Why Pinterest should be of Interest to YOU !

Welcome Lynne Knowlton of Design the Life you Want to Live

Do you love, love, passionately love Pinterest?

Why #Pinterest should be of interest to YOU especially if you are a #blogger via @artofdoingstuff

If you need inspiration or if you are a blogger you should absolutely want to french kiss Pinterest all the live long day.

Wait a sec.  Have you been living under a rock and not joined Pinterest yet?  Karen has a faboosh post about how to join Pinterest.  Get going on that, GoGo Gadget.

Do you want to take your Pinterest relationship to a whole new level of lusciousness?

If you are a Pinterest go-getter, you will know that there is abso-tootly-nothing more frustrating than clicking on a photo and it leads to nowhere.


Let’s fix that hot mess, shall we?  Because it ain’t that hard.  Any of it.   * nudge nudge wink wink *


Are you a blogger?

The more photos you have on pinterest, the more you increase your chances of click throughs to your site.  Basically, the more you shower love on Pinterest, the more it loves you back.

I wish I may, I wish I might… get all my photos in Pinterest tonight.

I spend less than 5 minutes a day on pinterest.  Negative 5 minutes on some days.  Yet Pinterest drives 75 % of social media traffic to my site. That makes me want to take a big gulp of Pinterest and swish it around in my mouth.  Pinterest is traffic candy.  It’s a calorie free candy store.
Let’s pull back the curtains on Pinterest, shall we?

This pinterest tutorial is like a mini-skirt ~ short enough to be interesting, but long enough to cover the subject.  You will want to know this hawt-diggity-dawg trick.  Why oh why??

1.   It will help bring Pinterest readers to your blog.

2.   It will showcase your photos.

3.   You will gain more Pinterest followers.

4.   You can drive targeted traffic back to your own site.

5.   You will feel less frustrated.  Links will lead exactly where they need to go.  Exactly.  So there.


What the what what ?  Whaaaa??

Is it really that easy?   Yes.  I pinky swear promise.

This trick is so easy and yet it makes a HUGE difference. You will want to grow a third leg so you can kick yourself with it, wondering why you didn’t do it before now.

2014 is your year.  You’re going to become a Pinterest black belt.


Why #Pinterest should be of interest to YOU especially if you are a #blogger via @artofdoingstuff

I’m going to hold your hand and whisper sweet nothings in your ear to help you.

Feeling the hawt steamy whisper in your ear?

No.  I’m not going to lick your ear.  Ewwwh.


The Pinterest Secret for Bloggers :


Get obsessed with this little secret.  Work it.   But not on weekends.  No one should work on weekends.


Have you ever clicked on a photo in Pinterest, hoping to go the the site source and it linked to a nowhere-ville ?

Gone. whooshed. Vanished.


Many times, a photo/link in Pinterest directs you to picmonkey.com, pinterest.com or absolutelynothing.com

Doesn’t the whole frustrating shenanigans make you want to make a face like this –> &^%$!!

For the love of Pete, there is a simple solution to this problem.


Dude, it’s time to fix that hot mess … and when you do, two things will happen :

1)   You will want to kiss me

2)   You will want to kiss me.

PS. Unless your name is Channing Tatum,  you are not allowed to kiss me.

By the way.. if you name is Channing you can find me here :


Why #Pinterest should be of interest to YOU especially if you are a #blogger via @artofdoingstuff

Let’s dive in !

Let’s get this pinny partaaay started.  I can’t believe I just said pinny party.  Blah.  Someone punch me.


Put on your Pinterest paper crown.  Slap on a gold star.  This is going to be good.


1.   Do you have photos, but you don’t want to do a whole shebang of a blog post in order to post them online?   You don’t have photos?  Oh.My.Word.  Get over to my bloggy and learn how to create photos the easy way … for FREE.  Fahhree.  Get this free downloadable book full of insider secrets to kickass photo apps.
2.   Sign into your Pinterest and click the + button to upload a pin.

Why #Pinterest should be of interest to YOU especially if you are a #blogger via @artofdoingstuff

This trick gets better.  Not only will you be able to upload your photo, but you will also be able to link it back to your site.   Upload photos from your instagram, photo albums, from everywhere and there is no need to write a blog post!  The photo will link to your site or blog post without having to spend a week making a bloggy post.  You can drive Pinterest traffic to your site, all the live long day.  Brills.  Woot woot !!!

You will feel like a Queen, worthy of a paper Pinterest crown.

Why is it important to have your photos in Pinterest ?  Because


Pinterest = Blog Traffic  <— I screamed that.


3.   Ready?  Set. Go …


Why #Pinterest should be of interest to YOU especially if you are a #blogger via @artofdoingstuff


4.    Fill in the description and all the shenanigans :


Why #Pinterest should be of interest to YOU especially if you are a #blogger via @artofdoingstuff


5.   Want the good news and the bad news?

The good news is that you just uploaded a photo.  The bad news is that most people end up sharing it into the land of never-never-no-where-ville.

Oh la la.  Don’t go there.  That’s where Pinterest happiness goes to die.


6.   Here is where everyone most people mess up : the source link.  This is the part of the tip that is super duper supercalifragilisticexpialidocious important !

Do you see the area below that says SOURCE ? :


Why #Pinterest should be of interest to YOU especially if you are a #blogger via @artofdoingstuff


That area is often auto populated with PicMonkey.com or Pinterest.com or GoingNowhere.com

Note to self :  80 % of pins are repins.  That can be a disaster waiting to happen if your photo is linked to absolutely nowhere.  You are essentially giving away traffic by not linking your photos properly.  The horrors.

Be sure that your photo is linked properly to you.you.you.

You can’t drive traffic back to your site without a link to your site.

7.   After uploading the photo, a ‘see pin’ window will open.  Click  the ‘see pin’ button asap. The flippin’ window only stays open for a millisecond.  It’s like hitting a whack-a-mole with all your might at breakneck speeds.

If you blink, you miss it.  No worries.

Go to your pinterest and find the board that you just pinned your photo to.

Once there, you will see this :

Why #Pinterest should be of interest to YOU especially if you are a #blogger via @artofdoingstuff



9.  Under the source URL link to your website or blog.  You can do this by copying and pasting your blog post URL right into the source box.  Done.


I feel like this step should have flashing lights and dancing cheerleaders or something.  This stuff is epic.  This is the mother load.  This is where the magic happens …

Why #Pinterest should be of interest to YOU especially if you are a #blogger via @artofdoingstuff

It’s best to link to an exact blog post URL that works well with the photo.   Alternatively, the link may be a direct link to your home page.

Woot woot !  You did it !

Want to double check that you did it correctly?

You can see at the bottom of the photo that your site URL is in.  If not, click the edit button and make it happen.

Why #Pinterest should be of interest to YOU especially if you are a #blogger via @artofdoingstuff

10.  Magical, isn’t it?

When the pin is repinned or shared, it is directly linked to your site.

Now put on your Pinterest Paper Crown, you whipper snapper of a pinterest-er.


That tutorial went pretty swell, wouldn’t you agree?  It’s like we just get each other.  I hope you come on over to my DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE blog where I can seduce you with word lusciousness AND of course, give you a photo app present.  You like pressies, right?  Your phone called…It said you should really check out my blog and get that smoking hawt pressie.



  1. nancy w says:

    Oh! that is awesome! Thank you for having guest posters, Karen!

  2. Debbie says:

    I’ve never seen anyone make Pinterest seductive! This was fun to read!

  3. Stephanie Hobson says:

    I pinned this post Lynne!!! haha And subscribed to your blog – it looks very interesting.

  4. Bobbi says:

    I can barely search through pinterest…I don’t know how to organize it. I am horrible with bookmarks and all the blogs I read are bookmarked under blogs. I have to scroll through about 100 recipes to find the one I want. My brother recommended Evernote to me, and I am still clueless. I wish for a tutorial for the basics…what you just did seems awesome, but way out of my league. I basically spend a lot of time searching for things I have saved, but don’t understand where they went. Any advice for a really easy, no-brainer site for challenged folks like me ?

  5. Barbie says:

    I am totally going to go check ALL my pins and see if I did it wrong! Because I think I DID! No wonder I never saw much traffic out of Pinterest! OMG! Your a GODDESS! Thank you sooooooo much!!!

  6. Barbie says:

    OH! Hey! I DID do it right! I just need to do more now. It’s been a while since I’ve pinned anything! Thanks again….I subscribed to your bloggy! 🙂

  7. Jennie says:

    Hrrumppp…ok now I know what the heck happens to those pins of mine. Jeesh, its a wonder anything I pin gets noticed. Thanks Lynn for the chuckles and the sage advice. Off to My Pinterest to fix it.

  8. Tigersmom says:

    Hello and welcome Lynne,

    Can’t thank you enough as this is some perfectly timed tute-ing. ; ) I’m just starting a business (not a blog) that will have a web presence and this info is exactly what I needed to be able to use Pinterest for the wonderful free advertising tool it is.

    Karen, I hope your absence today (after saying you’d be back today) is not due to a snag in the kitchen renovation. Or an injury to your typing finger. Off to say prayers for you and your kitchen.

  9. Lynne says:

    Glad you luuuurve it Nancy !

    Lynne xx

  10. Lynne says:

    Oh la la … Pinterest rocks out loud. 🙂

    Lynne xx

  11. Jenn says:

    Really helpful content, but took a long time to get to the meat of the business. When I’m learning about how to blog I like to get to the point I suppose.

  12. Lynne says:

    You go girl ! You pinned the post. Woot woot !

    Thanks for subscribing to my bloggy too.

    Mwah !!

    Lynne xx

  13. Lynne says:

    For sure Bobbi,

    When you bookmark something, you will see a drop down in your bookmarks that says ADD BOOKMARK FOLDER. Click that and make a new folder with a name. For example, a new folder could be called RECIPES. Then, every time you want to bookmark a recipe, click ADD BOOKMARK , and add the webpage/recipe to the folder called RECIPES.

    Done. 🙂

  14. Lynne says:

    You are most welcome Barbie,

    You will be ahhhhmazed at the difference it will make when someone can actually click through on a photo and it will take them directly to the source.

    Yes !!

    It is epic Pinterest magic !

    Lynne xx

  15. Lynne says:

    Yipppppeee Barbie,

    Great to know you are doing it right. Celebrate that one! 🙂 Don’tcha love it when that happens?!

    The good news is that now you can do more pinning from sites like PicMonkey etc and get your photos directing back to your site (with or without a blog post).


  16. Lynne says:

    It will really make a huge difference Jennie. Good luck ! It’s a quick fix (okay, unless you have hundreds of pins) … but normally a quick fix 🙂


  17. Lynne says:

    Thanks for the hip hip hooray welcome!

    I’ve seen the kitchen reno and it’s looking smashingly puuuurty. The brick wall is a stunner too… so I think Karen is right on track. Whew.

    * wipes sweat off of brow *

    Good point about the web presence. Pinterest is a faboosh free marketing tool, and it is so über important to become a black belt in it. I hope it drives a ton of traffic for you.

    Have a gorgy gorgeous day and thanks again for your kind welcome!

    Lynne 🙂

  18. Lynne says:

    Hello Jenn

    One of the beautiful things about learning how to blog, is story telling. I guess all of our styles are different, and I share stories with tutorials. That’s how I roll.


  19. Jenn says:

    Hello Lynne,

    I think I should have kept my keyboard to myself on this one! If you can’t say anything nice don’t say anything at all and all that? I apologize for not saying just the nice portion which really was this: I was super interested in this topic, hadn’t thought of using pinterest before and was eager to read how to get it done properly. Thanks for posting how to do it.

  20. Sharon CJ says:

    Um…any photo you pin is supposed be a part of the blog post you’re linking to. When I click a Pinterest link and the site it takes me to doesn’t contain the actual photo that’s on the pin, I report it as a bad link/spam. The whole point of clicking the pin is to find out more about the pic. There are rare exceptions but generally, pinning a photo without a related post feels like false advertising to me.

    I would rather have a photo of a beautiful kitchen that links nowhere than a photo that misdirected me to something that has nothing to do with kitchens. Just something to think about.

  21. Jennie says:

    It already has. I have several pieces in my Pins of my work that are for sale, so this may totally be a game changer. I linked them to my Etsy Site and the site where they are currently displayed. Thanks again for the GREAT BLOG!!!!

  22. Lynne says:

    I wholeheartedly agree with you Sharon,

    I wouldn’t put a photo in on Pinterest that didn’t directly relate to my blog or blog post. For example, I might share a photo of my kitchen, and then link it back to a blog post that I wrote about my kitchen.

    I share a lot of images on my blog, but can only fit so many in per blog post. With this method, you can add additional photos to support the post via pinterest.

    I do share other photos too, ones that are less specific but still make sense … and are an excellent fit with my blog but not necessarily a specific post. Still, they must always be a good fit.

    That was a long way to say … I agree… LOL. I wouldn’t post a frog photo if I didn’t write about frogs on my bloggy 🙂

    Thanks for your input. It’s a GREAT point to mention !


  23. Lynne says:

    Ahhhhh Jenn,

    Schmanks for saying so. Okay, I’ve been hanging with my teenagers too long. I’m starting to talk like them. 🙂

    I hope your pinterest rocks out loud now that you know this hot tip.

    Have a beautiful day, and thanks again for writing back in.


  24. Astrid says:

    Two things to add to this thread.

    1)I found the writer’s style incredibly difficult to read. I would not want to read another post by her on your site again. Painful sentence structure and trying way to hard. Managed to struggle through it which leads to number two.

    2) Changing the Source. What is to stop people from taking screenshots, saving the picture to their own computers and then uploading to pinterest crediting their own site? It is happening repeatedly on instagram so why wouldn’t it happen on pinterest?

  25. Lynne says:

    Woot woot Jennie !!!!!

    I just happy danced all over the living room floor for you ! Brilliant idea to link your work back to your Etsy !! LOVE !

  26. Pam says:

    Are things different on a iPad app or with a business account? When I pin from my camera roll, there is no box for source. I only have a comment box and I see that businesses put there website there. But the comment does not necessarily follow the pin, anyone can change it. How do I add my website as the source?

  27. Lynne says:

    Fair point about those who will take screenshots and steal others work. I would never advocate for that approach. Like ever.

    Like in life, there is always those who choose to be deviant and use technique/skill in a negative way.

    My goal in writing is to always focus on the positive aspects of technology and life. I enjoy helping others to grow their online presence in a positive way.

    ‘A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle’ ~ James Keller


  28. Lynne says:

    Hi Pam

    I haven’t tried it from my iPad yet. I will have to give that a whirl.

    What you could do, is after you pin the photo from your camera roll, go to the board that you pinned to.

    Click on the photo in the board. Once there, you will see the edit button on the photo. Click on the edit button (it looks like a grey pencil) and the window should open where you add the source link.

    Hope that helps !

  29. Pam says:

    Hi Lynne, Thanks for answering my comment but still no source box when I edit the board. Help!!!!

  30. Lynne says:

    Hi Pam

    I have been trying to do the whole thing on my iPad and it seems crazy difficult. Why oh why? I finally succeeded with ‘sort of’ adding the link by uploading the photo from my camera roll in the pinterest app and then clicking directly on the uploaded photo rather than the edit button.

    The edit button/link tab doesn’t work in the app, to add the link ( Like it SHOULD and does on my computer).

    After I clicked directly on the photo, I could see the url in the box above. I added my site URL there.

    Here’s the crazy-cakes part… it shows my pin as Design The Life You Want to Live and not pinterest.com etc (that is good, I suppose… but not perfect) because it just says my pinterest business name and doesn’t truly link back to my site.


    I’ve been trying to Google it for some answers and concluded that Karen is absolutely right. The internet sometimes lies. Grrrrh. I haven’t found an easy answer yet.

    I need coffee via intravenous now 🙂

  31. gabrielle says:

    Sorry to be so clueless, but is everyone here a blogger? I am not a blogger. I joined pinterest (in support of Karen, if I remember), but i don’t use it. I do use search engines, which do pick up on relevant pinterest posts, and everything else relevant but not on pinterest. As a professional, I am less interested in what has been rehashed, and more interested in what particularly appeals to me. What did I miss?

  32. Auntiepatch says:

    Hi Lynne – I’ve been following your blog for a while now and have a number of your recipes pinned on my Pinterest. I was surprised to see you here but knew in advance that we would all learn something new.

    I started on Pinterest to have a place to “keep” interesting photos of kitchens/DIY/misc. items and it works well for that. So, I’m curious to find out WHY 600+ people are following me! I can’t figure out why anyone else would be interested in what I’m pinning! Any ideas?

  33. Amy in StL says:

    None of the pictures in this post show up for me. Which, considering the topic, is a little disappointing and a lot funny. I’ve never had this problem on Karen’s site before.

  34. Lynne says:

    That is crazy weird Amy. I can see them all. That’s a nutty mystery. I have no idea why they are not showing up. Maybe it was a quick temporary glitch.


    Lynne xx

  35. Alex says:

    And Pinned this post!

    If you’ll excuse me I am going to go back to stalking your treehouse now… 😉

  36. Amazing, brilliant… one suggestion though, this post should have had a public service announcement, a warning if you will. This post may cause multiples! Multiple hot flashes! 😉 Super exciting and so simple, thanks so much for sharing your wisdom!

  37. Susan says:

    I’m not really a blogger, except for a private family blog, but if I were, I’d absolutely be all over Pinterest right now, posting pictures from my blog and making sure they linked to it. What a treasure of information for the actual or potential blogger! Thank you!

  38. This is an excellent post. Thanks for some great information!

  39. Holy Pinterest, Bat Girl! This is great. I am a beginner blogger and haven’t been that active with Pineterest. We should probably have a support group, something like BB. I’ve followed your blog for a little while and I tip my hat to you. The community has been very helpful, like Cheryl Kees Clenendon, who called my attention to this little gem. Thanks, Cheryl & Lynne for sharing so generously! A fun and informative read, nice dismount. High Olympic score.

  40. (Sorry for the typo. I may not be a pro at Pinterest but I do know how to spell it. Just not edit before sending, obviously.)

  41. Carole says:

    I think I love you! Well, I know I love your generosity and sense of humour! Thanks.

  42. You are one funny lady! But unfortunately now I have to go check all my pins. Flipping brilliant!

  43. Jessica says:

    I agree, I really disliked this post for the same reasons that you stated.

  44. caryl says:

    I miss Karen

  45. nancy says:

    I figured out to pin from my iphone by googling “how to pin on your iphone”, you copy the photo to your your own photos and then follow the directions that I don’t remember now. But if I can do it, anyone can. I am addicted to Pinterest and I don’t have a blog, a business, any pets and my kids are all grown up.

  46. Carol says:

    This post may have been informative if I could have had the patience to get past the silly talk. Come back Karen. All is forgiven.

  47. Lynne says:

    Hello Gabrielle,

    You are on the right track, and no you don’t need to be a blogger. Pinterest is a great search engine tool for images that interest you. For example, if you are looking for ideas & inspiration on kitchens, you can just search the word KITCHEN in Pinterest and all the photos will pop up and be kitchen related.

    The problem happens when people post a kitchen photo and don’t link it properly to the source. You should be able to click the kitchen photo and it takes you right to the site that the photo came from.

    This Pinterest tip makes it easy for bloggers to enter the link and therefore less frustration for people when they find photos in Pinterest and they don’t’ link to anything.

    That was a long explanation to make it all sound so simple. Ha! Sorry about that.

    As a professional, this is a much more targeted method for you to search a photo via pinterest and find the source of the photo if you wanted to buy it or read more about it.


  48. Lynne says:

    Hi Darlin’ AuntiePatch 🙂

    You must be posting interesting photos for 600 people to be following you. Keep up with doing the great work. That is flattering !

    Are you posting photos of handsome men? Funny cats? Epic fails? If so, I’m going over to Pinterest and following you too 🙂

    Lynne xx

  49. Lynne says:

    Hello Alex !

    So faboooosh to see you here on Karen’s blog too. It was a great day when we met her at BlogPodium wasn’t it? We were star struck at her epic-ness 🙂

    As a fellow blogger, I just wanted to shout out a big hello and say THANKS for always showing the love in the blog-0-sphere to other bloggers.

    Many hugs & Much love,
    Lynne xx

  50. Lynne says:

    Haha Laurie !

    I can hear the alarm bells *warning* warning*

    There was a Canadian television commercial years ago, where a woman stepped outside in a snow bank, and flipped the cover off of her air conditioner and then stepped back in the house.

    I laughed and laughed and laughed. Now, I’m considering flipping the lid off of my air conditioner in the middle of our snowstorm.

    (insert toothy grin)

    Lynne xx

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