Though Pinterest is a great way to procrastinate, its also great for helping to promote your blog and posts. I'm bar far a Pinterest expert but I do use it for my blog and I'm starting to see a bit of traffic from there. This post is a brief guide with links to other information that's really helpful in getting the most out of it.
What is Pinterest?
If you dont know what Pinterest is, its basically a platform where you can pin images you like to boards. If you sign up to pinterest, I think its a good idea to have a button/social media icon or widget (like I have further down the page) so your subscribers can easily follow you on there. I also think its useful to have a business account - you can sign up here. Its pretty much the same as a standard account but you get to see your analytics so you can view which of your pins are popular which in turn can help you to boost your pinterest subscribers.
How do I pin images from my blog?
I use a pinterest widget for chrome toolbar which allows you to easily pin images from websites onto your boards (you can find that here). You can also add a pin it button to your images so your blog readers can easily pin your blog photos to their boards - this post explains how to add a pin it button to your images. You can also add a share button underneath your posts like I currently have so its even easier for readers to pin your posts/images - you'll find how to do that here.
How do I gain subscribers on Pinterest?
I think the best way to gain followers on Pinterest is by making sure that you have a widget or follow button on your blog, regularly pin images from other pinners onto your boards and follow other pinners or their boards. As I said at the start of this post, I'm no expert on Pinterest and I dont have thousands of subscribers on there so I've started reading advice from others on how to make the most of my pinterest account. This post offers some good insight into growing your pinterest profile as does this infographic.
What are rich pins?
Rich pins include extra information about the image source. If you want to enable rich pins for blogger (note to self - you need to do this!) then this is a brilliant post by XOMISSE.com
What else do I need to know?
Some great resources to read are:
Do you have a Pinterest account - leave your link below if so!
Do you have any Pinterest tips to share?
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