Some tools I use are to save time. Some tools are just to keep organised. Some tools are to tell me information that I either need or want. This one falls into that last category. PinAlerts is a tool that tells me about who has pinned things from my blog to Pinterest.
A couple of months ago I posted over at the Crafty Mummy Blogging page that I was going to try out a new tool: PinAlerts. I’d love to tell you which lovely blog I found it on, but I don’t remember. I’m sure it would have been a list of Pinterest tools from some savvy social media sort. I thought I’d give it a go and let you know whether you want to take the time to set it up for yourself.
To get started you sign up at the PinAlerts page. Then you get to this set up screen. In the box you type your blog domain – in my case http://thecraftymummy.com – then choose how often you want to get an email from them. I get mine once a day but you could get them more or less often depending on how curious you are.
Each email contains a thumbnail of the picture they pinned with a link to the actual pin and the board it was pinned to. There is also a link to the profile of the “Pinner” and a date and description. There is also a weekly summary email with a total number for the week without any pictures or links.
What I learnt
I was surprised to see how many people are pinning from my blog every day. Most days there are at least 10 pins and some days even more. (Now I’m sure that isn’t many for someone like Hair Romance, but it was more than I expected! ) I was also surprised to see which posts and pictures they are pinning. In many cases they are older posts rather than today’s post. Interesting.
So what have I done with my new-found knowledge? I have started to visit the pins from my blog and see what else those people are pinning. Sometimes I will like the pin or follow their boards. Often I find more crafty projects to try!