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BlogTalk: Pinterest

by - Thursday, February 16, 2012

Another Friday, another BlogTalk. On the hot seat today: everyone's favourite social media platform...

No doubt you are one of the 11.7 million unique monthly users like me who are addicted to this site. I pin in the morning as I read my daily blogs. I pin when I need a break, in between answering emails. I pin at night as the day winds down. Who knew pinning could be so relaxing! 

As a blogger, Pinterest is a godsend. There are so many ways to use Pinterest. Here are some of my favourites:

  • Show your stuff. It might feel a little weird at first, but don't be shy, PIN YOUR OWN WORK!  Have a great before & after that you shared on your blog? Pin it! Did you write up a great tutorial about your latest DIY project? Pin it! Share it with your followers. Chances are, they follow you because they like your style and they'll enjoy your work. But don't use Pinterest only for self-promotion. 
  • Find out what your readers like. Did you know you can see what people have pinned from your blog? Yes, you can. Here's my link:
    Just replace my blog name with your blog name and you can see what people are liking. Its a great way to see which of your posts are popular - or not! My most repinned image? This one of Chloe's costume closet. For a fleeting few hours, it even made it on to the Pinterest Popular page! 

  • Drive blog traffic. Okay, this isn't really a "use" of Pinterest, but more an outcome of it. Pinterest is hot on the heels of Google as the biggest driver of traffic to blogs. When people pin an image to your blog, it drives traffic your way. When you gain followers on Pinterest, they may be inclined to click on your profile and check out your blog. When you leave a comment on a pin, just like leaving a comment on a blog, others may click on your signature and find their way back to your blog. Every interaction on Pinterest can lead people back to you. Just make sure to mention your blog in your profile!
  • Find new blogs to read. Just like your pins can lead back to your blog, finding pins you like can lead you to new blog reads.
  • Live a more creative life. I was lucky enough to hear Pinterest co-founder Ben Silberman speak at Alt Summit. His speech was so inspiring and really solidified for me the positive impact that social media can have. He said many things but the one which stayed with me is this:

    You can't say the same about other social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter. Of course, you can waste hours pinning pretty pictures, but at some point, hopefully, one of your pins will inspire you to do a craft with your child. Or build something with your own two hands. Or dress yourself better. Or cook a new recipe. Or plan a memorable party. How awesome is that?

Ben Silbermann Keynote Address at Alt Summit from ALT Summit on Vimeo.

There is so much more to discuss about Pinterest, but for now I want to hear what about how you use it. And don't forget to leave your Pinterest username in the comments so I can follow you too ;)

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  1. Great post Jen!! Been loving the series and so glad you covered Pinterest!!

    I'm gallerynoeight :)


  2. How ashamed am I to think I've spent all that time on pinterest and never thought to get my blog involved? Great advice! My pinterest is my name. Corinna Ashley Henderson :)

  3. Copyright is my only real beef with Pinterest too, I try and link the original source with a brief description every time, but sometimes you re-pin something that someone else has failed to source and it can be hard to track down the original author\photographer\owner.

  4. I like many folks use Pinterest to collect ideas for DIY and inspiration for the impending remodels on our house, as well as collect recipes I want to try & a style board etc.

    I just recently started pinning my own pictures&projects and am not too sure how I feel about that; it's really putting yourself out there to the judgment of the internet (which is not necessarily always a bad thing).


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