4 Ways to Get the Most Out of Pinterest

By Megan McChesney

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Yesterday morning, I was asked to appear on CHCH Morning Live to chat about Pinterest. Given that we’re big fans of the site, I was happy to oblige!

But, as these things go, the brief chat flew by, and I had stored up all of these great points, but I wasn’t able to share them. So I’m going to share them with you now.

Here, then, are four ways to get the most out of your Pinterest experience.

1. As with any social media platform (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, et al), don’t feel obligated to use Pinterest a certain way, or a certain amount. You’ll only love it if it’s something you truly enjoy, and if you start to worry about how many followers you have or how much content you’re sharing, you’ll lose the fun of it all. Just use it when you want and how you want. 

2. Make sure you follow new people. Yes, Pinterest is a great way to get to know more about people who are already in your social media circles, but venture into the “everything” categories from time to time and see what catches your eye. This is a great way to discover new people to follow and open yourself up to new kinds of content and ideas. You can also check out our round-up of 14 People You Should Follow on Pinterest.

3. Look at your pins regularly and make sure you try out the things you’re pinning! It’s so easy to just let things languish in a Pinterest black hole, but go back in and try those recipes or make that craft, or buy that poster! The beauty of Pinterest is how many great ideas are being thrown around—make sure you try some out.

4. Be a conscientious pinner. If you’re repinning something, make sure links back to the original source of content are working, and that the caption is helpful (and your own, when it makes sense). No one likes clicking on a broken pin, and a beautiful photo of a recipe is much more enticing when it’s called “Baked Macaroni and Cheese: yum!” instead of just “Yum!” People like to know what they’re looking at, and what they can expect when they click.

Are you on Pinterest? Leave a comment below and share a link to your boards!

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