Pin like a Pro

Now that Pinterest has finally sorted out some of their dubious terms of service – and have agreed not to sell content which we have no copyright control over and then throw us under the bus when it goes wrong – we can finally pin with an easy conscience. Phew!

If, like me, you like to have a little method to your social media efforts, then here are some top tips for finding pins, people and prettifying (I needed another P!) your pinterest profile.

I’m a big fan of the masonry jQuery which makes Pinterest so beautiful – it’s dynamic and makes content slide together with ease, so don’t make this layout work against you. Your pins will be resized width ways, but there’s no limit to the height, which works incredibly well for infographics. That said, not many people will scroll all the way to the bottom to see the full graphic and then scroll back up to re-pin. Keep you Pins at a decent height to avoid this problem.

If you’re looking for potential followers, the best thing you can do is put yourself out there and interact. Easier said than done, as you probably don’t want to be trawling content looking for interesting users. If you regularly pin from a specific site; mashable for example, then you can see content which other people are pinning from this source too.

And it works for any website, providing people have been pinning from it. It’s also a good way to check if your site has been getting any pins.

And finally, hashtags work on Pinterest too – or you can just search using any term. It’s interesting to note that capitalisation matters on Pinterest; so #tech, tech and Tech will produce different results.