Hello Cath, Erin, and all.
Thank you for this great collection of ideas for using Pinterest. It's very helpful to have a reference to learn current practices and recommendations. I'm about half through the lessons and am taking notes that I want to bounce here.
1. On Day 5 I'm noticing a note that surprised me:
So all your images, in every single article, should contain good, keyword-focused alt text and an even better Pinterest description.
Whew! I'm glad for the plain wording, yet I've got many images that have no Pinterest Description at all.
2. Text overlay. I thought that I'd read earlier in the PAG that we were not supposed to add a text overlay, so I'm glad I've seen this:
Pinterest is clear about this: it likes images to have a text overlay that clearly describes the content the pin leads to. There's a title below each image too, but take a look from a mobile device -- the text is small and doesn't catch the eye. And on a computer, the title can be cut off.
3. Call to action and hashtags in the description.
Thank you for finding that. I've been using four or five, so I like the recommendation to use at least two.
Yes, add them at the end of the description.
This was a surprise, yet I'm glad I started this during the challenge:
If you only have a few pins, you may want to edit and add hashtags both on your Pinterest board and on your website pages.
use hashtags from this point on.
For the sake of others here's an idea I use. I keep a sticky with a Pinterest Description addition that has the elements we've learned in the challenge and here. For example:
⭐ Check out [Domain Private] Thank you for sharing!
#PrintNPractice #PrintableGrammarWorksheets #HomeschoolWorksheets #WhereToBuy
I also tweak the #s as needed. This way my standard is always ready to add to the website Pinterest Description and to descriptions on Pinterest.
I had worried that my traffic from Pinterest was decreased last year when I changed almost all my Pins' descriptions, yet looking at Analytics I see that my Pin traffic is way higher this year, although this is not to say that it wouldn't be higher if I'd left them alone.
4. Image URL:
When you've finished, save your pinnable image with a file name that uses a keyword or keywords found in Guided Search.
The main things I see that I'm not up to date on are branding and scheduling. Maybe this summer.....
Thank you so much for all this useful info!