This is part two of my three-part series about using Pinterest. In part one, I told you how to sign up and navigate the Pinterest social media site. Today, I’m sharing how writers can use Pinterest.
Your goal as a writer is to create interesting boards on Pinterest that will attract tons of followers. The more followers you attract to your boards, the more awareness of you and your work.
First, a few facts:
2. Users spend more time on Pinterest than on Facebook or Twitter, an average of 15 minutes per visit.
3. Pinterest drives more referral traffic than YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn combined.
Still not convinced that you should be using Pinterest? Then take a look at this article: “13 Fun Facts About Pinterest Users (INFOGRAPHIC).”
Your Pinterest site should have:
1. Boards that tell about you as a writer. For example:
- A board that links to your web page. On my web page board, I have a pin for each section of my page: my biography, my portfolio, and so on.
- A board that links to your blog. Pin each new blog post onto this board.
- A portfolio board. This is where you pin your books and information you want to share about your projects in work.
- writing and writers,
- inspiration for settings and characters,
- book art,
- unusual bookstores and libraries,
- writing spaces, and
- Little Free Libraries.
You might set up a board for book reviews, favorite authors, writing tools, period costumes . . . Be creative.
Set up boards about things you like. Recipes, home decorating, travel, household tips, holidays, gardening . . .
4. Secret Boards Pinterest has just added a nifty new feature to its site, “Secret Boards.”
Now, you can set up locked boards that only you can see. What a great way to collect research for that new book project you’re working on!
Have fun with Pinterest this week. Think about ways you can use it to build your platform. Next time, I’ll share some tips for using Pinterest more efficiently.
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