How to Use Pinterest for Beginners

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How to Use Pinterest for Beginners  
Have you been hearing whispers about Pinterst? Or maybe one of your friends no longer leaves the house due to a Pinterest obsession? What’s the big deal about Pinterest?

You’d like to get in on this, but you don’t want your friends to know you don’t know. Here’s your secret spot to get the inside scoop on How to Use Pinterest. 

Pinterest is like a virtual pinboard where you can “pin” images, websites and blog posts on to your own personal pin boards. You can also follow other pinners and repin their great ideas.

Pinboards are based on a specific topic you set, such as Christmas Decorating, Organizing Projects, Funny Stuff, Inspirational Quotes, or Travel. The Pinboard ideas are endless.

Follow these 5 simple steps and you’ll be TEACHING others How to Use Pinterest in no time!

How To Use Pinterest

Step 1-Set Up Your Pinterest Account

Just go to Pinterest.com and click on the “Join Pinterest” button, currently located on the top of the page (things change sometimes, you know!).

You’ll then be prompted to select a user name. It’s totally up to you if you’d like to use your real name or not. I do suggest you try to match it with your other social media names to make it easier for people to find and follow you.

Next, add an image. This can be an actual picture of you, which is the most popular option, or it can be any image you choose! Fill out your profile as completely as you’d like, with or without a description.

Step 2-Set Up a Few Pinboards

Think about what kind of things you like and set up your first 3 to 5 Pinboards. Go to the top right hand corner, near your image, and click on “Add +.” Then you’ll have 3 choices…add a pin, upload a pin, and create a board. Click on “Create a Board.” Enter a name for your board. You may be as specific as you’d like. I have a board called “Travel.” However, if you l-o-v-e travel, you might want “European Travel” and “Austrailia” and “Camping.” Keep in mind, you can always add new boards and edit the names of your current boards. If you’d like, you can add a description of your board. This will help people find your board and know why they should follow this particular board. Then, just click “Create Board.”

Step 3-Pin, Pin, Pin a Day Away

This is where the real fun begins. Scroll through the images and when you see what you like, click on it. You’ll now see a larger version of that image and the description. When you hover over the image, you’ll see two buttons at the top. One says “Like” which just means you “like” that image. However, most people click the other button that says “Repin.” At that point, you can select which of your pinboards you’d like to pin it on, or you can scroll to the bottom of that list to make a new pinboard ( I currently have 83 boards). You’ll also see the description the original pinner used. You can keep that or change it. It’s totally up to you. Then you just click “Pin In.” PS-Some people “Pin First, Read Later” while some people “Read First, Pin Later.” It’s totally your preference.

Step 4-Find Friends

You will be ah-MAZED at how many people you already know who are on Pinterest. You might even been a tiny bit mad…why didn’t anyone tell me about this? Why am I the last to know? Anyhow, when you get started on Pinterest, it uses your Facebook, Twitter and email accounts to find people you already know. You’ll see their picture, name, and a “Follow” button. If you are just starting out, click follow for anyone you want. At that point, all of their pins and boards will show up on your Pinterest. If you’re a little picky, click on their name and check out what kind things they pin. You can choose to “Follow All” or just click on an individual board and follow just that board. The more people you follow, the more pins you see. At the height of my obsession, I was refreshing every 3 minutes, hoping for something new. If nothing new showed up, I knew it was time to follow more folks!

Step 5-Use the Pinterest Search Bar

If you have a particular topic you’re interested in, go up to the top left side and write the topic in the search box and click enter. At the top of your results, you’ll see 3 choices…Pins, Boards, or Pinners. If you are looking for specific pins, click that. If you are looking for entire boards to follow, click boards. If you are looking for Pinners, just click that. Don’t worry, you’ll get the hang of it in no time.

Any Questions on How to Use Pinterest?

I’m working on a post with Pinterest Tips for “Just Beyond Beginners” or “Pinterest for Mediums.” Well, no, that sounds like it’s for people with ESP. Maybe “Pinterest 102.” So come back often for more information. I’d love for you to write your question in the comment box and I’ll be sure to answer them in my next post.

Until then,
Happy Pinning!

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