Blog Awesome Challenge: Putting Pinterest to Work for Your Blog

Posted by JenniferG in Blog, Blog Awesome Challenge on Fri, Mar 23, 2012

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to your soon-to-be new obsession: PINTEREST

In case you are unfamiliar with the application, let me give you some background: Pinterest is a virtual bulletin board where users can gather inspirational images found on the web. It simply allows you to create virtual pinboards of your favorite images, share them with your friends and followers, and discover new things.

How many times have you found yourself online, seen an image of something that really appealed to you (like an interesting hairstyle, clever idea or beautifully decorated room) only to never find that same inspiration again?

On Pinterest, you can keep those images neatly tucked away until you want to refer to them again.

Now, before we go any further, I should be upfront about one thing with you … I am a Pinterest junkie. (As in, spending all of my free time oohing and aahing over what others curate.)

Some of my favorite ways to use Pinterest include:

  • Idea gathering: For future use in event planning, entertaining and the like.
  • DIY creativity: There are some might creative people on the Internet. I pin their projects to attempt later. (Attempt being the operative word here.)
  • Inspiration: Quotes, photographs, places and spaces.
  • Home decor ideas
  • Fashion & style finds
  • Office: Design and organization ideas for the office.
  • Incredibly cool and unique products that I don’t want to forget about.
  • Humor: Recording hilarity on the web.
  • Foodie fun: A collection of recipes and food ideas. (I call my pinboard “Food Porn.” Nuff said?)
  • Vision boards: A collection of items serving as my online vision board (Like how flat I want my abs, my “someday” wardrobe, etc.)

Once you get started, the easiest way to pin items is to install their “Pin It” bookmark. From that point, anytime you find an image you like, just “Pin It” and you will be given options to pin any of the pictures on that page to your Pinterest boards. So simple!

Generating Traffic With Pinterest

Pinterest has fast become a tool for for blogs, Etsy shops and unique products to be discovered. Bloggers have reported massive traffic spikes from posts that have been discovered by others and shared via Pinterest.

For those intent upon using the outlet as a traffic generator for their own content, some advice – The best way to get traffic from Pinterest is to post compelling visuals to your own website that will get attention from readers and compell them to “pin you.” In other words… create fantastic content with eye popping visuals and it will naturally get shared. Don’t forget to provide the Pinterest sharing buttons at the bottom of your blog posts to encourage pinning.

Find me on Pinterest: My boards

Have you tried Pinterest? What do you think of it? How do you use it?

If you are on Pinterest… link up your url and we’ll follow your boards!

Happy Pinning!

Be sure to pop over to the linky for week 3 and share your Twitter handles, FB pages, and Pinterest profiles so we can connect with you!

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About Jennifer Gerlock

Jennifer Gerlock is an entreprenuer and mother of two who is working adamantly to hold it together while juggling a career, marriage, life and young boys. She blogs at Hip As I Wanna Be and is a mobile journalist for Want2Dish.com.

9 Responses to “Blog Awesome Challenge: Putting Pinterest to Work for Your Blog”

  1. You know, if I could find the time to add Pinterest to everything else I’m trying to do to grow my blog, I would. But no social media sites are accessible at work (damn government!) and by the time I get home, trying to update the blog and Facebook and Twitter — it’s just too much. Also, I can’t figure out how not to make myself feel bad on Pinterest. Pinning stuff I like or want is usually also stuff I can’t afford. I don’t need or want to give myself daily heartache.

  2. I love Pinterest! I too must admit my addiction, has spread to most of the women in my family, including my not so computer savvy Mom!! Just by me talking about all of the amazing ideas!

    I feel so weird pinning my own stuff! Does anyone else feel this way?

    What are everyone’s thoughts about watermarking your photos and getting full credit on Pinterest?

    Thank you, thank you, for including this in the Blog Awesome Challenge!

  3. I am a Pinterest addict!! I just started creating pins and pinning some of my posts. It’s seems like a great way to draw new traffic to your blog so why not. Especially if you have some new information to share with others!

  4. I, too, am a Pinterest addict – I spend 95% of my time pinning things from others’ websites, or re-pinning from Pinterest itself. I do pin things from (a)Musing Foodie, and it has its own board. Self-promotion isn’t highly regarded on Pinterest which is why I try to keep it limited.

    Interestingly, most of my “referred” blog traffic is from Pinterest these days – so it’s a major value add!

    You can follow me at http://pinterest.com/aMusingFoodie

    Thanks! :)

  5. Jen got me started on Pinterest last December…thank you Jen! As an interior designer it is a great place for inspiration…not only for me, but also for my clients. I now ask clients to create Pinterest Boards for their projects…instant mood boards.

    Check out my Pinterest (Inspiration) Boards.
    http://pinterest.com/tuscanbluedes/

    Cheers.
    Meredith
    http://www.tuscanbluedesign.com/content/

  6. I heart Pinterest but haven’t pinned much lately. Got a little nervous about the legal issues.

    I love using it a social bookmarking too. I totally go back to it for reference.

    You can follow me here: http://pinterest.com/sldmorgan

    Guess I should start pinning again. :-)

  7. I love pinterest. I use it now first before a google search. I am proud to say that i don’t spend too much time surfing on there like others do, though. For me it is really more of a file cabinet for what I find elsewhere on the web and want to reference later.

    I will say, though, that i had a big run-in with a designer who’s bed I discovered via a pin on pinterest and used as inspiration for a head board i made. The lady was irrate with me for copying her design. I didn’t copy her design, I was inspired by portions of it (and other similar beds). I don’t sell my stuff. I don’t make any money off my blog (yet), and I referenced her.

    Welcome to the world of Pinterest, lady!

    Maybe we should emphasize the important of watermarking all your images in this day of pinterest. And also, of pinning images properly (by going to the most direct source of the image and pinning from there).

    Anywho, I’m off to follow all of you on Pinterest!

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