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PopStars Resource Mashup – Get On Pinterest

Pop Star Pinterest

Facebook = stay connected (too connected)

LinkedIn = business attire

YouTube = sucked into wasting inordinate amounts of time

Google + = didn’t they learn from Orkut, Dodgeball, Jaiku, Wave, or Buzz?

Twitter = don’t get it

Pinterest = do we really need more social media?

The first time I heard about Pinterest, I full on slapped myself in the head. Why? Do we need a public bulletin board? Do we need to share every image we find interesting with the entire world? Is the world waiting with bated collective breath waiting to see what craft project we are dying to do or what grumpy cat saying we thought was best?

Under duress I finally joined the Pinterest fray in March. I’m still a babe in the woods, but used as a business tool — as opposed to using it to while away the hours ogling crafty projects without actually doing any of them — it can be very powerful. How? It can put clickable images from your blog posts in front of millions of eyes.

Follow my Pinterest boards!

Here are some resources (from experts) to help you get started, too.

  • Heavyweight Help: The Complete Guide to Getting Started on Pinterest
    This very detailed post was the first one I read about Pinterest. It intrigued me enough to get started and had enough clear information to make it easy to get started and wade through yet another social media interface. In other words, Jamie Swanson made sense of it all.
  • 5 Ways to Create Highly Shareable Pinterest Pictures for Your Business
    This incredibly informative, detailed post was one of the top search results when I was looking for Pinterest info. It was only when I got to the author box that I realized it was written by a long-time client who has become a good friend of mine! Kelly Lester is the owner of Easy Lunchboxes (the top selling lunchbox on Amazon) and an absolute online marketing guru. A self-professed “traffic whore,” she linked to a post I wrote about car seat safety on her business Facebook page and my traffic that day quadrupled. Trust me, she knows her stuff. (Could I possibly have squeezed more links into that paragraph?)
  • How to Make Images Stand Out on Pinterest
    If you don’t know Mashable, please let me introduce you to one of the largest sources of social media information in the world. This info graphic gives you a quick, visual overview for how to make great graphics that will encourage pinning. (And the infographic itself is an awesome example.)
  • Learnings from My Pinterest Experiment
    Although he isn’t so omnipresent on his blog anymore (I guess that happens when your blog is über successful and you start traveling the world or hanging out on the hammock or whatever), but whenever Darren Rowse actually writes a post, I sit up and take notice. He uses great strategies to test results and always provides a solid example of blogging theory.
  • Everything You Need to Know about the New Pinterest
    The day I signed on to Pinterest for the first time, I got a message asking if I wanted a sneak peak at the new version. Always wanting to be on the cutting edge, I clicked Yes. So “new” has always been the Pinterest status quo for me. If you’ve used Pinterest in the past, check out this post and infographic (another good example!) discussing the changes.

Addendum: I don’t usually create an image for the mashups — just as a time management issue — but it’s kind of a no brainer that a Pinterest post should have one no matter what past practice has been. So, my dear friend mentioned above — marketing guru Kelly Lester — saw this poor, imageless post, made one up just for this post, and emailed it to me! Seriously? Thank you!

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  • Kelly Lester April 9, 2013, 10:31 pm

    Thank you so much for the super fun shout-out Alison! I’m just a huge fan of Pinterest as you know…. Probably since I just love images and Photoshop so much. Hey, I’ll take any excuse to create something. Especially for a friend 🙂

  • Farhan Memon August 18, 2013, 11:03 am

    This is a great post… Pinterest is also seems to be good… I also use that one… 🙂

  • Mjeff August 19, 2013, 12:23 am

    I got on Pinterest right when it started and got a lot of followers fast…then I kind of just let it go. Shouldn’t have done that, could have been sitting on a goldmine.

  • jawad zaib August 23, 2013, 10:24 am

    Nice detailed article, i am using Pinterest for some time now and i am really enjoying it, in this article i like the post about how to create highly shareable pictures for pinterest by Kelly Lester…
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  • Pinki August 24, 2013, 3:43 am

    Thank you, this info is so useful for me. I also used pininterest.

  • shakeel moosa August 31, 2013, 8:08 am

    thankyou so much for this info. alison
    i just love pinterest,

  • oo September 1, 2013, 12:07 am

    I’ll have to get on it! Thanks for the boost.

  • Inyavic September 2, 2013, 9:09 am

    Nice one there. Thanks

  • SR September 2, 2013, 8:11 pm

    I am at the same point you were at: “do we really need more social media”. I did take a look at some of the resources though and I have to admit, it makes sense considering the dozens of other very successful social media sites. Do you have any tips on promoting your Pinterest?

  • Alison Moore Smith September 3, 2013, 12:04 am

    Do you have any tips on promoting your Pinterest?

    SR, check the articles I linked to in this post. Those were the best tips I could find.
    Read Alison Moore Smith’s inCREDible post…PopStars Resource Mashup – Boost Your TrafficMy Profile

  • Icahbanjarmasin September 9, 2013, 10:01 am

    Hi..Alison thank you very much my friend god bless for you..I am From INDONESIA.

  • DN September 11, 2013, 1:13 am

    As per my knowledge Pinterest is a pinboard-style photo-sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, and hobbies. Users can browse other pinboards for images, “re-pin” images to their own pinboards, or “like” photos. honestly speaking i really don’t have idea rather than this. Thanks for sharing article and enhancing my knowledge.

  • kim September 28, 2013, 4:42 am

    I must admit, I simply don’t get Pinterest

  • Alison Moore Smith September 28, 2013, 11:40 am

    Join the club. As I use it more for business, I’m starting to understand the advantages, if not the appeal. 🙂
    Read Alison Moore Smith’s inCREDible post…Win-with-1 is Now Part of PopCred!My Profile

  • Ekta October 12, 2013, 4:39 am

    Thanks for this info Alison …It will really help me get started with Pinterest..Haven’t really got the hang of it yet.:)

  • favia October 15, 2013, 9:10 am

    I want to get a pinterest accound but I didn’t knew anything about it! Now I learned a lots of thing about pinterest thanks to your article! Thanks a lot!
    Cheers!

  • طريقة عمل الكريب November 5, 2013, 9:50 am

    I am at the same point you were at: “do we really need more social media”. I did take a look at some of the resources though and I have to admit, it makes sense considering the dozens of other very successful social media sites. Do you have any tips on promoting your Pinterest?
    Read طريقة عمل الكريب’s inCREDible post…طريقة عمل الكريب الحلو والمالحMy Profile

  • online learning November 25, 2013, 2:32 pm

    very nice article about useing of Pinterest

  • Matt April 23, 2014, 9:32 pm

    Just recently got into Pinterest as a way to promotes sites. Thought it was just for the ladies but it’s actually pretty addictive haha
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