Pinterest – Review

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Co-founders: Ben Silbermann, Paul Sciarra and Evan Sharp in 2010.

Membership: Free to join. There is also a business membership that definitely is not free.

So, what is Pinterest?

Wikipedia has a pretty detailed explanation as to what Pinterest is all about.  I personally have a free membership at Pinterest.  As I do have an online business, Pinterest is a social media site that allows you to promote your business through the use of pins on your member “board” that you have created.

There is the option at the site to upgrade to a business account.  This would be for large corporate businesses that are looking to promote their brand out to the public.  I tried to ascertain the cost involved with having a business account.

However not willing to go through what looked to be the rigorous process of filling out the required details, plus entering meta tag coding and other items to my websites; nothing would be revealed about the bottom line $$ figure regarding this level of membership.  I simply would have been required to upgrade first which only then would I have found out this information.

The business account does come with extra “goodies” apparently.  The feature called “Buy It” buttons is at this level where a business owner can use IPhone, IPad, and Android to better promote their products.

Pros about Pinterest:

Pinterest is all about getting your brand out online.  With the continued exploding popularity of the Internet and in order to market your product as a business owner, you’d best have a website in which you continually create new and relevant content added to it.  In further promoting what you have to offer out to the online world, a savvy business owner makes use of social media be it Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Instagram and, you got it Pinterest.

A study as noted by the same Wikipedia article analyzed the fact that Pinterest has been found to be the most effective way in which a business owner can promote his/her product via social media, and in comparison to Facebook, Twitter, Google + and etc.

The ability to “pin” a vibrant image of whatever represents the product being promoted by a business owner – be it in the category of foods, clothing, travel, business opportunities or bicycle riding is best represented visually in this manner.

As I use Pinterest and one of my niches is in the bicycling industry for enjoyment and health benefits here is a screen shot of my page at the site:

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In fact several years after Pinterest was launched back in 2010, statistically it was found that 70% of all members were female.  The most popular categories at the site are: Food and drink, D.I.Y. and crafts, women’s apparel, home décor and travel.

Pinterest uses Amazon S3 cloud storage and data de-duplication.

In a recent blog article composed by one of the co-founders Evan Sharp, he spelled out the goals of the company regarding the coming year: 2016.  It specifically had to do with greater diversity amongst its total number of employees being sought by these high-ranking leaders.

The co-founders of Pinterest are not satisfied with the representative number of females and minorities who currently work for the company in the areas of communications, business, operations, design, partners, products, and new grads/interns.  This represents a forward thinking by Pinterest, especially when you consider other well-known Fortune 500 companies that still live by the “old-boy network” employing very few females or minorities on their staffs, and none at the upper echelons.

Alexa ranked the Pinterest website at #36 in 2012.

Here is also a video below which further explains exactly what Pinterest is in detail:

 

Complaints about Pinterest:

Really there are few.  As Pinterest does have everything to do with social media, just as the case with Facebook, Twitter, and the others you have to be careful who you can trust!   As you become more well-known at the site, daily you would be receiving into your linked email address set up with Pinterest – notifications that someone is “following you”.  This email also comes with the notification that it really would be polite if you “follow” that person back in return.

Several months ago in choosing to follow a person, I began receiving daily what turned out to be spam notifications about what this individual was trying to, very slickly, get me interested in to help his business.  Through his messages, he started to bombard me with junk that I had zero interest in.

However as I was to find out, Pinterest has a very simple procedure to end this type of garbage.  Now the individual did not have access directly to my email address.  He was just sending me messages about his great products and it simply was delivered via Pinterest.  Quickly, it became a nuisance to receive 8 – 12 different messages daily from this highly annoying individual which took place over a period of several days before I finally said “enough”!  It just goes to prove that there are trolls everyone online – even at Pinterest!

Block an annoying person!

The solution to putting an end to this nonsense was pointed out to me by a Pinterest employee in their help section.  All I had to do was set this person who was on my “follow” list to the “block” designation over at my account.  With that setting, all communication was halted.  I also took the time to furthermore remove the individual off of my follow list.  I haven’t heard a word from him since.  No, he really was not a person who I considered to be someone worth “following”.

So in actuality and not a “con” in the sense of the word, at Pinterest and like any other social media platform you need to watch out for the fraudulent individuals who only have some type of basal need to make themselves out to be somehow much more important than they really are.  They contribute absolutely nothing positively at these sites, such as Pinterest.

It’s just great that the company has in place procedures so that by interacting daily as you add pins to your site, or approve those coming from other legit accounts, you don’t have to put up with the spam coming from people who have no worth at all on these social media platforms.

My overall scam rating for Pinterest: Zero! Absolutely scam free!  Pinterest

Pinterest is a completely legitimate platform for a business owner to be able to promote his/her product on an exceedingly popular social media platform.

Before I Let You Go. . .

Okay, so you might like what you’ve seen regarding Pinterest and its capabilities regarding social media as a tool for businesses.  However, you might wonder if there is a program out there that would provide more training if you want to learn how to run an online business.

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Thank you for reading this article!  If you have any further questions or thoughts, please I urge you to leave them in the comments’ section below:

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6 thoughts on “Pinterest – Review

  1. Hi, thank you for this nice text about Pinterest, which I have read with interest. I started using it a bout 2 months ago and already have 60 percent of traffic from social media coming from Pinterest. So your text has helped me to understand it a bit better. I agree with your statement that it is a scam free media. Many thanks.

  2. Hi Jeff,
    Thanks for the information about pinterest, I’m sure many already know what is as its becoming quite popular amongst all the other social networks. I have started using it for my online business but it can be difficult to find quality pictures to use for my pins. Do you have any advice on how I can create my own images to promote a product? I see lots of good ads on there but not sure how to create one myself.

  3. Adam thank you for reading my article and issuing your comments. Frankly I am fairly new to Pinterest myself. I just know that it is a great way with it being an essence a social media platform to promote your products. I have not as you asked created my own images to promote a product. I just have the pins be the main heading image that appears at the top of my articles. I’m promoting my articles – some of which have to do with products specifically. With other articles I have created them around a central idea having to do specifically with one of the two niches that I am in. I don’t know if that helps but that is how I treat pinterest.

    Jeff

  4. Hi Jovo! Thank you for both reading my article and taking the time afterwards for issuing your comments. Being fairly new to Pinterest myself – now about 4/5 months into it what you state about the high percentage of traffic coming from the site sounds fantastic. It might cause me to study it more because if I can get that high of a percentage of traffic coming to my sites solely through Pinterest then I’d be beyond happy.

    Jeff

  5. I have used Pinterest quite a lot, but I don’t seem to get much traffic at all to my website from it. Most people on there seem to be mainly interested in ice photos, cute cat pictures, and funny quotes. Maybe I need to work on the images I use to share my links. I’ve never tried a business account, though, so I’ve no experience of whether that brings in much traffic.

    But ultimately, is Pinterest a good use of your time? I wonder whether the time you could spend on there trying to make it work for you, would be better spent writing high-quality content targeting low competition keywords.

  6. Marcus thank you for reading the article and also issuing your thoughts. As to your question about spending a lot of time on Pinterest, I personally don’t. I just pin all of my articles using this social media tool to one, or more of my boards. Others have come along and shared my articles as well as the fact that I have allowed, when I proved them to be of any value have allowed others to pin relevant articles to one of my boards.

    As you are with WA Marcus and follow the training, you have to be aware of the importance of taking advantage of what a handful of social media platforms can do for you in getting your content posted on your website(s) out into the world and hopefully drive targeted traffic for your business.

    Jeff

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