Wednesday, 13 January 2016

how to simply hide a Pinterest image

#midlife blog ~ crestingthehill.com.au

I've seen a lot of blog posts that have "hidden" vertical Pin images in them - all very elusive and interesting and when I've gone to find out how to do it my poor little brain has shut down with all the information on offer. The idea has hung around in the back of my mind and I finally found a solution.

The dilemma (if you have no idea about what I'm on about!) is that vertical Pinterest images Pin well but don't look all that fabulous in most blog posts. I know that I prefer a square image or a landscape style - not the vertical portrait style that Pinterest loves.

On my trawling around the interwebs I found a post from Anne from Love the Here and Now that gave a step by step tutorial (you can see that post here) She has really good graphics and it was such a help to me as far as all the HTML coding stuff goes.

But I realized what it all boiled down to was a SIMPLE little bit of code added just before and after the image you want to hide. Since starting to co-host the #OverTheMoon link ups, I've had it dawn on me that my whole page of HTML coding for each post was in the top corner of my Blogger post (Compose/HTML) and when I click on the HTML tab it's all laid out before me like hieroglyphics! Before that would have blown my mind - now I know to look for the little bit I need (ignoring all the rest) and make my SIMPLE change and I'm all done.

The secret easiest way is to put the image that you want hidden at the end of your post and then look for it in your HTML coding - it's easy to find because it's the last bit of coding in all those hieroglyphics. Then you just do this:
#midlife blog ~ crestingthehill.com.au


DONE!! When you look back at your post the image is hidden and it only shows up when you hit your internet's Pin button. I hope has this simplified the process for you as much as it did for me. One last thing - please remember to put a good description on your Pinnable image so that you get value out of it when other people Pin it.



35 comments:

  1. Leanne...what a very useful piece of information this is! Thanks so much. Pinning to my blog pinterest board for future reference.

    Have a great day, Lynn

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    1. thanks Lynn - I put the other link in because it has so much information but I just love it when it comes down to a line of code instead of a mammoth undertaking.

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  2. I'm sharing this but had to first share that I'm sure it will come as absolutely no surprise I knew none of this :-) :-)

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    1. me either Carla - I'm sure there are other ways to do it but this was simple enough for my non-HTML brain to figure out!

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  3. Oh this is so great to know! Thank you!

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    1. my pleasure Alexa - if you want a more thorough explanation then the link in my post is a good one to read.

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  4. My technique for handling anything 'techy' is to holler, "Joe!". Then wait for my son-in-law to do it for me.

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    1. does he do Australian consults? I think I could yell loud enough to be heard over there :)

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  5. Wow, thanks. I have to reread and put this in my for when needed file!

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    1. it was quite a handy little tip for me Haralee - there is probably a thousand more complex ways to do it, but this one is simple enough for me for now!

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  6. Thanks for this! I didn't know! I guess a lot of us didn't! I'm glad I connected with you on #WAYWOW!

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    1. thanks Jody - I'm hoping it demystifies it a little for those of us who aren't all that HTML literate!

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  7. This is good to know, I didn't even realize that you could hide and image. Pinning so when I can get to it I can go back to older post that have Pinterest images and add the code.

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    1. it's a handy thing to have up your sleeve isn't it? :)

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  8. It's still a mystery to me, but I have something to 'try' to understand and thank you for this so much Leanne.

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    1. it is to me too but this was the closest I came to finding something that works and isn't too complex :)

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  9. This is super handy thank you!! I am only just getting into Pinterest so any info is great!!

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    1. I'm a bit of a Pinterest addict Julia - not so much with my blog (I just love the pretty pictures) but a nice image that is the right size does look a lot better as a pin. Hope you find this handy :)

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  10. I've always wondered how people get around this - thanks for taking the time to work it out and share it with us, will definitely have a play around and see if I can get it to work :)

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    1. I have been jealous of the clever people that do it Sarah and the big explanation in the link I included is very helpful. But I liked that it boiled down to a tiny little bit of coding that even I could manage!

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  11. This is such great info. Pinning!

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    1. thanks Ilka - I hope you find it useful down the track.

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  12. Leanne, this is the coolest isn't it? I've been doing it for several months and I love the way it looks. I was pleased with how simple it really is and really happy with whomever figured it out and shared it! It makes for much more attractive Pinterest sized images, long and lengthy so they get noticed, love that.

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    1. I thought I might have gotten it wrong because it was so simple Nikki but it works and I just love it! I don't use it every time, but when I do I have a little smile :)

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  13. Saving on my blog "to do" list in my bookmarks. This is so easy and solves a real problem that I've been struggling with!

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    1. thanks so much - I think it's good to read the link and then my simplified version makes sense :)

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  14. Thanks Leanne for sharing this post. Us bloggers are continually learning new things to make our job easier. So happy to have you as co host on #overthemoon

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    1. thanks Jen - I'm loving joining the ladies at #OTM :)

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  15. Thanks for sharing this Leanne - that's really useful. I don't mind sharing a long image on some of my posts but it's not practical on all of them.

    Sally @ Life Loving
    #LifeLovingLinkie

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    1. I'm the same Sally - I prefer the landscape style for my blog but the tall ones definitely pin better.

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  16. Great information Leanne. Now you need to put up a subscription so I can get your posts delivered to my email and not miss another one of your posts.

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    1. I think about it now and then Rena but it's all a bit too hard - I'm sure there's an easy way to do it, but I just haven't figured it out yet.....

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  17. Thank you so much for this! I had no idea it was even possible! I always just upload the image in Pinterest then add the link. This might be a little easier :) ~Jenn @BecauseImCheap

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    1. my pleasure Jenn - it's so easy and it is a good trick to have up your sleeve.

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  18. What a good idea. I've been hearing about this recently, but wasn't sure why or how you'd use it. I'm going to try this. Thanks for the easy to follow tutorial!

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