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Pinterest: More Than Just Pretty, Pretty Fun

Pinterest is the latest and greatest Internet obsession that has everyone talking. It’s one of those things that I wish I had thought of. It makes perfect sense, especially to those who are highly visual learners, like me!

If you’re not familiar with it, I find that the best way to explain it is as a visual bookmarking site. It’s the online version of tearing recipe, hairstyle, outfit, and decorating ideas out of a magazine and pinning them to a corkboard or sticking them to the refrigerator with a magnet. Except instead of adding clutter to your walls and appliances, you can make as many virtual boards as you want to accommodate all the fabulous stuff you find on the Internet.

The most common thing I hear people saying about Pinterest is how easily you can get sucked in and “waste” time looking at all the pretty, inspiring, amazing, funny things that people pin to their boards. But it’s also a fun way to pass some time when you’re burnt out on other online activities. One2One Network member, Justice Fergie, says in her MomCrunch article about Pinterest, “Whenever I need to unwind at the end of the evening or am looking for something mindless to do that uplifts the spirits and entertains, I find myself turning to Pinterest.

Did you know Pinterest can also be a valuable tool for bloggers? I often use it to research ideas for my One2One Network and Blissfully Domestic articles. This is a board I started for a Fourth of July article:

Bloggers can also see what articles of theirs have been pinned on Pinterest. This tip from Alli Worthington will help you see which of your posts are popular with readers and “pinners”!

Use the following URL set up to do it: http://pinterest.com/source/blissfullydomestic.com/  – will show you all the pins from Blissfully Domestic. Now I can find other fans of the website and readers who are enjoying the content from the site. I can also see at a glance which articles are popular with the Pinterest crowd and how they are responding. Replace the /source/blissfullydomestic.com part with your our url to see what’s being pinned from your site, and who is pinning it in what topic areas.

You can also increase traffic to your site by pinning your own articles on Pinterest. When you work hard on a post that includes photos showing steps in a recipe or a DIY project, you have created a very pin-worthy post! When you write a post about how you found a creative way to store Legos or spices or how made over your laundry room, don’t hesitate to share it on Pinterest just like you would share it on Twitter or Facebook. Just remember that your post must include images (your own or properly credited ones) in order to be pinned.

Example of Pinterest referrals to a blog

I hope this gives you some food for thought about how Pinterest can be a useful tool for you and not just a dizzying trip into Wonderland! Now, let’s have some fun. Are you on Pinterest? If so, link your profile here so that we can all follow each others boards! If you’re not on Pinterest, you need an invite to join. I can definitely help you with that. Just leave a comment requesting an invite and the email address where you’d like the invite to be sent.

Tell us, what is your favorite thing about being on Pinterest?

Pinterest definition & happy place graphics found on Kristi Quill’s “Pinteresting” pin board.

11 Comments

  1. Shoot me an invite, please, I’d love to check it out.

  2. I’ve wondered about sharing my own links…felt kind of weird about it. Good to know that some folks think it is perfectly acceptable 🙂

  3. I agree with everything you said. Most everything on Pinterest seems to “self-curate” and ascend to a wonderful level of aesthetics. In addition, I find it a great source for uncovering trends and other ideas.

  4. I once had an invite to Pinterest, but lost it. Will you send me an invite, please? Thank you!

  5. ha! You used my convo about Pinterest with Jayme 🙂

    I love it so much, I have learned so much on it, too. I am afraid that it’s going to go the way of Twitter, Facebook, etc. and become too self promotional. I get that it can be a tool for promotion, but if there is too much “junk” on there, it loses the appeal (like people RTing just for the sake of RTing). I love it because it’s so organic…only the best content gets repinned. It’s content curation how it should be.

  6. Please send me an invite

  7. Ha! I love this! Amanda and I are pretty obsessed with Pinterest! It is a nightly thing for me now. I am making recipes from what I have re-pinned as well as finding great ideas for holidays and even my own wardrobe! I guess I should also start using it for some self-promotion as well. I have actually started pulling non-bloggers into it as well. They hear me talking about it or see my tweeting about it and they want to be involved too.

    • I’ve been surprised by the number of non blogger/non social media type people on Pinterest as well. But that’s part of what makes it so cool, I think. It’s a place for anyone. You don’t have to be on Twitter or Facebook or have a blog to get something out of being on Pinterest.

  8. I’d love an invite…zamber8@aol.com

  9. Pinterest is an amazing tool for marketing. Yes, it’s great for bloggers to post their pix in order to get more readers. It’s also great for Etsy shops or other businesses to link to their items in order to get more views and potential buyers.

    It’s fun, addicting, and a great way to spend 5-10 minutes (or several hours) as a change of pace during the day.

    Not only is it great for marketing, but I have made many recipes that I never would have heard about thanks to Pinterest!

  10. I have recently started a weblog, and the information you offer on this site has helped me greatly. Thanx for all of your time & work.

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