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Making the Most of Your Pins on Pinterest

is supposed to be the best generator of traffic to your writing or products. But you have to be smart about if this is to work.

First, you should be checking your boards for dead links. Since , Yahoo Voices, and some other sites have closed, you may have deleted or transferred work that is still pinned with non-existant site link. That can only hurt you. If you are on any group boards for deleted sites you were pinning to, edit the board and leave it. Delete pins to your work or the work of others that are now dead links. You may also want to delete links to pins that lead to posts that were ruined by the last update.

The good side to doing this is that as you move your work to other sites or change the URLs on transferred lenses to go to , you can repin your work . That way people who didn't see your pins the first time may see them when you repin them.

I tend to not get around to pinning until the wee small hours. That's not good. Pinterest moves as fast as Twitter. If somene isn't looking when your pin comes through the feed, they may never notice it. I'm trying to pin today while people may be looking. And I'm pinnng photos from the same posts to mulitple boards at intervals. Example: I post one view of the Model T Pickup from Jack Creek Farms to my Nostalgia board. I little bit later I post another view to my San Luis Obispo County Board. With each of them I change the default description I took the photo to See other views of this pickup at (You can't use shortened links on Pinterest.) This makes it easy for someone to get the URL without having to click all the way through.

I posted my puppy from The Gang is Almost All Here to my Our Animal Friends Board. I added the description See the whole animal gang at . People are more likely to click through if they know what to expect, and putting the URL right in the description helps them, too.

Do you use the Chrome brower? If you do, there are two tools that will make pinning easier. The first is the Pin It button you can get though Pinterest. To get it, go to the very bottom right corner of the page that has all your boards on it. You will see a plus sign and a question mark. Click the plus sign. From the menu, select the Pin It Button . Scroll through the page until you see what I snipped below.

I took the screenshot from my computer.

Install it. It will sit at the top of your browser and allow you to pin any photo from any page you land on. Very handy.

Another tool I just noticed today makes it very easy to share one of your photos from a post, on . If you are using , and it you have installed the on your browser, a photo on a page you visit will have a Pin It symbol you can click on the top left and a Hootlet owl on the top right. If you click Pin It , a pop-up will let you pin to any board you want. If you click the owl, it will set up your tweet to link to both the post and the photo you chose.

So get all the tools and pin away. Let's generate some more traffic.

Pictures are screen shots. Content is original and may not be used without permission, B. Radisavljevic, Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved

Image Credit » I took the screen shot from my Pinterest profile of one of my boards.

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paigea wrote on October 5, 2014, 3:30 PM

I will have to bookmark this information in case I ever start to use Pinterest.

BarbRad wrote on October 5, 2014, 4:35 PM

Pinterest is addictive and fun. That's why I try to stay away from it until my work is done.

paigea wrote on October 5, 2014, 4:37 PM

Oh my it sounds like I better not check it out until I'm done this tax course

BarbRad wrote on October 5, 2014, 5:45 PM

That might be wise, LOL.

Feisty56 wrote on October 5, 2014, 8:25 PM

This is solid advice! I use Mozilla Firefox and have the Pin It button on my tool bar.

bestwriter wrote on October 5, 2014, 9:03 PM

Too lazy to go there. I have loads of images here. Thanks for the prod. Most of us need it here :)

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 5, 2014, 11:03 PM

I need to do some tinkering on Pinterest. I didn't know you could do some of the things you described. I haven't been there long enough to have any dead links yet, but I do have plenty on blog to update, and on my lenses turned hubs. I have hundreds of older posts in different places that still have never either been tweeted or pinned. So much housekeeping to do!

BarbRad wrote on October 6, 2014, 1:35 AM

I do know it's available on most popular browsers. I just tend to use Chrome more often.

BarbRad wrote on October 6, 2014, 1:36 AM

It's just that there are so many things we all need to do that we can't possibly get to all of them.

BarbRad wrote on October 6, 2014, 1:40 AM

We could team up on my "Our Animal Friends board. I could let you post to it if you are following it. That way You Know Who could get his blog links in. Just let me know if you are following that board and I can invite you. I don't want to make it a total group board because those get too big, but what it means is that the board would show on both our sites and we could both pin to it.

Bethany1202 wrote on October 6, 2014, 12:22 PM

Great reminder! I have to re-check all my links soon and make my Pinterest more viable. I don't visit there often but will increase my activity there soon. Thanks!

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 7, 2014, 12:11 AM

I made myself a note on my to-do list. I seriously need to go buy Dr. Peppers tomorrow! I've been in a caffeine-less fog all day and accomplished practically nothing!

BarbRad wrote on October 7, 2014, 4:11 AM

I've cleaned up two of my boards there now, and am going through my posts here to see which are worth pinning and then pinning them.