Because I received so many questions on that post, I decided to create a guide to using Pinterest for Pet Bloggers, or any kind of blogger for that matter. First of all, know that gaining a following on any social media website, like Pinterest, takes time and typically doesn't happen overnight. If you are active and sharing good content, you will gain followers over time.
I hate reading guides to things where the author assumes I already know what the heck they are talking about. That's why I am going to start with the basics in this guide to using Pinterest. Feel free to skip to the sections that you need help with the most.
What Is Pinterest and What Is Its Purpose?
Pinterest is a social media website that works like bookmarks. You can create different "boards" there to place your pins in. Think of the boards as folders to help you stay organized.
My Pinterest account is organized by species of pets, for the most part. Because I write about many different types of pets, I thought this would be a good way to go about organizing things. I also have a Pet Health and Care board and a Pet Products board.
For example, if you are a cat blogger you could create different boards with titles like "Cat Products", "Cat Health", "Cute Cat Photos", or "Cats for Adoption". I have an "Adopt Me" board which is a great way to spread the word about pets looking for forever homes.
Once you've created your boards, you can start adding things to them. Did you just read an interesting article about why it's important to brush your cat? Think others might find it interesting too? Pin it! (I will tell you how to go about pinning things next.) The blogger that wrote the article will appreciate the share and the article you shared on Pinterest may be of some value to your followers.
How Do You Pin an Image?
Many bloggers like the idea of Pinterest, but just don't seem to have the time to be active on it. Did you know that you can be active on Pinterest without hardly ever visiting Pinterest.com? I am active on Pinterest every day, but I do not visit the website everyday. How is this possible?
First of all, you need to go to Pinterest and add the "Pin It" button to your browser. A button will appear on your browser bar that you can click on any time you find something online that you want to pin. I use this button all the time. Click here to get the "Pin It" button from Pinterest.
|Screenshot of my Pin It button on my browser bar.|
When I visit another blog, and I see a great image to go with good content I click my Pin It button. A small window pops up on my screen. I choose the board I want to place the image on and click Pin It! That's it. It's been shared via Pinterest. And I never even visited the Pinterest website! It takes a few seconds and is super simple. And because my Pin It button is right there on my browser bar, I don't forget to use it.
Alternatively, some blogs have a Pin It button that appears over there images when you place your cursor on top of them. Just place your cursor on any image on my own blog, and you will see a Pin It button pop up in the left corner of the image.
Pinning Directly From Pinterest
Pinterest is very addicting. If you visit your Pinterest, you may find yourself scrolling and looking at all the cool stuff for a very long time. Which is why most people don't want to use it. It sucks you in and uses a lot of your time! But, if you want to hop on and re-pin a few images directly from Pinterest that's OK too. All you have to do is hover over an image on Pinterest and click Pin It. Then you can select the board you wish to add it to.
Is It OK to Pin Other People's Images?
This is a fair question. The images that we produce as bloggers are special to us, and it can be upsetting when people "steal" them without credit. I am going to share the answer that I personally believe is correct as far as this topic goes.
I say yes, it's OK to pin other people's images. If you are a blogger, this is what you should want to happen. It's a good thing to create "pin-friendly" images that entice people to share them. If something looks nice, it's more likely to be shared and catch people's attention. The more people who pin your images, the better. Why? Because it means more potential traffic for your blog.
If your image happens to go viral or something, there is always the potential that it will be stolen and used without your permission. If you are worried about this, then I suggest you add a watermark to your photos.
If you do not want any images from your blog to be shared on Pinterest, there is a way to block people from pinning things from your blog. Here is an article I found with some information about how to prevent your Blogger images from being pinned.
How Can Pinterest Bring Traffic to My Blog?
Some bloggers seem a little unsure of how a social media website like Pinterest can bring traffic to their blog. After all, it does just seem like a bunch of cute photos of puppies and kittens and delicious looking desserts.
This brings me back to what I was just talking about - pin-friendly images. If you have an image that looks nice to go along with your blog post, more people are likely to click on it. One of your Pinterest followers is browsing on Pinterest, and they come across an image they like and find interesting that links back to your blog post - "How to Make Paper Flowers for Your Dog's Collar". Maybe they'd like to try that craft? So they click on it and voila! You have received traffic to your blog from Pinterest.
|My pin-friendly image from the post on how to make paper flowers mentioned above.|
Pinterest posts can also be shared via Facebook and Twitter, which is another way to receive blog traffic.
Now that you know the basics of Pinterest and how to use it, you better get pinning! Remember that you don't actually have to spend time on Pinterest to be active there. Pinning directly from a blog is simple and takes seconds.
If anyone still has questions please feel free to ask! And if you have any good tips or advice that weren't included here, please let me know in the comments. Happy pinning!