Pinterest Board Covers; How to create & change them!

You just started your blog & want to get traffic ASAP, right? 

As a new blogger – social media is our best friend. 

Pinterest brings in a ton of my traffic. Actually, it brings the most traffic to my blog. 

Because of this, It’s extremely important to have a solid Pinterest profile. You’ll also want to make sure your profile is a Pinterest business account. 

I’ve spent a countless amount of time and effort learning everything that I can about Pinterest & how it can help bring traffic to my blog. 

In a little over a month, I’m seeing over 85K monthly visitors. So, something is working. 

In this article; I’m going to show you how to make your profile stand out with custom cover images!

The links in this post may contain affiliate links. This just means that at no cost to you, if you make a purchase – I’ll make a commission. Read More Here.

What are cover images & are they important?

You’ll want your visitors to stay awhile & browse your boards. A well organized board will get more attention. 

Custom Cover images don’t necessarily mean that you will get more traffic. But they are important because they make your profile stand out. 

In this post – I’m going to show you the quickest way to make cover images for your profile! 

First let’s set up your Pinterest Profile

Here’s a break down of the 5 most important parts of your profile

1. Personal Photo

Make sure the image you choose for your main profile picture is a picture of you. We want to follow a real person, not a business.

It doesn’t need to be a super professional picture – although that can’t hurt, but make it personal.

Your audience wants someone to look to; a face behind the blog. 

2. Personal Bio

Your Bio should be less personal & more about what you do for your audience.

You can include a quick snippet of what you do in your Pinterest name.

My Name: Josephine || Blog Tips + Tricks, SEO, & Social Media Strategy. 

Then, in the bio portion describe your website using Pinterest friendly keywords.

Use the keywords that you want your audience to be searching for. This will bring them right to you.

My Bio: Helping Mommas start their own money making blogs. {Blogging for Beginners, SEO, + Social Media Marketing |Facebook + Pinterest| Blogger at Mamma, Let’s Blog.

3. Pinterest Boards

You’ll want to have quite a few boards set up & you’ll probably add a new board every now and then. 

Your boards can be about all kinds of things. You’ll want niche specific boards – but you can have boards for your audience as well. 

You’ll want to utilize Facebook to get your blog out there in the beginning – so you will create quite a few Pinterest boards that aren’t directly related to your niche. 

Join my FB group here!

This is okay – because you are sharing other people’s content & as long as it’s quality content it won’t hurt you. 

Your boards need to have a name & a description. Use keywords for your board name. 

Don’t name a board – “Things I like” – because nobody is searching for that phrase. Use phrases that your audience might type into the search bar. 

I’ve made it super easy for you & created a massive Niche Specific Keyword ebook with over 40 keyword phrases per niche.

The phrases that should be board titles are highlighted & the rest should go inside your board descriptions & pin descriptions.

4. Board Descriptions

Make sure every single board has descriptions, use keywords

I’m not sure I can stress this enough but if you aren’t using keywords then Pinterest will have no idea what you are all about & you won’t get views. 

Do Not Confuse Pinterest. 

5. Pins & Descriptions

You’ll want to make your own pins using Canva, Crello, or RelayThat.

Pins should be custom images created by you. The more original the image the better. Use personal images when you can.

You can also purchase stock images – but it’s not completely necessary.

Making pins is pretty easy & fun! 

Your pins should to be easy to read & understand. The prettier your pin is – the more likely it will get a click. 

Type a search into Pinterest & take a look at the pins that come up – those are top rated for a reason.

How do you make a board on Pinterest?

It’s easy  to create a board on Pinterest. 

  1. From your profile click —> See all boards
  2. Click —> + “Create board” 
  3. Name it, skip the other options, & hit “create” 

Protip: This is the first indicator that you have done something right. If the “suggested” pins are actually related to your newly created board – you used the right keywords. 

You can see that the related pins are about Blogging.
  1. Add 10 related pins to your board.
  2. Click on the three dots to edit your board details & save.

Use Keywords in your board details. Explain what type of pins will be in the board so Pinterest knows what to suggest.

How to make Pinterest board covers

Next, we will create a board cover image. You’ll want Canva or Crello for this. Both are free to use; with an upgraded option. 

What size are Pinterest board covers? As long as it’s a square, you’re good. 

The process in each app is pretty similar. 

  1. Crello – create a “Square graphic post” | Canva – create an “instagram post” 
  2. Choose a background & make it transparent. You will use this for all of your boards.  
  1. Choose a font and text setup for your board names. 
  2. Create all of your boards using this template (repeat)

How to change Pinterest board covers

Now that we have all of our cover images – let’s upload them to Pinterest.

Can I bulk edit my boards on Pinterest? Yes – Kind of.

I’m going to show you how to upload your pins much faster than one by one. 

There are apps that have bulk uploading tools – but I’m not comfortable using those & this works pretty well. 

Log into your Pinterest business hub & scroll down a tiny bit to see your pins.

There should be a spot that says “got inspiration? Create a new pin and share your ideas” 

Once on the next page – you should see a + sign in the top left side. You can add more than one photo at the same time.

Complete 5 or 10 at a time until you upload all of your images. 

Name your image the name of your board & explain what’s in your board in the description.

You can link the picture to your board – so if anyone does see it they can click on it & go to your board.

Make sure you save the image to the board that it will be the cover for. 

Next – go to your “see all boards” tab. 

  • Click on the pencil that’s on the bottom right corner of your board. An editing popup should come up. 
  • The first box says “cover image” – click it and scroll through until you find your cover image & Click save. 

Complete these steps for all of your boards. 

How can I remove a Pinterest board cover?

You can just remove the pin you created as the cover image. The cover will disappear.

It doesn’t delete the whole board. I have deleted mine because I’m redoing them. 

Want more Pinterest advice? You can read this post or check out my post on how to get traffic as a beginning blogger through Facebook.

I hope this makes the process much easier for you. It’s a long process, but well worth it.

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    6. Mallory June.16.2020 at 6:07 am

      Thank you for the info! I am always looking for ways to enhance my Pinterest and this might be my next step!

    7. Sharon June.15.2020 at 5:44 pm

      This is so great! I’ve been wanting to update my profile, what a great tutorial.

    8. PATRICIA @ grab a plate June.15.2020 at 3:02 pm

      This is really helpful. I am up on the very basics, so appreciate this!

      1. Josephine June.15.2020 at 3:40 pm

        You are welcome! Let me know if I can help!

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    10. Mimi June.15.2020 at 8:39 am

      I actually removed all of my covers, I used to have them but then I realised I was mostly attracted by profiles that didn’t have them so I removed mine as well. Now I use pictures that fit the theme of the boards and in the same colour scheme

      1. Josephine June.15.2020 at 9:35 am

        This is interesting! It goes to show that we all have different preferences! I like the covers! lol 🙂

    11. Carissa June.15.2020 at 8:30 am

      These are great tips! Looks like I have some work to do to update my Pinterest account.

      1. Josephine June.15.2020 at 9:36 am

        Hi Carissa! Let me know if I can help! 🙂

    12. Caitylis June.15.2020 at 8:07 am

      I used to have all my boards with their own covers so everything matched all lovely! But in the end I just ended up choosing similar styled coloured photos for the covers as everytime I created a new board I couldn’t be bothered to make a new board cover! But it does look so much better when they all match! Caitylis x x

      1. Josephine June.15.2020 at 8:15 am

        It just makes the profile pop! I’m currently working on setting mine up after deleting the others! haha. I can’t make up my mind!

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