What Is Pinterest? Pinning Photos to Boards To Get More Blog Traffic
Do You Have Original Photos In Your Hubs? Why Not Share Them on Pinterest and Get More Hub Traffic?
What Does the "Pin It" Button Do?
You may have noticed the new "Pin It" Button on the top of HubPage Articles next to the Facebook and Twitter Share Buttons.
The "Pin It" Button refers to "Pinterest" which is a site that shares photos and contains links to the source of the photos.
There are some guidelines to follow however! Remember, Original Photos belong to their respective owners and should only be used and shared Legally! It is bad practice to post other's photos without their permission and you could potentially get sued for copyright infringement if you do! Only share your own Photos or those you have permission to share!
Notice the New "Pin It" Button on the Bottom Right Below
Do You "Pin"?
Are You Using Pinterest to Create Backlinks to Your Hub Articles?
What Is Pinterest?
It would be surprising to hear that someone hasn't heard of this site recently. It has received a lot of media attention on television, news and even frequently mentioned in the Huffington Post. If you haven't heard of this site before, you have now!
Pinterest is a Photo Sharing Site that allows users to create "Boards". Each board has a Custom Title so that the user can "Pin" or add a photo to the board as it relates to the board's topic.
For example, you could create a Pin Board titled: "Favorite Hubs" or "Animals I Love". As you are surfing the web or reading Articles on HubPages, you can Pin a Photo from the page into an organized "Pin Board".
When you Pin a Photo to a Board, other users can Follow your Board, Like your Photos, and even Leave Comments about your photos! There is a category for just about anything on Pinterest and if you don't find a suitable category, you can create one yourself!
So what's the big deal? Well, each Photo that is Pinned to a Board has a link to the Source of the Photo. If you were to "Pin" the Photo at the top of this article, you can put it on a Custom Board with related Photos. When someone clicks the Photo on your Board it will take them back to this Article. Do you see where this is going?
Adding Original Photos to Hub Articles Makes Them Look Nice!
How Can Pinterest Work For Me?
Pinterest can work for anybody who writes articles and uses Original Photos in their Hubs. By adding your photos to Pinterest you are creating backlinks to your Hubs. Anyone on Pinterest who likes your photos and clicks on them will automatically be sent to the Hub that the Photo originated from.
Backlinking is a great strategy for those who want more traffic to their Hub Articles. Pinterest is probably the fastest and easiest way to create backlinks. You can create a backlink in just about a minute or less!
Why is Pinterest a great Backlink site? To quote an article from the Huffington Post:
"The social image-sharing network is one of the fastest growing sites on the web. According to recent data released by Experian Hitwise, the site's total page views increased by 21 percent in the U.S., placing it among the 30 most-viewed sites in the U.S. The New York Times reported on new Nielsen data that Pinterest attracted 16.1 million U.S. unique visitors this past January, double the amount it had just two months earlier in November 2011."
There is also an iPad Application that is rumored to be released soon which will make traffic to the site go through the roof! Before long you will most likely see Pinterest in the form of Apps and Plugins on most Social Networking Sites (Facebook already has this for users with a "Timeline") Literally speaking, Pinterest is the future of Photo Sharing Online!
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It's pretty clear to see the benefits to using Pinterest by adding your photos to create more backlinks to your Hub articles. There are a few things that you need to know first:
- You need to be Invited to join. If you haven't received an invitation you can sign up for the waiting list or have one of your friends send you an invitation.
- Image Use is subject to Copyright. Only share your own photos or photos you have permission to share!
- Once you receive and invitation you can register through Facebook or Twitter.
- You can add a "Pin It" Button to the top of your address bar for fast and easy Pinning!
- At this time, Pinterest is an Ad Free Site
- The site is very well organized
For any Hubber that does not want their Photos to be Pinned, HubPages has created an Opt-Out path so that your Photos are blocked from being Pinned. Click here to learn more about shutting off the "Pin It" feature on HubPages.
Pinterest is growing very fast and many members have seen an increase in Hub traffic from Pinterest in a short amount of time. If you are looking to get exposure to your Hub Articles from outside (non-HupPages) sources. using Pinterest is a great way to get started!
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