Pinterest users: How do you get "Pins" onto the main categories ("Everything") page?

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I've started dabbling in Pinterest, posting a mix of updates from a health blog and some photography - but though my boards are categorized - for example, "Fitness" - I only see my Pins appear on the main page (pinterest.com).

When I click "Everything", which brings a dropdown menu of categories up and choose the category for something which I just pinned, my Pins don't appear.

I think I read recently that Pinterest changed it so that not anything appears in the sub-categories - but what determines whose Pins do show up in categories? Is it the number of followers they have, or how established an account is, or...?

I see that the "Popular" sections is full of Pins that have been Repinned - but I'm still not clear how to get stuff to show up on the categories. Without being able to do this, unless one is pinning a lot of stuff, the exposure you need to drive traffic is quite reduced, since the main Pinterest.com board is constantly being filled with new Pins of all sorts.

Any thoughts?
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  • Profile picture of the author debra
    I have yet to figure out that site and how to make it tick. I have had an account for a little while and just the other day pinned a couple of things. One was a blanket tutorial that was cool and the other was a taco salad that ended up really good. I have only one follower that happens to be related to me so that shouldn't count. And, she didn't repin it anyway.

    But, I woke up this morning to find that a whole lot of people, that I do not know, repinned those two things and shared them.

    Don't know "why" and I don't know if I can manipulate it to happen again. One thing I do think is that it takes a little more than just a cool image. I think it also depends on the title comment you create when you do the initial pinning yourself. It needs to be structured in a way that it "validates" the reason for clicking the image and repinning and/or sharing it on fb.

    Just my 2cents worth, I'm still trying to figure it all out myself.
  • Profile picture of the author Adrian Int
    Hey there,

    I'm no pinterest expert, but I've been playing around with it trying to help my girlfriend grow her audience for her style blog (seemed like a great place to get some traffic from).

    Make sure that the board you're pinning to is assigned. (ie: It it doesn't say "Help other people find this board by adding a category" at the top of the pin board - they are not automatically set). Also, make sure you have some followers.. haha.

    Assuming you are able to put a "check!" next to both of those things, then you should also be aware that anything you pin on the "Everything" board will only be on it for mere moments. To keep it near the top there, you'll need others to pin it to their own boards. Re-pins don't seem to bump the photo.

    Try going to it and hitting the refresh button every few seconds... it doesn't take long for the first photo in the list when you started to be #20.. or #30.. or #50.. or not even there anymore.

    If you find it's falling in position without getting re-pins...

    Be sure to include a keyword in the description of your pins so people can find them later. For instance, I often search "copywriting" and browse through examples of great copy that's found its way into print.

    Each time I perform that search, I get a bunch of pictures with "copywriting" written in the description.


    I wish I could be of more help.


    Good luck,
    -Adrian
  • Profile picture of the author SocialMediaOwls
    Pinterest is a fluid beast.

    Last month, ALL pins (if you assigned them to a category) were pinned on the main category page.

    About 2 weeks ago they made changes as the IM'ers are smacking it with auto pins and multiple accounts.

    The new "rule" now is you get ONE pin per 12 hours that will go to the main category page. So make it a good one.

    Of course this could change at any time
    • Profile picture of the author Legit SEO
      Originally Posted by SocialMediaOwls View Post

      Pinterest is a fluid beast.

      Last month, ALL pins (if you assigned them to a category) were pinned on the main category page.

      About 2 weeks ago they made changes as the IM'ers are smacking it with auto pins and multiple accounts.

      The new "rule" now is you get ONE pin per 12 hours that will go to the main category page. So make it a good one.

      Of course this could change at any time

      Exactly, and I don't understand how people are claiming they make "$500 per day" with Pinterest because they would need to be rotating hundreds of accounts to keep pinning to the main category pages and just by looking there isn't much spam on Pinterest since they implemented the cooldown timer.
  • Profile picture of the author bummed.out
    Well, I'm definitely assigning images correctly to my boards, which are also named with appropriate keywords in the titles. I guess maybe what I'm missing is followers - only several to speak of so far. It seems that, short of spending lots of time interacting, posting many pictures - or gaming it, to which I'm not averse since I think the stuff I Pin is still nice to look at and/or leads to useful info, but is hard to get enough exposure to, since the place is fairly dominated by a few individuals - you're not gonna get much traffic.
    • Profile picture of the author Denise Hall
      Originally Posted by bummed.out View Post

      Well, I'm definitely assigning images correctly to my boards, which are also named with appropriate keywords in the titles. I guess maybe what I'm missing is followers - only several to speak of so far. It seems that, short of spending lots of time interacting, posting many pictures - or gaming it, to which I'm not averse since I think the stuff I Pin is still nice to look at and/or leads to useful info, but is hard to get enough exposure to, since the place is fairly dominated by a few individuals - you're not gonna get much traffic.
      Followers are the key to getting a lot of re-pins (and therefore, traffic to your website). Every time you pin an image, your followers can see it on their main page when they login.

      So the more followers you have, the more chances of your pins getting re-pinned, which will get them in front of the followers of everyone who re-pins them, and so on.

      And as more people see your pins, you'll gain more followers, which puts your new pins in front of even more people.
  • Profile picture of the author sbsts
    you should add a description or comment to your pin and make sure to use tags with # before them and $ if you want to add the price
  • Profile picture of the author kre8ivecanada
    The secret on how to get on the main page for your keyword or "category" is the amount of "Repins" that you have. Pinterest also takes into consideration the amount of Likes and Comments your pin has to make it "popular". Make sure you keyword optimize your Pin with a proper description and URL. Place it on an appropriately "keyword" named Pinboard as well.

    There are a few other tips and tricks but those are the main ones to getting a Popular pin on the main category page or keyword search term page for your niche.

    If you want help you can always give us a visit and check out one of our Pinterest Social Marketing Packages: buypinterestpins.net -where you can Buy Pinterest Followers, Buy Pinterest Repins, Buy Pinterest Likes and Buy Pinterest Comments.

    We also create custom SEO optimized Pinboards.

    Even if you just want Pinterest advice, we have some great articles floating around our website and affililate sites that you can take advantage of. Good luck! Pinterest is a gold mine right now.
  • Profile picture of the author RealBrainTraining
    Hi Everyone,

    Like many I took an intrest in Pinterest and have been using it with some success to drive traffic to my blogs. Recently Pinterest took some drastic measures to reduce the amount of spammy pins that were appearing. This has really reduced the ability of new accounts to get pins seen under the main catagories.

    I also had a lot of trouble getting pins to appear on the public boards, but I did manage to get a few up there. Out of frustration I placed a pin asking if people were wondering where their pins were, and I got more hits that ever before. You can find the pin and blog page at realbraintraining.blogspot.com/2012/04/where-are-your-pins-going.html (sorry, can't post a link here yet)
    along with information on why Pinterest recently made these changes, how Pinterest currently works and suggestions how it could be better. Please take a look if this interests you. I will not try to sell you any SEO/SEM related materials, but you can check out info on brain training games if you want!

    TJ.
  • Profile picture of the author spunkz
    Pinterest isn't that tough to master. Just takes time and patience as with any other IM technique. Congrats to those who have made from the site!
  • Profile picture of the author Lion marketier
    why aren't my descriptive keywords and hashtags coming up in general pinterest searches for them?

    Would buying 1,000 pinterest followers send a redflag??
    • Profile picture of the author Gabby12
      Any ideas on how to get pins to show up on the category pages?
    • Profile picture of the author twentytwo
      Originally Posted by Lion marketier View Post

      why aren't my descriptive keywords and hashtags coming up in general pinterest searches for them?

      Would buying 1,000 pinterest followers send a redflag??
      I would buy any followers as they will all be fake anyways. Most likely it will thorw up a red flag. Over the last month or so they have cracked down on fake accounts.

      I have been running my ONE legit Pinterest account for a few months now. I do get traffic from them and a few sales but nothing in the $500 a day route.

      I do see how you can make some pretty good cash from it but will take some time to build up. My followers increase from 60-100 a week now. I am curious to see what happens when I reach that 10k mark.

      With my experience so far, it seems people like the popularity game and if you have way more followers then you are following.... people want to follow you. I dunno if you guys have seen that cookie bake shop guy but he has a crap load of followers and his business is booming....
  • Profile picture of the author buypinterest
    I think you should spend some time on Pinterest as Pinterest is very Easy to browse and work on pinterest and can be a great marketing tool for IM...

    I have alot people getting benifitted from Pinterest only.
  • Profile picture of the author Denise Hall
    I agree with Lisa. It's not hard to get real followers who will re-pin your pins, which in turn will get you more real followers and traffic to your website. It really kind of snowballs after awhile and your numbers will keep growing and growing.
  • Profile picture of the author Robins778
    Its very difficult to get real followers on pinterest, It requires long term commitment and big social circle who will repin your post on the basis of your strong presence there and value of the stuff you share on regular intervals.
  • Profile picture of the author UmKaSan
    Originally Posted by bummed.out View Post

    I've started dabbling in Pinterest, posting a mix of updates from a health blog and some photography - but though my boards are categorized - for example, "Fitness" - I only see my Pins appear on the main page (pinterest.com).

    When I click "Everything", which brings a dropdown menu of categories up and choose the category for something which I just pinned, my Pins don't appear.

    I think I read recently that Pinterest changed it so that not anything appears in the sub-categories - but what determines whose Pins do show up in categories? Is it the number of followers they have, or how established an account is, or...?

    I see that the "Popular" sections is full of Pins that have been Repinned - but I'm still not clear how to get stuff to show up on the categories. Without being able to do this, unless one is pinning a lot of stuff, the exposure you need to drive traffic is quite reduced, since the main Pinterest.com board is constantly being filled with new Pins of all sorts.

    Any thoughts?
    Have you tried to google it?
  • Profile picture of the author marketmongoose
    Pinterest is a great way of giving traffics and sale for your website, special when your site is categorize in online shopping business. Pinterest could be an online brochure.. it will helps your site to create an impression of "curiosity" to viewer who has interest on the items that you've posted at pinterest. Actually pinterest brings the popularity to any items or pistures posted at their site.

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