Welcome to another Friday Pinterest Quick Tip!
Have you ever found yourself perusing through Pinterest when you come across the most perfect pin and the link is broken, or it takes you somewhere useless? Maybe it was the perfect gift for a loved one or the most delicious food you’ve ever seen.
There are a couple of ways that might help solve that problem.
If you’re using Chrome or Firefox as your internet browser, the process is very easy.
Step 1. When you’ve found a pin with a broken link, open a new window and go to Google. Select Images from the top menu bar of Google
Step 2. Hover over the pin, click and drag the image to the search box in the Google window.
After you drop the image in the box, Google will provide a search results list. You might find some of the links take you back to other Pinterest pins but if you give them a try, those pins might take you where you need.
Sometimes, it takes some digging through the search results to find what you’re looking for, but geting to the shop with the perfect gift or finding the recipe for that scrumptious dish will be well worth it.
Remember, Pinterest began in 2010 so some pins may be a little outdated. If it is a pin of a product, the product may no longer be available and you might end up on a different page of the website.
For Safari users, this Google trick doesn’t seem to work but there is another option. A site called TinEye does a reverse image search. Just like the Google method above, hover over the pin, drag it and drop it anywhere on the TinEye page. The results don’t seem to be as accurate but, it’s worth a shot.
Protect your Images
If you are a blogger or have a website that has images, there is really only one defense you have when the link to your image is broken. Watermark your images or put your logo on them.
I’ve heard the argument that watermarking disrupts the artistic presentation of the image or that people can Photoshop the watermark out. Both of these may be true, but as of now it is the only defense there is if you want your images to be shared on Pinterest.
Watermarking or adding your logo to your image is very easy and it can be done for free. My favorite free online photo editor is PicMonkey.
To add text:
- Upload your image to PicMonkey and select the P from the tool bar on the left side.
- Click the add text box
- Click in the text box and Type in your business’s name or your URL
- Use the Fade slider in the floating toolbox to get a subtle watermark look
To add your logo:
- Upload your image to PicMonkey and select the multi-shape icon from the tool bar on the left
- Click the Your Own box on the left upper side
- Upload an image of your logo. To be able to see the image behing your logo, upload a PNG file of your logo with a transparent background
- The size of the logo can be adjusted and, it can be moved to any part of the image by dragging with your mouse
Of course, this method doesn’t only have to be used when when you’re looking for a recipe or gift. The Google method works for any image on Pinterest including infographics and videos.
If you happen to come across a broken link on Pinterest take a few seconds to try and find the source. The pinners who repin and the image owners will appreciate it.
I think I heard somewhere if you fix a broken link an angel gets its wings….. Or was that something different?