6 Great Pinterest Plugins for WordPress

7 awesome pinterest plugins for wordpress | theblogmaven.comI have to say a big thank you for all the Pinterest love I got on my 9 ways to get Pinterest users to your blog post.

Y’all blew it up.

So thanks. 😉

You already know I’m a huge fan of WordPress – and if you’re a self-hosted WordPress blogger, you have lots of tools at your disposal to run a well-oiled Pinterest campaign.  Forget manually adding buttons to your posts.  From embedding Pinterest buttons inside your images to tracking your stats, to scheduling your pins – all you need is a boost from some plugins, and you’re ready to rock!

…and if you don’t want anyone sharing your images, there’s a plugin for that, too.

But let’s start with the positives, shall we?

1. Pinterest “Pin It” Button

Pinterest Pin It Button plugin for WordPress | theblogmavenRather than adding the “Pin It” button manually to each post via Pinterest’s “Goodies” page, you can use a WordPress plugin to add it for you.  The settings of the Pin It Button Plugin allow you to choose whether you want it to appear at the top of posts, at the bottom of posts, or both – and you can specify which pages or posts it should appear on.  Here’s a peek at the administrative panel: pretty straightforward.

Pin It Plugin for WordPress | theblogmaven.com

2. Image Sharer

Best Pinterest plugins for WordPressChances are, your audience isn’t just hanging out on Pinterest. If you want to give people an option of where to share your post and still feature an image, check out the Image Sharer plugin. When a user hovers over the image, the icons of all three of the major social networks appear (Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter), allowing your reader to share your image on their favorite turf.

3. Pinterest Lightbox

If you’re a photographer, a designer, or just someone who uses WordPress galleries, you’ll be pleased to know there’s now a plugin that will add the Pin It button to an image that’s inside a NextGEN Gallery (see the screenshot below).

Pinterest Lightbox plugin for WordPress | theblogmaven.com

The Pinterest Lightbox plugin allows your professional photos to be sharable on Pinterest in their full uploaded size, so they look WAY better than a thumbnail.

4. Pinterest “Follow” Button

If you’re not so sure about pasting code into your sidebar to add that Follow Me on Pinterest button, you can do it simply with the Pinterest “Follow” Button plugin.  Just install the plugin and go to Appearance > Widgets on your blog.  Drag the Pinterest widget to any widgetized area you’d like and change the settings to suit your needs.  Easy as pie.

Pinterest Follow Button plugin for WordPress

 

5. Pinterest Pinboard Widget

Preview of Jeni's pin boards | theblogmaven.comIf you have a text-heavy sidebar (or just need some more lovely images for that prime piece of real estate), you’ll love the Pinterest Pinboard Widget plugin.  It displays your latest pins as a widget in any widgetized area of your blog.

From a blog growth strategy perspective, it’s really useful for convincing readers to follow you on Pinterest, with a sneak peek into your pin boards.

And it’s cute.

6. Pinterest Block

Even if you’re using Pinterest to help grow your blog’s readership, there may be some images you don’t want people to pin.  Fair enough.  For these folks, there’s Pinterest Block, which allows you to select global areas of your blog (home, archives, posts, pages, etc.) to turn off your readers’ ability to pin your images.  You can also do this on a page-by-page or post-by-post basis.

You know, so people don’t pin that photo of your kid picking his nose.

Again.

Did I miss anything?

There are a few other plugins out there, but I think these cover the bases.  If you know of another one that’s superawesome, please let me know about it in the comments!

What tools do you use to encourage Pins on your blog?

[box]This post is part of the series Growing Your Blog with Pinterest: the Ultimate Guide. You can read the rest of the series here.[/box]

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Bailey says

This isn’t a plugin, but recently I saw somewhere that you could use nopin=”nopin” in your image code and it would prevent that picture from being chosen as an option to pin. I haven’t tried it, but I thought it sounded pretty cool. I always love to hear what other bloggers use plugin-wise, so thanks for this!!

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    jeni says

    Thanks for the tip – I wasn’t aware of that one. I’ll have to pass it along to my non-plugin-using friends. 🙂

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Melissa West says

I just launched my new website today and it was so helpful when I found yours last week to add the last few finishing touches based on your recommendations. Thanks for all the effort it took putting your posts together. I really enjoy your writing=)

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    jeni says

    Hi Melissa, thanks for visiting! I’d love to hear how some of these strategies work out for you, once you’ve been using them for awhile!

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Becky Marie says

Thank you, thank you, thank you!! Both for this post and many others. I plan to start using the pin it buttons on my blog and you made the options so easy to understand. I like that you included the block plug in. I would add there is a code you can add to pictures that allow you to block individual pictures, while its more work its good to know if you only want to block a handful of images across your blog.

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Becky Marie says

Do you know if using both the pin it plugin and the block together will work? I’d like to block family pictures (specific posts) but add a pin it to other stuff. Thanks!

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    jeni says

    Hmm…I don’t know, since I haven’t tried it. The best thing to do would be to just try loading both plugins and seeing if there’s a conflict. I know that for Pin Button Attraction, you can choose which photos to include the Pin It button on. It doesn’t necessarily block people from pinning the others, but since there’s a Pin It button on some photos and not others, they’d be more likely to only pin the ones with the Pin It button on them. Hope this helps!

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Rudy says

Great overview! I stumbled onto your blog as I was looking into Pinterest plugins for my blog. Exactly what I was looking for! The pin board widget looks very cool! Thanks!

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Alexander says

Good set of tools, Jeni. Nice job, thanks. Also, I would also like all the pinterest users here to check out this free tool for Pinterest called Pinwoot (http://pinwoot.com) – me & my friend, Victor built this for ourselves and recently, opened up for everyone. Hope you will find it useful too. 🙂

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Tim says

Thanks so much for the great insight!

I just wanted to pass along another tool called Tint. It lets you display any Pinterest account pins or any Pinterest board pins to your likening. You can totally curate to your preference and then embed it into your website. It took me about 5 minutes to create and integrate into my site with no technical expertise needed. They have infinite scroll and multiple themes to choose from too!

Feel free to check it out here: tintup.com/blog/the-best-pinterest-for-a-business-widget/

Thanks,
Tim

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Allyson says

Not sure how recent this post is, but WP Pinner is a total scam. You should google it and see there has been no updated information in almost a year.

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Maureen McCabe says

#1 and #6 could not both work on my site. The button (#1 in the post) was picking up the images in the widget (#6 in the post) and giving my blog credit as the source for the image in the Widget (not my image.) I removed the widget. I left #1 on (Pinterest “Pin It” Button) and also # 7, Pinterest Block.

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Tracy says

I took your advice and purchased Pin Button Attraction and I guess it doesn’t like my blog because it only worked on certain posts. I have a ticket in with support, hope they fix it because it’s great otherwise. 😉

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    jeni says

    Hopefully you’ll be able to get the kinks worked out, Tracy. I’ve loved using it on my blog. Thanks for your note!

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Brice says

Hi Jeni,

Thanks for the post. Even though you threw this up in September, it still comes up in google when you search 2013, so I wanted to share a Pinterest plugin that we developed and released:

http://codecanyon.net/item/slick-pins-pinterest-feed-widget/5898481

It allows you to open your pins in a lightbox on your wordpress site, and the support is great (we are insane about ensuring our stuff is the best around).

Cheers,
Brice

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Maddy says

very nice post keep sharing thanks

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Carrie @ Kenarry: Ideas for the Home says

Hi there! In your intro, your post mentions a WordPress plug-in for scheduling pins on Pinterest, but then I didn’t see that featured among the plugins you recommend here. Is there another post on your site about scheduling pins that you can direct me to? Thanks!!

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    jeni says

    Hi Carrie, I believe the tool most people are using to schedule pins is ViralTag. There are other tools out there, but things change in the world of Pinterest pretty often, so it’s worth googling to find the best one at the moment. 🙂 Hope this helps!

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Audrey says

Does this work for WordPress.org or .com? I’ve tried to follow the instructions and cannot figure out how to add this plug in. my website is http://www.limetreeco.wordpress.com.

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    jeni says

    Hi Audrey, you can’t add plugins to WordPress.com – only self-hosted where you have access to your files.

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Josh Blake says

The Pin Button Attraction plugin look awesome! I’ve been looking for something just like that for one of my wordpress blogs. cheers! 🙂

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Samantha Ladd says

Thanks for sharing these. I am struggling to get my Pinterest following up. Am really excited about the Pinboard Widget!

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Sabinne says

Great article. I appreciate the examples too. I also like to mention http://www.pixteller.com – you may easy create images to pin

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Nagi@RecipeTin Eats says

Hi Jeni! Just in response to the first comment on this post, you can add nopin=”true” for any image within a post that you don’t want pinned. I use it for my sign off which is an image 🙂

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Rudd says

Thanks for these suggestions to socialize WordPress site with Pinterest. Do you aware of any WordPress plugin that can autopublish (or autoPin) latest article to Pinterest?

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    Jeni Elliott says

    You might check out CoSchedule, as they have a whole suite of tools for automating your social media posting. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like they include Pinterest at this time; I did a brief search and while there are a few options out there, nothing looks promising. Something for the development community to work on, for sure!

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Nick says

Hi Jeni,

Thank you for your great list. Yes, I do know another super-awesome plugin: our own 😀

Background: We’ve built a 100% free, innovative, so-easy-that-my-granny-can-use-it-plugin which allows bloggers to add social & share icons to their blogs (incl. Pinterest, but many others too), give them counts, add pop-ups and many other features. Please have a look: https://wordpress.org/plugins/ultimate-social-media-icons/

Please check it out. Any feedback welcome 🙂

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Jennifer says

Thanks, Jeni! I will try Image Sharer plugin and I hope this is better than the plugins that I use

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Jamie @ All That Srocks says

I have a question for ya because I can’t seem to find the answer. I’ve seen a blog[The Pin Junkie] that has pin images in the sidebar with pin-it buttons with them. It’s awesome! And I want to do a few for some of my favorite posts that I think need a little more UMPH to get them out there. Do you know what plug-in this is?! Thank you so much!

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Jamie @ All That Srocks says

Annnnddddd I found it on another one of your posts! Disregard last comment 😉 Thanks!

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Hannah says

Thank you for posting these! I’m a Pinterest addict and hadn’t heard of all of these yet. I can suggest one that I use which I really like though, which is the JQuery Pin It Button for Images. I recently wrote a quick post on how to use it but it’s super easy and lets you put pin it buttons directly on the images, and has some cool customization options.

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Cengiz says

Thank you so much Jeni for taking the time to create such a brilliant resource. QUICK QUESTION to you or anyone else who may know: 1) I would like the option to have the ALT TEXT on “pinned” images as the description instead of the article name / website?; 2) which one plays “nicest” on mobile (which is what most of my prospective clients use these days); 3) which of the popular Pinterest plugins is built efficiently so it does not take up too many resources and slow loading speeds for the end user. Thank you so much everyone since I’d like to make a decision soon and this is important to me to get it right from the outset.

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Zaffira says

I found some website, when I place my cursor in their photo, I can see a Pinerest sign and when I click it,it will direct me in pinning/sharing it. Is that a plug in?

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Katie Crenshaw says

OMG!! I wish I found you when I first began blogging… You would have saved me hours of extra work and many headaches. I just love your tips. They are so useful. I am so glad I found you!

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Rheona says

Hello, great post!! I just started my blog and I have been having trouble with Pinterest. When I pin an image it doesn’t go into the right category. When it shows similar pins they have nothing to do with what I am pinning. It is in a category of what the picture is but not the context. I don’t know what I am doing wrong!!?? Anyone have any tips??

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    Jeni Elliott says

    Hi Rheona, sorry I’m just now seeing this! You may have already worked out a solution to your problem, but probably you need to do a good job of naming your Pinterest pin boards so Pinterest can make better guesses about what other content is related to the things you’re pinning. Hope this helps point you in the right direction!

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blue ash says

thakx for this amazing tutorial

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tara says

so currently i use Yoast SEO bc i thought it gave me better seo performance. However when I used the regular SEO pluggin I was able to have almost “hidden” images on my page that would appear when someone hit my pin it button. I loved this little tool because I was able to have 3-4 imgs set up that I’d like used for pinterest, but they wouldn’t all be on the actual post. So my question is, is there a way for me to do the same thing with yoast? or another pinterest pluggin. Ive been racking my brain trying to figure out how to do it through yoast.. but Ive had no luck

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    Jeni Elliott says

    Hi Tara,

    If most of your traffic comes for Pinterest, then I would choose a plugin that allows you to do what you want FIRST with Pinterest, and make SEO a secondary thing. Yoast might not be what you need. Focusing on SEO can be good for the long term, but Pinterest can give you quick traffic you need NOW. Hope this helps!

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steve- aoc says

Gonna try this plugins to my blog then tell you my experience with it 🙂

Keep up the good work Jeni.

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Jaswinder says

Very interesting and detailed article on the subject.

my site is only five months old and I got most of my traffic from google and second from pinterest.

Little bit traffic from other social channels. So today I thought I should learn more about pinterest and I got this article, which is really good one!!

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Nâng mũi sline says

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Amanda Dams says

Great tips, I love this Pin Button Attraction plugin! The only thing I can’t find a way to do is to alter the alt tag for the pin it button, but this doesn’t make it less great than it it.

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Liz says

This may be a stupid question but a lot of bloggers pin descriptions say “from (name of blog” and then a hyperlink to the post” how do you get that to work? I’ve already converted my account to a business account is there a step I’m missing?

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    Jeni Elliott says

    Hi Liz, to get any text you want to show up in the pin description, you add it as the “alt text” for that image on your site. That way, when someone pins straight from the browser, it shows up automatically in the pin description. Hope this helps!

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Henrik Rasmussen says

Thank Jeni , I ‘ve added a feature of wordpress. hank you for that useful post.

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Tanya says

Thanks for the rundown! For bloggers who haven’t tried any of these yet, let me say that I used a few here and there and it totally changed the way my site was getting found on Pinterest since I was able to pin everything easily. Got a huge traffic jump from Pinterest and it’s made a big difference, so if you’re looking for the right plugin, it’s worth trying over and over until you find the right one. Good luck!

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Milan says

Thanks for this nice article. I just wanted to pass along one wp plugin- microblog poster. I use it to autopublish to my Pinterest. Great wp plugin!

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Charles Carter says

Its not a wordpress plugin, but if you’re looking for an automation tool for Pinterest, I know just the right thing… http://PinPinterest.com
I’m using it for more than 6 months now and it does not stop surprising me even now 🙂 PinPinterest is an easy to setup, free to use, cloud based and mobile device optimised tool. The Pin Scheduler lets you schedule as many pins as you want to.
The best part about PinPinterest is its intelligent algorithms, which make sure that only pins relevant to your business are pinned, so that your account is never a mess 🙂

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Nadia says

great list there, i am just setting off to use pinterest marketing. Thanks

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Vibhor Purandare says

Hey Jeni,

Amazing List, we’ve got another one to give some more value to this list. Please consider adding it to the list.

Pinterest Feed – https://wordpress.org/plugins/weblizar-pinterest-feeds/

With some amazing features and options, this plugin is already being loved by many.

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Sarah - Champagne and Petals says

This is a great post, I’ve been looking for ways to add some more Pinterest love to my blog.

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Becca says

By any chance do you know of a plugin that can be used to pin any image including a hidden image? Pinterest “Pin It” Button will, but has not been updated in 2 years. Not sure I feel comfortable with that one. Thoughts?

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Tania says

Pin Button Attraction *was* good for me but it has become problematic since taking my url to SSL.

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Pearl says

Stumbled upon this while googling Pinterest plugins. Great list. But may I ask if there is a nicer Pinterest plugin that is highly customizable CSS wise and wherein I can only choose which Pinterest boards to display? Thanks!

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Kate S says

Did not know about Pinterest block, I am definitely going to get this right now. There are some pics that I would love to prevent from being pinned. THANK YOU!

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Susanne says

Hi Jeni, I am really interested in the Pin Button Attraction Plugin. The link you referred sent us to for this plugin seems weird to me though… At the very bottom it has A LOT of Viagra advertisement!!! And: It says I have to pay $19.97 Membership-fee. What does that mean?!? Per Year? Per Month? Per…?!? It never says anywhere! Can you help please? Thanks so much! Susanne

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PK says

Interesting plugins.

Is there plugin which allows us to show Pinterest follow button as popup?

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Aditi Kapoor says

Thank you so much for this informative post! I was looking for Pinterest posts on the Internet and stumbled upon your
useful post on the same. I will definitely use one of these plugins for my wordpress blog. Thanks for sharing!

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Anna Alexander says

Wonderful tips! Thank you!!

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