by Richard Rowell, Staff Writer
Pinterest has definitely become quite a social media phenomenon. It has become quite the diversion for millions around the globe and a great new way to search for images, while also being able to save them on "pin boards" for future reference. It allows for research on a wide variety of topics, including architecture, food, fashion, interior design, and many, many more. The list of topics for images you can find is practically endless!
So is Pinterest right for you to use in promoting your blog or business? It depends on what category you fit into. Pinterest is working to become friendlier for businesses all the time, and they even have business accounts now that let you track pin performance. Just be sure to have high quality pictures (at least 640 pixels wide) ready to upload that relate to the keywords for which you'd like to have them found. Even better, if you already have these pictures on your website’s blog posts, you can use Pinterest's Pin-It tool to post it to Pinterest directly from your site. This automatically links the picture back to the page it appears on within your website, making for a good back-link. While this back-link doesn't provide any "link juice," it can still be a good source of traffic for those curious to see where a picture was pinned from.
The best part of Pinterest and what is perhaps the primary reason that it has become so popular, is the fact that you can create a limitless amount of pin-boards, with each dedicated to a specific product. Say that you write for a bakery. You can create boards displaying your bakery’s pastries, another with your breads, and another with your specialty goods, broken down by each type. You can get even more specific, but be sure to choose more general broad keywords for your boards that should get a decent amount of search traffic.
Also, for bloggers, it’s very easy to take the great pictures you’re already using on your blog (hopefully!) and embed text as a caption on it with the title of your article. Obviously, you want those titles to be catchy, as you would in any case. In the case of baked goods, you may want to have a blog post with a title such as “10 Ways to Bake the Perfect Loaf of Bread” which you would then put as a caption on a picture of a warm loaf of bread right out of the oven. That will definitely entice people to click through and read the article and a lot more likely to re-pin that pin if they find that information useful.
While the social media implications are fairly clear, how does this help your overall social media and content marketing efforts? As stated before, the back-link on your pictures can be very valuable. However, the trick is that you want to get your picture seen. With how quickly Pinterest has grown, the number of pins on the site is growing exponentially on a daily basis. The best way to get your picture seen is to have people re-pin it. This simply means that someone liked your picture enough to pin it to one of their own boards. Users who follow the boards that your pictures have been pinned on will then see the recent pictures that have been added to those boards and have a chance to re-pin them to their own boards.
Pins can spread very quickly on Pinterest. It's a good idea to also find users that pin a lot of pictures related to your own keywords. This way you can re-pin their pictures to other boards that you curate specifically for pictures that relate to you, but are not directly related to your products. This will not only make your boards easier to find, but as it is easy and common for users to follow all of a particular user's boards, it gives you an easy chance to share your pins to a wider audience more quickly. As with any social media platform, the more followers you have, the greater your reach will be, and that reach can grow extremely quickly if you have content that people crave.
It seems like many people are having great success with Pinterest, including many bloggers, businesses, and writers. If any of you have any Pinterest success stories that you would like to share, we would be thrilled to hear about them! Happy pinning!
Photo credit: Pixabay, Public Domain
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Lyn Lomasi & Richard Rowell are life & business partners. Owners of the Write W.A.V.E. Media network, they are your content superheroes to the rescue! Running their network, tackling deadlines single handedly, and coaching fellow writers & entrepreneurs to be thought leaders is their top priority. While rescuing civilians from boring content and marketing, they conquer the world, living the RV life and making Crafts For A Purpose with their awesomely crazy family while recounting The Nova Skye Story, along with Kymani’s Travels. They also strive to one day cuddle with lions and giraffes. Until then, they’ll settle for furry rescue kitties and doggies.
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