Pinterest: 4 Pro Tips to Be More Pinteresting


Pinterest is one of the best and most interesting discovery and cataloguing tools on the Internet; and one of the fastest growing social networks. It has more than 70 million active users, who are 80 percent women (Source: DMR). Many marketers have heard of Pinterest but still, haven't hopped on one of the hottest social networks. In contrast, many marketers are using it but still can't get the most of it.

Consider these four tips when creating your Pinterest strategy

For those who are looking to develop a strong Pinterest presences, here are four simple tips to try.

1. Verify your website on your Pinterest profile

[tweetable alt="Verify your website on #Pinterest profile"]A verified website URL[/tweetable] is as good as a verified Twitter account (if you are a brand), and is an important step in building your following. It's fairly simple to verify your website URL and it's a big step toward building trust with your existing and future followers.

Verify your website on you Pinterest profile
Verify your website on you Pinterest profile

When your website is verified on Pinterest, people see a checkmark next to your website URL on your Pinterest profile. It helps your profile to stand out in search results.

In addition to creating trust, verifying your profile gives you access to Pinterest's analytics. In your analytics dashboard, you can study how your pins are doing and what's working and what's not. Knowing these, you can make the necessary changes in order to improve your user engagement by giving them what they're looking for.

2. Make it a theme, not product promotion board

Pinterest is centred around interests, such as sports teams, fashion, cars, home décor, gifts, colours, recipes, etc. Use these themes to leverage your own pins. Create boards with themes and moods, not just a board to promote your own pins (product/service/content).

The boards should convey the mood, rather than just looking like your products lookbook. Spread your own pins throughout your board(s), and make sure you're mixing your pins with external content.

My Manchester United 'Red Devils' Board on Pinterest
My Manchester United 'Red Devils' Board on Pinterest

Here's an example from one of my Pinterest boards - Red Devils. It has a red theme and it's centred around Manchester United (a sports team - an interest). It's also a mix of my own pins and external content. You can also use your theme's Hashtags in your pins' description to make them more discoverable Pinterest.

3. Use rich pins

Rich pins are Pins that include extra information right on the pin itself. They give you the ability to add more details to your pins. At the moment, there are five types of Rich Pins: movie, article, recipe, product and place.

A regular pin only has a description of the pin in the comment field, however, a Rich Pin includes a clean title, and makes sure the detailed information of the pin doesn't get changed or removed.

Pinterest - Rich Pin Example - Recipe Example
Pinterest - Rich Pin Example - Recipe Example

The above image is an example of a Rich Pin. This one is a recipe example of Pinterest. You can see the detailed information about the recipe on the pin, and not in the comment section.

4. Taller images are more repinnable

According to social media scientist, Dan Zarrella, taller images are more likely to be repinned (Source:

Pinterest - Taller images are more repinnable - by Dan Zarrella
Pinterest - Taller images are more repinnable - by Dan Zarrella

Are you already Pinteresting? Is it for business or personal use? Do you have any tips for me? I would love to hear your tips! Let me know in the comments.

Update 1:

Pinterest doesn't publicly display the verified website checkmark anymore, but you still should verify your website anyway.