Do you Pin yet?
Pinterest is one of the most popular bookmarking sites at the moment. You can “pin” pictures to your pinboards as you surf the net and it automatically links back to the site where you found them. So later when you’re thinking “Where did I see that great bunting tutorial?”, you can click on the picture on your pinboard and go back there.
For Bloggers, it is great to have one of your pictures pinned. Once things are pinned by one person, then they are shared with all that person’s followers, and often re-pinned and shared again and again. I find lots of new blogs to read through Pinterest, and I know from my stats that a lot of new readers are finding my pictures and clicking through from there as well.
Some Pinterest Etiquette
There has been some discussion lately about readers that not only pin a picture from your blog, but then copy and paste the text from the post into the comments section. I discovered one of my complete tutorials is on Pinterest in that way. I wasn’t happy.
Two reasons really:
- I spent a lot of time writing and editing that tutorial. It’s all my own words and pictures. So there is a copyright and plagiarism issue if someone copies the whole lot to somewhere else.
- At this point, I’m writing my blog for more than just my enjoyment, and hoping for visitors to come and read it. If my tutorial has been copied onto Pinterest, then readers don’t need to come here to read it anymore. They can read it over there. So I lose potential readers.
So please think before you copy all the text from a blog with the picture you are pinning.
I LOVE that you want to pin my picture and share it! And I think most bloggers would be fine with it too. But don’t copy all the text as well. Click and come back when you want to tread the tutorial again.
Watch out for changing URLs
A tip for the bloggers now: I noticed recently that some of the links to Pinterest that I had used in blog posts were not working anymore. When I looked a little further, it seemed that the URLs of those pins had changed. The pictures were still there on my pinboards, but the links were different – usually a longer number at the end of them. So, Bloggers, if you link back to Pinterest regularly in posts, you may want to check the links every now and again if you don’t already. I have a little plugin called Broken Link Checker for WordPress that tells me about broken URLs, which I’ve found really helpful.
I contacted Pinterest and asked whether this was a common thing, but I haven’t heard back from them yet. I’ll let you know if I get some information.
If you’re not on Pinterest yet and you’d like to be, you need someone who is on there to send you an invitation. I can send you one! Just leave your email address in the comments (or email it to me if you’d prefer) and I can invite you to join the fun.