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Pinterest: A Tool, Not a Time Waster

Updated on September 1, 2013
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Rose is a full-time freelance writer who frequently writes about education, special education, DIY projects, food, Milwaukee, and more.

Part of my button greeting cards board on Pintrest.
Part of my button greeting cards board on Pintrest. | Source

Pinterest is one of these web sites that seemed to take off overnight. One day no one had heard of it and now no one can live without it. Like many things that are trendy, I was slow to get on board because I wasn't sure that it was worth all of the hype. I also didn't need another time waster sucking at computer time that should be devoted to work. However, now that I have learned how many practical functions it has, I love it. It's really important to keep in mind that it is a valuable tool, not a time waster. If you use it productively, it can be a great resource. Here are just a few of the productive ways that you can use Pinterest.

When I got the idea to write a balloon greeting card hub, I started a Pintrest board to collect ideas.
When I got the idea to write a balloon greeting card hub, I started a Pintrest board to collect ideas. | Source

Research for Blog Posts and Articles

Pinterest has become one of my go to research spots for certain blog post and article topics, particularly craft and food topics. You can use the Search function to look for just about any topic imaginable. While it does take time to look through the results for quality photos, articles, tutorials, etc., more often than not I have found this process to be less tedious than my regular search engine research.

Usually when I'm researching, I collect my findings in a bookmark folder in Firefox and/or I create a Pinterest board for them. Some topics lend themselves more naturally to Pintrest boards than others. One advantage to the Pinterest board is that you can continue to grow the board as you find more resources. I have a couple topics that I hope to write more articles about in the future because I've been able to collect so many additional resources.

Someone created this Pintrest board to help her brainstorm ideas for her new craft room space.
Someone created this Pintrest board to help her brainstorm ideas for her new craft room space. | Source

Brainstorming

Sometimes I start researching a blog post or article with a solid outline. Other times, I have a topic in mind and am looking to see what's out there about it before I start forming an outline. Pintrest can be a great way to start this brainstorming.

I also use Pinterest to brainstorm new craft projects. There are so many possibilities for brainstorming on Pinterest with everything from color combinations to material choices to price points. As with anything on Pinterest, it's important to stay focused with your brainstorming and stick to the topic at hand instead of letting the pins direct you to mindless browsing. If you find something you like that is off topic but you want to revisit it later, you can "like" the pin or bookmark it in your browser.

Instead of letting unsorted recipe bookmarks that I may or may not ever use pile up in Firefox, I pin recipes I like.
Instead of letting unsorted recipe bookmarks that I may or may not ever use pile up in Firefox, I pin recipes I like. | Source

Bookmarking

I have a terrible habit of throwing links into my general bookmark folder with the intention of organizing them lately. As I read over 50 blog posts and articles almost every day, my bookmark folder can get out of hand very quickly. It is then tedious to look through it all to find what I need. While I have gotten better about creating folders and sticking new links into them immediately, Pinterest can also be a valuable bookmarking system. Why not save and organize all of your favorite links while also sharing them with others?

Any group can create a collaborative Pintrest board to brainstorm, collect ideas, promote, research, and more.
Any group can create a collaborative Pintrest board to brainstorm, collect ideas, promote, research, and more. | Source

Group Collaboration

I couldn't find any good example boards for group collaboration, but I know that they are out there. Pinterest has two options for all boards: boards open to you only and boards open to you and others. Using boards open to you and others is a great way for any kind of group to collect their ideas. The possibilities are endless: brainstorming for group functions (giveaways, promotions, fundraising...), collecting inspiration, sharing new projects, and more.

I pinned a blog post I wrote about a DIY hair pin craft fair display on a DIY Craft Fair Display board.
I pinned a blog post I wrote about a DIY hair pin craft fair display on a DIY Craft Fair Display board. | Source

Sharing your Posts, Products, Etc.

As Pinterest is a widely popular web site right now, it can be a great place for promotions. However, it's really important to promote as naturally as possible to avoid getting kicked off of the site for spamming. Stay away from creating boards that are overly promotional and work your links into boards that you have already created. If you want to create a new board for a particular topic that you haven't visited before, make sure that you start filling it with other links right away. While it is more work to promote this way, the results will be much better, as people are much more likely to visit interesting boards full of great resources than boards intended strictly for promotion.

This Pintrest user created a board to promote the work of Etsy sellers from her different teams.
This Pintrest user created a board to promote the work of Etsy sellers from her different teams. | Source

Promoting The Work of Others

Another great way to get promoted more often is to promote others. Whether you are promoting HubPages articles, personal or business blog posts, handmade item links, or just about anything else, take the time to promote the work of others as well. I do most of this promotion during activities that I already do online everyday such as reading HubPages articles by the Hubbers that I follow. When you find something you really like, take a few extra seconds and pin it on a board. If you are promoting hubs, don't forget to use a referral tracker.

My friend Deb has an art journal board to collect ideas and inspiration for future journal pages.
My friend Deb has an art journal board to collect ideas and inspiration for future journal pages. | Source

Research for Your Own Projects

Pinterest is a great way to collect ideas for crafts, recipes, home improvement techniques, fashion, and so much more. I have found a number of helpful links through Pintrest that I was able to use immediately. Like with my blog and article research, Pintrest made this process so much easier than a search engine would have.

Stay away from making too many "to do" lists on Pinterest (which can be fun but are mostly a waste of time) and search for what you need as you need it. Unless you find a one of a kind link that you don't want to lose, more than likely you'll be able to find what you need when you actually need it.

Follow Pintrest users with similar interests, passions, etc. and take the time to interact with them to build meaningful relationships.
Follow Pintrest users with similar interests, passions, etc. and take the time to interact with them to build meaningful relationships. | Source

Networking

Hopefully I don't have to spend too much time explaining that one of the best ways to build relationships on Pinterest is to follow users who have similar interests to your own and interact with them. "Like" and/or repin their links and leave comments for them. Engaging in these behaviors on a regular basis will greatly increase the chances of people reciprocating with the links that you pin. While I mostly use Pinterest to interact with people I know in person or from other online venues (i.e. HubPages, Etsy, etc.), it can be a great way to meet new people, too.

I launched a new jewelry line for 2012, which includes handmade charms and pendants.  I created a board to collect ideas for charms and pendants that I could make for it.
I launched a new jewelry line for 2012, which includes handmade charms and pendants. I created a board to collect ideas for charms and pendants that I could make for it. | Source

Searching for Inspiration

Like brainstorming, whether you have a specific idea in mind and are just trying to put it all together or you're getting started with something brand new and don't have much of a plan, Pintrest can be a great resource. Think about starting a board or several boards for gathering inspiration.

Again, it's important to focus on specific projects or ideas when you search for inspiration on Pinterest so that your time there is productive. I started the above board when I started my new jewelry line and began looking for charms and pendant ideas and tutorials. I only pin ideas there that I am actually interested in making. They are all within my budget and contain materials that I have on hand or can easily obtain.

These ladies created a video of projects that they made from Pinterest ideas.

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      Rose Clearfield 2 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      No problem, Kristen! Best of luck!

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks for letting me know those tips Randomcreative. Good to know.

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      Rose Clearfield 2 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Kristen, you're right that Pinterest can be addictive but fun. It's also a very powerful promotional tool. You can share and promote your own hubs as long as you share and promote other content, too.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Rose, I'm new to Pinterest and have been there for a few months. It can be addictive but fun. Great ideas on how to use it as a promotional tool. Can you share and promote your own hubs there, or is it just other hubs? Voted up!

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      Rose Clearfield 2 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I'm glad to hear it, easylearningweb! Best of luck.

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      Amelia Griggs 2 years ago

      I'm new to Pinterest so this hub was a good reference for me, thanks!

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Vellur! For sure.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub, Pinterest is great to get a lot of information and interact with people.

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Shasta, I'm the same way. I'm glad that you agreed with the points in this article!

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      Shasta Matova 3 years ago from USA

      It is amazing how quickly Pinterest sprouted up, and I too was a slow follower, but I have gotten addicted. For all of the reasons you mentioned, it is so helpful.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      It's never too late to start, Princessa! I'm glad that this article is helpful for you. Best of luck! :)

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 4 years ago from France

      I am late with Pinterest, just started exploring it a few days ago. This article is very useful for discovering ways to use it.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      It took me a long time to give Pinterest a try, too, but you're absolutely right about its purpose. There are many HubPages article topics that I never would have considered if it weren't for their popularity on Pinterest.

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      Jayme Kinsey 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Great hub. I'm still thawing toward pinterest and twitter, but I'm finding them more and more helpful as I go. Pinterest has taught me a lit about what people like to look at and read. It test topics over there all the time. It helps a lot! Voting this up as useful and more!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I was the same way with Pinterest, but it has been a great resource for me as well!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      I was slow to catch on with Pinterest because I did not think I needed yet another thing to do, but for all the reasons you mention here it has been a great resource for me personally. I was just slow to warm.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Will Apse, yes for sure. Pinterest can be so much more that just pretty pictures. You're right about it being a useful resource for trending topics.

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      Will Apse 5 years ago

      I'm starting to get over my initial reaction against Pinterest as just a place for pretty pictures. It can be helpful in picking up trending topics for sure.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I encourage you to check it out more if you have the time, Anamika! It can be a great resource.

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      Anamika S 5 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Though I joined Pinterest almost immediately after it was launched, I have not started using it. I guess I need to take some time out now and figure out how to use it. Thanks for the awesome hub, voted up!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Christy! I'm glad that you got some good ideas here.

      Global-Chica, Pinterest can definitely be a great research and brainstorming tool. Best of luck with it.

      Thanks, livingpah! That's great. :)

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      Milli 5 years ago from USA

      Wow!Something new to learn about Pinterest. Good job. Voted up!

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      Anna 5 years ago from New York, NY

      Your hub really opened my eyes to the many uses of Pinterest. I only started using it lately and just for things that my friends pinned that I like, so I repinned but with your hub I see that I can do so much more! I love the idea of using it as a research tool for future hubs and as a way to brainstorm. Voted up, useful, and... pinned! :D

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You are right that Pinterest can be used to bookmark items - great idea! Thanks for the informative read. I love the images there!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      vespawoolf, I still use bookmark folders on my computer, too, but Pinterest definitely can be a great bookmarking system.

      Marcy, good luck with Pinterest! It can really be a great resource.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      I'm on Pinterest, but I haven't done anything with it (it's on my to-do list - whoops!). Thanks for this helpful hub! I hope I finally get around to creating my boards and learning to use this site!

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Although I use Pinterest, now I see that I haven't used it to its full potential! I'd never thought of using it as a bookmarking system. I've marked this for future reference, also voted up and shared. Thank you!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      If you're using the site effectively, it's not wasted time. If you are wasting time, then it's time to do something else.

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      rlsoden4 5 years ago

      Great! Now I can justify all the time I waste on Pinterest! :) Great hub! Thanks.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks veggie mom! :)

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      veggie-mom 5 years ago

      This is fantastic I ? Pinterest too! Your tips are right on with my experience. Voted up & pinned :)

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      No problem Jamie! With all of the talk about the legalities of Pinterest, it's very understandable to be paranoid about using the site, especially after something like that has happened. I'm glad that this helps!

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      Rose, Okay..thanks! I figured we could do that but wanted to make sure. I probably sound silly but I had lost my AdSense account for a while and even though I did nothing wrong and eventually was reinstated it has made me extremely paranoid about everything I do. I just do not want to break any rules. Thank you for getting back to me, Rose :)

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I post my hubs to Pinterest just like Facebook or Twitter, whether or not I'm using all original photos or not. As long as you've cited all of your photos properly and aren't using someone else's copyrighted content, I don't think that Pinterest will flag you.

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      Hi Rose, I have a question I was hoping you could help me with? When you finish your hubs, do you post your projects to pinterest like you would facebook or twitter? I have only added a few pics from my hubs because I'm scared that I may be breaking the rules or something? Is it a bad thing to do that? I honestly get confused and stay confused for a while after i join a site...it takes a while for me to "get it" and usually by the time I get it they go and change things up.. but anyway! What do you think about posting out hubs to pinterest? I know it's okay to post other's pics but what about our own?

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      elnavann, I hope that Pinterest works well for your bookmarking. I prefer to read long articles offline as well but agree that it gets too expensive to print everything. Good luck!

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      elnavann 5 years ago from South Africa

      Hi - I have never tried pinterest and am glad for your suggestions. I also have the same problem of bookmarking so many pages that it becomes difficult to work with. My favourite way is to still print out articles and underline and write in the margins but of course it becomes too expensive to that. On to the the Pinterest website to try!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks tillsontitan! Good luck with it.

      Happy, thanks!

      Fennelseed, until I started using Pinterest, I was doubtful about its full potential, too, and was worried that it would just suck away at my valuable Internet time. Good luck with your boards and pins!

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      Annie Fenn 5 years ago from Australia

      I have dabbled a little, somewhat tepidly, in Pinterest, mostly because I have been ignorant to its advantages. Not anymore, thank you so much for this very informative and useful hub. I look forward to ramping up my boards and pins to the max and having a whole load of fun. My votes and sharing!!

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Great article explaining the different uses of Pinterest. Voted up, useful and interesting. Thanks for sharing this info.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Lots of good information and hints in this one! You did a great job of bringing Pinterest to life! I just have to find time to follow your advice. Voted up.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      iPhone, all you have to do is sign up for an account and wait for them to process it. You don't need any kind of invite. I'm glad that this was helpful for you.

      sgbrown, Pinterest has become one of my top traffic sources, too. I was slow to get on board with it as well, but it's been worth it. Take care. :)

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I just recently started usng Pinterest and have seen a large increase in my daily views on my hubs. I am starting to get really excited! I too, was a little slow to get aboard the "Pin Train", but am sooo glad I did. Great information, voted up and useful! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      iphone5news 5 years ago from NY

      Great Hub, I still have yet to get my hands on a pinterest invite but for sure know what the site is about. You made some great points about using it as research, and makes me a lot more interested to get invite and start browsing more regularly

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      You're very welcome Natasha!

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      I just started using Pinterest today and I'm already hooked! Thanks for the tips so I don't let it turn into a huge time drain. Voted up and useful.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much Docmo! I'm really glad that you enjoyed this hub. I'm randomcreative on Pinterest if you'd like to follow me over there, too.

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      I am truly amazed at your clarity, creativity and comprehensive approach in explaining a new activity. I share a lot of your thoughts and approach to introducing a subject to fellow Hubbers- delighted I found this hub as I searched for something on pinterest. Voted way up ( and soon will be pinned when I get my invite! ) awesome.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks!

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      thetechno 5 years ago

      Thanks for such a useful post

      check this!

      Pinterest: Perfect Tool to Increase blog

      http://www.360tips.org/2012/03/pinterestperfect-to...

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, srbhadran! I'm glad.

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      Ramabhadran 5 years ago from Thiruvananthapuram

      Thank you randamcreative for this great hub. It is really a

      useful pinterest guide.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      You're very welcome! I'm glad that this is helpful for you.

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      Lisa Sumner 5 years ago from Vancouver

      Wow, lots of great info here, very helpful! I recently joined Pintrest, but had not figured out how to use it to my benefit. Thanks for sharing, very well written!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks for the information and for sharing your experiences about Pinterest, Raymond!

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      Raymond 5 years ago

      Yes, pinterest is perfect tool for me! I used for:

      1. Pin my portfolio

      2. Finding fresh ideas

      Also it's great tool for SEO!

      I've used pinterest to optimize my site and the result was amazing my site was jumped from #234 to #9 in few weeks time. The trick is we must got our website pinned and repinned by many people this is the hardest part. Most of pinterest users won't doing repin when they aren't like what we pinned. I do simple thing to outsource it on fiverr and got my site pinned by more than 70 people, I don't know how can he did it just search by typing pinterest on fiverr and you will find it.

      As I know currently pinterest is best for SEO for these reason:

      1. Once our website pinned it has 3 backlinks counts

      2. Google interest in social media signal so it will not tagged as links farm

      3. Currently pinterest links are dofollow even the image

      4. Also support anchor text, it's perfect for placing our keywords

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      You're welcome! I'm so glad that this was helpful.

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      Indigital 5 years ago

      Thanks randomcreative, was really stuck on Pinterest until now.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I'm so glad that this was helpful and interesting! Good luck with Pinterest. It can take anywhere from a couple hours to a couple days to get approved.

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      Slaven Cvijetic 5 years ago from Switzerland, Zurich

      Indeed, your hub was really helpful and interesting. Since I am new this all sounds very interesting to me and exciting. Thank you very very much for this hub! I already "sent invite" to pinterest and hope they will approve it soon. How long did the others had to wait until their invite was approved?

      Voted this Up and Useful and Interesting!!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks frugalfamily! I'm so glad that this is helpful. Thanks for the votes and promotion!

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      Brenda Trott, M.Ed 5 years ago from Houston, TX

      Great list of ways to make this addiction useful! Up useful and

      Tweeted

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks Sharyn! I'm so glad that this was helpful for you.

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Great article, very well laid out and easy to understand. Thank you SO much for the tips!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      You're welcome Vinaya! Best of luck there. :)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      I recently joined pintrest but did not what to do on this site. Thanks for sharing a comprehensive guide to pintrest.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks for the feedback! I'm glad that this is a useful resource for those of you just starting out on Pinterest.

      Tammy and Victoria, since I joined Pinterest this fall, it has been a consistent source of hub traffic for me. I'm glad that's true for others, too. Keep pinning those hubs!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Awesome! I've just started using pinterest recently, and my HP traffic has increased! Great hub!Voted useful, interesting, awesome, and up!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thanks!! I have been trying to figure out how to use this productively!

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      Marvin Parke 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Looking forward to starting a pinterest account soon.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow! I learned a lot about Pinterest. I have noticed that the more neat things I add to my site, the more general visitors I have and the better my hubs to. I am addicted to this site. Thanks for the information. And, it is beautifully presented.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      This is very useful. I have just started to use Pininterest so will bookmark this so that I can refer back to it as I go along. Thanks for the hub.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks instantlyfamily! I'm glad that this encouraged you to check out Pinterest. I hope that you get a lot out of the site.

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      instantlyfamily 5 years ago

      This is really cool! The more I read about pintrest the more interested I am. Because of your hub, I am going to check it out, as soon as I am done typing this. I am voting up also. This hub is really well written!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      cardelean, I agree about Pinterest being too useful. I have "liked" a lot of pins that I have come back to and completed later. That's a good problem!

      Miss Olive, the possibilities for Pinterest are definitely endless. I'm glad that you liked the photos I used.

      kelley, I'm glad that this was helpful for you. You are definitely right about the beauty on Pinterest. So many people online pin high-quality images.

      tsmog, great idea! I will be using it for Pinterest ideas this next year, too.

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      Tim Mitchell 5 years ago from Escondido, CA

      This is totally cool! I am going to go there to look for Christmas projects for next year. That should be awesome when the little ones open up their gifts and not get a racecar - smile.

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      I am new to pinterest and still trying to figure it out. Thanks for giving me new knowledge and great pics to view while reading this article. The one thing I noticed about pinterest is the beauty. I open the pictures and find most to be breathtaking.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      randomcreative - I am having so much fun with pinterest. The possibilities are endless. It is fun and easy to use. It is super easy to find an assortment of pins in areas one is interested in. Great hub and wonderful tips.

      I really liked the images you used for this - awesome

      voted up!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      I LOVE pinterest and this was a great way to present it. I have to admit though, it can be sort of a time waster for me. Not because it's not useful but because it's SOOO useful. I find myself getting lost in my exploration of the site. It is a great tool to share the wonderful hubs that you create or come across as well. Great job!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      alocsin and The Finance Hub, I'm glad that this was informative and interesting for you!

      You're welcome Deb! That's great that the art journaling class has a shared board. If it's open to everyone in the class, it should be one of your pin board options when you add a new pin.

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      storybeader 5 years ago

      thanks for the links - I always like to learn more about a site I LOVE to use! And thanks for highlighting one of my boards. I agree, Pinterest is a great place to save sites that you think might come in handy. My art journaling class has a board where we can share things - not sure how to send things there... Something to learn! {:-D

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This is something new to me. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks for all of the wonderful feedback! I'm so glad that this is a helpful hub for so many people.

      Edi, you should join up! It will be a great asset for your shop and blog.

      alifeofdesign, I'll link your hub here. :)

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      katedonavon 5 years ago

      Very nice hub about how to use Pinterest! I just joined a few days ago...I love feasting my eyes on all the beautiful and creative ideas on there, and this article will be helpful in knowing how to best use it. Voted up & a bunch of other things.

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      Graham Gifford 5 years ago from New Hamphire

      I wanted to read your Hub because I, too, just wrote one the other day and wanted to see what your thoughts were. I've been working in creative fields for some time now and you are correct: PINTEREST is a great tool for brainstorming and research. That's how I originally got hooked. There are SO many wonderfully creative people out there and they are sharing their work, crafts, ideas-its fabulous. Thank you for your hub. I enjoyed.

      Happy Pinning!

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      pinappu 5 years ago from India

      Amazing article....thanks

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      Edi 5 years ago

      I still haven't taken the leap, but Pinterest is becoming harder and harder to resist!!! Thanks for letting me know all the great and productive ways it can be used :)

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      Thanks for these great advices! I have just started at Pinterest and find it easy to just look at all the interesting pictures while time flies. So this guidance is just what I need, it is a great tool! Voted up, useful, shared,

      Tina

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thank you Linda, kikalina, and imaudraleigh! I appreciate the support!

      Linda, I changed it. Thanks. :)

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      Great idea for a hub! Voted up!

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      kikalina 5 years ago from Europe

      I love your hubs! I keep reading all of them! Beautiful and voted up. Thanks for SHARING!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Yet again you amaze me with your randomly creative article! You have quite the gift of teaching and informing fellow hubbers. I pin, I pin you too! :) Title...Pinterest.