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How to Pin Properly | Killer b. Designs



How to Pin Properly


[notice]DO NOT PIN THIS IMAGE! This is not my image. It is an embedded pin. If you wish to repin, please click on the Pin and repin from Pinterest.[/notice]

Have you seen this pin on Pinterest yet? It’s been floating around recently, and since I’ve been toying around with writing a follow up to my Pinterest Etiquette post this was the kick in the pants I needed. Pinterest is an amazing resource for inspiration. I love it. And I often embed Pins into my blog. You’ll notice it when I say something along the lines of, “I was inspired by this Pin:” with it as follows. Plus, you can see the Source link below the image. I’m just going to bullet my main points so it’s easy to follow:

If the image you want to pin from my blog is NOT my original image, PLEASE DO NOT PIN IT! Click on the pin, and repin from Pinterest. This has been an issue in the past for my blog. I’ll go check the source ( and see that people pinned my embedded pins. This makes it look like I was the one who created those images, and I did not. It bugs me. For example, my shutter console and door coffee table both include inspiration images. Some prefer those over my own projects, and pin those images. PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS! Just take the extra two seconds and click on through to repin from the original source. That way, should folks like to check out that original project, they don’t have to filter through my blog to find the proper link. From now on, warnings like the one above will appear below inspiration images to hopefully prevent this issue in the future.

• Please be descriptive in your comment section. Things like “cute!” or “love!” don’t describe what that image is. You may not know this, but the Pinterest searches pull from the descriptions, because images cannot be “searched” since they’re just pixels, not words. So let’s say you pin an amazing tutorial for painting your washer and dryer 😉 If you describe it as “This is so cool!” people who search for “painted washer” will never find that pin. So try to be descriptive when you pin it, then you can add personal comments later.

• Go #Hashtag Happy. I recently found out that when you hashtag something, it acts as a key word. So, in your description if you use “#puppy” your followers can click on that word and be taken to an automatic search for “puppy”. Cool, huh?

And just in case you’d like to pin this post, here’s a pretty little graphic to sum it all up:

how to pin properly to pinterest


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  1. Kira

    I’d love to add “Be conscious of your repins.” BEFORE you repin, click through a pin and make sure it is linked properly. If it isn’t, take a minute and look for the source. If you can’t find it, don’t repin it!

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      This is something I really need to work on. When it comes to “originally” pinning, I make sure to go through to the source. Not from a re-posting site like Design*Sponge or Curbly. But as far as repinning I am a bit lazy with it. Thank you for the reminder!

  2. Patti Hiatt

    Thank you for the clarification. Some of us out here were not aware of the ins and outs of this wonderful phenomenon called Pintrest. We appreciate your help. PS…I really DID want to pin your graphic but wasn’t sure where the pin was to do it so I will not. I will be happy to share the info with my friends as I can just bet alot of us are doing it incorrectly. I myself find it time consuming to go through tons of pins only to find it was for a product that someone is actually selling. But the fun outweighs the effort however. :)

    1. It is, isn’t it?! And that’s a reminder that I need to add a Pin It button to the blog

  1. Pinterest legals and ethics pt 2 – ethics | Aesthetic Snafu

    […] Killa b gives several more suggestions on ethically pinning – going beyond crediting to suggesting that we should add solid descriptions and hashtags.  I feel almost though like that’s going a little too far – where is the line between promoting others and also making sure that Pinterest is working for you?  I.e. I hate hashtags, hate how they look, and don’t use them.  If I would never use them, do I still have a responsiblity to use them for other people?  I’m not sure where that line is and I think it might be different for different sources – maybe not for a picture from Anthropologie but maybe for a tutorial from an independent blogger? […]

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