Pinterest started out as a “social catalog service” for people to use to bookmark websites or tutorials using photos from the page. It’s designed to be a way to “pin” a bookmark the way you would rip out a photo from a magazine and pin it to a message board.
I think some people have the idea that Pinterest is for photographers and crafters only to create vision boards or inspiration folders for future projects. What I’ve seen lately is a huge surge in the amount of average users picking up on Pinterest and using it as social media for bloggers and social media geniuses alike. So here are some ideas for using Pinterest outside the box you may not have thought of originally.
Use Pinterest to Research Blog Post Ideas
For example, you know I love to share cool infographics with y’all but I’m not always able to share right away. So I have a pinboard for collecting must-share infographics that I can refer back to anytime for blog post ideas without having to try to remember “Where was that website again?” I’ve not just bookmarked it, but I can SEE the image I want to link to by checking out my board.
Use Pinterest to Check Your Own Visuals
Sometimes when we’re blogging and creating great verbal and written content we can get lazy with the images and graphics. Especially if we have the gift of gab over being stellar photographers.
But let me tell ya’ something – if you slap an ugly picture up on your Pinterest board next to some of these amazing photographs it will stand out. It won’t be repinned as readily and you won’t see any traffic from it. Pinterest can help improve the quality of images for those who are using it regularly.
Connect With Readers, Users and Fans of Your Site
Did you know you can check all the pins that have been pinned from a particular website? Use the following URL set up to do it. http://pinterest.com/source/blissfullydomestic.com/ will show you all the pins from Blissfully Domestic. Now I can find other fans of the website and readers who are enjoying the content from the site. I can also see at a glance which articles are popular with the Pinterest crowd and how they are responding. Replace the /source/blissfullydomestic.com part with your our url to see what’s being pinned from your site, and who is pinning it in what topic areas.
Use Pinterest to Save Inspiration and Ideas or Organize Bookmarks Visually
I love the visual component. Instead of bookmarking random links and then trying to remember later which article or post I want to reference, Pinterest is so visual it’s easy to look back and find the one I want. Some users are organizing Pinterest for this in really interesting ways.
Sylvia Tabus-Leontaritis is a writer at Blissfully Domestic and a children’s author. She has over 700 pins on just over 2 dozen boards and each is an amazing collection of inspiring visuals and informative content. Sweet Jeanette has a board called “Blog Help” where she’s bookmarked the tips and tutorials that will be things she wants to reference later. Some c