How does Pinterest help a blogger to promote his work? Pinterest is that addiction that takes you away with the simple concept of pinboards. Pinning dreamy things, lovely things, frightening things, tasty things, inspirational ideas and of course adorable kittens. But so what? Pinterest is one of the biggest social media networks. All you really need is a cute pic or a video and you can pin it. How can that help increase your blog traffic? Here’s my tips to you:
- Make a cool meme that goes with your blog post. Pin that ish. When someone clicks on the pin, read that great caption you wrote and (hopefully) go back to your blog.
- On that meme mentioned above, put some type of identifier: your web site, twitter handle, whatevs. If the person digs it, maybe s/he will try to cyberstalk you a lil bit.
- Start a pin group: You can create groups and invite folks for pinning. I created one for Almost Heaven West Virginia. I’m also involved in one for Hawaii and one with fellow bloggers called Blogging and Social Media. It’s a cool way to see some new stuff, meet new people and learn some things.
- It would bring you up more in the Google search, so make sure your About Me section is pretty killer. It’ll pop up in the search.
- You don’t have to pin everything. Pin your best stuff. I’m a pretty crappy photography, but occasionally I make something that looks really sweet. Pinned.
- Give a shout out to your fellow bloggers. Pin their stuff too.
- Connect your Pinterest to your Facebook and/or Twitter. That’ll get people moving from your Facebook to your Pinterest, and gives you another opportunity to interact with your people. (Personally, I think it works better with Facebook than Twitter, but I’ve got no numbers on this.)
- Have you made a sweet infographic for a blog post? By all means, pin that. Oh and make sure that you add either your blog name, twitter name, or whatever on there. You want people to be able to find your site if so inclined, right?
- Hey do you want to know what’s been pinned from your blog? http://pinterest.com/source/[YOURBLOG.COM] If I wanted to see what’s been pinned from here by whom it would be: http://pinterest.com/source/penpaperpad.com. (I think I learned this months ago from a member of the Bloppy Bloggers fb group. I can’t remember who posted it, so I’m giving a general shoutout to the group. Thanks guys!)
- Interact on there. You can follow interesting boards, or you can everything someone posts. Like things and post comments. You don’t necessarily have to be as interactive as other sites, but a little bit can go a long way.
Caution: Pinterest is a magical vortex where time ceases to exist. You’ll emerge wondering why your plants are so dry and your children are so hungry. Set a time limit. I have to push away from Pinterest sometimes, so I can do other things like look at pics of cute kitties on the internet and text folks.
Do you have any tips that work for you and Pinterest?