PINTERESTING YOUR WAY INTO
Pinterest as the name suggests, is a place
where you get to organize and arrange all
the things that are of your interest. It is
similar to a pin board on the web where you
keep putting your stuff by pinning pictures
from different web sources.
Thus, Pinterest is basically
a social media based online website that
uses images which helps to quickly share their common interests with others.
This social media site is very easy to use which that explains its growing popularity.
Let’s see how this website is used:
Creating My Account on Pinterest
Log on to the Pinterest website. Firstly, you will be required to make an account, and
for that, you need to click the button of ‘Request an Invite’ available on the home
page. Then click on the link that the website sends you in order to create the account.
They will ask your email address and will email you in order to verify.
Pinterest can also be logged in by integrating your Facebook or Twitter accounts
easily. They will ask you to create your password for logging on this website.
How to Use Pinterest?
1. Before getting started with Pinterest and to make the best out of it let me
explain the basic anatomy of the website. It consists of Boards, Categories, Pins
and Popular Items.
How to Use the Categories On Pinterest?
Pinterest provides you with loads of categories, some of which may easily capture
your interest. You can click on any category you are interested in. Then you will have
to click ‘Follow People’ on those people who seem to have the same interests like
you, this feature will help you get to know more people.
How to Create a Board, Pin and Post Stuff on Pinterest?
When it comes to uploading stuff or pinning your interests, this can be done a couple
Click on the “Add +” link on the top right of your account after logging in.
The above menu will pop up on you screen giving you the options to add,
upload a pin and create a board. For more details Click Here
Creating Boards on Pinterest
A Pinterest board is similar to a specific folder for your online collections. You can
have as many boards as you like on your account. A board helps you to categorize
your pins e.g.favorite recipes, learn online languages and herbal remedies.
Besides this, they also have a search bar available on the top of your page where you
can enter any title you like, and it will show you results with the particular boards that
are similar to your searched title.
You can take up pictures and stuff from others pinboards and pin it on your own page
by the option of ‘repin’ available on the top of the image. You also get to have the
option of whether you want to add the image to a particular existing board of yours, or
you want to create a new board for that picture.
Editing Your Pinterest Profile
Pinterest allows you edit your settings whenever you want to. You can edit your
notificationsettings, your display picture, your email address, your password, your
information – and everything under the option of ‘Edit Profile’.
Expand Your Pinterest Network by Inviting Friends
Pinterest account can be associated with your Facebook or Twitter account as well, in
this way your pinterest information and updates can be shared by you with your
friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter respectively.
In order to search out or invite your friends on there, you can simply log on to the
page where you can choose the particular website from which you want to find out
your friends, then allow it to access and a list will appear and where you will be given
the option of whom you want to follow.
Thus, it is really simple to use, you can explore many new things about your field of
interest and can get to interact with people from around the world easily, and allowing
you to share more about your interests, because that is what Pinterest is all about!
INCREASE YOUR PINTEREST FANS BY
PINTERESTING THE SMART WAY
Pinterest currently is the 3rd
largest social network in the United States,
behind Facebook and Twitter. This makes it an attractive platform for businesses and
marketers. With its pin-board style of site layout, and a massive collection of images,
Pinterest’s appeal towards the female gender in particular cannot be ignored.
Tips to Increase Pinterest Followers
In this article, we will consider a few tips that will help you stand out in the crowd to
attract a lot of new followers. More followers means more activity (shares, repins,
comments) on your Pinterest profile which eventually leads to increased sales/leads
or generate traffic to your website.
TIP # 1: Use Popular Pins to Your Advantage
Similar to the “What’s Hot” feature of Google
Plus, Pinterest has its own ‘Popular’ feed. In order
to feature on the popular feed, your pin needs to
have a large amount of likes, comments and re-
pins from users. But before that happens, you can
always jump in with your Pinterest account and
join in the conversation within these popular pins.
TIP # 2: Keep Pinnnig!
It’s no good if your Pinterest profile is not updated
regularly. No matter what type of business you run, Pinterest like any other social
network is all about sharing. And that means a lot of content needs to be added from
your Pinterest account.
TIP # 3: Insert a “Follow Us On Pinterest” Icon/Button On Your Website
It’s always a great idea to display your social media icons on your website. It helps
you to gradually increase your social media fan base over time. A website with a
considerable amount of traffic must always have social media page links displayed on
their site layout. Visitors browsing through your website are bound to notice these
icons and will join their preferred choice of social network if they think your site is
Pinterest offers a free ‘Widget Builder’ tool that will help you setup a basic Pinterest
widget for your website. You have the option to select from 5 different types of
- Pin It Button
This button can be placed to allow users Pin posts from your website.
- Follow Button
Offers a quick way to follow your Pinterest profile from within your website.
- Pin Widget
This option will allow you to place an individual pin from your Pinterest account.
Users on your site will be able to comment/share/re-pin through that widget.
- Profile Widget
This widget works nicely if you intend to show a small preview of your entire
Pinterest profile. This widget will let you show up to a maximum of 30 of your recent
pins on your site.
- Board Widget
Similar to the profile widget, the board widget will let you show upto 30 recent pins
from your favorite pin-board.
Select a widget by clicking on it to reveal more settings. Click ‘Build It’ to see a
preview and confirm your settings.
on your site.
TIP # 4: Use The Mention Feature To Engage With
In Pinterest, you can mention other Pinterest accounts using
the @ symbol. When you mention someone in a comment
within a pin, the person is notified and will definitely have
a look at check what it’s all about.
TIP # 5: Add Other Social Network In Your Pinterest Profile
By adding your other social network profiles (Facebook, Twitter), you can try
and inter connect your fan base from these social networks. Diversifying your social
network fan base is never a bad idea. After all, all
of your social networks need to be updated
simultaneously and with a similar message. So
it’s always a nice thing to have your Pinterest
followers join you on Twitter and Facebook.
For more details, Click Here!
TIP # 6: Connect With Friends from Other Social Networks
After you have linked your Pinterest account with your Twitter and Facebook
accounts (see Tip # 5 for details), you can use the ‘Find Friends’ feature to locate and
follow your friends from these networks.
Doing so obviously gives you a much better chance to be followed back because these
people are already connected with you on the other networks and will hopefully have
no problems joining you on Pinterest as well.
TIP # 7: Organize your Pinterest Boards
Go have a look at your Pinterest profile page. Which boards stand out the most in
your opinion? Is the ordering of the
boards according to their popularity?
It’s wise to display your best boards on
the top, so that when a visitor lands on
your profile page, he/she can know
exactly what kind of content you publish
and what kind of value do you provide.
It’s best to keep your most pinned boards on top. Boards with the potential to generate
more comments/likes/re-pins should also be up front.
TIP # 8: Make Contributions/Accept Contributions
A great way to get noticed in a short span of time on Pinterest is to find popular
boards and post your pins on them. Try and
locate such popular boards using the ‘Popular’
category and establish contact with their
owners. If you’re accepted as a contributor,
every Pin you post on that board will be seen
by its vast (hopefully) amount of followers.
A contributor on Pinterest can post pins to any of the allowed boards, even if the
board is owned by someone else.
TIP # 9: Follow Other Pinners
Similar to the Twitter Follow/Follow-Back strategy, you can follow a certain number
of people from your account. The best way is to search for your target audience’s
interests using the search bar. In the search results, follow both the users who have
pinned relevant posts and the users who comment on such posts.
TIP # 10: Be Relevant!
A quick way to lose your Pinterest followers is when a Pinterest account keeps on
posting irrelevant content or even goes down to the level of spamming other people’s
Your pins must both be quality and fun for your followers. That is why it’s
recommended to create multiple boards with each board having its own type of
content. As already mentioned, keep your business related boards separate from your
casual/fun content boards. This way people landing on your profile page, will know
exactly what type of posts to expect when they follow a certain board.
The above mentioned tips are extremely simple to follow on a daily basis and are
guaranteed to get you more followers. Do you have any other tips for Pinterest that
you would like to share with us? Please let us know in the comments Here!
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