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Pinterest and the Social SEO Benefits

What originated as a fun-filled idea in Cold Brew Labs (Palo Alto, California) is set to become a business-friendly multimedia sharing platform, driving server-blasting streams of traffic to those websites that doPinterest SEO wisely.

And it's actually only in it's Beta atm (invite only – let me know if you need a Pinterest invite), still evolving!

A couple basics.

# 1 : Interaction mode


A Pinterest user can curate image boards using their accounts. These boards are backed mostly by a common theme which is followed by those who find it interesting and engage with it, pulling image collections into discussions. The discussions allow more sharing to follow.

# 2 : The "Pin It" feature

This button is used to "pin" your photos, videos, discussion scribbles and even monetary gifts you may dedicate to people, onto a sharing board.

Once a topic starts to spread and becomes pervasive within different people's shared discussions and media, it can be held in relation to a bunch of different pins(analogous to "posts").

This relation allows users to keep their pins stored as a collection (a board) on Pinterest.

# 3 : Website Accessibility

Like G+ has it's "+1? and "badges", Pinterest provides webmasters with two buttons:

 "Pin it" Button

Allowing visitors to pin the website either as an interest in their Pinterest accounts OR as a bookmark added to the desktop bookmark bar.

 "Follow Me" Button

This is a bit different from the twitter one. Also Pinterest can be integrated with facebook and twitter, which most users do at startup, the activities followed will relate to the discussions a user initiates on Pinterest.

If a marketer decides to build brand value using videos on the blog that are being followed by a Pinterest user, then the nature of Pinterest SEO is such that this video would start to go viral extremely fast – probably three times as fast than if you were leave it on a mass sharing platform or simply upload it on a video sharing service!

The virality occurs over different pin collections on the Pinterest site, while at the same time gets communicated to the user's youtube and facebook accounts to leverage extra sharing power, if the user allows it.

And this is all because of the "follow me" button.

# 4 : Suggestions

Pinterest will allow you to suggest others what activity, user, collection or website to follow. This again, is more powerful over the classic suggestions you get over other networks.

Here, the suggestions come with an association of media and interest specific graphic content. Even if it's an article or discussion, it's bound to lead into a lot of links going to media sources and images.

As a result, the suggestions get more value and attention from a serious Pinterest user, partly because thier mind is focused on a particular type of data.

And partly because the users of Pinterest aren't there to tweet their everyday activity but to know if there's any real pin, or board collection that would help them advance their interest, knowledge or brand value.

The suggestions on Pinterest are given in the form of "Tastemakers". These are pages appearing when you log in that suggest other users within your domain of interest/activity to follow.

# 5 : The Pin Feed

Similar to your stream on G+ and updates or timeline that comes from facebook.The major difference being that here, you follow targeted activity among common"topic boards".

You follow not people but pinners who are giving content you like. So the Pin Feed is heavily personalised.

You cannot game the system very easily. Like other social platforms see how much content gets posted and then how much of it gets engaged, here it's the same way, but a pre-filter of interest applies on everything that flashes on the feed, with regard to the collection where thingsg et pinned.

2 things happen:

1) It's easy for you to do build social trust and profile-to-profile links.You'll get traffic and convert if you know exactly what your consumers want.

2) It's difficult to beat others who are already getting interest and response, as there are no search rankings but user interest and appeal instead.

But SEO is about getting traffic and not beating someone else's business.

pinterestSo let's see a couple reasons why doing Pinterest SEO properly will benefit your brand:

# 1 : Instant Consumer Targeting

Pinterest is slowly building an impact over external search results that you're competing for on google.

It's excellent for solution based marketing. Since the system serves to people's changing interests, a quick look at their pin collections and commonalities between them will help you identify groups of people who'd be willing to visit your site.

# 2 : Local business Marketing

It's much easier to spread word about a local event or video messages to the interested crowds of local leads and consumers, than it is to battle it out over keywords on youtube where you'll still lose a lot of visitors within the first 10 seconds of your video.

The pin-collections make it easier for people to identify your marketing and since pin-collections are topic specific, they can be made location specific by shifting the focus of the topic to a location.

# 3 : Appeal and Product Image

This is one point where you must observe caution.

Many businesses would be tempted to put images of their entire product line in HD quality on their profiles so that it appears on as many feeds as possible.

While that would usually get marked as spam, when done correctly, it raises site traffic.

What you ideally want to do is have a portfolio that gets mentioned whenever a discussion or media share raises questions about services or products you maybe offering. Don't hammer the feed with images from your launch videos.

Instead provide your media as a related solution to people's problems at places where it's worth mentioning. If it's worth, it'll go viral on its own. No pushing needed.

This simplifies social SEO, and also sends high quality links from discussions back to your site/blog. The link quality is not because Page Rank flows (as Pinterest links have become "no follow"), but because each link coming to your site has had a series of comments and pin-ups associated to different users.These different users are "valuable searchers" too.

# 4 : Infographics as an advantage


Pinterest will allow you to share a lot of graphical media that carries information or heavily informative service descriptions. These descriptions get spidered well and indexed!This is triggered towards expanding businesses who wish to boost their brand building on a budget.

Use your brand image as a profile picture and let the Pinterest account become your new brand channel. Then, optimise your Pinterest boards around the keywords that your site is optimised for! These boards are going to get indexed very quickly.

The useful part is – not only do the descriptions get indexed, but any discussions, video-backlinks or responses sparked by your brand image that appear across other people's blog posts as high-weight content right in the centre of their feed.

What this means is that any links you place within such weighted content will prove to have excellent link bait potential, even though it's not on your site. The reason – the image is already generating a good degree of response. You can use it in getting links from your partners or other important brand websites, by offering a mention/link in such infographics related discussions.This benefits both sides, as your own business links will overcrowd the discussion, but a related brand being mentioned will get you good links (from them) outside.

# 5 : Analytics Advantage

Using Pinterest for Social SEO has the unbeatable positive of offering better reporting in Analytics. You will see in your Analytics report, which item of Pinterest content earned a referral click and you can directly see that item from your dashboard.

You'll be able to track people who promote your content, interact with them and map out a better promotional strategy with feedback and analytics stats from them on what kind of content they can promote best!

Okay, so now that we have a fair idea of what is and how it can be a business benefit, let's see a couple of methods to implement Pinterest SEO correctly…

The Aim

Your purpose is to get people to re-pin your content and post unique original interest inspired images or videos of your products on their own.

If you're running ads through a CPA network, it would be advisable to pull in a couple affiliates to help with the re-pinning. Once initiated, it picks up quickly if the descriptions given are good with most re-pins.

The Nature of Pinterest links

Every pin links back to the page where the media was posted within Pinterest OR to the actual website location where it is shown, using "no-follow"linking.

This difference is governed by exactly "how" you did the pinning.

Opening the image in a separate window and then using the Pinterest Bookmarking feature will create a link to that picture location and pin it on your profile.

But, if you pin the blog post where the image was present, then the linking stands to benefit that blog entry as well as the reputation of the blog in general.

Ideally, use the second type of pinning to help your website.

The Pin feature and Social SEO

An image pinned will be a no-follow link of it's own. On the top of the image is a source defining "From" link, which is no-follow again and finally there can be a text link in the pin description which would act as an engagement boost.

Note: the Image is a pin, but it's attribute cannot be modified.

Pins also come with a custom embed code, which others can use for easy syndication on their websites, creating automatic backlinks to your pin page!

Even though links are no follow, there's heavy benefit from it when it comes to Pinterest Social SEO.

Click the link for the remaining 2 sections of the article on Pinterest SEO :

14 Link building tips for your main blogs and social optimisation within Pinterest and some Best Practices 

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