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Update, 3-21-2013: No more prizes, but as far as I know, this information is still a good starting point for Pinterest. Let me know if you see any problems or have any questions by commenting on this post: Bloggiesta Spring 2013.

I am hosting a mini-challenge to sign up and use Pinterest for, among other things, promotion of your blog. Pinterest is a virtual bulletin board where people pin interesting pictures they have seen around the web. Aside from being a fun, visual way to collect images and ideas, Pinterest is proving to be an excellent way to market websites.

Complete this challenge to be entered into a drawing for a $20 gift card to your favorite bookstore (or as close an approximation to your favorite that we can make mutually convenient). I’ll be happy to work with an international winner. If you’re already a Pinterest user, you can still enter this challenge and drawing — just skip the parts you’ve already completed. When you have completed the challenge, leave a comment to let me know and you will be entered in the drawing for the gift card.

If you have any problems while working through this challenge, please ask for help. If you are having problems, someone else will, too — it will give me a chance to tweak this post to be more useful for the next person. I’ll be available all weekend, except for a couple of hours here and there. Leave a comment, send me a tweet (@joyweesemoll), or use my yahoo.com email which is also joyweesemoll.

Get Invited

[Edited 23-Sep-2012: Pinterest no longer requires an invitation, so head on over to http://pinterest.com/ to sign up] First things first. Pinterest is still Invite Only, so let’s get you an invitation! You can request one from Pinterest, but they are reportedly slow to hand them out. It is much quicker to get one from someone who already has an account. Start by asking your Facebook and Twitter friends for an invitation.

If your friends can’t set you up pretty quickly, then leave a comment on this post or tweet or email me. I’m joyweesemoll on both Twitter and Yahoo. Janice of Janicu’s Book Blog and Jacinda of The Reading Housewives of Indiana volunteered to form a small team of Pinterest inviters, so you will get an invitation from one of the three of us as quickly as we can manage it. Thanks, Janice and Jacinda for helping me out!

Get Acquainted

While you’re waiting for your invitation, familiarize yourself with the look, feel, and functionality of Pinterest. Start with the About page from Pinterest: What is Pinterest? Next, take a look at this infographic from Infographic Labs: Pinterest – The Social Media Darling of 2012.

Image of Pin from Pinterest featuring Food Rules by Michael Pollan bookFinally, take a look at the Pinterest home page to see the most recent images that have been posted there. Try a search (upper left corner) on your favorite animal or your favorite color. To get back to the home page, click on the Pinterest logo at the top of the page. Mouse over “Everything” to see pins sorted by category.

Under each pin, you will see a phrase like “Joy Weese Moll onto Healthy Lifestyle Books.” Click on the name to see more of that person’s boards, click on the board title to see all the pins on that board.

Click a pin to see it larger. Click the large pin to go to the originating website with the recipe or the review or other accompanying information.

Getting excited yet? Doesn’t that look like fun? I hope you have your invitation by now. If not, shoot me a tweet or email so we can get you going on this.

Get Started

Follow the instructions in the invitation to sign up. I’m not sure it matters whether you use your Facebook or Twitter account for the verification, because you can control in the settings how much interaction there is between accounts. I used Facebook and was quickly following all my Facebook friends who were already on Pinterest.

To see a few more boards on your home page, why not follow me, Janice, and Jacinda:

To find more book bloggers on Pinterest, check out this list on The Well-Read Wife: Directory of Book Bloggers on Pinterest. While there, take note of how to get yourself added if you decide at the end of this exercise that Pinterest is something you want to continue to use.

Play around with repinning some of the pins you see either on the boards that Pinterest created for you or on new boards you make using the Add+ button at the top of the page. You can always delete anything that you don’t want later.

Now is a good time to grab the “Pin It” Button. This will go into the toolbar of your browser to make it easy to pin an image from the web page that you are visiting: Pinterest / Goodies.

Get Promoted

The quickest way to start promoting your blog is to use the “Pin It” Button from the last paragraph to pin images from your own posts. Be sure to be on the post page, not your home page. For example, my Food Rules pin doesn’t go to http://www.joyweesemoll.com/  but rather to the long link that is the actual post: http://www.joyweesemoll.com/2012/03/24/book-review-food-rules-by-michael-pollan-illustrations-by-maira-kalman/. That way when someone clicks on the pin to get to the originating post, they will go straight to the review.

screen clip of Diversity Book Club board from PinterestFor books, you could have boards for genres that you care about, a board for each annual reading challenge you entered, and a board for your favorite books of all time. Each time you post a book to your board, others will find it via the stream immediately or later from the search box. For this challenge, pin at least one image from your own website onto a board at Pinterest.

You will want to keep an eye on what other people are pinning from your website. Pins from my website are here: http://pinterest.com/source/joyweesemoll.com/. To see pins from your website, replace joyweesemoll.com with your domain.

Get More

That’s it for the challenge, but here are some bonus items to consider in the future, or to do if you want to push ahead.

Pinterest has a Follow Me On Pinterest button to install on your website alongside other social media buttons–it’s on the Goodies Page.

logo of The Ultimate List of Pinterest TipsThe Goodies page also has a button and some JavaScript to add to a post, allowing your readers to pin from a post much like they tweet from it. Unfortunately, it would be a clunky thing to do if you wanted a Pin It button on every post. The Ultimate List of Pinterest Tips includes a section on “How to Add the “Pin It” Button to Posts” that covers more automatic approaches for each of the major blogging platforms.

Edited to Add: It’s only Thursday and I’m already having a blast. People are sending me other Pinterest resources. I’m going to start a list here, so if you know of or find something that you think might be useful, let me know! Pinterest resources for Book Bloggers:

Get Off Pinterest and Back to Bloggiesta!

I probably should have warned you in the beginning that Pinterest is kind of addictive. If you made it this far, you completed the challenge. Congratulations! Leave a comment to let me know and I will put you in the drawing for the $20 gift card.

Thanks again to Janice of Janicu’s Book Blog and Jacinda of The Reading Housewives of Indiana for helping me issue Pinterest invites. And, thanks to Danielle of There’s a Book and Suey of It’s All About Books for hosting Bloggiesta!

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Pinterest — Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge — 88 Comments

  1. Great information! For Bloggiesta, one of my goals, was to add a Pin it button to my blog! YAY! I will be tackling that soon!

    I will be checking out The Ultimate List of Pinterest Tips! And I KNOW I need to use better keywords when pinning something, lol. And there’s WAY more great tips on that site! I will have to read more into those as well!

    I will come back and complete this challenge in the next couple of days. There’s some tips here and such I would like to do!

  2. Yay – you reminded me that I needed to put up my workout playlists from my other blog on Pinterest. Then, when I thought about what I could post from my book blog (other than reviews) – I realized that since book lists are what I most love doing – I should add those to Pinterest – so => Bookish Lists on Pinterest

  3. I am already on Pinterest, yet I have never pinned stuff of my own on my boards. I use it mainly for pinning stuff I want to keep from other blogs for later refference. Mainly recipes that I want to try 🙂 Somehow I don’t feel that it is fitting to pin my own posts. BTW: if you want to follow me, I am Uniflame on there 🙂

  4. Oh BTW I did find “how to add pin it buttons to the bottom at your posts” thanks to the pinterest tips 🙂 So now it is easier for other people to pin my posts 🙂

  5. I added the “Follow Me on Pinterest Button” to my sidebar and pinned one of my blog pics. But that’s all for now, or I’ll spend all day on Pinterest instead of working on my blog goals. 😉 Thanks for the challenge!

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  8. Great article. I was already on Pinterest but was not pinning directly from my posts. Thanks for this challenge!!

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  10. Hi Joy,
    I am doing your Pinterest challenge. I signed up for a Pinterest account, but really haven’t done much with it, so I am hoping to change that. Thank your for hosting this mini-challenge.

  11. I’m a big Pinterest user already but I had to reinstall my “Pin It” button to my posts after a template change today. So I had to re-learn how to do that! I also followed your boards and pinned a blog post I did yesterday.

  12. Great mini-challenge. I am always looking for ways to promote my blog. I added the Pinterest button to my blog and already pinned two reviews from my blog. I also realized that people had already been pinning pictures from my blog – including my button.

    Thanks for hosting this mini-challenge.

  13. Excellent suggestions! I use Pinterest, but I haven’t done much blog promoting. I’ve got a Pin It button, so now I’ll start using it!

    Thanks!

  14. Thanks for the information!
    I put a “follow me on Pinterest” widget on my blog sidebar.
    I’m too much of a wimp to mess with my template, but am hoping that Blogger will add the pinterest button to the little icons that are at the bottom of each post.

  15. Yay, thanks for this! I successfully added a “Follow me on Pinterest” button to my blog 🙂 And now I definitely want to start pinning stuff directly from my blog.. I’ve never done that before! Hehe.

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  17. I have had Pinterest for about a year now, but I had never thought about using it for my book blog before. I am definitely re-doing my Pinterest boards now!:)

  18. Hehe Pinterest is addictive! I love it but didn’t know how to use it for my blog, thanks for the advises! 😀 I learned a lot of things, and now I made my first pin from my website. I think I’ll keep doing it, at least with some posts, so now I’m going to work on adding a pin button for my posts.

    BTW, I actually discovered people was already posting pins from my blog :0 http://pinterest.com/source/oh-my-books.blogspot.com/

    Thanks!
    http://www.pinterest.com/magabygc

  19. I already use pinterest for non-blog things and I just recently started my own pins. This weekend im going to start pinning my reviews into “books worth reading” Thanks for the challenge 😉

  20. What a well-organized and informative challenge! I had hesitated to add a “Pin It” and “Follow Me” buttons on my blogs, but now I see how useful they can be. I will be coming back to read more over the weekend.

  21. TY for this challenge 🙂 Please enter me. I discovered Pinterest a few months ago & there are days Ia m on there for HOURS! I love Pinterest!
    I have the Follow Me on my page & the Pin It button in my tool bar but IDK how to add a Pin It under all of my posts.
    Is that something you do for each individual post or can you add a code somewhere to make it pop up after every post you posts?
    I am a first timer to Bloggiesta & I am excited 🙂

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  23. I already opened a Pinterest account, but didn’t realize I could pin directly to my blog posts! I thought it was just for images. Thank goodness I’m participating in Bloggiesta Ole and followed your challenge. Thanks!

    Here’s my board of book reviews. Not done yet. So many to pin, but I want to get back to the rest of the challenges.

    http://pinterest.com/zaraalexis/the-bibliotaphe-s-closet-reviews/

    Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez
    zgarcia(dot)alvarez(at)gmail(dot)com
    On Twitter: @ZaraAlexis

  24. I absolutely love the very addictive world of Pinterest. I am actually already on Directory of Book Bloggers on Pinterest. I have even already pinned some of my reviews. I don’t do it regularly though. I need to use it more for my blog. Thanks for this mini-challenge.

  25. I already use pinterest and I thought I knew everything, but the link to see all the pins from your website is so awesome!! I also didn’t know about the Pin It bookmarklet. You have enabled some serious pinning! 🙂 Thanks for this great post. I love pinterest and I got some great ideas for new things to post. I’m totally going to start a board for my favorite book blogs and author blogs.

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  27. I’m not on pinterest but would love an invite. I hadn’t really seen the appeal of browsing (but then hadn’t browsed any book lists there before, just random browsing from the home page). I love the idea of being able to use it to cross promote my site. Now I just have to see when I’ll have the time to build some book lists there.

  28. I’m already on Pinterest (followed you!) and doing many of the things you mentioned…except using it to help promote my blog, since I tend to pin things more for my own reference. However, I did start one new board for reviews and added a few pins to it. Here’s one:

    http://pinterest.com/pin/234327986831750776/

    Thanks for the great idea and the mini-challenge!

  29. I had Pinterest before today but hadn’t really used it as I wasn’t sure what to do with it, but now I do! Thank you so much for this! I’ve now pinned a few of my posts and one had 2 repins within five minutes! So happy about that! I now have a follow button on my blog too 😀
    I will think about incorporating the “pin it” into the post soon too. 😀

    Thanks for this challenge!!

  30. Was already on Pinterest, but never thought to use it to promote my blog. Set up a new board and pinned all of my reviews for 2012! And then followed your lead with setting up a blogging board, and re-pinned several of your pins. Have added a Pinterest button to my sidebar, and will add a Pin It button to my posts later this weekend. Thanks for all of the great information!

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  32. Thanks for hosting this challenge. I received an invitation early this month and never created my account. This challenge reminded me to do so and now I’ve pinned several reviews from my blog. I have a list of boards I want to make, but I better not just yet. I have to get back to writing more book reviews!

    I will add Pinterest button to my sidebar and Pin It button to my posts to my to do list. Thanks for the tips!

  33. Thanks! This was a great challenge. I had signed up for Pinterst a few weeks ago but didn’t know what to do with it.

    So… now I have created a “Book” board where I am pinning the covers plus my reviews. I didn’t know I could link direct to the post. I installed the little pin-it button and it works great. Later I will add the follow button to my side bar.

  34. this was a helpful post. it reminded me I should add a “follow me” button. I have two boards (which I haven’t attended as well as I could): “bookish” & “read me (favorites)” been kicking around more specific boards, looking at yours and others boards have been a helpful for providing ideas.

  35. Thank you, completed the challenge
    Was already on Pinterest. Sent an email to add myself to the book bloggers directory. Following all of you on pinterest (LadyInRead) and adding a board for now for pins from my blog (had a couple before for books/other items reviewed as well)
    And am planning to add the Pin It button to my posts.. Tried it before but it did not work. retrying this weekend
    Thanks for the challenge

  36. I have been on Pinterest for a little while but hadn’t used it too much. I hadn’t really figured out how to use it for the blog. However I have now added boards for my author interviews, books reviewed in 2012 and my Weekend Cooking posts. I also added the Pinterest logo link to my blog for my page.

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  39. This was a fun challenge! I never even thought of using Pinterest for my blogs even though I have one and follow other blogs on it! D’oh! So thank you very much, and thanks for the helpful link about the ‘pin it’ button!

  40. Thank you so much for this post! I’ve been on Pinterest for a long time and I love it! It’s so addicting. I recently started pinning pictures from the books and movies I’ve reviewed. I should pin pictures from my crafts too!

    Anyway, thanks for talking about the directory. I had no idea about that and just signed up to be part of it!

  41. I had a Pinterest account with a tiny bit of stuff pinned to it…I was still trying to figure out how it worked. I just added a board and pinned a book review I wrote to it! How cool is that? I have a lot to learn about Pinterest yet…

    Thanks for this mini-challenge!

    Audrey
    @InkandPage

  42. Hi Joy,
    I checked out the Mashable post. It’s a somewhat involved process involving the Feed43 tool to turn the “pinterest.com/source/yourwebsite.com” page into an RSS feed for analysis, etc. It’s a little involved for my needs but I think bloggers with lots of followers and pinners will get some use out of it.

    The Mashable article permalink is: http://mashable.com/2012/03/14/pinterest-track-content/

  43. So, in the interests of doing a mini-challenge this Bloggiesta, I added a “Pin it” button to my posts. I used the Blogger Sentral instructions and code and voila! There is a “pin it” button at the bottom of my posts (when you’re in the post, not the home page). Check it:
    http://balletbookworm.blogspot.com/2012/03/bloggiesta-tricks-of-composition.html
    (I was already on Pinterest as “balletbookworm” so just joining and pinning didn’t seem enough, lol)

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  45. Hi there Joy! We’ve been in Pinterest for quite awhile now, and you’re absolutely right, it’s addictive. We joined your mini-challenge here as it coincides perfectly with our own goals of updating our boards and our list of books. Here is our update on your mini-challenge: http://wp.me/pDlzr-3oc

    You might also want to check out our Pinterest here: http://pinterest.com/gatheringbooks/

    Thanks for hosting this lovely lovely mini-challenge! Will search for your pinterest account too.

  46. I completed this challenge! I already had a Pinterest account(obviously) so I added a Pin it button to my blog and I organized my boards. I also pinned my WLW mini-challenge post! 🙂 I hope everyone has been getting more people following their boards this weekend, I sure have! Plus I’ve been following them as well!

    Here’s a link to a post so you can see the pin it button:
    http://www.thereadinghousewives.com/2012/04/rewind-review-april-perks-of-being.html

    Such a great challenge you hosted!

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  49. HI Joy! I have avoided Pinterest like the plague as I am sure it will suck me in to all of its fascinating things and then I will be forever lost…. pinned to a board somewhere…LOL

    However… I do like the thought of being able to market Book Journey so you have peeked my interest. I think I put in a request for access a few weeks ago when I had some friends over who did the old “come on, everyone is doing it!” but do not recall hearing back from them. Could you send me the invite? I would like to pull this off for Bloggiesta.

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  52. Thanks so much for this post!
    I was a bit clueless on what Pinterest was all about, so you have cleared a few things up.

    I’m still not sure if I’ll like doing it though so I’m letting it rest for now 😀

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