How to Use Pinterest for Beginners

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As you start reading the beginning of this article you find yourself wondering what it would be like to receive regular free traffic from Pinterest.

 

how to use Pinterest for beginners

 

You’re intelligent enough to know that some people use Pinterest to drive most of their traffic to their blog.

The further on you read you’ll begin to understand how this is possible.

Welcome to how to use Pinterest for beginners…

 

Firstly, Why Use Pinterest? 


If you’re anything like me you’ve probably not used Pinterest much.

The little time you have spent on it has been wasted by pretty pictures of barn weddings and girly stuff.

 

So why bother to use Pinterest?

Because it’s business model is designed to connect users to content. No other BIG social media platform is designed for this.

Now, read that again.

 

Simply put, the best way to get NEW visitors to your site are:

  • Pinterest = user to content (awesome)
  • Google = user to content (awesome)
  • Facebook = user to user (good)
  • Twitter = user to user (good)
  • Instagram = user to user (average at best- it is good for creating “followers” and a brand though!)

Any social media can be a great way to drive traffic to your website, especially if you already have a “presence” on there.

However, Pinterest really takes the biscuit for getting new visitors to your website.

 

A pin that is months or years old can still bring traffic to your website.

This is not the case for most other social media platforms (especially Twitter… imagine!)

As you pay close attention to this page you will find out how this is all possible…

 

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How to Make a Pin for Pinterest 


So you’ve had your appetiser, now let’s just jump into a few plates of meat…

 

There are 2 main graphic designers you can use to create your pins:

  1. Canva
  2. Snappa

 

Canva is free

Snappa costs $10 a month (or you get 5 downloads for free each month).

 

Canva is great for starting out, so here are my top tips:

  • Bookmark different designs you use so you can quickly find the layout you like.
  • Use Pexels to get all the FREE stock photo’s you need
  • If you want a transparent background (especially for logo designs) use this website for free.
  • Use a png compressor to make sure your pins are a smaller size (improves SEO of your website)

 

Snappa basically can do all the above (minus the png compressor) in one place.

Here’s why you may choose snappa:

  • You pay for convenience!
  • It’s much more user-friendly to use
  • You can save unlimited pin designs (to save you time rather than recreating them EVERY time)
  • The stock photos are better than pexels

Now, I can almost hear your mind saying…

 

But What Should Your Pins Look Like?


There’s really only one rule…

Make them “Pinterest Pretty”

But what does that mean?

Just look at the best pins for “affiliate marketing for beginners”:

 

How to use Pinterest for beginners

 

Top tips for how to use Pinterest for beginners:

  • Don’t make them ugly
  • Make Writing BIG and clear to read
  • Use LOTS of white space
  • Don’t make them ugly
  • Use COLOURFUL text
  • Use a 2:3 ratio (typically 600 x 900px… don’t go over 1,260 px tall but I’m trying out 600 x 1,250 px to make it stand out a bit more)
  • Don’t make them UGLY!!

 

Here’s an example (be sure to Pin this so you can come back to it later!)

 

 

How to Create a Board on Pinterest


I’m not going to waste your time here… but this is an important step for how to use Pinterest for beginners!

  • Click your profile, click boards, click add board.

 

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The bit I do want to mention is what you should have on your board.

  1. Specific title (“blogging” is bad “blogging tips for beginners” is better)
  2. Keyword rich descriptions (put in keywords i.e. “get more traffic” “SEO tips for beginners” “Affiliate marketing tips” etc.)
  3. Design a brand cover photo (see below)

 

how to use Pinterest for beginners

 

…And no you don’t need to put your face on there!

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Rearrange Pins on Pinterest


This can cause some confusion!

It’s easy enough to repin your own pin to a different board but a lot of people seem to struggle with rearranging pins WITHIN a board.

Let me ask you this… Do you have certain posts that you want more people to find?

Of course you do!

So make sure you rearrange your pins on occasion so that your best pins are at the front of your board!

There has been a couple of changes to Pinterest recently so check out this video to see how to rearrange pins on Pinterest.

 

 

How to Get Followers on Pinterest 


There’s no secret sauce here!

Here’s my scientific 2 step process (which can be used on ANY social media platform):

  1. Follow Pinteresters that you’d like to follow you!
  2. Pin stuff!

NEXT MEAL PLEASE!

 

Ultimate Tip! How to Join Pinterest Group Board


So this is the game changer!

This is how Pinterest can help to drive so much more traffic than other social media platforms. 

Hold on a jiffy… What is a group board?

It is a board that has 2 or more “collaborators” (people that can post pins on a board)

You can invite others to collaborate on your boards but the exciting part…

You can become a collaborator on other boards.

So if you are new and you get on a board with 10,000 followers then all of these people can see, share and view your pins!

Boom!!

If you would like to know how to do this then I would recommend you start this free 7-day email course.

This includes an email template of how to ask to become a collaborator and how to track who you’ve asked!

 

 

 

How to Use Pinterest for Beginners Summary


The more you keep reading this article the more you begin to understand how to use Pinterest and how it can be a MAJOR traffic supply.

Since you’re still here I’m going to assume you want to take Pinterest seriously.

If that’s the case you can find out a lot more tips and tactics about how to set up Pinterest in the best way for traffic in the FREE 6-day email course above…

 

The best part is:

There’s a way to automate it so you only need to put in one hour a month once it’s going!

 

Get on it like white on rice!

 

Keep changing for the better,

Mike

 

p.s. If you have any questions or thoughts please feel free to drop a comment below… or send me a message on WA here

10 Responses to “How to Use Pinterest for Beginners

  • I have a website and I always try to increase my traffic, Pinterest never came in my mind, I always look for other social networks. But now I know how much pinterest can be beneficial to earn you regular traffic. thank you so much for this useful post.

  • Social media is not my strong point and I hear so many people talk about Pinterest – so I decided to do more research about it and came across your post, I just wanted to send a quick note to say thanks for outlining all these really helpful tips and the pictures are cool also – this has really steered me in the right direction so thanks again

    • Hi Michael,

      It’s never been a strong point for me either but it is definitely a learnable skill.

      Pinterest is very different to most other forms of social media too! I hope it helped, let me know if you have any questions

      Mike

  • Hey there!

    This was really interesting subject! I have to book mark your page so I can find it later. Thank you so much for these great tips.

    I have Canva already, but I have to start using it more often.

    ps. I joined to 7 days Pinterest course! 🙂

    • Hi Mira,

      Canva is a lifesaver for creating pins for free. I do find snappa easier on the whole though due to the images already saved in there and being able to save pin designs

      I hope the course helps, let me know if you have any questions!

      Mike

  • This is a great rundown. And well timed. I’m on a lot of social media but Pinterest is one I never got around to, but have known I should.

    This should get me started, thanks!

    • Hi Jon,

      Yeah Pinterest is different to any other social media platform.

      It can seem a bit weird to start with but the group boards is a huge bonus!

      Let me know if you have any questions

      Mike

  • I love this website. Thank you so much. I will take your course eventually. Right now am in the middle of another one. Will be back often.

    • Hi Teri,

      I hope the course helps, do let me know if I can help with any personal questions!

      Mike

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