The Ultimate List of Do’s and Don’ts for Marketing on Pinterest

Don’t be afraid of stock images!

Consider using stock images. Stock images are not for every post. While they don’t work for a post about a craft or a handmade product or recipe, they are ideal for many other situations. For example, if you write about parenting advice, your pictures don’t have to be of your kids. If you’re writing a post about how to chose the best dog food for a specific breed of dog, the image in your post does not have to be of your dog. If you write about business advice, you don’t have to stage a picture in an office setting. Those are ideal situations for stock photography.

For example, I wrote a post about helping kids declutter. I staged a crazy picture in my backyard that involved a ladder and dumping the contents of my daughter’s junk drawer in her lap. The photo did okay on Pinterest, but not great. Why? My picture is not very attractive. I’m obviously not a photographer.

Not great

Simple habits to keep kids from becoming pack rats {Part 2 of the Decluttering Tips for Kids series on OneCreativeMommy.com} I need these!

On the other hand, this stock photo that I used for a post about getting organized did fantastic on Pinterest. Why? It’s a clean, beautiful image with a clear title.

Success!

How to completely change your 2017: Brilliant ideas to get you and your kids organized {OneCreativeMommy.com}

Stock images can get expensive, but sites like Pixabay and Picxclicx offer free stock photos. I have a subscription with Graphic Stock for $100/year for unlimited photos. Of course it will depend on your business size which option will be best for you. If you’d like to give Graphic Stock a try, please use my referral code.

   

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  1. I have been using my Pinterest as social media. You’re right though, it def. could be considered more of a search engine, and I could change up my tactics to increase traffic. It’s one of my favorite places to visit, and I’m happy to have read this information.

  2. These tips are excellent, especially for beginners. I have heard plenty of success stories regarding marketing on Pinterest, but certainly have more to learn.
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  3. These are great tips! Pinterest can be very confusing. It is something that I am working on.

  4. Some really great tips and suggestions. I love Pinterest and fun to learn a little more about it and how useful it can be.

  5. I have been wanting to up my Pinterest game and this is a huge help. I am going to follow some of your tips for sure.

    • Me too, Robin. It’s one of those sites I love to visit for myself, but as far as my blogging goes, haven’t really tweaked to work in an optimal way. I do have plans to up my Pinterest involvement too though, eventually! I def. appreciate coming across articles like this one that will help.

  6. This is helpful! Pinterest is the account I struggle most with, so I will keep these tips in mind for sure.
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  7. Thanks for the info! This is really helpful. I’m trying to up my Pinterest involvement.

  8. These are great tips! I did not realize how big Pinterest was for my business until the last couple of months and boy has it made a difference in my traffic!

  9. This is all great advice. Treating Pinterest like a search engine and not a social media platform is definitely one of the most important things to remember. Adding alt-tags to images also helps with Pinterest SEO.

  10. Man, I’m doing Pinterest ALL wrong. Sigh.

    Time to work on that and get my graphics up to snuff!
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  11. I think pinterest is not that confusing we just have to figure out how it works. This is such a good guide especially for those who are just starting out or those who would like to improve their page.

  12. How cool! I think it’s nice to have a guide like this especially since I don’t use pinterest for marketing. I should really start studying how it works.

  13. Pinterest is something that I have not paid much attention to. I think it’s awesome that you shared this with us. I learned a lot while going through the pages.
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  14. I don’t focus all my marketing on pinterest but it’s great especially when you’re running a business. I’d love to bookmark this guide that you shared!
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  15. We use Pinterest and I absolutely agree with everything you said. A lot of people are using it wrong. Hope that you will reach some of them. ;)
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  16. Wow such helpful tips! I was not aware of how helpful Pinterest is!!

  17. Agentszerozerosetter says:

    These tips are really interesting! I’ll sure follow some of them to grow my Pinterest account!

  18. I have been using Pinterest to pin my recipes and its not helping me much. May be I need to learn more about Pinterest.

  19. Great tips! I personally love using Canva to do all my blog images, which makes it easy to do those long pins you mentioned. Thankfully making my pins look like the ones I like to see has worked for me!

  20. These are great tips! I’m starting to use Pinterest as one of my social media for blog, but yah, still learning. But for my photos, I so love to use Canva for posts, either blog graphics or social media posts, and again, still learning.

  21. Blair villanueva says:

    Thanks for your tips! I’ll need to give time and focus on updating my Pinterest and incorporate it to my blog.

  22. I agree, Pinterest is much more than social media. Powerful images are more important
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  23. I think Pinterest is a good tool. I usually use it as reference source.Thanks for your tips, they are so usefull.
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  24. We use Pinterest and I absolutely agree with everything you said. Now I’m learning how to use it correctly.

  25. These are great tips. I really need to work on my Pinterest account. It is definitely lacking in all aspects.

  26. A very well said statement, Pinterest is not social media. Completely agree with you. Great tips.
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  27. Thanks for this Pinterest guide. I have been growing my twitter and facebook followers but have been procrastinating on using a Pinterest account. It’s because I find it more complicated than facebook and twitter. Facebook we just post to our page, and Twitter we just tweet on our profile. With Pinterest, there are different category boards and settings to allow others to post in your boards. It’s like analysis paralysis. I need to make a firm action plan to start posting on Pinterest soon. My articles have infographics which I feel could be shared well on Pinterest.
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  28. I love stock photos! They make my life so much easier! I love advice on the description. I still dont understand the difference between ALT text and description either!!!
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  29. I always thought pinterest was a social media site. It’s been on my agenda to create an learn how market on there.
    Do you use a business account for your website or a personal account on Pinterest?
    Madi recently posted…Cute Electric Powered Barbie Cars For Toddlers In 2017My Profile

  30. Thank you for sharing a post articles that are beneficial to the reader. I really enjoyed reading your blog, by reading blog made me become very inspired and gain knowledge

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