Since we have all jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon and let that bandwagon take us off into the sunset, soaking up hours upon hours of our time, we thought we would save you a few extra minutes and share some of our favorite Pinterest tips.
Here are a few ways you can make Pinterest work best for you and some of our favorite Pinterest accessories.
1. Make yourself repin-able. Label your pins with what they actually are or what others may search for in a search box in hopes of finding something like what you have pinned. For example, I recently pinned this recipe for Southwest Chicken Wraps:
As much as I wanted to title this pin “Yum” or “I am making this tonight” in order to make it searchable, I titled it “Southwest Chicken Wrap recipe.” Someone can now find my pin by searching any of the keywords within my title. The next time someone searches Pinterest for a “chicken recipe” they are much more likely to get my pin than a fellow pinner with the same pin who has chosen to title it “Get in my belly.”
2. Help pinners find you. There are many ways you can do this:
- If you are on twitter, tweet out one of your favorite pins every once in a while.
- If you are a Facebook user, post a pin you love to Facebook occasionally.
- If you have a Facebook fan page, here is an easy tutorial that will embed your Pinterest page on a tab within your Facebook fan page.
- If you are a blogger, make sure you have a widget within your sidebar that links others to your Pinterest page. The basic badge supplied by Pinterest can be found here but many popular social media widgets such as Social Media Tabs have now added a Pinterest icon to their list of social media offerings.
3. Market yourself effectively. Pinterest is an amazing source of traffic if your site is ready to be pinned.
- Create eye-catching photographs or images that include text to let the reader know what they will find when clicking over to your site.
- Install a pin-it button. As with any new feature, there have been many glitches with coding that has come out for Pin-it buttons. The ones we have found to be most reliable are the buttons created by Pinterest or the Pin It Button plugin.
- Display your pins in your sidebar, two plugins that work nicely for this are Pinterest Pinboard Widget and Pretty Pinterest Pins.
(Just in case you are interested in using the new safeguards Pinterest has put into place to block people from pinning images on your site, there are already plug-ins such as Block Pinterest for that as well. )
4. See how you measure up. Just for fun, because of course we are not all going to obsess about our scores , see what your Pinclout score is. All you have to do is enter your Pinterest user name and email and Pinclout will give you a “score” of how well you are doing on Pinterest. Now everyone repeat after me… “I will not pin just to improve my Pinclout score. I will not pin just to improve my Pinclout score.”
As with any site, Pinterest is what you make of it, the more you engage the more you will get out of it BUT different from other sites, if you engage too much this may backfire as well. Pinterest is a good balance of give and take… share what you love and repin what you love even more.
What questions do you have? Are there any Pinterest tutorials you would like to see here at Pin Savvy Social?