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What Is Pinterest and What Makes It So Interesting?
Pinterest is a visual image (and video) Social Bookmarking site. You can consider it an online pin-
board or album, where people "pin" things they like and want to share with people to enjoy. But
there is also a very interesting branding and traffic source aspect to this place.
Why is Pinterest so interesting?
First of all, Pinterest is for people who are passionate about beautiful objects, design, quality and
visually appealing photos and images and for people who want to attract those kinds of visitors
and people from their social circle.
It is very nice place to share just images or videos, which are in its own section where you can
share your videos form YouTube, and if a Pinterest user likes an image, they can 'like' it and/or
"re-pin" these images to their own pin boards. You can even set up boards that other people can
pin to or collaborate on a board on a particular topic.
And here comes the most interesting part for people that are also looking to get traffic to their
"normal" websites. Every image is linked to the site it original came from, so when a user clicks the
image it is taken first to its "pin" page, but when they click this image again on your page, they will
be taken to YOUR site, even if the image was originally on somebody else's board.
So there is a huge potential for driving traffic to your site. If you add to this already powerful traffic
driving potential the fact that the user's activity is also reflected on their connected Facebook and
Twitter accounts the possibilities getting viral traffic to your site seem to be endless!
How can I get started?
The sites homepage URL is pinterest.com, but you can't simply sign-up, because it is currently an
invitation-only site. You will need an invitation link to get started. Here is how it works:
Once you have your invitation link and are on the Pinterest site, simply enter your email into the
top-right corner and hit the "Lets's Go" button. You will then be placed on the waiting list and get
your own referral link. From there on, as your referrals start signing up, you get accesses to more
functionality. For your first friend you get a "Quick Peek", with 5 friends you will have earned the
"Early Access" and with 10 friends you get access to the bonus features.
When you achieved your Pinterest "early access" you want to first edit your profile. There you will
add your website's URL and connect your Pinterest profile to your Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Don't forget to write something meaningful about you in the About box and make sure "Hide from
search engines" is switched to OFF; you want to be found, don't you?
Now the fun begins; you start pinning... First of all you create your board to which you will be
adding or uploading your pins. Make sure to give it a good name and chose the right categories to
help people interested in a specific area find your board.
When you add a pin, you enter the URL of the site where the image is located and you will then
click the "Find images" button to select the image you want to pin. You can also upload images
from your local disk.
There are more options to ease the task of adding images as you surf the web, like adding a "Pin
it" button to your browser or installing Pinterest for iPhone. See Goodies section,
pinterest.com/about/goodies, for more details.
You may also want to add images from other Pinterest boards, to attract visitors to your board.
This is called repining, and is as simple as hovering over the image and clicking the repin Button.
Here you will also see the Like and Comment buttons.
Another strong social aspect is the following option. You can follow people or specific board, and
your home page will change accordingly as they update their content. For following a Pinterest
user click the "Follow All" button on their profile and for following a specific Pinterest board, you
will find the "Follow" button on the top of the board.
The possibilities that Pinterest offers to its users are much more valuable than one would think at a
first glance. Apart of being able to share your interests graphically, it can also be used for activities
like brand building and selling your own or affiliate products by simply linking to the sales page the
image was originally placed on, and if your sales or affiliate page has no nice images, simply
create an intermediate "landing page" with the attracting images, a price and call to action that will
take them to the product page.
You could even create a contest to where the Pinterest users would get a price and badges for
sharing your images on their boards. As you can see, there are no limits to your creativity...
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