Before you start pinning your images on Pinterest for the world to see, you need to make sure that your account is set up properly. There are lots ofPinterest tools which will help your account to work better.  Not all of it is self-explanatory. Here are some tips to help you get your account set up the right way.

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Make Following You Easy

Add a ‘Follow on Pinterest’ button to your website or blog. With one easy click of this button, visitors can go straight to your Pinterest account and become a follower. This is a great way to get new fans by making it easy for them to get involved. Even your biggest customers may not have thought about looking for you on Pinterest. You can get all the Pin-It buttons from the Pinterest site itself. Just follow their easy instructions under the ‘About’ tab.

Make Pinning Easy

Put a ‘Pin’ button on the images on your website or blog. In the same way as the ‘Follow on Pinterest’ button works, one easy click and viewers can pin your image on their own pin-boards. Each image of yours on their boards has a source link that leads directly back to your site, getting you one more backlink. This is a good way to get more exposure, as people’s friends check out their images. This button is also available through your Pinterest account under the ‘About’ tab.

Pinterest Extensions

Extensions are apps that allow you to use Pinterest in different ways. Extensions let you do all kinds of things, such as:

• Pin a screenshot. Whatever site you’re on, take a quick snapshot of the screen as your computer sees it and it’s ready to pin.
• Search for images to pin. These extensions work just like Google image search except that you can search directly without leaving Pinterest.
• Put a ‘Pin This’ option on your right-click menu or toolbar. This allows you to right-click any image and the option appears on the menu for quicker pinning.
• Edit images by zooming in, cropping, or rotating them before you pin them.
• View images by hovering the mouse over them so you don’t have to actually click through to the image source.
• Add smileys, emoticons, or smart quotes to your pins and re-pins.
• Embed YouTube videos into your pins with one easy click.
• Share instantly by importing images from Facebook, Google Plus or Twitter directly to Pinterest.

Each extension is designed for a specific browser and you can get them through your browser (for example, go to the Chrome Web Store if you use Google Chrome).

The ‘Pin’ and ‘Follow on Pinterest’ buttons are essential and you should have those before you even get started using Pinterest. However, it’s a good idea to use Pinterest for a while before you start loading up on extensions. Because there are so many extensions to choose from, it’s easy to go overboard and waste time with ones you don’t really need.
Action Steps

Step 1: Add a ‘Follow on Pinterest’ button to your site alongside your other social media buttons. (Follow Pinterest’s instructions under the ‘About’ tab.)

Step 2: Add a ‘Pin’ button to the images on your site. (Follow the instructions under the ‘About’ tab again.)

Step 3: Do a search for some of the Pinterest extensions available for your browser. Select one that looks useful for you, install it and give it a test run.

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