Pinterest: The Basics


Have you heard of Pinterest? Do you want to start pinning but don’t know where to start? Sit down, grab a cup of whatever you please, and read on.

What is Pinterest?

Pinterest is a social network/bookmarking site. Users set up boards (think bulletin board), and pin (or post) images. These images are connected to products, articles, blog posts, news items, etc, and the websites where they originated. So theoretically, someone can click on an image and it will take you to the original source, which will be filled with more of the information you were looking for.

Pinterest provides some default boards to get you started, but users can set up their own boards to reflect their interests and personality. For example, some of my boards include Inspiration, Recipes and Food, Infographics, Elaine Griffin Designs, Roller Derby, Organization, and Fashion. And the list goes on.

How do I join?

Pinterest is still in the beta stage, and so at this time in order to sign up you need an invitation. (Plus it’s a great way for Pinterest to make people think it must be something really great if you need an invite.) If you request an invite from Pinterest, there may or may not be a wait. It’s no big deal. You probably know a user who can invite you.

I joined Pinterest, and I don’t know what to do!

Congratulations and welcome to Pinterest! Now create your bio and upload your profile picture. If you want to follow and be followed by people with similar interests, create an intriguing bio that really represents who you are, and what you hope to find on Pinterest.

Now start following your friends, start following people with similar interests, and start pinning and creating boards! You can also simply like or comment on pins, and reply to comments on your pins. Fun!

How do I pin and repin?

Repinning is as easy as hitting the repin button that appears when you hover over an image, and pinning it to an appropriate board. You can also pin from websites you browse. There are a couple of ways to do this. First, you should absolutely install the Pin It bookmarklet to your browser’s toolbar.Also, many websites now have options to pin their images, articles, etc.

It’s that easy! And once you start pinning, you will find it becomes easier and easier. And more addictive. Happy Pinning!

Are your ready to start pinning? Join me on Pinterest!


About Elaine

Elaine GriffinElaine Griffin is a freelance WordPress designer, content creator, and speaker. She brings her background as a sociologist, advocate, and educator, to her work and her writing, which has been featured on BlogHer and The SITS Girls. On Elaine Griffin Designs, she writes easy to follow tutorials about WordPress, social media, SEO, and blogging. On The Laine List she spills her guts about life, motherhood, and balancing work and family. She also sprinkles in some fun recipe and cocktail posts.
Working from her home office in Finger Lakes Region of NY, Elaine, a wine lover, also enjoys the beauty of living in wine country! Read more about Elaine...

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