What Exactly Is A Vertical Pin?!
Everyone I met on Facebook threads sharing Pinterest pins and other blog information were all so incredibly nice! Until. . . I met one that wasn’t. She complained about people not using vertical pins and wasting her time! I honestly thought I was using vertical pins! Her complaining and pointing out all of the non-vertical pins on the thread wasn’t helpful at all! I found this so frustrating and disappointing! She came across as mean and ornery. This wasn’t helpful to me because I still didn’t know what I was doing wrong. Everywhere I viewed my pins they looked just fine.
So, what’s the big deal?! The purpose for vertical pins is because they display better on most devices that people are using.
After a lot of searching, I found some great resources on what vertical pins were, sizes and how to do them!
I don’t think any blogger is looking to waste anyone’s time. There is a learning curve and soooo much to learn when starting a new blog or learning how to use a new social media platform. I really want to get my blog out there and I hope people like it and they will want to see more. I so very much appreciate those more experienced bloggers who mentor and try to help.
So, maybe this should be a no brainer! If it isn’t for me, I’m sure it isn’t for a lot of people. My thought on what a vertical pin is and what a vertical pin actually is are two different things!
Evidently, this doesn’t mean that the image and words are right side up!
I thought it meant that you didn’t make pins like this:
You know, pins that look like you don’t know how to use your cell phone camera!
I checked examples to see if there were pins on Pinterest and in the threads I was following on Facebook, that were landscape versus portrait. I struggled finding information on vertical pins. I saw pins that were both landscape and portrait and so I thought vertical meant readable and not
Understanding the verbage is important! I come from a background working with photography. I understand Portrait vs Landscape!
I have read that vertical pins tend to perform better but is that because they are standing out because they are different? Is this trend going to continue once everyone’s follow the same format? I can see that landscaped, small (1 photo) and even square pins can get lost in the Pinterest sea of pins!
Another thing to know about vertical pins is that long is good. There doesn’t seem to be a limit to how long you can make them they just need to be longer than they are wide.
This post helped me to get some dimensions and to make some vertical pins: click here.
This one helped me to embed the image into my post! It was great! I usually need my husband’s help for things like this but with her directions I was able to figure it out! It is really cool! Click here for help in embedding your pin into your post.
Who-hoo and thank you to all you great bloggers who are helping me to become a better blogger too!
I used to have trouble getting my stuff re-pinned because it wasn’t vertical. This is the first I’m hearing that it has to do with mobile viewing! So I’m learning something here. Another thing to know is that it can lower your rank on Pinterest to re-pin non-vertitcal pins. As in, your profile will be, in a sense, shadow banned. They don’t call it that, and it’s not *exactly * the same thing..but it can mean that your Pinterest account won’t be featured on the front page or in your follower’s recommendations, so it can *really* hurt your blog traffic. I’ve been the blogger to mark non-vertical pins in reciprocal threads (usually asking for a replacement) but that’s also because I don’t want to get kicked out of the group for not wanting to hurt my blog traffic. I personally also leave a link to an article about vertical pins, because hey I was once the person who didn’t know what they were too, and also to canva.com, which has a Pinterest template that makes it sooooo easy to make Pinterest friendly pins. I think the frustration you have encountered may have come from the fact that some of these threads don’t have vertical pin rules, even though Pinterest essentially does, meaning that when people post incorrect pins it leaves serious bloggers in the crappy position of having to choose to either violate the thread rules and skip people (which could lead to group removal) or spam their own Pinterest accounts thus potentially affecting their blog traffic! Maybe that helps understand the perspective of the person who upset you? Now that I have this article, maybe I’ll switch it out for the one I usually use when trying to help people understand the reason their pins are being skipped!
Elizabeth, Thank you so much for clarifying that! It wasn’t so much what was said but how it was said and that there was absolutely no help or direction in how to rectify it! I have heard a little about “shadow banned” but didn’t know what that was. Thanks for the info!
It is a huge learning curve! It seems like everyday I find something else to do to improve my blog and pinning and it can be overwhelming.
Thank you so much for your comments!