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Beginners Guide To Pinning ... Wish I had this when I started on Pinterest. Yeah, I went through that mindless rabid pin hoarding phase too. I'm still researching and repairing my pins from my early days here so to link directly to a Primary Source (ie the artist, photographer, archive, or museum site). So now I "like" incorrectly sourced pins (from social media ie blogs, facebook, tumblr, twitter, etc) to research later (if ever, truthfully :-) and go for quality over quantity these days.
* Look at it as an organizational tool. * Focus on content. * Be link conscious. * Quality over quantity. * Be the original source. * This is a marathon, not a sprint. * Pin when you read. * "your Pinterest account is an extension of your brand." * But be more than your niche.
How to pin successfully: Upload at least some own images, make sure the file name of your image contains your targeted key phrase, pin from a variety of different sources, link your pictures, use the 500 characters description, pin according to your taste, don't forget that pinterest is social, create a variety of different boards, add the follow and pin it button to your website, express yourself