Why I Love Pinterest & How to Be a TOP Pinner!

by Marla on February 17, 2012 · 80 comments

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Pinterest has taken the social media world by storm in a great way. Yes, you might take way too much of your time flitting around there, but do you have a smile on your face while you are on it? I bet the answer is yes. In case you don’t know Pinterest is the super chic visual bookmarking website that is slick and very user friendly. Over there you create a collection of virtual pin boards.

These boards consist of your favorite websites, blogs, photographs and more. You categorize each image and you share with others. People who follow you can then click through to the website it was pinned from to learn more about that photograph, website or blog post.

These days the majority of my blog traffic comes directly from Pinterest. Daily my readership grows as I gain followers. In order to become more visible I am very social over there. I pin quality content often ~ Many folks have told me how much traffic they have received from my pins of their stuff. Great benefits for ALL!

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Being a visually minded person I crave quick snippets of information. I am the kind of gal who cannot be in one place for too long & I seek the beauty in everything. When Pinterest came along in 2011 I knew it would be the perfect place for me to organize & share all of the inspiration I find daily. I love following other peoples pins ~ they turn me on to a whole world of food, crafts, design, travel, lifestyle + more!

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Above is a great example of how to get noticed on Pinterest.

  • Shoot a great image (hint: people LOVE food)
  • Crop it LONG (the image looks really BIG on Pinterest because it is vertical, horizontal images are a tougher read and appear too small)
  • Add fun text and graphics (Pinterest is all about short term IMPACT. Make your statement BOLD and QUICK!)
Quick & Easy! 
One of the first things you can do to build your brand on Pinterest…. Create some group pin boards with inspiring themes. This is a fun way to invite conversation, pin your stuff and see other peoples favorites based off that theme. My #ProjectLunchBox Pinners board is a great example of people working together. Daily we inspire each other to pack meals at home!

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Each of the photos in this post will take you straight over to some of my favorite boards. Also be sure to follow my boards to at http://pinterest.com/marlameridith/

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You need an invitation to join in the Pinterest craze. Because I love you and want you to have tons of fun + inspiration daily I can send you an invite if you email me your email address. You can do that via my contact form.

The awesome Kim Stoegbauer from The TomKat Studio interviewed on of the three Pinterest co-founders Ben Silbermann for HGTV. Check that out to learn more about the passion and philosophy behind this genius invention.

At the bottom of this post I give you the opportunity to share links to your Pinterest account or your favorite pin boards.

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Great for Visual Thinkers

Pinterest offers me quick visual inspiration that I can then further the experience to clicking through to the links. How great is that color palette above by Design Seeds? A new favorite blog f mine.

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Helps Me Organize

Now I can I organize all my creative inspirations in one place, on my virtual pin boards.

So not only can I organize my inspirations, but my life too! Look at that gorgeous organization from the blog Art as Life.

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Nothing bugs me more than not being able to find a creative idea I fall in love with. Pinning my favorites makes it simple to re-visit these finds. All I need to do is dash over to my boards and glance at my well categorized themes. I have found so many new blogs through Pinterest.

There are so many great photographers out there & now I can keep track of their beautiful photo shoots via my “Photographers” board. Above is a great image by Z’s the Day Photography and Design.

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Become your Own Curator

Ever have dreams of sharing your unique style? On Pinterest that is exactly what you do each time you pin, repin and like something.

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Making New Friends

Not only do I blog about food, but my interests are vast.

There are so many blogs and websites I have learned about through Pinterest. From craft bloggers to weddings, photographers, artists, designers, travel, fitness, lifestyle, cool crafts and much more. Each day I am continuously blown away by the things I see.

One of my favorite pin boards is my Blythe Dolls collection. These little dolls fascinate me & beware: my two dolls just arrived from Japan so you will be seeing lots of them around here. Stay tuned.

Not only am I creating online relationships with shopkeepers on Etsy, but also new communities of friends who are into similar things. Not matter how unique or kitschy the interest.

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Very Customizable

We all have unique interests and passions. What I love is that I can follow all of someone’s boards or just the few I am interested in. Life is too busy to be inundated with too much content. With Pinterest I can give and take what I want & leave the rest behind. Easy.

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I also love that I can constantly rearrange my boards according to what my moods are. For instance, I will have certain holiday boards at the top of my collection timely with particular seasons. I move them lower on my arrangement once the holiday has passed. This makes it easier for people to find what they need. For instance since Valentine’s Day has passed I will move Easter up.

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It is amazing how much my blog traffic has increased since I joined Pinterest. The most popular post from Family Fresh Cooking with the most pins so far is…Project LunchBox!

Pinterest has been by far my largest source of blog traffic. More than StumbleUpon, Facebook and all of the others combined.

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I love the mindset over at Pinterest. People openly share ideas and inspiration. They are genuinely happy to be there & I can tell it is not just another chore on their internet sweeps.

The Perfect Palette has a HUGE and very loyal following. People love her pins and it is very obvious why.

I strike up new relationships with all kinds of folks. It is a dream of mine to get to Switzerland some day so I keyword #Switzerland to find others who share the same interests.

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“Liking” and “Repining”

I “like” a whole lot of pictures so folks can follow along. I “Repin” those that I know I want to re-visit at some time down the road. Again, for me it all comes down to refining and knowing exactly what I want to look at all the time. De-cluttering my mind as much as I can along the way. Wonder Woman fascinates me. So she has her very own board.

“Likes” are awesome too, because then I know I can find the post again if I wish. These are not always in my line of vision though as my “pins” are.

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User Friendly Links

If I love something more than just a quick glance, I enjoy the fact that I can easily click through to the blog or website by clicking on that photo. Direct links make life much easier.

The Pear Roquefort Salad is by my buddy Mike from Verses From My Kitchen. Not only is his photography stunning but his recipes need to be remembered. Having them on many of my food boards helps me pull up my favorites in a snap!


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I love to shop for everything! Fortunately and unfortunately Pinterest offers me many way to click through to store fronts to make online purchases. It is especially helpful for me to find stuff For the Home and Props.

I am a self proclaimed Etsy Addict so I pin and find a lot of Etsy goodies on Pinterest.

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Do you love Pinterest? What are your favorite things to pin? What are your favorite pin boards to follow? Has your blog traffic grown vastly since you joined?

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I would love if you linked up your Pinterest account too! This way we can all visit each other over there.

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