Pinterest- The In’s And Out’s

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Have you wanted to check out Pinterest but are unsure of what it is or how to use it? I like to think of Pinterest as a giant cork board where I can pin ideas I like and things I want to try. You can also look at it as an online bookmarking page where you can organize the things you enjoy.

After you sign up, you will want to create “boards” to pin things too. This will help you keep things organized and easy to find later.  To create a board, hover over your name in the upper right hand corner, when the drop down menu appears, click on Boards, then click on Create Board. Here, you will title and select a category for this board. Pinterest has a newer feature called “secret boards.” This is a way to keep ideas hidden from your followers. If you see a special project or gift idea that you don’t want someone else to know about, you can add it to a secret board. When your board all set, click Create Board at the bottom. You can add new boards at any time.

Pinterest board

After creating your boards, click on the red Pinterest logo at the top of the page, this will take you back to the home page. Once there, you will see a selection of menus. This will help you navigate your way around the site.

If you hover over Categories, a drop down menu will appear. Clicking on any of the categories will take you to a page of pins that others have added to the site. If you click on a pin once it will enlarge. If you click on the enlarged pin, it will take you to the original source webpage.

To pin something you like, hover over the image and a Repin button will appear in the top left hand corner. Simply click that and select what board you would like the pin to be assigned. When hovering over, you will also see a Like button as well as a Comment button. The like button will not add the item to your boards, but simply shows the original pinner that you like the item. The Comment button allows you to say something about the board as well as tag another user. To tag, you simply type @ (no space) and then the users name.


Pinterest allows you to follow the pins of another member. To do so, click “follow” when viewing someone else’s boards. To follow The Coupon Wizards, for example, type The Coupon Wizards into the search bar at the top left side of the page. At the top left of the page that appears, you will see Pins, Boards, and Pinners; click on Pinners. The Coupon Wizards logo will appear click on follow and you will begin seeing anything we pin on your home page when you first log into Pinterest. You can do the same with any friends you wish to follow. You are also able to follow people you do not know and even companies that use Pinterest.


Many companies and blogs have added a Pin it button directly to their sites. If you are looking at a recipe or DIY project on TWC, you will see a Pin button located at the top and bottom of the page. To add it to your Pinterest page, simply click Pin and a pop up box will appear allowing you to choose which of your Pinterest boards you would like the article to go to.


You can also add a Pin button directly to your browser. To install the button follow these directions. You will need to scroll to the top of the page for the directions. This feature will allow you to pin something that doesn’t have a pin it button embedded on the page.

Pinterest isn’t just for crafty DIY’ers or people looking for new dinner ideas. I know a few photographers who use it to pin tips and tricks as well as pose ideas. My husband will use it to check out different tech items, my 14 year old loves looking at the hair and beauty section. There’s a little bit of everything for everyone! I will warn you, I can become rather addicting! I have jumped on to find a new dinner idea and found myself still lost in Pinterest land 3 hours later with the kids whining they were hungry! OOPS!



Happy Pinning! ~Shanna

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