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Squidoo and Pinterest - A Happy Social Media Marriage for Web Traffic

Updated on August 5, 2014
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Ms. Vincent is an M.B.A graduate, Business Consultant and health, wellness & natural healing enthusiast, who reads a lot on those subjects.

A Heavenly Social Media Marriage

They say that in order to have a good marriage, the couple should be 'equally yoked'. Being 'equally yoked' refers to them having similar spiritual faith and values.

Well in the world of social media, when I think about Squidoo and Pinterest, I can see an equally yoked marriage that is made in 'social media heaven'! They both share the same 'Social media values' of facilitating "interaction among people in which they create, share, and/or exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks", while complementing each other.

Squidoo is "millions of useful, fun pages built by real people. Like you."

Pinterest allows you to "Save all the stuff you love (recipes! articles! travel ideas!)"

If used together wisely, Squidoo and Pinterest can come together quite nicely for a Squidoo lensmaster to form a synergistic union with benefits (web traffic and exposure) that outweigh belonging to one or the other alone.

So what I will be doing in this lens is simply showing you how you can 'marry' your Squidoo lenses to Pinterest and reap the rewards of a fruitful flow of internet traffic to your Squidoo lenses.

Image credit: Intro photo created with www.MakePhotoGallery.net All other photos are compliments the author - FreshStart7 - and copyrighted. Do not copy.

How My Social Media 'Match-Making' Career Began

FreshStart7's Squidoo-Pinterest Marriage
FreshStart7's Squidoo-Pinterest Marriage

About a year and a half (1 ) to two (2) years ago, when I began dabbling with the idea of writing to receive payment as I watched my financial resources dwindling due to lack of permanent employment, I came across two (2) websites that really peaked my interest - Squidoo and Pinterest.

I joined both communities but focused more attention on building Squidoo lenses since Squidoo paid its members (lensmasters) for lens creations based on lens ranking (tiered appearance on Squidoo platform), amazon sales generated by the lens, text advertisement (ad) links associated with the lens and a small contribution from the community ad pool.

Once my collection of Squidoo lenses reached sixty (60), however, I began searching for a way to attractively group my lenses together while summoning traffic from other websites to my lens creations. During my journey on Squidoo, I had seen many lensmasters create what they called a ‘lensography’, which is a collection of lenses grouped by similar subject, topic, category or area of interest, but I wanted something more.

I revisited Pinterest and was pleasantly surprised by the ‘facelift’ they had given the website. Then the idea of ‘marrying’ my Squidoo lenses to Pinterest ‘tickled’ me and so began my Social Media match-making career. Interesting, huh?

How Does this 'Social Media Marriage' Work?

FreshStart7's on Pinterest - MPSE Health
FreshStart7's on Pinterest - MPSE Health

Well in my mind, Squidoo is the ‘social media wife’ who is busy creating children (lenses) and nurturing them (updating lenses and creating new lens formats) while her ‘social media husband’, Pinterest, provides shelter for his wife (Squidoo) and children (lenses) under one roof (Pinterest). (I am talking traditional family of course and don’t smack me for gender bias or stereotyping of roles.)

In a traditional family, each child often has his or her own interests and hobbies. Similarly in Pinterest, one is able to group or ‘pin together’ Squidoo lenses of a similar nature in one particular place - called a ‘Board’ - and which can be seen at a single glance by visitors.

Each Squidoo lens that is uploaded on Pinterest would be considered a ‘Pin’ and each Pinterest ‘Board’ is comprised of one (1) or more ‘Pins’.

The accompanying photo in this section gives you a screenshot of some of my Pinterest Boards which I created using my Squidoo lenses.

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How Can a Squidoo Lensmaster Gain More Exposure and Create More Web Traffic/Internet Traffic with Pinterest?

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Below is a sequenced listing of things that you can do and how you can go about making that Squidoo-Pinterest marriage generate more web/internet traffic for you:

1.If you are not already a member of Pinterest, you can begin by creating an account in order to Join Pinterest .

2.Review all of your Squidoo lenses and start organizing them around common themes, ideas or subjects. (These various themes/topics/ideas/subjects will act as the ‘holding bay’ for your Squidoo lenses).

3.Once you have your Pinterest account, begin creating ‘Boards’ to hold your various collection of Squidoo lenses. (Each ‘Board’ would represent a theme/topic/idea/subject for a group of Squidoo lenses).

4.Other Pinterest members and/or visitors who are interested in your Squidoo lens topics will either:

a. ‘Repin’ your lenses to their Pinterest Boards; or

b. ‘Follow’ a Pinterest Board of yours, which houses a collection of your Squidoo lenses on a particular theme/idea/subject.

c. ‘Like’ a Pin yours.

d. 'Email’ your pin to a friend or friends with a comment.

e. ‘Share’ your pin on their public Facebook profile or with their Facebook friends.

5.‘Repins’ of your pinned lenses in Pinterest will place your Squidoo lenses in easy reach for others when they want to revisit your lens(es) and all of their ‘repins’ will be linked back to the original source – YOUR lens URL on Squidoo.

6. ‘Follows’ of your Pinterest Board also create potential future traffic since those persons are saying that they like the Squidoo lenses that you have pinned on a particular Board so far and that they would like to be alerted when you pin new Squidoo lenses on that Board related to that particular theme/topic/idea/subject.

7.A ‘Like’, ‘Email’ or ‘Share’ of your Pin improves its visibility within Pinterest and creates limitless exposure opportunities, since the persons with whom your Pin was shared by email and Facebook could in turn like and share your Pin.

Don’t wait for Seth Godin (Squidoo Founder & President) and Ben Silbermann (Pinterest CEO) to ‘arrange’ a marriage between Squidoo and Pinterest. Now you know how and have all the right tools to make a happy social media marriage between Squidoo and Pinterest. Happy Pinning!

How's Married Life for the New Couple (Mr. Pinterest & Mrs. Squidoo) ?

Squidoo on Pinterest - FreshStart7-Heidi Vincent
Squidoo on Pinterest - FreshStart7-Heidi Vincent

When I originally created this lens (article) back in January 2014, Squidoo and Pinterest weren’t married as yet.

They married later that same year, though, and they currently have 30 very attractive and interesting children - Squidoo-Pinterest Boards - which I am delighted and excited to introduce you to today.

I will also share with you 5 of MY FAVOURITE Squidoo-Pinterest Boards below:

1.Books on Squidoo.

2.Music on Squidoo.

3.What's Cooking at Squidoo.

4.Culture & Society On Squidoo.

5.Easter On Squidoo.

And while you’re at it, you just might want to take a look at married life in my Cozy Squidoo-Pinterest Corner.

Happy Pinning!

Useful PINTEREST Tutorial

Visuals and ideas to help you set up your Pinterest account.

Are your Squidoo lenses 'married' to Pinterest yet? If not, when is the proposed 'wedding' date? - If you're already on Pinterest: What has been your Squidoo-Pi

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Robilo2: You're welcome robilo2! I am glad you found it useful. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week!

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      Lori Robinson 3 years ago

      Nice article - Thanks

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @favored: Glad you liked it, favored1. Thanks for visiting and sharing about your successful Squidoo-Pinterest relationship thus far. Have a blessed week.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      I like the way you presented this, very clever and interesting. I actually opened a Pinterest account because of Bonnie's request. Since then I've loved meeting so many people, even from here through Pinterest. So far it's been a good "relationship."

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      I like the way you presented this, very clever and interesting. I actually opened a Pinterest account because of Bonnie's request. Since then I've loved meeting so many people, even from here through Pinterest. So far it's been a good "relationship."

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @stereomike83: Everything required persistence StereoMike83. At first you may find that nothing is happening and then suddenly your boards and pins will be discovered. I have 100 pins on 1 particular Pin of mine that really surprised me because I had other Pins I thought were far more interesting but you never know what will interest people. So just keep pinning and you will reap the reward eventually. Now about contributing to the boards. There are Official Contributors for various niches within Squidoo. So for example, I am the Catholic Contributor. These Contributors (about 100 of us) are currently contributors on various boards. So for now you have to be one of those contributors to be able to post to those Boards. If while browsing we discover a really good lens by any lensmaster, we usually pin it to the appropriate Board. You can learn about the Squidoo Contributors at http://hq.squidoo.com/lensmaster-spotlight/squidoo... Thanks for visiting and have a very blessed week!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Ibidii: Thanks for your confirmation of how Pinterest and other social media have helped with the promotion of your Squidoo lenses, Sherry. Thanks in advance for visiting my Pin Boards. Have a blessed week.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @bead at home mom: Blessings to you too, teriann! I am glad that my lens was helpful to you and that you know see how you can use Pinterest to your advantage. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @DeborahDian: Yes, they did heed my advice after all :) I am also glad that you have a similar good experience on Pinterest. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Alyssa DeBoer: Thanks aaalyssadeboer! Glad you liked it. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      Dawn Romine 3 years ago from Nebraska

      I love Pinterest and have been there longer than on Squidoo. I get about 25% of my referrals from Pinterest and those views keep my lenses higher in the rankings. The secret is to post Pinworthy images on Squidoo. Don't be afraid to PIN more than one image from the same lens.

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      stereomike83 3 years ago from UK

      I'm always trying to use pint erect but not seen too much traffic driven via it yet. Small question, how do you become a board contributor on the squidoo boards?

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      Ibidii 3 years ago

      I actually was on Pinterest before I joined Squidoo! Since I have added Twitter about two months ago, I have seen more sales and likes. I also have two Facebook pages which I also joined with Squidoo this year. I can see how they all help. I also have Google+ and all of these social media sure help! Great lens and I will look at your Pins at Pinterest!

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      Teri Hansen 3 years ago

      Fabulous take on combining Squidoo with Pinterest...it has give me a whole new perspective for 'pinning' my 'lenses', so much to do and so little time every little helpful hint brings it closer together. Thank you for your insight...I'll be busy tomorrow giving birth to new boards for sure...Blessings!

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      I agree that Pinterest is a happy marriage with Squidoo. Great way to promote articles!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @MariannesWhims: I am really glad to hear this 1angelsbestkeptsecrets! You're welcome and happy pinning. Have a blessed week.

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      Marianne Gardner 3 years ago from Pacific NW, USA

      FreshStart7, I am hoping for a happy media marriage between my Squidoo lenses and Pinterest. I love what I see of Pinterest and am signed up. Now, after reading this lens I feel more confident to start pinning and creating boards. Nice lens! Thanks for taking the mystery out of it and motivating me.

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      Alyssa DeBoer 3 years ago

      I like how you explain pinterest and squidoo as a family! great article.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @Heidi Vincent: That's very true. Thanks for your reply. In time I think my social media skills will make a bit more sense to me and hopefully I'll get the hang of it!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @ThreeQuarters2Day: You have it exactly right, 3QuartersToday! I can see that you are an old Pinterest married woman :)) You understand the ropes. Thanks for visiting and sharing your Pinterest long-term marriage wisdom :) Have a fabulous weekend!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Adventuretravels: Hey, adventuretravelshop, a newly-wed! :) About your question, some people have an even more serious following than I do but I want to attract their serious membership to my work. So for example, in one instance I had a Catholic College following me. Now I don't have that reach and influence. Do I? but they are making that vital connect/link for me. Have a fabulous weekend!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Margaret Schindel: Thanks MSchindel for visiting and sharing your Pinterest experience with us. Interesting how you are capitalizing on work from other sites, videos, lenses, blogs, etc. Glad you saw the humour in my marriage analogy :) Have a fabulous weekeend!

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for this, I'm already married to Pinterest, I love it, very good, love repining and commenting, great social media tool.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Elsie Hagley: You're ahead of the curve, kiwinana71! Thanks for visiting and sharing your Pinterest experience with us. Have a fabulous weekend.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      I have been married to Pinterest for a few months now and one of my lenses has been repinned over 1K times! My question may seem a bit daft - but what's the point of doing that?

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      I've been using Pinterest to promote my lenses for a few years. I find that it's best to make my boards a combination of my own lenses and other sites, videos, lenses, blogs, etc. on the same topic so that it becomes the most valuable possible destination that will garner more followers. I need to spend more time working on that. I love your marriage analogy and agree completely that Squidoo and Pinterest are a marriage made in heaven! Thanks for sharing your excellent insights. :)

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @SusanDeppner: Yes it does take discipline, Susan52. Glad you liked my marriage analogy. LOL! Thanks for visiting and sharing. Have a blessed weekend.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I love using Pinterest to promote my own and other people's lenses. It takes a lot of discipline to limit my time there, but I'm doing better in that area. I like the "marriage" analogy - a match made in Heaven, no doubt!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Brite-Ideas: Glad you've already discovered Pinterest, Brite-Ideas. Thanks for visiting and sharing about your success with pinterest. Have a blessed week.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I absolutely love Pinterest, I get a fair amount of traffic from there

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @DANCING COWGIRL: Thanks, DANCINGCOWGIRLDESIGN, for visiting and confirming how Pinterest has been helping with promotion of your Squidoo lenses. Have a blessed week.

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 3 years ago from Texas

      I love Pintrest and it really does help with promoting my Squidoo lenses.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @sha-ron: Good for you, sha-ron! Have a blessed week.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @ecogranny: Well, Graceonline, people who are already on Pinterest often have boards on subjects that I am posting on Squidoo. So I have found that in their search on Pinterest for material about my subject area people will often find 1 pin that I have, check out the article on Squidoo and repin it to their board and even give it a like. In some instances once they have reviewed the various pins on one of my particular boards and they like all of the pins in that board they sometimes pin the whole board so that they are alerted when I add new stuff to that board. Every pin links directly back to your original article. Try it for your own articles. Remember, it is free. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      sha-ron 3 years ago

      I have only just started using pinterest. So still learning

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      I have posted some of my lenses on Pinterest, and a LOT of other people's lenses there. Too frequently I forget to post my own though. I am curious whether you can provide data on how your Squidoo traffic improved after marrying the two platforms.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @flinnie lm: Wonderful flinnie! And you're welcome. Have a blessed week.

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      Gloria Freeman 3 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi great tips on how to use pinterest. Thanks for these ideas. My lenses are getting to know this site a little better.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @susan369: Glad you found the tips useful susan369. Have a great weekend.

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      susan369 3 years ago

      Some very useful ideas! I was wondering how to use Pinterest to my advantage - now I know!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @JessicaLVine LM: You're welcome, JessicaLVine. Glad you found this lens useful and that you're going to do something about it :) Have a blessed weekend.

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      JessicaLVine LM 3 years ago

      This is a brilliant lens!! Thank you for sharing. I'm totally going to work on this.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @getmoreinfo: You're welcome, getmoreinfo. Glad you found the article useful. Have a blessed week,

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      getmoreinfo 3 years ago

      Thanks for this informative lens about Pinterest, I have been learning lots about how to use the social site for traffic too.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Lady Lorelei: Thanks for visiting, ladymermaid, and confirming based on your experience. I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      Very sound advice for anyone who works online. Social media promotion does work to increase traffic and monetary rewards.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Jerzimom: Good going CherylFay! You're ahead of the curve. Thanks for visiting and sharing. I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      Love your creative wording about squidoo and pinterest. Mine are married! :)

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @sybil watson: Great, sybil-watson! I love to hear about happy Squidoo-Pinterest marriages. It looks as though yours is 'blissful' since you never want to leave :)) I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!

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      sybil watson 3 years ago

      My lenses and pins are married, but when I stay on Pinterest for too long I get sucked into a vortex of pins and it's hard for me to get out - such fun!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @takkhisa: Thanks for visiting and sharing your Squidoo-Pinterest experience with us, takkhis. Have a blessed week ahead.

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      Takkhis 3 years ago

      Great research! So far my Squidoo-Pinterest experience is good :)

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @WebMarketingPro: Well now you know, selfhelpguru! Glad you liked the idea. Have a blessed Sunday.

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      WebMarketingPro 3 years ago

      What a cool idea! I never realized that if I grouped my lenses by themes (which I do anyway), I can just put them on boards on those themes... Thanks!!!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @GrammieOlivia: 2 years ago I didn't understand it well, but everything takes time. You will soon understand it too. You go grammieo! Tonight is the wedding date? I love a no-nonsense woman! :) Have a blessed week.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Merrci: You're welcome, Merrci. Glad you found it useful. Have a blessed weekend.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @sousababy: Well you're ahead of the curve, sousababy! Thanks for sharing your Squidoo-Pinterest experience with us. Have a blessed weekend.

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      GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

      You really do understand this "stuff", I don't! But I'm going to follow along and see if I can Marry my two accounts! I have them, just don't know how to use them well. Thank you for this lovely understandable tutorial. Wedding date: tonight!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      An interesting and useful lens--thanks so much for sharing it. I haven't signed up for Pinterest. After reading this it sounds like I should. Appreciated the explanation of how it works too. Thank you!

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      sousababy 3 years ago

      Yes, I am quite pleased with the reach my articles have had on Pinterest.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Kim Milai: Glad you enjoyed the read and that you found the Squidoo-Pinterest connection idea useful, kimmilai. I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!

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      Kim Milai 3 years ago

      I enjoyed reading about your ideas on connecting S themes to P boards. I will start doing that.