It is surprising in the world of social media that we live in, that some people have not heard of Pinterest. Or indeed if they have heard of it they do not use it. Pinterest is a fantastic resource, not just for bloggers (although we have discussed using Pinterest for blogging before) but for every day life too. It is rich with recipes, craft ideas and fantastic inspiration for your home.
If you are new to the world of Pinterest then here is a beginner’s guide just for you.
How to get the most out of Pinterest
1. Create an account
You can either sign in with Facebook or use your email address. For ease, Facebook is a preferred option- it saves having to remember yet another password! You will be asked to come up with a user name and it is likely your name will have gone but with a little creativity you can find something suitable for you. This is our profile, of course it is a blog profile but yours will look the same.
2. “Follow” some accounts
When you are setting up your profile Pinterest will make you follow some people, don’t worry too much about who for now, their recommendations are bound to be good! Once you’re in you can then find people you know or admire. If you have signed in with Facebook it will give you suggestions of your friends who already have an account. Also. nearly every blogger will have a pinterest account so you could start by looking for them. You can find our Live. Love. Blog account here.
3. Create a board
Boards on Pinterest are just like ripping out ideas from a magazine and sticking them on card to make a mood board. Except instead of ripping out images you search through the millions of articles on Pinterest. Each article (many of these will be blog posts) will have an image associated with it- this is the image that will be shown to you, to grab your attention.
This is one of our boards, we have gathered all of the different Social Media Help posts from around the world, right here for you!
4. Explore and Get Inspiration
There are 3 ways (there are probably more but this will do to get you started) to explore and find pins for your board…
- Click on the red P next to the search bar. This will bring up your home feed with all the pins from everyone you follow. (the more you follow the better the selection)
- Click the “lines” . These are on the other side of the search bar and will drop down a list of categories to choose from.
- Search. If you know what you are looking for then type it into the search bar. It will then bring up all of the pins that match your criteria. You will have three options for display: Pins; Boards; or Pinners. Generally speaking you will want to look at pins.
NOTE: When you are searching for things, think about the spelling. For example, we spell it “table centres” but american’s would spell it “table centers” – try both in case you’re missing out some great ideas from over the pond!
5. Pin some Pictures
When you see an image you like, hover your curser over it and 3 options will pop up…Pin it, send it (you can send this image to someone else you know on Pinterest) or heart it (for all the things you like but don’t have a board for).
When you click “pin it” a box will appear allowing you to chose a board and edit the description.
Click Pin it and that’s it, you’re a fully fledged Pinner!
You can make boards for lots of different categories, maybe you are planning a party, decorating a spare bedroom or maybe you are looking to piin some fab blogging tips. Pinterest has something for everyone so go take a look!
Do you love Pinterest?