Tasty Pins vs. Social Warfare: Which One Is Best?

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Tasty Pins is a new WordPress plugin that was recently rolled out.

The creators of the plugin (Lindsey & Bjork Ostrom of Pinch of Yum and Food Blogger Pro) created this plugin to solve a specific problem.


The problem:Β How do you use the alt text for it’s original purpose (to describe the photo for screen readers or when the photo doesn’t show) and still have an optimized description for Pinterest (which most people put in the alt text)?

For Google SEO, you need to have accurate alt text. For Pinterest SEO, you need to have a good, optimized pin description.

How do you make both of these sites happy?

The solution: You add a separate box under your photos to add the Pinterest description.

When Tasty Pins came out, I thought it was an ingenious fix for the problem and bought it for my homesteading blog. I thought I would try it out there first and then add it to this blog.

The only paid plug in I had before Tasty Pins on either blog was Social Warfare Pro.

You can read this post about how much I love that plugin—> 8 Ways Social Warfare Can Help Your Blog Be More Social

Meanwhile, this plug in that I already have and love (Social Warfare Pro) added a similar solution to the problem in an update. I found this out through a Blogging Facebook Group and felt like I needed to get to the bottom of this.

Was Social Warfare Pro just as good as Tasty Pins at solving this problem?

Before I answer that, lets review the benefits of each of these WordPress Premium Plugins.

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What are the benefits of Tasty Pins?

  • It adds a Pinterest Description Box to each photo, so that you can put a keyword optimized Pinterest Description in for each photo.
  • It leaves the alt text box alone so that you can add a description of the photo for Google SEO and screen readers.
  • You can hide a Pinterest pin so that it will not appear in the blog post, but will show up when someone goes to pin an image.
  • You can click a check box to disarm a photo for pinning if you don’t want people to see the photo when they are choosing what to pin (without code).
  • One year of support if you need help with the plugin.
  • 15 day money back guarantee.

Here is a video that shows how the Tasty Pins plugin works on my homesteading blog:

What are the benefits of Social Warfare Pro?

  • Social share buttons for all of the major social media sites.
  • Share counts for social proof.
  • Pinterest image hover pin button.
  • You can customize the share buttons to match your brand colors.
  • Click to tweet feature.
  • It allows you to choose what image will be shared for social such as Facebook, Pinterest, etc.
  • You can hide a Pinterest pin so that it will not appear in the blog post, but will show up when someone goes to pin an image.
  • The share recovery feature allows you to regain social shares on a site that has redirects or has been changed to HTTPS.
  • You can connect your Bitly account for link shortening.
  • New update: you can choose to use the pinterest description instead of the alt text for Pinterest pinning. It will use the same description for every photo in the post.

Here is a video that shows how the Social Warfare Pro plugin works on this site:

Which one did I choose?

So, with this new information, I have decided:

For my homesteading blog, I will continue to use both plugins. I have already paid for both and they are working well.

For this blog, I will not buy Tasty Pins, but will just use Social Warfare Pro.

What do I recommend for you?

I am presenting you this information so that you can make an informed decision for your blog.

I would recommend that if you already have Social Warfare Pro, you don’t need to add the Tasty Pins plugin. Social Warfare does mostly the same things (except the pin description can not be changed for each individual photo and there isn’t a click box to disarm pins). Social Warfare does so many other things, it is a great plugin. Also, the more plugins you add to your blog, the more likely it is to have a slower load time.

If you don’t have Social Warfare Pro and are not interested in getting it, you should get the Tasty Pins plugin. It is a great plugin that works well to allow you to optimize for both Google SEO and Pinterest SEO at the same time. You can also hide a pin and disarm a pin without code.

The cost is the same for both plugins: $29 per year (Tasty Pins can be used as a one time fee if you don’t want support or updates after the first year). Here are my affiliate links if you want to check them out yourself: Tasty Pins and Social Warfare Pro.Β Using these links helps me earn a small commission to support the upkeep of this site.

Action Steps:

  1. If you have Social Warfare Pro, turn on the pinterest description change as showed in the video above.
  2. If you don’t have Social Warfare Pro, consider the many benefits of this plugin for your blog.
  3. If you don’t want Social Warfare Pro, consider Tasty Pins for the Pinterest and SEO benefits.

Sometimes the technical aspects of blogging can be really tough to understand. You don’t want to spend money on unnecessary things, especially in the beginning when you aren’t making much. But you should consider getting one of these plugins if you don’t have them already. Optimizing your blog posts for Pinterest and Google is critical. Those sites are usually the top traffic drivers to most blogs. You want to make sure you focus on them for blog success.

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Do you have Social Warfare Pro or Tasty Pins? What has been your experience with these plugins? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks!




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6 comments

  1. luis parsons

    woah!this is a new discovery to me….is there any way I can buy this in the Philippines?this will help me out a lot!thank you so much for sharing this!

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    1. Julie

      It is online, so you should be able to buy it anywhere for your WordPress blog! Thanks for stopping by!
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  2. Kimi Jones

    This is the first I’ve heard of that plugin! Definitely interested, but I’m always a little bit hesitant to purchase something that is so new. Are there any glitches that you’ve ran into?

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    1. Julie

      I haven’t run into any glitches so far. As I said above, I only have one paid plugin on this site, and that is Social Warfare Pro. You should check into getting either of these plugins if you want to boost Pinterest and Google SEO for your blog. Thanks for stopping by!
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  3. Tanya

    Thanks for the review. I am headed over there to buy it this weekend. This is helping me decide.

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    1. Julie

      I’m so glad it helped! Thanks for stopping by!
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