What is Pinterest?Growing The Home Garden from Pinterest which makes it ranked 7th among traffic sources for this blog. You can see why a garden blogger might benefit from Pinterest. Garden blogs are by their nature picture heavy which is perfect for Pinterest people.
How Can a Gardener Use Pinterest?It is a huge resource for finding project ideas. If you need an idea for a vegetable garden use the search and a whole bunch of beautiful vegetables gardens magically appear before your eyes to give you inspiration. Follow other really cool vegetable gardeners on Pinterest (like me - hint, hint) to see what they find interesting and discover nifty ideas just by clicking on that gardener. It's not just project ideas but how about creating a Pinterest Wishlist Board for all the plants you would like to have? Or why not share your garden photographs to keep a catalog of the plants in your garden? You could even share recipes from the vegetable garden that you enjoyed.
How To Stop Pinterest from Pinning Your Blog Photos
I understand why some people have issues with the picture sharing involved since it could be perceived as a copyright violation. There is actually a way to prevent your images being shared on Pinterest. It's very simple to do just go to your HTML editing page and look for the <head> section.
Place this code: <meta name=”pinterest” content=”nopin” />
somewhere after the <head> and before the </head>.
When I first noticed traffic from my images on Pinterest I was a little concerned with the copyright violation possibilities but I let things roll along without intervening. As it turns out I believe it has benefited this blog and expanded its readership quite a bit. I do highly recommend putting some sort of marking on your photos before uploading them to your blog or website. That's just a good practice to do anyway to prevent unauthorized use of your photos. I use my website url so people can find the website but using a copyright marking with your name is a good idea too. If you run a photography website where you sell your images you will probably want to block Pinterest.
The two most popular posts from Growing The Home Garden you'll find on Pinterest are Designing a Raised Bed Vegetable Garden: 11 Things to Think About and Propagating Rosemary in Water.
What do you think? Have you used Pinterest yet?
You can follow me on Pinterest here.