Treat It As An Extension Of Your Blog | This is my number one top tip as although growing your following is great, making boards that reflect yourself and your blog is just as rewarding too. I only pin photographs that I love and are aesthetically pleasing to myself, meaning that it doesn't get cluttered with photographs that no longer inspire me in some form or other
I've got over 30 boards, ranging from yummy food to homeware inspiration, but setting up a board just for my blog was one of the best things that I did. It not only reminds me to add all my Instagram and blog images to it, but it keeps everything all in one place for other people to see too. I've also moved my account over to a business one, so I can keep track of what's working well and what isn't, as well as my analytics - I went from 100,000 to 600,000 monthly Pinterest viewers in a matter of weeks just by pinning a lot and following these tips.
Pin, Pin, Pin | Every morning when my post goes live, one of the first things I do is promote it via Pinterest through my "pin it" button attached to each post, then I will aim to pin between 5 - 10 pins afterwards. In the evening, I tend to find myself on Pinterest too, so that's when I aim to pin around 10 - 15 pins just to keep my profile active and entice people to visit my account. By pinning more, I've actually started to get a lot more people visiting my blog from Pinterest, which is a win-win situation for me.
A day doesn't go by when I don't use Pinterest and I think my consistency has really helped me to utilise my Pinterest account, in fact I've just started using Tailwind; an app that enables you to schedule pins, which is perfect if you know that you won't get on in a week but you still want to remain active.
Join Sharing Boards | Just like Instagram pods, there is such thing as Pinterest sharing boards whereby you can share your own pins and views other's. Even if it's just to find other accounts and support other bloggers, joining Pinterest boards can help you gain inspiration and get some exposure for your pins too. There will no doubt be a few still open to newcomers or you can always ask around on Twitter, or if not, why not start your own?
Add Descriptions | Until I read this on another blog, I had no idea that Pinterest gave you the ability to not only add a description to your own profile, but to each board too. Adding one to each board means that people will have a better understanding of what the board includes and when people search for a specific word you're more likely to show up. I need to practice what I preach on this one as I'm yet to update and rewrite some of my descriptions, but it's the first thing on my to-do next week.
Likewise, did you know that you can change the cover photographs on your boards? Just go to the board, click edit and select cover, there you will be able to change it to your desired image. Since taking care of my Pinterest and tailoring it to my own tastes, I've actually found that people are visiting me more.
What are your Pinterest top tips?