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Pinterest Tips for Hubpages

Updated on July 22, 2017
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Virginia likes to help other writers get started online. She wrote for eHow, Squidoo, Hubpages, and is a blogger.

Pinterest & Hubpages Make a Great Team

Pinterest and Hubpages make an awesome duo. If you haven't tried Pinterest yet or are a little puzzled about how to use it with Hubpages, here are tips for that. I find the site lots of fun and you'll see lots of Hubbers on Pinterest.

With no further ado, let's jump into some tips for how to use Pinterest to increase traffic to your hubs, get ideas for new hubs and have a good time doing it.

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Getting Started on Pinterest

  1. Ask a fellow writer or a friend on Facebook for an invite to Pinterest. That gets you onto the site faster than going to Pinterest and requesting an invite from them.
  2. Sign in and set up your profile, just as you would for any site. They start you with a few generic boards and you can start adding more topics as you go along. Set up pin boards for your niche topics on Hubpages. For myself, I added boards for genealogy, Civil War, library stuff, Kansas, memoir writing, and other topics that I write about.
  3. Click on the PINTEREST logo at the top of the page. It takes you to the latest pins. Browse around and pin a few of the images that catch your eye. You don't want your pin boards to only contain your own hubs.

I love it because I love working with pictures and at a glance, I can see who else has the same interests that I have. Plus I can quickly discover new people with very cool interests and hopeful they will visit my hubs. Easy to widen out on Pinterest where you can get tons of new ideas for hubs. As you can tell - I'm excited about Pinterest!

— GramaBarb

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Video Tutorials for Using Pinterest

YES!! It's about time someone thought of this -- I was always seeing stuff on the web and adding the URL to Favorites . . . but then forgetting they're there. Now with Pinterest, I have this VIRTUAL BULLETIN BOARD that visually fuels my creativity and I can easily find something I pinned weeks ago.

— scrapperkare

Boost Traffic to Your Hub

Pinning a Hub to Pinterest - Boost your traffic

  1. You can pin using the Pinterest button on any hub. It posts the introduction photo and the first few sentences from the introduction. Change the text if you don't feel it does justice to the hubs you are pinning. (hint: your first few sentences on a hub should be able to stand alone for this type of use or for a Google search).
  2. Pinterest will let you choose which pin board topic you want to pin the hub to. If none are a good fit, scroll down to the end of your list and you'll get a blank slot to put in a new topic. Click on PIN IT.
  3. I added the Pinterest PIN IT to my bookmarks toolbar on Mozilla Firefox. With it, I can pin any image on my hubs (any image that isn't too small). Add a few keywords or a sentence to intrigue viewers on Pinterest. Then PIN IT on one of your pin boards. You can also highlight any text in your hub, then click your PIN IT bookmark tool and it will pin both the picture and the highlighted text.
  4. To catch the eye of browsers on Pinterest, I prefer to keep the text part of the pin quite short. You want them to visit your hub, NOT read it all on Pinterest.

One writer friend said, "It is great exposure. I have a hub that was pinned over 7,000 times, and not by me. Where else can you get that much exposure?"

JohnGreenstone commented, "I couldn't believe the amount of traffic I got from Pinterest. I will definitely use it in future."


Use Pinterest is to spot trends or to collect ideas for a new hub.

I saw pins for projects with mason jars. It intrigued me & I started repinning them. I made a hub called 101 Uses for Mason Jars. Within a month, it received over 500 visits. It was a hot topic.

The Pins on Pinterest That Inspired One of My Pages



Click on the people you are following on the site. Glance over their boards and click UNFOLLOW on the boards that don't interest you, like fancy shoes or other topics. That will make the selection more focused and take less time.

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I am getting increasing amounts of traffic from pinterest and that is reason enough for me to love it!

— Frischy

Can't Find a Photo for a Hub? Take a Screen Shot of Pinterest

Using Awesome Screenshot, I cropped and then added some text and arrows to a Pinterest pinboard. This gave me a useful graphic for my hub on this topic.
Using Awesome Screenshot, I cropped and then added some text and arrows to a Pinterest pinboard. This gave me a useful graphic for my hub on this topic. | Source

Examples of Using Pinterest Pin Boards

with Hubpages

A Sampling of Virginia Allain's Pin Boards on Pinterest - Topics I'm Pinning

Note that some focus on showcasing my hubs, but many are just topics that interest me and may/may not end up being hub topics in the future.

It's so quick and easy! There's no easier way to get so many backlinks.

— Othercatt

Add Your Questions or Suggestions for Using Pinterest with Hubpages

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    • Reginald Thomas profile image

      Reginald Thomas 

      12 months ago from Connecticut

      Thank you for a wonderful and informative article. I will take your tips and use them with my hubs.

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      Jeff Zod 

      23 months ago from Nairobi

      Hi Virginia,

      I really love Pinterest.I have been pinning for a long time and I think the HubPages and Pinterest combination is a killer idea.I always pin my Featured hubs and also pin some cool ideas and stuff from other Pinners.Thanks for the timely article.I really appreciate it.


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      Monika Weise 

      7 years ago from Indianapolis, IN USA

      I'm giving Pinterest a second chance. Maybe it will work out for me.

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      7 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      I have a lot of fun on Pinterest but I have also found out even more from you here. Thanks for putting together a great lens.

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      @Gypzeerose: The millions of Pinterest users have no clue and just pin merrily away. I'm sure Amazon is glad of the extra traffic that a pin steers to a lens and might lead to additional sales.

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      Rose Jones 

      7 years ago

      Virginia, do you know what about pinning Amazon images? If a lens has an Amazon image in the intro module should you pin it? I love pinterest, and wish it wasn't so controversial. Refreshing my angel dust to this well written lens.

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      7 years ago from North Wales, UK

      Thanks for the info, I definitely need to do more with pinterest!

    • therealstig86 profile image


      7 years ago

      I never realised that there was so much information available. I have an idea now to take pictures of my kitchen fitting projects and do a Pinterest board that links to a new Squidoo lens. Thanks for the inspiration.

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      @psygeek: You're welcome. Have fun on Pinterest!

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for the inivitation, really appreciate that!

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      @choosehappy: Pinterest can be really fun while promoting your lenses and gathering ideas for new lenses.

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      7 years ago

      Very deep and long list. Great information and a great way to assist Pinterest and Squidoo lovers connecting to share content and network. Social media is a great tool to help like-minded people build relationships and grow together. Thank you for sharing. Great lens.

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      @arsib65: It is a visual feast and sure makes browsing fun.

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      7 years ago

      I'm just learning to use pinterest, but I'm already addicted to it. *S*

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      Judith Nazarewicz 

      7 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      This lens had some great information! Now I just have to apply it. Thank you again

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      7 years ago

      I am very new to squidoo and this sounds like a place to be for traffic and such. thank you for the good information here...great Lens.:)

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for telling me how to add a 'Follow me on Pinterest' to my Squidoo profile. I've been wondering how to get this! Great lens :) xx

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      Beverly Rodriguez 

      7 years ago from Albany New York

      I'm interested, but I have to find the time. It's at the top of my list. Great information!

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      7 years ago from New Jersey

      I haven't tried Pinterest yet but your advice is making me think I should do so soon. Nice lens!

    • Virginia Allain profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      @donnetted: Spending a little time on Pinterest now and then can be a visual feast. As the images scroll down my screen, certain ones catch my eye. Before I know it, I have an idea for a new lens. This sparked my lens on Mason Jars which has been hugely popular. Watch for the photos that are getting multiple repins. Those indicate trends.

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      @shauna1934: I think it's a great way to add a bonus to your blessing. The lens gets your blessing boost plus potential traffic from Pinterest.

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      Donnette Davis 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      I have been on Pinterest for a while, not crazy about it, but when reading your posts am thinking perhaps I missed something vital... maybe it's there and staring at me straight in the eye, or maybe I've lost the plot... lol... in any event, thank you so so so much for shedding light on Pinterest... I'll try it again. ~Blessed x

    • shauna1934 profile image


      7 years ago

      Great lens! I love your idea about having a board for Squid Blessings!! I may have to do that too!!

    • blancaverome profile image


      7 years ago

      @snrklz: You can change your name on there, too! My friend did it because she wanted to use her author name instead of her real name.

    • JoyfulPamela2 profile image


      7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Thanks for the pinning tips!

    • blancaverome profile image


      7 years ago

      I'm new to Pinterest (as I am to Squidoo), but I'm loving your tips. More stuff to incorporate!

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for helping me get started with pinterest... J

    • Virginia Allain profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      @snrklz: Many people use a special name online (not their real name), so that would work fine for Pinterest.

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      7 years ago

      I signed up for Pinterest and then reconsidered. My privacy is important because of past domestic issues and I realized I had used my real name. Do you think I can sign up again and use snrklz as my name as I want to remain anonymous online? Thanks for any help with this...

    • Virginia Allain profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      @latiptop: Once I got my boards set up and stocked with a few pins, I seldom go and browse at Pinterest. Most of my pinning is done right from Squidoo or other places I happen to be online. I know what you mean, as I'm easily addicted to glittery things too.

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      7 years ago

      I've been avoiding Pinterest because it seems like just one more thing to get addicted to, but I think I'm going to have to try it now. Thanks for the great info.:)

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      Virginia Allain 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      @Wednesday-Elf: Just watch out as Pinterest can get addictive. Sometimes I wander around on the site for way too long. Lots of useful applications though if you stay focused.

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      8 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Great suggestions for boards. I've bookmarked my Squidoo Tips on my toolbar, but had not thought of using a board to collect ideas for future lens subjects. I'm enjoying Pinterest, but see that I can use it for a lot more than I have been.

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      Virginia Allain 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      @KimGiancaterino: Yep, I find it very convenient to go to my Squidoo Tips board to find one when I want it.

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      8 years ago

      I like the idea of pinning my favorite Squidoo tips lenses. I used to lensroll them, and miss being able to find them when I need them.

    • Lenskeeper profile image


      8 years ago

      Thanks for this lens. I love using Pinterest.

    • bloggerjon profile image


      8 years ago

      Great lens on an interesting subject. I have started using Pinterst as a source of links and traffic. It works fine and is well worth using.

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      8 years ago

      I love pinterest! I don't get the whole thing between pinterest and amazon---but easy to fix, don't use amazon in your intro. Still beyond me why amazon is arguing though since a pin would possibly mean more sales for them. Above my head! I had no choice on one lens so far but to put an amazon picture in the intro and in that case I highlighted a note in the intro asking that it not be pinned.

    • awakeningwellness profile image


      8 years ago

      Yet another thing I would like to check into but can't find the time for...maybe someday. :)

    • GonnaFly profile image


      8 years ago from Australia

      Another thing to add to my list of things to do :-)

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      esvoytko lm 

      8 years ago

      Oh my goodness, I love the photo of the antique tins.

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      8 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      Thanks for this great info. I've been telling myself I should check out Pinterest, but just haven't gotten around to it... Gotta put that on my "to do" list. Nice lens. Liked.

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      Monika Weise 

      8 years ago from Indianapolis, IN USA

      Thanks for explaining the process!

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      8 years ago from East Central Florida

      I am trying to make more time for pinterest, and hope to get a little enjoyment out of it

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      8 years ago

      These look like terrific, concise instructions! I will try to follow them once I get a chance (pending invite according to the nice email I received from them). In the mean time, this terrific lens is certainly worthy of a Flyby Winging which can be found among the other blessed lenses for today at Have Wings Will Bless! They may call me an aimless wanderer, but not all who wander are aimless and I'm glad my aim was good when I wandered upon this. ~Ren

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for this information. I am planning to give Pinterest a try.

    • wheresthekarma profile image


      8 years ago

      This is my project for tomorrow. I just got an invite from pinterest! Good timing finding this lens! Thank you!

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      Brookelorren LM 

      8 years ago

      Great lens. I pinned it :-) as one of my favorites.

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      Johanna Eisler 

      8 years ago

      Very interesting. If I decide to use Pinterest, I'll be back for a refresher course. :)

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      Peta Panos 

      8 years ago from Norway

      Thank you for this great lens. I will come back and go through it step by step :-)

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      Rob Hemphill 

      8 years ago from Ireland

      Interesing lens. I had no idea what Pinterest was all about, thank you.

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      Alisha Vargas 

      8 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Pinterest is so much easier than I thought it would be at first sight. I didn't know anyone with invitations when I first started, so I just requested one directly from the site and was pinning things within moments after being allowed to join. It's lots of fun and I'm finding things I've never seen before.

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for all this great info. I was curious about what Pinterest was and your lens has really helped me. I am wondering if you would have the time to invite me to Pinterest? Thanks again for your help, it is greatly appreciated. Wishing you a great day!

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for a very helpful primer!

    • Blackspaniel1 profile image


      8 years ago

      It really works. I have been there following others.

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      Steve and Annette 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for putting together this great lens about pinterest. I'm brand new to pinterest and am still figuring it out so I really appreciate your insights. Thank you also for providing a place to post my Pinterest profile link.

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      8 years ago

      Great resource and very useful len for pinterest. Great len and a "like" from me.

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      8 years ago

      @VSP: Thank you. What a great idea! Hope you don't mind that I intend to borrow your idea an' do the same. In fact, I plan to also share this idea with other lens masters. Thanks again. I'm even more hyped about Pinterest, now that you shared this great new use. Super Kudos!

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      8 years ago

      I've been studying the information about Pinterest on this page. I really appreciate the way you explained how to best benefit by using the Pinterest site. I always enjoy reading your pages. I learn something new each time I read something you've written. Thank you so much.

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      goo2eyes lm 

      8 years ago

      you are really serving the squidoo community with your tips. after this lens, i will go to my pinterest invitation and do something to improve my lens traffic. *blessings*

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      Joan Haines 

      8 years ago

      Virginia, here you go again, encouraging people. You just can't help it! I love it. Thanks.

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      Virginia Allain 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      @SandraGahlinger: That is distressing, Sandra. I've not seen any of that. I've seen some risque things, but unfollowed the pinners who had content I did not care for. I wonder if the site was attacked by a hacker. I'll go check my boards for any mysterious, offensive content that I did not pin there.

      You might try signing up again, and be very careful what boards you choose to follow. Don't follow a pinner, just specific boards whose content you like.

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      8 years ago

      Dropping by once again to thank you for encouraging me, through your lens, to use Pinterest. As you said, getting an invitation would take a few days. I waited for my invitation. It was worth the wait. It just arrived about 20 minutes ago. I then immediately created an account, then started pinning! I instantly see its potential. I love it! Thanks again.

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      8 years ago

      Great lens!

      I'm curious has anyone else had a problem with *porn* on Pinterest. I had just signed up and certainly didn't (nor would I) have that kind of content on my boards. I can't figure out how it got there. What was worse, I couldn't figure out how to remove it. Pinterest doesn't make "unfollowing" obvious. Once I learned how to unfollow, I tried to remove the offensive board (which would show up as my opening page!). I contacted Pinterest for help but never heard back. So, I canceled my account. (The page was super offensive, and I didn't want to risk exposing others to it.)

      I was bummed. It looked like fun.

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      8 years ago

      I just recently joined the Pinterest. Will read your tips later today.

    • VSP profile image


      8 years ago

      Thanks for the tips. Reading this lens gave me another idea for the site. I miss being able to favorite a lens so now I can do it on Pinterest so I can find the lenses I want to come back to like this one.

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      daveframer lm 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for the info, I think I would like to give it a try, would you give me an invite.

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      8 years ago

      Very interesting lens, will find a way to start with Pinterest. Would you invite me to join Pinterest?

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      8 years ago

      wonderful tips. thanx.

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      8 years ago

      Just starting on Pinterest. Thanks for your tips!

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      8 years ago

      You have certainly enlightened us about this great site, Virginia. Blessed and featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012 and also on Squidoo LOTD Lenses 2. Hugs

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      8 years ago

      I signed up yesterday. I'm glad to have another way to link to my lenses as well as to promote great ideas.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      8 years ago from Canada

      I am slowly getting my boards built up at pinterest. I was really surprised how many people I knew were already there before me.

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      Terrie Marcoe 

      8 years ago from Gardiner, New York and Joshua Tree, California

      Thanks for the lens and suggestions. I'm pretty new to Pinterest, but am enjoying it! I just realized, though, that I need to update some of my Squidoo lenses to include my Pinterest page!

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      sukkran trichy 

      8 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      thanks for some useful tips.

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      8 years ago

      Excellent info here - and now I am on Pinterest I can make full use of this lens. Thanks!!!

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      Anthony Godinho 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I just signed up on Pinterest a few days ago, but haven't had a chance to review the platform and more importantly read the TOS which I think is the most important thing given that it is to do with using pictures. One thing that I noticed is that I couldn't see a copyright license (for example, like flickr has). At first glance, it looks like a great site, if used properly. Learned a few things from reading this useful lens. Thanks...blessed! :)

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      8 years ago from Philippines

      After I read this lens featuring how to use pinterest, now I'm knowledgeable and know how to take use of it. Thanks for sharing this useful lens to us. :)

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      Fay Favored 

      8 years ago from USA

      This is all confusing still. Just one more thing to learn I guess.

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      Iudit Gherghiteanu 

      8 years ago from Ozun

      seems very useful, i did request invite right now, but is scary a bit, to learn new tricks, new activity, omg, here on the squidoo you never stop learning...thanks.

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      8 years ago from Cyprus

      Awesome lens. Just timely with this new Pinterest craze. I've also joined and waiting for an invite from them, hope I get it soon. In the meantime, kind blessings :)

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for the tips! Going to Pinterest now.

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      8 years ago

      I love pinterest! It's so addicting~!

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      N Beaulieu 

      8 years ago

      I can't wait to give Pinterest a try. I bookmarked your lens, thanks for the info!

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      OzGirl LM 

      8 years ago

      Pinterest can become even more addicting when you start getting lots of emails from people who are liking, or repinning, what you've pinned!!

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      Wendy Leanne 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Thank you for sharing this info. I was confused about pinterest, but this lens was extremely thorough.

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      8 years ago

      I just started using Pinterest this week, and am getting addicted! I love photos, so it is great to immediately see so many photos of things people love and want to share! Thank you for this outline here, which gives me a better understanding of Pinterest and also how it can connect with my (neglected) Squidoo lenses! Thank you! Diana

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      Spook LM 

      8 years ago

      Great lens and I knew it would be when I saw it was you. Haven't enough, if any, experience of it to suggest anything.

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      Sue Dixon 

      8 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      I've had my invite sitting around for a couple of weeks now- I'm now going to activate it and jump in. Great lens, thanks

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      Rhonda Albom 

      8 years ago from New Zealand

      I also love Pinterest :)

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      eblack88 lm 

      8 years ago

      I'm going to have to check it out!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      8 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I sometimes use it for ideas. Some of these ideas turn into blogs or other writing. I also use it to try and stir up some traffic. I try to upload some original, non-commercial photos, as well, to add value.

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      8 years ago

      An awesome lens! I've been waiting for an invite from them...hopefully that will come soon... In the mean time, I shall sprinkle this lens with angel dust..

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for the great information about Pinterest. I'm going to check it out!

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      8 years ago

      Enjoyed this lens! As a Pinterest lover, these ideas for using it with lenses are great!

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      8 years ago

      This is an extremely helpful lens. I just started using Pinterest about a week ago and this lens definitely cuts my learning curve. Thank you!

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      8 years ago

      Still can't figure out how to bookmark the pin button? Anyway I'm giving it the old college try. Thanks for this info.

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      Kathryn Grace 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for the video. It explained what Pinterest is (I had not heard of it before today) and helped me understand how it might be useful. Well done lens. Blessed.

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      James M Becher 

      8 years ago from South Florida

      Seems like it might work--separate "board"s for different topics--sort of like making a lensography except that you can add other people's lenses as well as your own--like listing them in "featured lenses." I'd like to give it a try if someone would invite me, though I wouldn't spend a whole lot of time on it, as some people seem to do according to other posts. I'd just like to make a few good boards and fill them with lenses.

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      8 years ago from Royalton

      Thank you for teaching me how to add an RSS feed to my Squidoo Lenses as well as how to add a Pinterest button:)

      Great lens! Congratulations on LOTD! Blessed by a Squid Angel!


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