If you’ve been following the tutorial step-by-step, you’ve now created a couple of boards. The next question is of course: How to pin on Pinterest?
Pins can be image files like .JPG .PNG or (animated).GIF, but they can also be videos from YouTube or Vimeo, that will play within the Pinterest app. You can even pin presentations from Slideshare and Podcasts from Soundcloud.
There are a couple different ways to find pins to add to your boards. Here are your options:
1. Re-Pinning on Pinterest
The easiest way to get started with pinning on Pinterest is by going through the millions (!) pieces of content that are already available on the platform.
We’ll go into the best ways to search for content in part 10 of this tutorial, but start by clicking on the Pinterest logo on the top left-hand side of your account, as that will bring you to your main feed where you can pin from right away.
For every pin you want to save, click on the red ‘Pin it’ button and add the pin to any (new) boards on your account. Once a pin is published on your board, other users can now also re-pin this image into one of their own boards. And that can keep going on, and on, and on…
2. Pinning with the Browser Button
We set up the Pinterest browser button in the first part of this series and now it’s time to use it.
This couldn’t be easier: surf to any of your favourite web pages on the internet, click on the round Pinterest button in the top right corner of your Chrome browser and you will see all images on that specific page that are available to pin. Choose one, hover over it with your mouse until you see the ‘Pin it’ button appear and click that.
Now you can change the pin description if you want and choose a board to pin the image to. That’s all.
If you don’t want or cannot use the Pinterest browser button, you can also enter the URL to a webpage directly.
For that to work, open one of your boards and click on the grey box with the ‘+’ sign (‘Add a Pin’). You can then choose for ‘The Web’ and enter a URL there. The process then is the same as using the browser button.
3. Pinning from a Pin it Button
Some websites even have their own ‘Pin it’ button installed on their pages, to encourage readers to share their content easily.
When you click such a button, you immediately get the pop-up where you can choose in which of your boards to save this pin. Again, the process then is the same as using the browser button.
4. Uploading a Pin
Last, but not least, you can use any photo from your computer (or create an image with text overlay yourself) and upload it directly to Pinterest.
Like pinning from a specific URL, open one of your boards and click on the grey box with the ‘+’ sign (‘Add a Pin’). You can then choose for ‘Your Device’ and click on the red button saying ‘Choose Photo’. Select any image from your computer and it will automatically start uploading. The process then is the same as using the browser button.
Pinterest offers great video tutorials about different topics. Here are two videos on the art of creating pins:
How to Pin on Pinterest?
This tutorial hopefully gave you plenty of tips on how to Pin on Pinterest. Ready for the next step?
I will go a bit more into the last example I gave and share tips on how to pin a photo on Pinterest that you’ve designed yourself with some easy online editing software.