Tech Tip: Adding a Longer TPT Preview to Pinterest Boards

Using Pinterest to promote products and get your product out there is huge for sales.  I started to join collaborative Pinterest boards and quickly realized that if anyone sees the pins on the board all they basically see is the cover.  As a consumer, I don’t really care about the cover, it is the product pages I’m interested in.  Through much trial and error, I figured out a way to make my TPT product pins longer to show the preview of my product.  I shared this on the TPT forum and many people were interested in knowing how to do this too.  It takes a few steps but I feel it is worth it.  Here is a screencast that explains how to make longer Pinterest pins.

Here is a sample:

Here are the instructions: (It looks like a lot but I wanted to be detailed and user friendly instructions)
Step 1: open up ppt
Step 2: click on the design tab
Step 3: click on page set up
Step 4: adjust the height to 21 for three pictures or 27-29 for four pictures (adjusting the length if needed.
Step 5: insert your preview JPEG photos (the TPT thumbnails )
Step 6:  go to save, other format and choose JPEG
Step 7: open Pinterest and click on add pin
Step 8:  browse and choose the picture of your longer preview
Step 9:  go to your TPT store and copy your product description
Step 10: go to Pinterest and paste the description (I like to add the product cost)
Step 11:  Save the pin
Step 12:  go back to your TPT store and copy the web link on the page that displays your product
Step 13:  return to Pinterest hover over the pin and click edit
Step 14:  paste the web link in the source box

Now its time to get working and begin pinning!  If you have a question, please leave it in the comment box.


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    Right Down the Middle
    March 23, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Hi Nancy! Thank you for these instructions! I have seen a couple of people pin like this, and I have always wondered how they did it. I am a new follower!


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    March 23, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Just tried and didn’t get it to work. 🙁 I used the Upload Pin instead of Add Pin. The add pin wants you to choose a picture from a url. My pin is 500x2474px & 96dpi.

    I tried uploading to a collaborative board. I put in the description and link to product (and the price). After uploading it showed a teeny tiny pin and then when I clicked on it, it was wide and squashy as if it were trying to fit itself into a regular pin size. I did save it as a jpg at the beginning. Not sure where I went wrong? Jo/Tiny Toes

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    Nancy Alvarez
    March 23, 2013 at 12:57 am

    When I choose add pin I get a box with two choices: choose file or http. You need to click on choose file then it will lead you to browse files on your computer. I hope this helps.

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    March 23, 2013 at 12:58 am

    LOL Um…so I went back and tried it to just one of my PERSONAL boards and poof, went right on! Just like you said it would! So NOW I’ll repin it to a collaborative board. You are awesome Nancy!! Thanks so much for your help here and at TpT. Here it is on just my little personal board..

    Tiny Toes

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    March 23, 2013 at 1:00 am

    We were obviously typing at the same time! BTW.following here and at TpT. Do you have a business page on FB? Not sure what it didn’t like the first time..but without making any changes at all, it went right up the second time! Thanks again!

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      Nancy Alvarez
      March 23, 2013 at 3:49 am

      I have not started a Facebook page. I am kind of on the fence between starting a FB page or creating a Google Plus business page. I read recently that Google Plus has surpassed FB. A summer project for sure.

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    Christine Reeve
    March 23, 2013 at 3:42 am

    This is great and really helpful! Thanks.

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    Shari Abbey
    March 24, 2013 at 2:05 am

    Thanks so much for this info! I’m going to try it right now.

    ✿ Shari
    Keeping It Fresh in 6th Grade

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    Clip Art by Carrie Teaching First
    March 25, 2013 at 1:36 am

    Thanks for the advice. I really like that idea! Thanks for taking the time to give instructions! I use Publisher for creating my file, but might have to use PPT to create the long thumb! Much more room for a preview on Pinterest and your blog!


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    Suzanne Scotten
    September 2, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. I’m a newbie and need all the help I can get! You rock!

    • Reply
      Nancy Alvarez
      September 2, 2013 at 6:32 pm

      You are welcome. I am glad it was helpful to you.

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    Charlene Tess
    October 21, 2013 at 11:13 am

    This post was very helpful and well designed. Thanks so much and good luck with your store.

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    October 29, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Thank you Nancy:) You flew through that so fast, I know it is going to take me 3x as long – lol…can’t wait to make my new pins!

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    Greg Coleman
    November 3, 2013 at 1:39 am

    I wanted to say THANK YOU!! This tutorial is great. I’ve often wondered how the longer views were placed onto Pinterest. This tutorial provided ALL the necessary tools to do it. Thanks again for the wonderful information.

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    The Artsy French Teacher
    February 5, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Thanks so much for these instructions. I wish I were so smart in this techie way. Muchas gracias! Merci beaucoup! Arigatou! THANKS!
    The Artsy French Teacher

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      Nancy Alvarez
      February 5, 2014 at 11:57 pm

      You are welcome, I am glad you found it helpful.

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    Ashley Reinhardt
    May 25, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Thank you so much…this was extremely helpful and straightforward! I appreciate your time and effort!

    From another fellow Texan 😉
    Ashley Reinhardt @ Kinder Peeps

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    Amy Harrison
    July 19, 2014 at 11:08 am


    Yesterday, I briefly tried goggling how to make long pins with no success. It makes sense that is is just a long picture! Thank you for your video! I just successfully pinned my first longer pin. You are the best 🙂

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      Nancy Alvarez
      July 22, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      Good to hear, I am glad it was helpful.

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    August 5, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Thank you so much for this. Very powerful and clear. Already changing my pintrest, new to the business but learning alot.

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      Nancy Alvarez
      August 6, 2014 at 6:21 pm

      You are welcome, I am glad it helped you.

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    Diane Stout
    October 16, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Thank you for sharing your expertise! I know I need to do Pinterest to get going in TpT, but I haven’t done much yet. I suppose consistency is important! Your tutorial was extremely helpful. I’ll refer back to it.

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