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!