12 Most Pinning Tips for Pinterest

12 Most Pinning Tips for Pinterest

 
 
By now we all know that Pinterest is a visual social bookmarking site. Pinterest allows us to easily explore, discover, collect, and share things that interest us. We can plan, learn, remember, and inspire all with one Pin.
 

1. Visual and interest social sharing network

You have the opportunity to share another aspect of yourself with friends from Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and discover new friends with similar interests.

2. Follow others

With Pinterest you search, collect, catalog, and share what interests you. Follow family and friends to see what they are Pinning. But also use the search box and categories on Pinterest to discover boards with things that you are interested in and then you can choose to follow only that board or all — you decide what is shared with you.

3. Personal and professional use

Pinterest is an amazing tool for work inspiration. Manage professional and personal boards from the same account. Because people can choose to follow all of your boards or just one it is easy to filter and focus content with the right audience. You can create a separate account for biz and personal but it can be time consuming to bounce between accounts.

4. Privacy on Pinterest

If you do not want to share all of your interests with others or are working on projects (or holiday shopping) — utilize Secret Boards. Pinterest gave us a special gift — three extra private boards. You can hide your Pinterest profile from search engines but ALL other boards are visible to anyone on Pinterest.

5. Use keywords and be specific

Focus your interests and create boards that express your interests and what you are passionate about. Name the boards and add descriptions accordingly. Hashtags associated with a word will produce a gallery.

6. Pin and re-Pin on the go

Pinterest has an app for the iPhone, Droid, and a brand new iPad app for iOS7 — discover something when you are out and about, capture it with your phone, add a description/location, and upload directly to your Pin boards.

7. Share your Pins

Tweet a Pin, Share a Pin on Facebook and on Google+.

Use tools from Pinterest to showcase your Pins on your blog or website and, of course, add the Pin it button.

A power sharing tip: Use Buffer App to share your pins! Also, share your Pins using the hashtag #PinoftheDay.

8. Learn something new

Want to learn how to take the best photographs, make a souffle, redecorate your bedroom, where to go in Napa and what to do, etc? Someone else had that same interest and has created a board just for that full of tips, ideas and even tutorials and they are adding fresh content to it all the time

9. Pinterest Facebook Timeline App

You can now share all of Pins on your Facebook Timeline. Pins will be automatically grouped showing your most recent activity, what you have liked on Pinterest and who you have followed. You are asked when you log onto Pinterest if you want to activate Timeline sharing — remember this is frictionless sharing so everyone Pin will be shared on Facebook but you can adjust your sharing settings in Facebook under apps

10. You are what you Pin

Pins really tell a story about what inspires us, what we are passionate about. They connect our past, present, and future. Remember ALL boards are PUBLIC any one can see what you have Pinned.

11. Return to the original source

Whenever possible click through to discover the original source. This way you can discover more about the recipe, craft, before you re-Pin it. And you can also discover if the image and content still exists on the platform — sometimes content has been re-blogged several times before you are returned to the original source

12. Turn “Pinspiration” into creation

Pick a Pin — a recipe, craft, a photo idea and do it. The most rewarding part about Pinterest is turning inspiration into something that you can enjoy and share with family and friends. Create a ‘Made Board’ or ‘Got R Done’ share photos of your creation, what you enjoyed most about it, how you tweaked it to make it uniquely your own

Pinterest makes it is for us to consume the limitless amount of information we encounter everyday. It is simple and easy to use — login to discover, collect, and share.

So what are you Pinning?

Featured image courtesy of The Shopping Sherpa via Creative Commons, other images from Pinterest.

Kelly Lieberman

http://kellylieberman.wordpress.com/

Kelly considers herself a social media sponge. She loves using this medium to connect people & ideas. Coffee addict, rainbow chaser, giving my girls roots & wings. Kelly believes the glass is always half full. And she always plays nice. Kelly is a social media manager and consultant. She works with businesses and organizations to help them grow comfortably social on the inside so that they can better utilize social media platforms. Kelly is also the host of a weekly Pinterest chat, #Pinchat Wednesday on Twitter at 9 PM EST which was featured on Mashable.

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29 comments
MichaelDSadler
MichaelDSadler

Thanks, I never knew that boards that share a hashtag form a gallery!

debbiweiss
debbiweiss

Do you have any suggestions for an image from my blog that seems to have been linked to a not very nice website?? The first thing I ever pinned had over 8000 respond and then something happened.... Now what do I do??

NatalieFedorivParsons
NatalieFedorivParsons

Pinterest is great! Every time i go there i just get lost in that beauty!!! But unfortunately i cant repin cause i dont have an account... Have been waiting for an invitation for more then 7 months:(((

dbvickery
dbvickery

Thanks for this, Kelly. A few of my @12most buddies are starting to convince me that I need to start a Pinterest account. Am I to understand I need an invite to this?!?

SteveCassady
SteveCassady

@Tribe2point0 I started to seriously work on my boards on @pinterest. Today I had over 50 repin notifications. Wow

Steve Birkett
Steve Birkett

Useful post and great place to start work (...play!) on Pinterest, thanks Kelly.

I think the visual component is certainly its biggest appeal, as there's so much to be drawn to when you first leap in. In some ways that has been overwhelming at first as well. I've also found that it's easy for one or two 'hyper-Pinners' to dominate one's entry page, so your point about following individual boards is very well taken.

Looking forward to learning more about this new take on social.

PegFitzpatrick
PegFitzpatrick moderator

Hooray for Kelly's first 12 Most post & sharing the Pinterest love!

So happy to have this awesome post and look forward to more!

karlkovacs
karlkovacs

Great article Kelly. I just wanted to point out the editorial mistake on your bio. It says the host of host a......

Kelly is also the host of host a weekly Pinterest chat, #Pinchat Fridays on Twitter at 10PM Eastern.

spofcher
spofcher

I started with Pinterest yesterday and am having fun with it. Not everything is intuitive, but I am learning and having some fun.

SteveCassady
SteveCassady

Great post. I look forward to hearing more about Pinterest in #SMmanners Tuesday Night.

Tribe2point0
Tribe2point0

@MichaelDSadler It is really cool with the hashtags...great way to research and see how people are using # with keywords, see what other content is Pinned with the hashtag. 

Tribe2point0
Tribe2point0

 @debbiweiss Hi Debbi, 

You can edit the source link on your image. If this is what others have done with the same image (taking the image and having it redirect to a different site)...you can leave a comment on the Pin or you can report the PIn to Pinterest. Simply click report Pin next to the Pin.

 

Sorry this happened and I hope that this helps.

 

Best, 

Kelly

Tribe2point0
Tribe2point0

@12most@pegfitzpatric@dbvickery rocks and just hooked you up:)
Pinterest is a really dynamic platform for you to collect and share your interests - I think you will really like it:) Can't wait to see you boards.

Tribe2point0
Tribe2point0

@SteveCassady WOW:) It is amazing the instant feedback that you receive from Pinterest - so different from any other platform. Just keep Pinning!

Tribe2point0
Tribe2point0

@Steve Birkett Thanks Steve:) I must admit when I was first introduced to Pinterest I was overwhelmed by all the ambitious creativity:) Once I started using the categories as prompts and focused my interests...well Pinning became my pastime:) I really like the ability of following what interests you. Can't wait to see how more Pinning turns into more offline engagement.

Tribe2point0
Tribe2point0

@spofcher Glad to hear that you are starting to Pin and that your are enjoying it. It does take a little work inside Pinterest with the search and finding people. I am sure this will be improved. Please share your inspirations as you find them:)

debbiweiss
debbiweiss

 @Tribe2point0 hi, thanks for the response.  I already reported it to Pinterest, but not sure they did anything other than assign a "warning this pin links to spam" badge over my image - which doesn't really help me or explain what I need to do.  Anyway, I took matters into my own hands today and came up with another strategy...which I hope works.  I did a new post on my blog about the image, then pinned the new image/link to the new post. Only I forgot to watermark the image....  but I suggested to pinners that they check that the image goes to my blog B4 repinnng.  I'll have a stampede on my blog!

 

dbvickery
dbvickery

@PegFitzpatrick@12most And so my humble Pinterest career begins...give me a few days to catch up with some good ones. I've already checked out a few of your boards. Great stuff!

Tribe2point0
Tribe2point0

 @debbiweiss Debbi ~ your remedy sounds great. Please let me know how that works for you. 

 

Wishing you a stampede!

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