I have not hidden the fact that Pinterest is my new love. In fact, I think it is my most worthwhile internet
addiction hobby yet. I have found fantastic ideas for kids activities, livened up my weekly meal plan and created giftsthat cost less than wrapping paper and a card.
As with any new site, there are tips and tricks I am learning to get the most out of my time spent there. Here are just a few:
1. Be selective. Pinterest is about finding things you love, saving them for another day when you want to read/try/buy/make them and sharing what you love with your friends. You can pin anything, but pinning everything will start to clog up your followers’ Pinterest pages and they may unfollow you. For me, quality over quantity is definitely important when pinning. If you find an awesome recipe that you want to share, 100 people may repin it. If you find 100 pictures of unicorns that you want to share, you will be lucky if one person pins one of your pictures, no matter how many colors of the rainbow are in that unicorn mane.
2. Follow first, unfollow later. This may not work for everyone but it has worked well for me. When I was getting to know Pinterest I followed everyone who followed me. By doing so, I had a large pool of pins to look at when I visited Pinterest. This helped me jump start my “repinning” and get an idea of how I wanted to categorize my boards and the types of things I wanted to pin. Once I was comfortable with the site I began unfollowing boards that were not relevant to my interests.
3. Describe your pins so they can be easily found. When you name something you have pinned, give it a name that will show up when someone searches for it. For example, if you pin a fantastic recipe for chocolate cupcakes, you need to include the words “chocolate” and “cupcake” in your title. Naming the picture “yum” will not help anyone else find your pin when searching.
4. When creating your own pin, include the least amount of text possible. In general, your goal should be to send people to a site for the information that is linked to that image. Including an entire recipe, blog post or magazine article just takes up space on your followers’ Pinterest pages. Also, it does not lead anyone to the site that should get credit for the original idea.
**Remember this when pinning your own information. You want to give the reader a reason to visit your site. If you give them all of the information they need on Pinterest, they have no reason to visit you for more.**
5. If you pin something from a website make sure you are pinning from the specific page associated with that image. This is especially important with blog posts. You must click on the specific blog post you want the image to link to before pinning the image. Otherwise, the image may just link someone back to the home page for the blog and the post you meant to pin will be buried.
6. Clean up. If you click on an image you have pinned only to find a broken, expired, or false link, please for the love of pinning, delete your pin so that the image does not continue to circulate. There is nothing worse than a picture of the Worlds Best Two Ingredient Cookies that You Can Make While Standing On Your Head With Your Eyes Closed with no link for the recipe.
Hope all of these tips make sense, if you have any questions feel free leave them in the comments or email me and, of course…
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