How to Use Pinterest for Your Blog: 5 ways

Pinterest for your blog, Christian connectionJust when you think you’ve got the whole social media thing under control, another network pops up. Spreading yourself too thin is the key to overwhelm and we want to avoid that. In fact, one of my daughter’s Pinterest boards holds a quote which puts it nicely:

“I can’t tell you the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.”

How to use Pinterest for your blog

A firm believer in focusing on two to three accounts, I used to use only Facebook and Twitter. Lately, I’ve grown tired of the self-referential nature of Facebook. Now, Twitter and Google Plus get most of my attention.

Honestly, I use the latter because Google rules the world and I think it would be a bad idea to ignore such a juggernaut.

I’m neither a visual person nor one who enjoys looking at pictures of food. These two facts alone ruled me out as a potential Pinterest afficionado… or so I thought.

Over the last year I’ve learned that women comprise¬†80% of Pinterest users. Unlike Facebook, Pinterest rarely features selfies or other portraits. As a mom, I love that girls on Pinterest tend to focus on beauty topics like hairstyles and manicures. Hair and nails are fairly democratic, enjoyed equally by girls of any size.

For these reasons and more, I’ve decided to pay better attention to my Pinterest account. Here’s what I’m learning:

1. More is more.

Pin much and pin often. Pin anything you and your audience will enjoy. The more you pin, the better your chances of having your content re-pinned. Creating boards helps categorize your selections and there is no limit to the number of boards you can create.

2. Pin-worthy images work.

Feature a Pinnable image on each blog post.¬†Beth Hayden suggests using an interesting image or photo with the headline of your post and your domain name. Clicking on the Pin will lead Pinterest users back to your blog URL. That’s why sharing is caring!

3. Keywords help.

Use keywords in your Pinterest profile and in your board titles and Pin descriptions. Optimizing your Pinterest account will help you get found in searches. Not sure about keywords? Check out #5 here.

4. Quotes & tutorials win.

Pinterest users love quotes, Bible verses, and how-to lists. Incorporating these into your blogs and/or Pinnable images, improve the chances of your Pins being shared. More importantly, these posts bless others.

5. Pin buttons rule.

Feature a Pinterest share button and/or a Pin It button for each image on your blog. Make it easy for readers to Pin your content by using one of the many free plugins available.

Any Pinterest experts out there? Please share your tips below.

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Comments

  1. I love pinterest. To me, its the best place to get your posts noticed. I need to work on my key words and I am pinning this post on my blogging board. Thanks for sharing

    • laurakimconnell@gmail.com says:

      Thanks for pinning my post, Tammy; I appreciate that very much!

  2. Great tips, Laura! I get a lot of blog traffic from Pinterest.

    • laurakimconnell@gmail.com says:

      That’s good to know – maybe I will reach more people now that I’m using Pinterest, too.

  3. Oh I keep hearing all about Pinterest but I’m having such a hard time embracing. I’m trying. Social media has me weary at the moment. Thanks for the tips.
    Blessings to you.

    • laurakimconnell@gmail.com says:

      Me, too! I do it out of obligation, but somtimes I find some worthwhile recipes and humor.

  4. Thank you for this information. I struggle keeping up with social medias. Praying your day will be blessed.
    Joyfully,
    Pamela

    • laurakimconnell@gmail.com says:

      Me, too, Pamela. That’s why when I find out something new I like to share it. Also, using just 2 or 3 networks helps.

  5. Oh friend, as you know, I soooo needed this post! Thank you!

    • laurakimconnell@gmail.com says:

      Oh, good. I hope it is useful. Very beginner because that is where I’m at!

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