I’ve found Pinterest to be incredibly helpful since I started blogging both as a source for inspiration and as a tool with which to improve and grow my blog, so I thought I’d share some of my favourite uses and tips!
When someone ‘pins’ an image, they are actually providing a link to a
page or post which you can click on to find out all the information that
the image represents. This could be the recipe behind a delicious
picture of a lemon meringue pie, or the paint used to create the
stunning bedroom that you stumble across in your search for ‘loft style
bedrooms’, or a source of information, like this post.
Think of it as a virtual pinboard onto which you can pin any page from the web, displayed as a photo of your choice. You don’t have to stop at one board though, you can create lots of different ones and categorise and organise your pins however you want to. When you click on the picture, it will link you to the website page that it was pinned from.
Another way to look at it is a beautifully visual bookmarker for all your favourite links.
The simplest way to use Pinterest is to browse through the vast collection of other user’s pins. When you see something you like, you select the ‘Pin It’ button on the image and choose which of your boards to pin it to. If you want to you can change the description / comments on the pin to make it personal to you.
I’ve recently started to edit my photos to add text, so one of my favourite searches in Pinterest is ‘free fonts’. I also love finding new recipes on Pinterest; food pins are very popular!
You can discover a vast collection of brilliant blogs this way too.
When I’m about to photograph something and am not sure of the best approach, I go to Pinterest and search using keywords relating to what I want to photograph. Then I pin my favourite shots and study them! What angles were used? What’s in the background? How have accessories been used? I’ve learned so much already this way and it has encouraged me to experiment with my photos.
When you create a board, you can choose to make it secret. This means that only you and people you choose to share it with can view and edit the content.
I recently had a custom blog template designed for me and as part of the process I was asked to fill in a form to describe what I wanted. Well, the thing was that I didn’t really know what I wanted, I just knew the sort of thing I liked! I set up a secret mood board and which was viewable only to myself and the blog designer. That way she could see all of the images and colours that I’d pinned and my comments. It was so much easier than using emails.
I picked up this tip from The Blog Market (whom I found via Pinterest!).
I also use the private boards to save tutorials on things that I want to do for my blog but that I wouldn’t want anyone to know about before I’m ready.
You don’t have to just pin from other boards within Pinterest however, you can create your own pins. Some sites (such as mine) include a hover ‘Pin It’ button on pictures to allow readers to easilly pin the content. (I wrote a post on how to install this here!).
Many websites don’t have a ‘Pin It’ option. You can pin from the web manually within Pinterest, but this is a bit fiddly as you have to copy and paste the URL and go to Pinterest to paste it.
The easiest thing to do is download an add-on for your browser which allows you to create your own pins directly from any web page. (You can get this here).
I use this a lot!
Last but not least…
I have read that Pinterest can be a brilliant tool for increasing traffic to your blog. I’ve only just started pinning my own blog posts so I haven’t seen any results yet, but it’s early days.
So that’s my round up of how I use Pinterest for blogging. I hope you found this helpful… maybe even a bit Pinspirational!
If so please do go ahead and pin or share it, or ask me any questions if you want to know more about anything I’ve talked about.
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Please do share yours here too so that we can spread the blogging love and find inspiration!