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The Pinterest Cheat Sheet to Image Sizes

Pinning just got easier.

We’ve talked a lot about Pinterest on Author Media. We’ve talked about why authors should pin, how to supercharge your pinning, and we even hosted The Busy Author’s Guide to Popularity and Profit on Pinterest.

Today, we’re offering a new tool.

While browsing Visual.ly, I came across this Pinterest infographic that was too good not to share with the author community.

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The Pinterest Cheat Sheet to Image Sizes

To recap, Pinterest image sizes:

  • Profile images: 165 x 165 pixels.
  • Pins in feed: 238 pixels x adjusted to height.
  • Expanded pin size: 735 pixels x adjusted to height.
  • Pin boards complete size: 238 x 284 pixels.
  • Cover image: 217 x 146 pixels.
  • Tiny thumbnails: 51 x 51 pixels.

As you create pins, it’s important to be strategic.

Inspirational quote pins drive tons of traffic for authors but they aren’t the most effective pins floating around on the boards.

You may not know this, but the most clicked on image size are the long, skinny pins. They are most often DIY instructions. Think of the mason jar tutorials or the long pins that show 20 or so different household tips on Pinterest.  People pin them all the time.

They drive traffic because they require you to click on them to see the full size (so you can actually read the instructions).

As you create pins for your site, think about how you can diversify your pins. Find out which ones drive the most traffic. If you can adapt your pins, try out the longer, skinnier type. When you do pin things, make sure that you remember to link back to your website. 

It’s your turn:

  • How often do you pin?
  • What’s your pinning strategy?

About Caitlin Muir

Caitlin Muir knows the power of social media first hand. She's on the editorial team of The Social Media Club, which connects media makers from around the world to promote media literacy, industry standards, and ethical behavior. She blogs about faith, love, and social media at CaitlinMuir.com.

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19 Responses to The Pinterest Cheat Sheet to Image Sizes

  1. I have just created my Pinterest account, and have stumbled onto all this information. Thanks!

  2. Having a hard time making my text non blurry when i upload my 165×165 profile image. It looks sharp in my graphics program but always distorts when I upload. I even tried saving it as a png. Any advice?

  3. If someone pins my website can i automatically load an image into their pin instead of them choosing one from my website. I would like to create a banner of our pay per minute webcam software rather than the pinner just taking my logo? With G+ and FB you include a meta in the head of the page to force the image that would represent the website.
    Any advice

  4. Mar #

    Thank you Caitlin Muir.

    Would you be able to suggest any software/programs to create the long skinny pictorial DIY pins?

    Kind regards,

  5. Tinselfairy #

    I pin all the time, its my addiction. now my question is this : how much is the maximum limit of pins that we are allowed to pin? today I reached my 100 001 and it is telling me I’ve reached my limit? I am almost positive that I have seen people with more pins?

  6. Thank you very much for your post, Caitlin. It helped me economise a lot of time.
    Best wishes,
    Ana-Maria

  7. Shishir Umrao #

    Hi, Rahul
    I’m using shortcode to fetch pinterest images. But the thumbnails of the images are fetching. Is there any way of fetching full size images ?

  8. I’ve tried different sized images on my blog and the long skinny ones show up really blurry when pinned. My image size must be off. Help me out with optimizing the size so it won’t do that.
    Here is a link to my board http://www.pinterest.com/photommeckel/photography-photographybymmeckelca/
    And a link to one of the pins in question. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/26388347790251286/
    Thank you
    Melanie

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  11. So, I’m having an issue with my images looking super gross and dull. I edit in Lightroom and export in 72dpi…and they still look like trash! So frustrated, What am I doing wrong?

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