October 17, 2011

A Few Things You May Not Know About Pinterest

I'm sure that by now almost all of you have heard about Pinterest.  If not, it's an online pin board for you to organize inspiration.  It's seriously cool and I think it will continue to grow exponentially.

I started creating a few boards a few months ago.  You can find me HERE.  (It might be time for me to update that picture.  Ha!)



It's easy to install a "pin this" button in your toolbar and then you can pin anything as you're surfing the net.


Okay, now that we're all on the same page let's talk a little more about it.  Did you know that you can see exactly what people are pinning from your blog?  Alexa sent me a link once so I could check it out.  All you do is paste this into your browser: 

http://pinterest.com/source/iammommahearmeroar.blogspot.com/

Now of course you'll take out "iammommahearmeroar.blogspot.com" and replace it with your blog name.  Leave out the http:// and just put in your address.  Then take a look.  It's really fun to see what people are pinning.  Here's a little peek at the front page of my search.  It usually has stuff I've posted that day, but as you scroll down there are other older posts that people find and pin.  It's fun to see what you guys enjoy.


Here's another thought on Pinterest.  I have recently started using Pinterest like a search engine.  When I look for inspiration online, in the past I might have goggled "creative Halloween costume" and I would have searched through a billion weird sites before I'd find something I was really looking for.

On Pinterest I type in "Halloween costumes" and this is my screen shot.  There's a lot of great ideas and much less weird stuff to sort from.  Why?  Because it's all stuff people have liked enough to pin.


Here are some hilarious ones I probably never would have found through google.




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Okay, let's say I'm going to have a Halloween party and I want really fun treats.  Let's search for "Halloween treats."  Ah!  Tons of great ideas.


You don't even have to have an account to search.  Cool, huh?

You can even pin (or search for) videos.  Once again, if you're searching for something specific like how to make a beaded wrap bracelet it seems like there's a lot less to sort through to get you there.

Did you also know there's a tab labeled gifts where you can search by money amount?  Kind of fun.

Did you know you can create a collaborative board where you and other people can pin together.  For example, you and your fiancĂ© could both pin things you want for your wedding.  Find out how HERE.

Now let's sum it up with a little Pinterest etiquette.  This comes directly from their blog.


FYI - I am not being paid by Pinterest.  I just think it's super duper cool.  Thanks for stopping by.

38 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tips! I just put my blog address in and it was fun to see what people have pinned! Although I am signed up, I don't know how to pin and I need to figure it out!

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  2. :) I've been using it for about 3 months and I love it even more with the new layout.

    You forgot to say that getting an account is super easy - It lets you sign in with Twitter or Facebook

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  3. That is way cool about seeing what others have pinned of your images ~ I want to do that with my website too!
    I LOVE Pinterest!! I get lost there sometimes :)

    xoxo
    Lori

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  4. I love Pinterest too but I didn't know you could see what people were pinning from your own blog! So fun to see!

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  5. Thanks so much for the helpful info. The way to search used to work differently and I have been trying to figure out how to find your own stuff. It is so helpful to know what people think is "pin worthy" to guide future projects.

    Thanks again,
    Laura

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  6. I thought I was a Pinterest expert, but I had no idea about that link to see what people are pinning from my blog. Thanks! It's such a great site.

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  7. I love to see what people are pinning from my blog!

    My only recommendation for pinners - PLEASE make sure you are on the post (the direct URL to the post) and not on a blogs homepage when you pin an image... I get 5 emails a day asking about several projects people have pinned, but it brings the reader to my homepage and not the post itself. I'm constantly returning emails with post urls and other information and it could all be avoided! ;)

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  8. I've been digging my heels in to avoid Pintrest. My life is busy enough without one more thing capturing my interest online. I guess it may be time to check it out though. I hate the way google chrome saves my bookmarks!

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  9. I love using Pinterest as a search engine. I don't even bother using Google for craft or food searches anymore. The possibilities are endless with Pinterest!

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  10. thanks for the tips, i'v been hoovering around the idea, but I will definitely give it a go now I understand it better!

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  11. I <3 Pinterest! I'm totally addicted.

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  12. I am so addicted to Pinterest! It's probably how I found your blog and started following it. I agree with the other person who said to please pin directly from the post and not from the main blog page. I don't have people asking me about specific posts, but I hate when I click on a pin and have to scroll through pages and pages of a blog to find the pin I was looking for.

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  13. Thanks Cheri for the tips, I too am a Pinterest addict like many others. Does anyone know if I can rename one of my boards? I have been trying to for months and I always get errors when I hit save? What am I doing wrong? Or can it even be done? Also, can you move things easily from one board to another without duplicating? Sorry for all the questions.

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  14. My only problem with pinterest is that bloggers are starting to use it as a source on their blogs and not linking to the actual source. Also, thank you Kim for mentioning that people have to click on the actual post to get the specific URL so we don't have to use google image search to find the project. Other than those 2 things, I love and use pinterest - especially when I'm too busy to read the entire article or post. Also - so much easier than evernote.

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  15. thanks for the browser tip. I had no idea!

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  16. i almost didnt read this post in case you were going to say something bad about pinterest! Ah, relax - you love it as much as me!
    I'd go as far as to say I am addicted... my name is fee and I spend way too long on pinterest...
    Fee x

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  17. agreed, girlfriend. I actually just use pinterest now as my main search engine. I get WAY better results.

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  18. Thanks for the info. It was kind of fun seeing what people have pinned from my blog and seeing what they have to say about it! :)

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  19. i was just wondering if there was a way for bloggers to track what had been pinned of theirs. like you said, great to know what people really like, whether they commented on the original post or not! :)

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  20. I love pinterest ! And I have been using it as a search engine for sure. I love sitting there and finding inspiration for what I want!

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  21. I didn't really think of pinterest as a good way to search for ideas! Thanks for the great tip Cheri!

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  22. What timing, I just signed up on the weekend and came to pin some of my favorite things from your blog!!

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  23. very cool, thanks for the tips!

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  24. Whoda thunk?!? ;) I was wondering what grabbed people more than other things I've blogged about. Thanks so much!

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  25. I finally signed up for it! I've been thinking about it for awhile. I just have to wait now, I hope it doesn't take to long for them to send the invite...

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  26. I stumbled on to a shortcut: Before clicking "Pin It", highlight the title of the item or wherever the text is that describes the item and after you click the "Pin It" button, it automatically puts the highlighted text in your description. And btw-that Nacho Libre kid is HILARIOUS! Did you see this one? http://pinterest.com/pin/340430602/
    Mr. T = Awesome!

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  27. I am so loving Pinterest these days. It is a new addiction for most of us. The amount of creativty to be shared is amazing. Thanks for all of the tips :) I will now follow you...lol.

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  28. I use Pinterest as a search engine, too! It really does come up with best stuff sometimes. Thanks for this review!

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  29. Thanks for the tip about being able to see what people have pinned from your blog! It was so cool to see what posts people have liked. Thanks for sharing your tips. LOVE Pinterest! ;)

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  30. Great post -- totally pinned it!

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  31. I just recently joined Pinterest so I'm grateful for the tips. Thank you, Cheri!

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  32. 1st off let me say that I'll be following you on Pinterest the next chance I get to go on there!
    This baby girl is limiting my online time!
    2nd my friend did a lobster baby last year for Halloween!!! Super cute ;)

    Biz

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  33. Maybe I am just dumb but I've requested an invite on pinterest a few times but still have nothing. How do you getvan account?

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  34. LOVE pinterst! It's the best site since FB ;) lol Thanks for the awesome tips!

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  35. Thanks for this Cheri... I didn't realize you could see what people were pinning from your blog! LOVE. THAT. Also some great tips here. I love Pinterest but I *know* I'm not getting all I can out of it.

    And that lobster costume KILLED me.

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  36. The only problem with searching for things, is when people just write "Cute" or "Love this!". I wish they'd just say what it is, like "Baby bib". Otherwise, it's impossible to search for it. Does that make sense?

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  37. Mama Moose - I'd check your spam folder. I signed up and a couple of weeks later I got the invite. If you want one fast just send me your email address and I'll invite you.

    Cheri

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  38. I actually found this site from Pinterest. Here is a tip that some people may not know: if you highlight the text that you want on the description, it will automatically be added once you pin the item. One more thing, people need to make sure they are linking to the actual post not the home page. I have looked all over your site for the cute shirt with the sock sleeves and I can't seem to find it :( Someone had linked the picture to your home page not the specific post.

    BTW, love your blog.

    Tracy

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