Social networking sites, including Pinterest have certain etiquettes that are needed to be followed and maintained by its users. With Pinterest emerging as an important source of traffic for business, there are certain rules that governs socially acceptable behavior in Pinterest. Well, there are no certain rules of thumb but since there are quite a few upset bloggers, a set of rules needs to mentioned for everyone’s satisfaction. Such rules are called as Pinterest Etiquette. Following these etiquettes enhances your web credibility and more and more people look up to you. Below is a list of Pinterest etiquette that every Pinterest user should abide.
Source Images properly:
Whenever you find and post an image to your Pinterest board, make sure to include a link to the original source. It will not only be fair to the person who originally created it but also to your followers. Many bloggers are upset for this reason for not being mentioned for their originality. If you wish to use a particular image, then make sure to find its source before using it. Do not thank Google if you have found an image from its database. Go for those extra clicks and thank the original creator by mentioning him in your board or by linking to his website.
Do not use incorrect links:
Pinterest have thousands of dishonest users who provides incorrect links to their images. When a user clicks on that image, he/she is directed to an unrelated site or blog. This is the solely done for the purpose of getting those extra page views. But this is a big no-no for any Pinterest user. You will quickly lose your followers. Therefore, play safe game and provide relevant links to related content.
Describe your pins:
Do not underestimate the power of description that you are allowed for your pins. Tell us what that image is and why we should click on it. Do this for your readers. Undoing so will lose you traffic and ultimately sales. An added benefit of description is seen in Pinterest search feature. It will pick up the keywords/key phrases in your image labels and captions to rank it in its results. Keyword rich description may bring your item in front of thousands of people.
Do not pin everything:
Yes we know you like Pinterest but this does not mean you will post everything that comes round your way. It’s fun to pin items on an online board but quality is the key to adhere to your followers requirements. Do not become a Pin addict. Pin only those items that you find relevant and can help your followers.
Organize your boards:
Clumsy and littered boards are completely ignored and avoided by Pinterest members. To make your followers stick to your profile, carefully organize your boards. Give related names to your board/s. Place them under appropriate categories which helps Pinterest search feature to find it easily.
Yes, you can pin your own images, blogs, Infographics, videos etc. But limit yourself to this activity as Pinterest algorithms’ dislike self-promoters. Promote your own work but promote others also. Pin 4-5 others’ items in between yours. Well, you can ask your friends to promote your work.
Give Respect. Get Respect:
Pinterest is an online sharing community where you can like and comment others. It is similar to a public forum. Get respect by giving respect to others. Communicate kindly and do not use offensive language to address others. Loathsome comments are strictly penalized. Do not insult others by using unprofessional language.
You can Follow! You cannot Follow:
Do not feel obligated to follow everyone who follows you. Following everyone brings you in front of the line of fire of spammers. Be choosy and follow only those who follow you.
Report Objectionable content:
Pinterest appreciates users who make it a better community. It is your job to report Pinterest about any objectionable. Be it an image, video or graphics, report it now.