How to Use Pinterest for Your Writing
There are so many social networks and sites that can help you promote businesses and find information. How do they work? How can they help you? Each one is different, but if you know how to work it, you can use them to help you promote your writings. You just have know how to do it and be consistent.
One site that has become amazingly popular is Pinterest. It is one that has exploded within the last year and still continues to grow. How can you this popular site to get more traffic to your writing? Let me tell you.
Purpose of Pinterest
Remember how you would tear out recipes from magazines or pictures of dresses so you could remember the style you liked? That essentially is what you are doing on Pinterest. You are pinning a picture, or a site, to your boards to look back on later.
Let's say you are looking for deserts to serve at a baby shower. You find several that you love but want to think about them or just can't print them off right now. You pin them. They go on your board to reference later. The cool part is that all your followers on Pinterest can see these pins, too. One person might have just found out that they need to host a baby shower. They see your pin and repin it onto their board. They might not look at it now, but it there when they need it. See how it works?
Now, how does that pertain to a writer? Good question, but let's look at the most crucial element of using Pinterest - the picture.
Importance of Pictures
Pinterest's foundation is on images. When you look at the boards on Pinterest, you are looking at pictures - not words, excerpts, or blurbs. It's the images that catch your eye and have you looking for more. This means that the writings you want to put on Pinterest have to have pictures.
If there are no pictures, you cannot pin it!
You can get a lot of pictures right off the internet or use your own. You do need to have appropriate permission to use a picture. You can use public domain pictures or you can use one that someone has allowed you to use.
The important part is to use a relevant picture to catch a person's eye as they skim over their boards. If you can't find one that works, just use a picture of a book or a pen to represent your writings. I have even used a picture of a writing desk.
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Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.
Relevant Board Titles
Now, pictures are the crucial element, but you also need relevant board titles. You can have several different boards. Imagine having different boards on your wall where you can recipes on one, decorating on one, and clothing on another. Get the idea?
The titles and categories for your boards are important. You want to get attention and name them right. "Recipes" will always get hits. A board with this title will get more than a board that says, "Ideas for Food". Which one would you go to?
Now, translate into your writing. What would you name your board? You could name it 'Writings', but what if you had boards for the different categories of your writings? Do you write on pets? Then put them under the board titled "Pets" or "Animals". Do you write book reviews? Create a board that says "Book Reviews" or "Books You Should Read". Get the attention with titles and pictures.
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Writing That Gets Attention
If you get the right picture to get attention and you have a board that gets attention, you then to have writing that gets attention. You want to keep the people around to read your work. That means your writing needs to be of quality.
Your writing needs to be relevant. It needs to be informative. It needs to be worth reading. When you combine good writing with pictures and good boards, you can really get attention on Pinterest. Don't assume Pinterest can't work for you. Make it work. Write quality material and find appropriate images to promote that writing. You'll be surprised how many people it will meet.
Think of the pictures as tags. You learned to use them to help people find your writing. Pinterest is a place to put those 'tags' for people to see and share. That's all it is. You're using pictures to get attention. You're using Pinterest to share those pictures with those links.
See, not so scary!
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