I spend more tome than I would like on Pinterest and I’d love to see more pictures of stitched needlepoint on it. I also get lots of questions about what I’ve pinned.
I’ve learned several things that can make pinning and looking through Pinterest easier and better.
- Identify the designer of the piece you pin. I get more questions about this than about anything else. If you know the designer, add it to the description.
- Always put ‘needlepoint’ somewhere in your description. Pinterest uses this to search. Your lovely piece won’t be shared if people doing searches can’t find it.
- Add descriptive words. Tell folks what it’s a picture of. This not only helps others, it will help you. You can search just your own pins but if the great cake is just called Judy’s Grandma’s Cake, you won’t find it if you want to find that chocolate cake recipe in your pins.
- To find the source of a pin, click on the pictuure itself. Folks repin stuff, often many times, after all that’s the idea behind the site. To find the source of the pin, click on the picture. It will take you back to the site if the pin wasn’t uploaded from a computer. You may have to search the site or poke around to find it, but it should be there somewhere.
- If you can’t find it, ask. Don’t ask the repinner, use the via links located under the comments section on the pin itself, to find the first pinner. Then ask them. If the pin came originally from a blog or site and you can’t find it, look for a contact there and ask them.
- When you ask, cite the pin. Help them out. In your question, give a link to the pin, even if it is a repin, so they know what you are talking about.
- Limit your time on the site. Pinterest is a serious time sink. You can spend hours there. Rather than give it up, figure out what kind of limits work for you and use them. It might be time. It might be a certain number of pins in some categories, it might be a specific search. Set limits and stick to them.
What are your favorite tips for Pinterest? Share them in the Comments.