Alrighty, checking over my traffic stats for the last few weeks it seems that everyone has gone more than a little Pinterest crazy.
I thought I’d hunt down a few of the tools and apps that will make your blogging life better, your board look cool and tools that will help you promote your Pinterest boards. Yes, you have to send traffic to your boards, it’s not a one way street.
If you click the red button you will be taken to my boards and you can see if I pin the type of content you enjoy looking at. If you like me, then by all means follow me. You can find the follow me on Pinterest button on the Pin Goodies page.
Whilst you are on the Pin Goodies page, check out the Pinterest iPhone app I love this, I have it installed on my phone and there is nothing more therapeutic than laying in bed, watching Frasier and pinning pics of Charlie Hunnam to my Sons of Anarchy board. If you have an iPhone, go check out the app. Apps for other devices are in the pipeline, but not available at the time of writing this post.
Have you added your Pinterest “pin it” buttons to your share bar or sharing buttons section of your blog yet?
No? Really Simple Facebook Twitter share added Pinterest in, all you have to do is update the plugin and tick the box to show the “Pin it” button. You can add the pin button code to Sharebar and Digg Digg, so there really is no excuse not to have one on your site.
You can also choose to blog certain photos from being pinned with the Pinterest Block plugin. This plugin will help protect your privacy if you share the occasional family photo on your blog. The last thing you want is the photo of your daughter inspecting her boogies going viral on Pinterest.
Top Pinned Posts is a premium (paid for) plugin that will allow you to display your most-pinned posts in the sidebar of your site. Personally I don’t use it but if Pinterest is a big part of your blogging and marketing strategy then this plugin is worth investigating.
Remember Jamie Swanson from my getting started on Pinterest post? She had a terrific idea and took it to a developer and wow, a WordPress plugin that pulls through the description and the images to pin . Giving you, the post creator, more opportunities to control what gets pinned and how it gets described. Take a look at the video from the developer, the talented Flaunt your Site
You can download the Pin-it-on-Pinterest plugin from WordPress.org or from the site direct or search the plugins section of your dashboard. If you have a craft / design / photography blog then you need this plugin.
Want to manage all your Pinterest activity from WordPress?
WP Pinner is free and currently in beta.
It’s well worth a look. The ability to track and schedule pins means it will make life a little easier , as well as being able to see at a glance what your most popular pins are.
Want to add Pinterest to your widgets and your sidebars?
Of course you do and here’s the plugin just for that, the aptly named Pinterest Pinboard widget.
The Super Simple Pinterest plugin displays your most recent pins in a widget, that could get a little dangerous for me. Charlie Hunnam would take over my sidebar Which leads me nicely into… don’t go adding every frickin’ plugin under the sun unless it serves your purpose. Unless the plugin allows you to choose a board that is relevant to the blog you have, I wouldn’t bother. There are only so many “Game of thrones” pins your blog readers will put up with
Got any favourites? Any that I missed, that you can’t live without? Let us know in the comments
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