I'm considering setting up a Pinterest 'group' called Best of Hubpages.
The idea is that I'll make it a collaborative group (you'd have to friend me) and everyone could add their own personal favorites to the group (check with other hubbers for permission). NO moderation required - if you like any of the articles in the group then 're-pin' it to your own personal groups.
If you are interested let me know, or 'friend me' on Pinterest. Username: simeycook
All the photos I use are creative commons licensed, but that requires me to credit the photographer. If I allow it to be pinned on Pinterest, it's likely the credit won't be included when it's repinned. That means I'm wilfully setting up a situation where the license is likely to be breached, and I'm not comfortable with that.
Besides, as I've just discovered, links on Pinterest are now "No Follow" - so if the purpose of pinning is to get backlinks, it's no longer effective.
Where it's a Creative Commons picture I am trying to add the same reference that I do on a hub - most of the pictures I use now are public domain so no reference is required! As for backlinks - I'm not using pinterest for backlinks - I'm actually trying to use the site as it was intended and sharing my content and checking out other people's content - the hope is that interested people will check out my articles. I note that I also upload pictures with no link to any article etc..
Yes, and if I was going to do that, I'd do the same. The point is that on Pinterest, other members are encouraged to "repin" your pins - and when they do, your reference disappears. That's why photographers are up in arms about the site, because so many members are giving away their photos without realizing it.
I do understand why people use the site, I'm just disappointed at the way Pinterest has set it up. You do know that they also claim the right to keep AND SELL all images that are pinned?
Its a fun site, just finished coding the share button into Xobba today. Been playing around with it for a couple of weeks now.
Before you expend huge amounts into the site for any reason other then just fun, keep in mind its similar to any bookmark site, but with even less chances of the user actually clicking through and reading (outside of the sites demo).
HP did point out that Pinterest made it to the top ten referral sites to Hubpages, so certainly a great many people ARE (at least) clicking through.
Are your view increases accompanied by an equal increase in earnings? (I forget sometimes that HP has an impression based program, so i suppose any view will do )
shrug .. ive seen very excited marketers and writers discussing pinterest for weeks now, with near rabid time devotion , I just don't see the long term value for article writers and aff marketers. There are plenty of types of sites that it will be great for, Im not seeing the match here.
But! do take a look at what the current site demographic is - if your content fits their interests!
LOL well compared to my total views a day -NADA! BUt compared to my Social Site traffic - good! I'd say I got about 50 visits today - started using today - and they are 'organic' visits from people interested in the Hub! If it keeps up, and increases then I'd say it is a success - more likely to be a one-off spike for new 'pins'!
Its a great tool for say one of my Artist portfolio sites with products available and related facebook group etc. Could get genuine Fans to return and interact and remember the site. Or a recipe sharing community ...
Just clicking through to a single article? Again, I forget HP uses Impression based ads, but long term value of a user who goes "ooh, look a pretty picture" not likely to be high. Chance of commercial sales from the "ooh a pretty picture" referral not very high, Chance of adsense click ... even less likely as they probably are itching to get back to pinterest to see more pretty pictures!
Sources for recent research?
I've been following studies and having my own fun for awhile now and I enjoy the site and don't expect it to lose popularity!, just throwing out a reality check. A referral is as good as the scope in which they arrive.
Here is detailed account of some ways to interact with Pinterest that may provide long term value:
I'm interested, I went to the site and asked for an "invite," then got an e-mail saying I was "on the waiting list" for a invitation... ??? Well, whenever I get the official go-ahead, you all will see me on there.
OK I've just "Followed" you on your Pintrest Hub Pages. Not quite sure how this works - do I need to do anything else? By the way, I love Pinterest, so clever and attractive, I spend hours surfing it - I've never seen a website like it, although one of the people in this thread says there are lots of similar things. I have certainly had lots of people visiting my webpages via my photos on Pinterest.
I know how to add Pins to my own Board, but I don't know how to add them to the Group Board, so please can you explain what I ned to do next. So far I don't see any Pins there except yours. I liked the Unblocking Drains one.
Oh, forget I ever asked you - I have just discovered the Group board 9s showing up on my own boards - eerie! Also, I see that there are other pins apart from yours. I wish I could cancel my last comment, but there doesn't appear to be a delete button for already-published idiotic comments
I note that the group is being used to post all articles from a Hubpage writer - is this what people want? Only Hubpage members can post to the group, but they can pin any article from any Hubpage member? or should it be restricted to only Hubpage articles?
I can change the Group Name to "Best articles by Hubpage Writers"
Hi SimeyC - I got my "invite" to Pinterest today, and have just made an account - if I did everything right, then I'm now "following" you and the "best of Hubpages" group... let me know if there's anything else I need to do before I contribute anything...?? Thanx
Here's my advice - go ahead an pin your own content ensuring you have full rights to any photos you are using. However, if you want to pin someone else's content then seek their permission first AND check that they have the rights to the pictures they are using....
Hmmm - not sure about this group now - it's likely to become a dumping ground and perhaps should be rename Articles of Hubpages.
I'd still like to have a 'Best of Hubpages' group. Here are my ideas:
-Any contest winners, Hubnuggets, hubs of the day etc could be added (with permission from relevant authors). -Any worthy hubpages should be listed in the forum and get at least '5' agreements from other hubbers. -Only I and members of the Hubpages team should be allowed to add to the group - or only the hubpages team....
The problem I have is that I cannot stop anyone I give permission to use the group from posting anything they want.....
I like that you changed it to Articles of Hubpages because I did sort of notice the same thing. I wonder, is HP going to create a Pinterest account? If so, then Hubs of the day, selected (not random drawing) contest winners would be good. That way they can identify the quality of hubs that are put on there on a "Best of" board.
Also, the category is important. If you want the hub to reach other pinterest people they might not see it if it's just under "articles of Hubpages." For example, if that board is categorized as education, then if a recipe is posted on the board then people following the recipe category but not necessarily this board would not find it.
So maybe there needs to be separate boards for HP articles depending on the topic. Just a thought. I hope that made sense.
I've been pinning stuff and not got any interest. Hey ho, it's par for my internet marketing course.
Just had a look at my view and there's a picture of a blue bowl, sort of ornament I suppose, the typical useless crap that someone might buy to put on a mantelpiece - and it has something like 45 Likes.
So it obviously works for some things.
45 likes. For a f**king picture of a bowl. 'scuse my French.
edit: Picture of a bag. 50 repins. 50!!! For a bag? I'm doing something very wrong. Perhaps I'll take a picture of my scrotum and try that.
I cannot stop laughing with that last sentence of yours. I need to get out of the house and do some shopping. Anything. Why does "Pin the Tail on the Donkey" come to mind? I am in tears. I have to go. What if no one likes your picture??? Will you try another body part???
Hello friends my username at pinterest is same - soni2006. here is the link pinterest.com/soni2006, I am not hyperlinking it as it is against the HP rules and I am following more than 50 hubbers from HP and already created a pinboard called "nice places to hangout with family and friends". Now can you please tell me how to join your "articles of hubpages" group?
Thanks for this idea. I tried to join pinterest through facebook and clicked writers on hubpages but it seems I've done some mistake. Kindly, let me know how to join it and how to add you as friend. I am very much interested in joining this group created by you.
At least I can guarantee you there won't be a whole lot of stuff flooding your inbox. The occasional 'funny' or even a sales pic maybe.
Some people are putting hundreds, thousands of pictures up. I'm stopping following people when all I can see are their sales pics. It's like the worst kind of unsolicited garbage through your letterbox.
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