I have not had a lot of experience with Pinterest yet, but one night last week, I put up a bulletin board with photos from recipes on my quinoa blog, and I was impressed with the initial response. I received about a dozen email notifications within minutes. New people were following me or my quinoa recipe board; pinners were repinning my photos.
The next day, my analytics showed nineteen new visitors to my blog from Pinterest. Mind you, all I did was “pin” the photos, I didn’t go out looking for followers or asking for people to like me.
I haven’t figured out how to fully exploit this yet. Pinterest is a very photo-oriented social media sharing site, where each photo is also a link back to an original blog post or web page.
Recipe Blogs on Pinterest
For a cooking blog, it is a no brainer. Pin a photo of each recipe and your board looks like this. (You can click on the photo to see how this looks on the site.)
I imagine any blog could benefit from setting up a board for its blog posts. You could even create category boards if you wanted to.
Pinning is very easy. You can click and drag a Pin It icon to put in your bookmarks toolbar.
When you see a post you want to pin:
- Highlight and copy the text you will associate with the photo.
- Then click Pin It icon in your bookmark toolbar.
In the window that pops up:
- Choose the exact image you want;
- Choose the correct board;
- Verify text is already auto-filled with the text you copied. If not you will have to fill it in.
I set up my board in about fifteen minutes. Now that it is in place, I can add pinning to the list of promotional tasks I will do for each new blog post.
Pinterest is still in beta and requires an invitation to join. If you would like to test it for organizing your favorite visuals on the web or promoting your blog, please feel to ask in the comments. I will send a Pinterest invite to the email you use to comment.
If you have experience using Pinterest to drive traffic to your blog, please comment below and let us know whether you feel it adds value.