So let’s keep things simple to start with and run through the basics.
A pin is simply an image you add onto your Pinterest Board. You can either pin your own image from your computer or one from a website.
To Pin your own image from your computer:
- Log into your Pinterest Account.
- At the top right corner, click the Add
- Click the Upload a Pin
- Browse and select the image you want to add.
- Select the Board you’ll pin the image to from the drop-down menu OR create a new board to pin images on.
- Describe your Pin.
- Click the Pin It
OR to Pin an image from a website:
- Click the Pin It button from your Bookmarks Toolbar.
- Hover your cursor over the image.
- Click the Pin It
- Select the Board you’d like to pin to from the drop-down menu or Create a New board.
- Click the Pin It
- Select the Board you’ll pin the image to from the drop-down menu or Create a New board to pin images on.
So hopefully so can see how easy it is to Pin images to your boards, within no time you’ll have plenty of images to share.
There are other ways to Pin to your boards, and here are some more suggestions you might like to utilize as you become more confident with this great app.
If you’re using WordPress, you can simply install a plugin that will put a Pinterest share button on your site.
Here’s a good free plugin from SumoMe:
They also have an image share plugin that will put Pinterest share buttons directly on your images so you can easily select a specific picture to pin with a single click.
If you’re not using WordPress, you can install the Pinterest browser plugin:
This will install a button in your browser that will let you immediately pin any URL onto Pinterest, even if they don’t have any type of plugin installed. It also helpfully appears when you are browsing the net – just hover over an image or web page and the ‘pin-it’ icon will magically appear, allowing you to click and add in seconds.
Finally, you could just go to the board you want to pin your content to and click the big “Add a Pin” button. Just click “The Web” when the selection pops up, paste in your URL, and follow the instructions. Be sure to add a description!
It’s a good idea to pin content at different times throughout the day since you may be attracting people from all over the world in different time zones. You probably want to pin most of your content between about four and ten in the evening (Eastern Time) since that seems to be when the largest number of users is active, but pin a few things at odd times to grab the attention of users around the globe.
There are lots of great social scheduling tools out there already like Buffer, TweetDeck, HootSuite and more — but for Pinterest scheduling, you
have to dig a bit deeper.
Here are three more great tools you can get started with right away ;
Viraltag ; As a free option, Viraltag is a social dashboard tool that lets you schedule and post images to up to three social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest. The Pinterest scheduling tool is especially great, because you can select the specific board you want, add a description and a source and then set the time and interval for posting.
Viralwoot ; Viralwoot (formerly Pinwoot) is another current pin scheduling tool, which you use from a desktop computer. In addition to scheduling, you can promote your pins, create pin alerts, see your statistics and gain an insight of your website’s Pinterest presence. This one is not totally free, but it is one of the cheaper options out there if you want a good quality Pinterest scheduling tool at just $5 a month.
Everypost (iPhone & Android App) ; Everypost is one of the few options out there that offers free Pinterest scheduling for as many pins as really want, unlike some of the other apps. And be aware that Everypost is only available in the form of a mobile app. It’s also more of a complete, all-in-one social media management app, but post scheduling is obviously one of its big features. It also works with Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and Tumblr, a real added bonus.