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.)
- 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!
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!