If you’re a tuned in site owner or blogger, then you’ve no doubt heard of Pinterest. This new social network revolves around image-based content and is a fantastic avenue for WordPress bloggers to promote their content and their sites.
The trick is to make it EASY for others to share your content on the network, if someone has to jump through hoops or worse has to leave your site to do so, what a major fail.
However you can add the appropriate Pinterest buttons on your blog scattered about, such as on the sidebar for others to follow you and your various boards. On single post pages for others to Pin your content or dedicate a special social network page where all your accounts can be found and followed at the click of a button.
Below we cover three easy and free ways to add Pinterest to your blog via the various methods available on the web.
1. Pinterest Button -
This is the default button found on the site that you simply add to the sidebar of your blog for others to follow your main Pinterest account. It’s quite straight forward in nature, you simply add the HTML code in a WordPress widget and add it to your blog sidebar. See screenshot below of the red Pinterest button in action on a sidebar.
2. Pinterest Pinboard Widget WordPress Plugin -
If you have quite the collection of board and pins and wish to share it with the world then have a look at the Pinterest Pinboard WordPress plugin by Codefish. This neat plugin allows you to display all your recent pins on your blogs sidebar, and if others wish to see more they can click the See More Pins link at the bottom.
3. Pin It Button On Single Post Page -
For bloggers this is crucial as it makes it super duper easy for others to “Pin” your content on the site via a simple click. You add the button via the “Pinterest Pin It” WordPress plugin by P Derksen and it will place it right underneath each article title and if its the only button you place there, it will truly stand out. You can specify if you want it to appear on your homepage or single posts only or whichever combination you prefer. It’s quite simple add and use. The button is small, looks great on most sites and blogs and it integrates well with the other popular social networks out there.
If you have yet to sign up and use Pinterest, give it a try today and see a new traffic source show up in your Google Analytics account. Maybe because it’s quite new and is receiving loads of hype, the site does drive traffic to sites or maybe users are quite the active bunch. Regardless of the reason why, you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain. Hope our three tips above help you get started with Pinterest.