How to Use Pinterest to Increase Traffic

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What is Pinterest?

Pinterest is a new social networking site that seems to be the new rave! I recently discovered Pinterest and absolutely love it!

I had been using Pinterest for a couple months when I entered the URL to the hub I just wrote, Don't Feed the Trolls! Deal with them Effectively. It had not yet crossed my mind to pin some of my better hubs to Pinterest because most of my followers have probably already seen them on Facebook. But today, I noticed that five complete strangers had re-pinned my "troll" hub. One of these people had 486 followers, and there was my story, pinned onto one of her boards.

That is 486 more people who can read my articles off of just one person! I suddenly became extremely excited and chose a few more hubs to pin.

The following picture is a picture from one of my follower's Pinterest feeds. She has 256 followers, but my hub that she re-pinned shows at the top, which made it easier to capture this picture.

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Have you been introduced to Pinterest yet?

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Why Pinterest?

There are a few bookmarking sites I use to help promote my stories from HubPages; however, each site has specific rules that must be followed, according to their own guidelines.

Pinterest is a casual social networking environment and pinning Web pages is easier than most sites I have personally used. Here are more reasons to use Pinterest:

  • You can arrange your boards according to topics or niches and organize your bookmarks accordingly.
  • Pinterest is a creative way to track specific projects, such as home improvements or wedding registry ideas.
  • Your number of followers at Pinterest grows quickly. My group of followers if growing faster than any of the other social networking sites I am a member of with little work on my part. If you are an avid writer, you could also consider buying followers and repins from Public Monkey if you are in a hurry to gain a large amount of followers.
  • When you pin your article to Pinterest, you receive a new URL, different than the one provided at HubPages.
  • The appearance of Pinterest is quite attractive as well as practical. There are several columns for adding pins to your boards, which minimizes the amount of scrolling you need to do to browse through the site.

Another nice thing about Pinterest is you don't have to use it just to promote your hubs. Anything you view online, you can Pin It. Let's say you're looking to remodel your kitchen and browse the internet for design ideas. You find a kitchen idea that you absolutely love and want to keep for later reference. Create a board called "Kitchen Ideas" and Pin the picture to your board. You can look at it later, and your followers will see it. Who knows? Someone else might need a new kitchen and you saved them the trouble of looking for ideas because they loved the kitchen design you just Pinned.

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Get Started at Pinterest

Are you interested in joining Pinterest? Click the link, follow these steps, and join us for some fun!

  1. Sign up for an account at Pinterest. You can log in with your email address or your Facebook or Twitter log-in.
  2. Add some information about yourself under your profile, so people can get to know you.
  3. Download the "Pin It" button. This will be available directly on your toolbar, so when you want to pin something you like, it is only one click away.
  4. Create boards and give them personal names that correspond with the things you want to pin. You can add and delete boards at anytime.
  5. Surf the Web and start "pinning."
  6. Take time to check out others' pins. If you like something they have, you can repin it to your boards.
  7. What are you waiting for? Join Pinterest today!
  8. Don't forget to have fun!!

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pinto2011 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

Great hub. It is surely going to help fellow hubbers and I am going to give it a try.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

That's a great idea! If you like someone else's article, share it, because we would want others to do the same for us. I try to add a couple hubs from other hubbers to my articles. Thanks for the support!!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

I have "applied" for a pinterest account and am waiting for the "invitation". I find this hub very interesting and useful. Thank you for the additional information! Voted up and useful! Have a great day! :)


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

Thanks for the vote and support! I am not sure what you are referring to an "invitation". I did not have to deal with that to get an account. If you need one, let me know, I will see if I can get one to you.


SusieQ42 4 years ago

I joined Pinterest just last week. I now have some of my online income hubs pinned on my board! I can't tell how many people have read my articles, however. I was only given a choice of 3 or 4 topics to follow.


gogogo 4 years ago

I just got approved a few days ago and am learning how to use the site, your hub helps me to better understand. Thanks


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

You can follow topics, yes, but you can create "pinboards" and name them however you want to. I have 6 boards, but a friend of mine has at least 12. I have the named Some of My Writings, My Dream Home, Lake Michigan, Funny Stuff, Animals, and Great Movies. I do not know how many people have read my articles from there, but I do receive notifications when anyone "re-pins" my pins to their board. However many followers each person has that "re-pins" your stuff is the potential possibility for extra views. Thanks for stopping by!!


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

Thanks for the support gogogo. Pinterest is a lot of fun, and you will pick up on it quickly. I pinned several of my articles on my board two days ago and have had 11 re-pins on my stories alreaddy


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

Also, you could create a referral tracker and manually upload the URL instead through Pinterest, versus using the Pin It button. Then, you can check your referral trackers at HP at a later date and see how many people are reading your articles there.


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Handicapped Chef 4 years ago from Radcliff Ky

I REALLY LIKE THIS HUB i HAVE TO REALLY LOOK INTO THIS......THANKS


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

Thanks! I am new to posting my articles there, but it is worth a shot to see what happens. Good luck, let me know how it works for you.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

I have recently joined pinterest, I think it's a great idea!

A great hub, very interesting and useful. voted up!


Nassrullah 4 years ago from Khipro

Hmm, as a new hubber I must give a try.

Thanks for sharing


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

Thanks for the votes and comments, Movie Master and Nassrullah. I am finding myself getting addicted to Pinterest. I enjoy stalking my followers to see what is on their minds.


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece

Pinterest certainly seems to be the new big sharing site and it is fun too. I've shared a few of my hubs on there and they have got some views. I too would recommend people give

Voted up and useful.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

Thanks, Debbie! I am hoping to see an increase in traffic as a result. I only pinned what I thought were my better hubs. It's definitely not the right time of year to post Christmas-related stories...lol.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

I have found out that Pinterest is accessed through an invitation only. For anyone who wants an invite, get ahold of me with an email address, and I will send you one.


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Handicapped Chef 4 years ago from Radcliff Ky

JENJEN I have signed up waiting for the invite to get started.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

I need your email address to send you an invite...You can email it to jenjenmcleod49037@gmail.com


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ravindraxfiles 4 years ago from Sri Lanka

by reffering your hub, I joined to Pinterest. cheers.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

That's awesome ravindraxfiles! I think you might need an invite, though, so let me know if you want me to arrange it.


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ravindraxfiles 4 years ago from Sri Lanka

thanks Jenjen, i'll keep in touch.


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Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

I am going to try this. I was just introduced to Pinterest a few months ago and I didn't realize this could be a way to promote hubs. It can't hurt, right?


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

Anything that can increase traffic is a help. I like Pinterest because it is so easy to use. You can pin just about anything. Thanks for checking out this hub!!


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WorkAtHomeMums 4 years ago from Australia

Any idea how the categories form? For example I can ' explore' a craft category but how do images get in there to start ith? When I pin I am only pinning to a board I created with a name I created. It's confusing. Any ideas how the categories work?


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

You have to click on the Add button, and it will pull up your adoptions to created a pin or a board. You can name your boards whatever you want to. Pinterest also has a "Pin It" button, or extension, that you download onto your toolbar, then all you do is click on it for whatever Web page you want to "pin" and go from there. It takes a minute to learn, but it is worth it. My numbers have risen quite a bit since using Pinteret. Good luck WorkatHomeMums!


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greatstuff 4 years ago from Malaysia

I just got approved and will be using it soon. Thanks for sharing


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

You're welcome greatstuff! I have noticed a decent and steady increase in my numbers since joining Pinterest. My number of followers continues to grow. I love Pinterest!


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poshcoffeeco 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

I really like Pinterest and you have made a great case here for anyone who has not yet signed up to the site. Nice hub.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

Thanks poshcoffeeco! Ever since I pinned some of my better stories to Pinterest, my traffic (when I haven't written anything recent) is about three times higher than it was. I love Pinterest!


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ShaamCA 4 years ago from India

Pinterest is really interesting and useful to generate traffic to us ..i have been using this for past few months and i enjoy working in it


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

Pinterest has definitely been a terrific way to increase traffic. Thanks for reading my hub! Have a terrific weekend!


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Handicapped Chef 4 years ago from Radcliff Ky

Pinterest has really help increase traffic to all the work and blogs that I write, and it has also increased my earning power as well.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

Pinterest has been a nice diversion from some websites that we are allowed to post to. Some of them require you to write a bookmark, or a short summary of your writing before you can do backlinks (for example, Xomba). It's nice to just "pin" my stories. I do not post them all there. Some of my earlier stories could use some revisions. I am constantly receiving new followers on Pinterest, which has helped increase my daily traffic by about 65 to 70%.

Thanks for your interest.

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