[HOW TO] Get Started With Pinterest

Pinterest is the hottest social network out there right now! It allows a user to create virtual pin boards  for organizing their interests, and capturing inspiration and innovative images they find on the web. The saying “A Picture equals a Thousand words”, is the best way to describe why Pinterest has become so popular.

If you have not created an account on Pinterest yet, you are really missing out on a HUGE opportunity to drive targeted traffic back to you. Pinterest actually brings more referral traffic than LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube combined? Sounds crazy but this little network has been able to do this in less than 2 years.  According to Shareholic, it is on the verge of driving more  referral traffic than Twitter as well.

When Pinterest first started they required an invitation in order to create an account, but that is not longer the case. You can simply go to Pinterest and create your account by connecting with your Facebook, Twitter or just with email. (If you are setting up your Pinterest account for your business, I highly recommend creating a Business Pinterest account.)

 

 

Setting up your profile on Pinterest is simple. You will setup your username (limited to 15 characters) and I recommend using your name for personal accounts and business name for business accounts. Now if you have a common name or someone has already captured what you would like as your username, think of some combination with keywords or something that describes you/your business. I do not recommend adding numbers at the end (unless it relates to your brand) as it looks like you were late to the party. :-)

Once you have set up your username and added a brief description (limited to 200 characters) and your profile photo (DO NOT forget to add this, after all this is a site all about photos!) then start creating your boards and start pinning away.

I can’t wait to see you on Pinterest. Please come and check out my profile and while you are there, check out some pins. You can find me at: http://pinterest.com/urvimehta

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Thanks so much and stay tuned for more fun strategies on Pinterest! Happy Pinning!

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Comments

  1. Great post! I am so addicted to Pinterest, but generally use it for more personal stuff. Is that ok, or do you recommend a separate page?

  2. Urvi Mehta says:

    Great question Stephanie! I started out the same way. When Pinterest allowed for business accounts I created one for the business (www.pinterest.com/socialmediami) and keep mine more for personal stuff (doesn’t mean you can’t have alittle bit about your business on there also). You can go to business.pinterest.com and create your business one there. Thanks again :)

  3. Nicole says:

    Urvi, great info! You have a terrific perspective on how to increase traffic and make it all so easy. Thank you for the tips!

  4. Mary G Malia says:

    Urvi,
    Thanks for the post. I get so busy with Facebook that I forget about Pinterest. Great reminder as I checked today and see that I’m getting hits on my website every week from Pinterest.

    M.

  5. Urvi Mehta says:

    Thanks Nicole!
    Mary, yes it is so easy to forget about the newer key players this field is ever to changing :)

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