Tasty Pins: A Handy Plugin For Optimizing Your Images
Pinterest is my favorite social media platform. Since it’s a visual platform and all about images, it makes sense to optimize your pins to get the biggest bang for your buck. Tasty pins is a powerful, yet simple to use WordPress plugin that helps you optimize your images for SEO and Pinterest.
Tasty Pin adds an additional description box on your images without messing with the alt tag. You’ll see a detailed description, along with hashtags, in the “Pinterest Text” box. Optimizing this description for keywords is great for SEO.
Pinterest and Google are the top search engines driving traffic to blogs so optimizing your posts for both these platforms is something worth noting. Google focuses on text, and although Pinterest is visual in nature, it too relies on original text along with keywords. Websites using alt tags effectively have improved Google SEO, while the Pinterest description box provides helpful information to optimize your pins.
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Here are the benefits of using Tasty Pins:
- A description box can be added to each photo. This is called the Pinterest text box.
- Keywords and hashtags can be added to the Pinterest text box to enhance SEO.
- Pins can be hidden so they aren’t seen in a blog post, but will appear if someone wants to pin them.
- The alt text box can be used to describe the photo for the visually impaired who are using screen readers.
- There is an option for photos to be disabled if you don’t want people to share certain pictures. For instance, Pinterest likes vertical images so if your image is square or horizontal you’ll have the option to disable it. Or if you have advertisement images that you don’t want pinned.
- Hover buttons remind your readers to pin your images. These buttons can be disabled as well.
- WordPress plugins are generally easy to use, and Tasty pins is no exception. It’s also lightweight and won’t slow down your site.
- The cost for a yearly subscription is $29.00 with a 15-day, money-back guarantee and unlimited support.
- If you choose not to continue with the yearly plan, the plugin will still work, but no updates will be available.
Watch the video below for a visual tutorial of how the plugin works:
An additional feature of the plugin is the ability to hide images. Scroll down in your WordPress editor until you see a box entitled “Pinterest hidden image.” You can add an image in this box that is pinnable, but doesn’t show up in your blog post.
Why would you want to hide an image? One reason is because you don’t want multiple images to appear on your blog post for whatever reason. They will, however show up in your Pinterest browser where people can pin them.
To hide an image, click “Select Image” and fill in the “Pinterest Text” box under the “Caption” field. Include what the post is about, along with your chosen hashtags. Now provide a description of the image in the “Alt Text.” Press “Select.” When you scroll up to your post, you’ll see that the image you just selected isn’t there. That’s because it’s hidden, yet still pinnable with all the SEO criteria filled in.
That’s how the WP Tasty Pins plugin works. Give it a try!
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You get double the fun with Tasty Pins, improving both your Google and Pinterest SEO. It’s simple to use and just takes a couple extra minutes to optimize your images. Check out Tasty Pins today! You can purchase it from WPtasty.com.
Do you use Tasty Pins? Have you noticed an upswing in your analytics? Let me know in the comments:)