15 Ways That Pinterest Is For Bloggers

by Sandra Foyt on February 7, 2012

in Mom Blog,Social Media Tips

pinterest-is-for-bloggersPinterest is the cool new social network. Although it’s been around for several months, suddenly bloggers can’t get enough. Pin addicts are everywhere, and I’m expecting Pinners Anonymous to spring up any moment now.

As Pinterest is still in the Beta stage – admission is by invitation only – there are a number of kinks to be worked out, and bloggers have a ways to go to figure out how to use the medium to their advantage. Luckily, there are a number of blog experts willing to help you learn how to own Pinterest.

But first, a Pinterest Tip

Before I turn to the pros, I have one tip that I want to share. The beauty of Pinterest is that you can create a visual board. So, for example, to keep track of all the blog conferences, I pin an image from the conference website onto my Blog Conferences board. So easy.

Pin-Albany-Kid-Family-TraveOr, it would be so easy if bloggers took the time to put an image on their site that is pinnable. You see, it turns out that many sites put their logo – or blog conference information, for example – on the header. And, in many cases, the header is not pinnable.

That’s why I created a pinnable logo – my business card, if you will – on www.AlbanyKid.com. It sits on my sidebar so that anyone who wants to remember what my blog is about, can see do so at a glance.

Albany Kid Family Travel screenshot

Why You Should Be In Pinterest

  1. Pinterest Drives More Traffic Than Google+, YouTube and LinkedIn Combined [STUDY] – Traffic stats prove that Pinterest is now the social media darling of “brides-to-be, fashionistas budding bakers” and retailers.
  2. Why Pinterest is 2012′s hottest website – If Pete Cashmore, founder and CEO of Mashable, says Pinterest is hot, then it must be so. Find out why.
  3. 35 Brilliant Bloggers Talk about Pinterest – All the cool kids are doing it. HUGE roundup of smart tips for using Pinterest in a gadzillion niches.
  4. Pinterest for Brands: 5 Hot Tips – Mashable shows how brands are using Pinterest to promote a lifestyle, crowdsource, run contests or a focus group, and inspire a team.
  5. What is Pinterest & Why You Should Optimize For It – Kristi Hines (Kikolani) explains the value of Pinterest for marketers on SEOGadget, but all bloggers will appreciate the visual illustrations.


Pinterest Social Media Lessons

  1. Beginner’s Guide to Pinterest Basics – A good place to start, Allison on BlogWorld, shares tips on how to drive traffic for newbies (and pros too) and she follows it up with 7 Cool Ways to Use Pinterest.
  2. Pinterest and Blogging: The Good, The Bad and The Huh? – The Nester tells us that Pinterest is now a top referrer to her home style blog. She gives the stats, best tips, and pitfalls.
  3. Get the Most Out of Pinterest – Don’t miss these tips from Colleen on www.mommiedaze.com, she makes sense of pins and permalinks and steers you clear of pin errors.
  4. Add Pinterest Pin It Button to Every Post & to GetSocial – The title says it all. This short tutorial from Brittany on www.mommywords.com will help you get your blog posts pinned. End of story.  (Another option is to install the Social Discussions plugin, as seen on www.AlbanyKid.com and explained on 6 Ways To Add Pinterest to WordPress.)
  5. Pinterest How-to: How to See If Your Content is Pinned on Pinterest – A super simple tip to see who has pinned your website content on Pinterest from Momcomm.
  6. Pinterest with Friends: How To Contribute & Curate Boards Together! – Get by with a little help from your friends, oh Amanda shows you how.
  7. Pin It Friday – Link Up Your Favorite Pins – Susan at www.5minutesformom.com hosts a linky every Friday where you can share your favorite pin of the week.

Sandra Foyt on Pinterest

Pinterest Boards to Follow

  1. 21 Must-Follow Pinterest Users – Mashable offers a lovely of  list who to follow, but I think that who you follow on Pinterest is going to depend on your interests. I started out by following too many people when what I should have done is to be selective about which boards to follow. Otherwise, my incoming stream ends up being full of pins that don’t interest me at all.
  2. Pinterest Top Five Most Repinned Items - The coolest of the coolest, 52,925 repins and counting.
  3. Sandra Foyt on Pinterest – Follow all of me, or some of my boards: Social Media Lessons, Road Trips, Family Travel, Storybook Travel, In the Garden, Photography Lessons, It’s Funny, and many more – including collaborative boards like: Family Travel Inspiration and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  4. Kelby Carr on Pinterest – Kelby, founder of Type A Parent and author of the upcoming “Pinterest for Dummies” book which will be published by Wiley late 2012, plays show and tell with her boards.

And that’s what Pinterest is all about, after all. Show and Tell. Who do you recommend following on Pinterest? Or which boards?

Psst! Need an invite? Tweet me at @sandrafoyt, and I’ll hook you up.

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Traci February 7, 2012 at 3:11 pm

When I grow up, I want to be an early adopter like you! ;-) Well, looks like I have a lot of reading to do!
Traci´s last blog post ..“Go BIG or Go Home” wins two NATJA Awards!

PJgamers February 7, 2012 at 4:02 pm

I think I need to check out this pinterest thing to see what it’s all about. Thanks for all the links.
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Katie February 7, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Seriously, Sandra, I don’t know how you keep up with it all! I’m barely holding my own with Twitter, my LinkedIn is woefully inadequate, and I know I joined Google+ but it’s still mystifying. Yowza!

And so I’ll star this in my Google Reader and procrastinate. . . . ;)

Melissa {momcomm} February 7, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Jam packed post! I like your Pinterest badge in the sidebar. Very clever!
Melissa {momcomm}´s last blog post ..How to See If Your Content is Pinned on Pinterest

Sandra Foyt February 7, 2012 at 8:19 pm

See Katie, this is what happens with all the free time I have now that the kids are older. I get to do all kinds of stuff, and sleep through the night too!

kisha February 7, 2012 at 9:45 pm

I love pinterest! I keep saying is like twitter without having to spell. I’m going to be using some of this suggestions for my blog. Thanks.
kisha´s last blog post ..Three Art Buffalo Openings This Weekend!

Loretta Grapes February 9, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Sandra, I have been exploring Pinterest, and looking for a way to get myself & my thoughts and ideas out there. I have put in an invite to Pinterest many, many times and am just waiting .. is there a place to go to learn the basics. I haven’t started a blight yet, is that the main. Focus?
thanks again for your article, looked at your website, love your story of how you got to where you are. I homescooled all 3 of our children. What an adventure that was!


Miranda @ The Pinterest Project February 9, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Amen. And amen. Clearly we love Pinterest! Our entire blog is built around it AND it’s our top referrer month after month. It’s a great tool and so much fun!

Cindy Eve February 9, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Wow, looks like a whole lot of fun. Loads of reading to do. How do I go about getting an invite? Definitely be great for tracking events in London that I am so keen to promote on twitter and my blog. I would appreciate your advice on how to get invited.

Cindy Eve´s last blog post ..fascinating facts about Queen Elizabeth II

Holly Lefevre February 9, 2012 at 6:07 pm

I found this article via SITS on Facebook (oh the tangled social media web). I have read a lot about interest but there are definitely some new ideas in your post! Thanks. I use done of those “Who to follow” lists and found some to be great and scratched my head on others – so yes it is totally about what you are looking for. There are so many amazing creative people out there! Thanks again for the scoop (I pinned it of course!)
Holly Lefevre´s last blog post ..My Memories Suite Review and Giveaway

Linda Sherman February 18, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Nice meeting you on Pinchat Sandra. My pin of this article: http://pinterest.com/pin/78320480989709257/ I pinned my first stop http://albanykid.com/2012/02/17/travel-on-pinterest/ as well. Living on Kauai, of course travel is of interest to me. Thanks for including CommentLuv on your site.
Linda Sherman´s last blog post ..The Man Song Gets a Live Action Video Starring Sean Morey

Jessica February 19, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Wow, what a comprehensive list of tutorials! My business partner and I just started our consulting company solely based around Pinterest for all of the reasons you stated here. Such a great post!
Jessica´s last blog post ..Pin It to Win It! Tyler and Tallulah $100 Gift Card Giveaway!

jean_nina March 8, 2012 at 12:07 am

Hi Sandra,

Thanks for your pinnable logo tips. I managed to create one now :)
I am starting to get crazy pinning and re-pinning just like many people.
Also, if you haven’t heard about it, there’s a site called http://www.pinfaves.com that enables Pinterest users to submit, vote and discuss their top pins.

Perhaps you are interested to review the social voting site as well?
jean_nina´s last blog post ..butterflies

Alica March 8, 2012 at 1:41 am

I am so excited to learn more about Pinterest and helping my blog! This is going to be awesome!
Alica´s last blog post ..goldsenze

Niki Pfeiffer March 15, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Hi Sandra, great Pinterest tips and so glad I found your website. . . also really enjoy some of your travel boards! I joined Pinterest after noticing a lot of people were coming to my website from Pinterest and I have been hooked ever since! Pinterest has really helped simplify my life by making it much simpler to collect and manage different inspirational items.

I am following you on Pinterest:)

Jeremy March 23, 2012 at 5:43 am

Well Pinterest is something completely new not only for the bloggers but also the business owners. Pinterest maintains the interest of the user and same is with the content of our blog.
Jeremy from Dublin bus hire

Ana June 16, 2012 at 11:49 pm

Debo presentar mi libro en dos meses y necesito promocionarlo en facebock, hacer tarjetas de invitación y variantes de las ilustraciones y textos.

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