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The idea of Pinning or saving images and Pins is to collect and gather ideas that inspire you.
So, in today’s article, I am going to teach you how to Pin images on Pinterest the right and proper way.
When I was a new Pinterest user a few years ago, I had no clue what I was doing when I was saving images to my boards.
I had Pinned my favorite home décor and DIY crafts to my boards, but I didn’t know I was supposed to properly name and categorize those boards.
For example, I saved everything into a board called “things for me to do” or “new projects to try.”
It wasn’t until I learned that I could make money online by using Pinterest that lead me to learn how to use the platform properly.
I had absolutely no idea that you could make money online using Pinterest by starting a blog and creating content so you can Pin to your boards.
You can even check out how I am making over $20,000 per month with a small blog today all because I decided to start my blog and learned how to save Pins on Pinterest the right way.
The thought of making money with Pinterest NEVER crossed my mind because I was just a normal Pinterest user looking for something beautiful, relevant, helpful, and inspiring to Pin into my boards.
Where else would I have come across the idea of learning how to flip furniture and make money with a fun hobby like this?
Whether you’re looking for a delicious chicken recipe to make or some DIY furniture ideas for you to tackle over the weekend, there is a proper way of saving and Pinning images on Pinterest. This is especially important if you are a content creator and using Pinterest for your business.
In the remaining article, I am going to show you how to Pin on Pinterest!
If you’re new to using Pinterest for your blog or business, you’ll also want to check out this tutorial on how to make board covers for your Pinterest business profile.
How To Pin On Pinterest
As you may already know, Pinterest wants users to save, collect, and organize their Pins into related boards and categories.
By pinning Pins into relevant boards, which will be discussed in the section, “Pinning Pins To Relevant Boards,” Pinterest is able to learn and recognize what your boards and Pins are about.
For example, if a blog post is about “10 Meatless Dinner Recipes,” Pinterest will expect users to save this Pin into boards that are about “Family Dinner Recipes,” “Meal Planning For Vegetarians,” “Healthy Eating & Living,” etc.
There are a ton of board titles that this Pin can be saved to. The more related the board name is, the better it is for your content because Pinterest will recognize this Pin is about food or recipes.
NOTE: You don’t want to confuse Pinterest by saving your content about “10 Meatless Dinner Recipes” to boards like “My Travel Plans” or “Makeup Tutorials”
Now that you understand why Pinterest wants us to save Pins to relevant boards, I’m going to show you various ways to Pin on the platform.
1. Pin On Pinterest Using The Pinterest Search Bar
Step 1: Search for a keyword or phrase that you named your board. Let’s suppose you are in the beauty niche and you named your board title “Contouring For Beginners.” Using Pinterest search is one of the best ways to save pins to your boards because Pinterest already recognizes these pins as the proper categories.
Step 2: Save 1-2 pins to your board called “Contouring For Beginners” by hovering over the pin. Use the drop-down box to select the board you want to pin to.
REMINDER: Before saving any Pin into your board, always make sure this Pin is legitimate, and NOT a spam. I will teach you how to avoid saving spam Pins at the end of this article.
2. Pin On Pinterest By Saving Pins From “More like this” Section
Step 1: Suppose you clicked into the Pin from method 1 when you were searching for “Contouring For Beginners.” Anytime you click into any Pin and you scroll to the bottom, you’ll see a section called “More like this.”
Step 2: Save your Pin into an appropriate board. As you can see, Pinterest shows you results that are related or similar to the search, “Contouring for Beginners” and these pins are good to save into any board that is about contouring, makeup, or beauty.
3. How To Pin On Pinterest By Pinning From Your Home Feed
The moment you log onto Pinterest, either through mobile or phone, you’ll be on your homefeed. This activity feed recommends Pins based on your overall search and what you generally look for. When you’re scrolling through your Pinterest home feed, you can also directly save the Pin you like into your relevant boards.
General Pinning Tips For Beginners
As a beginner, I recommend consistently Pinning 5 to 10 pins a day.
If you haven’t started your blog yet nor have content to Pin or to share on Pinterest, you can go ahead and save 10 Pins from other content creators.
PRO TIP: Pinterest does not recommend pinning more than 25 to 30 pins a day. Pinning more than this suggested amount may increase the chances of your account being flagged as a spam.
For those of you who have your own Pins, you can mix it up with other bloggers’ Pins.
If you have only 10 blog posts, you can start off by Pinning 1 different blog post per day to different boards, and 5 to 8 of other people’s Pins. For now, we just want you to get started and make your Pinterest account active as you spend time creating more content and building your blog.
According to Pinterest’s best practices for success on Pinterest:
It’s a good idea to save Pins regularly—consistent, daily activity is better than a once-a-week flurry. Be patient and stick with it. Unlike social networks where all of your audience reach typically happens in the first 24 hours, the reach of your content on Pinterest will continue to grow over time as Pinners discover and save your Pins. Publishing consistently over consecutive months is the best way to build a dedicated audience.
To stay safe, you can follow these Pinterest guidelines here.
Again, make sure the Pins you save into your boards are relevant and align with what your board is about. I explain more details about how to save Pins to a relevant board in the next section.
Pinning or Saving Pins To Relevant Boards
When you’re saving Pins into your personal boards and/or Pinterest group boards, ALWAYS make sure you are Pinning Pins that are RELEVANT to that board.
For example, let’s say your pin leads to a blog post about “Easy Hairstyles for Women With Short Hair” or “How To Curl Short Hair For Women” that looks something like this:
Be sure to save that pin to boards that are related to this topic. Board names or titles like these are okay for you to save the pin into:
- Hairstyle for women
- Hairstyle for party
- Beauty tips
- Beauty hacks
The more focused and narrow the board is (e.g. in this case, “hairdos”, “Hairstyle for women” or “hairstyle for party”) the better it is. However, it doesn’t mean you can’t and shouldn’t pin to other more general boards like “beauty tips” or “beauty hacks” because it’s still relevant. You still want to save that Pin and reach an audience who may be interested in general beauty and hairstyling tips.
However, NEVER save a Pin about hairstyle to a board that’s about chicken recipes, exercise routine, or winter coats!
By saving Pins to relevant boards, you are telling Pinterest what that Pin or content is about. You don’t want to confuse Pinterest thinking it’s about losing weight, healthy living, or a ground beef recipe.
Here’s one more example to help you make sound judgment when pinning your content going forward.
Let’s say your blog post is “Quick Dinners To Make On Busy Weeknights” and your Pins look something like this:
You can save this Pin into food or recipe related boards like:
- Dinner Recipes
- Family Dinners
- Budget Meals
- Chicken Dinners
- Cheap Dinners for Broke People
You could also save this to boards like:
- Saving Money
- Budgeting Tips
- Frugal Tips
That’s because your post about family dinners includes budget-friendly recipes that will help your readers save money on food. There is an audience in personal finance who is looking for ways to save money on their meals.
However, I HIGHLY recommend saving a Pin like this to boards like “Dinner Recipes” or “Family Dinners” FIRST (this is a priority) before you resave it to another board called “Frugal Tips.” You want Pinterest to recognize it MORE as “Family Dinner Meals” rather than “Frugal Tips.”
Avoid Saving Spam Pins on Pinterest!
Now that you know how to Pin (or save) Pins on Pinterest into your personal boards and group boards, I’m going to teach you how to avoid saving spam pins.
You need to be aware that there are a lot of spammers on Pinterest who steal legitimate bloggers’ Pins by directing them to spammy websites, so be careful when you are Pinning or saving images into your boards.
PRO TIP: It’s always a good practice to click into the Pin first and make sure the URL or website it brings you to is NOT a spam site. Turn this “check” into a habit to save yourself and other legitimate content creators from getting into trouble with the Pinterest police!
The moment you land on a blogger’s page, you should be able to tell whether the site looks spammy or if the person is legitimate (use your own judgment). If it’s a legitimate blogger, proceed to save the Pin into your relevant board.
Usually, a spam website would be cluttered with ads and/or contain irrelevant or shady content. Some have a little bit of content but the things they write on the page don’t make any grammatical sense nor does it tie back to the title of the original pin. I see SO many bloggers who make the mistake of saving spammy Pins without realizing it. This also includes those who are experienced with Pinterest!
I am just warning you that there are many people who steal bloggers’ Pins and redirect them to their spammy URL. Some people even redirect it to their normal website, but it “appears” to look legitimate – yes, it’s sad but true.
Overall, just be careful and make sure you are saving legitimate Pins/content.
As you become an experienced user on Pinterest, another quick way to check is to hover your mouse over the Pin. You’ll see the website URL appear at the bottom-left of the Pin. If it looks suspicious or untrusty worthy, don’t save it!
Final Word on How To Pin On Pinterest
As you have learned, Pinterest is a place where users and Pinners can collect and gather the things they love.
Pinterest is a place for inspiration and tips!
When you save on Pin on Pinterest, be sure to save them to boards that are relevant and related to what the Pin is about. For example, if a Pin is about acrylic nails, don’t save that to a board that is about chicken recipes. Pinterest will get confused.
There are three different ways to save Pins on Pinterest and they include:
- Finding and saving them from the Pinterest search
- Browsing through the “More like this” section when you click into a Pin you like or inspired by
- Pinning them directly from your home feed when you log onto Pinterest
A final word of caution is to double-check and make sure the Pin you save is not a spam Pin. In other words, the Pin image should tie back to what the content is about on the blogger’s website. On top of that, the link to the website shouldn’t look suspicious. If your gut feeling tells you that the Pin is not created by the original blogger, you should avoid saving that Pin.
That’s it for today, folks!
I hope you found this tutorial on how to Pin on Pinterest helpful! 🙂