Some of you may or may not have heard of Pinterest. I’ll be completely honest, I have a couple of profiles on there – one for personal use (pinterest.com/theabhig), one for business (pinterest.com/mediyeah) and I don’t really get it.
I mean I understand the technical thing – you find a picture or image you like and you ‘pin it’ to a pinboard. Pinterest is kind of like a Twitter specifically for images of things you like. You pin things to your pinboards, people follow you, like and re-pin your pins.
Somehow through all that, people will get interested in your stuff and this will lead to traffic being driven directly to your website. Or so the theory goes.
I have had some pins go around a bit, a few re-pins that sort of thing, but no real substantial traffic coming from it. Then again, I haven’t really used it much as a traffic generation tool. And have made no real effort to try to work it out in that manner anyway.
So that is what has brought me to this post. I want to play around with it a bit, build up some following, check out the traffic-ness (making up words) of it and see how things go.
I don’t know about the long term of Pinterest, but I do know that it is one of the fastest websites to reach 10 million users, and people do seem to love it at present.
So my little Pinterest experiment is basically going to be a few images of my own creation – memes, motivational posters, inspiring quotes – that sort of thing, which I think can go viral. They will be posted on my various sites, with a watermark or something of the sort and see what traffic starts coming my way.
First example is this sort of thing which I made for my own personal Facebook cover photo. And yes this has been pinned (or will have been by the time you read this.)
So let’s see how this all pans out, shall we?