This is partially a question and partially a hint on how to get more traffic with Pinterest:
I read the official HubPages help topic on using Pinterest and it said that having lots of good quality, original photos are ideal for the service.
I created a hub about the college I attended, along with plenty of high-quality photos I took while I was a student there. The hub got a good response and plenty of positive comments. Since it included so many original, attractive photos, this made it a natural to post to Pinterest.
When doing a Google image search for some of the landmarks I had included on my hub, I saw that some of the images on my hub turned up rather high in the search results. However, as time passed, I have found that the images are falling further down in the search results. That's Google!
Interestingly, the images that I posted to Pinterest are now placing higher than the ones on the original hub, which I had posted earlier. This suggests that it may be wise not to ignore Pinterest in traffic generation.
I'm not quite sure how Pinterest works, but I understand it is often used by people who are shopping around for something, Including, quite possibly, a college to attend. My guess is that prospective students who are looking for a college may search for "college" and start pinning the ones that look interesting. Since every one of my pins contains a link to my hub, this will hopefully result in some traffic.
How well I show up directly on the search results on Pinterest I don't know. I'm sure one could read a book on all the ins and outs of traffic generation using Pinterest. Any thoughts appreciated.
I regularly get traffic spikes from Pinterest, bless their hearts. By "traffic spikes" I mean a sudden 100-200 extra views within just a few hours. As expected, it's only the hubs with the really purdy pictures that get the action.
Always brand your personal images in some way so other people can't steal them and use them on their own articles. I, for one, always write the title of the hub on the image. It also greatly increases the number of pins. Pinterest is my second highest traffic source.
Marissa told me to never use the exact article title on a Pinterest photo! Gosh, this is confusing!
I'm sure there was a specific situation where that was applicable. Obviously, if you have a wacky keyword title that would just look confusing on an image, use something different.
I'm trying to recall why I said that!
I don't know, but you made it very clear that putting the exact wording of a title on a Pinterest photo was not a good thing to do...so I went back in and changed every darned one of them that had this problem! I wish I could recall the discussion, but I remember it clearly.
I'm travelling right now but I must take a look at my old emails to see the context! I could imagine saying, don't JUST use the title, think what wording would intrigue the reader.
The way I see it, Pinterest is the place where you can use all those clever, snappy titles you can't use on hubs, because the wording in the image is to attract humans not Google. Wry is the Pinterest queen, don't know if she agrees with that.
I think it depends on the topic. If it's something that will appeal just on face value - such as "30 Ways to Stop Babies Crying", then yes, title works well.
However if it's something a little more saturated without as much appeal, or giving away too much info, such as "How to cure dandruff with lemon and salt", then it's best to use a title that makes them want to know more without knowing all the pieces - such as "How to cure dandruff in just 12 hours".
Ya got me inspired to create 2 more made-for-pinterest images this morning for a couple of my existing website articles. I'm now perusing my hubs for anymore possibilities there.
I could use a good guide on how to incorporate Pinterest for traffic.
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