4 Practical Reasons Pinterest Will Make You a Better Blogger

By: | February 24, 2015 | Tags: , , , ,
It's Practical to Use Pinterest

Using Pinterest will Make You a Better Blogger

Have you heard of Pinterest?  Are you a pinner but not sure how it can enhance your blogging?

After all, Pinterest has been around since 2008.  Since then, it has attracted over 11 million users.  Over eleven million people using what’s tantamount to a digital bulletin board?  Absolutely, and a great many of them are bloggers.

If you use Pinterest in the practical ways I am going to suggest, you will be a better blogger, and your blog will be better because you used it.

Use Pinterest to Network

I recently advised a blogger not to compare her blogging journey to someone else’s.  However, is blogging really a solo journey?  Recently, I did an Expert Round-Up Interview of 19 bloggers who’ve experienced success.  When asked what is the one key ingredient to successful blogging, the majority of them answered “networking”.

There are two ways to use Pinterest to find like-minded bloggers.  The first is the use of hashtags.

If you are going to make practical use of Pinterest, you need to do a little legwork.  Go to Twitter and see what topics are trending, and use those topics as your hashtags.  For example, yesterday was the 2015 Academy Awards.  Oscars was trending on Twitter all day.  People interested in the Oscars (or whatever the topic is that you wrote about) will be able to find you and follow you.  You will be notified via your Email.  You should not only follow them back, but you should follow the people who follow them.  You will be able to view their followers.  They will be notified of your follow, and the next thing you know, you will not only have a network, you will have a community.  A community of future blog followers or readers?  People interested in your pin are often interested in the article accompanying it and will visit your site.

If you want other bloggers to be able to find you, tag your pin description with a hashtag of a topic that is popular on Pinterest.

Pinterest screen shot

The top arrow shows you where to go to find the drop down menu of topics.  The bottom arrow is pointing at the word “popular”.  Once you tag your pins with hashtags of popular topics in your pin description, the many people looking for those topics will be able to find you.

The next way to get a community is by using group boards.  If you type in Group Board Directory into the Pinterest search bar, you’ll be able to find directories of group boards.  Email the group board administrator that you’d like to join, and you’ll get an invitation.  Once you are able to start pinning to group boards, your pins will be exposed to groups of people, people with your interests with whom you could network.

Pinterest Will Save You Time

Pinterest is time-efficient since the content is already composed.  It takes seconds to pin your image to a board.

Pinterest plug inThe top arrow is pointing at the Pinterest plug in I installed so I could easily pin my pictures to my Pinterest boards.

Pinterest Will Enhance Your Creativity

In 4 Simple Ways to Start Blogging Creatively, I explained how to make a pinnable image for use on Pinterest.  I advised a combination of tools.  Trying to envision a memorable, pinnable image and create it takes ingenuity.  The thought process will enhance your creativity.  In turn, your blogging will improve since creative bloggers engage readers.

Using Pinterest Will Improve Your Science Skills

In 13 Foolproof Ways You Can Stop Writing Ineffective Blog Headlines I explained that writing blog headlines is like following a formula, a tool used in science.  There is a science to using Pinterest too.  For example, Pinterest users are most likely to be online using Pinterest on Sunday morning.  In addition, red pins get pinned far more than any other color.  (Did you notice that I used red in this post’s image?)  Taller pins do better than shorter, and so forth.  See, there is a science.

Before you go forth and start pinning, a word of warning–Pinterest is highly addicting.  Hey, it sounds like the perfect place to go network.

Just a thought, if you enjoyed my post, you are encouraged to share–on Pinterest–or any other social media.

Readers, what are your experience with Pinterest?  Has it enabled you to meet other bloggers in your niche?  Has using it increased your traffic?  I look forward to your views.

 

 

    • Janice Wald

      Hi,
      You have been so supportive of my writing. Thank you so much!
      Janice

  1. Laissez Faire

    I have been pinning things to my pinterest board lately (I have avoided joining it since 2008 because it can become a time suck) but I wasn’t aware of the hashtag tip. I’ve had a terrible time trying to merge the blog with twitter and pinterest and facebook efficiently. They still seem like separate entities I would like to be on the same planet 🙂

    • Janice Wald

      Hi,
      “Merging” is easy. When you pin, under the description of the pin, you see the words “Facebook” and “Twitter”. All you have to do is click the “Twitter” box, and wahla, your pin and tweet are done simultaneously!
      Thanks for writing.
      Janice

  2. K. Renae P.

    Great tips and this post comes right on time for me.

    I recently learned that some of my pictures & Canva headers were being pinned, and I was getting visits because of it. Then I learned that my terrible or sometimes absent alternate text was being used as the description for the Pin. I didn’t know the alternate text had more than one purpose- I just thought you put the name of the picture as alt text so if the picture didn’t show up, the reader could see what you had written as alternate text. I was completely missing out on a free and easy opportunity.

    I’ve been blogging for almost a year, and I now know how to blog better. I decided that March-May will be my blog’s spring cleaning- I will edit my old posts and rename pictures, I’ve recently added “Write better alt texts on pics” to my list of things to do.

    The things we do for our blogs.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi!
      I need to visit your site more and check out your “Canva Headers” since I’m not sure what you mean by them. Perhaps reply with a link to an example.
      Speaking of my visiting your site, did you see I responded to your coffee post? You are right, we’d probably talk about the weather, and teaching, and blogging, and …
      I, too, need to do the “spring cleaning” you mentioned, but I have a question for you. How do you have time to keep up with the “spring cleaning” and all that blogging entails with papers to grade? I would love to know.
      Take care,
      Janice

      • K. Renae P.

        Sorry I haven’t responded to your comment. I am behind on responding to comments, and I missed a few the other day. The one day I received the most comments ever is the same day WP got a little weird with comments. I had a bunch of double comments and notifications for comments that didn’t show but showed up later.

        ***

        Here is an example of my “Canva Header”: http://mostlytruestoriesofkrenaep.com/2014/05/17/10-teacher-promises-i-cant-keep/

        That first image is what I am calling my Canva header. I don’t know what else to call it. I’m still learning how to use Canva, and I loooooooove it.

        About time: A few years ago I decided to stop bringing work home. I’d go in early, stay late, and my principal would open the school for us on Sunday afternoons to work. I worked faster in my classroom than at home. I’m not in my own classroom anymore (1st year), I’m now the K-6 science specialist for my district. I thought I’d be free because I don’t grade papers, but I have a whole new mountain of paperwork to do. I still go in early, stay late, and go to the office Sunday afternoons (habit). I’m in the schools most of the day so I really have t maximize office time.

        I have about 130 posts so I’m hoping I can “clean up” in 3 months. But with the way testing is going… we’ll see. 3 months is the goal. If I don’t make it, I’m cool. I don’t write super long posts so I think I’ll be able to get it all done by the end of May.

        Bonus: We have had “snow/ice” days so I’m doing a lot of catching up on my blog!

        • Janice Wald

          Hi,
          So sorry if I sounded like I am rushing you. I didn’t mean to make it sound that way. You are so supportive of my blog with your comments, I wanted to make sure you knew I commented on yours. That was all.
          I had a Pinterest question for you. When you write the “alt” text and the caption on the image in your blog, do you use hashtags? We must use them when we get the image to Pinterest. Do you use them while the image is still at WordPress?
          I think I heard about your snow/ice on the news. They mentioned Louisiana and I thought of you.
          Thanks for the example of the Canva header. Drive carefully in all that snow and ice.
          Please let me know about my Pinterest questions and I’ll check out the Canva header. Thank you for all the help.
          Janice

          • K. Renae P.

            I’m not sure about the the hashtags in the alt text yet. I’m still reading up on how to use Pintrest wisely. Not sure I like the idea of hashtags in my alt text. I have no reason not to like it, I just don’t.

            About the snow: we had it bad for us. We got real, actual snow. First time in a long time. And we DO NOT know how to drive in that junk, and we certainly aren’t prepared. We are back at school today. I was over being trapped in the house.

        • Janice Wald

          Canva header question: What did you tag it on Pinterest? What did you put in the WordPress box alt. text? Did you use hashtags at WordPress or just at Pinterest?
          Thanks,
          Janice

          • K. Renae P.

            Here’s the problem, I currently just have the picture name or nothing at all as my alt text. I’ve got to go back and change/add it. I learned the importance of alt text a couple of days before I read your post about Pintrest. So you probably know more than I do. Right now I’m looking at pins & pin descriptions from other bloggers to get ideas on what to write in the alt text because I really don’t know.

            I can’t change everything now (time issue). I’ll just have to wait and do it little by little when I’m doing my “spring cleaning”.

            FYI: I just learned yesterday that there is an optimal Pintrest size: 723 pixels x 1102 pixels. Does that mean it has to look that large in your post?

            Every time I think I know a lot, I realize I don’t know much.

  3. Saira (

    I agree! It seems so obvious now, but I never knew how great Pinterest would be for traffic (and it’s fun!!) /momresource

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Saira,
      Pinterest is fun. I’m a teacher; the students tell their parents they are working on the computer for homework, but it’s fun to use the computer. We are like that with Pinterest and working on our blog. Thanks so much for reading what I wrote and writing me.
      Janice

  4. Terri Webster Schrandt

    OMG, Janet, your blog is responsible for keeping glued to my laptop! This is great info. Going to try this today. I have a strong Pinterest account but not using it as well as I want! And when do you have time to figure all of this out? Thanks again for another excellent and useful article 🙂

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Terri!
      My blog is responsible for keeping you glued to your laptop?! What a compliment. Big smile on my face over here. I’m thrilled. We are both teachers, and we’ve both asked each other this week how we find time for things, too funny. We have a lot in common.
      Janice

      • Terri Webster Schrandt

        I just opened a Pinterest for business account for my consulting business. I’ll have to invite you to the page! Yes, I’m a typical boomer who retired young but still doing 70 things 🙂 It’s all good and I appreciate bloggers like you who share relevant info. I have made many friends here; so happy to add you to the list 🙂

        • Janice Wald

          Hi yes please invite me to your page. Is that what you blog about business?

          • Terri Webster Schrandt

            No, I am launching a consulting business. I’m still tweaking the pages on the website. The Pinterest info was really helpful!

          • Janice Wald

            Hi,
            I have a question for you. I think you told me you have a Pinterest business account. Do you recommend I switch? What’s the advantage? Thanks.
            Janice

          • Terri Webster Schrandt

            I read a couple short books (kindle) suggesting keeping your business and personal social media separate. I had thought about linking my WP blog to my new website but I definitely want to keep my personal blog separate from business. Do I really want my business clients to see that I pin pictures of fashion or mermaids? I think it’s just a preference. Hope that helps a little!

  5. aduross5

    I have bene pinning my posts to Pinterest for a bit now but I am trying to step up my interactions. I think Pinterest can be a gold mine for bloggers. Not just in getting our posts out there but there’s such a wealth of information there that I love it!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi and Welcome,
      I don’t think we’ve interacted before!
      As far as a wealth of information, I agree. I’ve used Pinterest as a bookmarking site. I find new information, and pin it to my boards for future reference. I thought it was all my idea, and then I read others do it too. LOL
      What do you blog about? DIY bloggers do great on Pinterest.
      Janice

  6. mummascribbles

    Thanks is much for such an informative post. I really need to make more use of Pinterest so will be saving this for reference!! Thanks for linking up with #twinklytuesday

    • Janice Wald

      Hi!
      1. Thank you for the nice words about my writing. It means so much since I consider you a blogging celeb because of the Twinkly Tuesday hashtag on Twitter. I’m still so happy you followed my blog! I feel respected.
      2. My Pinterest traffic is growing now that I know what I’m doing, LOL. There’s still so much to remember. I made the coolest (if I say so myself) infographic using Easel.ly for the first time and forgot to put my blog’s link on it.
      Oh well, the longer I go the longer all this will become habit.
      Take care,
      Janice

  7. Winnie

    Thank you for this post!
    I recently found out how much traffic I can get using Pinterest

    • Janice Wald

      Do you mind if I ask what your blogging theme is? It seems DIY people tend to do better than non DIY people on Pinterest. I give blogging advice, so I am curious. Thanks for the contact.
      Janice

    • Janice Wald

      Hi,
      I wanted to make a point of writing you and thanking you so much for the reblog. Pinterest! Someone put my Pinterest picture on their Pinterest board. I got a kick out of that. For the Pinterest crowd to want my photos is humbling, so is having my writing reblogged. Thank you so much. I am so flattered. Let me know what your followers think of the post.
      Janice

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  9. Robyn R.

    Hi Janice,
    Thank you so much for your blog. I am a recent newbie to personal blogging about a specialised subject. After befuddling my way through January’s Blogging 101, your posts are keeping me engaged with expanding my blogging horizons. I may not implement the many ideas you suggest, but every now and again one idea will send me off on an exploration of ‘networking’! It is amazing where it leads! I currently have a miniscule number of followers, but that does not worry me, the blog is for me first – I think I’m your ‘introvert’!
    However I’m not sure I agree with you re: Pinterest’s red pins – they mean that a user does not have their own icon, and it is certainly not general that they get pinned more than others.
    Next learning curve – attaching a screen shot to a comment?
    I look forward to reading your posts and hope you continue your own amazing journey of sharing and helping us to grow as bloggers.
    RobynsPatch

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Robyn,
      Nice to meet you. Thank you so much for your interest in my writing. I read a lot, and I see overlap in what the articles say which is red. I’ve also read orange and brown and bright colors in general, but there is overlap with “red”. Blue if my favorite color, but my blue pins didn’t resonate. Green is my second favorite color, but my green pins didn’t resonate either. Then I read the articles and switched to red, which, by the way, is tied with purple for my least favorite color. This pin is doing so well, it is uncanny. Here’s the link to the post it was in so you can see it. http://wp.me/p5jxvv-x3 Red. I wrote another pinterest article recently–red pin, within the week, it is being clicked on a lot over there at Pinterest. So, my experience is supporting the literature. It makes sense if red is eye catching.
      What color pins do you think work best?
      Janice

      • Janice Wald

        PS I didn’t understand the user not having their own icon. Explain? Thanks,
        Janice

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  12. Cat

    Ok I did NOT know that about Sunday pinners! I’ve been really enjoying using Pinterest over the last few months and after putting some ‘good practise’ into action I’ve really seen my following/repins etc soar. I think keeping boards organised well has helped, removing pins that weren’t very popular, and putting branded board covers up really helped.

  13. Joseph Bells

    The credit for my successful Pinterest account goes to PinPinterest. I used to spend a lot of time on Pinterest and still, I was not able to get a decent amount of followers. For the first time, I used PinPinterest for my Pinterest account automation, and it became the savior of my sinking account. Within a few weeks, I got a lot of active followers, thanks to PinPinterest.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Joseph,
      Thanks for writing with this strong testimonial for PinPinterest. I don’t use it but I know of others extremely happy with it.
      Janice

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