Pinterest is a fun, fast growing social media platform and if you have not checked it out, I highly recommend you hightail it over there. Pinterest is like a ‘candy store where you want a taste of everything, you are in awe of plentitude, you list your favorites and you can’t believe people actually buy the stuff’. Pinterest is quite simple to use and is very easy on the eyes. Pretty pictures float by and following people is as easy as connecting your current Facebook or Twitter accounts and voila; you now follow lots of people on Pinterest with the click of one or two buttons.
Each new Pinterest account gets an opportunity to create numerous ‘boards’. According to Pinterest, there is a combined total limit of 350 personal and shared boards. In case you are curious, I’d like to also share that each account is currently limited to 100,000 pins.
Here are some tips to keep in mind as you create new boards:
- As you name your new board(s), think SEO. What important keywords can you and should you use for your boards? Make sure you like the name of the board to avoid renaming it later – that would change the given URL of that board.
- As you create your boards, make sure you categorize each board correctly so they can be found in a search.
- As you start uploading pins to the board, pick one image that stands out and represents the board well. Use that image as the ‘board cover’ to attract additional attention to that particular board.
Once you have created several boards, arrange them in just the order you want. You can go into your account at any time and re-arrange your boards, whenever you want and as often as you like.
Here are some creative ways people have arranged their boards:
- Alphabetically (Yes, some people do)
- By important keywords
- By subject (group several similar boards together)
- Most relevant boards first
Once you set up your own boards, you might want to browse and find similar boards to your own for images to repin. Pinterest search is easy to use and don’t forget that hashtags work on Pinterest, too. Once you find a board you like, you can follow the user (and thus follow all his/her boards) or you can just follow that one board you are interested in. Much the same way, you can decide to unfollow someone who’s cluttered their boards with junk images or someone who pins irrelevant stuff. Unfollowing is as easy as following: go to the actual board you want to unfollow and hit the ‘unfollow’ button.
Lastly, I want to touch on sharing boards. This can be done in two ways:
1. You ask someone to become a contributor to your board(s).
2. You are asked to become a contributor to someone else’s board(s).
Here I urge you to use caution: I recommend only accepting board invitations from people you know and trust and who are in the same or a similar industry as you. Accepting too many board invitations will limit the number of boards you yourself can create as the total limit of combined boards is 350. As a side note: you can disengage yourself from a board, even after you have accepted the invitation to share. If you feel the shared board has become unmanageable, I urge you to reconsider accepting invitations and even deleting some boards and shifting your focus back on the boards you currently manage.
Feel free to share your experience with managing and sharing boards. I’d love to get your feedback!