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Newbie’s Guide To Pinterest

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I received a request to create a blog post about Pinterest and it’s right on time because I’ve been enjoying Pinterest, I’m doing this simple guide that would help you get started with Pinterest.  Pinterest is one of the platforms that has the potential to drive huge traffic to your blog, if it is used rightly.

What stops others from using Pinterest is their impression that Pinterest is difficult to use but it’s not. Pinterest is simple and easy. At first, it is kind of overwhelming, but it’s a wonderful tool for bloggers and entrepreneurs.

This blog post is all about Pinterest. Hope at the end of this post, you learn something and you start pinning rightly!

Basics

  • Create an account. Go to business.pinterest.com and create an account. If you already have a personal account, convert it into a business account. Why? It has more features than personal account and you can promote your pins (personal, business, paid stuff, etc) freely. It’s up to you if you want to keep using personal account for now. Be informed that business account is what most bloggers use in promoting their pins. Once you convert to business account, you can not undo it.
  • Set up your profile. Upload a profile picture. Add your name. Add your blog link. Add a catchy bio.
  • Confirm your website. You may add the code to your new blog post or to your theme file.

Get started

  • Create your board. Make the name specific and add a catchy description.
  • Create your pin. You can pin directly from web or from your device.
  • If you pin from the web, just add the link of the blogpost or article you want to pin.
  • If you pin from your device, upload the image from your device then pin it to a board. Take note that if you pin from your device, you have to pin it first before adding the link for that image.

This is the difference between pinning from device (left) and pinning from web (right). When viewers click the left one it will direct them to the image link and not to any blog post or website. Our purpose of using Pinterest is to drive traffic to our website, so we should add a website to every image we add. In the case of pinning from device, you have to pin it first then edit it to add a website.

  • Repin your own pin. You are allowed to repin your own pins to different boards if you are using a business account. Although you can do this using personal account, there are Pinterest experts who say that it violates a rule concerning personal accounts.

Now that you know how to create your board and pin. I’m sharing some tips to pin better!

Pin better

  • Make boards that make sense. Start with 5-10 boards that are well organized. Few boards is better because you will be more focused. It is also important that you pin pins that are related to your blog niche.

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Taralynn is a healthy lifestyle blogger and this is how she organize her boards (above). She has boards that are related to her blog niche – food, health, fitness, lifestyle.

This another well organized boards are owned by Olivia Media, a branding coach. She implements specificity on her boards (above). She has boards specific to business, blogging, email marketing, twitter, etc. The more specific, the better.

Another tip is to have a board only for your blogposts,  like how Regina (below) does….

  • Make high quality pins. Pinterest is for beautiful, catchy and BIG photos. Yes! Big photos stand out more on Pinterest. If you use small image, your pin won’t be that noticed. The ideal Pinterest size is 800×1200.
  • Add cover photos to your boards. Go to the board you want to edit, then upload a photo as cover.
  • Collaborate. One great thing to make Pinterest work for you is to collaborate with others. How? Request others to invite you to contribute to their board, and invite others too to contribute to your boards.

Recently, I was invited to contribute to another board. My followers on Pinterest is around 400 while the board has 1800 followers. So, every time I share my pin to that board, it will not only be visible to those following my profile but also to those following that board.  So, although I only have 400 followers. If I share my pins to boards that have more followers, my pins have more potential to be liked, repinned, and clicked.

More exposure and engagement= high potential to have an increased blog traffic

I have a board open for all bloggers to share their latest blog posts. If you want me to send you an invitation to be a contributor, sign up here.

I will be sharing more about Pinterest in the following weeks! My next blog post about Pinterest is how to create pin-worthy images. Stay tuned!

Najmah is a 23 year old Filipino Muslim, Clinical Nutritionist and Med student. Born and raised in Saudi Arabia. Living in the Philippines since 2010. By Najmah contains posts about her life lessons, personal excellence and journey to becoming a doctor. You can also find her blogging on The Muslim Bricks

21 Comments

  1. CreativeKhadija

    September 29, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Great article dear Najmah, I am at pinterest from two years now & having 6k followers, pinterest is good for sending traffic towards blogs! Every blogger should be using pinterest for building good traffic 🙂
    JazakAllah.

    • Najmah Capal

      September 29, 2015 at 11:53 am

      That’s great to know! I just joined recently and I already find it very effective. Hope I joined earlier
      😀

  2. Suhaila

    October 1, 2015 at 2:39 am

    Thanks for this article! I’m new to Pinterest and so much of this is useful info to me. Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

  3. umm asiya

    October 1, 2015 at 6:05 am

    this post couldn’t have come at a better time, I keep hearing wonderful things about pinterest and want to learn as much as I can on it. in order to fully take advantage on it.

  4. Sahar

    October 1, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    I’m a PinAholic but I’ve learned so much from your post! Thank you
    I’ve been invited to boards but how do I request to join a board?
    I need to focus on organizing my boards.. Love the cover picture per board idea!

  5. Maria

    October 2, 2015 at 6:10 am

    Thanks for sharing sister! I had pinterest once but I never really got hold of it. I had the feeling that everytime I log in, I see the same pins over and over. Don’t know if this was a glitch or something

  6. Umme Hafsa

    October 2, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    This is great. Even though I’ve been using pintrest for roughly a year, I’ve learnt a few things here. I love the example of Taralynn’s board too – it’s so pretty and organised too 🙂

  7. Muslimah92

    October 3, 2015 at 2:45 am

    I always wondered how that worked. Now, I do less. Thank you for sharing your guide.

  8. Shahneela

    October 3, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Thanks for a really helpful post.. I have a pinterest account for years but never used it for promoting my blog I think I should do it now..

  9. Ruku

    October 5, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    Thank you for the how-to’s. I’m extremely tech unsavvy so this will be a huge help, for when I decide to join Pinterest. I do love looking through it though, and like you said the bigger photos are definitely more eye-catching.

  10. veena

    October 5, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    Great article and really helpful. I’m still learning Pinterest and just discovered we can have cover photos. Thanks a lot.

  11. Karima

    October 6, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    I really need to make more use of Pinterest, I was one of the first to join but don’t utilise it as I should.

  12. Jameela

    October 7, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Thanks for the reminder. I’ve got to go and find some more boards to join IA.

  13. Zeinab Al-Hussaini

    October 7, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    I looooooooove Pinterest. I’m there every single day and I may be an addict.

    Thanks for sharing these great tips.

    xo
    Zeinab

  14. Amina Edota

    October 7, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    I’ve tried Pinterest but abandoned it because it didn’t make much sense. Your post is a motivation to give it a real try soon. This is a resource to come back to again.

    Thanks for sharing.

  15. BritDeshiMummy

    October 10, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    My Pinterest account lasted 2 weeks! I just couldn’t understand it! After reading this I may give it another go!

  16. Fatima

    October 11, 2015 at 12:44 am

    A great post I must say! I have an account on Pininterest but had no idea what to do with it. Your post has given me the motivation to start pinning now. 😀

    Fatima
    http://www.blogsbyfa.com

  17. Vanessa

    October 12, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    This is such a useful article, and so timely! I have been learning quite a bit about Pinterest and have learned that it can drive so much more traffic to your blog than any other social media channel. Setting your board up right, collaborating, and designing Pin-Worthy images are all super important. Thanks for sharing these tips!

  18. Five Adventurers

    October 12, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Great post. I love pinterest as a user but do struggle with it for the blog. Will definitely book mark the page for use in the next few weeks. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  19. Foz

    October 12, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Some great tips…I really need make more of an effort with my Pinterest account!

  20. Justine

    February 9, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    Thanks for this great post .. Pinterest has always been a big mystery to me. This really enlighten me with things

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