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5 Ways To Use Pinterest More Efficiently

This is the third and final post in my “Pinterest for Writers” series. Now that you’re comfortable with the concept of Pinterest and pinning, I’ll tell you how to use this popular social media tool more efficiently.

 

1. Invite And Find Friends On Pinterest. Pinterest is all about sharing and connecting with like-minded people. Invite friends to view your boards, and follow friends to see their pins on the main page.

 Pinterest gives you several easy options for finding friends already using Pinterest and also inviting new friends. Click on the menu under your name (in the upper right corner of your Pinterest page). Click on “Invite Friends,” and you’ll land on a page where you can invite your friends via email. In the same menu click on “Find Friends,” and with your permission Pinterest will search your email, Facebook, Gmail, and Yahoo accounts and let you know which of your friends are already using Pinterest. A button next to each name makes it easy for you to follow your friends’ boards.

2. Edit Your Boards. Be specific with your board titles. Make them easy to find in a search. Add a brief description to engage viewers with your board’s topic.

Whenever you add a board to your wall, Pineterest asks you to assign a title, description, and category. You can edit this information, whenever you want, just by clicking on “Edit” under the picture of the board on your wall. You also have the option of editing the board cover (the picture that appears on your wall.) Place your cursor over the picture on your wall, click on “Edit Board Cover,” and you can scroll through all of your pins and choose the one that you want.

3. Organize Your Boards. Make your wall attractive. Pinterest allows you to arrange and rearrange the boards on your wall into any order you want.

Go to your wall, and place your cursor on the board icon next to “Edit Profile” in the menu above your boards. Clicking on the icon allows you to drag and drop your boards into any order you choose. When you’re done, click on the red checkmark to save your arrangement.

4. Share A Board. Are you working on a project with a friend or colleague? Pinterest makes it easy for you to work together.

Under “Edit Board,” you will see a category called “Who Can Pin?” You can enter either the name of someone already using Pinterest or the email of a friend and invite them to share the board. You can work independently and add pins to the same board. And remember from last week’s post—Pinterest now provides you with three secret boards that only you and invited pinners can see. This is a valuable tool for writers’ research.

5. Be Efficient When Pinning From Other Web Sites. It’s fun to repin pins from other pinners, but sometimes you’ll want to upload pins from other web pages you visit. If you haven’t installed the “Pin Button” do it now. You will find instructions HERE.

When you are on a web page and you see something you want to pin, simply click on the Pin Button in your browser’s toolbar. The next screen takes you to a picture or a choice of pictures to pin. Choose the picture you want, and click on it.  A box will appear with a picture of your pin. In the dropdown menu, choose the board on which you want to pin it. Add a description, if you’d like. Then click the red “pin it” button. Now, the pin is on your board and available for others to see.

Here’s a nifty trick. Before you click on the Pin Button in your toolbar menu, highlight any text on the web page that you want to appear as the description for your pin. Pinterest will automatically load it into the description box.

So there you have it! The complete guide to Pinterest for beginners. Leave a comment, and let us know what you think of Pinterest. If you include a link to your wall, I’ll follow you!

Happy pinning!

 

 

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Pinterest for Writers

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:

1. Pinterest’s following has increased 3000% in the past year and has more than 10-million users.

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.

2. Boards about writing. Share what inspires you as a writer.

I have boards about

  • 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.

3. Boards that tell about your other interests. Pinterest is about more than self-promotion. It is also a fun way to connect with other readers and writers who share your interests.

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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Pinterest for Beginners

You’ve heard of Pinterest, “A place to organize and share things you love.” But what is it exactly, and how can writers use it to promote themselves and their books? I’ll tell you in this three-part post.

What is Pinterest? Imagine a room in your house, its walls covered with individual bulletin boards. You’ve given each board a theme (crafts, gardening, books, etc.), and you pin on the boards pictures you like that match the themes. Each picture links to a web site where you can find out more about the picture. That’s Pinterest!

Pinterest is a social media site where you can set up your own virtual bulletin boards onto which you can pin your favorite things, and each of those pictures leads to the web page where you can find it.

Add one more dimension: Everyone can see your boards, and you can see theirs, so you can repin ideas from their boards onto yours. Not only that, but you can pin ideas you find on other web pages onto your boards, and you can even upload pictures from your computer. Pinterest is all about sharing.

How do writers use Pinterest? I’ll go into more detail next time, but for now, imagine pinning your blog posts, information about your books, book reviews, your web page . . . Are you beginning to see how it might be useful?

10 Easy Steps to Get Started

1. Go to http://pinterest.com and select the button “Join Pinterest” at the top of the page.

2. You can register via Facebook, Twitter, or an e-mail address.

3. Fill out the account information. (Note: The “Username” is the name that others will see associated with your boards. —Writers, you might want to use your real name here.— You have the option of uploading a photo of yourself, too). Then click “Create Account.”

4. Next, Pinterest asks you to click on a few pictures you like. This step can confuse new users. Just do it. Click on five pictures that you like from the selection they give you. Then click “Continue.”

5. On the next page, at the top right, above the pictures, you’ll see “About.” In the About Menu, you’ll see “Pin it Button.” Click on that, and follow the instructions to add a “Pin it Button” to your browser menu bar. The Pin It Button makes it easy to add something to Pinterest that you find on any another web page.

Tip: Clicking on the red “Pinterest” at the top of each page always brings you back to the main page.

6. Now, next to where you clicked on “About,” you’ll see your name. Click on it, scroll down, and click on “Boards.”

7. The next page is where you set up your bulletin boards. Choose a theme and set up your first board. For example, you might name the board “Crafts.” Click “Create Board” and then “Edit.” Fill out the information for the board, and then click “Save Settings.”

Tip: You can create as many boards as you want and you don’t have to set them up now. As you begin to find things that interest you, you can add more themed boards to organize them.

Now you are ready to pin.

How to Pin

8. Clicking on the red “Pinterest” at the top brings you back to the main page.

9. Under the red Pinterest, you’ll see “Catagories.” Clicking on a category in this menu will show you all the recent things people have pinned.

Tip: Clicking on a picture will make it larger. Clicking on the larger picture will take you to the web page where the pinner found the picture.

10. If you want to repin a picture onto one of your own bulletin boards, click “Repin.” Then, in the menu under the picture choose the board where you want the pin to go. Click “Pin It,” and now you have a duplicate pin on the board on your Pinterest page.

Tip: You can also find interesting things to pin by clicking on “Everything,” “Popular,” and “Gifts.” Or, you can type something into the search box at the top of the page to see if others have pins about that topic.

If you find someone who is adding a lot of pins that you like, you can begin following that person. No invitation is needed. Pinterest boards are public, so just click “Follow.” You can begin by looking at my boards, repining any of my pins, and following me at: http://pinterest.com/jcfwriter.

The Pin It Button Let’s imagine that you are surfing the web and you find an idea that you really like and want to save. You can pin it to one of your boards very simply by clicking the “Pin It Button” that you added to your web browser’s menu. Click the button, follow the instructions, and pin it. It’s that easy!

Need More Help? Visit Pinterest’s help page at http://pinterest.com/about/help

Dive in! Have fun exploring Pinterest and pinning. Next time, I’ll share tips for how writers use this rapidly growing social media tool.

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