Ever wonder why some Pinterest Pins stop you in your tracks while others make you scroll right past? The secret's in the image!

While keywords and phrases get searched, it's the image itself that lures in those clicks. So, how do you make sure your most Pin-tastic images get shared? You force pin images that are perfect for Pinterest.

In this guide, I'll explain what, why, and how to force-pin images so you can easily choose the best images for Pinterest and maximize your reach without any extra effort (or coding!).

What is force pinning, and why is it important?

Force pinning is a Pinterest strategy that lets you choose the exact image readers repin from your blog post. And that's even if they click a different image.

Why is this such a big deal? Well, not every image on your website is Pinterest-perfect. Some might be too small, horizontal instead of vertical, or not attention-grabbing enough.

Force pinning lets you swap those “meh” images with eye-catching, Pinterest-optimized ones that people are more likely to save.

Here's why else force pinning is a must-have for your Pinterest marketing strategy:

  • More traffic from Pinterest: Showing off pin-worthy images increases the number of people clicking through to your website.
  • More Pinterest repins: Eye-catching, vertical images with clear text overlays and beautiful photos are more likely to be repinned.
  • Better Pinterest SEO: By choosing the right images and optimizing their descriptions with relevant keywords, you can rank higher in Pinterest search results.

Now that I've explained the what and why of force-pinning hidden images, let me explain how to force-pin images.

How to force-pin images to Pinterest

You can force pin images with some manual HTML coding or with a WordPress Pinterest plugin like Tasty Pins (my go-to).

So, let me walk you through both ways.

How to force pin images manually

Technically, you can force pin images manually. But be warned: It's a bit of a headache.

To manually force-pin an image, you have to add a special data-pin-media attribute to your image HTML tag.

Here's an example of how that might look:

<img src="example.com/myimage.jpg" data-pin-media="example.com/pinterest-image.jpg" />

See those cryptic characters? Yeah, you need to add those to every. single. image. And if you make one tiny mistake, your whole website could go haywire!

Plus, the manual way is incredibly time-consuming, especially if you have a lot of images or update your content on the reg.

Not to mention, this manual way is prone to errors.

A misplaced bracket or a typo can easily break your website's layout or functionality. And let's not even talk about the frustration of troubleshooting those pesky code errors.

How to force pin images with Tasty Pins (no coding)

This is one of my favorite features of the WP Tasty Pins plugin: the ability to easily force-pin images in your blog posts.

Plus, you can optimize Pin descriptions and disable pinning on certain images – all without touching any code.

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And it only takes 4 simple steps!

1. Download and install Tasty Pins

Grab Tasty Pins, and then go to your WP Tasty account page. Download the plugin file. It'll be a ZIP file, so don't unzip it!

Then, log into your WordPress and go to Plugins > Add New.

An image showing how to add a new plugin to WordPress.

Then, you click Upload Plugin and choose the Tasty Pins ZIP file you downloaded.

And don't forget: Does your browser automatically unzip files? You need to re-zip the Tasty Pins folder before uploading it to WordPress.

An image showing a WP Tasty plugin zip file. How to upload a WP Tasty WordPress plugin to your site.

After you install the plugin, click the Activate Plugin button.

That's it – you're ready to start optimizing your images for Pinterest!

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2. Add a hidden Pinterest image

Scroll to the bottom of your WordPress post editor and find the Tasty Pins meta box.

It looks just like this 👇🏻

An image showing how to upload your force pin images to WordPress with Tasty Pins

Click Select Images and choose the Pinterest-perfect image you want to force pin. This will be your hidden image. And you'll only be able to see it in the meta box.

When you upload that hidden Pinterest image, you'll also be able to add a Pinterest title and description. You can also add a Pinterest repin ID that is shared with your image!

Remember, including relevant keywords in the title and description is extremely important for expanding your Pinterest reach.

3. Check the force pinning of a hidden image box

In the Tasty Pins meta box, make sure to check the box labeled Force pinning of hidden images.

An image showing how to force pin images with Tasty Pins. You click the box that says, "Force pinning of hidden images"

This tells Tasty Pins to use your hidden image as the default when someone pins from your post.

4. Save and publish

That's it! Save your post and publish it.

Now, whenever someone clicks the “Pin It” button on any image in your post, Tasty Pins automatically pins your chosen hidden image. That way, your content always looks its best on Pinterest.

Go create your force pin images!

You've got the lowdown on how to force pin images. And how Tasty Pins makes it a cinch to share your blog content on Pinterest.

With a few simple clicks, you can customize Pinterest hover buttons, hide Pinterest images, disable pinning on those not-so-pretty pics, and so much more.

So go on, create stunning visuals, and pin like a pro! Your Pinterest boards are waiting to be filled with your amazing content.

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