Alright, if you’ve been following a long you know that I’m a newb when it comes to Pinterest. I’ve literally never used it. Now that I have mine up and running a little, here are some of the Pinterest basics I’ve learned so far…
- Setting up: Like all social media platforms, set up your Pinterest page by filling out all the information. Write a description about yourself or your business. Select the type of business you have. Add a photo, etc. Lastly, and the most difficult part for me, confirm your website (so you can see the analytics). Luckily Google makes it easy with these five steps (for WordPress users).
- Copy the meta tag from Pinterest.
- Go to your WordPress blog dashboard.
- Open the Tools -> Available Tools Page and paste the meta tag into the Pinterest Site Confirmation field.
- Click on Save Changes.
- Go back to pinterest.com/website/verify and click Complete Confirmation.
- Boards: This one has different opinions, some people say that you should create 5 boards for your business. Others say you should create 10. I say anywhere in between you should be good. Create your boards, title them with whatever subject you’re going to be pinning about. i.e. I have a board titled “Interesting on Instagram” that has to do with everything Instagram. When you create it be sure to add a description and if you want pick a category your subject falls into. When you finish go to #3 below 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼, because…I didn’t know about this and it’s actually really cool for your branding.
- Covers: Create covers for your boards. It’s simple just click the edit button in the bottom right corner of your board scroll down until you see cover. Select the photo you want to use as the cover. From what I’ve been able to see you have to use a picture that you’ve already pinned in your board. Choose a photo that goes with your brand. Below is an example of my first two completed boards (let me know what you think!!)…
- Pinning: Figuring out how to pin isn’t to hard. Simply click the little red “+” sign, if it’s an article select the page you want pinned. Choose your photo and click save. The one thing I didn’t know about until I wrote this article (I have to refer back to my Pinterest page to make sure that the instructions I’m giving are correct) was that you can add a description about your pin which is probably a good idea to help attract people to your pins when they click on them.
Well there you have it. Some of the Pinterest basics for all the newbies like me. Get started, and get pinning!