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16 Reasons Pinterest is Worth Your Time

I hear you moaning and imagine you rolling your eyes…ugh, another social media time suck! Time on Pinterest does have to be managed, but it’s so worth it.

For those who haven’t had the time to look into the world of Pinterest, it’s a social networking site where you create ‘Boards’ or collages by ‘pinning’ images found on the site, on the internet or in your own photo storage onto your board. You can share these collages/boards with other site members, comment on images and ‘like’ them.

This is not your posterboard and white glue art project from 3rd grade. This is beautiful! But don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s all playtime. Oh yes, it’s fun and creative but…

Pinterest is now one of the hottest websites! It’s one more place to connect with potential readers/consumers.  It is becoming one of THE best marketing tools you can have in your arsenal.

Here’s why.Pinterest

According to Beth Hayden of Copyblogger, who wrote a must-read post on the topic, as of January 2012 Pinterest has nearly 5 million members and is still growing…FAST! Pinterest sends more traffic to websites than LinkedIn, Google Plus, Reddit, and Youtube — combined.

This means there is incredible potential for referral traffic to YOUR blog.

I’m going to make it easy to understand and tell you why I think it’s something you should consider joining. Right now, you can join Pinterest by invitation only.

So when you’ve reached the end of this post and have gone to see my Pinterest Boards, and decide you just can’t wait to get in on the fun and benefits, let me know in the comments and I’ll send you an invitation.

The Set Up

1. Once you’ve joined, fill in a profile completing the About section similar to the one on your blog. Watch your word count because if you write too much, some of it will be hidden. Be sure to include your blog URL. This is going to automatically add social sharing buttons under your profile for your blog and your Pinterest RSS feed. I recommend using the same name you have on your blog for branding purposes.

2. Then add your picture so people will recognize you  whenever you pin an image or video.

3. Connect Pinterest to your Facebook and Twitter accounts. This will add buttons for Facebook and Twitter under your profile.

4. Click on Find Friends and you will be taken to a list of your Facebook friends. The left column are those who are not yet on Pinterest–invite them. The right column are those who are on Pinterest. Make note of them and go follow them. You can also click on Invite Friends where you can enter email addresses for anyone you’d like to bring on.

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Begin Creating

5. Once you have completed your profile, invited friends and found a few friends to follow, you can begin filling your boards with pretty pictures. Pinterest gives you a few blank boards with suggested titles. You will have the option to change the titles, add more boards and rearrange the boards on your page.

6. You can set up your boards so that only you  can pin on them or so you can have others pin, also. All of my boards, except one, are for me to pin only. See #12 for my explanation of my plans for that one board.

7. Use the search function on Pinterest to find a particular category  of images to pin. For example, if you write about vampires plug that keyword into the search box and a page full of images related to vampires will pop up.

8. At the top of your page, you’ll see where you can post videos. Not many are doing this yet, so it’s a wide open field to create your persona. It’s easy to pin a YouTube video. Simply go to the video you wish to pin (not available on Vimeo yet), and click the Pin It button in your browser (see #9 for installation). A page of videos that appeared on the YouTube page will show up. Mouse over the one you want and you’ll see a button to click for pinning. A box pops up giving you the chance to choose what board you want it placed upon.

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                                                                                                         Source: joannagoddard.blogspot.com via Marcia on Pinterest

 

Begin Connecting

9. Install the Pin It button to your browser so you can automatically pin any image you find on the internet. You can even pin images from your blog or someone else’s blog. Add in the description your URL or your friend’s URL and even the title of the blog.

10. Use the embed function to post a Pinterest image on your blog. Readers of your blog can find the original source of the image by clicking on it. Pinterest automatically includes the original URL for the image whenever it’s repinned.

11. Make your blog Pinterest friendly by always posting an image. That image can be pinned to Pinterest by one of your readers and linked back to your blog.

12. One of my boards is currently titled Guest Pins. Anyone I choose will be allowed to pin an image there. Once I add their email addresses to that board, my chosen friends can add images to contribute to my Pinterest presence by allowing viewers to see me through their eyes.

13. Create a storyboard for your book by searching for images that relate to it. Give a hint of what your story is all about with the pictures you choose or add music videos for your book’s soundtrack.

14. Revive old photos used on archived blog posts, the prettier the better, and pin them to a blog board with links to the posts.

15. Have you begun making book trailers or videos interviews for your blog? If so, pin them to a storyboard for your book or a board devoted to your blog.  In the description, add relevant links.

16. If you have a WordPress.org blog, you can install a Pinterest Widget which will show thumbnails of your most recent pins. If you have a WordPress.com blog, you can install the Follow Me on Pinterest button in your sidebar, as I have. You can also direct people to your Pinterest RSS Feed. They’ll get notified when you pin something to a board.

These 16 tips are what I’ve learned from playing with and reading the Help section at Pinterest over the past month. You’ll also find most of them in the Copyblogger post, but she has a total of 56 tips! So, head over there if you want to learn a lot more about marketing with Pinterest.

Pinterest has a FAQs page and a contact form to ask other questions. I have used this and they got back to me with a clearcut answer within the hour.

Remember, it’s also important to put up your own pictures (click Add+ at the top of the Pinterest page) so that you are sharing images that can be linked directly back to you. And one last thing, as with your blog, pin as often as you can but be consistent. Other members will eventually know when to expect your pins to show up on the front page. Your followers, like your blog subscribers, will be watching for more of your awesomeness.

My stats: I have 20 Boards and 480+ Pins for you to peruse. In the month that I have been playing with Pinterest, I have gained 30 followers without really trying very hard. Those followers repin my images and their followers see the image and my name so that they, too can repin and follow me, if they so choose.

Now, please go visit my Pinterest page, click on the various boards and individual pins to see them larger. I’ll wait.

Oh, good, you’re back.  Did you have fun? Isn’t Pinterest just beautiful?

I know we’re all having trouble managing social media obligations so, take a tip from Natalie Hartford’s recent post, at Elena Aitken’s blog, on this …Don’t get involved with every social media site. Choose the ones you enjoy and can do well.

Disclaimer: Marcia Richards is not to be held responsible for any person’s addiction to Pinning. Join Pinterest at your own risk.

Please note: Since this post has gotten out of control long, I’ll post my usual links to amazing blogs on Sunday with my ROW80 update.

Okay, share! What did you think? Is it for you? If you didn’t like it, let us in on what you didn’t like.

If you loved it and want to join, let me know in the comments and then email me at marcia DOT a DOT richards AT gmail DOT com. I’ll send you an invitation right away.

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Discussion

  1. virginiaripple  February 29, 2012

    Well, it took me a while to actually check Pinterest out. I heard about it last year in the grocery store and thought about looking at it, but never got around to it. Now I’ve seen your boards and I can see where this could be helpful, as well as addictive. I collect pictures I’ve taken for future blog posts and possible inclusion in future NF books. Unfortunately, a lot of those will never be seen by anyone but me. Maybe I could display some of my faves on Pinterest for others to enjoy, too.

    Thanks for such an informative post and for letting us rummage through your boards. I really appreciate your offering an invite to anyone who comments and emails you.

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    • Marcia  February 29, 2012

      You’re welcome, Virginia. I hate to see anyone have to wait months to get in. Vision boards are a big thing now with writers. I think you’ll like Pinterest! Thanks for coming by!

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  2. Tameri Etherton  February 21, 2012

    Pinterest is totally my guilty pleasure. I like to just hang out at night surfing the web and finding pictures to pin. Now I need to upload some of mine so people can share my awesomeness! Thanks for reminding me of that, I never really thought of it. Duh.

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    • Marcia  February 21, 2012

      Yeah, when I first started,I didn’t think of either. It’s great for sharing because your URL will attach. But there are so many gorgeous photos on Pinterest, you get caught up in pinning them and forget all about your own. You have awesome boards, Tameri!

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  3. Bridgette Booth  February 21, 2012

    I’ve had an interest in Pinterest since last fall when my college-age daughter started one. I love it, but have resisted joining it because I just don’t know where I’d get the energy to pursue it. I do want to. . . but at some point down the road. I think you’ve got some great ideas for creating one and I had no idea that there were so many referrals. That’s compelling data! :)

    Thanks Marcia! Your boards are lovely.

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    • Marcia  February 21, 2012

      It’s tough to fit in dozens of sites that you know will suck up your time. So definitely don’t do it until you’re ready. No need to create more stress. lol Thanks for checking out, Bridgette.

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  4. Natalie Hartford  February 19, 2012

    I’ve been waiting for the right time to sign-up for Pinterest and this post gave me just the right nudge! It sounds like sooo much fun! Squeeeee…I am going to check out your boards and I’ll be signing up soon to join in the fun. Thanks for putting together this FAB tips and tricks Marcia – lord knows I’ll be referring to it as I get going.
    And thank you for the ahhhmazing shout out – soooo appreciate your support! :-)

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    • Marcia  February 21, 2012

      You’re welcome, Natalie! It is fun! Let me know if you need an invitation.

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  5. Naomi Bulger  February 19, 2012

    This is fantastic. I’ve been on Pinterest for a while, and love it for the creative inspiration. But I’ve never understood how I can use it for social networking. I’m going to print off this post so I can properly go through it and implement your advice. Thank you!

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    • Marcia  February 21, 2012

      Great, Naomi! I hope it works for you!

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  6. Haley Whitehall (@HaleyWhitehall)  February 19, 2012

    Marcia, I had never heard of Pinintrest until I read your post. I went and saw your boards. I love them! What a great way to express yourself. I want to join. Please send me an invitation. Thanks for sharing this fun social media site.

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    • Marcia  February 19, 2012

      Glad you like it, Haley. I’ve sent an invitation for you! enjoy.

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  7. Myris Silva  February 18, 2012

    Marcia! Invite please

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  8. Raelyn Barclay  February 18, 2012

    I’ve been avoiding it, struggle enough with social media as it is, but recently two different authors had links to their storyboards. Brilliant. Especially if you’re trying to pull together images for a cover. So that alone makes it worth it to me. I think I’ll still hold off a bit but I’m bookmarking this!

    BTW, you have an award waiting on my blog :)

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    • Marcia  February 18, 2012

      I’ll be right over! Sorry I’ve been so behind on my blog reading!
      Let me know when you’re ready for Pinterest and I’ll send you an invitation.

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  9. Sheila Seabrook  February 18, 2012

    Ohhh, it’s so pretty, Marcia. I definitely want in and will send you an email. Thanks for all of the great tips to get started. :)

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    • Marcia  February 18, 2012

      You should be all set now! Go have fun!

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  10. Donna Newton  February 18, 2012

    I will have to add this one to my list. Currently I am a Facebook and Twitter nut. I recently joined triberr but after glancing through it, realise I need more than luck to figure it out, lol.

    I will definitely give Pinterest a visit, though. Thanks for letting us know about it. :)

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    • Marcia  February 18, 2012

      You’re welcome Donna. I think you’ll like it. it’s just a matter of how much time a person has to spend on it. Triberr is tricky but then all of a sudden it will click for you.

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  11. Angela Orlowski-Peart  February 18, 2012

    I have been a member of Pinterest for several months now, but only recently I started pinning various images. I have Pin It button in my browser, which makes it so easy to pin the images that I find on the Internet. I’m also planning to add a few videos as soon as I return home (we are skiing in Oregon). I have been following you on Pinterest for the last few weeks and I love your boards. You are so creative, Marcia!

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    • Marcia  February 18, 2012

      Thanks, Angela! I follow your pins and OMG! the shoes you find! Amazing and gorgeous! Does your bedroom closet look like that? :)

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  12. Marion Spicher  February 18, 2012

    Can’t handle this yet, but will bookmark it. Wonderful post, & very tempting, Marcia

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    • Marcia  February 18, 2012

      Thanks, Marion. It’s fun and beneficial, but not necessarily for everyone.

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  13. Jess Witkins  February 17, 2012

    I’m going to drag my feet a little longer. My sister has been RAVING about Pinterest for months now but she stays up super late looking at people’s boards and images. I can’t handle adding in another site right now. But I do see value in it based on all the pointers you gave us, so I will keep it simmering in my mind’s crock pot for now. LOL

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    • Marcia  February 18, 2012

      I can’t blame you with everything you have going on in so little time each day. It does suck you in. So take your time, like I said, you don’t have to do everything social, just what you can handle.

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  14. alicamckennajohnson  February 17, 2012

    Thank you for this- I have a pinterest account but have done nothing with it. I’ll set some time aside and get it up and running.

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    • Marcia  February 17, 2012

      It took me a while to get going too. So much other stuff to do. Have fun with it!

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  15. Debra Kristi  February 17, 2012

    I needed this post. Thank you Marcia. I’m new in that world and haven’t a clue. DIdn’t know how to get pictures in there. You just saved me! :)

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    • Marcia  February 17, 2012

      I’m so glad, Debra! When I was trying to figure it all out, I’d discover a way to do something and then feel dumb because it really wasn’t that hard. so I’m glad I saved you from feeling that way…what are friends for anyway? :)

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  16. crystalwhimsey  February 17, 2012

    Great post Marcia! This is the second time this week I have heard about Pinterest so I am glad that you prompted me to go have a look. I love your boards. I clicked on the georgous dog here and it took me right to your boards again, very cool. Please send me an invite, pretty please with sugarless sweetener on top. Thanks.

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    • Marcia  February 17, 2012

      I’m so glad you liked all of it! Just put you email address into Pinterest’s magic box. You should get it soon!

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  17. Coleen Patrick  February 17, 2012

    It sounds like so much fun–and quite possibly some purposeful procrastination? Would love to try!

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    • Marcia  February 17, 2012

      Oh yeah, it’s helped me procrastinate a lot! But I tell myself it’s part of my work. Sending an invite your way, Coleen!

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  18. Diana Murdock  February 17, 2012

    Okay, bring it on, Marcia! Invite please??? Thanks, doll!

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    • Marcia  February 17, 2012

      I will definitely invite you, Diana. It’s so much fun!

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  19. Frankie Holloway  February 17, 2012

    It’s a great idea but a fail that their customer service sucks.

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    • Marcia  February 17, 2012

      I’ve had good experiences with their customer service. What happened to turn you off? I’m really interested. Thanks for coming by.

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  20. Jillian Dodd - Glitter, Bliss and Perfect Chaos  February 17, 2012

    I love Pinterest too. Both for adding extra images for my books, but also just cuz it’s fun for me to find things. I admit, I’m addicted to it too!

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    • Marcia  February 17, 2012

      Yes, I love the images you have! I’ve repinned a few of them (sounds so much better than ‘I stole a few’. lol).

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  21. Lesann  February 17, 2012

    This is so perfect…I’ve been lurking around pinterest and got intrigued then discovered I needed and invite and have been sulking for days. I love the idea of photo collages and often use them for setting, details, and characterization for writing – now there’s a way to share that!

    Pick me! Pick me! Ohhh….pick me!

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    • Marcia  February 17, 2012

      LOL, Leslie! Your invitation is on its way! Have fun!

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  22. patriciasands  February 17, 2012

    Oh Marica, my eyes were crossed by the time I finished reading this. Only because I know you speak the truth to all things will I check this out!

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    • Marcia  February 17, 2012

      You’re going to love it! I’ll send you an invitation!

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  23. Donna@Gardens Eye View  February 17, 2012

    I will bookmark this for when I finally have time fort this and Twitter…I am at my max right now with a 10 hr a day job…it sounds like fun and I can’t wait to see it

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    • Marcia  February 17, 2012

      Oh good, Donna. You do have a lot on your plate right now, but when you’re ready let me know.

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