Do you find yourself Googling for the current sizes to create your social media images for blog posts? Have you ever thrown in the towel with blog photos, deciding to insert whichever image happened to be at your fingertips rather than taking the time to craft a stellar image for post sharing?
If so, you’re not alone. And we can fix this!
First, let’s get organized. When you can easily find your photos, you’ll use great photos.
- Create a folder on your PC within your blogging folder called “blog pics” or something similar.
- Inside this mother folder create another called “social media pics.” This is where we’re going to store all the social media image awesomeness we create for each and every post from today on.
Each social media platform has an optimal image size.
It changes frequently, so be sure that you keep up to date on those sizes. Here’s a good starting point:
Facebook – 1,200 x 628
Twitter – 1,024 x 512
LinkedIn – 800 x 800
Google+ – 800 x 1,200
Pinterest – 735 x 1,102
Instagram – 640 x 640
Time-saving tip: While they’re not exactly the same size, you can save time by using Pinterest photos on G+ and Facebook images on Twitter. Trust me, for the small difference in size, it’s not worth it to create four separate images. Try it and see for yourself!
Note: Not all of my images are sized accordingly. Sometimes a girl just uses the blog photo dimensions when time’s running short. Use your best judgement and prioritize accordingly.
Okay, now that we know what sizes to create our images, how to we do it FAST? I mean, there are too many other tasks bloggers have to fit in to be fretting over social media image creation for more than a couple of precious minutes.
What’s the secret to creating gorgeous, branded social media images in no time?
Long pins score extra views on Pinterest because they take up more space and are attractive. Just think, it’s two (or more) images rather than one. Double the visual pleasure!
Bonus tip: Make the most of your long pins using colors like red, pink, and violet which are most visually appealing on Pinterest.
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Next week I’ll show you exactly how to install and use your free template to create pins that send your traffic through the roof.
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