With my fifth installment of Pinterest marketing and use, I want to share with you the top plugins, tools and apps that make your Pinterest experience much easier to manage and monetize on your business or personal blog or website.
Here’s my top 5 list of plugins
1. Pinterest “Follow” Button
If you are not familiar with adding HTML code that Pinterest.com provides to you to add a “follow” button to your site sidebar, this plugin provides you the ability to drag and drop the Pinterest “Follow” Button widget into your preferred position on your sidebar and choose which follow button icon that suits your fancy (or at least works for your site layout). Here’s a screenshot of the different icon selections you can choose from.
2. Pinterest “Pin It” Button
Other than manually adding a “pin it” button using the HTML code from Pinterest.com’s Goodie page each time you post to your blog, you can easily install the Pinterest “Pin It” Button plugin and it will provide a “pin” button for you to choose whether you want it to appear at the top of posts, at the bottom of posts, or both – and you can specify which pages or posts it should appear on. Here’s a screenshot of the admin panel that allows you to customize your “pin it” button. It’s pretty straightforward to set up.
3. Pinterest Pinboard Widget
If you want to add some spice to your site sidebar (because it’s just chock full of text and NO images), then I recommend you install and configure the Pinterest Pinboard Widget. It displays your latest pins as a widget in any widgetized area of your blog. From an increased blog traffic perspective, it’s really useful for convincing readers to follow you on Pinterest, with a sneak peek into your pin boards. Here’s a screenshot of what the pinboard looks like in a Twenty Eleven theme. Or you can check it out on my blog sidebar to the right of this article.
4. WP Pinner
WP Pinner: this plugin is known as the “Ultimate Pinterest dashboard inside your own WordPress admin area”. It allows you to manage your Pinterest account right inside your WordPress site dashboard. You can easily auto-pin WordPress posts, schedule your pins throughout your day, auto-follow users to get noted and keep track of your account (CTR, clicks, likes, repins, reach, etc). And you can do all this for free! I’ve shared their intro video below on how it all works. Check it out.
5. Pinterest Pin It Button For Images
The Pinterest Pin It Button for Images plugin allows you to add a “Pin It” button over your images, so users can add it to Pinterest easily. This is one I definitely use when you hover over any of my images on my site. Love it! Here’s a snapshot of how the admin setup for this plugin looks. And I’ve also included a screenshot of how it appears when you mouse over an image.
Pinterest Apps for your smartphone or tablet
1. Pinterest App
If my search for a Pinterest app for iPhones and iPads, you can find it HERE. I couldn’t find anything else other than this one, but I’m sure more Pinterest apps will be created as the platform grows.
If I didn’t list above any plugins or resources that you are using on your blog or website, please feel free to share what you are using in the Comments box at the bottom of this post. I would love to hear what is working for you in your efforts to market your business using Pinterest!
Tomorrow’s Pinterest Topic: How “Pinfluential” Are You?
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