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Custom Pin It Buttons

Custom Pin It Buttons | www.trinidadpena.com

Last week, I showed you how to install a “pin it” button plug-in on your wordpress website. This week, I’m giving away free pin it buttons, that you can customize!

{In my best Oprah Voice} Custom pin it buttons for everyone! Look under your chair! You get a custom pin it button! And you get a custom pin it button! And you get a custom pin it button!

Let’s Customize them!

You can download them here, and just use them as-is. But these buttons are customizable using Photoshop. I lost ya, didn’t I? But I don’t know how to use Photoshop AND it’s expensive. If you have a blog or a website that you are using images on regularly, photoshop is for you. It’s going to take the look of your site to the next level. You can get photoshop elements for about $70 on amazon*. It’s pretty much photoshop lite. It’s cheaper and will fulfill most people’s needs unless you are a photographer, or want use it for video editing. You can also download the trial version for free to use for this tutorial.

If you are baller, alternatively you can get the full $600 version* or download the full trial.

But, I don’t know how to use Photoshop!

You my friend are suffering from Photoshop-phobia. But I got you. You don’t have to fear the Photoshop. I’m going to take you step by step and show you how to change the font and colors of these buttons. I’ll also be making more Photoshop tutorials so you’ll be a wiz in no time. Let’s get started.

Changing Fonts

Changing Fonts in Photoshop | www.trinidadpena.com

Pretty painless, right? Next, we are going to change the colors of our custom pin it buttons.

Changing Colors

Changing colors in Photoshop | www.trinidadpena.com

Did this help calm your Photoshop-Phobia? Are you going to try to customize your buttons? Do you have a specific Photoshop problem that you’d like me to tackle? Let me know in the comments.

Terms of use: The images or documents you download in this post are free for personal and commercial use. You can use them on both personal or business sites. Just don’t sell them or post them on your blog for download as your own. That’s a pretty crummy thing to do. Also try not use them for anything salacious. See mom, I put that in there just for you.

Where appropriate please, link back to this post.

*These are my amazon affiliate links. Unless you want to spring for the adobe cloud subscription service, amazon usually sells the software for a bit cheaper than the adobe website.

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The Secret to Getting More traffic from Pinterest

The Secret to Getting More traffic from Pinterest -  www.trinidadpena.com

I don’t know about you but I am OBESSED with Pinterest. I have spent way too many hours looking at pictures and pinning my little heart away, when I really should be doing something productive like working on my business or cleaning my house. Being the grand justifier that I am, I have found a business reason to be on Pinterest. It can generate a lot of traffic to your site. You definitely should be pinning your blog post images. You might pin another picture of a recipe while you are on there. You’ll probably never make this recipe. It’s okay — You are only human.

But How Do We Get People to Pin our Images?

The secret to getting more traffic from Pinterest is to get more people to pin your images. You can never predict what people are going to do, but there are 3 great ways to bolster your images pin-ability (I like making up words, tee hee).

  1. Use high quality images (Nobody likes to pin busted pictures)
  2. Make it easy for people to Pin your images
  3. Remind them about Pinning while they are reading your blog

This post is going to take care of those last 2. I’m sure you have seen that on some sites, when you hover over their images, a pin icon comes up. All you have to do is click, and you’re pinning. It’s easy and effective. If you haven’t seen this, hover over my post images.

The only other thing you could do, is actually sneak up behind people on the computer and whisper “You should pin that” in their ear. But that’s kinda creepy and pretty hard to implement on a large scale. You should just do the “pin it” thing instead. I promise, I’m not steering you wrong.

(Note: This tutorial is for WordPress since that’s my jam. If you use blogger, try this . I can’t verify its goodness but it’s probably a good place to start.)

Install the Plug-In

The plug-in that I’m using is called jQuery Pin It Button for Images. I tried a few different plug-ins and this one was the easiest to use + it didn’t conflict with my other plug-ins.

How to Add a “Pin It” Button to Your Images | www.trinidadpena.com

Customize it, Baby!

If you know how to use Photoshop, you can get fancy with it and create a custom button. I recommend making the button 100 x 100 pixels and 72 dpi.

If you don’t know Photoshop, don’t despair. Next week, I’m dropping a post with some ready-made buttons. You can use those as- is BUT I’m also going to give you the Photoshop file. So, you can customize it with your brand fonts and colors. If you don’t have Photoshop, you can always just download the trial version for next week’s tutorial. Update: the post is up!

If you already made your button or found a button you like online, follow the  “Install a custom button” instructions below.

Customize the button | www.trinidadpena.com

A Few Tips

  • Use your Alt tags! The plug-in will use this to populate the pin’s description, so make sure it really conveys what you want people to know. Be shameless and put your url in there too, why dontcha?
  • Try putting some text on your pictures. Let people know what your blog post is about. This will entice people to click to your site from Pinterest.

Congrats, you are on your way to getting more traffic from Pinterest . That wasn’t so hard, now, was it? Have any questions, problems or burning desires? Hit me up in the comments.

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Blogging 101: How to Start a Blog

How to start a blog

So you want to start a blog? Good idea! It’s hard to know where to begin. If only someone would just put together a guide on how to start a blog, it would be so much easier, right? Ask and you shall receive. Here’s what you need to get started:

Choosing a Blogging Platform

I recommend using wordpress to self-host your blog. WordPress is awesome. You can set-up your whole site on it: blog, portfolio, e-store, message forum… Anything you can imagine, really. Plus it’s free! Who doesn’t love that?

Other options include: Blogger, Typepad and Tumblr.

Getting Set It Up

First things, first… Your baby needs a domain name. You can go with just your name or something more topical. Marie Forleo has a great video on picking a name for your business, check it out if you looking for some advice. After you choose a name, see if it’s available, and buy that sucka!

Secondly, you need to find hosting for your blog. I use tcbands. The customer service is excellent and they work with you if you exceed your limits.

Other great options are bluehost and inmotion.

**UPDATE: Go-Daddy used to be on this list but a lot of my readers mentioned disliking them because of poor customer service and distasteful ads. The people have spoken, they are no longer on the list.**

Make it Pretty

Since I’m a designer, I custom design all my blogs.  If you are just starting out, this may not be a fiscally feasible option. I recommend going with a simple theme like those here and changing the colors and fonts to go with your brand personality. Keeping it simple will make it easier when you are ready to upgrade to a custom design down the line.

(Read More After the Jump →)

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