15 Mar
2012
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More pinterest tips

My last Pinterest post has been more popular than I ever imagined. The discussion in the comments has been full of some great questions and some great tips so I wanted to follow-up in case you missed all the extra tips we’ve been sharing.

How to Share Your Own Work on Pinterest

How to Share Your Designs on Pinterest

This has been the #1 question in the comments and you’ll be surprised how easy it is. If you have a blog, you just need the Pin it Button but if you’re like most people out there you probably just have photos of your creations saved to your computer. Don’t worry, this is really easy. Just look on your top bar on the right for the Add button. Right where the red arrow is in the photo below.

pinterest upload your own work

Now choose the center option, Upload a Pin and browse until you find it in the right folder. Then just place it in your board and type a description.

How to upload your own creations to pinterest

Writing a Good Description

Speaking of descriptions, we had a nice discussion in the comments on how important a detailed description is. While a word like “yummy” might describe how you feel about a recipe, try using keywords like “salmon” or “dinner” so other people can easily find the recipe. I tend to forget to write a good description when I’m in repinning mode but I’ll definitely make an effort to do better in the future.

Don’t forget that you can use the @ sign to alert a friend to a pin. You can also use the # symbol to tag a pin. That makes them very searchable (that is, when Pinterest’s search is working) and if you want to still say “yummy” for your recipe then just say “yummy #salmon #dinner” and you’re good to go. The last special symbol I use is the dollar sign. Just press $ and insert the current or approximate price of an item and it shows up on your pin. I do this to track the price on my favorite items or to help do a quick budget of a project’s cost. Below is an example of a good description. I used keywords like Target and dress and listed the price. (By the way, I tried on the dress, it’s adorable but you’ll probably want to size down.)

Nancy reminded me in the comments of another great way to write a description without having to type. If I see a post I like with a descriptive title and a cute picture, I just highlight the text of the description and then click my “Pin It” button. All the words I just highlighted appear right in my description box and I just have to choose a board and hit pin.

How Does Pinterest Work?

I really have no clue. I assume there’s some sort of fairies or magic at play. Really though, the site has a ton of web developers working on algorithms and mechanics and I am not one of those people. If you want to know more about the company and just how it has taken off, Business Insider has a great graphic and background story on Pinterest. One neat nugget of info- Pinterest users spend an average of 1 hour and 17 minutes on Pinterest a day. I’m so glad they aren’t tracking my usage!

What’s in Store for Pinterest?

Pinterest was at SXSW this week and they shared that they hope to rollout new Pinterest profiles (update: they’re here! see the details about the new Pinterest profiles) that make it easier for us to connect with others and show off our pins. (Details over on my facebook page) I can’t wait to see what that’ll look like but I do expect some glitches to come with it. Don’t forget that Pinterest is still in beta mode (that’s why it’s invite only) so glitches are to be expected. I like to wait an hour and try to be productive. You can always tell when Pinterest is acting up because usually I decide to do some huge crazy project.

Pinterest also announced they were hoping to rollout a new iPad app this spring so all you iPad users will finally get what you’ve been asking for. While you wait, go do like some commenters suggested and invite the people asking to join Pinterest over on Pinterest’s main facebook page. Consider it a good deed and share the love.

What pinterest feature do you want to see next?

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  • Susanne Kalla

    Duh, thanks for the info, so simple. I did post some things on my blog just so I could pin them, ha! I hope more people pay attention to their descriptions, kinda hard to search for anything when people keep putting hearts on them. Knew about the @ but not how the # and $ worked, good to know. So glad someone like you is out helping computer illiterates like myself.

    Over and hour on average, wow, that’s scary! When I tell people about it I warn them not to blame me when they become addicted. But, what a way to go!
    Thanks again, Susanne.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1303018638 Patricia Ann Till Mueller

    Julie, Thanks So much for all the tips!! Sure needed them!!! I, too, am addicted to Pinterest…..think my Facebook friends must think I must have gone to heaven. LOL So Julie, where did you go to high school and where is the best place to get toasted ravioli? LOL Yes, I, too, am from St. Louis and for anyone else reading this, it is the two most frequently asked questions of anyone living in St. Louis!!!
    Take care and looking SO forward to new pins!

    • http://www.thehyperhouse.com/ Julie @ The Hyper House

      I’m from across the MO River so I’m an FZN grad and I’m a Charlie Gitto’s fan myself. How about you? Are we sworn enemies because of my answers?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeanne-Woodworth-Newby/100001127854316 Jeanne Woodworth Newby

    Thank you for speaking in simple terms and sharing your knowledge!

  • Teatime

    Is there a way in the works (or an existing option I just haven’t figured out yet!) to be alerted if you’ve already pinned something? I try to periodically review/organize my boards but still invariably end up with duplicate pins when it has been some time since I’ve pinned something and just flat forgot that I’d already pinned the same thing months ago!

    • http://www.thehyperhouse.com/ Julie @ The Hyper House

      I’m not really sure if they are planning it. If they are, it wasn’t mentioned in their recent press tour so it will still be a ways off.

  • Bette

    I don’t like to see all the comments under pins. Also, I’d like a way to e-mail the recipes so I can print them.

  • Holloway Fran

    Great job

  • pc Brown

    New features? I’d love a way for pinterest to quickly notify me that I’m about to pin something I have previously pinned, and allow me to either go ahead with the pin, or choose not to.
    Also it would be great if we could rearrange the pins within the boards, you know, so I could prioritize the items– putting my favourite cat photo at the top, the dog photo at the base.
    thanks

    • http://www.facebook.com/denise.p.austin Denise Porter Austin

      I can’t believe they haven’t already made it possible to rearrange pins. IMHO it would be one of the biggest ways to make pintrest usable.

  • Smeyer2b

    I’d like to see them have some kind of filtering. I wrote to them to complain about such foul language and vulgarity. I am not a prude, but I really don’t appreciate these things. Ok so maybe I am a prude. They wrote back and said they had considered having a rating or filtering system, but had not pursued it. Maybe if there were more complaints, they would.

    • Susan

      I also made a complaint about some content. I have a couple of followers that have content I don’t want displayed and I am most definitely am not following them but I can’t do anything about others seeing their content.

  • Jkl

    I would like a way to have private boards.

    • Rowena

      YES PLEASE! I would like the ability to have private boards too, whilst I love sharing with others and others sharing with me, I would like to have some private ones we can use for our business for team members to pin ideas for projects coming up or we are working on before they are public, this would really help especially as my team is scattered around the globe!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Zyada-K/817735166 Zyada K

    What I’d like to see is some filtering on results. If I search on a particular word, invariably at least half of the results are the same site, photo, and description. It would be nice if the search algorithm would notice that and exclude the duplicates.

  • http://crazydreamersdo.com/ Susan Daniels

    Another great post of good ideas. Thank you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/carol.anderson.5680 Carol Anderson

    I would love if the Followers and Following could be put in or would go in alphbetical order….impossible to find someone when you have hundreds….

  • Andrea

    Thanks for all the tips, very useful. Wondering if you know how to rearrange boards in alphabetical order?

    • http://www.thehyperhouse.com julie

      If you go to your main page (pinterest.com/yourusername) you can rearrange your boards with the help of the little button right next to the “edit profile” button. You’ll have to arrange them all manually and update it each time you add a new board but you just drag and drop them until you like the arrangement.

  • Jamye Sierra

    Pinterest tells me pins cannot be rearranged, but I have bumped into 4 sites that have pins in alphabetical order. So, how did they do it?

  • selane1116

    Sometimes, I would like to be able to pin the same idea to more than one board. For example, pin a food recipe to “recipes to try” and “gift ideas”. Has anyone else mentioned that idea before?

  • Wowwhatagreatday

    i have diligently followed your instructions about pinning. once in a while, i am able to pin one of my own photos. however, the majority of the time i receive “error” popups stating that the photo cannot be verified/doesn’t have a proper link/ other negatives. what am i doing wrong? what do i need to do to correct this? would i dare put them on an online photo website or is that an unsafe thing to do? i need some help with this please so that i will be able to upload some of my own pins. thanks in advace for any suggestions or advice. :-)

    • http://www.facebook.com/amber.bellikka Amber Charlson Bellikka

      What would the difference be between putting them on a photo website and putting them up on Pinterest? I think that’s a great idea.

  • Diane

    I would love to be able to have files within files! I have a “craft” file or board, but it has gotten so huge, I wish I was able to break down the crafts, into different categories. I wrote them about it, but never heard back.

    I also wish there was a way to check for duplicates! And I also am not sure sometimes where to put a pin…. like a Christmas recipe, does it go in my Christmas file, or my recipe file? Sometimes I end up putting them in both, and othertimes not!?! Oh well, sure do love it tho!!!!

    Hugs from Michigan – Diane

  • Elaine

    I just found you on pinterest, and I want to thank you for your posts, they have been really helpful. I agree with pc Brown that I would like to see a notice that I am about to re-pin something I already have pinned, although I think the task of programming it would be monumental. I would love to be able to sub-divide my boards, too. That I would think would be more do-able from a programming standpoint.
    Thanks again, and I’ll be back :D

  • Ajdenny51

    How do you pin a posting from Facebook? I have tried everything and can’t figure it out. Thanks!

    • http://www.thehyperhouse.com/ Julie @ The Hyper House

      For privacy reasons you cant pin from facebook. They don’t want you repinning someone’s personal photos. Your best bet is to save your photos to your computer and upload them onto Pinterest.

  • Wendy Lolli

    I would like to be able to combine boards or take a group of pins from one board and repin them to a different board.

  • Taylor

    I totally agree with the dupe check idea however, it should just be a feature you can use as you wish, not automatically for every pin..it would take to long … but they could put a option button to check all your boards at once or separately at the users option.

  • Taylor

    I would also LOVE to see sort of bulk copy/paste feature because sometimes I get to many pins on one board and wish to move them to a new board faster than one at a time :)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/pauline.humphrey.12 Pauline Humphrey

    Thanks for the info on how to pin your own work. I was a bit confused at first then realised you only get to view the ‘add’ button from your browser site not if you are using the ipad app.

  • http://www.facebook.com/val.wright.7 Val Wright

    I would love to see a way to rearrange pins(early to late; alphabetically; colour; age etc.) and a way to transfer more pins at once. I would also like to see a way to use a Board background photo/ colour for the pins ( Green leaves for herbs or Red for Valentines day.) I would like more secret or private boards. I also would like a way to block people from my boards.

  • Pat Mattes Mazzei

    How can you get more people interested in your boards? What are the “seeds” that they talk about. You can buy them $$$ that’s wierd.
    thanks