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10 Pinterest Tips for Newbies


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Organizing Your Pinboards
All that empty, white space is so tempting that it's easy to jump in without any forethought, but planning ahead will keep your pinboards from running amok.
All that empty, white space is so tempting that it's easy to jump in without any forethought, but planning ahead will keep your pinboards from running amok.
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Your Pinterest home page is a great way to keep up with the things your followers are into, but your personal Pinterest page, where your boards are organized, is like slipping into a secret garden of your own very favorite things. And just like a garden, your Pinterest page can quickly get overrun with junk if you don't take a moment to organize your pinboards. There are two pitfalls newbies fall into. I should know -- I fell into them both.

First, I created boards with no forethought. I pinned Arooj Aftab, my first-ever pin, to a board called "the best music ever" without once thinking about whether or not the rest of the music I might like to pin would fit into that category. After pinning several of my favorite bands and patting myself on the back for creating such a superb board, I stumbled across a band I felt obligated to pin but couldn't, without lying, label a "best-ever" band. (OK, OK, it was a friend's kid's thrash band.)

So then I committed newbie organizational pitfall number two: I started over-organizing. I dissected my "best music ever" board into 24 separate pinboards. Eventually, poor Arooj Aftab was all alone on the "Modern Sufi/Pakistani Vocalists" board.

It's especially important to organize your boards so that they're useful to you and to anyone else who might see them because, for now, all Pinterest boards are public. We'll talk about Pinterest privacy and managing notification settings next.


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