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, 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?

22 Responses to The Pinterest Cheat Sheet to Image Sizes

  1. Mili July 25, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

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

  2. Lance August 24, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

    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. Ben Clark September 11, 2013 at 11:24 am #

    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 October 7, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

    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 October 8, 2013 at 11:39 am #

    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. Ana-Maria Leonte October 25, 2013 at 4:48 am #

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

  7. Shishir Umrao November 5, 2013 at 4:03 am #

    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. Melanie November 19, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

    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
    And a link to one of the pins in question.
    Thank you

  9. Rebecca Lutz January 29, 2014 at 8:51 pm #

    Great resource! Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. Elissa February 24, 2014 at 7:23 pm #

    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?

  11. Scott December 8, 2014 at 5:23 pm #

    This article has really helped me a lot :)
    I have just started out on Pinterest.
    Thank You


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