This past week, I finally took the plunge and got going on Pinterest. This after begging for advice on Twitter and receiving some help from helpful people. Now, here I am to pay it forward and help you get started on your Pinterest journey. Here are three things about Pinterest I picked up during my first week pinning.
1: Pinterest isn’t as scary as it looks. But there are a lot of buttons.
Pinterest’s interface is more complicated than Twitter’s. That’s for sure. There are buttons all over the place, and I still don’t know what half of them mean. I’m figuring it out, though. Slowly but surely, that’s how you fight the battle against confusing technology. But in the beginning, I was overwhelmed. You might be too. Just hold on a bit longer and wait for yourself to figure it out.
A few helpful tips: You can create a pin by pressing the “Create” tab and then clicking “Create Pin” in the drop-down menu. Or, you can do it by navigating to your home feed (top left-hand corner on your profile page) and clicking “Create Pin” in the top left-hand corner of the home feed. I’ve found that on Pinterest there are usually multiple ways to do things and get places.
2: You can rack up some views pretty fast, even if you’re posting only a few pins.
Now, I’m not sure what constitutes a good number of monthly Pinterest views. Nor am I totally sure that monthly views really mean anything. And I’m completely sure that my current number, 13.1K, is pretty measly. But I find it pretty cool that after posting only eight pins I’ve racked up 13.1K impressions!
And, moreover, people have pinned my pins on their boards, and a couple people have clicked links to my blog. I was pretty surprised by how quickly I started seeing results from Pinterest. If you’re looking for another source of traffic to a blog or author website, it’s not a bad idea to start using Pinterest.
3: It doesn’t take as long as you might think to create pins.
Okay, well, I’ve chosen to enlist an amazing tool in the process. It’s called Canva, and you can read more about it on my page about applications I love. Or you can go straight to it from here and check it out! The link I’ve provided is a special referral link for me — if you use it and create a design on Canva, we’ll both receive one Canva credit. So that’s added incentive to get on Canva and start creating pins!
Incentive aside, creating pins isn’t as hard as you might think, and it doesn’t take very long. With Canva, you can even animate your pins, turning them into pin-videos. I’ve found that the videos perform better than the normal pins. (Sample size not very large, so don’t take my word for it.) Personally, I find creating pins pretty fun and relaxing. It’s a great artistic break from writing all day. If you like design, you might feel similarly.
Even if you don’t like design, look at this as an opportunity to strengthen your design skills in a quick and easy way. It’ll pay dividends… like in your fashion sense. I don’t have any evidence to support that claim, but you know.
Give Pinterest a chance.
If you’re on the fence, I’d give Pinterest a chance. You can always ditch it if it turns out you really hate design or can’t handle the platform. If you want a friendly Pinterest friend, follow me on Pinterest and we can chat. Or we can chat here! Tell me what you need, and I’ll try my best to workshop answers for you. It’ll help me learn more about Pinterest in the process.
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