Okay…for those who haven’t heard about Pinterest – It’s a virtual bulletin board where you “pin” photos in order to back link to a webpage. For example, I have loads of pins that are pictures of a recipe. When you click on the picture it takes you to the blog/site where the recipe is. This works really well for me because I love to pick recipes from pictures. You get way more of a “yum…that looks like something I should try” thought from a picture than you do from a recipe title. If this sounds like something you might like & you aren’t currently on Pinterest, leave me a comment with your email address and I will send you an invite (it’s invite only at this point).
Okay….on to the tips and tricks!
- People “follow” your boards on Pinterest. I always follow them back because the more boards you follow, the more cool pins you get to see. It is so much easier to repin something that is already on Pinterest than to find something to pin from the internet. Plus you can always unfollow people that pin things you aren’t interested in.
- Install the “Pin It” applet to your browser toolbar. That way if you do find something on a website you want to pin, it is super easy.
- If you do pin something from a blog or website, make sure you are in the post you want to pin (you can do this by clicking on the title of the post) instead of on the home page. If you are pinning a recipe & you pin the home page, it will be very hard for the person who repins it to find the recipe b/c it will just link to the home page. This one is VERY IMPORTANT!
- If you pin a recipe, DO NOT put rewrite the recipe in the comments field. This is rude to the blog where you got the recipe because people won’t click through to get the instructions. Also, this seems to be against Pinterest Terms of Service so your pin may get deleted.
- Try to tag the pin with information about what it is. In other words a title of “Grilled Chicken with Mango Salsa” is much more useful than “Yum! I want to try this!”
- Pin pictures directly from the original website. Don’t pin from someone’s Pinterest roundup post. You will still be able to get to the recipe, instructions, etc but it will be much more difficult.
Tips for Blogger
- Depending on what type of blogger you are, Pinterest can drive traffic to your site!
- If you have a “pinnable” blog post such as a recipe, craft or tutorial, there are no rules against pinning it yourself. Just make sure this isn’t ALL you pin!
- Make sure to have a good photograph for each of your pinnable posts. For example, I wrote a post about great websites for bloggers. There really wasn’t a good pic to go along with it so I used a picture of puzzle pieces instead. You have to have a picture for it to be pinnable.
- There are a plethora of “Pin It” buttons to add to your blog posts to make it easier for people to pin them (this is especially helpful if they are on your site on a mobile device like an iPad).
- Think outside the box for what is “pinnable”. You would be amazed at how many Social Media articles are pinned on Pinterest!
- You can find out what has been pinned from your site/blog by going to www.pinterest.com/source/yoursitename.com (put your blog/site name where I’ve put “yoursitename”).