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5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Pinterest

August 5, 2015


I confess, I’m a bit of a ‘Pin & Run’ type of person when it comes to Pinterest.  You know the type, you see a post that you like and think ‘Okay, I’ll pin that and read it later’. You go into a Pinning frenzy with this Pin & run & read later attiude. Unfortunately ‘later’ rarely comes.

The result is impressive – you have your Boards all set up (maybe even taken the time to create a special look) and have hundreds, even thousands of pins but have you really read them?  And if not, why not?

What is the point of pinning if you don’t use or read the pinned posts?

I questioned myself on this subject this morning.  I thought I would check out my pinterest site and also what was new.  I co-host a couple of link up parties however the Pinning responsibility is left to one of the co-hosts to pin to the Party Board. I found quite a few good links and pinned them and then thought ‘Stop – READ SOME OF THEM’.

Don’t get me wrong, when I co-host or visit other websites, I make sure I leave a valuable comment although I don’t usually pin.  In fact, I rarely Pin my own posts which is a big ‘no-no’ I have read.  Apparently Pinterest can increase your reach far better than Facebook.

I argued that I didn’t have the time but realized that if you want to get anything out of something you have to put in the time..

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Here are 5 ways to get the most out of Pinterest

1.  Start Pinning

Every time you write a post, Pin it to Pinterest. Make it part of your checklist for posting to your blog.

2. Make the Time

Schedule whatever time you feel you can give to Pinterest.  Even if it is only a couple of hours a week, something is better than nothing.  You might decide that visiting Pinterest for shorter periods of time works for you.  The main thing is that you Post and also read at least 2 articles of what you have pinned.

2. Join Party Boards

Usually, link up parties have a general board that posts are pinned to.  Check it out and pin to that.  Be fair though, and pin others that are of interest to you.

4. Request to Pin to Other Boards

If you find similar boards to your own topics then ask if you can pin to theirs.  You will be given access and can then pin.  Again be a courteous blogger and return the favour by pinning other posts or allowing others to pin to your boards.

This article by Kathleen Ahern of 60-the-new-40  explains How Group Boards Can Drive More Traffic to you

5.  Review Your Boards & Pins

Make a monthly goal to review your Boards and the Pins you have pinned.  See how they are performing, if they have been re-pinned or if they still provide useful information for you.  If they don’t, then remove them from your boards.  Don’t clog up with information you are never going to use.

You may find this article interesting –  Pinterest Shock  It is about deleting Pins by Kathleen Ahern of 60-the-new-40

So next time you Pin something make sure you read it.

In fact, why not Pin this Post?  🙂


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Warning:  Pinterest can become addictive!

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  • Reply Renard Moreau August 5, 2015 at 14:53

    [ Smiles ] Thank you for sharing your advice on how to use Pinterest wisely!

    • Reply sue August 5, 2015 at 16:19

      Thanks Renard for stopping by glad you liked the post.

  • Reply Kathleen August 5, 2015 at 16:33

    Thanks for the important tips Sue and for the Links. It is true that traffic does not just come to us without putting in some real effort to make it happen.

    • Reply sue August 6, 2015 at 14:35

      No problem Kathleen thanks for allowing me to link through to your site. 🙂

  • Reply jennifer Abel August 5, 2015 at 17:07

    I love Pinterest and you have given some great advice here. Thank you so much for sharing on #wednesdayswisdom

    • Reply sue August 6, 2015 at 14:35

      Thanks Jennifer I’m finally getting into Pinterest at last!

  • Reply Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs August 5, 2015 at 21:55

    I’m kind of a pin and run type too. So many social media things to do, so little time!

    I am just trying out Board Booster, which is an automated scheduler for Pinterest. It’s free for the first 100, then as low as $5 a month for up to 500 pins (though I think I’ve pinned far more than 100 in my trial and no one has said anything about money!).

    I like that I can pin to multiple boards and they get spread out over time so that they don’t all end up in a clump on your main page. I’m still working on improving my Pinterest skills, and I think this is helping.

    • Reply sue August 6, 2015 at 14:40

      Oh I need as many automated schedulers as possible! I can’t really justify spending too many $$s on my blog as I don’t earn any money from it. There is so much SM around with new ones I’ve never heard of popping up in linkups and fb pages everywhere. Thanks for taking the time to write a valuable comment I appreciate it. Have a lovely day!

  • Reply Julie S August 6, 2015 at 03:05

    I’ve fallen into the pin hoarding trap, I pin a ton but rarely go back and read them again. I love to pin people’s posts though and tend to do that more often than I comment. Great tips!

    • Reply sue August 6, 2015 at 14:43

      I think we all have Julie and the culprit is TIME or lack of! Especially in your case with a little one. As co-host I make sure I comment on all or with other hosts we do every second one. Pinning is good but I keep having to remind myself to go back and read them or use the info I’ve pinned. Look after that beautiful baby of yours and see you next week!

  • Reply Leanne@crestingthehill August 7, 2015 at 21:58

    I’m a bit of a pin hoarder too – I mostly pin for the pretty pictures and interesting thoughts. I very rarely pin something to look at later – I read more stuff from G+ etc. I do try to remember to pin my own stuff because it’s quick and may be worthwhile – the jury’s still out on that one!

    • Reply sue August 8, 2015 at 10:07

      Hi Leanne, all this social media is a full time job just to keep on top of! I’ve just started Pinterest in earnest and I am on G+ but forget to look at it half the time. I forget to post to all the areas half the time. This was only a hobby! LOL:) Have a great weekend and am enjoying your posts.

  • Reply Alice Megan August 15, 2015 at 07:02

    I definitely pin and run too but I’m making a conscious effort at the minute to ‘clean’ up my boards so I’ll put more effort into reading the posts too

    • Reply sue August 15, 2015 at 08:50

      It is hard Alice not to be this way as there is so much information. We just have to set aside some time I think and good idea about cleaning up our boards. Thanks for stopping by with your comment and happy pinning!

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