Pinterest is an absolute game-changer in today’s world of blogging. Almost anyone who is active on Pinterest will tell you that it quickly became their #1 traffic source when they started giving it attention.
There are a lot of things you can do to gain traffic on Pinterest, the most important being to actively pin content that’s relevant to your audience. But, it doesn’t hurt to make it super easy for your blog readers to pin your content.
Today we’ll go over how to add a custom Pin-It button on WordPress. This is the perfect way to grab your audience’s attention and make it super easy for them to add your blog posts to their Pinterest boards.
Design your custom button
To start, you’ll need to get creative and design the button you’d like to use. Be sure to:
- Keep it simple
- Use your brand colors
- Have the words “Pin It” or “Pin This” on the button
We recommend using Canva if you’re not a Photoshop expert. The size and shape you make your button is up to you, but as a starting point, the one you see if you hover over our blog post image is 140 x 46 pixels.
Install the plugin
Next, install and activate the jQuery Pin It Button for Images plugin by Marcin Skrzpiec.
Then, head over to Settings > jQuery Pin It Button For Images to configure your settings. You’ll see a screen like this:
Set up your custom Pin It button
You can experiment with the settings on each tab if you’d like, but the only settings you really need are in the Visual tab. Scroll down to the Pin image section, where you will upload your custom button.
In that section, start by selecting the Custom option. From there you’ll see the option to upload your new button just like any other image on your WordPress blog. Once you upload the image, the rest of the settings will automatically fill in.
After that, you can choose to change other settings on that page or click Save Changes. Head over to one of your blog posts, hover over an image, and you’ll see your new Pin It button ready for action!
Now your audience can get to pinning!
Now that you’ve got your own custom Pin It button on your website, you won’t have to worry about the normal off-brand Pinterest button appearing and your audience will have something unique that catches their eye. We bet it won’t take long for you to see a difference in the number of people pinning from your blog!
If you’re stuck on the step about creating your own button, check out our blog post all about creating amazing graphics on a budget!