I have 62 hubs and was getting about 500 views a day during good times, before Panda until they went down to 200. Then I started using the "Pin It" button in my Chrome bookmarks bar which allows you to pin every picture featured on a Hub (unlike the HP sidebar pin button which only pins the top picture).
Over a period of a few weeks my daily views went up to a staggering 6,546 views a day as per today. One Hub on "How To Treat And Cure Stiff Neck Or Shoulder To ease The Pain" (written on 05/06/10), is mainly responsible with a sudden increase from about 30 to 6,123 views a day! That leaves only 423 views for all the other 61 Hubs, which also got pinned (). Is that a viral Hub or what?
Of course my earnings have also increased considerably.
So what can I say... use catching pictures and get pinning, you too might hit the Pinterest jackpot!
hi, well i can answer that, you can just pin picture at a time on pinterest from all the photos which come. Try to choose the one which is more attractive. however, if you wish after a week or so you can again 'pin' the same article and now with a different picture and somewhat different title. it will work wonders, as this has been my experience
That is awesome, Sue! Congrats! I have not had nearly the numbers that you're getting yet, but Pinterest has been my number one traffic source so far. One of my hubs in particular generates consistent Pinterest traffic.
I just noticed this week that when I scroll over pictures in published hubs, there is now a "Pin it" button (I think HubPages just added the function). This makes it even easier to pin individual pictures from hubs.
I pin other hubbers articles that I find interesting or useful to others.I receive notices almost daily that something was repinned, sometimes dozens of times. It's a good thing as long as you're helping other hubbers.
I've only used the pin it button (on HP) for the first time with my latest Hub. I only recently learned about it and am excited to see what happens. I didn't know about the chrome pin it option either. I'm still deciding on whether or not to go with chrome, but this is one more thing to consider in my choice.
It's a little button called "Pinit" in the Bookmarks bar of Chrome. When you click it, it shows all the pictures on the page you are on. Then you have to click each picture you want to add to your Pinterest Boards individually and "pin it"! It only takes a couple of seconds per picture. It also offers the option to Tweet each pin while you are at it.
When you click on a picture in a hub, the collection of images appear like a slideshow. Hover over the bottom and the pin button is available for all pictures. You can pin any picture, either way. Some people opt out, but the button will not appear at all in that case.
wonderful Sue, this is nice to hear from a fellow with common interests, though i havent been able to get that amount of traffic from pinterest as others but i am hopeful it will help me out with time.
In the past 24 hours I got 100 views from Pinterest on one of my hubs! This hub's normally been getting about 100 views a month. Not the viral hub you have Sue Adams, but a significant increase non the less.
I have seen the pinit feature on the pictures and I also have the chrome pinit in the bookmark section. I didn't realize that I could pin my own pictures, I thought it was only there to pin others photos.
I'll have to give that a shot too. I have been pinning each of my hubs but I don't think that I've gotten any activity from those pins as yet.
I started to get more repins (on mostly my own stuff) when I started re-pinning other people's stuff, not just hubs, but whatever I found interesting, and following more people. It works a lot better if you actually participate.
Mark, divide your drawings into categories-- move them into categoris like fridge magnets, tote bags, animals, art, hholidays, cultures or anything you want. It will make a better display on your pinterest home page-- and lots of them will show when someone visits you (from the pin button on your HP profile, for instance).
Mark, I agree with Hollie and Rochelle. Open a Pinterest account as Mark Ewbie (in 2 words) and create "Boards" for your own categories. I'm sure you'll have a keen audience once they get to know your work.
Oh, I wouldn't quit pinning - I pin my own hubs - just don't spam Pinterest looking for nothing but backlinks to your own stuff. Use your Pinterest account for what it is intended for - drawing interest to both pics and links, not just a backlinking site.
Pinterest can be great, but for 90% of people it will be a flop just like Twitter. If you are going to use Pinterest, please don't spam. It doesn't do anything except drive people away and get hubpages banned from sites. There are tons of guides available on correct and incorrect use of Pinterest.
With the new layout coming out, when users click their pin it will show "other pins to this board" and for spammers your dirty laundry will be immediately aired to the world.
Thanks for sharing your experience! I've begun experimenting with Pinterest and you've encouraged me to continue. Going to check out your hit hub and pin it to my Solve It board (which I will soon have to subdivide!).
I normally start making boards on Pinterest when I'm bored, or can't think of anything to write. I have used pictures from articles I wrote on other sites. It's possible it may have helped me a little bit, it's so hard to tell. Pinterest is just the computer version of scrapbooking, I think. Sometimes when I remember to go to the A/C and look, I'm surprised anyone is there! Also, we need to be careful where we get the images, if you just copy an image somebody else got from Google Images, it will get us all in trouble.
This is just my opinion, but even relatively bottom-rung users of Pinterest are pretty familiar with the "usual" pins. It's very transparent when someone grabs a photo (not realizing it is a commonly pinned photo b/c they don't participate much on Pinterest) and tries to use it to promote a new website.
An example of this is a hair dye "tutorial" I recently saw posted. The "finished" photo was actually a very commonly pinned photograph from the last few months, making the entire guide suspect. The pin immediately got comments like "Don't try this: fake pic. No way of knowing how it will work." and similar.
There is a "report" button making it easy to report pins that are not following copyright, or are misleading. Often, pictures stolen from Google images make a pin both of those things. Pinterest also uses a user-moderated system, where merely getting enough "flags" will cause content to start redirecting to a warning page without moderator review.
Additionally Pinterest flags some sites itself if there are too many reports on pins from a certain domain. Then, when users go to click over to your site, they get a big red WARNING: users have flagged this site as malicious!!!! (maybe not that exact wording- but I remember the last time I got it and it definitely made me wonder about viruses, scams, etc. not just un-credited images)
Definitely bad press for all of us, and possibly a blanket ban from Pinterest, making it impossible to pin hubs. (this happens to Etsy frequently - Pinterest is one of the few places that hasn't blanket-banned Etsy promotion)
HP has already gotten a site wide blanket ban from Pinterest once. I suppose that's not surprising with the number of hubbers pinning their new hubs, and Paul and Robin got it straightened out pretty quickly, but it did happen.
I don't know what kind of "mistake" it was, but no it didn't last long.
I've kind of wondered if it all happened because of thousands of hubbers pinning hubs. Some of course were really spamming Pinterest with nothing but backlinks to their own stuff, but there are so many of us that it would probably look like spamming whether it was or not.
Oh good, sounds like it isn't much of an issue then. Personally I have only pinned a relatively small percentage of my existing hubs, plus some articles from my personal website, but didn't want to find out it was against any Pinterest rules. Sounds like it is fine if we don't go too mad on it.
I believe it must have been the user flags system auto-ban. For them to say it was a mistake is silly- you can't mistakenly ban a website. Likely the domain was flagged too often (for spam) and was auto-banned.
Maybe, though it seems silly to ban a place with thousands of authors for the actions of a few. Or maybe that was the mistake; automatics did it because there were too many flags for particular subdomains, and really shouldn't have banned the entire site.
Hi Sue, As Wilderness pointed out, at one point Pinterest stopped accepting any pins from anyone on HP because of over promoting of Hubs. So that hurts all of us, even though you may get a small boost of attention for a while. Many images are copyrighted, and we aren't supposed to be using an image on a hub if we can't trace it back to the original source or site where it came from. It's hard to do. I especially have trouble since I write about Metaphysical subjects and it's hard to find appropriate pictures.
I used to use Google Images when I was a newbie, and am still finding new images I can attribute to the source on my old hubs as I have time. So if you post every pic from everyone of your hubs, eventually Pinterest will reject your stuff. Be careful what you post. Happy to hear you are getting results though.
I am aware of the copyright restrictions Jean, that is why I now prefer to create my own original pictures. Personally I don't mind if others use them as long as I get a link back to the relevant hub..
Well, thank you for all that useful info Tealparadise. I usually mix my pins with images from other sites to not appear too spammy. The copyright question is also a must. I'll go back and check that all pics are accredited and allowed.
I have seen some beautiful Pinterest accounts, some with thousands of pins. It is a marvelous way of sharing info through the visual arts, which are, to me, so much more poignant that the written word.
Then again I sometimes wonder... when public taste, as you mention, turns an image into a public symbol (I have seen the same image with different watermarks, each claiming ownership), then where is the line between private and public ownership?
If I, as an artist saw my work turning into public symbol, would I be pleased, or angry? What could I do about it?
"If I, as an artist saw my work turning into public symbol, would I be pleased, or angry? What could I do about it?"
This is so so true. I participate in a lot of forums where "meme" or "viral" images are generated and posted. So at times I know exactly where a user got an image, no matter how they are posting it now.
But especially for casual photographers and internet users who posted those images in good faith, not caring if others used it.... I feel the line becomes very gray as you said with watermarking and false attribution. There is a big problem with "public" untraceable content in that no one will ever step up and say "It's mine, stop." because there is no origin to prove it. (e.g. the original was posted on a forum which deletes content of a certain age, 100 people saved the image, 10 people post it as theirs a month later)
So basically whoever makes it big first ends up "winning" it because people will assume it is theirs - often not the case!
I agree to an extent, however, the rightful owner of the image can easily claim the image by pulling up the image file properties (right click the file and select properties) which provide the name and date the file was created and when the last edit was. Thus you have the evidence that the image copyright belongs to you.
I've only pinned a select few of my own hubs. I will probably step up my game, but a little at a time. Pinterest certainly captures my attention and used carefully can improve traffic. Alanrammel - I suggest you sign up
I have a few boards on Pinterest, and only a few links back to things I've written in various places. I view Pinterest as the computer version of scrapbooking. I normally sit and make a board when I have no ideas about what to write, or just feel lazy. But it looks like that's what some people do all day, I have to keep changing my settings, because I was deluged with mail about people pinning and repinning things, and I really don't care.
As far as attributions, I have emailed people at least 10 times to ask for permission to use a photo, and never once got an answer back. I've taken off any family or personal pictures I had on the internet I don't want used, although since they were there at one time, I may run across them again. I have trouble finding good photos, and the usual places don't help me.
Nice to hear that Pinterest is working out for somebody. I've been using it for a while and have seen only minimal traffic from it (to be honest, saying it's "minimal" is probably being kind)... I guess I don't "pin" the sort of thing that Pinteresters dig.
I struggle with images as I don't have a "posh phone" that takes images - and as it seems to be perpetually raining, I don't want to take my camera out in the rain and faff about trying to keep rain off the lens - not to mention finding a subject to snap/write about that looks good in March/in the rain.
Maybe I need to buy a kitten and stay in with the camera and write hubs about kittens.... I bet they love kittens on Pinterest.
Hi Jean I do not want to be accused of self-promotion but I want to invite you to go and check out my boards on Pinterest. Besides Dog Health, Dog Behavior, Choosing a Dog, etc, there are several group boards that you might like to look through. BTW Hollie, there are no clothes, fashion icons, or photos of Will and Kate (who are they?)
Interesting tidbit! Thanks for the info. I know that this week one of my hubs went viral. It's only showing 500 today from Pinterest ("only") but traffic today is up by about 800 compared to a normal traffic day.
I'm not sure if I should put the link here because I know some people like to keep which Hubs are doing well to themselves. Then again, Pinterest = 1M+ is displayed right on the Hub. What do you think?
OK...here comes a big question: Is Pinterest only for original photos that you take, or is it for any photos? I mostly use public domain photos, so before I try to get involved in all of this, I'd like to know what the deal is. Anybody care to explain this to me??
I would think Public Domain and Creative Commons (for commercial use, 'cos HP is a commercial site), *when properly attributed on the hub*, should be fine to be pinned. Not sure if you need to attribute the sources in the pin description though -- murky.
Many people modify images to be pinned - with Creative Commons, you need to make sure these aren't ND (no derivatives), which forbid modification.
If I'm understanding your right. I'm wondering if it's a good idea to post all of your pictures from one hub I would worry that Pinterest would think it's spam. I do pin my hubs but only one time.This will also work on IE with the pin-it button you can pick the picture you want to go on Pinterest. It's great that you got that many views.
Firstly, how many pins are best on one board? A dozen ... or a much larger number?
Also, I joined Pinterest a few days ago (thanks to Que Scout) and discovered quite a few of my photos and hubs were already pinned there. So if I pin them freshly from my own pages, is that the right thing to do? Or should I now re-pin my pics from other people's boards?
UPDATE - 4 months later After all this time, the viral hub in question is still at the top of my list. It settled down to around 1500 views a day. When I looked at the stats it showed organic back-links recommending the article, so the spread may be on. I have another hub now which has reached 500 views a day via Pinterest.
I changed my tactics now. When looking for ideas for new articles, I make a killer picture first, so Pinterest may viralize it.
I actually enjoy drawing more than writing, so info-graphics, here I come.
Congratulations, Sue! Very, very awesome indeed! Do you think pinning more than one picture is what is captivating your hub so much? I'm just curious what the difference makes in using the HP Pin button on the right side of our hubs or the Chrome PinIt button. I personally like organization, so I don't want to have a bunch of pictures from the same hub all over the place unless they are all attached together like a slideshow in Pinterest. But, I'm wondering if several pics for one hub is what makes the difference. Though I'm sure your hub is probably a hot topic as well.
In the three months since I joined Pinterest I've since a dramatic increase in traffic, so thanks to the folk who encouraged me to try it. I am happy to pin my original photos but always feel reluctant about pinning photos from other hubs where the pics are not original. I don't like the idea of pinning something that is tired and jaded from many different sites using the same image.
It makes a big difference. Even on HP, we are supposed to know the source or choose our pictures from sites made for that purpose, like Pixabay, and they list others in the rules at the beginning pages of HP. I find I have trouble finding pictures from those sites, as I write about Astrology, the Tarot and other metaphysical stuff. There are just so many pics from Nasa.gov you can use. I have my own Tarot decks. They seem to let it go if the hub is old, though I am trying to change the pictures as I have time.
On Pinterest, once people keep repinning, it gets harder and harder to find the source. I just asked someone if it was OK to use a picture of a piece of furniture she refinished. But in all the times I've asked for permission to use a photo, not one person has answered me. This results in the kind of thing like has happened with Google, it eventually gets all of Hubpages downgraded, even though many of us have good content. However, the administration here never gives us a straight answer about what we can do. I've also left a note on a few Pinterest boards to ask if I can use a picture. The recommended sites don't give you much to work with, IMHO.
Hi Jean. I have used pics from Pixabay.com, PublicDomainPictures.net, and Wikimedia.org. However, if I can't find something I need, I will go to Google Images... then click on the navigation wheel on the far right-hand side of the menu row... then click "Advanced Search"... scroll to the bottom and click on "free to use or share, even commercially" and then type in my search at the top of the page. All public domain pictures will pop up that you can use commercially. Just click on the picture, and you'll be taken to the site so that you can be sure by looking for the permissions (Creative Commons License). You may already know this, but I thought I would let you know just in case as it has helped me a great deal.
Well it looks like my little puff of traffic from Pinterest has died down. I got over 100 view to one of my hubs from Pinterest yesterday, but only 10 today. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.
I think Pinterest is great for marking websites I like and want to revisit. So easy to categorize them and see everything. If you just use it like that, and also pin your Hubs, I think you get lots more followers. You also find other people who are interested in the stuff you like, so they are more likely to repin your stuff.
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