Whether you crochet, need to find schematics on the best way to build a floating shelf, or are looking for a slue of ideas for a class you teach — Pinterest points you in the right direction just like Google, only it’s visually appealing. It works the same as typing in something on Google and then clicking “images” instead of merely looking at the web links. BORING.
Okay, okay. I still use Google, but in all seriousness, and as much as I’d neeever thought I’d be one of these people, I have to say I am siding with Pinterest more and more these days. It not only provides answers to some questions (captain obvious I know), it provides all sorts of people with a common place to meet up and share each others work.
Pinterest used to have the number of shares on each photo, but recently this has changed.
Over the years, here are my top 3 things I learned about Pinterest while I was learning the ropes of blogging.
3 Tips For New Pinterest Users
1) Make Your Board Photos Bright & Similar In Style = Attractive & Easy On The Eyes
I’ve seen people use only their own covers for their boards, even if the content within was from other sources. I love this idea, I just haven’t done it (yet?!?)
Deb Wolf’s Pinterest is a good example of how appealing it can look when things match. Find her board HERE.
I’ve seen some dark ones and even had and have a few ones left myself (to fix). At the end of the day, you have to know it’s a priority. If it is not right now, don’t worry about it. If you are trying to focus on more Pinterest engagement, maybe you can set aside 20 minutes per day to do this. Setting a time limit prevents burnout while still making progress.
2) Utilize Every Nook & Cranny To Say What You Wanna’ Say
I have experimenting left and right with this, and still make changes as my available freebies switch out. For instance, right now I am writing a fiction series on Medium because I joined their Partner Program and wanted to see if I could get some feedback on my story, and possibly make some income while doing so.
Soooo, I went back to Pinterest and changed my top link around in order to promote this. When the series is over, I will be making into a book version and then go back and change this link on Pinterest once again.
Use these ad areas to really say what you want to say. Examine other people’s bio’s and see how different they can be. Get creative with it. I even used the “Last Name” section for my blog link in order to get as much detail in as possible. No, I don’t have a gob of followers on Pinterest — so you may be thinking, “Why listen to her?” Honestly, I am not out to accumulate numbers, but to have fun while seeing what works. This takes me to point #3.
3) Pinterest Is The Hub, You Are Community Manager
When people come to your Pinterest page, they see what you have pinned. Some people pin only for their own personal use and this is just fine. Many businesses use Pinterest and make bright, relevant ads to catch one’s eye.
When you are a blogger looking for a way to get your words out there, Pinterest can really be a fun way to do this and meet new bloggers at the same time. Building a Pinterest Community is kind of like saying, “Hey, this is what we do. This is who we are. You are welcome here. Let’s gather & share!”
Want to make a Pinterest sidebar widget like the one below?
Here is a more direct link to build your Pinterest Widget, but I recommend saving the link above too because it has more options including how-to’s for Blogger, WordPress, and more.
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