Have you ever discovered something on the internet and then couldn’t find it a week later when you needed it? Have you ever bookmarked a post and then a month later spent an hour looking through your bookmarks to find that link? Pinterest is a virtual pinboard. It is an incredible tool to help you organize all of the great discoveries you make on the internet.
You create boards based on your interests and then “pin” the posts to the appropriate board:
So how do you get started? You have to be invited. It sounds a little snooty, but the invite system keeps the spammers out. If you need an invite let me know in the comment section and I will send you one.
Once you receive an invite you need to register through your facebook or twitter account. I know some people might not feel comfortable with this. I used my Twitter account, because everything that is on there is already available to the public. My twitter profile doesn’t contain personal information like my birthday or anniversary. However, even if you use Facebook to set up your account, your personal information will not be displayed on Pinterest. (You also have the option of hiding your profile from Search engines when you set up your profile).
You will be asked to choose a username. I suggest using a username that your friends and followers already recognize. I use the same username for Pinterest, Twitter and StumbleUpon. If you have a different username for each platform, it will make it harder for people to immediately recognize you.
Fill out your profile and add your photo. If you don’t want to use your personal photo, then use an avatar or photo from your blog that people will immediately connect with you.
Follow people. You can search your twitter and facebook accounts for friends to follow. You can also invite friends to join.
Add Boards. Pinterest allows you to select interests and will provide you with some premade boards. I recommend that you delete all of the Pinterest pre-created boards if you have selected them and then add your own. Because having a board dedicated to food is not useful if you are truly a foodie, instead you will want to create several boards based on your interests. i.e. To Die for Desserts, Slow Cooker Recipes, Bread Recipes, Appetizers, etc. Create board names that will make it easy for both you and your followers to find your pinned links.
To add a board, click on the Add button in the top right corner, scroll down and click on “Create a Board”. Choose a board name, choose a category, and click “Just Me” beside who can add a pin, then click “Create Board”. You can rearrange your boards by clicking on “Rearrange Boards” directly below you name. Now you are ready to pin!
How to Add a Pin:
To add a pin, click on the “Add” button in the top right corner, scroll down and click on “Add a Pin”.
Paste the URL that you want to pin, click “Find Image” to select the photo you want to connect to that link.
Select the board you want to pin it to (you also have the option of creating a new board).
Write a brief description.
Decide if you want to share it on Facebook and/or Twitter.
Click the red “Pin It” button.
Or, you can add the “Pin It” button to your bookmark tool bar with these simple directions and then click it to add a button to your boards.
How to RePin an Item:
Click on the red “Pinterest” at the top center part of your screen and you will see the pins of those who you follow. If you see something you want to pin to your wall, click on the “repin” button at the top left of the photo. Then choose which of your boards to pin it to, and click the red ”Pin It” button.
You also have the option of liking a pin by clicking the “Like” button at the top right of the photo. And you can add a comment to a pin, whether or not you repin it to your wall, by clicking the “Comment” button at the top center of the photo.
How to delete a pin: If you accidentally pin something to the wrong board, repin it to the correct board. Then go to the board with the incorrect pin, click edit, and delete the pin.
Still have questions? I’m sure there is much I forgot to cover, you can visit the Pinterest Help Page, or ask your questions in the comment section.
Next Saturday, I will share how bloggers can benefit from using Pinterest.