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Using Pinterest Properly, A Promotion Guide For New Users

Updated on September 8, 2014

How To Use Pinterest Properly And Grow A Real Following

You would like to dive into Pinterest Marketing and have created an account. You have pinned some things, but your account seems to be sitting there not getting any attention. This article will explain the good side of Pinterest and how to use it to market your products, lenses and niches without having it sit there. If you are patient and do it right then you will find a lot of success.

Using Pinterest involves a little bit more than just hitting the Pin button and hoping for the best. There are a few extra steps you must take, but like most you don't realize you have to do them.

If you play games with source codes on Pinterest you will find your account closed, boards blocked and in general get a lot of people angry at you. I have seen a lot of tutorials that recommend services for fast followers. These services do work, but they will not get your article pinned any faster. You will only fill your followers with people looking for you to promote them. These services cost money and the only person to make money from them are the people selling you the service. Slow organic growth is real. These are the people who will repin and promote you because they have a true interest in what you have said.

I have also heard rumors many times that Pinterest is how you get things stolen or you came across a pin and a warning popped up that the pin was marked as spam. The pin was yours and you didn't spam. I will explain what happened and why you shouldn't panic. You and Squidoo have not been "deemed" Spammers. Read on to find out what happened and why.

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Screen Capture Of Google Analytics - Pinterest Works If You Do It Right

This is a screen shot of my Google Analytics 3/7/2013. It was at 103, but I missed the screen shot.

Did you know that you can get an a button to embed on your lens. This is a quick guide to some of thing top features of Pinterest and where you can find the hidden goodies.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 5 Minutes A Day

Total Time: A Lifetime Of Followers

Serves: The Community


  • 1. How To Find Your Homepage: This is where all your activity is. They still have it hidden under the logo in the middle of the page. Just left click the logo sign and you will be taken there.
  • 2. How To Accept A Pinning Invitation: Go to your Homepage (instructions above). Right side of the screen on top. If you have any invitations you will find them listed there. If you have no invitations it will skip to recent activity.
  • 3. How Is My Pin Doing: It used to be located out front under your pins. Now it is hidden in the drop down menu that is under your screen name on the top right hand side of the page.
  • 4. How Do I Find My Boards: Click your screen name or go into the menu under it
  • 5. How Do I add A Pin: It is now located in the drop down menu under your screen name
  • 6. How Do I Report A Pinning Violation: Click the pin. Put the curser on the photo toward the bottom right. You will see a flag icon. Press the flag and a pop up menu will appear with the prompt.
  • 7. How do I Find The Original Source On A Pin: Click the pin. When the pin comes up the site info should right under the photo on the left. If you don't see that and the pin doesn't go anywhere then click the globe and website icon on the top.
  • 8. How Do I Join A Group Board: Click on the board. The directions should be in the description. If they aren't click on the very first icon in the board. That's the group board owner. They may have the instructions in their profile. Instructions usually include an email address to request joining or directions to a pin where you can leave a comment.
  • 9. How Do I Get All Of The Different Pinning Buttons and Embed Info For My Lens: Upper left. There is a line of icons. Choose Get started and pick which button you want for which purpose. Do you want people to Follow you. The follow you button can be applied to a lens by inserting the URL code generated here.
  • 10. How Do I Know People Click On My Pin: Upper Right corner under your screen name. Click Analytics. It works the same as Google Analytics. You will need to point it to a website and verify ownership.


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Start Fresh and Clean With A New Account - Start By Opening An Account

Go to and open an account. It's easy and the directions are there to follow. Once you have your account you are ready to start pinning.

Get a "Pin it" button for your browser. It makes pinning outside sources easy and puts the source code into the pin automatically. This is a good backlink. The source will stay with the pin as it circulates.

DO NOT STEAL PHOTOS. This happens when you cut and copy a picture, add your own URL and direct the link back to your site. This is how you will get into trouble. Once Pinterest catches on (and they will if there are complaints), it will be marked as spam. Do this often and your account will go bye-bye.

DO NOT use pinterest photos on your lenses without checking out the copyrite and what the original source was for the photo. That is stealing. Pinterest is not a free for all when it comes to photos. It is a book marking service. You may bookmark and pass along interesting articles, blog and ideas freely, but not claim the photos as your own. Most people enjoy a Pinterest Pin when their link is associated with it. This is how they develop backlinks and move up in the Google Ranks.

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How To Get Your Pinning Button - A Pinning Button Makes Life Easy

Using a pinning button will allow you to pin a specific picture or choose the right picture for your pin. It inserts all the code you need to properly credit and will make pinning fun for you instead of a chore.

Taking A Great Picture For Pinterest

I have over 100 pins that have been repinned over 1000 times. The key to this is good composition and originality. Photos of just products don't do as well as composition photos that are properly cropped and edited. Make the photo as interesting as possible and tell a story. The photo should catch the eye both in color and detail.

Blurry or distant photos do not do well. I didn't learn how to do this overnight. It took a lot of trial and error. Now I can guess how well a photo taken with Pinterest will do right from the snap of the camera.

Photo Inspiration: Secrets Behind Stunning Images
Photo Inspiration: Secrets Behind Stunning Images

This is a great book with a lot of photo examples to get your creativity going

BetterPhoto Basics: The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Taking Photos Like a Pro
BetterPhoto Basics: The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Taking Photos Like a Pro

If you have never taken composition photos before this is a great book to help you start. Learn about product placement and color combinations.

The Photographer's Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos
The Photographer's Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos

This is my favorite book. It will get you looking at things as if they were snap shots of time. It's a very interesting book with a lot of nice color photos.


The Pinterest Board - Get your board indexed by filling out the entire thing, Use Your KEYWORDS

Like any article your board will be indexed and they use keywords to do it. There are two areas you need to fill out.

Create the board using the add button on top. Here you will put your title and choose a category. Choose properly so it is indexed right.

After you create the board go back and push the edit board button. This will prompt you to filling out a board description. KEY WORDS! You can also add your blog or website URL here if the pins are coming from it. This is just another way of getting noticed and traffic flowing to the proper places.

There is an area that says "who can pin". This is really good and can be fun. If you have a few friends that market to the same niche then get together on a board and you can all pin there. This helps the board grow and you all share the following. If you have a group of friend who all write lenses then title the board, "Squidoo Fanatics" and let the board grow this way. Use your imagination. I have seen one board that has 2500 pinners. The board has over a million followers and growing. There are rules. Pins must be non spam or you get kicked off. The board shares the bounty of marketing ability. There are leaders that moderate it.

Common Boards, Attract Followers - If you look at people's boards you will find common themes

Here are some common themes everyone seems to have and like to share. Having several will help bring people to your other boards because they have found you though a common link.

Color : It seems to be the most common theme. Everyone has a "rainbow pictures" or "Brightly Colored Pictures" board and it's a fun one. Vivid, clear photos attract so create this board even if it's not your niche.

Cute Animals : Everyone likes to look at them. It's very popular.

Nature : tons of travel sites would love a pin so there are plenty of them out there to pin.

Artwork: Help a starving artist

YOUR LENSES and your Friends lenses

Unique Niches: If you create a lot of boards, but have a unique niche product create a board. Once people go to your account they will get curious

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Using Your Cover Board Properly

Image Is Everything

Once a board is created you have the option of setting your cover picture. This is a pin that will stay on the top of your board. If you don't set it then it will set itself and keep setting.

Choose your best looking pin. Image is everything. Make your boards attract people to follow them. If you choose fuzzy or ugly pictures as the board cover it won't attract the eye.

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Large Number Of Boards Are Better Than Large Numbers Of Pins - You don't have to Pin 1000 times to one board to get followers

The accounts that do really well have a large number of boards with some as little as 10 pins. This gets you into the search engines and gives people a choice. They can follow one of your boards or all of your boards. Choose niche topics and stick to the niche but you can have multiple niche boards.

Personally I am attracted to boards that have 50 to 100 pins on them. It tells me the board is active. Most people on Pinterest follow more boards than they have followers. This is normal for Pinterest. On Twitter people want to look popular by having more followers than people they follow. This makes them look less like SPAMMERS and more like someone people are interested in seeing.

Pinterest is different. Since everyone is sharing ideas you don't look like a SPAMMER if you are following a lot of boards. You look like you are active in the community and someone who would be interested in pinning something you have to offer.

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How To Get Your Pin Noticed And Into The Flow Of Traffic

Use Pictures That Have Popular Boards Even If It's a unique niche

I will use an example of one of my favorite pins. It came from Martha Stewart. I have two boards. One for bright colors and one for rocks, minerals and crystals. Since I am following many people who have similar boards I started by pushing the Red Pinterest button. This showed me everyone that I follow who pinned things.

One pin caught my eye. It was very brightly colored and it was on making crystal Easter Eggs. I noticed it pinned several times so I followed it several times. One person pinned it to their Colored board, one person pinned it to their Crystals Board, one person pinned it to their Easter Board and one person pinned it to spam. When I clicked the spam, it was already taken out of circulation by Pinterest, but this doesn't take it out of circulation completely.

The people that pinned this and had proper crediting had it linked all the way back to Martha. I easily found the blog and instructions how to make them. The Niche it was originally created for was Easter. Because of the bright colors everyone pinned it to their colors board. Since it had to do with crystals it was pinned to those boards. The on article written by Martha was now spider webbing all over the place. I personally pinned it to several of my boards.

Now look at your pin. You can apply this concept by choosing the right picture. I had one pin I sent out pinned over 900 times at Halloween and my lens did very well. The picture was bright, it was colorful, it was created for Halloween and it was of a spider. When I searched it back to where it was pinned I discovered it was pinned to Bright colors, Insects, halloween etc. I didn't think the article was that great, but the picture was.

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Why You Follow People And Never See Their Pins

You Push The Pin Button, And Get No Attention. What Are You Doing Wrong?

This is probably the number one reason people do not use Pinterest or pay little attention to their accounts. Look at the top of your account. There is a little red logo that says Pinterest. Nobody thinks of pushing on it. It doesn't look like a button or even a link. It's just a tiny logo. Press that logo, suddenly it all makes sense. There are all the pins from the people you follow and the pin you just pinned.

Each person has this button so your followers can see what you pin. They follow you so they see your pin. You follow people so you see what they pin. The trick to it all is finding that pathway on Pinterest. It's that "Ah Ha" moment that makes the whole system make sense. I don't know why they don't make it more obvious or mark the button so people can recognize it as more than just a Pinterest Logo.

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You Are Not A Spammer, Why Did Your Pin Get Flagged - That Awful Spam Warning

You just ran into the photo you used in your pin. You own that photo and you decide to see where it went and read the comments. All of a sudden a warning popped up that the pin was marked as spam, taken out of circulation or they are warning you that it may go to a bad site.

RELAX. That was not yours. Someone else took your pin, changed the URL and connected it to a site that could be considered spam or the source code was played with. Pinterest just took that pin out of circulation. It doesn't mean the original pin was banned.

If you hunt around you will find it again and this time it goes directly to your article. Unless there are many complaints they aren't going to take your pins off the service. They put the warning onto the pin that was played with. This is protection for you.

This explains the rumors that "Squidoo" is not liked or banned from Pinterest. This is not true. Pinterest loves Squidoo and happily allows their pins. They protect the individual pin if it should be stolen. You may see the warning a little more often with Squidoo pins because Squidoo produces so many articles it's just the law of numbers.

On Pinterest the message will read : Sorry! You've hit a pin block. Users have reported that this pin links to spam or inappropriate content.


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Using Hashtags In The Description Area Of Pinterest

What Hashtags mean on Pinterest

Place hashtags (#) before a keyword on Pinterest conducts a search for that word after the # symbol. It brings you to others who are using the Hash system.

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Realistic Numbers Of Followers To Expect

No followers does not mean no traffic on Pinterest

Some people follow and some people don't. You won't be able to actually see your traffic so don't worry. Most people are not going to follow but will repin. You have to check the email associated with the Pinterest account to judge. You will get a notification when someone repins something. I have mine set to all go into a folder instead of my direct email so I don't clutter things up. If you have a popular pin the notifications can become redundant, but it's fun to follow where a pin goes.

Realistically if you pick up a few followers a day it's a good day. The momentum will pick up with the more people you follow and the more pins you pin.

I tend to follow larger boards, but that's a personal thing because it varies up the pins I see when I press the Red Pinterest logo. There is always something new to see.

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How To Put Your Pin First On Your Board

Be Number One On Your Own Board

You created a board and pinned your article. Next you repinned several related articles you found on boards from the people who you follow. All of a sudden your pin is buried on the bottom. Just repin your pin to the same board. It refreshes the order and your pin remains on top.

Check your boards often for buried pins.

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Follow By Good Example - Good Design, Good Board Topics, Interesting Pins, Examples of how to use a Blog and Pinterest together

Here are some good examples of popular pinterest boards. The owners work hard to keep their boards interesting and their followers are loyal. While these number are NOT typical of the average Pinterest account, they are examples of good design, organization and linking.

Stolen Material VS Proper Back Links On Pinterest, How To Know The Difference

Was Your Lens Stolen? What you can do.

It's very easy using Pinterest to steal pictures and direct that picture someplace else. The Pinterest system is not perfect and it can happen. It's no different than someone taking your Face Book photos or something off your website.

Good pinning involves proper source crediting. The back link will be listed in your traffic source. Google will pick it up as a pin but the pin will direct to your article or lens. This gives you two listings in Google. The pinterest pin will require two clicks to get to your lens while Google's direct Squidoo link will only require one. The Pinterest link will bring a person to the pin and the pin will bring someone to the lens. Done properly and you will see traffic.

One unrealistic expectation of Pinterest is everyone loves your lens that pins it. The truth is that most (not all) love your picture. If your top module has a good intro text it will also show up on Pinterest and attract interest. This is why your first sentence is your most important. You only get a limited amount of space on Pinterest, The first sentence will show up in the pin so if it doesn't sell your missing the opportunity.

Sometimes you will find that people will change the text of the pin to something other than your article info. This doesn't change the Source Crediting so don't panic. To test it just push on the picture. It should still take you to your article. Some people like to write their own review or think it's best to write out the keywords to bring the pin to their boards. It would be nice if they didn't do this, but most people don't realize they are disturbing the chain. An example of this would be that Martha Stewart Pin I keep mentioning. Several pinners changed the text to "Wow this was great" thinking it would be a way of telling people how good it was. In reality it would be best to leave the text originated in the pin and then just put a comment in the comment section. Not everyone knows how to properly use Pinterest. That's why there are articles like this.

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How To Convert Your Pinterest Account From Private To Business

Pinterest will verify your website

So now you have learned the value of marketing with Pinterest you regret starting your Pinterest account in your private name. This is not a problem. You can convert from private to business very easily without having to start over.

Look next to the Red Pinterest logo at the top of your account and go to the right. You will see add and next to that "about". Click on the about menu and scroll down until you see business. Follow the directions and download your verification code. Place that code onto your website and push verify on the Pinterest page. Your account will change from private to business and it will put your website on the top in red. It will be linked directly to your now verified website.

Topics To Stay Away From - Tacky Pinning

I have around 60 boards and not one has baby pictures on it. This is sort of a taboo thing that can ultimately get you into trouble. Yes, everyone loves a cute baby, but if you pin someone's kid and they don't want their kid all over the internet your going to upset the parents. Think of how you would feel and about the safety of the child.

There is a feature on Pinterest that creates a private board. Here is where you can pin family pictures and allow only those who you know and want to see the pictures.

X-Rated pictures are taboo. I am not even 100% sure they allow it. I shy away from stuff like that so I haven't run into it. I believe it's almost the same as Squidoo. It's there to use, nobody does it and everyone complains if it shows up. It's an easy way to get yourself banned.

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Create A Pinterest Mall

Pin Every Product You Sell In Quickly And Easily

Using the Add button on Pinterest create a board that says Mall or name it Store etc. Once the board is created go back into your website, affiliate site, Blog or Lens and using the Pin it button from Pinterest pin every product individually. This will create backlinks to each product instead of one large one. As you add products to your store you can pin that product in only a few seconds.

Be creative using your board names. If you have a product that is red you can create a board that is titled red. Then you can pin that to both your red boards and your product boards. Make sure you use your own URL and Photos. Never repin by changing the URL of another pin.

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Board Examples And How To Get The Most Out Of Your Pin

Top Pinterest Tips - Quick Tip Guide

1. When choosing the name of your board put the main word first. Here is an example : I have a board for red things. I named it "Red: I love the color Red". Naming the board this way gives an easy reference. If you make it a group board some people may have their boards in alphabetical order. Instead of losing the topic with the letter I it is easily remembered and put in the proper place with R for Red. Most people will be able to find it easier and pin to it.

2. If you use the pinning tab provided by Squidoo you will find your lens here

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Group Pinning Boards - Use The Invite Button, Share Your Board

A great way of getting exposure is to join or start a group board. Use the invite button and invite those with similar interests. Group boards can be very active and attract people by the thousand.

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      Tracey Galeozzie 

      13 months ago

      I found this very useful, iv been using pinterest wrongly for so long going to take your advice and start from scratch again, thank you

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      Jen withFlash 

      4 years ago

      I'm so glad I listened to you a long time ago about Pinterest. My number 2 source of traffic here on HP comes from there :)

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      Lori Green 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas

      @carrie-johnson-754: It's swimsuit season. There is nothing surprising about that. I wouldn't worry. Women are flocking to Pinterest for bathing suits and gardening things. If it was the middle of winter I would would question it.

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      5 years ago

      Lori, I have a re-pin that I posted 5 days ago on my board title "Women's Swimsuits". Within 5 days, it has been "re-pinned" 661 times. It is not obscene, vulgar or anything like that. It is a picture of a pretty girl in a 1 piece swimsuit wearing a pair of rayban sunglasses standing by the side of a pool. Is this "re-pinning" situation common? For some reason, this is raising the hair on the back of my neck. Please advise your thoughts. Thanks.

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      Merry Citarella 

      5 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Lots of information! Thanks so much for sharing this. Off to pinterest now to see if I can improve mine boards!

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      5 years ago

      How do others know what I am interested in? Do they look at my board for titles & information? Why am I filtering through pins that I am not interested in and have absolutely nothing to do with my titles on my board? What is Squidoo anyway?

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      Lori Green 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas

      @Adventuretravels: You can change the text. Normally if it's someone else's pin. If it's mine it's fine.

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      5 years ago from UK

      Hello. I have a question. When you press the red button to choose something that attracts you to pin, do you change the writing at the bottom of it? If so, what kind of thing do you write, and do you include a link? Could you advise please. I'm sorry if you've covered this in the lens - just point me to the right section and I'll read it when I have time. Thanks for this excellent lens.

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      5 years ago from New Jersey

      Great advice. I'm bookmarking this and using it as a guide!

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      Heidi Vincent 

      5 years ago from GRENADA

      This was a very thorough and useful lens about everything one needs to know about pinterest, RockinPicks!

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      Heidi Vincent 

      5 years ago from GRENADA

      This was a very thorough and useful lens about everything one needs to know about pinterest, RockinPicks!

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      Rhonda Albom 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Really useful tutorial on Pintrest, plus some awesome photos. I really like your logo guitar. I am sharing this page on my Squidoo contributor FB page as a tip for my readers on promoting their lenses, and other travel articles. I think I will add a color board to my account.

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      Margaret Schindel 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Lori, this is just AWESOME! Thank you SO much for sharing so much knowledge in such a usable format. Totally bookmarked! :)

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      5 years ago

      Very helpful. Thank you for putting this all together.

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      Angela F 

      5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Excellent info. Pinterest can be extremely beneficial to lensmasters!

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      5 years ago from UK

      This is so useful. Yo really have nailed it!! I've been battling with Pinterest since it started and I am constantly frustrated because I'm getting nowhere with regards to it growing. It's a snail!! THANK YOU xxxx

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      Renee Dixon 

      5 years ago from Kentucky

      This was extremely extremely helpful, I just started off on Pinterest and have no clue how it all works. Your lens is definitely getting liked, bookmarked, and loved :)

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      Denise McGill 

      5 years ago from Fresno CA

      Wow, this is helpful. I have conspicuously stayed away from Pinterest because of the learning curve. I just didn't want to learn one more social network but this took the pain and pressure out of it. Thanks so much.

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      5 years ago

      Thanks so much for this article. I started by reading your Bubble, then followed you to Pinterest, and ended up here. I have learned so much from you tonight.

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      5 years ago

      Wow, I'm a slow learner, so will bookmark this so that I can come back and re-read all this information and start digesting it a little bit at a time.

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      5 years ago

      This lens is sooo useful-especially the list of popular board topics-many thanks. I now have some chance of lifting my pinterest boards from their current sorry state.

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      6 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      Very useful tips, great article! Thanks :)

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      Dawn Romine 

      6 years ago from Nebraska

      I get about 20% of my referrals from Pinterest, but don't have a lot of followers. I manage two accounts, professional at work and personal and have 150-300 followers. Like to have more, but been working on my Twitter account lately.

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      6 years ago from Portugal

      Great! Thanks :)

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      6 years ago

      Now you using it properly, you can make some money

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      6 years ago

      I have not yet started on pinterest; but your article is motivating. Thank you for sharing all these valuable info.

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      mouse1996 lm 

      6 years ago

      I have just learned so much about Pinterest I never even knew or thought of. Now I want to get back there is sort my boards and pins more. Thank you for sharing all this with us.

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      6 years ago

      Good info, great work!

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      6 years ago

      Love these tips. Thanks for sharing.

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      6 years ago

      Love these tips. Thanks for sharing.

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      6 years ago

      Got this lens bookmarked for future reference! Thanks for taking the trouble to write it.

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      6 years ago

      I'm bookmarking this lens - thank you so much for writing it. I just joined Pinterest and have no idea what the heck I'm doing so this is very helpful!

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      adammuller003 lm 

      6 years ago

      Man. Thorough and useful. I have saved your lens to Pocket. Appreciate it!

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      Rosanna Grace 

      6 years ago

      I just read this again as I came here when I set up my pinterest account a few weeks ago. I missed the bit about the logo at the middle/top of my home page the first time!! Now I get it. Thanks so much Lori. I really do appreciate your guidance. :)

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      Rosanna Grace 

      6 years ago

      I just read this again as I came here when I set up my pinterest account a few weeks ago. I missed the bit about the logo at the middle/top of my home page the first time!! Now I get it. Thanks so much Lori. I really do appreciate your guidance. :)

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      6 years ago

      Hi Lori

      I just linked this lens to Rent A Squid what an amazing tool this lens is and perfectly presented in every way Thank you for everything you do to make Squidoo a better Place

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      6 years ago

      Thanks. Learn a lot here

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      6 years ago

      Very informative lens! I learned a lot!

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      Glenda Motsavage 

      6 years ago from The Sunshine State much to digest for a Pinterest newbie! Thank you for the tutorial - I have bookmarked and will return often!

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      6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      I still don't quite understand the fascination with Pinterest & pinning but it's time to get in and understand what it's all about and your info is top notch.

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      Peter Messerschmidt 

      6 years ago from Port Townsend, WA, USA

      Lots of valuable information here-- although Pinterest as a promotional tool for articles continues to baffle me. As a "user" I have never used Pinterest for anything but a place to find images and/or to curate photo collections... I've looked at thousands of photos, but I doubt I have READ more than a handful of pages on the web sites they came from. But I'll keep plugging away... as they say "You don't have to know how a radio WORKS, in order to enjoy the music."

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      Erin Mellor 

      6 years ago from Europe

      My niece has gone Pinterest crazy as part of her wedding planning, so there is traffic to be had.

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      6 years ago

      Although the search engines continue to provide most of the traffic to my sites, my Pinterest traffic keeps steadily increasing. You've provided some really good tips for using Pinterest on this page.

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for the great tips. I've been on Pinterest for some time, but obviously haven't used it to its full potential yet.

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      6 years ago from British Columbia

      Thanks for explaining how to use Pinterest. Helpful stuff!

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      Fay Favored 

      6 years ago from USA

      I actually found this page in the forum where someone said they needed to check your site. So that's why I'm here ... to learn. Thanks so much. Bookmarking this.

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      6 years ago

      Amazing ideas. Thanks for sharing your secrets!!

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      6 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      I've been on Pinterest a while and love it. Thanks for sharing the additional tips on how to make it even better to use.

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      makorip lm 

      6 years ago

      Best Pinterest information site I've found. Thank You!

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      6 years ago from France

      As with all these things there is so much more than it initially appears - thanks for these great tips.

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      WayneDave LM 

      6 years ago

      Have just started using Pinterest, and I'm glad I found your page. I was literally reading through it and making changes on my Pinterest account!!

      Really informative, hopefully it helps me out. I haven't been flagged yet, but if/when I do I know where to come!

      Quality post, thanks.

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      6 years ago

      Dropped by to see what Pinterest was about. Looks like something to delve into.

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      6 years ago

      Hmm, never thought about following more boards to seem like less of a spammer. I generally keep the number I follow low to keep up with things. Might have to think strategically more so than pleasure on that one.

      The one thing you didn't bring up was about pinning the right place. Drives me crazy when someone pins a great picture or tutorial from a blog and they pin the category rather than the individual post. I generally make a new pin to the right location rather than repin the wrong one.

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      Tim Bader 

      6 years ago from Surrey, UK

      Very useful stuff here. I joined PInterest a couple of months ago and did just what you described in your article. I will have to look again!

    • KamalaEmbroidery profile image


      6 years ago

      Very interesting. I love Pinterest, but don't really know how to use it well. Thanks for the tips.

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      6 years ago

      I love Pinterest! I've been on there since the early days of it. I try to limit the amount of promotional pinning I do - or when I do, I make sure it still stays true to my personal aesthetic. I love Pinterest for visual inspiration though!

    • Stephanie36 profile image


      6 years ago from Canada

      Great lens! I've been trying to figure out how to join a group board. Do you have to contact the person and ask for an invite?

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      Informative Lens !

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      Just what I have been looking for... thanks to Britflorida

    • jennysue19 profile image


      6 years ago

      Great lens, have one question. If I am an Amazon UK affiliate, can I pin direct from an Amazon product page and link using my affiliate link?

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      Iudit Gherghiteanu 

      6 years ago from Ozun

      wow, seems complicated but there is no such thing like free lunch...thank you explaining this Pinterest where i had no idea what i am doing...and even so, i got visitors from my boards, so working with it i am sure is very rewarding. Thanks so much.

    • takkhisa profile image


      6 years ago

      There are so many things to learn from this lens! Thanks for sharing :)

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      6 years ago

      Pinterest is fun, Lori. I really do appreciate what you are doing to help others. Thank you!

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      6 years ago

      Simply fantastic lens. Now my pinterest journey will be much better for sure.

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      6 years ago

      Another piece of the Pinterest puzzle. Thanks for sharing your knowledge in the great lens!

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      Gloria Freeman 

      6 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi great tips, just need to learn how to use it. Thanks for all this info.

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      6 years ago

      Thank you for the excellent information.

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      Darcie French 

      6 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Many thanks for the invite to join your squidoo community board on Pinterest - I hope I am using it correctly, am learning as I go. Thanks again :D

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      Lori Green 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas

      @eightieschild: I'll help you any time.

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      6 years ago

      I just signed up to pinterest a couple of weeks back, but haven't got a clue what I'm doing so far.

      I'm amazed by the wealth of tips here, so have bookmarked this page to come back later, and learn at the feet of someone who clearly know what they're doing. :)

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      6 years ago

      Wow. There is a lots to know about pinterest.

    • katiecolette profile image


      6 years ago

      Hi :) Just wanted to let you know I stopped by to review some of your tips. Thanks again for writing this.

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      6 years ago

      Absolutely superb article! I often tell clients that Pinterest is something they need to be using but often think (especially if they are B2B) that they do not see what the advantages of Pinterest are and how they would fit in. I use my business Pinterest account to show thoise visiting my boards what we do as a company and also use it to promote blogs! I haven't been on Pinterest a long time so am still picking things up and this article has really helped and I'll be putting some of the tips into use!

    • mrdata profile image


      6 years ago

      Very useful information! Going to apply them this week. Big thanks!

    • RockyMountain profile image


      6 years ago

      Thanks for making this page. I haven't done much with my Pinterest acct. up to now, but this lens inspired me to go back to it and see if I can finally figure it out!

    • Mistl profile image


      6 years ago

      Great information. I haven't used Pinterest all that much, but perhaps it is time to get going. :)

    • Carpenter76 profile image


      6 years ago

      Thank you for your information. Didn't know that pinterest could make such a difference, will try to follow your tips :)

    • Whatsittoyou profile image


      6 years ago from Canada

      Thank you for this excellent explanation for how Pintrest works. I finally felt comfortable with signing up, now that I would know how to use it.

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      6 years ago

      Some great tips! Thank you!

    • StillPlaysWithT profile image


      6 years ago

      Lots of stuff to digest:) I've had a Pinterest account for awhile but never had any idea on how to use it to help with SEO for my lenses. Now I'm working on optimizing my boards with your suggestions, looking forward to seeing what affect it will have on lens traffic.

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      Andrea RM 

      6 years ago

      You have really great information, thanks! I created a Pinterest account about a year ago and left it there, languishing, since I couldn't make heads nor tails of it. Now you've convinced me to give it another try. :)

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      Mark Falco 

      6 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Wow. I joined Pinterest many months ago, pinned a few things, shrugged and left. I couldn't see the purpose of the site. My wife on the other hand is addicted to the place and is slowly building up quite an impressive list of followers too...and every dinner this week has come from something she saw pinned on Pinterest lol. From what you have written here (which is fantastic information by the way) I am going to have to get more involved in the site.

    • Cold0911 profile image


      6 years ago

      I definitely need to get better at using Pintrest and this information has given me some fresh ideas. thanks again!

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      poppy mercer 

      6 years ago from London

      Thanks for making this. There were a couple of things I wasn't getting, but you explained them well .

      I absolutely love creating boards, but probablyhaven't used them to my greatest advantage yet.

      The one thing still not clear...if I pin a pic from a lens that originally came from Flickr, do I need to put the credit again somewhere?

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      Two Crafty Paws 

      6 years ago

      I am just embarking on my Pintrest "quest". I have an account for some time now, but haven't really used it as you put it properly. I never noticed the "Edit" on boards so that's the first thing I will do. You have some great information here, I will be giving it a try to will report back with the results (knowing me, it won't be super fast). I hope I will be giving you a positive user testimonial hehe ;)

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      george williams 3 

      6 years ago

      Very well written and the presented information is very helpful. I was surprised to learn that more boards and less pins is the optimum formula. Thanks for the great information!

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      6 years ago

      great help me a lot..nice to meet you :D

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      SecondHandJoe LM 

      6 years ago

      My girlfriend has recently become obsessed with Pinterest. Obsessed. She just poured vinegar and baking soda down the kitchen drain to fix a clog and distilled rose water from my Valentine's Day gift for culinary purposes and dry winter skin. We now grow over 50 strawberry plants in less than a square yard of space and she wants me to build an outdoor pizza oven this spring, and I will. I am bookmarking your lens for her and she will be embarrassed that I've mentioned her obsession in your guestbook comments. Great info here, thank you.

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      kabbalah lm 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing

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      6 years ago

      Pinterest is a bit of a mystery to me. Thanks for sharing this. Helps me a lot.

    • internetsuc6 profile image


      6 years ago

      Thanks for the great information... love this lens

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      6 years ago

      Nicely done, you lens is very informative! Thanks for sharing.

    • Thomo85 profile image


      6 years ago

      This is great info, I am still not sure I am using it correctly but I will get there, eventually. Thanks for this great information.

    • happymonkeyz profile image


      6 years ago

      thanks for this informative lens.

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      The One Stop Shop 

      6 years ago

      Thanks so much for sharing this information. It helps me understand Pinterest a lot better.

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      Linda Jo Martin 

      6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Thanks for all the information... I am starting to use Pinterest more and this helps me understand.

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      Kathryn Grace 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Wow. I had no idea Pinterest was so involving. Thank you for pointing out the link in the Pinterest logo. I always wondered where all those boards I followed were located, but hadn't taken time to noodle around for them. Btw, I tried adding a URL to the code you gave for locating specific Squidoo lenses, but it didn't work. I got a 404 message each time. Would you perhaps consider adding a Squidoo-specific example?

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      6 years ago

      Do you recommend using tiny url? I have a zazzle store and am on zazzle boards but didn't pin many of my products because I do think they get stolen. It sounds like you think it is better to do groups rather than private links it that right? Thanks

    • KateH2 profile image


      6 years ago

      Excellent lens, I've never taken the time to use or learn Pinterest but want to use it to get my lenses out there so will be implementing a lot of your advice.

    • katiecolette profile image


      6 years ago

      Thank you so much for all the information. I just implemented several of your suggestions.


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