How to Choose the Best Pinterest Backgrounds to Attract More Followers?

Jumping on Pinterest.com is a great way to get your products and services noticed. You put up a pin, people click on it and are taken to your website. And, having one of the most inspiring Pinterest backgrounds might help a lot.

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The ten million dollar question is, “How do I get Pinterest users to click on my pin rather than someone else’s?” This is an important question if you are trying to drive traffic to your website to show yourself as an expert in a particular topic or if you’re trying to sell something to the public.

The answer is to create a pin, which is a graphic link to your web page, that is better than the ones around it. This may be easier said than done – but certainly not impossible.

The Secret to a Great Pin Starts Even Before Choosing the Pinterest Background Image

Pins are built from the ground up. In reality, they start even before you choose a background. When you wrote your post, you had a reader in mind? Was it a man or a woman? How old did you envision your reader to be?

Imagine that your post is about the latest book on developing a power swing for your golf game. You pictured a man benefiting from this book. In this case, you wouldn’t choose pink for your pin’s background because it’s too feminine. Instead, you’d choose a color that would convey that this post is for a man.

Or imagine that you’ve written a post about the safest toys for toddlers. Obviously, you want to reach out to young mothers. You won’t choose a background with dark browns and blacks.

What Feeling Are You Trying to Create with Your Pinterest Pin?

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Jerry Cao on CreativeBloq.com, about art and design inspiration, examines 12 popular colors and the emotions they evoke.

For example, Jerry describes yellow as happy and friendly. This is not what you expect the masculine golfer to be feeling when he’s desperate to improve his golf game. On the other hand, black is described as powerful, sophisticated and cutting edge. Now, this is what your golfer is looking for! Therefore, having some black in your Pinterest pin’s background may convey the emotion of that power-swing your target audience is looking for.

So what would suit the young mother who is looking to find safe toys for her toddler? You might think that red is a good color for a post about toys, but Cao says that this color conjures up feelings of aggression, passion, and importance. This is not what safe toys are about.

On the other hand, white represents clean, healthy and virtuous. Obviously white would be a better choice for a Pinterest background for the mother who is searching for toys that are clean and safe.

Once You Know Your Best Pinterest Background Color, What Next?

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Now that you know the color of the Pinterest background color you want, you need an image or two to go over that background. Or you may decide to find a copyright-free image that has that color in the background already. One of Pinterest users favorite places to go for copyright-free images is Pixabay.com. Pixabay has over 800,000 images to inspire you.

Once on Pixabay, you are presented with the search box. Type in your keyword, such as golf. Choose an image that has the color you previously decided on. In the case of the golfer blog post, black conveyed power. Pixabay has an image that is a silhouette of a golfer in full swing at sundown. Perfect! This will certainly catch the eye of a man who wants to improve his golf swing.

If you find an image that will work as your pin’s background, download it. Be sure to choose the size that is at least 735 wide and 1100 high, because this is the ideal size of a Pinterest pin. If you choose a smaller size, the quality of the image will be compromised when you try to enlarge it to fit the size of a pin. However, reducing the size or cropping the image will not be a problem in keeping the image sharp.

What If You Don’t Find an Inspiring Pinterest Background Image on Pixabay?

There are many other places to find copyright-free images that you can use to make your Pinterest backgrounds. To locate them, log into your Pinterest account. Enter these words into the search box: copyright free images. You will be presented with loads of pins that lead you to sites with free images you can use for Pinterest backgrounds.

Using the Image You Found to Make Pinterest Backgrounds

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If you found an image that will help attract your target reader, you can adjust it or crop it to the proper size in
Canva.com program.

  • Log into or sign up with Canva.com – signup is free.
  • Click on Create a Design.
  • Choose the Pinterest Graphic option and see a workspace appear on the right side of the screen.
  • Click on the Uploads arrow.
  • Click on Load Your Own Images button.
  • Browse for your image and click on it.
  • Wait until Canva uploads your image completely.
  • Drag your image into the workspace.
  • If the image is a little too small, drag the corners out until the workspace is filled.
  • If the image is too large, drag the corners in or just put the area you want over the workspace.

Now you have an image that is the perfect size for a Pinterest pin, 735 x 1100 pixels. Save your background into your Canva account by clicking on File, then Save.

What If You Didn’t Find an Image that Will Work for Your Pinterest Backgrounds?

Sometimes you can’t find or don’t want an image as a background. There are times when a solid or textured background will suit your needs better.

In this case, Canva can help you again:

  • In Canva, click on Create a Design.
  • Choose the Pinterest Graphic option.
  • Type “Backgrounds” into the Canva search box.
  • See the Default Palette appear and several textures below.
  • Click on any of them to see how they will appear as a background.

Below the free backgrounds are the paid ones. They are only $1, so you might find one that is perfect for your needs. Scroll down further and more free and paid options will appear.

If you find a background that you like in the color you’re aiming for, drag it over to the Pinterest workspace. It will automatically fill the space to the perfect proportions for your Pinterest backgrounds.

Canva also has images that you can use as backgrounds. Type “golf” into the search box and see the results. A few are free but most cost $1. Drag any one you like into the Pinterest workspace. If you choose a paid image, you’ll see a crisscross watermark on the image that will be removed after you pay.

Putting It All Together

So as you can see, there are many ways to find and create the perfect Pinterest backgrounds for your posts. Start by thinking about your post. What message do you want to send to your target audience? What background color will convey the message you want to send?

If you want the background to be an image, go to Pixabay.com and find an image that matches your post in the color scheme that fits your needs. Then upload that image into Canva.com and place some eye-catching wording on top.

If you want a solid or textured background, you can place smaller images and words on top using Canva.com. Take the time to make your Pinterest background the best it can be since it’s the foundation of your pin. Top it with something eye-popping and pin away!

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9 Amazing Pinterest Nails Ideas & Designs

When it comes to DIY projects, Pinterest is the place to go. This website is home to millions of innovative ways to create amazing projects. Many people utilize Pinterest for beauty tips and tricks, including nail art. Pinterest has a ton of amazing nail art and manicures that are great for beginners and crafty people alike. Below are some of the best Pinterest nails ideas and designs.

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The Coolest Pinterest Nails Ideas to Try

1. Newspaper Nails

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Newspaper print nails are a simple and classy way to express your love for reading and writing. These Pinterest nails only require white nail polish, rubbing alcohol, and, of course, newspaper. Start by painting the nail with a white base coat and let it dry completely. Soak the nail in a small cup of alcohol for a few seconds. Next, place the newspaper print-side down on the nail, and gently rub it onto the nail. Be careful not to let the paper shift. Finally, peel the paper from the nail and finish it off with a glossy top coat.

2. Quilted Nails

Quilted nails are very sophisticated and professional looking, but this look is easier to make than it seems. For the best results, use a light color. Begin by painting your nail with the color of your choice. Allow the polish to dry completely. Next, place three long, thin strips of striping tape diagonally and evenly spaced across the nail bed.

Take three more long pieces of tape and place them diagonally in the opposite direction to make diamond-shaped spaces. Paint a thick layer of polish on the nail and let it dry partially but not completely. Gently peel the striking tape, one strip at a time. Let the polish dry completely and add small rhinestones or glitter in the intersections. Seal in the design with a matte or glossy top coat.

3. Mermaid Nails

Mermaid nails or fish scales are a popular style of Pinterest nails that are also simple to do. You can do this if you have a mesh bag or you can buy nail vinyl. Use two contrasting colors for the best results. Begin by painting the nail with your first color, and let the nail dry completely. Next, wrap the mesh tightly around your finger, so that it covers the nail bed. Secure the mesh by taping it down to your finger. Paint over the mesh with the second color, being sure to include all of the spaces. Without letting the polish dry, gently remove the mesh. Once the nail is completely dry, finish it off with a matte or glossy top coat.

4. Plastic Wrap Nails

Using plastic wrap for these Pinterest nails is an innovative way to achieve an interesting texture. This is a very simple design that gives your nails a rustic look. Pick any two colors that go well together, and paint the nail with the first color. Let this first coat dry completely. Next, paint the nail with the second color. Before the second coat dries, take a ball of plastic wrap and dab it gently on the nail, which will remove some of the fresh polish and reveal the first color underneath an abstract texture. Let the design dry, and seal it in with a glossy top coat.

5. Tie Dye Nails

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These Pinterest nails are cute, casual, and fun to make for the summer. To make your nails look like a tie dye t-shirt, start by painting the nail white, and let it dry completely. Starting at the cuticle, use a thin brush to make small strokes and work your way in a spiral around the rest of the nail to the center. In order to create a more realistic design, try not to let the polish dry, so the colors blend. Continue to work in spirals with multiple colors until the center is filled in. Finish it off with a glossy top coat.

6. Galaxy Nails

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These classic Pinterest nails are beautiful and ideal for anyone, especially for those who like science fiction and outer space. To achieve this look, start with a white base coat. This will make the other colors pop. Break off three pieces of a makeup sponge and paint the rough edge of one sponge piece with black polish. Dab the black polish diagonally and through the middle of the nail.

Next, do the same with purple polish, dabbing it next to the black polish on both sides. Make sure the colors overlap to create a gradient effect. Lastly, take blue nail polish and dab it around the purple while overlapping. Let the design dry and then cover with a clear glitter polish. Paint on small stars using white polish, and finish off the design with a glossy top coat.

7. Strawberry Nails

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It is super simple and adorable to paint your nails to look like strawberries. Start by painting the nail with a dark pink polish, and let the nail dry completely. At the cuticle, use green polish to paint three triangular-shaped leaves. Finish off this design by dotting the strawberry with yellow dots. Seal the design in with a matte top coat.

8. Fan Brushed Striped Nails

These fan brushed striped Pinterest nails are rustic, abstract, and easy to make. Pick a few colors that you think go well together. Start with a white base coat to help the colors pop. Separate the bristles on a flat paint brush and dip the edges in your first color. Swipe the brush across your nail until there is no more paint on the brush or until you want to switch colors. Continue to do this until you are content with the design, and finish it off with a glossy top coat.

9. Watermelon Nails

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Having nails that resemble slices of watermelon is a great way to get ready for summer. Start by painting your nail light pink and let it dry. Paint a straight line of green on one edge of the nail and let that dry. Next, paint a white, curved line, with the curve facing towards the green. Finally, paint three tear-drop shaped seeds in the middle of the pink section of the nail. Seal in the design with a glossy top coat.

Designs that may seem like only a professional can make can be easily made by anyone with a little practice. Pinterest has made it possible for anyone to be a nail artist, so don’t hesitate to try these or any other nail art designs you find!

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10 Happy Birthday Memes That Will Have You Rolling On The Floor!

How to Spread Birthday Cheer With Birthday Memes

What is the best way to help someone celebrate their birthday? The traditional birthday cake in the face may be taking it a little too far… and a “pinterest perfect” birthday gift may be a little too time consuming. A fun, simple, and awesomely cheap way to help spread some birthday cheer, is by sending them a funny happy birthday meme!

Will Farrell ‘Elf’ Birthday Meme

Just like Buddy from Elf, you can have your very own Christmas. Who says you have to count your birthday out?

For some, their birthday may even be their favorite holiday!

Anyway, have a very merry birthday!

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If the meme is for someone you know like a family member, you can even type in “happy birthday sister meme” into your Pinterest or Google search engine.

Just like Ron Burgundy from Anchorman, you too can wish your sister a happy birthday.

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3. Happy Birthday cat memes are all the rage now a days. Especially grumpy cat.

These memes are great for the cat lovers in your life to wish them a ‘catastic’ birthday.

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Feeling classy? Wish your friends a happy and sarcastic birthday.

Willy Wonka can help with that!

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You can even wish your loved ones a special happy birthday on behalf of their favorite actress or actor?
Who doesn’t want Ryan Gosling to wish them a very happy birthday.
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Not only can these get name specific, but very topic specific! Have a friend or family member that likes Harry Potter? Puppies? Kim Kardashian?
There’s a meme for that too, and if not you can always customize your own meme.
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Top 4 Amazing Pinterest Wedding Ideas to Try

Pinterest is a gold mine of great design tips, ideas for creativity and clever DIY projects. All of this valuable information makes Pinterest the go-to website for wedding planning ideas. From color schemes and wedding themes to hacks and budget tips and everything in between, you can find any link you need to plan your Pinterest wedding of a lifetime. The following ideas were all found on Pinterest and are ranked in the order of popularity. Whether you are a future bride, an eager maid of honor or a wedding planner, Pinterest has what you need.

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Top 4 Amazing Pinterest Wedding Ideas to Try

1. Unusual Photo Opportunities

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Of course, your wedding day will be one to remember. Make those memories unique and something you will cherish forever. While your professional photographer will have a set list of the must-have traditional wedding photos to take, bring your own ideas to the table. Think of ideas that show the bride and groom’s personality. For example, Pinterest has an amazing photo gallery of superhero inspired poses.

Take a bridal party photo to the next level with the groomsmen donning superhero emblems of their choice. Have them reveal the logos from under their button-down shirts by undoing the top two button and pulling their shirt open a la Superman style. You can also get your bridesmaids in on the fun by having them pose with the superheroes.

If superheroes aren’t your thing, find another common interest. Pinterest also has an example of a fast food fanatic groom from China. The groom and his buddies created costumes of popular McDonald’s menu items and surprised the future health conscious bride. The photos of her reaction were priceless and something the couple can laugh about for years to come.

Above all, make your photos special. Your wedding photos will be mementos you will cherish forever. Who knows, your creative ideas could end up being featured on Pinterest wedding accounts!

2. Unusual Wedding Cakes

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When it comes cooking and baking, Pinterest has you covered when you are looking for an unconventional recipe. Take, for instance, the example of a black and neon colored wedding cake. Who says that your wedding cake has to be a tradition tiered white with fondant flowers? Who says it even needs to be a cake.

One couple decided to serve up a donut tower as their wedding cake centerpiece. Another used Rice Krispies to create a one of a kind cake. Just like every other detail of your wedding, your cake should show off your personality. Pinterest wedding ideas offer hundreds of creative cake ideas from brides that have taken the plunge on an outrageous cake design idea.

Of course, the groom’s cake hasn’t been afraid to make a statement at most weddings. Usually, it is an outrageous representation of the groom’s love of a certain hobby or sport’s team. However, with the help of Pinterest, you can take your groom’s cake to the next level. From cake balls to buckets of money, think outside the box when it comes to designing this fun cake. Let the groom run wild with ideas. The possibilities are literally endless.

3. Ditch The Flowers With These Revamped Bouquets

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The bride’s bouquet is an important piece of the wedding attire. You want something that will match the wedding’s theme, but not overpower the dress. While bouquets are usually made with flowers, either fresh or silk, many brides are opting for a different type of bouquet. Pinterest shows just how many random items can be used to make one of a kind bridal bouquets.

One bride took a dainty approach to a revamped bouquet by using a bunch of mini pearls. This beautiful arrangement made a statement while not taking the focus off the bride.

Like they say, either go big or go home. Another bride chose to use one single giant paper flower. This is a beautiful and bold choice. However, it is very budget friendly and can be made with inexpensive tissue paper in a variety of colors. Some craft stores may even carry pre-made giant flowers like this.

Do you love books, magazines, sheet music or even paper maps? You can use these meaningful pieces of paper to create a one of a kind bouquet. A great choice is a unique bouquet made of paper maps that show places the couple has traveled. Each piece of paper is rolled and shaped into these flowers.

4. Not Your Mama’s Wedding Dress

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Long gone are the days of only wearing a white ball gown as a bride. Even big name bridal designers are catching on the Pinterest weddings trend of different colors, unusual materials, and revealing cuts. Black and red seem to be the latest statement colors in wedding dresses.

Many brides fall in love with these unconventional looks, but steer away from them in fear of coming off as too outrageous. However, many of these brides end up regretting this decision. Don’t have any regrets on your wedding day. Choose the details you like and don’t worry about anyone else’s complaints (besides your future spouse)!

As brides look to make a statement on their wedding day, these dresses definitely do just that. Take everyone’s breath away in an gorgeous unconventional wedding dress and always be remembered as that bride. Your wedding day should be one to remember and with these gowns, all eyes are sure to be on you.

Summing It Up

On your wedding day, every detail should tell something about the bride and the groom. From hobbies to passions, you can find a way to incorporate your favorite things into any detail. Remember this is your day, and you can make it into whatever you want. Your first stop in the wedding planning process should be Pinterest wedding ideas. Pinterest will help you find what you need and how to bring it into your dream wedding. With thousands of amazing wedding ideas waiting at your fingertips, the only issue you will have is which ideas to leave off.

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Top 5 Most Useful WordPress Plugins For Bloggers To Consider

WordPress is one of the greatest inventions of all time; right up there with sliced bread and gummy bears. It’s the most user-friendly software platform for creating a blog or any other kind of website, and one of the coolest things about WordPress is the huge variety of plugins available. One of the most important aspects of this blogging platform is represented by WordPress plugins.

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If you’re new to blogging and aren’t sure what plugins are, they’re basically like apps for your smartphone. WordPress plugins add all kinds of neat features to your blog, and it’s worth your time to experiment and try out several of them to see if they’re a good fit for you.

All of the plugins in this article are available for free, but some of them do have upgrades available for a small price.

Top 5 Most Useful WordPress Plugins To Consider

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  1. Jetpack.
  2. Akismet.
  3. Easy AdSense.
  4. WooCommerce.
  5. Editorial Calendar.

The first couple of WordPress plugins listed here are likely to be of interest to all bloggers – especially beginners who are just trying to have a little fun with their blogs – while the last three are geared more toward experienced bloggers and those who are trying to make money with their blogs.

1. Jetpack

The Jetpack plugin for WordPress is a powerful all-in-one plugin with tons of customizable options, and it’s a fantastic choice for beginning bloggers who want lots of great features without having to constantly manage and update a whole bunch of different WordPress plugins that were created by different programmers.

Also, Jetpack is made by the folks at WordPress themselves, so you’re unlikely to experience any compatibility issues or lack of updates.

Here are just some of the things Jetpack can do for you:

  • Track your traffic stats and analytics.
  • Insert social media sharing buttons on posts and pages.
  • Add custom contact form into any page or blog post.
  • Add clickable image widgets to your sidebar and footer.
  • Automatically manage blog subscribers.

2. Akismet

Most bloggers love interacting with their readers through comments on their blog posts, but at some point fairly early in your blogging journey, you’re going to start getting comments from spammers who are just trying to get links to their products. Try not to take it personally, but don’t let those spam comments take the fun out of blogging for you.

Every blogger is going to receive spam comments on a daily basis, and Akismet is known for offering the best spam filters out there. Akismet is the leader in spam comment management, and it is one of the most popular WordPress plugins in the blogging world. Best of all, this plugin is free for most personal blogs.

3. Easy AdSense

Many bloggers are completely happy to just blog away and meet new blogging buddies, and that’s totally fine. But if you’re hoping to make some money from your blog, at some point you’ll probably want to experiment with some different methods for monetizing your blog.

Google ads are the easiest and most popular method of making money with a blog. But when you’re starting out, most bloggers don’t know how to write code. That’s why they’ll need some help with their ad layouts.

If that’s you, then you’ll probably want to have a way to help you quickly and painlessly drop the ads into your blog posts and sidebar, and Easy AdSense is one of the best WordPress plugins for monetizing your blog with Google ads. You’ll need to get an AdSense account with Google, but once you have that, this plugin makes monetization very easy and user-friendly.

4. WooCommerce

The popular WordPress plugins above are great for those of you who just want to write blog posts and interact with your audience. However, if you’re planning on selling actual products through your website, then you’ll need to set up your site for e-commerce. WordPress makes this easy.

The WooCommerce plugin is a very popular way to sell products through your blog. You can include photos and descriptions of the products with different categories and layouts. Your visitors can set up a shopping cart and pay securely with their PayPal or credit card too. It really does a great job of streamlining the entire process, making product sales through your blog quick and painless.

5. Editorial Calendar

If you really get serious about blogging, you’ll eventually want to settle into a regular publishing schedule, and you might even bring some other people on board to help you run your blog. This is where the Editorial Calendar plugin makes your life so much easier.

This plugin takes all your pre-scheduled posts. It lays them out in calendar format. This makes it easy to see if there are any content gaps that you need to fill. To move items around, you can just drag and drop them into the days where you want them. Then, the plugin will automatically update the new publishing dates. This way, you don’t have to go back into each post manually to do it.

And of course, you can add other users, so that you’re all working on the same calendar.

So now that you’re blogging adventure is well on its way, the time has come to start experimenting with some plugins to take your blog to the next level. Hopefully, some of these five free WordPress plugins will be of use to you.

Have you used any of these plugins on your blog already? What do you think of them? Do you need any help figuring them out? Feel free to share your questions and experiences in the comments section below. And if you see any questions down there from other readers that you already know the answers to, please share your tips to help out our community.

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