Optimal Social Media Image Size – It Struck My Fancy
Have you been going nuts with all the different sizes you have found when you search for optimal social media image size? Maybe you haven’t searched it, and stumbled across some suggestions. Maybe like me you were still not set on what you wanted to use.
I have a notebook that I keep notes in as I come across things that will be helpful with this blog thing. Many pages have different pixel sizes listed with a note that says “Pinterest” or “Facebook” on it. I hadn’t really settled on them, they didn’t seem to fit quite perfectly.
Recently I found a great site that helped me out a bunch. He gave some great advice on what sizes to use. I settled on the three that seem to fit what I need for my blogging. These sizes are optimal for me at this point. Try it out on your blog.
Optimal Social Media Image Size for Pinterest
As I am sure you know, you should be saving images for pinning to Pinterest as portrait oriented. That means the height is longer than the width. I have settled on going with the size of 735 px X 1080 px. This would be for any image in my blog that is cropped portrait. It isn’t necessarily the image I want people to pin, but it will be pin-able so we have to make it so that it will pin well.
The main image I set in my blog post is the image I want to be used for Pinterest. You could go with the optimal social media image size here, but in some cases you won’t be able to. Your layout may require you to make it longer. That is what I did here on this blog post. I am not going to put an optimal size here for that because it just will have to be what it is, depending on what your doing.
Remember to use your Alt Tag
This is important because what you put as your Alt-Tag is going to be what your description is when someone pins your image to Pinterest. I wrote a post about taking control of social shares that gives you more info about this.
Optimal Social Media Image Size for Facebook
Facebook is where I run into the most issues with social image size (read about my frustration), so finding the optimal size seemed most important here. If you use a portrait orientation, Facebook will cut a good chunk off on you. You should use landscape orientation for Facebook. If you want to just have a landscape image within the body of your post 1920 px X 1080 px is good for Facebook and Twitter, but for my purposes I want the most optimal for Facebook. I go with 1200 px X 630 px.
Optimal Social Media Image Size for Twitter
Twitter seems to be pretty forgiving, and my site uses Twitter cards, no matter what I do it seems to always work out. I just try to not make more images than I need to, so that is why I go with the optimal social media image size I use for Facebook and that is 1200 px X 630 px.
Optimal Social Media Image Size for Instgram
I don’t usually include square images on my blog post. If you want to have square images, go with 1080 px X 1080 px because that is the highest that Instagram will store, even if they only display 600 px X 600 px. Something to think about is now when choosing a photo in Instagram you can tap the format icon to adjust the orientation to portrait or landscape instead of square. This is why I don’t worry too much about this. If I use one of my images to Instagram that isn’t square I utilize this feature.
So there you have it
The Optimal Social Media Image Size I use for various social media sites, I hope that it made things easier. If I didn’t do a great job explaining it, check out this site for their take on it. I found that making a template in Photoshop for the different sizes to be very helpful.
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