Pinterest has been the most amazing thing for my blog since its inception. It is far and away my number one referrer so I want to do all I can to capitalize on the power of Pinterest. One thing you may have noticed fairly recently are more pins that are at least twice as long as the average pin. This is a tactic being used to get even more eyes on your pin and hopefully on your blog as well.
I have just started making long pins for my most popular and newer posts and they're easier to make than I thought they would be with PicMonkey. If you're a blogger, I highly recommend getting the paid version of PicMonkey. It has become an incredibly valuable tool for making graphics easily.
How you make a long pin using Picmonkey
For my pins, I use two photos because I don't want things to look too busy. You are free to use a collage or three or more pictures if that's your thing.
Add your two photos to the two square sections of the collage then remove the third rectangle section by pressing the X in the corner.
Once you remove the extra box, your photo will look a little funny. No need to worry, we will fix that in the next step.
Once you've removed the extra box in the collage, put your cursor on the line next to your two photos until the icon looks like two vertical lines with two horizontal arrows and move it to the left. This will make your picture longer and more narrow. It will also make your photos go back to their previous shape.
You can also click the edit button on each photo if you would like to zoom in on a particular area to make it bigger for your pin.
I like to set my size for 804(ish) x 2000 because this gives me enough room to crop away excess and still have it be a good size for Pinterest. Long pins should be at least 700 pixels wide and unless you want people to have to expand your pin, a maximum if 2000 pixels long.
In the overlay section, choose the rectangle or square in the geometric section and change it to a color you like. Add your text and you're almost done.
Finally, crop away the wide border and the extra area of your text box to clean up the pin and save it for use on your blog.
How to hide long pins in your blog post
If you want your readers to be able to pin your long pin, but you don't want it cluttering up your blog post, hide it. You can do this very easily by changing the display to none in the HTML of your photo.
Voila! Your long pin now won't be seen in your post, but your readers will still be able to pin it when they choose the Pin It option in their browser or from the Pin It button on your blog.
To make really long pins, the concept is the same except I chose a collage from the Pinter-esty templates. Remove all but three vertical cells; you can create extra cells by placing a photo in between two cells or at the top or bottom of the collage.
That's all there is to it. Pretty easy, right? Now go ahead, get noticed on Pinterest with some long pins.