6 Pinteresting Tips for Bloggers and Non-bloggers

6 Pinterest Tips

*I realize I’m probably more interested in these tips than 99% of most Pinterest Users, so bear with me. :)

Ask any blogger these days what their top source of traffic is, and most all will say Pinterest. While I will always be a big fan of Pinterest, there has been a lot of buzz about how Pinterest is being used incorrectly. My friend Amy Locurto recently shared a few thought provoking posts on this topic of Pinterest (a must read).

While I have mostly love for a site that helps organize all the things I love, I do have a few things I’d love to change about it. This is not the first time I’ve talked about it, you can see the post where I first declared my love for pinterest here.

I recently posed the question in a post on the BabyCenter blog, the title of the post was: “Are you a Lazy Pinner“. I had a reader comment on the title of my post. She was immediately offended, and went on to say:

“I do not create my Pinterest boards for an audience. I pin what I like simply because I like it. I often don’t need tutorials/step by steps/original sites, I just need the idea. I don’t clip sources from magazines when creating a pinboard, why would I do that on Pinterest? I’m annoyed that the way I opt to use a personal bookmarking tool is being characterized as lazy when it is simply different.”

I completely disagree with her comment, and it probably comes from the fact that I’m a blogger, and I know the time it takes to create content and share it: to make it, to photograph it, and to blog it. The truth is is that on Pinterest, you DO have an audience, everyone does. All it takes is one repin, and now that incorrectly linked image is now in front of an entirely new set of eyes, lots of eyes…and that’s just 1 repin.

One of the neat things about Pinterest is that it is probably the most organic way to show friends and family what you like. While there has always been the option to share links you like on Facebook (and a variety of other social networking sites), most don’t share links as often as they would share personal stuff. But on Pinterest, it IS what you do and only what you do, in such a visual way.

So in helping us all be the best Pinterest Users around, I thought I would share a few tips that I think are important when pinning and repinning alike. Here are my top 3 Pinterest tips and my top 3 Pinterest tips for Bloggers.

Top 3 Pinterest Tips:

1. ALWAYS pin from the original source. By making sure that a pin is properly linked to the blog post NOT the entire blog. This is the most basic tip, but THE most important.

2. DON’T credit Pinterest for everything great you find online: the great ideas, crafts, recipes (you name it). It’s THE PEOPLE that take the time to share the idea that should get the credit, not Pinterest. One of my biggest pet peeves is when I hear someone credit Pinterest: “I found it on Pinterest”…and then they leave it at that. When Pinterest did nothing, and the girl that took the time to do that step by step hair tutorial gets no credit.

Take the time to find out the name of the site that originally shared the idea first. Click over to the site where the idea is from, and when you are asked where you got the idea for that fun craft, say I found it at: “NAME THE WEBSITE HERE”, then you can add the via Pinterest part later. If you happen to make the recipe or the craft, comment on the blog post and tell them that their recipe was a hit with your kids, your husband or your girl’s night.

3. Be clear in the description box. “Clear is the new clever”. Pinterest is the new Google Image search. Google images is one of the first places I go if I’m searching for something specific, but now I go to Pinterest.

While it’s always fun to add your two cents to every pin, by being clear as to what the image is of what you are pinning, it now makes that image searchable. By being clear in the description box as to what the image is or why you loved it and pinned it, this image will now show up in a Pinterest search helping connect you with like minded people, which will also increase your Pinterest following.

Isn’t connecting people together what the internet is all about?! Say you love chocolate…by being clear as to what the image is and pinning it to your “Chocolate Lovers” pinboard, you will connect with more chocolate lovers just like yourself, and chances are, they will want to follow that board and YOU.

So next time you pin something, or repin something, make sure the description box doesn’t look like any of these:

Try to add something more specific. Go ahead and repin it if you like it, but take the time to give it a better description. Also…DON’T copy and paste the entire recipe or How-To into the description giving no reason for anyone to visit the site the content was created on. This is wrong! Never repin a pin that includes the entire recipe below the image and encourage your friends not to do it either.

Top 3 Pinterest Tips for Bloggers:

1. Add a “My Popular Pins” button or a “See what others are pinning from here on Pinterest” button to your sidebar. We’ve created this one for my site, and you are welcome to use it if you’d like (or any of these other buttons). This tip is more for bloggers, but I think we all could appreciate seeing more of these on sites. It’s kind of like the idea when you go to a restaurant, and you ask your server what she recommends or what is ordered the most.

You can link any of these images to your popular pins on Pinterest URL: http://pinterest.com/source/YOURBLOGURLHERE/

Chances are that if someone is new to your site, and they are on Pinterest, they would love to see what is popular on your site and what others are pinning. By making it easy for them to find this, you will increase pins to your site.

While increasing your Pinterest following might be something you want as a blogger, I almost think this button on your sidebar is of more value, since you shouldn’t always pin only your own content (how boring would that be?).

2. Use the pin it button on your posts. Be sure to add your URL into the description of the pin, this way it will be clear where the image came from. By adding a pin it button to the direct post, you can help control what the description says. To add a “Pin It” button to a post go here.

6. Watermark your images with your URL NOT just your blog name. I have not always watermarked my images, but I think it’s a good idea when it comes to Pinterest. I don’t watermark everything, but I do watermark images that I think are pin worthy. If one of your images is pinned incorrectly and linked to the wrong site, it will be easier to spot if it’s watermarked.

So there you have it, 6 Pintastic Tips that will benefit us all! :)


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Comments

  1. 1

    Hi Kami,

    I could not agree more. I think the comment you shared from a fellow pinner is completely wrong. Not giving proper credit it just not fair to the creator, and why not share your “find” or “pin” with others and link the source so someone else can enjoy the post or full tutorial.

    I love the buttons you shared for popular pins. I have looked at things pinned of mine and it’s fun to see what others say in their description. I’m going to add this to my sidebar. Thank you so much for sharing these. What a great idea.

    Happy Friday!

  2. 2

    Thank you so much for sharing those cute buttons! Pinterest is definitely where most of my traffic comes from, and this is a great post reminding everyone that it is the bloggers that produce this great content for everyone to pin and share.. not Pinterest!

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      It’s a big mess when you look at it like that. That’s why I think it’s important to talk about it an help make everyone aware of the issues.

  4. 5

    These tips are spot on. It actually drives me crazy when I click on a pin that I like so I can go check out the original post and it takes me the site…….. Or doesn’t even link correctly to the site. That one is the worst, since I love checking out the sites/blogs for the pins. That’s how I’ve found many new nice blogs to follow.

    I had never thought about the directions on the description but you’re absolutely right. If I repin any of those (I never put it there myself), I’ll just start changing the description.

    Thanks for these (and the buttons too!).

  5. 6

    I only really have a problem with you saying don’t pin the home page of a website. I have several websites pinned, because I want to have it as my bookmark, which I rarely use anymore. However, I always put in the description of the pin that it’s the homepage of the website/blog and why I pinned it… example: Great site for kids craft ideas and I pin one of my favorite pictures of a craft done. I guess, for me this is not JUST for other people, it’s for me. When I want to do a craft/cook I go to my pinboards and pick from there, so having a site pinned I will more likely go take a look.

    I try to be good about the other “rules” but this is the internet, if you put it out there, everyone can take a look and will use it. I suggest people put their blog name as a watermark on their pictures ( I understand this takes a TON of time), because then people can see where the picture came from.

    My two cents. :)

  6. 7

    Loved your post – thanks for your opinion and insights which I think are right on target. As a blogger I agree and as a pinner! I don’t just want a picture – I want the information and resources that go with it. I also appreciate the buttons you made. Just added one to my site!

  7. 8

    Kami, what a smarty you are. Linking to popular pinned projects is brilliant!

  8. 9

    When I see something on Pinterest, I click through to the original site and pin it myself from there.. I actually thought this is what you were supposed to do when I first got on…so that’s my normal.. I have noticed when clicking on others pins that they link to another post that is just commenting on the project/food/item/whatever and not linking to the proper post to give credit…

  9. 10
    Michele @ The Scrap Shoppe says:

    Great tips! And all dead on. The descriptions people put on pins can drive me straight up the wall. Thanks for the buttons!

  10. 11

    Thanks Kami! I just joined Pinterest a couple weeks ago and have no idea what I’m doing. Good advice.

  11. 12

    I can totally hear what you are saying; I was a blogger myself and totally appreciate receiving credit for my ideas. I’ve seen my images pinned and when I click on the link, my image is ob someone else’s blog without credit to sherbet blossom.

    That being said, I use Pinterest because I don’t have time to look at blogs. I like that I get 30 ideas in about that many seconds. I don’t have time to check out the link of everything I post. I can’t see this changing. I rarely open the links, and I’ll probably continue to pin that way for lack of time.

    • 13

      Hi Hannah!

      I’m surprised to hear you say this. I agree with the abundance of ideas in a short time, but it really doesn’t take much time at all just to do a quick check before you pin. It’s just common courtesy. 

      I think once a blogger always a blogger.

      • 14

        Because I use it on my ipad, opening a browser would actually add a lot of time. I just don’t look at Pinterest in a professional way. It is my personal idea board that I want to use for personal reasons. I have a lot of followers, but I wouldn’t care if none of them looked at my pins. I do try to check links when I have time…that just isn’t very often.

        • 15

          I agree with Hannah. These are my personal pin boards and while I may go directly to the link prior to pinning, I don’t always and I certainly don’t have the time, every time, to recreate the wheel and grab a photo and create a new pin (most that I have visited do not include a Pinn it button either). I am working mom and that’s the best I can offer. Thankfully, Pinterest doesn’t have the same “rules” as outlined above as if it did, I suspect it wouldn’t be near as popular (or profitable for that matter).

        • 16

          While I understand and agree that losing control over images/ideas is frustrating as an artist, I also agree with Hannah.
          Most of the time, I have about 5 minutes during naptime to browse fun stuff online; and it’s usually using a mobile device.
          As a blogger, I appreciate the extra traffic/viewers/subscribers that come through Pintrest. When publishing anything online, I know it’s out there on the internet black hole for anyone to twist to their liking. So, I always make sure I have my watermark on anything valuable to me.

  12. 17

    I love pinterest. I have tried more recipes, made more crafts, and used more useful tips. I think it is great. I agree with Hannah though (no surprise). I started using pinterest because I don’t have time to read tons of blogs. I have a pet peeve – when people pin there own stuff from their blogs. They know where it is, they don’t need pinterest to organize that item. Plus there is a rule in the pinterest rule pinterest.com/about/etiquette/ that says it is not to promote yourself. For me, it is away to find and organize — not promote.

  13. 19
    Brittany @ Love Stitched says:

    Thanks Kami this is so great and I am totally guilty of the bad descriptions…I often just say “love” lol so I need to be better about that!

  14. 20

    Great article Kami! I think that if Pinterest had an option to keep our pins private it would be fine to be a “lazy pinner”. But they don’t, so the comment from the offended pinner is just plain wrong in my opinion. Is it harder to be honest, give people credit, and send other people back to the original source of the pin? Yes. But it’s the right thing to do. Having integrity is not always easy. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.

  15. 21

    Ok. Good to know since I’m finally giving in and using Pinterest. I’ve only been on once and didn’t know what I was doing and how to do it. So I’m sure I made a few mistakes the first time. Hopefully this will help although I’m still a little confused. Thanks for the tips.

  16. 22
    Angie K. says:

    Great tips! I have to very politely slightly disagree with #3. I have lots of “love it” comments (eeek – don’t look) as many photos simply speak for themselves. As long as my pins are properly categorized (food, home decor, etc.), I’m totally okay with that. I’ll even type notes to myself in the description & since it’s on my board, I think that’s just fine – especially since Pinterest gives you the option to change the description when you repin. Now if it’s a recipe or instructions, I make sure I type the recipe or project name in the description to enable searches to find it. I also really like to read other pinners comments as well to get their take on certain recipes/projects. The only thing that bugs me on Pinterest is not categorizing. I like to be able to go to a certain category & look for totally new fresh ideas without doing a specific search. Again, just my two cents. Love the tips & your blog. :)

    • 23

      I totally agree with this; my comments on my pins are notes to myself. I don’t really care if my pins show up in a search. In fact, I’d rather they didn’t.

      • 24
        Michelle says:

        I completely agree with you, Hannah. I guess, as a non-blogger, I have a different perspective from Kami and other bloggers. Don’t get me wrong, when I find something on a blog I’d like to remember and later reference, I pin “properly” (admittedly, it is for my own sake as much as it is to give credit to the blogger and corresponding blog post). I understand that it must be a little frustrating finding pins of your pictures that link back to someone else’s blog (maybe because they featured you). However, here’s where my opinion does a 180* from most bloggers. First of all, all pins reference the website they were pinned from, whether I mention it or not in my description. It used to name it near the top right of the pin’s page but now shows it at the bottom right. If I ever see a pin on the Everything page that I’m interested in finding out more about where it came from, all I have to do is click on it and scroll down to the bottom to see the blog/site’s name. I’m sorry, but my not referencing it in the description is NOT cheating a blogger from due credit.
        Also, the description I post under my pin is for ME. The point of Pinterest, I THOUGHT, was for ME to have a place where I can organize things I’M interesting in and want to come back to later. I don’t give a hoot what anyone else is pinning or liking or whatever. I didn’t when I had to save everything in my bookmarks. I don’t when I’m pinning on Pinterest. My comments are for myself. I don’t owe anyone else more just because everyone can see it. I just don’t find logic in the argument that because it is public is reason for me to go above and beyond my intended use of Pinterest to make sure other users can find my pin. I didn’t pin it for them to start with. Like Hannah, I’d actually prefer it if strangers didn’t necessarily everything I’m doing.
        I do searches, occasionally, on Pinterest. But I’m not offended at the fact that some people haven’t categorized their pins or haven’t categorized them “correctly” such that their pins don’t show up in my search. That’s their business…I certainly don’t care how they’ve arranged their pins and boards. Why would anyone be upset that a pin didn’t show up in a search? How would you even know it was supposed to be there if it never showed up to start with?
        And lastly, I DO say I found things on Pinterest. Because, you know what? THAT’S where I came across it. And when I’m talking to other Pinterest users, it is understood that we KNOW that pin came from a blog/website. In our discussions we aren’t trying to keep anyone from getting the credit that’s due them. And if I’m having the discussion with someone who hasn’t used Pinterest or is new, I explain how it works and at that point, it is still understood that Pinterest did not create the recipe/outfit/decoration we found there but that it came from a blog/site that is linked through Pinterest.
        It just seems like so many bloggers are offended at such minor things when it comes to Pinterest. In the grand scheme of things there are these facts: bloggers get traffic from Pinterest, blogs ARE referenced on pins automatically, even if pinners are “lazy”, and bloggers use Pinterest to promote their site (whether it is ethical or not). So, yes, some of us may be considered “lazy” by bloggers. But it should be noted that when Pinterest didn’t exist, the same bloggers had a LOT less traffic. Advising folks on strategies for Pinterest preferred by bloggers is just fine. But I think it is distasteful to treat those who do not follow those same strategies as though they are trying to cheat you out of something just because you’d like your blog to show up more prominently on Pinterest.

        jmho

        • 25

          I am not a blogger, but if the poor girl who does the painstaking step by step photos and instructions for hair-do’s wants props, shouldn’t she put it in a book people have to buy instead of publishing it on her blog where people can view it for free.

          Seems like any pin (proper or improper) will eventually bring more traffic to her blog – so who is it that is being harmed here?

          I still say – I found it on Pinterest! That is where I found it and if you follow me, you can see my pin and get the info yourself…

          • 26
            Kyle Bigler says:

            It might have something to do with the fact that publishing a book is more expensive and (most likely) reaches a much smaller audience than posting the content on a blog or website. We would all miss out on a ton of great content if bloggers limited their efforts to printed media just so they could retain more control over distribution.

            As you know, viewing a blog for free doesn’t mean the blogger gets no benefit. However, when a pin doesn’t credit the proper source, the blogger indeed gets no benefit for their effort. It’s like showing up for work every day and someone else (or maybe no one at all) ends up with part of your paycheck.

            Fortunately, the overwhelming number of pins are done properly, but the topic is certainly worth throwing out there because Pinterest is still a new medium. Some users (even non-bloggers) may be interested in proper accreditation.

        • 27

          Michelle,

          I totally get what you are saying and understand that a lot of people feel the same way – that is why I mentioned at the very top to “bear with me”. I realize many Pinterest users aren’t as concerned about these issues as I am. That said, I do think it’s worthwhile to suggest tips and ideas for good Pinterest etiquette. Is it unrealistic to expect all of these tips to be implemented? Probably. That is why the post is titled as ‘tips’, not ‘rules’. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to be a little more conscious of how we use Pinterest, right? :)

          I’m certainly not trying to treat anyone “as though they are trying to cheat [me] out of something just because [I’d] like [my] blog “to show up more prominently on Pinterest.” I apologize if I offended you, I just think it’s important for more Pinterest users to understand how their pinning habits impact the individuals and sites that provide the original content.

          Many content providers (bloggers and non-blog sites) provide content as a way to make (or try to make) a living. The ability to generate revenue depends on traffic to their site. Pinterest can be (and usually is) a great source of additional traffic, but Pinterest can also rob a site of traffic if the content is improperly pinned, or if the entire recipe (or tutorial, exercise, etc) is posted in the description. Does it happen all the time? Absolutely not. Does it happen? Absolutely. You are right that properly pinned items give credit to the original site in the lower right corner. However, you will notice that there are plenty of pins that improperly attribute the content to google.com (pinned from a search engine result, not the actual site) or “uploaded pins”, etc. It takes a lot of time, effort, energy and sacrifice to consistently provide quality content, and all it takes is the spreading of one improper pin to rob the content provider of the very traffic (i.e. revenue) that allows them to continue providing content. I don’t see how this qualifies as being “offended at such minor things”.

          I agree my hope that people reference the original site when explaining where they found something is far-fetched. I’m not going to hold my breath. :) However, I never mentioned that the blog/site should be specifically referenced in the description, I just think it’s helpful and considerate for everyone to be more specific with their descriptions to improve the search capability of Pinterest. I realize there are people (as Hannah specifically mentions) who don’t care if their pins show up in searches, but there are a lot of people (like me) who find it very helpful to receive accurate, robust search results from Pinterest. I just think it’s courteous to others when dealing with such a public forum.

          Speaking of a public forum, I recognize many Pinterest users are simply pinning for their own benefit. However, because it is a public forum, I do think some etiquette is called for. After all, when I’m eating at a restaurant, I’m simply eating for my own nutrition and enjoyment, but isn’t it still considered proper etiquette to chew with my mouth closed? We don’t chew with our mouth closed for our own benefit (otherwise it wouldn’t be so hard to teach our kids!), we do it out of consideration for others.

          Again, I totally respect your opinions and don’t mean to come across as confrontational (in the post or this reply), I just think it’s a discussion worth having. Thanks for sharing your opinion!

      • 28
        Roz Russell Vintage says:

        Well, I AM concerned about having my pins show up in searches, as the only reason I opened a Pinterest page was to direct buyers to my custom cake stands and vintage items! And here I am, weeks later, and my items (which are very clearly labeled) and boards (again, totally simple, clear labels) do not show up on any search on the Pinterest site. My Pinterest page is named “Roz Russell Vintage” and THAT doesn’t even show up when you search “vintage” under “people”. So frustrating.

  17. 29
    Kimberly Cox Killiings says:

    I am also guilty of the bad descriptions, but like others I use it as a way of organizing ideas and making notes for myself. I’m sorry if anyone is offended but it helps me when I am working on certain things. I love your blogs and totally understand where you are coming from. Also the way my brain works I have to just pin, pin, pin, then I go back and edit. I have no problem with others describing things for themselves either. Maybe it’s because we are looking at it as just a personal tool and not a perfessional one. SORRY!

  18. 30

    Thanks for this post! I just started blogging and am newly conscious of giving credit where credit is due. These are great tips to keep in mind. I’m going back to my pin boards and redoing my descriptions.

  19. 31

    I try not to repin and always go to the source as its usually a recipe and I need that info. If someone didnt pin correctly from my blog I really wouldn’t care. The whole copy right thing doesn’t bother me when it comes to my own blog. Weird? Maybe, but it’s just not something I would get worked up about. But I greatly respect other people’s ideas and property/photos so I try to do the right thing by them.

    Doesn’t it seem like the easy solution would be for Pinterest to not allow “re- pinning”. If they did that it would force people to the source if they had any intention to pin it themselves.

  20. 32

    Thank you so much for this post. I totally agree with what you said. I have been trying to give credit in my descriptions on my boards. It’s just more fun to see what else they have done. :)

  21. 33
    Maria Neill says:

    What an interesting article! Having received an invite to join Pinterest, I have taken no action yet. Somehow, there was something that prevented me from doing so. And here you answer my question. May I share your article on my Facebook page?
    Maria

  22. 35
    Natalia says:

    I’ve apparently been using Pinterest all wrong. I just use it as a way to store ideas instead of using my laptop’s memory.

    • 36

      It is a tool for your use – it isn’t for someone outside of Pinterest to determine what you can and can’t do.

  23. 37

    Great tips Kami!! Love this!

  24. 38

    I usually “like” pins until I have time to check out the link to see if I really want to “repin” them. I too hate it when I want to check out a pin and find it linked only back to itself on Pinterest. Frustrating! Thanks for sharing these tips.

  25. 39

    One day I will quit being lazy and watermark my images. I really like the way you watermark yours because it isn’t distracting at all. Lots of times I find watermarks really distracting.

  26. 40

    Great tips!!! With the growth and buzz of Pinterest it’s nice to have helpful tips to create the best place for everyone.

  27. 41

    So what you are saying is that my pin of an amazing leather briefcase with the description of “Helloooooo nurse!” doesn’t help? I may have to disagree….I mean, have you seen that bag?

    • 42
      Kyle Bigler says:

      I just Googled “Hellooooooo nurse” and the first 5 links were for leather briefcases, so you’re good.

      (going to check the briefcase right now)

  28. 43

    Great post! Thanks for sharing and I Love the buttons!

  29. 44

    Thank you for this Pinterest post! I have only been using Pinterest for about a month. I will try to be more mindful in when I pin and describe the pin. I do see both sides here. I usually follow the pin to the site before I pin to see if I’m really interested in the content. I have found many new great Blog sites because of Pinterest that I am now subscribing to. I followed a post to this site too. I hope Pinterest actually will address this better and maybe give an option to the people who don’t want their pins “out there”. I am happy to share great ideas that I find on these wonderful sites and will try to give credit where credit is due.

  30. 45

    I am not a blogger but I love all the work bloggers do. I agree with all of that. I rarely repin anything. This is because too many times I have clicked to find out what someone did (recipes, directions, etc.) and come to a dead link. I hate that. So even if I find something on Pinterest, I go to the website and pin from the website. I always make sure I go to the specific post and pin from there. I do card/paper crafting and a particular website I love has member galleries. And nothing irritates me more than when I click on the link for directions, and get the front page of their site. I don’t want to sift through everything to find what I am looking for. The same thing happens with Pinning. I also say I got the idea from “X” website via Pinterest. A lot of times I don’t even mention Pinterest. Okay, now I have babbled on…

  31. 46

    I agree with all your points. I check sources, but if they are ok, I like to repin from friends- it’s a weird little way to stay in touch with each other. Is that dorky?

    And for heaven’s sake, I am all for a blogger pinning his or her own content. It’s hilarious that people think that is unethical. There are hundreds of reasons to pin your own stuff which have nothing to do with self-promotion.

    However, I do have a question for you, and this may be too big for a comments-discussion, but you are my “pinterest expert” of sorts. Have you seen this article, and what do you make of it?

    http://www.knoed.com/thewindowseat/pinterest-change-your-terms-or-were-leaving/

    It actually has me a bit nervous to pin an original pin from the source. Technically, am I really responsible- however far-fetched the chances of it being enforced are? In which case, bloggers should totally be pinning their own content.

    • 47

      Hi Marianne!

      I so appreciate your opinion on this topic. Thank you.

      About that link, I think there is just too many pins/people on Pinterest for them to monitor it all.

      I would rather be the original pin and have it be correctly linked, even if it would come down to me if there was a problem, than be one of the many repins on a pin that is giving traffic and credit to the wrong site.

  32. 48

    I have to admit, I had only pinned maybe 10 things before I read this. I’m that new to it. I went back and fixed all of my pins and now everyone’s pins are driving me crazy. They always say love or something of emotion. So thanks for passing this on or maybe not. Now I can’t stand seeing how people pin over and over. It messes with my organizational side. :)

  33. 50

    I know this is several months old, but just came across this post and wanted to thank you for sharing the cute buttons! I might even pin them ;)

  34. 51

    I have noticed that my pins are just not getting repinned anymore. I find it hard to believe that is’t just a matter of me not pinning quality stuff. I used to get many repins a day. Now I am lucky if I get one. Any thoughts? I am posting stuff I have found or created about half the time and repinning the rest of the time.

  35. 52

    I’m a stickler for properly linking and giving credit where credit is due, and I really appreciate it when fellow pinners follow these practices. While some people may be satisfied with just a picture for inspiration, many of us want the details and want to be fair to the creator. Though I may have accidentally missed a few pins (especially in my early days on Pinterest), my usual practice is to click through and verify that the link goes to the original post, and to track it down with Google Images if it doesn’t. If I don’t have time to research a bad link right then, I click “like” so I can do it later.

    I also want to share my personal favorite Pinterest tip: backup your pins to protect them against hackers, accidents and computer glitches! My company, Pin4Ever, can save a copy of each of your pins, boards, and likes on your computer. New customers can get a free backup of their entire Pinterest account right now at pin4ever.com.

  36. 53

    Great tips – I’ve been using Pinterest for a couple of years now and confess to being a lazy pinner in the beginning but now I’m trying to make more of an effort especially as I’m now hoping people will pin things correctly from my own blog!

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