Pinterest: A Visual Marketing Tool for Writers and Bloggers
By Joanna Penn @thecreativepenn
Nobody needs yet another social network, but Pinterest is actually really fun! I use it to create boards for my fiction under J.F.Penn
I just have a ‘Pin It’ link on my browser toolbar so it’s very easy to add images I find to the boards without being logged in. But I am certainly not a power user, so in today’s post, Melissa Donovan explains how to use Pinterest more effectively. ~ Joanna Penn
When Pinterest hit the Internet, everyone was buzzing about it. I decided to check it out and discovered a social media site for collecting, organizing, and sharing images.
My blog is about writing, which isn’t exactly a visual topic. I didn’t see how I could use Pinterest as a marketing tool and the last thing I needed was another online distraction. It didn’t seem like a place where writers would hang out, so I decided not to sign up.
Imagine my surprise a few months later when I discovered Pinterest was sending a significant amount of traffic to my site. I wasn’t even using it, and some weeks, it was the top social media site referring traffic to my blog. Obviously, Pinterest is a place where writers hang out.
I set up an account and started experimenting. As a result, in 2012, Pinterest ranked fifth in sending referrals my way with relatively little effort on my part.
Tips for Using Pinterest as a Marketing Tool
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Happy writing & running, Kathy