Please help me decide if I should use pinterest

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I don't know if I should invest the time in Pinterest...

I have a new blog/brand which is about terrariums and plants, and am just starting out

I don't have any products yet but I wish to gain as many followers across all social media and my email list as possible

Given my niche and my goals currently does Pinterest make sense?

Thank you for your time
#decide #pinterest
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  • Profile picture of the author michaelkoehler92
    Pinterest is a good network and your niche can grow well but its all about how to hit the spots.
    You will need high quality images about the plants maybe inforgraphics.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kate H Smith
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    I use Pinterest and I get great results.

    But, bear in mind that, just like every other social network, you should present something which can capture the attention. If you can do that, you can earn thousands with a few posts only.

    We use Pinterest for some clients, but our purpose is different. We use this platform for the 'viral' factor. Since, once your pin goes viral, it brings so much traffic. If you learn or perceive all the highs and lows, it can hand you better and greater results than paid advertising.

    However, bear in mind that it isn't a passive form of marketing which most marketers think. In order to dominate it, you have to work on it - everyday.
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  • Profile picture of the author Enfusia
    Last I saw, Pinterest was 84% female readership.

    Houseplants ect are a female dominated niche.

    This means the two should go together.

    The secret to Pinterest is your graphics. Go overboard on image quality.
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    • and never share content from your website, rather, create separate content, if not, they steal your search results from your site
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  • Profile picture of the author SEOptimization@1
    Without any doubt, Pinterest is great social media marketing platform to boost your brand visibility online.

    You can start sharing innovative wallpapers on Pinterest (along with Google+, Facebook (Page, Groups), Linkedin Groups, Twitter) on regular basis with # symbols and your target keywords.

    Soon, you will see great traffic on your website and start receiving inquiries.

    We have done it for lots of customers and helped them getting visibility in their niche market.

    PS: You could use www.canva.com to design innovative wallpapers / quotations / designs etc.

    Hope, that helps.

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    • i keep all my content on my own website, it means that anyone on google or other search engines can only find me there, not on somebody elses network, where they are likely to see another pretty pic or provocative post and move onwards before clicking through to my site. if the only post with my product title is on my website, then these networks cant take my place in search results. to heck with them all they need to disappear from the web so we all take repossession of the web and search results with our individual sites, and not let these giants steal our content and traffic. Im selling double since i stopped using Pinterest and deleted the content, people are finding me instead of Pinterest. Many customers have told me now that they were having problems finding my stuff on the web because Iinstagram and Pinterest was taking precedence with the shared posts in google search
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  • Profile picture of the author flyingSquirrel
    Thanks everyone, for the helpful replies. I want to make 2 points:

    1. I didn't describe my niche in detail - it actually has to do with larger glass boxes that are designed to look natural like jungles, and with collecting very rare plants such as miniature ferns and orchids. This is actually, from what I can tell, more male-dominated, at least based on the online activity I see (vs the jar terrariums and houseplants which are more female-dominated). That isn't to say females wouldn't be interested in it. It's probably worth a try to see the response...?

    2. I am a graphic designer, web designer, and fine art photographer. I'll have no issue creating top-notch images.
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    • Profile picture of the author Nice Sabino
      Originally Posted by flyingSquirrel View Post

      Thanks everyone, for the helpful replies. I want to make 2 points:

      1. I didn't describe my niche in detail - it actually has to do with larger glass boxes that are designed to look natural like jungles, and with collecting very rare plants such as miniature ferns and orchids. This is actually, from what I can tell, more male-dominated, at least based on the online activity I see (vs the jar terrariums and houseplants which are more female-dominated). That isn't to say females wouldn't be interested in it. It's probably worth a try to see the response...?
      The interests of people are ever-changing. Sometimes it all depends on how you would promote your niche/product. Nowadays, the weirder the better. People choose the extraordinary. There's no harm in trying, and I actually believe that it's better if you market your niche/product on all Social Media platforms.


      2. I am a graphic designer, web designer, and fine art photographer. I'll have no issue creating top-notch images.


      Since you won't be having any issues with the creation of top-notch images, I think you should give it a try. If you can create eye-pleasing and interesting images plus the ability to compose perfect keywords, you will do good on Pinterest - don't forget to promote your pins of course.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dennielle Lee
      I'd say go for it. Sounds like you have the skills to create stunning images which is what Pintrest is all about. While it may be female dominated, remember that females like to shop and generally buy the majority of gifts within a household so it's still a good platform for you to find a target audience.
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    • put em on your website, not someone else's
      think about it.. where do you want them to find you? On your site? or on someone else's?
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  • Profile picture of the author roberto830
    Hi, yes Pinterest can be good .
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  • Profile picture of the author JasonTheFreeman
    Based from experience the main selling point of Pinterest is the infographics. If your team makes a lot of good infographics then Pinterest is a good choice in my opinion.
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  • Profile picture of the author flyingSquirrel
    Sorry to drag this thread on, but something that was mentioned above brought up a new question.

    The idea of people (mostly women) buying gifts and items on Pinterest...

    Here's the thing: I will probably not have any physical products to sell. When the time comes that I actually begin trying to make money, my business will depend a great deal on my website and email list to drive traffic to affiliate marketing through articles and such, and eventually maybe some digital products like ebooks. I want to stress that this niche is extremely specialized and is focused in such a way that, as a solopreneur with limited funds and time, it's not viable to sell physical items.

    What I'm really asking now is: Without physical products, without 'gift' type of items...where my business is based mostly on content to drive affiliate marketing and get people interested also in buying ebooks...is Pinterest still a viable option? Do you think I could still attract people that are interested in this specialized niche, who would be interested in my articles, affiliate linked products, etc. Or would I be wasting my time? Are native ads and ecommerce on Pinterest really the only viable option?

    Also, if I try Pinterest, how long should I go at it before deciding whether or not it's working / is right for my business? A month? Two?

    I'm now realizing I am overthinking this and wasting my time just worrying about this. I guess I should just try the darn thing and see what happens! (the overthinking part is the analytical and worried side of me...I am always fighting that and trying to force myself to take actions without knowing what will happen - face the fear!)
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    • Profile picture of the author Dennielle Lee
      Yes does sound like you are over analysing! But don't worry I'm guilty of it myself

      If you plan on developing images for use on other forms of marketing why not include them on Pintrest? You can use a social media scheduler to automate the process. It won't take much extra time to include Pintrest in your social marketing strategy.

      As one of the earlier posts indicated, Pintrest is one traffic generation tool that they use and even if people aren't buying anything at least you are getting exposure to your sites/affiliate marketing products.

      Look at it as part of your overall marketing strategy and focus on content repurposing, rather than concentrating on making images solely for Pintrest.

      Best of luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author aaishaeljabara
    You can definitely use pinterest. You can promote your images in pinterest thus making a good bran presence. Keep updating and sharing in everyday.

    all the best
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  • Profile picture of the author scottkeever
    Pinterest is a good platform to promote your services or products in order to engage the audience. Design some attractive images and post them on the Pinterest with its description and hashtags.
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  • Profile picture of the author ClareFournier
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    spending time in pintrest is worth..because you can able get more knowledge in that....
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  • Profile picture of the author Miriambourke
    of course dude you can spend time in pintrest ..because that will make you to gain information and you can able to develop your page also...
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  • I used pintertest until i saw that when i did a search for my product or blogpost titles in Google, that Pinterest was stealing my first 3 search results and putting my blog down to the bottom of page I hence deleted EVERY single image with link to product i had in the Pinterest account (over 2000), because they were taking first 3 top page search rankings, and putting the original products and images on my own web sites down halfway down the search results page. Since i deleted all the content and waited 3 weeks, i now stand top of search page results, instead of Pinterest, and my traffic and sales have doubled! Pinterest is not only a content thief, it is a traffic thief, and puts your images on the internationally localised versions of Pinterest subdomains. it is a bad idea for small website owners and bloggers to share to Pinterest, but is good for companies who need to increase brand awareness usch as Swarovski, Apple etc. But not for Niche websites
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  • I think you should do work on pinterest. There are lot of people who use pinterest on daily bases. You can get good source of traffic from there too.

    Pinterest have posts related to every nitch so I think there is n issue related to your topic.
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  • Profile picture of the author BarbaraSouthwood
    Investing time in pintrest is not a waste of time.. If you give a good content then it will be so worth full..
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  • Profile picture of the author JeffreyLenz
    Pintrest is one of the best platform among other social medias..you can always get good response there..
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  • Profile picture of the author Castor Troy1
    Pinterest is a great platform for sharing images, so amounts of traffic here is massive, so it can be a selling point. You can use your blog then you can share your blog in pinterest maybe it will be more effective.

    So there are so many ways exist, which are really workable for making more follower via social media, such as:
    -Post consistency and relevant post can bring more followers.
    -You can add social media button in your blog post.
    - Add your social media account on your about us section, so that visitors can go directly to your page.
    -Viral content is very popular so here it can be a great opportunity to get more followers.
    -Qualitiful content can bring more followers.
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