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.
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.
So next time you Pin something make sure you read it.
In fact, why not Pin this Post? 🙂
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