So how do you make your brand new thumbnails for your boards? Well, there is a quick trick that doesn’t REQUIRE graphic design skills and it will take at least 10-15 minutes to complete.
Since you guys are busy and simply can’t stay on your computer 24/7, I’m going to share a tutorial on how to create these amazing thumbnails on your smartphone!
In this post, I’ll share with you:
- What Pinterest is
- How to create a Pinterest Business Account
- What Pinterest Boards & Board Covers are
- Where to find Stock Images
- A Visual Tutorial on creating your own Pinterest Board Covers
So grab your mug of coffee or tea and let’s get right into it!
What is Pinterest?
Like any SEO such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc., you’re pretty much using Pinterest as a way to search for stuff but using images instead of text.
Let me give you an example: let’s say you’re in need of a new skincare product. You type in “skincare product” in the Pinterest search bar and you get a bunch of results on these products. When clicking on one pin and then clicking it again once more you are then lead to a website with all the information you need.
It’s the place where many bloggers, creators and business owners use to get traffic to their website or products. Much easier than SEO but I still think SEO is important. You can read my post on what SEO keyword is here. I explain it in a more “simpler” term.
- Improve your SEO by Updating Old Blog Posts
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- Beginner Blogger Guide to Starting a Blog
How do you create a Pinterest Business Account?
You can click here to get started if you haven’t created a Pinterest account yet.
But if you already have a personal Pinterest account, you can easily transfer it to a Business account and here’s how.
I already have a business account so it won’t look like mine (and I’m using desktop as of now).
- Clicking on your “profile pic” in the top far right corner.
- Then next to your account name, click on “Edit profile”. This should be where your account settings are.
- Then click on “Account settings” on the left tab and scroll down under “Account changes”.You should be able to see an option to “Convert to business account”. As mentioned before, I’m using a Business account so ignore the difference.
What are the Pinterest Board Covers (and Boards)?
These are like your personalised thumbnails for the boards that you create.
Boards are where you can save your pins and organise your ideas and/or goals. This is a great way for your business and brand to share pins with other users. To create boards, you can follow Pinterest’s guide here.
Reasons why creating Cover Boards are a Good Idea
There are reasons why I recommend customising your Pinterest board covers once you created plenty of boards (10+).
- Your Pinterest account can stand out from the rest. This means your boards are unique, beautiful and show off your personality or business.
- When people check out your account they’ll able to recognise how professional your brand is. This could help you gain followers.
- It keeps your boards organised. It would look cluttered if you got random pins cropped out in your thumbnail. If you’re like me and joined a ton of group boards then you how confusing it is to know which boards are yours and which boards are not.
- The board’s title can fit into the thumbnail. If your boards have long text it can be cut out.
Where to find Stock Images?
There are plenty of ways to find stock images however that depends on the quality and your budget. Here’s what I recommend.
There are thousands of sites that give out free stock images (with no copyright issue).
I made a post on the top sites to find stock images which you can check out here. You can also use the free images Canva provides (which I did for my Pinterest cover boards shown in the tutorial later on).
You can also buy professional stock images. For such, either go on CreativeMarket for that or look through Pinterest or Google to find millions of photography brands selling stock images. Canva also offers Premium images for as cheap as $1 or for free if you purchase Canva pro.
Other than purchasing stock images online, you can also create your own one. If you have a good quality smartphone or a DSLR camera lying around you’ll be able to take your own photos, edit it and add it to your Pinterest board covers.
This helps with having your own unique photos that no one else is using and probably get your photography skills noticed *wink*.
If you want to upgrade your photography skills for your stock images, you can take free online courses in photography here.
Now that you understand what and why Pinterest board covers are important, let’s get onto the tutorial!
Downloading Canva & Pinterest
Before you start make sure you have the Canva app. You can download it for free on both IOS or android. Download it here.
It may look different for Android users since *cough* I’m no longer an android mobile user however I still have an Android Tablet. Overall, I’ll be sharing this tutorial using IOS version.
Designing Your Board Thumbnails with Canva Templates
Pinterest Board Cover Image Size
If you would like to learn more about how to customise your Pinterest pins, you can check out my post “Use These Pinterest Marketing Strategies To Increase Traffic”. Or you can use a Pinterest template that I’ve created for you so that you can save time and work more on your site. I share with you graphic design terms (simplified) to make your pins ‘pop’ along with tips to attract impressions.
How to Upload to your Pinterest Boards
Once you finished designing your Pinterest board cover, click on the “upload” icon on the top far right corner. It should show you a green upload icon.
Next, scroll down until you find “Pinterest”. Tap on that once you find the Pinterest logo.
It should pop up like this. It will show you your current Pinterest boards.
If you can’t find the board that you’re looking for, click on “Choose another board”. This showcase more of your “newer” boards.
+ Important Note: Make sure to remember the board that you added you Pinterest board cover to.
Once you’ve found the Pinterest board that you were looking for, you’re shown the description.
You can either add in SEO keywords to your Pinterest cover boards related to that pin or be like me and add in “Pinterest cover board” to let your followers know that this board is just a cover.
Personally, I don’t really think I need to write anything since it’s for the boards, not the pins! xD
Finally, your Pinterest cover thumbnail should be uploaded to your chosen board. It may take a few seconds or a minute depending on your internet connection.
Adding Your Design to your Pinterest board thumbnails
Ok so let’s switch to your Pinterest app. If you’re unable to download the app, you can use your current browser, type in “pinterest.com” and then log onto your account.
Once you’re logged on, go to your Pinterest account by finding your small profile pic (it should probably be on the bottom right-hand side on mobile).
When you’re on the page, click on “Boards”. It should be in-between “Shop” and “Pins” (again, you must have a business account to see this).
Earlier I told you to remember the board that you added the pin to. Well, this is the time to find that board.
Under “Pins”, the Pinterest board cover should pop up in the first space (the recently pinned graphic).
Now we don’t want to “tap” on the pin. Click on the 3 dots on the top right-hand side.
The bottom menu called “Board options” should pop up. If you have that menu, click on the first option which says “Edit”.
Another pop up should show but this time it fills the screen. On the very top, you should be able to see “Board Cover”. Make sure to click the thumbnail.
Then pick the Pinterest board cover that you created recently. It should be shown as the first one that is on the top left side.
For this, you don’t really need to crop it. When I first created my Pinterest board covers I had to crop it since it was too large for the thumbnail.
If you’re happy with your Pinterest board cover, click on “Done” twice (which is on the top right-hand corner).
Boom! Now you’ve got yourself a professional and organised Pinterest board cover collection!
The great thing about it is that you’re able to pin different pins to your organised board instead of getting confused on which ones to pin.
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