Getting Started with Pinterest

by brianac

Getting Started with Pinterest


Currently you need to be invited to Pinterest in order to setup an account. This can be done by visiting their main site and requesting an invitation and then waiting for one to be emailed to you, which normally takes a day or two. Your other option is to be invited by someone who is already a member of Pinterest. This last option is probably the quickest method. If you ask on your Facebook page, one of your friends is more than likely to have an account and can invite you.

Once you have your invitation, you create your account by logging in with your Facebook or Twitter account. Then you simply follow the instructions to set up your account.

Once these basic steps are completed, it is now time to start with the fun things like creating your boards and pinning images to them. Keep in mind that Pinterest is a social site, so be social! Even if your intention is to advertise your business, start off by getting your name out there and being active with other members.

The best way to do this is by repinning images you like to one of your boards. You can have lots of boards, so we would suggest that you make a few favorite or fun boards. Don’t forget people love humor, so if you have this type of streak in your personality, let it shine through.

Here are a few examples of boards you could create:

  • My Daily Laugh Board
  • Favorite Breakfast Dishes
  • Best Books I Have Read
  • My Leisure Activities
  • My Wish List
  • My Dream Vacations

Each board will become a mini photo album of all your favorite things and is a good way to display your personality along with your business. There is no harm in pinning pictures of your business. You can show your home office with images of your desk, computer, office chair, plants etc. At first you want to refrain from blatant self promotion. As with any social site, this is considered a big NO NO!

When you visit the home page of Pinterest, you can see everything that is currently being pinned. Browse through them and start clicking the like button. If you see something that really catches your attention repin it to your own board.

At the same time make note of who is pinning what and look for people who are in the same type of business as you. You can follow these people and see exactly how they are using Pinterest in their business. This can give you great ideas of just how to use Pinterest to your advantage in business.




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