I’ve only been on Pinterest a short while, but every day I’m discovering nifty little tricks that help me use this site as a powerful promotional tool. I thought I’d share three of them.
1) You can tag other Pinterest users by using the @ symbol followed by their Pinterest user name. You have to be following at least one of their pin boards. I’m a strong believer in forming small networks with other authors who write to a similar audience and supporting each other.
For instance, on the Aurora’s Beach Reads page of my Pearl Island website, I feature other author’s ebooks as my recommended reads for the month. Then I pin their covers straight from my website to the Aurora’s Beach Reads pin board. This drives traffic to my site while promoting my friend’s ebooks. But I’ve also started pinning covers from their author websites and using @ tag to help drive Pinterest traffic to their Pinterest account.
2) If you’re pinning an image from a website, you can highlight some of the text on that page before you hit “Pin It” and the text will automatically show up in the description box. This saves time when I’m pinning book covers or anything else. You don’t have to copy and paste the text to go with it.
3) If you have a pin board that is very specific to your books, or things people will find on your website, at the end of your description you can type your url and it will turn into a link. You don’t even need to put the ugly http://. For instance, check out my Pearl Island pin board. I don’t do it every time, but I frequently include pearlislandbooks.com in the description. That site isn’t my main author site, it’s specific to my Pearl Island series, but you could easily do it with your main site, or a specific page within your site. My one caution is that you make sure the image relates to the site or page closely enough that people don’t feel as if they’ve been mislead.
Those are my quick tips for the day. Do you have any you’d like to share?