Pinterest design mistakes you need to avoid

You’ve heard time and time again (probably from other bloggers and definitely from me!) that Pinterest is amazing for getting blog traffic.

It’s actually my main source of traffic- in my post on how I doubled my traffic, you can see the majority of my traffic comes from Pinterest.

If you want to learn how to use Pinterest to get traffic to your blog too, you need to sign up for my free course Easy Pinterest with Emily.

It covers everything you need to know to become a pinning pro in 7 days, and contains info you won’t find anywhere else like:

  • How to find the best group boards
  • The secret to finding the best keywords for Pinterest SEO

You can read more about the course here, or just sign up below!

A massive part of Pinterest success is having gorgeous pins people actually want to share.

To help you make sure your Pinterest graphics are the best they can be, I’ve created this post all about the worst mistakes to make when designing pins.

So you can make sure your pins are as gorgeous as they can be!

Design mistakes you need to avoid


I’ve started with this one as I think it;s the most important thing you need to know when designing pins.

And that’s the size they need to be.


Mistakes people make when designing Pinterest graphics- they use the wrong size.

You’ve probably noticed images on Pinterest are a similar size, and that’s for a reason.

Due to the way Pinterest works, you scroll through and all the images are lined up side by side.

Therefore, long images do better.

If your image is really short, chances are people scrolling through will miss it!

Obviously don’t make your pins obnoxiously long, but use images that are longer than they are wide.

If you use Canva to create your pins, they have a Pinterest graphic option which I use (1102 px by 735 px).


Mistakes people make when designing Pinterest graphics- they use low quality blurry images.

This is something that really makes your images look less professional.

(You can read more on how to make your Pinterest look more professional here).

Unless intended as part of the photography, using blurry images in your Pinterest graphics will just make people think your pins don’t look good. It looks a little like a technical glitch.

Of course, this’ll put people off repinning the image, and ultimately discourage people from looking at your website.

Because they’re thinking if your pins don’t look good, why would your blog?!

If you can, take your own high quality images to use for Pinterest.

But if you can’t take your own photographs, there are plenty of websites both free and paid where you can get high quality stock photographs.

I found the 40 best websites to find beautiful free stock photos. Check them out here (there are hundreds to choose from!).


Mistakes people make when designing Pinterest graphics- they use light text.

As I talked about in my post on what makes an image stand out on Pinterest, using colours that are too light means they will be easily skipped.

This is especially important for the font.

If you use a really light colour, people won’t even be able to read it!

And if they can’t read your title, they aren’t going to want to read your blog post.

(You can check out my post on the best titles to get more traffic here).

Make sure all your colours can be seen. You can do this by thinking about the contrast between the colours.

So for example, if I use a light background image, I make sure to use dark text so it can be easily read.

And if the background is dark, I use light text so it can be read.


Mistakes people make when designing Pinterest graphics- bad spelling.

If I see a well designed Pinterest graphic, but notice spelling or grammar mistakes, I generally don’t repin it.

Just because I have followers and I don’t want to be putting an unprofessional looking pin in front of them.

I know people don’t do this on purpose.

I’m awful for excitedly writing blog posts then not checking them through.

But you can go back and update a blog post.

Once your pin is out there, it’s out there. There’s no getting it back!

So be sure to check your grammar and spelling are good before you start pinning your image.


Mistakes people make when designing Pinterest graphics- not copyrighting them.

Pin theft is a serious problem on Pinterest.

I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve clicked on a pin to read the post, and it takes me to something completely different.

This is frustrating because it means people want to be engaging with your content, but someone has stolen your pins so you’re missing out.

And unfortunately, there’s not a lot you can do about it!

You don’t have to have a smaller version of your logo like I have added here.

But make sure you add something that makes it obvious it’s your image.

This can be:

  • A symbol you use on your website
  • Your logo
  • A simplified version of your logo
  • Or even your full website address.

That way, even if someone does use your image, your blog name will still be on there and people will remember it.

If you want even more Pinterest tips, don’t forget to sign up for Easy Pinterest with Emily now!

And if you found this list of Pinterest design mistakes helpful, please share it!

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2 thoughts on “Pinterest design mistakes you need to avoid”

    1. Yes I get so many spam comments (there are around 14k in my bin right now!).

      Try creating a filter so certain keywords in a comment go straight to the bin, I find that really helps 🙂

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