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Unless you’ve been living under a social rock in the last few weeks, you’ll have seen about a trazillion blog posts about Pinterest.

If you are one of these rock-dwellers, here’s the skinny on Pinterest – it’s a picture board (kinda like the cork boards you have in the kitchen) where you can “pin” your favourite images, and share with your Pinterest friends.

It’s actually been around for just under two years, but recently exploded in users. Cue the requisite blog posts, and now books on how to use this phenomenon for [insert pretty much any topic here, but especially if it includes the words “MARKETING”, “BRANDING” or “BUSINESS”].

While there’s no doubt Pinterest can be used for more than just friendly and social pinning, do we really need the huge glut of words being written (and yes, I see the irony of this very post here)?

Go to Amazon and type in “Pinterest” and you get 25 results in the books section.

Titles like “Pinterest for Dummies” (seems an oxymoron), “Pinterest Marketing Bible”“Learn Pinterest Secrets $$$”, etc…

Now, I haven’t read the books and I’m sure the authors have great stuff they want to share – but 25 books this year alone?

Maybe. We’ll have to wait until the books are released to be sure. So, just in case you can’t wait until then, here’s the Ultimate Pinterest Guide to get you started AND continuing to use Pinterest.

Maybe I’ll submit to Amazon… ;-)

The only Pinterest guide you'll ever need

  • Full credit to my friend Liz Scherer for the three steps guideline used in the image for this post.
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187 Comments on "The Only Pinterest Post You’ll Ever Need to Read – EVER!"


DannyBrown
2 years 9 months ago

@southsideadguy Cheers sir. And noticed we’re essentially neighbours in downtown TO, we need to hook up :) @skypulsemedia

skypulsemedia
2 years 9 months ago

@dannybrown @SouthsideAdguy you didn’t know each other? Anthony rocks the @senecacr8tive and is very powerful in T-Town. So is @satisfeye

DannyBrown
2 years 9 months ago

@skypulsemedia @SouthsideAdguy @SenecaCr8tive @satisfeye I’m sure we met when i talked at Seneca cola years back but not 100% sure

skypulsemedia
2 years 9 months ago

@dannybrown I bet @satisfeye was the one asking you all the hard questions you couldn’t answer @SouthsideAdguy

skypulsemedia
2 years 9 months ago

@southsideadguy rangers or devils Anthony?

SouthsideAdguy
2 years 9 months ago

@skypulsemedia Rangers

JanelleJ
2 years 11 months ago

I have spoke to an artist who strongly dislikes Pinterest. She said that once her work is pinned, Pinterest has full rights to all of her work. They can modify it and do whatever they want with it, she looses all control. She doesn’t want her work on there at all and has since deleted her account completely.

Mark Longbottom
2 years 11 months ago

@JanelleJ
Your friend could follow the information below, by adding a little code it means people can’t pin her work.
 
http://mashable.com/2012/02/20/websites-block-pinterest/

Mark Longbottom
2 years 11 months ago

 @JanelleJ Your ferind could follow the information below, by adding a little code it means people can’t pin her work.
 
http://mashable.com/2012/02/20/websites-block-pinterest/

Lisa Gerber
2 years 11 months ago

Well I have a similar idea for a How to Lose Weight book: 
1. Eat less
2. Exercise more
Maybe we can find a publisher to do a two-fer? 

DannyBrown
2 years 11 months ago

 @Lisa Gerber Dammit! You did yours in two steps – I clearly have a lot to learn..!

DannyBrown
2 years 11 months ago

@joeldon Yeah, but they’re trying to score your dollars and position themselves as go-to experts … ;)

mbredl
2 years 11 months ago

What about Copyrights?

DannyBrown
2 years 11 months ago

 @mbredl What about them? ;-)
 
That’s meat for a serious post, and there are some good ones out there about this. My own take is (and speaking with artist friends, for example), they happily allow Pins, because it raises awaresness of their work (and has led to sales).
 
It’s why I make this blog open via Creative Commons – the more content that’s allowed to be freely shared, the more eyeballs you receive. You just need to make sure you state how it’s shared.

alizasherman
2 years 11 months ago

@ariherzog @dannybrown Ah, he’s wrong about @pinterest but that’s okay. I love it when the smart folks are looking away. Good opportunities.

DannyBrown
2 years 11 months ago

@alizasherman @ariherzog Except I wasn’t on about Pinterest itself, but the crazy amount of “expert books” crawling out the woodwork… ;)

alizasherman
2 years 11 months ago

@DannyBrown There is a big blurring now with so many people self-publishing e-books to position themselves as “experts” @ariherzog

ariherzog
2 years 11 months ago

@alizasherman @DannyBrown Fact is, there’s no reason for a @pinterest book to hit the shelves now. It’s not as if the app is new.

DannyBrown
2 years 11 months ago

@alizasherman @ariherzog Agreed. And with so many desperate for “advice”, a lot of willing victims to sell to…

lorimcneeartist
2 years 11 months ago

@PegFitzpatrick Hi Peggy, congrats on all your blogging successes!

PegFitzpatrick
2 years 11 months ago

@lorimcneeartist Good morning Lori! Thank you so much!! Enjoy your Saturday!!

Jens
2 years 11 months ago

Wow, that’s what I’ve been doing. But I figured that it should be more. I have no idea how people drive massvie traffic from Pinterest. But I love the idea that it’s all about the content / images.

DannyBrown
2 years 11 months ago

 @Jens Funnily enough, we were talking about this yesterday at Fisher College of Business in Columbus. The brands that don’t try and force traffic and think more creatively are definitely the ones that will succeed.
 
Or, they could just leave Pinterest alone and have it remain the cool place it is, without brand and marketing intrusion. ;-)

Jay Heinlein
2 years 11 months ago

thank you! very helpful post!

Barry Kahan
2 years 11 months ago

Greatest post ever!

Penney Fox
2 years 11 months ago

You do realize that most of us are closet Pinterest addicts

DubaiNoni
2 years 11 months ago

 @DannyBrown Thanks for clearing up the confusion. Three steps. Viola! 

TheJackB
2 years 11 months ago

Damn, I thought I was the author of the only Pinterest post people need to read.

car leasing
2 years 11 months ago

“seems an oxymoron” I Lol’d.
 
Is pingterest still invite only?

newyorksys
2 years 11 months ago

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Hudlege
2 years 11 months ago

This is really nice… Thank you so much for sharing with us…

DannyBrown
2 years 11 months ago

@danbischoff Thanks, sir – I am kinda fond of this post from @danperezfilms, myself :) http://t.co/kD0o2kjH

DanBischoff
2 years 11 months ago

@DannyBrown @danperezfilms I think there could probably be similar posts to success in every social network

danperezfilms
2 years 11 months ago

@dannybrown I think mine is far better. Just saying ;) cc @DanBischoff #pinterest

DanBischoff
2 years 11 months ago

@danperezfilms @dannybrown You’re right, Perez, yours was way better. Too many Dans in this conversation, by the way.

DannyBrown
2 years 11 months ago

@danperezfilms Dude, I completely agree – mine was just linkbait. ;-) @DanBischoff #pinterest

DannyBrown
2 years 11 months ago

@danperezfilms Comedic gold :)

danperezfilms
2 years 11 months ago

@dannybrown But it worked, yes? That’s really all that matters, isn’t it? ;) @DanBischoff #pinterest

SaraBAllen
2 years 11 months ago

@danperezfilms what’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve heard in a Twitter chat?

BTRIPP
2 years 11 months ago

You forgot:
 
Step 4: Pay Pinterest’s legal fees when you and they are sued by the copyright owners of the images appropriated in steps 1-3.

DannyBrown
2 years 11 months ago

 @BTRIPP I was hoping to leave that part out for the experts in the books to carry… ;-)
 
Seriously, though, it is a contentious point and one that needs to be adhered to. In a way, I can’t see the majority of the fuss, as I know many artists and photographers who are happy for the extra traffic and sales.
 
The trick is to make your content Creative Commons (as far as Pinning goes) – especially online, where there are so many options to get stuff for free. Make you premium items easier to find and tease with help from others.

YourArtDirector
2 years 11 months ago

 @BTRIPP oh no, you agree the images is yours in their terms, so you’ll get sued not them.

Nicholas
2 years 11 months ago

Looks like a good site to potentially drive up some traffic to your own site through marketing/advertising, will definitely have to look further into it.

ginidietrich
2 years 11 months ago

@BrandConnection Wasn’t that Pinterest blog post funny??

BrandConnection
2 years 11 months ago

@ginidietrich Very funny! ;-)

fairuse
2 years 11 months ago

@skypulsemedia Can I get a money back guarantee I click that link only to find out the “only pinterest post” directs me to “mystery link”?

skypulsemedia
2 years 11 months ago

@fairuse funniest post ever!

fairuse
2 years 11 months ago

@skypulsemedia ;-)

HowieSPM
2 years 11 months ago

I just laughed so hard spit my soda through my nose all over my laptop.
 
Now I am creating an invoice for my destroyed soaking laptop
 
Lucky I have a cheap Acer. Do I invoice Jugnoo or @DannyBrown ?
 
Taking picture of invoice.
 
Posting invoice on my website.
 
Pinning invoice to my Danny Brown Board.
 
 @ginidietrich just repinned it.
 
Her 12,978 followers just repinned it.
 
Where is my money! Waits by mail box wishing @DannyBrown had a paypal account.
 
Calls MSchechter to round up the NY Jewish Mafia to go after Danny.
 
I want my $2 Danny! And make that Canadian!

DannyBrown
2 years 11 months ago

 @HowieSPM  @ginidietrich  MSchechter You were doing well until you mentioned Acer… ;-)
 
Get Shrek to send you a new iPad, seemingly he has a special Asskisser deal with Apple… ;-)

MSchechter
2 years 11 months ago

 @DannyBrown I don’t think anyone gets a special asskisser deal with Apple. And I’m taking a pass on this one. 

DannyBrown
2 years 11 months ago

 @MSchechter You can’t fool us, mate – we saw the Klout perk. ;-)  @HowieSPM 

therubester
2 years 11 months ago

@geoffliving Thanks! Are you headed to #sxsw ?

geoffliving
2 years 11 months ago

@therubester Yes, I will be there!

method marketing
2 years 11 months ago

Way to keep it simple, Danny! We’ve been KIS,D 

Julie
2 years 11 months ago

Wow! I haven’t heard about the importance of Pinterest from the marketing aspect, but it seems to be a really nice tool for social marketing as well. Thanks for the idea, I think it’s time to create my Pinterest account!

Mark Longbottom
2 years 11 months ago

Julietry this post 56 Ways to Market Your Business on Pinteresthttp://www.copyblogger.com/pinterest-marketing/Still consider yourself as a person even in business and t makes more sense about how you use the platofmr, so many just see $ signs and are back to sad old broadcasting.  Best to show what your business is about throough the boards. Sorry Danny shouldn’t have said a ll that but it should be shared, instead of  people assuming its negative technology. let them use Digg I say haha

Mark Longbottom
2 years 11 months ago

Julietry this post56 Ways to Market Your Business on Pinteresthttp://www.copyblogger.com/pinterest-marketing/Still consider yurself as a person even in business and t makes more sense about how you use the platofmr, so many just see $ signs and are back to sad old broadcasting.  Best to show what your business is about throough the boards. Sorry Danny shouldn’t have said a ll that but it should be shared, instead of  people assuming its negative technology. let them use Digg i say haha

Leon
2 years 11 months ago

G’Day Danny,
You’re a genius. First time I’ve ever seen clear and unambiguous instruction on the web!  I was considering posting my picture on Pinterest. But I’ve decided to save that for Uglerest. 
 
And go easy on Gini. She’s lonely
 
Have even more fun.
 
Leon

DannyBrown
2 years 11 months ago

 @Leon Haha, “Uglerest” – you need to lock down that domain and service now, mate!

ginidietrich
2 years 11 months ago

 @Leon I am not lonely! I have Pinterest! Pin all the things!

HowieSPM
2 years 11 months ago

 @ginidietrich  @Leon Leon just an FYI Gini has a board filled with pictures of you. She says she is an Down Under Stalker.

ginidietrich
2 years 11 months ago

 @HowieSPM  @Leon Howie. Stop telling everyone my secrets. Jeez.

wmwebdes
2 years 11 months ago

No!
Can’t be that simple.
1, 2, 3….
Looks as though I’ve already figured it out, but appreciate the fine tuning I can now apply.

Andrea Hypno
2 years 11 months ago

:D Wonderful and brilliant post Danny, also because you said everything needed about using Pinterest, and for free! Thumbs up! But I doubt you can sell it on Amazon. :)

DannyBrown
2 years 11 months ago

 @Andrea Hypno Ah, but I’m going to close this post down in two days and only make it available after you pay $47 for access… ;-)

janebinnion
2 years 11 months ago

Ha, brilliant. I have to say I was confused as to why there was such a fuss about it. It’s very nice and I can easily waste an hour on there but…. :)

DannyBrown
2 years 11 months ago

 @janebinnion Exactly. It’s fun but 25 books? That’s more than the Bible! Oh wait, that’s right – there’s a Pinterest Bible book… ;-)