterest? And even more importantly, when? Of course, the site is all about visuals, so your photographs should be attractive with the element of intrigue: "What is that? I want to know more about that." And, crucially, "I want to click through to the website to learn more."

If you scroll down, you'll find a variety of tips about posting on Pinterest, but first I want to let you know what the company's own research reveals.

Over the years, for example, I've noticed that recipes pinned on Sundays are more successful than on any other day. Was it just me, I wondered? Is there a best day for different subjects? Read on to find out about their latest research.

These images are © BritFlorida and are screenshots of my own pins. The image above and the first one below: © Andy Royston.

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Monday

Despite the grumbles we sometimes hear about Mondays, it seems that the Pinterest fraternity start the week in an optimistic frame of mind. For this is the best day to post images from articles about fitness.

I have extended this to include health and beauty when considering my own pinning activities. It's almost as if the start of a new week is rather like the new year—we have good intentions to stick to our diet and beauty regimens.

This includes hair care and general health topics. Think around the subject too: for example, pins that lead to articles about clothing to wear whilst exercising, yoga mats or running shoes are all suitable for the fitness topic.

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Tuesday

On the next day, however, research has shown that viewers are looking at technical devices (maybe exercise or fitness apps if the glow of self-improvement hasn't worn off!) This effect isn't limited to the devices themselves—accessories do well too.

Always post the largest image you can, and be sure that your keywords are in the descriptive text. Bear in mind that many people have boards specifically for gifts, so be sure that your photograph will be found and collected for future reference.

There is sometimes confusion about whether people want to see products. Yes, they do. Product pins will invariably pay off in the future.

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Wednesday

Ah, the middle of the week. Those good intentions about health and beauty regimens might be wearing off a little after a couple of days back at work. The weekend is in sight but still a couple of days away. What do people enjoy on this day?

Motivation. Quotes, of course, are a great idea, but so are motivational or inspirational books. The important thing to remember is that people want their spirits lifted.

If you don't have quotes to add to the site, there are other ways. What lifts your spirits? If something has that effect on you, then it will on others too. I find that this is a great day for pinning fabulous scenery, a beautiful flower shot or a strong visual that pleases the eye.

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Thursday

We can definitely see the weekend on the horizon now. That means that many people are considering fashion and the clothes they'll be wearing, or more importantly, buying when the weekend comes around. You can help them.

When we think of fashion, we tend to think of women's clothing, but don't forget the guys too. And bear in mind the accessories people will need—luggage for a weekend trip, gorgeous new shoes for a special Saturday night out.

Also, fashion varies with the seasons. Choose swimsuits and beachwear to pin during the warmer months. Extend your fashion pinning to include jewelry and luxury cosmetics.

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Friday

It's Friday and the weekend is nearly here. People are looking forward to relaxing, taking part in sports, having fun with friends and taking trips. Their outlook is brightening as they prepare for the weekend break.

Today, people want to smile. They want to see fun images. They want to read jokes that they can tell their friends. Yes, for Friday, the theme is humour. This is the best day to post fun items that viewers will share.

Even people who are still at work are winding down. They are thinking about the weekend and looking for fun items. So don't just post jokes and quotes; try comedy movies, TV shows and books.

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Saturday

Even those who aren't away on weekend trips are still thinking about travel, as that's the most popular section on Saturdays. They have the leisure time at home to look for new venues and plan their vacations.

But if you don't write travel articles you can still make the most of this day by thinking about the items that people will need when they travel away from home. Luggage is a given, but think too about other travel accessories.

People have Pinterest boards devoted solely to forthcoming vacations and trips. Cater to them with the information and items they will need. Remember that couples are thinking about honeymoons too.

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Sunday

There are two subjects that get equal billing on Sundays. I mentioned one above, but here's the other: crafts. Pinterest viewers are looking for ways to brighten up their homes, improve their wardrobes or recycle household products.

This desire opens up an opportunity for people who write about crafting topics. But if you don't, there's no need to be left out. Crafting covers activities I would largely call "home and garden," particularly if they are planet-friendly.

Therefore articles about anything to do with DIY, home décor, or the garden—or books about these subjects—will get more mileage if they are posted on a Sunday.

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Finally

Food and recipes are always popular, although Sundays lead the way. Do remember that the topics quoted above for the days of the week aren't the only subjects that will be popular on the site.

No matter what your specialty or niche, you can still use Pinterest to your advantage, and if you don't have images that fit those topics, all that's needed is a little lateral thinking.

Once you realise what the "general mood" is for each day of the week, and what viewers on the site will be looking for, the chances are that you'll have something for them.

Pinning tips

  • Intrigue the viewer with your image. "What is that? I want to click through to the site and see more."
  • Draw the viewer in with your image. Let them imagine themselves wearing that outfit, being on that beach or transforming their own home.
  • Have your pin answer the question to a problem. "How can I find more storage space in my tiny home?" "What's the best way to pack for a cruise?"
  • Some people like to put text on their images, but remember that this text won't be seen by the Pinterest search. Make sure your keywords are in the text.
  • Always remember that the goal is to have people click through to your site or article. Bear this in mind when writing. Ask yourself, "Will this image be great for Pinterest?" If not, select another image.
  • If you're still pinning using the button supplied on the page, consider getting the official pin-it button from Pinterest (released February 2014). This gives you much more flexibility.
  • Don't worry if your pins don't bring you immediate traffic. People use the site almost as a scrapbook—they are bookmarking pages for future reference.
  • Consider keeping your own records of which of your images get repinned the most. Note the day and the time of year. This can provide you with valuable information.
  • Traditionally it's said that vertical (portrait orientation) images will be more popular than horizontal. I find that square is equally good. Do try to avoid horizontal (landscape orientation) though as these are rarely successful.
  • When you see that an image is doing particularly well, do check the page that it's leading to. Be sure that there are no errors or out-of-date information. Put your best foot forward.

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Make people happy with your pins. Be inspirational.

Do you have tips you'd like to pass on?

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      Lorelei Cohen 2 years ago from Canada

      Very interesting and very logical. Reading through I could definitely see a reason for the change in views lol. Wonderfully useful.

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Fantastic article, Jackie! Love your detailed day of the week posting recommendations as well as your great tips on choosing images for Pinterest.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great tips on how to use Pinterest. I'm still a newbie to it and finding my own way around it. Great information!

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great information. I've just joined Pinterest a month ago and getting used to it. If I had a digital camera, (and I hope to get one sometime this spring), I'll keep this info in mind.

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      Jaketra Bryant 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      this was really interesting. I just now discovered pintererest. Late bloomer, I know lol

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      Laura Smith 2 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      Wow. It's crazy. There's a science to everything online these days. Thanks for the research!

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      Faisal Usman 2 years ago from Islamabad Pakistan

      Cool article plus nice photos

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      Jackie Jackson 2 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @tlcs - thanks! Give my love to Hampshire - I lived there many years ago :)

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      Trudy Cooper 2 years ago from Hampshire, UK

      Thanks for the in site, very useful information. Thanks.

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      Jackie Jackson 2 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @CherylsArt - it's interesting isn't it? The research comes from Pinterest themselves so it's as accurate as it possibly could be.

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      Cheryl Paton 2 years ago from West Virginia

      That's interesting finding out that different topics do better on different days. Thanks for the tips.

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      Jackie Jackson 2 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      I love cellphone photographs. We don't have a camera these days, just our phones.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i always use my nokia cellphone to take photos. It has 8 megapixels

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      Jackie Jackson 2 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @LisaDH - thank you somuch. It's fascinating, isn't it?

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      LisaDH 2 years ago

      Wow, I had no idea there was so much research about what to pin and when. Pinning this one for sure!

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      Jackie Jackson 2 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Charmcrazey - thanks for visiting.I hope you make the most of Pinterest - it's great promotion.

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      Barbara Casey 2 years ago from St. Petersburg, Florida

      Pinterest brings traffic to my recipe pages but I haven't figured out how to monetize the site yet. I think Wednesday's motivation theme will be the place to start. Thanks for doing the research.

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      Jackie Jackson 2 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      Thanks @beliza - great images are definitely a must.

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      beliza 2 years ago

      Great tips, I hate when people use bad photos on Pinterest!

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      Wanda Fitzgerald 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Didn't even know there was a pin button. Now I have to go find it. Thanks for the great ideas.

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      Jackie Jackson 2 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      Thank you @esmonaco - I'm glad that the information is useful. The days of the week really do make a difference.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 2 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Once again thanks so much for the research you do, and all of the help. I had no idea the day of the week meant anything! I'll be keeping this and referring back to it. Thanks Again :)

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      Jackie Jackson 2 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      Thanks so much for visiting! Collectors and hobbyists are wonderful market. (Weird and wacky too!)

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      Roger Decker 2 years ago from Braggs, Oklahoma

      One of the main things I've noticed on Pinterest is the number of collectors and hobbyists on the site. Seems no matter what kind of comic book mania pic I pin, it usually gets re-pinned. The same with movies and strange encounters, you know, the weird and whacky to the unbelievable (bigfoot, Loch Ness, etc.). People of all walks of life love this. And personally, I've been a Trekkie long before there was such a word, so I can rel;ate to much of it. I loved the article. Thanks.

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      BestRatedStuff 2 years ago

      This has been very helpful, had no idea the day of the week made so much difference. Thanks for such an informative lens.

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      June Campbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      No tips, but I learned a lot. Thanks for this great lens.

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      Glenda Motsavage 2 years ago from The Sunshine State

      Wow... who knew! I had no idea that pinning was so strategic. I'll be paying much closer attention from now on. I'm pretty much a newbie when it comes to Internet Marketing, so you can imagine how grateful I am for this information. Thanks for sharing your expertise!

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      thebookhill 2 years ago

      Thank you for this great information!

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      WinWriter 2 years ago

      Your lenses are always so informative and well written. Thank you :)

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      RoadMonkey 2 years ago

      I find Pinterest confusing and am always looking for information that will help me make the best of it. This is helpful, thank you. Who would have thought that different subjects did better on different days of the week?

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      Namsak 2 years ago

      I use Pinterest for my own amusement and if someone likes what I pin there that is a bonus.

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      blessing3 2 years ago

      this is the first time I got the info about the right time to pin on pinterest and also the right topic at the right time. thanks for sharing!

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      James Jordan 2 years ago from Burbank, CA

      Great tips!

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      Corrinna Johnson 2 years ago from BC, Canada

      Great tips! MY pins do awesome on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings!

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      sybil watson 2 years ago

      I love that Pin It button - it's so much easier to pin the one picture you want out of a big page. Thanks for the info about which days are best for which pins - that will really help!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      cool lens girl! :)

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      nuxa76 2 years ago

      nice :)

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      Jackie Jackson 2 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @takkhisa: That's great - thanks!

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      Takkhis 2 years ago

      How cool! Thank you and I have learned something from you.

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      Jackie Jackson 2 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @AnonymousC831: I hope they're useful to you. Thanks!

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      Jackie Jackson 2 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @SusanDeppner: Glad to help!

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      Jackie Jackson 2 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Joanna14: It works :)

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      AnonymousC831 2 years ago from Kentucky

      Thanks for the tips.

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      Susan Deppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Excellent! I took notes! Thank you!

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      Christine Hulme 2 years ago from SE Kent, England

      Thank you for this informative lens. Have noted the days of the week themes for pinning reference!

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      Jackie Jackson 2 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Merrci: It amazes me too :) Thanks for reading - I hope it helps.

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      Merry Citarella 2 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      This is so cool Britflorida! It's really nice of you to even tell us which days are better for posting. I would love to spend a day following you around. How you get so many lenses done along with all the posting and the sharing amazes me. Thanks for this one.

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