I’ve always been a bit obsessed with the For Dummies line of books. Currently on my shelf? Mom Blogging For Dummies, Knitting For Dummies, Crochet For Dummies, Online Community Management For Dummies… The list goes on and on. So naturally I jumped up and down and SQUEE’d (yes, I SQUEE, don’t act surprised) when I learned that my fave blogger and conference putter-on’er was writing Pinterest For Dummies. Kelby Carr is an amazing writer and a Pinterest obsessed gal like myself.
This book tells you everything you ever needed to know about Pinterest. Think you are an expert already? I considered myself a Pinxpert (no? that one not working?) before opening the book but now that I’ve read it cover to cover?! Holy cow, I knew only a fraction of what Kelby covers in here.
She shows you the basics of how to set up your account, boards and find friends. Then she takes you through how to pin something, how to repin, like, comment, share… She also shows you how to use the iPhone apps and different ways to make your pins stand out! There are even tips on marketing your posts/products with Pinterest and examples of companies that are PinSane (okay, you HAVE to like that one!)
In case you are not PinSessed (too much?!) like I am, here are a few of the tips on Pin Etiquette from the book to get you started. There are way more than the five I give you hear, so you should buy the book! (oh and check out page 158… You might see a familiar site in one of the images! )
1. Be Nice!
2. Credit Your Sources.
3. Limit Self Promotion
4. Pin from the original source
5. Don’t overshare
Seems simple, right?! You’d be surprised how many people have bad pinning habits.
So now, after all that… You totally want the book right?! If anything, to see if this site here is in it, right?! Well, You can buy it here or you can WIN IT HERE! Yup, I’m a sucker for a good giveaway. Entering is easy, you don’t even have to pin anything! (Although if you do pin this post, I’ll count it as an extra entry.)
So here is how to enter…
Simply leave a comment below answering What one thing about Pinterest confuses you the most?
That’s it! Well, I said I’d give you an extra entry for pinning (or repinning) this post, so after you do, leave a link in the comments to your pin. NOW that’s it. Contest is open to US residents only, starts May 18, 2012 and ends May 29, 2012 at 11:59pm MT. Full legal jargon can be found here – Sweepstakes Rules.
So what are you waiting for?! Enter and Happy Pinning!
disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Pinterest For Dummies for my review. You can sign up for great blogging opportunities like this by subscribing to Global Influence.