I have been using Pinterest for about a year and thought I knew what I was doing. I set up boards that fit the types of things I blog about. I pinned ideas onto those boards that I thought you would love to see. I even try to pin from the original source when I have time so the original blog is linked to the idea.
After reading Kelby’s book there are several things I need to do to use Pinterest effectively as well as some things I thought you might want to know. I can only share a few. It would take a whole book to share all that I learned and you can read her wonderful book instead.
Wait! Before I go on I want to check on something! Has everyone heard of Pinterest?
If not, here is what Pinterest is:
Pinterest is a visual collection of bookmarks that you organize into virtual pinboards. If you see something on a blog, your favorite retailer's website, or even something that you take a picture of with your smartphone, you can pin it to one of your Pinterest boards for future reference.
It is a social network. You can follow other users and be followed by others. You can repin something another user has pinned, or you can like it or comment on it.
Here are some things I learned about Pinterest from the book:
You can change your profile name, but if you do the links to your profile will no longer work. It is so important to decide carefully what you want your profile to be. Do you want your name, your blog name or something else to be your profile name?
Avoid using more than seven words in the title of your board. The title can be cut short causing the title to become a little odd.
You can change the name of your board, but it also changes the boards url. The old link will now lead anyone that has linked to the old board name to an error message.
You can move your most popular or most well pinned boards to the top
If you follow only certain boards of a member instead of all of them, you don’t count in their follower count or on their follower list.
Just like the many other books in the Dummies series this book highlights special tips, points to remember, warnings and technical stuff tips. I loved being able to hone in on these icons as I read through the book. Each contained a nugget I could and probably needed to work on.
There is so many more things I could list that I learned from this amazing resource. If you are currently using Pinterest or interested in starting to this really needs to be in your home.
I am thrilled! Guess why!
Now that I have you wanting a copy of your own guess what!? I get to give one of you a copy of Pinterest for Dummies by Kelby Carr.
Below you will find ways to enter the giveaway. I truly am excited about giving one of you a copy of this book. Kelby is the founder and CEO of Type A Parent. I have been blessed to be able to actually meet her at her annual Type A Conference in North Carolina. She is an truly brilliant lady who knows the ins and outs of Pinterest and is a active user of it.
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Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of the book Pinterest for Dummies to review. All opinions about this book are my own. The definition of Pinterest used in this post came in an e-mail I received about this book.