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Pinterest: An Article About Things that You Ought to Know

Updated on June 12, 2015

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To Join:

First, go to Google (or the search engine which you use) and type 'Pinterest'. The first, or one of the top ones listed, should be their major site "Pinterest". Go there.

If you are not a member then there is a box with a few ways to sign in and below "Sign in with Facebook" it says, “Sign up with E Mail”. Click on the Sign up with email, enter your name, etc. and after filling that out they will guide you through it to join.

Do you believe that you know all about Pinterest?

You may not. Read on and find out whether you do or whether you may learn something new from this Hub.

Members:

They have changed their "log in" page slightly. Now the "log in" may still be in the same spot where it was before. Sometimes it is on the left side (bottom corner), or the top right corner. You still click on that and you will get the same page to sign in with.

After you have become a member there are many photos and images to view – "What do I do now?", you may ask. Every time that you log in you should first be on the Home Page. The search box stretches across the screen and there is a small box with three vertical lines in it. Click on this and it shows a large list of categories for you to pick from where you wish to look. If what you look for is not listed, then just left of that box is a rectangle for typing in a specific area – or even someone’s name – to search for. The search box - type in a name and hit the 'Enter' button.

Moving towards the upper right along that same bar we have a rectangle with the name you signed up with. Just to the left of your name is a photo which you entered into your profile when you signed up. At the bottom “The Pin it button is the easiest way to pin things from around the web.”

Profile photo:

To the right of your name is another square box with two images (pushpins) in it. When the pushpins change into numbers - you click on the number(s) and you will see a box below, at the top it says "News", "You", and "Messages".

When you click on 'News' it tells you what others are doing on Pinterest. If 'You' has a red dot, to its left, and is clicked, this means that the list below notifies you when a person/people pin (or follow) photos/boards, or like your photos, your board(s). 'Messages' lets you know that someone has typed a note about one, or more, of your photos.

They have changed things again. Now click on your name. You will go to your Your Profile & Pins. Just below the search box, in the center, is where you will see your profile photo and name. Now the photo does nothing when you click on it. To the right of that is the 'Edit Profile' box, and then a gear box where you can click on the 'gear' (or the little arrow) to see: Account Settings, Make a Widget and Log Out.

Just below your name is your website, or blog, link. Beneath that is a row showing how many boards, followers, people you follow,etc. then it shows all of your boards.


When you click on your name and then the gear you will see what is in the table:

Name & Gear box
 
 
Your Profile & Pins
Shows your boards and photos
 
 
 
 
Account Settings
Shows what you wrote when you signed in
 
Make a Widget
App to be added
 
Log Out
Close Pinterest - sign out
 
 
 
 
Left column shows order of list beneath your name when you click on your name. Center column basically tells what they each are for.

Settings:

The first item listed on the settings page is your Email Address. Listed after that is your Password. After that is the Language which you chose when you signed up, and it can be changed. Next is the country that you officially live in – such as you may live in the United States, or in Europe. After the country is your gender; you state whether you are male or female or unspecified.

Search Privacy – this is where you decide whether or not you want other members who pin photos from your boards to see the profile which you created on Pinterest. If you want to keep the profile private, except to certain members, then you click “No”. If you want the profile available to everyone, then you would click “Yes”.

Personalization – this site is where you choose whether you want your Pinterest activity to only be connected with Pinterest or whether you want Pinterest to be connected with every site that you go to. You have two choices to check off. The second one keeps it only between you and Pinterest. The first choice means that every time you go to another site, Pinterest will try to send you pins of what you saw at the other site. If you do not fully understand the first choice then at the end there are the words “Learn More”. Click there to have it explained more clearly before you check off either choice.

Search History –

This is your search history, it keeps track of items, names, or whatever that you have searched for on Pinterest. By clicking the box “Clear Recent Searches” you are able to clear your history of past searches. It will start a new history from the date which you cleared it.

Recent Contacts -

This is a list of the contacts which you have made on Pinterest. By clicking on “Clear Recent Contacts” you will clear all of the contacts which you have made until that date. A new list will begin from the date that you cleared it.

Profile:

Name & Picture -

First are two boxes for your first and last names that you filled in when you signed up. Then it shows a picture (photo/image) which you may have, or may not have yet entered, for your profile picture. You will see a box next to that which shows that you can change it.

Username -

Beneath the picture is your user username. You chose this probably when you joined.

About You –

Here is where you type your profile telling a small bit about yourself. Only what you are able to fill in that box is what you are allowed.

Website -

Next to where it says ‘website’ there is an empty box to place the URL of something such as your webpage or blog – if you have anything online. Then you click ‘Verify website’ to make sure the URL is correct. (I usually do this by right clicking and hitting 'Open in new tab'.)

Email Notifications:

Then we have Email Notifications. Here you check the first one (Get email notifications) as to whether or not you want to get any at all from Pinterest in your email.

Get an Email when someone:

(You choose Yes/No for all of these) Pins your pin (this means someone copies [pins] one from your board to theirs.)

Likes your pin (someone may like one of your pins but not copy it.)

Follows you or one of your boards (They enjoy the work they have seen you do, or at least on one of your boards.)

Every time Pinterest has important news about changes in policy, etc.

Send these emails:

__When they happen __Once a day at most (you decide how often you want to receive the emails from Pinterest. (Receive every time that they happen, or only once per day.)

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Social Network & Apps:

Social Network -

On here you say Yes or No to all of the social networks of which you are a member, (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Gmail, or Yahoo!). Then either you are able to use certain one(s) to sign in with, or you use your email.

Apps -

If you have approved of any Apps then this will show a list of them, if you have not then it will just be blank.






The End of the Settings -

At the bottom of the settings is a line that to the left has a box for you to Deactivate Account if you decide that you wish to close your Pinterest account.

On the right side is one box which says Cancel – you may click this if you have not made any changes to the settings pages. You will leave the Settings page and return to Your Profile and Pins page.

If you have made changes then to the right of Cancel you click on Save Changes. You will then leave that page and return to Your Profile and Pins page.

Specific Section(s) -

If you only want to go to a certain section of the Settings page then look to the left - while you are still in Settings – and see where they have all of the sections listed. Simply click on your desired section and you go instantly to it.

There are two items which have moved - and may have things removed or added:

At the bottom, on the far right, there are a plus sign and a question mark in circles.

The question mark lists -

Help!

This is where you go when you have a question about Pinterest to see if they can answer.

About

This tells the story about Pinterst.

Blog

This is a Pinterest blog to keep you updated.

Careers

Do you want to work at Pinterest? Click here.

Businesses

A site for businesses to join.

Developers

If you want to add a Pin It button to someplace which does not have it. There are iOS, Android buttons here and more.

Removals

Here it explains about copyrights, receiving complaints and filing them.

Privacy & Terms

I believe that we all know what this means.

There is a '+' sign which means:

It lists 'Upload a Pin', 'Add from a Website' and 'Create a Board'.






Another item which keeps changing:

It has changed again. At the moment when you see the photos which others have pinned, like, commented on or if they followed you. Their profile shot is on the left and thenin the center its their name and what they did (pinned, liked, commented or followed you) and on the right is your photo of what this activity is about.


How to create a Pinterest board

Your Profile & Pins:

Let us go back to click on ‘Your Profile & Pins’. The first thing that you see when you begin is a box surrounded by dashes which has ‘Create a board’ and a + sign inside. Click on this to make your first board (a place to ‘pin’ photos/images). You will see a box which again says ‘Create a board’ at the top; I will now go through what is listed inside.

Name – this is where you decide on a name for your board (such as Flowers, Pet Tricks, Science...)

Description – Describe briefly what the board is about, (Dogs jump through hoops, Flowers with blue petals…)

Category – It gives you a list when you click on the arrow at the end.

Map – Yes/No. Decide whether you are or are not including a map on the board.

Keep it a secret? - Yes/No. Decide whether you are making this board available to everyone (on Pinterest) or only certain friends.

At the bottom you choose whether you are creating the board, or canceling the entire process.

When you begin posting pins to your own boards you can do several things with your boards. Let us say that you click on ‘Send’. What comes up allows you to first enter a message; then you type your friend’s email address; next is where you are sending it to – Facebook or a Yahoo! email address.

At the top right of each of your photos on your board you see a pencil which is ‘edit’. When you click on this you are able to change the board which it is on, edit the description of the photo, or even the source. If you have changed anything you must click ‘Save Changes’, otherwise you can click ‘Cancel’ and return to your board.

Next we edit the board. Choose one of your boards and click on any photo of that board. That entire board appears on the screen and across the top are Edit Board, Send Board, a small box with <> in it, (a number of) pins and (a number of) followers.

Edit Board – it shows the Name which you gave the board and allows you to change it; your Description of the board which you can also change; Category of the board which you may choose different if you desire; and allows you to add maps and who you want to allow to add pins. Either select Cancel for no changes, or Save Changes if you have made any.

Send Board – Click that. Place a brief message to the right of your picture; type the email address of a special person; or send to someone on Facebook/Yahoo!

What is a Secret Board?

Secret Board

You may want to create a ‘Secret Board’. These are only for certain friends who you allow to see that board – not everyone on Pinterest.

Bring up your ‘Profile and Pins’, go to the bottom and you will see ‘Secret Board’ on the left. Click on the board and a large square appears. It is the same as creating a regular board – Name (name of the board); Description (brief description of what is on board); Category (choose from list); Map? (Yes/No); Keep it a secret? (obviously Yes). Click on ‘Create board’. It is that simple to create a secret board. The only difference is that you are choosing Yes to keep it a secret.

Words and icons that are on pictures on either the Home Page or on Your Profile and Pins -

< > - Click on this and there are two steps that it tells you to follow. If you do not understand, there are the words ’Learn More’ to click to tell you more about it.

The last two on the right tell you how many photos/images (pins) are on the board ,and, how many people there are who are following that board or pictures on that board.

If you hover the mouse above any photo then you will see a red box which says Pin it, click that and it ‘pins’ the photo to your board; a box that says Send, send it to a friend; and at the far right is a square box with a Heart in it, tell the owner that you love that shot. Click the heart and it fills in.

When you click on any photo it enlarges it. (You will see the mouse become a small magnifying glass.) You see Pin it, Like, and some may say Image while some may instead say Visit Site, (on the far right) – Send, f Share. I told you above what the Pin it and Send are. Like is basically the same as Love except it only means that you ‘like’ the photo. If you see Image then you get an enlarged image, but if it says Visit Site this may be there if there is a site to go to. (I have found out that I am able to see the larger Image or Visit Site by just clicking on the photo instead of either of these boxes.) If there is Visit Site, then there is a story behind the photo.

f Share simply means you are able to send it to Facebook.

Invite Friends

This is a box on the left of the Home Page which when clicked on says at the top, “Invite whoever’s missing, Ask your friends to join you on Pinterest”. Then you may either choose your ‘Email contacts’ on Pinterest or your ‘Facebook friends’, if you have any. It also allows you to ‘Search’ for someone.

Whichever option that you choose, it shows a list of names and there is a small box after each name on the far right. For each name that you select you check the box. If you decide that you want everyone then there is a box up top which says, ‘Select all’. Check that box and all of the names receive a checkmark.

When you are finished choosing friends, there is a box at the bottom which began as gray but has become red. Click this and each friend that you have checked off will receive an email invitation to Pinterest.

You Can Even Pin Videos to Pinterest:

You begin by bringing up the video of your choice on YouTube. Go to Pinterest and open up “Your Profile and Pins” section so that you can open the board on which you want to pin the video to.

Now I will lead you through the steps on where to be and what to do in each area.

  • First, you go to YouTube. (Leave the video on pause while do this) Open the video, start it and pause it. A couple of inches below the center of the video are the words ‘About – Share - …’ You want to click on share. Just below the row of the symbols, is a box with the URL. You want to copy this.
  • Now you go to Pinterest. Open the board which you want to add the video to. Click the box ‘Add a pin’. You get another box to choose how you want to do it. Since this is from YouTube, which is on the Internet, you would choose ‘The web’. Click that one. Now it should show the URL listed, if it does then click on ‘Next’. You should now see the video added to your board. If you do not, then click on the refresh/reload arrow at the top left.

Do you use Pinterest?

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What do you rate Pinterest, if you have used it?

3.8 out of 5 stars from 11 ratings of Pinterest

If you have any questions then go to my profile page on HubPages. The icon which says Website is actually my blog. Click on that and it will lead you to the blog where you can leave the questions. I will answer ASAP.

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    • Jodah profile image

      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Comprehensive hub explaining Pinterest Kevin. I like the site myself. It's a great place to save stuff like pics, quotes and ideas you find online.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I have never used pinterest. You make it sound interesting Kevin. Your presentation is well written and easy to follow. I don't know if i will join, i'm into so many sites that take up my time. Thank you...

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Thank you John, that is what I was trying to make it. I enjoy use it all of the time since I am not a Twitter or FB member. When I began I thought that it was just the photos. I found out different on my own.

      Kevin

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      It is interesting Ruby. Check out my site from my profile. You will see the Hubs from here, plus pins from there, and you know what to do If you want to join. Maybe I heard wrong but I heard that FB & Twitter are going downhill if you are with them.

      Kevin

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      very comprehensive.. damn seems like a lot of work LOL but you do make everything clear..:) Frank voted up and useful

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      Judy Specht 2 years ago from California

      You have taken the mystery out of pintress. I'm with Frank it looks like a lot of work. Excellent tutorial. I'll be back when I fall victim to Pintress.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Thank you Frank. It was a lot of work but I persisted with it. I am grateful for your vote.

      Kevin

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      At first I didn't want to participate in the Pinterest site but I've since joined and found it interesting. There are some beautiful pictures out there and beautiful scenery and thankfully, it doesn't require a whole lot of interaction or time.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      I am glad that I took the mystery out of it. It was, in a way, I learned most of the things on my own. Putting them in words was the work, doing them is easy. Check out my profile (on HP) and check my Pinterest site. You will see my own, and other, Hub sites.

      Kevin

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      I know Peg. I have it on when I am on HP since when I review sites I may post them on Pinterest. They do have interesting pictures (funny, sunsets, more). The next time that I am on Pinterest I will have to look for you. :-)

      Kevin

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Yay, I know all there is to know about Pinterest. I've been a pinner for quite a while and luckily I'm not addicted, that I am aware of :)

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Good for you Linda, but do you know where the new pins go when they are posted? I have not been on there that long and I basically found it out on my own.

      Kevin

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      mts1098 2 years ago from InsideTheManCave

      very detailed and thorough...i use pinterest weekly and can easily kill some time...

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Thanks for dropping by mts 1098. I hope that you meant reading the Hub helped you 'kill some time'.

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      Sherry Hewins 2 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      I use Pinterest pretty regularly, but I think I learned a few things here. Thanks!

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      You are welcome Sherry, I am glad that I was able to help some. :-) I hope that you have a nice day.

      Kevin

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I thought about joining once, but I learned that the photos used become the property of Pinterest, so I changed my mind. At least I know what it is now through your instruction.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      I have looked at several pictures and gone to visit their sites. It is amazing what you find on there. I have seen photos from animal shelters. I hear commercials for jewelry stores that can be found on there.

      Kevin

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      Tori Canonge 2 years ago from California

      I think it's great that you broke down how to get on Pinterest and set up your account. I do have an account and use it, but not to the extent that so many other people do. I could probably go without it for a week and still be completely fine. I like to find recipes on there as well as motivational quotes. The clothing ideas are great but it can be difficult to find where to buy the items unless someone actually has the picture linked to the seller's website. Overall, I like the concept and think that it's fun.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      I thank you for reading the Hub and for your comments about it. I also have an account at Pinterest. I have had it for a while now and I began it by placing my Hubs on there as I published them at HP. I have since found other uses. Thank you again for stopping by the Hub.

      Kevin

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      Cynthia B Turner 2 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for the comprehensive information on Pinterest. It's one of those sites that can keep you clicking once you get started. Some of the nuances of the site I still don't get, but you have cleared up a lot.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      I also enjoy using it Cyndi10 but I have slacked off from the way that I used it in the beginning. I am glad that I helped you understand it beyond your previous usage. Perhaps I can help you with some of what you "still don't get".

      Kevin

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      Denise Handlon 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow, you've really covered this topic very thoroughly. Great presentation and explanation. :) I enjoy Pinterest and like to browse through it, but on an intermittent schedule. :)

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Gee, you have caught me a little off-guard with your expression of this. I enjoy Pinterest too but they seem to have slowed down - maybe it is just for the summertime. I do appreciate your words of praise.

      Kevin

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Kevin, you explained so much here that I did not know. I usually pin hubs to Amazing HubPages, created by Brett Tisol. It is a fantastic place to find interesting hubs at leas to my interest.

      Thumb-up, UABI, pinned to AH and shared.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Thank you for your votes and pins Shyron, I appreciate them. :-) I am glad that I could help some.

      I will try to check out your page.

      Kevin - Have a happy 4th!

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      Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

      Another great hub Kevin. I am a member of Pinterest but don't use it as well as I should. Maybe this will change now. Voting up.

      Eddy.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      I thought that Pinterest customers had slowed for the summer because they used to announce every 5 seconds about new pins and it disappeared. I realized that refreshing the page helped show recent pins. I love your comments and votes.

      Kevin

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      Harry 2 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I have an account on Pintrest and do pin my hubs there however I admit Im not the most regular user on PT .. its still an interesting platform and I personally see it as a blend between Facebook and Instagram ..

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      I have accounts on Pinterest and G+, but not Facebook and Twitter I just heard them to be 'gossip' sites.

      Kevin

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      I am still trying to figure it out! Thanks for these additional insights!! ;-)

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      You are welcome I am glad that I could help you William.

      Kevin

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      Rajeev Kumar 2 years ago

      Pinterest is good but in sense of travelling only. Other area may not get so much of attention.

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      Even though I'm on Pinterest there is still things I don't understand. Funny, I have to pin this so I can remember! Thanks.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Did you read the items that you did not understand Fay? If not, just perhaps I can help. Thank you for reading and saving it. I am happy that I made your day.

      Kevin

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey Kevin, I just went to share a hub on Pinterest and noticed there was no longer a 'Pinterest" button......have you noticed the same thing?

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Where did you look? I have mine bookmarked. I had mine up earlier this morning and I signed in again just now. I also tried Googling it and it showed up. Did you do it correctly? Try again John, you know what they say, the second time is a charm!. Good luck.

      Kevin

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      So helpful! Pinterest is one of those social media platforms I am still learning about

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      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      I was told it would be a great help in gaining "organic traffic," so I joined.

      After several months, that turned out not to be the case, in spite of following lots and lots of people, and a decent number also following me.

      I was also cautioned against pinning too many of my own hubs, so I did not; I shared others' hubs, but very few of mine were shared, and 99.99999% of all 're-pins' I get are people sharing my OTHER pins, such as cute animals...I think a hub of my was pinned perhaps once...

      But then there were TWO separate instances (of which I am aware), of Pinterest essentially "banning" HP from posting, so there went that idea.

      I found it to be a huge time suck, and rarely visit the site anymore.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This helps! Pinterest has always eluded me. Thanks!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Nice, informative and helpful hub!

      I am still learning how to use Pinterest effectively. This is helpful, thanks!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      you were right Kevin, I tried a second time and the Pinterest button is back. :)

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      I am happy that it was helpful for you Audrey. Thank you for reading. I hope that it works out better for you.

      Kevin

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      That is too bad MissLizzy. I use it all of the time. I have posted others Hubs, and my own. I have created my own boards and posted my own Hubs as well as other photos. I have people following me, some choose certain boards and follow them. I have pins, or likes, every day.

      I pin my Hubs each time that I write a new one after it is featured, and I decide which of my boards that I am placing it on.

      If Pinterest "banned" HP from pinning then I doubt that it was all of HP. It must have been certain persons for certain reasons.

      I believe that when you see cute and/or funny photos, pinning them to your site will draw others to your site to pin them and discover your other photos. Eventually they will either pin or follow ones that they like.

      Kevin

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      You are very welcome Rebecca. I am deeply pleased that it helps you. Thank you for stopping by. :-)

      Kevin

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      I apologize John, it just hit me, did you mean the button on the Hub? I usually just hit the 'Refresh' button on the top left of the bar. It is basically like the Reload - sometimes better.

      Kevin

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      I thank you highly for your positive remarks. You are greatly welcome, I am happy that it was so helpful for you. :-)

      Kevin

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Tell me what you mean by "in sense of traveling only", and "Other area".

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      Freya Yuki 2 years ago

      Thanks for the detailed article on how to use Pinterest. This is a helpful guide for those new to Pinterest. I'm planning to join the site too and this is useful so people won't get lost on the site but I've some questions about what we're allowed to pin since I heard there were copyright issues with Pinterest.

      If an article has an image and there's a "pin it" button there, are we free to pin that image to Pinterest? If an image is already pinned to Pinterest, are we free to repin that image? Or are we supposed to be checking these images to see if they're copyrighted (sounds like a lot of work)?

      Also, can I pin the public domain / creative commons images on my articles (I added text to them) and have those pinned images link back to my hubs or are they supposed to link to where the image came from (I list the photo credits at the end of each article and provide a URL link to the source)?

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Thank you for reading it Freya. I am glad that you enjoyed it. I will try to answer your questions as best as I can, if I can. If I cannot I will let you know.

      Anytime that an image has a "Pin it" for Pinterest then you are free to pin it to by clicking on that button. A Pinterest button is red with white words "Pin it" printed in it, looking partially written. Hover your mouse pointer above a photo/image in a Hub and to the right is a button. When not on HubPages, elsewhere on the web sometimes the button is below, above, left or right of the image.

      If there is no button on the image, then the button can be added to your browser. Then there may be copyright issues with where you are copying from. You have to check with their Terms or Copyright Rules, or get permission from the photographer. I cannot help you with that, it is not Pinterest. That depends on the site where the image is coming from.

      Sure, if an image is already pinned it may be re-pinned, it is done all of the time. Any photo/image which is in your article - public domain/creative commons or any other photo site - should have the "Pin it" button on it. You are free to pin these. If you want to link back to your Hub from Pinterest, then go to the right side of the Hub and you will see a column of 5 buttons. There is one with a large 'P', this is Pinterest. Click on this and your entire Hub will be pinned to Pinterest. When you start your own board(s) [on Pinterest], then you can select which one to place the Hub on.

      I hope these answers helped. :-)

      Kevin

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      Freya Yuki 2 years ago

      Thanks for answering my questions. Your answers certainly helped :). It's good to know that I'm allowed to pin anything as long as the pin it button is available. I'll just ignore all those that don't have that pin it button. It's also good to know that I can repin anything that's already been pinned to Pinterest as I've heard there are lots of nice images there.

      But, just to clarify the last point: I've an image with the CC:BY-SA license in my hub now and I've listed the photo credits and URL at the end of the article. I added some text to this pic. Am I allowed to pin this to Pinterest and have it link back to my article here on HubPages or is it supposed to link to where I got this photo?

      Again, thanks for taking the time to answer my questions :).

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      You are welcome for the answers. I am glad that the answers helped you Freya. About your 'license' question. All that is, is telling you that have a photo which is in public domain and free to share from Creative Commons (another name for Wikimedia photos). I use those photos all of the time with no worry about links. I, and others, pin my Hubs all of the time.

      Have a nice Sunday. :-)

      Kevin

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      R Beggs 2 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Well, you have inspired me by writing this hub. I joined Pinterest a week or so ago and once it there lost interest in how to pursue my end of things. I plan to use your article to make a success of Pinterest.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Thank you very much. Welcome to Pinterest, I have been a member there for a while and have quite a few followers, etc. Good for you R. Beggs, I have made it a success and I am glad. :-)

      Kevin

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      R Beggs 2 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      I may give it a try again, thanks to your response back. I went there and saw so much got side tracked. It is fun to just look at all the pins in there. LOL

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Good for you. I got another follower today and a few more pins so far when I signed on.

      It is easy to get side tracked and fun to look at the pins, but you have to remember your main goal (probably HP if not something else).

      After you build up your boards and have begun pinning to them you will see numbers appear beside your name. Click on the number and you will see a red dot beside 'You', click on you and a list will show below of what you received - like, pin or follower. :-)

      Kevin

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      MasterDripper 2 years ago

      an excellent quick notes on pinterest - I debated joining for a long time but eventually decided to sign up. It is a great way to kill time although I do not utilize it daily...cheers

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Thank you MasterDripper, I appreciate your comment. I am glad that you read my Hub, you should like it there once you get used to it. Good luck.

      Happy Halloween :-)

      Kevin

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      Jayna 2 years ago

      Tip top stffu. I'll expect more now.

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      Marilyn L Davis 2 years ago from Georgia

      Good afternoon, Kevin; I wanted to read this one when you mentioned in a comment on one of my articles that you had pinned it. I knew it was Pinterest but that was as far as my understanding went.

      After reading this excellent article on that topic, I think I understand more. You did a great job of outlining what we need to do. I have a board - my daughter told me years ago to do one, but, like a lot of others, I thought it was only photos. You educated me on that.

      I'm a Twitter sharing person, but may have to add Pinterest to the mix as well. Thanks, Kevin. ~Marilyn

      PS Just added a new category; got my Pin and all set to start using.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      I am answering in the evening Marilyn. I read one of yor Hubs todoay but I did not know that I had read others or I had mentioned Pinterest either.

      When I wrote that one it was because I saw so many questions about it on here. When I explain something, I try to make sure that I have not missed anything.

      I am glad that you liked this and you are welcome Marilyn. Congratulations on the new category and I thank you for stopping by and reading this.

      I hope that you have a nice weekend. :-)

      Kevin

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      Jim 2 years ago from Kansas

      Kevin, Lots of great information here for those who want to successfully utilize Pinterest. I'm on there, but I don't spend enough time on it to notice much of an uptick in traffic to my pages. I might have to rethink that.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Thank you Jim. I am glad that you were happy with it. Good luck with your traffic.

      Kevin

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      Thanks for the tutorial on Pinterest. I use it, but don't understand it very well. You have explained a few things to me--like secret boards. Voted up+++

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Hello Catherine,

      I am glad that I was able to help you some. I thank you for the votes and thank you for reading it. :-)

      I hope that you have a nice weekend.

      Kevin

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      Akriti Mattu 23 months ago from Shimla, India

      Hey that is a good post :)

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      The Examiner-1 23 months ago

      Thank you Akriti. I wrote it to try to be helpful.

      Have a nice day.:-)

      Kevin

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      Glenn Stok 23 months ago from Long Island, NY

      I just started using Pinterest a few months ago. One thing I'm noticing is that I get a lot of emails, mostly showing me the images I've pinned that are being repined. There seems to be a lot of that going on and it causes me to simply ignore those emails as they are always the same thing.

      I'm sure there is a lot I don't yet understand about all the features Pinterest offers. I'll have to take the time to go over your hub again and compare each item to my Pinterest account.

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      The Examiner-1 23 months ago

      Hi Glenn and thank you for stopping by to read my Hub.

      If I can help you better understand anything about Pinterest, do not be afraid to ask.

      Whenever you receive notices saying that someone has "Pinned" or "Likes" one of your pins, it is the same as a comment here on HP when someone compliments your Hub. There is also a "Comment" for the pins which may be positive or negative. Usually you have to click on it to read what says but most of the time it is good.

      When you are ready I will help you create the boards - both public and secret/private boards.

      Have a nice day and good luck. :-)

      Kevin

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      Glenn Stok 23 months ago from Long Island, NY

      Hi Kevin, thanks for the added info in your comment. I actually already created several boards to separate the different categories I'm pinning. I also read about how to make a board public. So I know about that.

      I guess I just found it strange that so many people were repinning one of my pins. I'm glad. But the repetition of daily emails with the same pin being pined was strange.

      I pin only a few of my hubs and mostly I pin others. I add comments to say why I found it useful. So far, however, I'm not seeing any traffic to my hubs from Pinterest. And I wonder if the ones I'm pinning from other authors are getting any traffic. It seems that people are just pinning and repinning my pins without checking out the articles that were pinned.

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      The Examiner-1 23 months ago

      Hi Glenn,

      You are welcome for the information. I try to help. I am glad that you understand about the boards because they are not always easy.

      Like I said, simply think of many Hubbers writing the same comment about your Hub. That is all that the many pins over and over are - many like it.

      I pin every Hub when I write it and months after being on Pinterest I am just starting to see a few comments come in now and then. Do not worry about that because it comes slowly. I also Tweet and G+ my Hubs too but I heard that Pinterest is the best site for traffic. Some like the photos and some like the photos and read it.

      Do you see the little 'plus' sign in a circle when you hover over a photo (below the Pin box)? Click on that sometime and you get a larger version of the photo. It shows a box which says "Visit site". That is how you read it.

      Have a nice evening and good luck. :-)

      Kevin

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      Glenn Stok 23 months ago from Long Island, NY

      Hi Kevin, yes I know about the method to follow a pin to the page it came from. I do it when something interests me.

      I also use Twitter and G+ as you do. But I don't pin too many of my own hubs since I read that that can get one banned from Pinterest. I really don't expect much from it.

      Nothing compares the the traffic I get from Google. And even from Bing, which seems to have increased ever since I added my Bing Webmaster Tools code to my HubPages account settings.

      Thanks for clarifying that it seems to take a long time for traffic to come from Pinterest. I'll be patient with that and see what happens.

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      The Examiner-1 23 months ago

      As long as you wrote back Glenn, when others like your pin they may be sending it anywhere: Pinterest, Facebook, blogs, webpages, who knows where.

      Take care and have a nice day. :-)

      Kevin

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      Nadine May 21 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I love Pinterest and only go there ones a week, otherwise I'm getting hooked and time is gone before I know it.

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      The Examiner-1 21 months ago

      Hello Nadine. Thank you for stopping by at this Hub.

      I was 'hooked' at first when I began at Pinterest. So what I did was I stopped going at all. I just pinned on Hubs which I read. Then I thought to myself 'I have had to have lost followers by not going.' So I signed on and found out that I had not less, but more.

      So what I did was begin signing on when I would receive notice of pins and I would pin about 5 and then sign off.

      Have a nice day. :-)

      Kevin

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      Peggy Woods 11 months ago from Houston, Texas

      I have been using Pinterest for some time now. If it brings any extra traffic then it serves the purpose. It is also great to share other people's photos. A photo of a golden retriever pup that I pinned written by another hubber gets repinned almost daily...sometimes more than once. That person should surely be getting extra views on the hub if even a few of them actually go to the hub to read it.

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      The Examiner-1 11 months ago

      Congratulations. I was still getting pins, likes and followers on Pinterest when I was not here for the 8-9 months. I could not belive it.

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      tom triemstra 2 months ago

      can i get rid of the question mark and plus sign

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